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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.
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What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a material made from viscoelastic polyurethane foam.
Originally developed by NASA, memory foam was created to absorb g-shock in space seats...🚀
The material was so good at relieving pressure from the body that in 1991, Tempur developed the first memory foam mattress.
Memory foam can conform and change shape when contact with the body is made.
When that contact is released, the material returns to its original shape.
Hence the reason we call it “memory foam”.
But not all memory foam feels the same…🤔
Are memory foam pillows good for neck pain?
A good quality memory foam pillow can make a difference in a restful night’s sleep. 😴
If you’re waking up with neck pain, this might be because your pillow is bending your spine or neck too much during the night.
Likewise, pillows with no support will straighten the spine or neck, creating tension. 😬
Memory foam doesn’t resist against the body like other pillow fillings.
Instead, it moulds itself around pressure points for a good night's sleep.
You can even buy memory foam neck pillows, such as the Tempur Queen Original, that follow the natural shape of the neck.
Whilst memory foam can make a great support pillow, they aren’t a cure for injury or health problems.
Memory foam pillows can help take the strain off the spine or neck.
However, you should always seek medical advice for any underlying health conditions. 👨⚕️
How to choose a memory foam pillow
There are all kinds of things to consider when buying a pillow.
Consider these criteria before you buy a memory foam pillow:
- Is my current pillow uncomfortable?
- What's my budget for a memory foam pillow?
- Does the memory foam pillow come with a sleep trial?
- How long is the guarantee on the memory foam pillow?
- Are there cheaper but similar alternatives available?
- Do I need a soft memory foam pillow or a firm memory foam pillow?
- What memory foam pillow do I need for my sleeping position?
You should consider your personal preference and requirements when buying a pillow. ⚖️
Only buy what you can reasonably afford and check for discounts or alternative payment options if you’re looking to stretch the budget.
And whilst reviews can be great, you should use your own judgement when deciding whether or not you should buy a product.
Memory foam pillow alternatives
Okay, so you've decided that perhaps a memory foam pillow is not for you.
Don't worry! 😅
There are a ton of fantastic alternatives available for you to try instead.
Latex is a highly sustainable material that comes from tree sap.
Latex pillows have a similar feel to memory foam but are cooler and have a more responsive "bounce back" feeling.
Relyon Superior Comfort Deep Latex pillows are made from 100% pure latex and have firm support ideal for side sleepers.
Hollowfibre and microfibre pillows are one of the cheapest and most accessible pillows available. 💰
Made with polyester, most people have owned a hollowfibre pillow in their lifetime.
The Kally Sleep Adjustable Pillow is our favourite hollowfibre pillow.
It also comes with a removable 100% cotton cover, ideal for those who sweat during sleep.
Feather and down pillows
Feather and down pillows have been around for centuries, and for good reason! 🦆
Just like memory foam, these feather and down alternatives conform to your head and neck shape.
Feather pillows are a great option for those who like to sink into their pillow.
We're obsessed with the Hypnos Feather and Down pillows made from luxurious duck feathers and down with a 300-thread count cotton cover.
Memory foam pillow sizes
Memory foam pillows come in all shapes and sizes.
Standard UK size memory foam pillows measure just under 50 x 75 cm (20" x 20".)
You should use a regular pillowcase with around 1 inch of extra space on each side.
Ergonomic and shaped pillows come in their own unique shape and size.
Some brands, such as Tempur, also offer small memory foam pillows and memory foam travel pillows.
For these pillows, you will need a pillowcase designed specifically for these pillows.
You should check the care instructions on the manufacturer's website for more information about the sizing and requirements.
Take a look at our top picks for pillowcases:
Memory foam pillow discount codes
Luckily, you can also get great deals on memory foam pillows.
The best memory foam pillow sales are during Black Friday, Christmas and Easter.
Some brands also offer unique memory foam pillow voucher codes.
Our discounts page keeps you updated with all the latest codes and offers. 💰
Should I buy a memory foam pillow?
The perfect pillow means something different to everyone . . .
Whilst memory foam pillows are a great choice for many people, only you can decide if they are right for you! 😁
Consider your budget, lifestyle, and sleeping position before choosing a memory foam pillow.
Memory foam isn't the right pillow for everyone.
Our best pillow review recommends our favourite pillows in the UK.