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9 Best Pillows for Side Sleepers, According to Experts

We tested over 100 pillows so you can have your best sleep ever.

Best Pillows for Side Sleepers, According to Home Experts
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Finding the right pillow can be downright exhausting. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect pillow by putting popular styles to the test, including down, down alternative, memory foam, hybrid, latex, and cooling pillows.

Fiber Scientists put hundreds of pillows to the test in Lab and with consumer testers. Pros evaluate each pillow's ease of laundering and how well it maintains its shape after weights are applied (to mimic real-life use). Side sleepers slept on each pillow to give feedback on comfort, support, temperature regulation and more. To pick the best pillows for side sleepers, we considered data from in-Lab evaluations and tester feedback.

Our top picks:

We most recently reviewed this article in August 2022 to ensure all of our recommendations were in stock and reflected accurate pricing; we also added a new top-tested pick from Saatva. You can learn more about how we test and tips on how to shop for your perfect pillow at the bottom of this article, but first, here are the best pillows for side sleepers.

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Best Overall Pillow for Side Sleepers
Coop Home Goods
Premium Original Adjustable Pillow
Coop Home Goods
Care Machine washable; wash cover and fill separately
Fill Shredded memory foam and microfiber clusters
Sizes Queen and King
Best Value Pillow for Side Sleepers
Pillow Cube
Sidekick
Care Cover only machine washable
Fill Solid memory foam
Sizes 5" and 6" heights (both 12"x12")
Best Down Pillow for Side Sleepers
Cuddledown
800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow
Cuddledown
Care Machine washable
Fill Down, cotton cover
Sizes Standard, Queen, King and European with four height options
Best Down Alternative Pillow for Side Sleepers
Tuft & Needle
Down Alternative Pillow Set
Tuft & Needle
Care Machine washable
Fill Polyester, cotton cover
Sizes Standard and King
Best Organic Pillow for Side Sleepers
Naturepedic
Organic 2-in-1 Adjustable Latex Pillow
Naturepedi
Care Cover only machine washable
Fill Latex, cotton cover
Sizes Standard, Queen and King
Best Memory Foam Pillow for Side Sleepers
Tempur-Pedic
breeze° Pro + Advanced Cooling Pillow
Tempur-Pedic
Care Cover only machine washable
Fill Solid memory foam, polyester and polyurethane cover
Sizes Queen and King with Lo and Hi heights
Best Hybrid Pillow for Side Sleepers
Layla Sleep
Kapok Pillow
Layla
Care Not washabe
Fill Kapok and shredded memory foam
Sizes Queen and King
Best Cooling Pillow for Side Sleepers
Purple
Harmony Pillow
Purple
Now 10% off
Care Cover only machine washable; lay flat to dry
Fill Hyper-elastic polymer grid, latex core, nylon and spandex cover
Sizes Standard and King with Low, Standard and Tall heights
Best Latex Pillow for Side Sleepers
Saatva
Saatva Latex Pillow
Saatva
Care Cover only machine washable
Fill Shredded latex, organic cotton cover
Sizes Queen and King
How we test pillows for side sleepers
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Over 350 at-home testers nationwide tried out pillows that matched their preferences (sleeping position and desired fill) and reported on the pillow's comfort, support and much more. In Lab, we wash-tested each pillow multiple times to make sure it was durable and can withstand proper care without warping or shrinking. We also use weights at a similar size and weight of an average head on each pillow to ensure each one can keep its shape after repeated use. From tester feedback and lab evaluations, we had 3,218 data points to analyze. The featured styles are pillows specified for side sleepers and had excellent performance in our evaluations:

What to look for when shopping for the best pillows for side sleepers
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Side sleepers should choose a thick, firm pillow compared to stomach sleepers who need a thinner one. The best pillow will keep your head and neck aligned when lying down. Any fill from down to foam can work for side sleepers as long as the pillow is thick enough to support your neck.

✔️ Don't forget to check the care instructions. In our evaluations, some pillows could not be washed at all, while even more pillows only have a machine washable cover. If you are sensitive to allergens, look for an entirely machine washable pillow, and keep in mind that memory foam is usually not machine washable.

✔️ Determine your sleeping style: If you are a restless sleeper, look for plusher options that can easily change shape. If you stay put on your side all night, a solid memory foam pillow can support your head in one position to help keep you asleep.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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Emma Seymour is the senior textiles analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has rigorously tested more than 100 pillows in the Textiles Lab in the past two years, and she has coordinated pillow sleep testing with hundreds of at-home reviewers. Emma has a Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science from Cornell University and has been testing bedding for more than three years at Good Housekeeping.

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