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Choosing which pillow is best for you can be tricky. With so many variations of material and filling on the market, it can be tough to decide. Bamboo pillows have recently become a popular option. Bamboo as a raw material is naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. It can be made into linen, rayon, and lyocell. Bamboo creates highly breathable fabric and is a renewable and sustainable resource.
Bamboo pillows almost always come with a memory foam filling, but the density and style of this memory foam can vary. Some pillows feature adjustable memory foam filling, allowing you to customize the loft to fit your sleeping position. In this guide, we’ll review what to look for in a quality bamboo pillow including the fill, loft, and price. We’ll also explain how bamboo is transformed into fabric.
The Best Bamboo Pillows of 2019
Editor’s Pick – Coop Home Goods Eden
Best Value – Miracle Bamboo Pillow
Best Luxury – Cariloha Charcoal Memory Foam Pillow
Best Adjustable – Snuggle-Pedic Memory Foam Pillow
Our editor’s pick for the best bamboo pillow goes to the Coop Home Goods Eden pillow. This pillow uses shredded gel memory foam to create a comfortable cradle for the head, neck, and shoulders. The Eden has an inner and outer pillow case, both with low-profile invisible zippers to ensure the pillow remains comfortable. The outer case is made of a bamboo viscose and polyester blend that Coop Home Goods has named Lulltra fabric, which makes the pillow soft and breathable.
The pillow can be adjusted for back, side, or stomach sleepers. The zippered inner pillow case allows access to the shredded foam fill. This allows you to simply remove some fill to reduce the loft. It also comes with a half-pound of additional fill so that you can increase the loft if you prefer. The pillow comes in three sizes: standard, queen, and king. Both cover and the pillow itself are machine washable. The pillow is also hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it great for those who suffer from allergies.
The Miracle Bamboo Pillow is our choice for the best value bamboo pillow. The cozy and soft cover is made with bamboo viscose, which is antimicrobial and odor-resistant. The shredded memory foams lets you shift the filling around to make it comfortable for your desired sleeping position. Folding it in half will provide ample support for sitting up in bed.
The filling and pillow case cover material are temperature regulating, keeping you cool through the night with no need to flip your pillow to the cool side. The memory foam filling will bounce back even after washing, so it won’t lose shape over time. It can also roll down into a compact size, making it convenient for travel.
Our pick for the most luxurious bamboo pillow is the Cariloha charcoal memory foam pillow. This pillow is constructed in three layers. The core is a solid piece of bamboo charcoal memory foam. Throughout the piece, perforation holes promote ventilation and wick away moisture, so hot nights won’t be an issue. On top of the solid foam is a layer of batting made with bamboo viscose. Finally, the quilted cover is made entirely from bamboo-derived viscose. This outer cover uses a jacquard striping pattern.
With medium firmness, the pillow won’t lose its shape or spring with extended use. The cover is machine washable, naturally hypoallergenic, and resistant to allergens and dust mites.
Tuck’s pick for the best adjustable bamboo pillow is from Snuggle-Pedic. The pillow is made of shredded memory foam, left over from the production of their foam mattresses. The memory foam is finely shredded, to ensure that the fill is comfortable. The cover is made with a thick bamboo viscose with stretch to it, so it’s easy to rearrange the filling in the pillow without needing to open it up.
This pillow is completely adjustable to fit your needs based on your sleeping position and personal preference. Inside of the machine washable cover is another interior cover. Open that up, and you can remove the inner filling to suit your needs. Because of this adjustability, side, back, and stomach sleepers can sleep comfortably on this pillow. Although thick, the cover is woven into a breathable knit to promote ventilation and wick away moisture for a cool night. The bamboo cover is naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s allergy friendly, as well.
When deciding on the best pillow to suit your needs, you may consider bamboo pillows. These are a popular choice among those looking for a pillow made from natural fiber. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, making it an eco-friendly material. When woven into fabric it’s often combined with other materials, resulting in a soft yet durable pillow. Bamboo is naturally lightweight, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for those with allergies.
Typically, bamboo pillows have a memory foam filling with a cover made of a bamboo-derived material. The desired loft (height) of your pillow will depend on if you’re a stomach, back, or side sleeper. Many bamboo pillows feature adjustable filling, making them a comfortable and ergonomic choice for side, back, and stomach sleepers. Bamboo is also naturally lightweight, which promotes ventilation through the pillow. This breathability will keep you cooler during warm nights or if you’re a naturally warm sleeper.
Many options exist on the market, however, so it can be difficult to decipher which companies are making high-quality pillows. Below we’ll break down what to look for when buying a bamboo pillow and how to know you’re getting a good product.
