The perfect pillow can be an elusive beast. In search of a good night’s sleep, I’ve purchased a number of memory-foam pillows over the years. Often, they’re rock solid, uncomfortably firm, or smell like a permanent-marker factory. But it turns out that the secret is shredded memory foam, which will make your regular old memory-foam (and even luxury down-filled) pillows seem like prehistoric objects.
The Xtreme Comforts pillow actually molds to your head. The proprietary shredded memory foam allows you to fluff it like a regular pillow, and the “SlimSleeper” version is two inches thinner than a traditional pillow, which makes it perfectly suited for stomach sleepers who need lower pillows that won’t strain the neck. When you’re lying in your bed, full of regret after an evening of bourbon on the rocks, this pillow cradles your head and neck, and gives you the strength to take two Advil Liqui-Gels and carry on.
It’s hypoallergenic, and the Micro-Vented Kool-Flow Bamboo cover is so soft, it makes you wonder if you even need a pillowcase. What’s magical about the pillow is that it retains the exact shape you mold it into — and doesn’t budge. It works somehow because the shredded pieces of memory foam clump together to create solid neck support, without feeling hard or uncomfortable. I currently have five different pillows on my bed, each purchased after reading numerous reviews, but the Xtreme Comforts is the hands-down favorite — it’s also just the right consistency for snuggling up against when sleeping solo. I love it so much, I may just order a second one.
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