Are Pricey Pillows Better?

A pillow can cost a hundred dollars, or even more! But is a pricey pillow worth it? Consumer Reports went to work to find out.

Consumer Reports asked dozens of panelists to "go to sleep" on the job, trying out the same type of pillow they normally sleep on...feather-down...polyester...or memory foam.

Adam Kaplan of Consumer Reports says, "Each person took home an expensive and an inexpensive pillow, not knowing which was which. And then we asked them to sleep on them for five consecutive nights."

The feather-down face-off--the $100 Bed, Bath, & Beyond pillow and a $30 one from JC Penney.

The polyester pillow showdown-an $81 Company Store pillow pitted against a $10 Kmart pillow.

And the memory foam pillow match-up: the $99 Tempur-Pedic one versus this $35 Target pillow.

So how did the pillows stack up with the panelists?

Panelists one: "The first one was too firm."

Panelists two: "One was noticeably more comfortable."

Panelists three: "I didn't notice any difference between the two. They were both comfortable."

Kaplan says, "It turns out for the polyester and feather-down pillows, most staffers did find the more expensive pillows more comfortable."

But when it came to memory-foam pillows-panelists judged both pillows to have about the same level of comfort. So you could save $64 by getting the $35 memory foam pillow from Target.

Savings that just might help you sleep better at night.

Trying to figure out whether a soft, medium, or firm pillow is the one for you?

The Better Sleep Council says it depends on how you sleep.

For people who sleep on their side, firm pillows are best.

Back sleepers should use a medium-firm pillow.

And soft is good if you like to sleep on your stomach.


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