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Spending the night in a hotel is often one of life’s little pleasures – especially since hotel pillows are often much softer and more luxurious feeling than the ones you have at home.
Choosing a hotel pillow for your bed can help recreate that feeling every night, but it’s important to choose a pillow that provides the right amount of support for your sleeping position and body type, with a filling that’s comfortable and won’t affect any allergies.
Before you invest in a hotel pillow, check out Tuck’s top picks and buying guide.
Our Editor’s pick is the Pacific Coast Touch of Down Pillow thanks to its pillow-in-a-pillow design, which gives it the softness and loft a down pillow with the support and firmness of a feather pillow. Used in luxury hotels around the world, these pillows offer medium support for any sleeping position.
The Touch of Down Pillow is made with an inner pillow stuffed with Resilia feathers, surrounded by Hyperclean down. Both the feathers and down are washed at least 8 times, ensuring that they are completely free of dust, dirt, and allergens. The entire pillow is covered with a soft, durable 230-thread count 100 percent cotton cover, designed to prevent down and feathers from poking through or falling out.
Pacific Coast offers a 30 night sleep trial for this hotel pillow. A 3-year limited warranty protects against manufacturing defects.
Made by the same company as the popular bedding, the Brooklinen Down Pillow is our runner-up pick for best hotel pillow.
We like the Brooklinen pillow because it comes in three different levels of firmness so you can choose the level of cradling and support you prefer: Plush, filled entirely with down; Mid-Plush, a dual core pillow with an inner pillow filled with feathers surrounded by down; and Firm, which has more feathers and less down for a more structured feeling. All of the pillows are covered with a 100 percent cotton sateen shell, and feature a double-stitched edge for durability.
Regardless of the firmness, all of Brooklinen’s pillows are made from fillings that are OKEO-TEX certified and treated with antimicrobials to reduce allergens. Although they should not be machine washed, cleaning is easy: A few minutes in the dryer without heat will dry out any dust and dirt, and a good shake will re-fluff down.
Our pick for Best Value Hotel Pillow is the Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow, a hypoallergenic, gel-fiber-filled pillow that provides support and comfort for any sleeping position. They are a good choice for people who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues, as they don’t contain any feathers, down, or other allergens.
The gel fiber filling in these pillows provides plenty of support throughout the night, as it’s designed to stay in place without shifting. While other pillows may need to be fluffed or repositioned for comfort, these pillows hold their shape for excellent cradling.
At $35 for a two-pack, the Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillows are a relative bargain. The 100 percent cotton cover resists stains, and the entire pillow is machine washable. And with a 30-day money-back guarantee, you can try the pillow and return it for a full refund if you’re not happy.
Boll & Branch is well-known for their high quality, responsibly sourced and manufactured luxury mattresses and bedding, and their hotel pillows are no exception. Their down alternative pillow offers the softness and loft you expect from a down-filled pillow, without the allergens that can come with natural fill. These pillows offer medium support and firmness thanks to the synthetic Primaloft fill that mimics the feel of real down. Encased in a 100 percent organic cotton cover, this American-made pillow provides a comfortable, safe sleeping surface that isn’t too full or too flat.
The Boll & Branch pillows can be machine washed, but the manufacturer recommends only occasional washing to maintain the loft. Returns are accepted within 30 days.
Our favorite Down Alternative Hotel Pillow is the Parachute Down Alternative Pillow. Filled with a 100 percent microfiber fill that mimics the feeling of down without the potential allergens, this pillow offers exceptional softness with plenty of fluffiness and support. Ideal for back and stomach sleepers, the pillow comes in three densities (soft, medium, and firm) so you can choose the one that supports your preference. The cover is made from 100 percent cambric cotton, and the pillows are OKEO-TEX certified, meaning they have passed rigorous independent testing for harmful substances.
Although it’s acceptable to machine wash Parachute down alternative pillows, the manufacturer recommends dry cleaning instead. The company also offers a 90-day return policy, so you can try the pillow for a full three months to decide if it’s right for you before committing.
