The Best Body Pillows

More and more sleepers are coming to realize that pillows aren’t just for your head. Though traditional pillows are certainly important, there’s also a lot to be gained by using a body pillow.

Body pillows comes in several shapes, from long tubes to U-shapes, and are designed to help cushion and prop up different parts of body.

Because of their different sizes and shapes, body pillows offer tremendous versatility. They can help give support to the shoulders, back, hips, knees, or ankles. For this reason, they are popular among pregnant women, athletes, and anyone who may have frequent joint or muscle pain.

With the growing popularity of these pillows, more and more are coming onto the market, and this can make it hard to identify which are the best in terms of performance and value. In this guide, we’ll direct you to our picks for the best body pillows and outline the key considerations to have in mind when you shop for one.

What Are The Best Body Pillows of 2018?

Brand/Model Type of Pillow Loft Level Price
Tempur-Pedic BodyPillow One-Piece Memory Foam Medium $149.25
Coop Home Goods Body Pillow Shredded Memory Foam + Microfiber Adjustable $69.99
Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow Shredded Memory Foam Medium to High $69.99
Moonlight Slumber Comfort U Body Pillow Down Alternative (Polyester) Medium $109.95
Aller-Ease Cotton Hypoallergenic Pillow Down Alternative (Polyester) Low to Medium $19.99

Tempur-Pedic Body Pillow

Why we like it:

  • Medium-firm feel for a balance of softness and support
  • TEMPUR fill has reputation for performance and durability
  • Polyester knit cover facilitates airflow
  • Contouring is ideal for side sleepers and pregnant women

 

 

There’s no company with a more established track record in memory foam products than Tempur-Pedic. The company’s TEMPUR foam is known for its responsive feel and ability to contour to the body, and this allows the Tempur-Pedic Body Pillow to provide pressure relief no matter how you choose to use it.

With one single piece of foam, it holds its medium-firm feel and loft. Though TEMPUR foam can build up heat, a polyester knit cover helps allow ventilation. With its proven history in mattresses and pillows, TEMPUR foam can be counted on for durability and years of high-level performance.

Customers should be aware that TEMPUR foam can have a distinct smell when it is first unboxed. The smell usually doesn’t last but can offend some people. Tempur-Pedic does not allow returns of this pillow.

Coop Home Goods Body Pillow

Why we like it:

  • Adjustable loft level allows you to dial in on the right size and shape
  • Memory foam and microfiber fill gives contouring and softness
  • Polyester-rayon blend in cover stretches and wicks moisture
  • 100-night sleep trial

 

The Coop Home Goods Body Pillow is a top choice for anyone who wants the utmost control over feel and loft. It comes with significant loft, but the zippered cover lets you remove fill for personalization.

The fill is a combination of shredded pieces of memory foam and microfiber. The memory foam helps cushion your body while the microfiber adds softness and offers temperature regulation.

The cross-cut foam also helps with airflow and to limit bunching, and a cover made with a blend of polyester and rayon stays soft and stretchy but at the same time can pull moisture away from your body for breathability.

A 100-night sleep trial gives you the opportunity to find out if a body pillow, and specifically this body pillow, is a good fit.

Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow

Why we like it:

  • Breathable polyester and bamboo-viscose cover
  • Improved airflow and support from shredded memory foam
  • Considerable loft with responsiveness that can be used in any position
  • 20-year warranty
  • 120-night sleep trial

This body pillow from Snuggle-Pedic offers excellent support to any part of the body and especially to side sleepers and pregnant women who need significant loft. At the same time, the moldability and responsiveness of shredded memory foam makes it versatile enough to be a great choice for anyone who wants a body pillow.

The use of shredded foam provides room for airflow and ventilation, reducing risk of sleeping hot. The cover, made of micro-vented bamboo viscose and polyester, is smooth and breathable, further fighting any excess heat retention.

Snuggle-Pedic stands firmly behind their product with a 120-night sleep trial and also a 20-year warranty, both of which easily outpace the industry standards.

Moonlight Slumber Comfort U Body Pillow

Why we like it:

  • Extremely versatile U-shaped design
  • Down alternative fill is plush yet supportive
  • Fully machine washable
  • Offered in 4 color choices

For customers who want more robust support and cushioning, the Moonlight Slumber Comfort U Body Pillow fits the bill.

