There's nothing quite like the feeling of hopping into a cozy bed after a long day. It's the perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge, which means when it comes to creating your sleep sanctuary, you need the best of the best comforters, sheets, pillows, mattresses and more.
Of course, finding all of these things can be quite tricky. But thankfully, the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is helping answer all of your biggest questions in one place — our Ultimate Bedding Guide. Inside this guide, Executive Director of Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute Lexie Sachs and other fiber scientists and textile experts give you the scoop on all things bedding and share their favorite products from their many tests. Learn about finding the perfect mattress based on your sleep position, how to pick the right kind of sheets, the trick to finding the fluffiest comforters and so much more.
Although this tried-and-tested info is only accessible to GH+ members, we're sharing a sneak peek of the exclusive Ultimate Bedding Guide below:
How can I find the most comfortable pillow?
It all comes down to your body type, sleep position and your personal preferences for materials. The easiest way to decide is to shop by pillow fill and height:
- Down: These come from the undercoat of ducks and geese and tend to be the fluffiest choice. They're often pricey, but a blend of down and feather may be firmer and less expensive.
- Down alternative: They're typically made with synthetic fibers so they're animal-free and more affordable, yet can still feel soft and provide support.
- Memory foam: Often firmer and more supportive than fiberfills, these pillows come in both solid foam or foam clusters, which feel more plush.
- Latex: Made from rubber trees, these fills feel similar to memory foam, but have more bounce with less contouring.
- Hybrid: Similar to how hybrid mattresses combine the benefits of two materials, these pillows blend foam and fiberfill to feel supportive yet plush.
- Sleep position: Side sleepers need a taller pillow to keep their spine aligned, while stomach sleepers need a lower height. Back sleepers can opt for something in between.
- Body type: To avoid having your head and neck tilt in any direction, larger frames should use a higher pillow whereas smaller bodies need their pillows to be flatter
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