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There are a ton of different pillows out there to choose from these days. Depending on how you sleep, it can take some serious research to find the right one for your situation. But if you’re suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain (or all three), a gel-infused memory foam pillow just might be what you need. Not only can it help knock out neck and shoulder pain, a memory gel pillow can also even help you stay cool throughout the night. Here’s what you need to know before buying one, plus our favorites.
Memory Gel Pillow Buying Guide
A memory gel-infused pillow cradles your head firmly, but comfortably. Some even have a curved contour for your neck, and a viscous elastic material to fold and flip whatever way you want to keep your head at different heights. These can even include extra inner material, letting you add or remove filling to find that just-right texture and elevation for the perfect rest.
Gel can also keep your pillows cool and at a consistent temperature, which is a lifesaver on hot summer nights, with or without air conditioning.
Other than the filling, don’t discount the cover and material of the casing. There are many different types, like quilted, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and ones that are resistant to dust mites. Some are machine washable, which makes it super easy to clean each time you wash your bedding.
Thicker memory gel and foam pillows typically tend to be better for back and side sleepers, thanks to their density that allows your head to comfortably sink in while still keeping your neck and spine in alignment. But if you’re a stomach sleeper, it’s recommended to go with a lower or adjustable loft (about 2-4 inches) that’s soft enough so your spine’s not in an awkward position.
What Are the Best Memory Gel Pillows?
From Casper to Tempur-Pedic, here are our picks for the best memory gel pillows to buy right now.
1. Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze
Tempur-Pedic is known for making super comfortable memory foam pillows, which form to the contours of your face, neck and shoulders. This one’s for all sorts of sleepers such as back, side and stomach. This pillow adapts to you no matter how you rest, and keeps you cool and comfortable all night long, thanks to the Tempur-Breeze gel layer on both sides. The 100 percent cotton, premium quilted cover is removable and washable, and this is designed to last years without losing its shape.
2. Casper Foam Pillow
You may know Casper as a mattress company, but it also makes this comfortable and supportive pillow. The cover helps to keep you feeling cool at night, while small vents help to circulate air outwards so you don’t overheat while you’re trying to get some rest. Inside, there’s a mix of high-density and low-density foam, making it supportive but soft enough to sink into at the end of the day.
3. Mellanni Plush Gel-Fiber Filled Pillows
Mellanni’s gel-fiber pillows feature a cotton fill, are incredibly soft and can quickly retain their shape and fluffiness thanks to the filling inside. No matter what your preferred sleep position is, they stay plump without getting lumpy, and still offer just the right amount of support. The casing is 100 percent cotton, 240 thread count with double-hemmed stitching. The pillows are washer- and dryer-safe. Pair them with Mellanni’s super-soft silk pillowcases and sheets, and you’ve got a bedding set you’ll look forward to climbing into each and every night.
4. Bluewave Bedding Super Slim Gel Memory Foam Pillow
This pillow has a super-low lift at only 3.25 inches, but that’s the whole point. For stomach sleepers, those who sleep in odd positions or those wake up with neck pain, low might be the way to go. Though it’s short, the inside filling is still supportive, packed with dense gel-infused memory foam with ventilation holes for better airflow. Its soft outer cover is removable and washable too, and it’s constructed with bamboo and polyester to keep it cooler than traditional cotton.