The best bamboo pillow for you will depend on what type of fill you’d like, what loft (height) is most comfortable for you, and your budget. A few other things to consider before buying are how to clean the pillow and what the return policy and warranty include.
Most bamboo pillows are filled with memory foam. Memory foam is created through a chemical treatment that turns it into a squishy, supportive, and conforming material. It’s designed to cradle or hug your head, neck, and shoulders. It’s also designed to bounce back into its original shape when there’s no weight on it.
Bamboo pillows with memory foam come in two types: shredded and solid core. Shredded memory foam is, as the name implies, small pieces of memory foam encased in an inner liner within the pillow. Some pillows include a zipper on this liner so the user can remove or add shredded memory foam to adjust the fill level. The amount of filling affects the loft and firmness of the pillow, adding a level of customization that makes these pillows suitable for sleepers in any sleeping position. If your desired loft is higher than the original pillow, many manufacturers will provide extra filling at no charge.
Solid core memory foam is the other common fill in bamboo pillows. As the name suggests, this memory foam is a solid piece. The piece is cut to the specific size of the pillow. These can either be a flat surface or contoured to support the neck, head, and shoulders. Some solid memory foam includes small holes in the foam to promote airflow and ventilation, making these an ideal choice for warm nights.
Loft refers to the height of the pillow and is associated with the firmness of the pillow. Side-sleepers will be most comfortable with a medium-to-high-loft pillow. Back-sleepers generally have the same preference. Low loft pillows may be the most comfortable for stomach sleepers. Many bamboo pillows offer adjustable loft so they can work for any sleeping position.
The cost of a bamboo pillow ranges from $30 – $70, with a few costing up to $90. The price varies with size, filling, and the percentage of bamboo used in the cover material. The least expensive bamboo pillows are typically standard size with the pillowcase being about 40% bamboo-derived viscose/rayon. Larger pillows like queen and king tend to cost between $50 – $70. Bamboo pillowcase covers that are made entirely from bamboo viscose/rayon are generally more expensive than pillowcases that use a combination of bamboo viscose/rayon and polyester. Lastly, body-sized bamboo pillows are the most expensive size since they are the largest.
Most bamboo pillows with shredded memory foam fill are machine washable. Solid core memory foam is best spot-cleaned by hand, making it less convenient to wash than shredded memory foam. In both cases, the bamboo pillowcase can be machine washed. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning directions.
When shopping for the best bamboo pillow, it’s worth looking into the return policy and warranty on the pillow. Some companies offer a 100-day trial period, during which you can use the pillow and return it for a full refund if you’re not happy with your purchase. Other companies offer a lifetime warranty.
With the exception of body pillows, all sizes are the same width, but the length of the pillow changes with different sizes. Bamboo pillows are available in the following sizes:
|Standard||20W” x 26L”|
|Queen||20W” x 30L”|
|King||20W” x 36L”|
|Body||48W” x 20L”|
Bamboo is a grass that grows very quickly. Some varieties can grow as much as four feet in one day. Eco-conscious buyers are drawn to bamboo because of its renewability. When cut down, bamboo grows back stronger and sturdier, making this a low-impact resource. Bamboo also requires no fertilizer, pesticides, or irrigation. Bamboo is much easier to grow than cotton and uses less resources.
Bamboo can be processed either chemically or mechanically. We’ll break down the differences:
Once processed, bamboo can be made into several types of materials. The most common are bamboo linen, bamboo rayon (often referred to as bamboo viscose), and lyocell. Here are the differences:
Bamboo fabrics are a popular choice because they are woven into silk-like materials. Bamboo is naturally lightweight, which makes it breathable option for bedding. Bamboo grows quickly with little human intervention needed in the form of pesticides or irrigation. Once cut off at the root, bamboo will grow back stronger, making it a highly renewable and sustainable resource.
While bamboo is a natural fiber, it is often heavily processed with chemicals to make it into fabric, which may negate some of the eco-friendly aspects you may be looking for.
Pillows that use buckwheat filling are an eco-friendly alternative to bamboo pillows. This filling consists of the hulls of buckwheat kernels, which provide firm support while sleeping. Most buckwheat pillows also feature adjustable loft, meaning they can be adapted to your sleeping style and firmness preference. Latex pillows include filling made from the sap of rubber tree plants, making them another natural alternative to bamboo pillows. Latex pillows include either shredded or solid-core latex interiors. Finally, ethically sourced down is another eco-friendly pillow option. Ethically sourced down uses a process that causes no undue harm to the animals.