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Panda Hybrid pillow vs original pillow
We’ve tested both these pillows, and we think they are great - but what are their differences and similarities?
The table below gives you a comparison of the differences:
|Panda Memory Foam Bamboo pillow||Panda Hybrid Bamboo pillow|
|Core||3rd generation memory foam||100% charcoal infused memory foam|
|Cover Material||40% bamboo & 60% polyester||
Outer cover & inner cover: 100% rayon bamboo
Cover filling: 80% bamboo microfibre & 20% recycled nano microfibre
|Cover Design||Soft and slightly textured cover in white & Panda logo||Silky soft Plush BambooCloud cover in white with air mesh sides & Panda logo|
|Size||60 x 40 x 12 cm (27.5 x 15.7 x 5.11 inches)||70 x 40 x 13 cm (23.6 x 15.7 x 4.7 inches)|
|Weight:||1.8 kg (3.9 lbs)||2.2 kg (4.85 lbs)|
The main differences between the pillows are the materials, size, and weight.
Yet, both these luxurious pillows come in medium-firm support and provide pressure-relieving comfort.
You’ll also get the 10-year-guarantee, 30-night sleep trial, free delivery, and returns no matter your choice.
Both pillows include ethically sourced bamboo with a high standard of sustainability. ♻️
The original pillow is more budget-friendly for those who want a comfortable pillow that is good value for money.
Check it out below:
Panda Hybrid pillow firmness
It’s our job to test the best pillows on the market - and we’ve tried a bunch of them!
But the Panda Hybrid pillow is one of our favourites.
It has a supportive feel that hugs the head and snuggles the shoulders. 🤗
The Panda Hybrid pillow is rated medium-firm, and we’d agree with this rating. ✔️
Most people are used to soft hollowfibre pillows that you sink right into and might feel sceptical about using a firmer pillow.
Yet, the Panda Hybrid pillow still feels soft whilst supportive.
Take a look at the image:
As you can see, the weight sinks into the pillow without fully plummeting to the bottom.
This is the perfect balance of sinking and support you need, particularly if you are a side or back sleeper.
But more on that below. 👇
Does the Panda Hybrid pillow sleep hot?
You might be thinking, why would I buy a memory foam pillow if I want a cooler sleep?
But Panda London has come up with an innovative design that regulates temperature and promotes breathability.
In fact, despite testing this pillow during a heatwave, we felt cool and comfortable throughout the night. 🌙
The bamboo cover is highly breathable with moisture-wicking properties that will help sweaty sleepers stay drier at night.
Another great feature of the memory foam is the additional charcoal-infusion technology. 🔬
Not only is charcoal antibacterial, but it also absorbs excess body heat.
This encourages you to stay at the perfect temperature without overheating.
The Active 02 Micropods have been included to promote airflow throughout the pillow. 🍃
These small holes within the foam structure encourage air to circulate throughout the pillow.
The cover also features air mesh sides that allow any stored heat to easily pass out of the pillow.
A combination of all these different features assured we slept coolly even during a UK heatwave. 🌞
Panda Hybrid pillow size
The Panda Hybrid pillow is the largest yet, measuring 70 x 40 x 13 cm (27.5 x 15.7 x 5.11 inches).
This is larger than the original pillow, which measures 60 x 40 x 12 cm (23.6 x 15.7 x 4.7 inches).
If you’re a side sleeper and find the previous model too low, you might get on better with the Panda London Hybrid pillow.
The Panda Hybrid pillow is also significantly heavier than other pillows, weighing 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs.) 🏋️
So, we wouldn’t recommend using it for pillow fights.
Yet, despite its large size, we’ve experienced no issues with using a regular pillowcase on the Panda Hybrid Memory Foam Bamboo pillow.
Panda Hybrid pillow discount code
Is the Panda Hybrid pillow out of your price range?
Panda London often has promotional sales throughout the year, where you can get huge savings on Panda products.
Sleep Hero often has exclusive discounts on some top brands, including Panda.
You can keep tabs on all the best Panda promotions on our discounts page or sign up for our newsletter. 🏷️
Panda sleep trial
We think it’s highly unlikely that you’ll not get on with your Panda Hybrid pillow.
But seeing as we love ours, we’re a little biased.
Luckily, Panda offers a 30-night sleep trial on all their pillows, mattress toppers, and mattress protectors.
This means you can fully test your Panda Hybrid pillow and send it back if it’s unsuitable. 😄
You’ll receive a full refund once your pillow has been returned (clean and undamaged) to Panda.
You can see the full terms of this trial on the Panda website.
Should you buy the Panda Hybrid pillow?
It would be unfair of us to say that you’re definitely going to love this pillow.
We’ve had a phenomenal experience with the Panda Hybrid pillow and the other Panda products we’ve tried. 💕
And we feel great about investing in a brand that cares about its environmental impact.
But pillow comfort is subjective, so it’s important to consider whether this pillow is right for you.
You also have a 30-night trial to give you some extra peace of mind if you’re still unsure. 🤞