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The Best Silk Pillowcases on Amazon, 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.)

While we’ve written about lots of bedding before — including cooling sheets, duvet covers, and weighted blankets — here, we’ve rounded up the best silk pillowcases, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. Sleeping on silk is said to reduce irritation, wrinkles, and hair frizz. When shopping for a silk pillowcase, one of the most important metrics is momme count, which reflects the weight of the silk. The higher the number, the softer the silk will likely be. For reference, the average momme count is 19, and the popular Slip silk pillowcase, which is a favorite of Kourtney Kardashian, is 22 momme. On this list, we’ve included silk pillowcases from 19 momme all the way up to 25.

Best-rated silk pillowcase

ALASKA BEAR - Natural Silk Pillowcase
$24

Nearly 4,700 five-star reviewers gave this 19 momme, which is the average momme count for silk pillowcases, silk pillowcase high marks because they say it makes a difference in their hair and skin. One customer tried everything to get his “thick, curly hair” from drying out and frizzing. He read that silk pillowcases could help, and after one use, he writes, “I was surprised by how significant the difference was. A side benefit is that they also leave my face less dried out when I wake up, which has reduced some fine lines around my eyes.” He thinks these are “very much worth the money.” Another curly haired customer “hated waking up with messy hair and pillow case creases on [her] face.” She tried satin pillowcases before, but they slid off her pillow easily and didn’t really work. But this one is “made of quality silk and they have a hidden zipper. No more sliding off pillows. The material is soft, they are made well and easy to wash. I now own two. Curly hair is better in the AM and my face looks smooth.” She also thinks they’re “worth the money.” Plus, one reviewer just thinks they “make your bed look more classy.”

Best-rated (less expensive) silk pillowcase

$19

One common complaint from reviewers of many of the silk pillowcases on Amazon is that they have a tendency to slip off the pillow in the middle of the night. But nearly 150 reviewers say this one doesn’t because it includes a hidden zipper, which one reviewer, who had “been shopping around for a silk pillow cover for awhile,” describes as “expertly installed and a feature most other ‘silk’ pillow makers do not provide.” Another customer says it was “very important to have a zip closure or else it will slide right off the pillow,” and the “zip closure slides like butter.” She tried it out for a couple of days and reports, “My hair looks amazing already. I have thick long hair and get knots easily, no freaking knots after sleeping on this … none. No face creases either. I have sensitive skin and my skin feels a lot calmer as well.” And one reviewer more agrees that her hair has never looked better. She recently bleached her hair and describes it as “crunchy.” Since that’s not how you want your hair to feel, she tried this and writes, “It is so cool, smooth, and comfortable. It even helped a little with my hair, but mainly it’s just So. Nice. To. Sleep. On!”

Best 19 momme silk pillowcase

$23

Even though this silk pillowcase has one of the lowest momme counts on our list, it’s also one of the cheapest, which is a selling point for many reviewers. “The price is so reasonable, I’m thinking every female in my family will be getting one for Christmas,” writes one reviewer, who even at 19 momme is still impressed with the quality and results. “This feels wonderful against my skin and my hair isn’t a tangled mess in the morning. Too early to tell about wrinkle abatement but fingers crossed!” And over 200 more reviewers comment that their hair looks better since using this, including one who writes, “I do believe that using this pillowcase has helped stop hair breakage and improved the skin on my face. The claims that the silk allows your hair and skin to glide over the fabric, rather than tugging, seems to be true.” One more even tried satin pillowcases before and says nothing reduced her “matted halo of frizz” better than this silk option. Plus she says she sleeps hot, and these keep her “cool all night.”

Best 21 momme silk pillowcase

While not proven that a higher momme count makes for a higher quality pillowcase, reviewers of this mulberry silk pillowcase think the number makes a difference. One astute customer even points out that momme is higher on this Ravmix pillowcase than the momme from Slip (which is only 19 momme). “This is at incredible savings in comparison with the Slip brand, PLUS better color choices,” she writes. She plans to purchase more for all her pillows. Another customer thinks it “seems a lot more expensive than it is,” adding, “It’s very luxurious! It’s very comfortable and I wake up with softer skin and much less frizzy hair.” She even reports that after handwashing it and letting it air dry, “it came out lovely.” A third customer says that even after washing them several times, “They still look and feel like the day [she] received them.” She even thinks she sleeps better on these than her other linens: “It doesn’t pull my curls. It’s velvety to the touch. I sleep like a baby!”