Rather than just one straight pillow, it has a u-shaped design that provides abundant support in numerous positions. To cite just two examples, the pillow can support the abdomen and back at the same time (extremely useful for pregnant women), or it can be used to sit or recline comfortably in bed.

The fill is a down alternative polyester that is hypoallergenic, light, and able to compress to hug the body. A medium loft level makes it consistent enough to provide reliable support.

The entire pillow is completely machine-washable for easy cleaning, and it’s also available in 4 different colors to fit your style.

Aller-Ease Cotton Hypoallergenic Pillow

Why we like it:

  • Breathable cover made with 100% cotton
  • Down alternative fill gives softness without allergy issues
  • Bargain price accessible to virtually any customer
  • Washer and dryer safe for easy cleaning

You may have already invested a significant amount in your mattress and bedding, leaving you with a limited budget for a body pillow. In that case, the Aller-Ease body pillow is the product for you.

The design of this body pillow is simple. The cover is 100% cotton. This material is known for softness and its ability to absorb moisture, which means it helps pull sweat away from your body so you don’t wake up clammy.

The fill is polyester with a down alternative feel: light, airy, and soft. The loft is low-to-medium but the fill is moldable if you need to adjust the pillow for extra support. This material is hypoallergenic making it ideal for people with sensitivities to down or other materials.

For ease of cleaning, the whole pillow can be put in the washer and dryer. With a price that is less than half of many other body pillows, it’s a great choice for budget shoppers.

Body Pillow Guide

What to Consider when Buying a Body Pillow

Because body pillows are a newer and growing segment of bedding products, a significant number of customers aren’t sure what to look for. Though they can deliver significant comfort and pain relief, it can be difficult to know what makes one body pillow a better choice than another.

Loft and Height

If you’re counting on a body pillow to offer you support, it needs to have enough loft and fill to adequately cushion you. Every body pillow has a different amount of loft (height), and the right amount for you will depend on your body shape and which part of your body needs the extra padding from the pillow.

If you’re looking for a body pillow to place between your knees, you need much less loft than if you’re looking for substantial back or torso support. Some pillows, especially those made with shredded foams or down, are more moldable, letting you bunch the pillow up to boost loft. One-piece pillows usually have a more consistent yet limited loft range.

A popular option is a body pillow with adjustable loft: by removing some material from a zippered cover, you can tailor the amount of fill to your needs.

If you’re not entirely sure how much loft you need, try out a body pillow and have someone take a photo to see if your body and spine is well-aligned. This can give clear visual evidence about what kind of loft you need for proper cushioning and alignment.

Firmness

Depending on the material and the amount of fill, a body pillow can range from very hard to very soft. Most customers prefer a medium firmness since it can remain soft without jeopardizing the ability to bolster parts of the body. An extremely soft body pillow tends to be more limited in holding its shape and support throughout the night.

Responsiveness

A body pillow can be used to support more than just one part of the body. This makes responsiveness -- the ability to compress proportionally based on the weight applied -- a huge advantage. For example, a responsive body pillow can contour to offer more cushion at the hips than at the arms.

Memory foam tends to be the most responsive material and for that reason is a popular choice in body pillows.

Materials and Design

There are three reasons why the materials and design of a body pillow can be critical considerations.

Performance is inherently tied to materials and design. The softness, contouring, and heat retention are all affected by the pillow’s construction.

Some materials are simply more durable than others. Since body pillows often take on a lot of pressure, they need to be robust if they are going to last.

For many customers, it’s important that the pillow use organic or natural materials or at least materials that are free of potentially harmful chemicals. This is often of particular importance for pregnant women who are in the market for a body pillow and want to make sure not to expose themselves or the fetus to harmful substances.

Shape and Size

Body pillows come in different lengths, thicknesses, and shapes. Think about whether you want a U-shaped pillow or if you need one that is extra-long (if you’re tall) or extra-thick (if you need it to cushion a heavier part of the body). Also think about whether the body pillow will be able to fit comfortably with you given the size of your bed.

Allergies and/or Sensitivities

Because you press much of your body up against them, body pillows can heighten allergic reactions. Take extra care to scrutinize the materials if you have any known sensitivities or allergies.

Return Policy

If you’ve never used a body pillow or are unsure about which type will be best, a flexible return policy is extremely useful. Look for a body pillow that comes with a sleep trial and the option to return the pillow, ideally with no shipping fees, for a full refund if it’s not right for you.