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Polyester is a synthetic fabric engineered to mimic the softness, coolness, and breathability of natural cotton. Polyester pillows are filled with hypoallergenic polyester fibers. They come in a wide range of sizes, as well as loft and firmness settings. In addition to sleeping pillows, polyester is commonly used in couch pillows and decorative throw pillows. It’s important to note that many down alternative pillows are also made with polyester material, but the consistency is different than that of a standard polyester pillow.
Polyester pillows are generally the least expensive pillows on the market, and are also widely available. They are usually machine washable, emit minimal odor, and tend to be fairly lightweight. However, polyester pillows are also associated with excessive lumpiness and below-average durability. They may also produce noise, which can be disruptive for sleepers, and although the polyester fill is hypoallergenic, this material also attracts dust mites.
Read on to learn more about polyester pillows and how they compare to other pillow types.
Polyester pillows are insulated with shredded tufts of fiber fill. In most cases, polyethylene terephthalate, or dacron, is used. Polyester fibers are exceptionally lightweight, and these pillows usually weigh one to three pounds. Cotton covers are widely used, and may range in thread count from 150 to 400.
Polyester pillows are generally available in the following sizes:
The table below features general measurements for each of the pillow sizes discussed above, although specific dimensions vary by manufacturer.
|Standard||20W” x 26L”|
|Super Standard||20W” x 28L”|
|Queen||20W” x 30L”|
|King||20W” x 36L”|
|Euro||26W” x 26L”
24W” x 24L”
22W” x 22L”
20W” x 20L”
18W” x 18L”
16W” x 16L”
|Body Pillow||54W” x 20L”
48W” x 20L”
Pros of polyester pillows include the following:
Cons of polyester pillows include the following:
Generally speaking, polyester pillows are best suited for the following sleepers:
On the other hand, polyester pillows may not be suitable for the following sleepers:
|Criteria||Polyester Pillow Rating||Explanation|
|Affordability||Very Good to Excellent||With an average price-point of $10 to $15, polyester pillows are considered the least expensive pillow type available. Some models cost as little as $2.|
|Durability||Poor to Fair||Polyester pillows have shorter-than-average lifespans, and often become flat and unshapely after just one to two years of use.|
|Support||Poor to Fair||Most sleepers do not receive adequate support from polyester pillows, which can become lumpy and create pain and pressure symptoms.|
|Noise||Fair to Good||Polyester pillows are not as loud as some other pillow types, such as buckwheat, but some owners report that their pillow makes noise when bearing weight.|
|Weight||Very Good to Excellent||Polyester pillows generally weigh one to three pounds, making them easy to move, shift, and adjust for most adults.|
|Odor||Very Good to Excellent||Polyester pillows emit little to no odor.|
|Washable||Very Good to Excellent||Polyester pillows are usually machine washable, and hardly ever need to be spot cleaned or dry cleaned.|
|Firmness/Loft Options||Very Good to Excellent||Most polyester pillows are medium-loft and rated as Medium to Medium Firm, but due to the wide selection of products available, sleepers can generally find models that range from low- to high-loft and Soft to Firm.|
|Availability||Good to Very Good||Polyester pillows are widely available.|
Polyester pillows are available through a wide range of brick-and-mortar and online home goods retailers, including Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ikea, Target, and Macy’s. They are also sold on exclusively online retail sites like Amazon.com and Overstock.com.
The average polyester pillow costs between $10 and $15. On the low end, select models are sold for as little as $2 or less, and polyester pillows rarely exceed a price-point of more than $30. This makes them the cheapest pillow type on average, followed by down alternative ($20 to $30), feather ($25 to $50), and latex ($40 to $60).
In most cases, polyester pillows can be machine washed and do not require specialty cleaning. This makes them fairly inexpensive to maintain in the long run. However, due to their below-average durability, sleepers may need to replace them every two to three years. Washing polyester pillows in hot water can help eliminate dust mites.
The graph below compares the average price of polyester pillows against seven other commonly sold pillow types.
|Brand Name||Ikea (Multiple Models)||Mainstays (Walmart; Multiple Models)||MyPillow||Sealy (Multiple Models)||Serta (Multiple Models)|
|Polyester Pillow Price Range||$1.99 to $15.99||$2.00 to $8.42||$79.98 (2-Pack)||$28.00 to $35.00||$29.98 (2-Pack)|
|Standard/Queen (16 1/2W” x 26L”)
King (16 1/2W” x 32L”)
|Cover||Lyocell and Cotton Blend||Polyester||Undisclosed||Cotton||Cotton|
|Loft Range||Low to Medium||Low to Medium||Low to High||Medium to High||Medium|
|Trial||365 Nights||90 Nights||60 Nights||30 Nights||30 Nights|
|Cleaning||Machine Washable||Machine Washable||Machine Washable
Machine Dry to Recover Shape
|Machine Washable||Machine Washable|
|Customer Satisfaction Rating||76% (895 Customer Reviews)||79% (1,065 Customer Reviews)||82% (1,143 Customer Reviews)||81% (902 Customer Reviews)||78% (676 Customer Reviews)|
For more information about polyester pillows and other pillow types, please check out our Pillow Buying Guide.