When you’re trying to recreate the experience of staying in a luxury hotel, the right pillow can make all the difference. When comparing your options, there are some important factors to consider, including the filling material, price, durability, and ease of care. The best hotel pillow will give you that luxurious, vacation-like feeling while still providing plenty of support and comfort throughout the night.
In this guide, you’ll learn about important considerations for making the right hotel pillow purchase.
Pillows might seem like a small detail when it comes to outfitting a hotel room, but the wrong pillow can derail a good night’s sleep – and keep customers from coming back. That’s why hotels put effort into selecting the perfect pillows to please as many guests as possible. In fact, many hotels now offer “pillow menus” with different choices for firmness, fill, and size to meet a range of preferences.
With that in mind, most hotels look at a few specific features when purchasing pillows:
Hotel pillows are often feel more luxurious and softer than home pillows, largely because of their fill material. Some of the most common fill materials for these pillows include down, down alternative, feathers, and memory foam. Polyester fill is common in inexpensive home pillows, but its lack of durability or conforming ability means it’s not ideal for hotel pillows.
The table below breaks down some of the most common fill materials used in hotel pillows:
|Pillow Type||Fill Material||Why It Is Suitable For Hotels||Average Price Range|
|Down||Down comes from ducks and geese. It’s the fine, soft feathers found underneath the tougher exterior feathers.||Down pillows are soft, light, and supportive. They often feel luxurious, making them a top choice for hotels.||$70 to $100|
|Down Alternative||Made from synthetic fibers, down alternative is as light and soft as real down.||Less expensive than down, the synthetic fibers don’t affect allergy-sufferers.||$20 to $30|
|Feather||Feather pillows use the coarse outer feathers from ducks and geese.||Feathers are usually used as an insert or inner core in a pillow. Less expensive than down, they’re a good option for hotels that want to offer firm pillows.||$25 to $50|
|Memory Foam||Memory foam is a viscoelastic polyfoam that softens in response to body heat but regains its shape as it cools. Some memory foam pillows are shredded or include cooling gel to prevent overheating.||Memory foam adjusts to any sleeping style, so it appeals to range of guests. However, it can sleep hotter than other types of fill.||$50 to $60|
Most hotels outfit guest rooms with standard size (20 x 26 inch) pillows, because they accommodate most body sizes and types, and standard size pillow cases/covers are most common. Some luxury hotels might offer larger queen (20 x 30 inch) or king (20 x 36 inch) pillows in rooms with larger beds, or to accommodate guest preferences.
Spending a night in a hotel is often a relaxing, restful experience, and it’s common for travelers to want to recreate the hotel environment at home. Buying hotel style pillows helps add some luxury to your bed, and recreates some of that “on vacation” feeling.
Beyond your own bed, though, you might wish to buy hotel pillows that appeal to a wide variety of sleepers, regardless of their size and preferred sleeping position if your property is a vacation rental (like an Airbnb) or if you often have guests come to stay. Not only are hotel pillows comfortable for a wide range of people, they can usually be easily washed and dried, giving every guest a fresh and clean pillow to rest their head.
Generally speaking, most hotels replace pillows every 6-8 months (Wyndham Hotels, for instance, purchase more than a million pillows every year.) Since buying a new pillow several times a year isn’t practical, proper care to keep pillows fresh, clean, and comfortable is a priority.
Most machine washable pillows can be washed with cool water on a delicate or gentle cycle, and tumble dried on low or no heat. Some feather pillows should only be tumble dried on low heat to fluff the feathers and shake out any dirt or dust. These pillows should only be spot cleaned with a gentle cleaner and air dried. Keep in mind that pillows filled with natural fibers like feather and down should only be washed occasionally to prevent flattening.
If you stay in a hotel and especially like a pillow, check the tag or ask the concierge for more information about it. You may be able to purchase that exact pillow or one very similar to it from the same manufacturer.
Before purchasing a pillow, be sure to consider: