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The Best Body Pillows, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about all sorts of different pillows — including the best pregnancy pillows, travel pillows, and bamboo pillows — here we’ve rounded up the best body pillows as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated body pillow

Leachco Snoogle Original Maternity/Pregnancy Total Body Pillow, Ivory

“This thing is massive, and my wife is absolutely in love with it,” writes one purchaser of this pregnancy pillow who, along with more than 4,200 other reviewers, gave it a five-star rating. Another happy customer says this pillow “has made a huge difference” in helping her feel supported and comfortable in bed. Another gets straight to the point: “I’m telling you, mommies: Buy it! It helps me get comfortable, and it keeps me from lying flat on my back (which I kept waking up and finding myself doing because my regular pillows would move around when I tossed and turned).” In addition to helping with positioning and alignment, it’s also “extremely soft and comfortable,” as one purchaser explains: “First night with this pillow, I literally passed out, as though the angels came from the heavens and rocked me to sleep.”

Best-rated (less expensive) body pillow

Acanva Hypoallergenic Ultra-Soft Bed Body Pillow

“Great price, great product,” writes one reviewer of Acanva’s hypoallergenic pillow inserts, adding that the pillow’s density strikes a “happy medium between firm and soft.” According to another purchaser, “the description does not do it justice. Once you use it, you will be hooked forever.” Many also note how “well packaged” this pillow was when it arrived: “I could barely get it out of the vacuum-sealed bag before it exploded into fluffiness.” Overall, one reviewer concludes, “the quality is fantastic for such a low price,” and this body pillow serves purchasers well in various capacities. “[We] use it along the headboard of our king-size bed and love it,” says one reviewer, while another writes that it’s great for cuddling: “I’ve been needing a pillow that I can wrap my leg around when I sleep on my side, and this is perfect.”

And now some micro-picks for every type of body pillow you might be looking for.

Best oversize body pillow

Utopia Bedding Soft Body Pillow

Nearly 15 percent of reviewers describe how big this body pillow is. It comes deceptively small vacuum-sealed pack, but “This body pillow filled out incredibly and is so soft yet firm and full,” according to one reviewer. Another even compares it to “wrestling a bear while trying to get comfortable in bed, but once I get situated, I sleep like a baby all night.” Once all settled reviewers describe how soft this pillow is. One even says “I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud now,” and about 10 percent of reviewers also mention how comfortable it is for side sleepers. Many appreciate that it is machine washable, too, which helps with how long it can last: “It’s been 30 months since I got this. And it’s still overstuffed and awesome.”

Best hypoallergenic body pillow

AllerEase Zippered Soft Body Pillow With Plush Microfiber Cover

Shoppers with allergies turn to this AllerEase hypoallergenic body pillow. As one reviewer explains, “Being a person with horrible allergies, I was skeptical as to whether or not this would actually work. To my surprise, it does! Great investment.” Another says it’s “comfy, cozy, and awesome, not to mention the great allergy protection against dust mites, mold, pollen, and small particles.” Many spotlight the pillow’s low price and general comfort, while some simply can’t hide their enthusiasm about finding something hypoallergenic that works. One reviewer who bought this for a daughter who suffers from allergies writes, “The pollen and pet-dander barrier is a must-have in our household. I think she uses it every night in some way. She could not be happier.”

Best shredded-memory-foam body pillow

Coop Home Goods Adjustable Shredded-Memory-Foam Body Pillow

Purchasers say the shredded memory foam in this body pillow gives it a unique feel. “You sink into it, much like any other memory-foam pillow, but it doesn’t feel like a brick, because of the way the memory foam inside is almost shaved. Touching it is sort of surreal, and it makes you want to knead it, like a cat would,” one curious reviewer writes. Another describes the interior material as “more like magic fluff than what you may have seen in other shredded-foam pillows,” and since it’s made to be adjustable, “you can easily remove [some foam] if you’d like less fill.”

Best shredded-memory-foam body pillow with bamboo cover

Milliard Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded-Memory-Foam Full-Size Body Pillow

Purchasers say the shredded memory-foam filling of this body pillow is great, but many focus on another feature in their reviews: the removable bamboo cover. “The memory foam is great quality, and the cover is incredibly soft and easy to wash,” writes one. Another echoes that sentiment, adding that the cover is “great to snuggle up with, and it’s removable, making it a breeze to wash.” A few reviewers mention that this body pillow is the right size for a standard “dakimakura” pillowcase (a collector’s item for anime fans, often depicting near-life-size characters). “It fits my dakimakura pillowcase (50x150cm) perfectly,” one writes. “It’s super-squishy and comfy, and it helps when I have a stiff neck. Will buy more if I get another pillowcase.”

Best cooling body pillow

Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Combination Body Pillow with Kool-Flow Breathable Cooling