How we test products
Our mission is to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect sleep products.
We've dedicated hundreds of hours to testing mattresses and sleep accessories, and rely on a team of testers of differing weights, temperature preferences, and sleeping positions to evaluate each product.
Tested products are granted the Sleep Hero tested stamp of approval, a mark of our review's reliability.
If we haven't personally tested a product, please be assured that we invest significant time and energy into scouring the UK market and researching the best recommendations, and we work with a team of sleep experts who review our articles, ensuring that the insights we provide are not only relatable but also reliable.
What is a bath pillow?
A bath pillow is a supportive cushion that provides a layer of comfort to rest your head against in the bath. 💆♂️
A bath pillow with suction cups sticks to the bath ledge and has an ergonomic design to support the head and neck.
Pillows for the bath typically come in waterproof PVC plastic or fabric mesh material with a foam filling. 🧽
Do bath pillows really work?
We tested 4 bath pillows for several weeks, but did they make much difference to our bath routine? 👇
- They made taking a bath more comfortable and enjoyable
- They created a comfortable headrest that supported the neck and shoulders
- We spent more time in the bath overall
- We felt more relaxed after our bath
Research also suggests hydrotherapy can significantly benefit your health by reducing pain and increasing immunity.
Another study indicates that baths have a more positive effect on the body compared with showering.
This includes feeling physically more healthy and having lower stress levels.
But what drawbacks did we find?
Yet, we did experience some issues when testing the bath pillows.
Putting the pillow in the bath can often be fiddly. 😤
The non-slip suction cups didn’t always have the best stick, but it helped to wet them with a cloth and press the pillow onto the bath ledge for 30 seconds. ⏳️
Some bath pillows were also slightly too firm and kept you upright rather than lying down and relaxed.
The mesh bath pillows we tested did dry quickly, but we had concerns about the moisture build-up inside the pillow. 🦠
Likewise, bath pillows with waterproof plastic aren’t the most durable and started to tear around the suction cups.
How to use a bath pillow
A bath pillow is relatively straightforward to use. ✅️
First, wet the suction cups using a damp cloth or flannel.
Then, press the suction cups onto the bath ledge, where you usually rest your head.
You may have to adjust the bath pillow if it’s not in a position which feels comfortable.
Some bath pillows don’t always have the best grip. 👎
When we tested the best bath pillows on Amazon, we found that pressing the suction cups down for 30 seconds helped make the pillow more secure for the bath.
Bath pillow prices
Bath pillows are often reasonably priced. 💰
The price can vary depending on the bath pillow you purchase.
Inflatable bath pillows are amongst the cheapest options and cost anywhere from £7 or more.
Alternatively, luxury bath pillows or full-body bath pillows can cost as much as £50.
However, the average bath pillow will cost between £20 - £30.
A relaxing bath can be just the thing you need for a bit of self-care. 🛀
Luxury bath pillows are a great way to treat yourself and wind down for the evening.
But how else can you level up your bath time routine to create a tranquil mood?
Take a look at our favourite products to treat yourself to a well-deserved pamper! 👇