The best pillows for all types of sleepers

Good Housekeeping
The pillow test

(Photo by Mark Lund)

Our testers and textile pros tossed and turned on 34 pillows so you won't have to.

Best for Side Sleepers

Pacific Coast Double DownAround Firm

($44 to $80,

Testers found the dense feather-and-down stuffing in this plush option dreamy.

"The perfect height," one said.

Cuddledown Sateen Synthetic Fill Contour Cradle Gusseted

($69 to $89,

A special shoulder cutout makes this comfy pillow perfect for propping up dedicated side snoozers.

JCPenney Signature Collection Side Sleeper


The foam sprang back into shape after we stacked on 30 pounds for eight hours, a sign of good durability. Testers deemed it comfortable and substantial.

Best for Back Sleepers

Garnet Hill Signature Jacquard Down

($130 to $178,

Its lofty down fill explains the price. This kept its shape — no lumps! — and easily slid into a case after five washings.

The Company Store Black Label Primaloft Medium

($49 to $59,

Looked as good as new even after laundering, and its synthetic filling held up well: "Loved how it cradled my head," one sleepy volunteer observed.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Neck

($89 to $159,

A curved design cushions the head and neck. Most found the foam's shape and firmness supportive; a few pronounced it "too hard."

Best for Stomach Sleepers

Pacific Coast Double DownAround Soft

(44 to $80,

Aced all lab tests, from multiple washings to withstanding weight, but testers were split on whether it was soft enough.

Wamsutta Comfort Medium Support

($16 for King,

At this price, it was impressive how well this pillow both maintained its appearance after laundering and held up to our durability test; it also struck the ideal balance of cushiness and support, dozers reported.

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