Best 22 momme silk pilowcase

$22

Reviewers are impressed with this silk pillowcase from the moment they open the box. “First off, the packaging left a good first impression,” one writes. “It came in a nice, sturdy box, and the pillowcase was wrapped in a protective tissue paper.” The reviewers are just as impressed with the pillow itself. One who says, “I own many silk pillowcases (I know, I’m not right…) but this one is just heavenly to lie on.” They add, “Most of my other cases do not come close to the exquisite feel of this case.” Others say that its quality is top notch, noting the 600 thread count and the zipper design. “The pillowcase is just gorgeous, quality silk nice and thick high thread-count ply, with a beautiful luster,” one writes. “There is a zipper is hidden on the side which is so nice so your pillow is not falling out constantly.” Sleepers also attest that it has all the beauty benefits, too. “I noticed the difference after a few nights sleep when my hair is much more manageable in the morning,” one writes, while another says, “I can definitely notice fewer wrinkles on my face in the morning.” And while silk pillowcases require specific care, one reviewer says this one is easy to clean: “I usually hand wash it in my sink in the morning and hang to dry over my towel bar. It dries quickly and is ready to put back on in the evening. I wash it every few days.”

Best 25 momme silk pillowcases

Reviewers chose this Fishers Finery pillowcase because of the higher momme count. One reviewer purchased five of these for her entire family because after using different silk pillowcases for over six years, she says, “These are the best I’ve experienced.” She further explains, “The quality of the silk and stitching is superior to any I’ve owned and I think they will outlast my other ones.” Another customer agrees that a “heavier momme makes a huge difference in skin and hair” and thinks these pillowcases exude “quality.” A third reviewer chose these not only because of the “higher momme count,” describing these as “really thick, high quality pillowcases,” but also because they’re charmeuse, which she explains is “a slippery weave.” After using the case for a few days, she writes, “Silk is supposed to not cause wrinkles and bed head. Well, my wrinkles are still there, but my pillow no longer does my hair in the morning.”

Best (less expensive) 25 momme silk pillowcases

Celestial Silk 100% Silk Pillowcase
$37

Over three dozen reviewers say they can tell the difference between the quality of this 25 momme silk pillowcase versus other brands with a lower momme count. One customer bought a 19 momme pillowcase and this Celestial Silk case. After sleeping on both, she assessed that “this pillowcase was higher quality, thicker, and more luxurious to sleep on,” and says, “I felt like a queen sleeping on this pillowcase. All of my friends could not stop touching it and everyone wants one for themselves.” A first-time buyer of a silk pillowcase, who based his purchase on other reviewers, writes, “I kept waking up in the mornings looking like I’ve been in a wrestling match all night more and more, with my eyebrow hairs pointing up and hair looking like a milking machine has been sucking on it all night.” He made the switch to this silk pillowcase and says he and his wife no longer wake up “looking crazy,” adding, “While I don’t wake up looking like Brad Pitt, I don’t wake up looking like the lovechild of the Bride of Frankenstein and Don King anymore.”

Best machine-washable silk pillowcase

“After sleeping on a silk pillowcase, I don’t know how I could ever go back to anything else,” writes one reviewer, who like more than 40 percent of reviewers have seen an improvement in their hair and skin after swapping in this Beauty of Orient pillowcase. “I wake up in the morning with no creases on my face and my gray hair is smooth and unsnarled,” reports one reviewer. About a dozen reviewers also say this pillow keeps them cool. And while the recommended care for this silk pillowcase and most others is hand-washing, reviewers say this holds up well to machine washing. “I machine-washed it in a lingerie bag and hung it to dry (dries very quickly),” one writes. “The wrinkles that formed while drying smoothed out after inserting the pillow. And even if it does get messed up one user says “At this price, if I have to replace it every year, it’s worth the convenience. But so far, it’s come through the laundry just fine.”