Brooklinen Pillow Reviews

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Overview

Rich and Vicki Fulop launched Brooklinen in 2014 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The couple focused on how well they related to their customers as people who just want luxury, hotel quality bedding without the exuberant price tag. Brooklinen’s products are available exclusively online. Brooklinen website offers bed sheets, comforters, and other bed and bathroom accessories.

Among Brooklinen’s most popular offerings are their down and down alternative pillows. Brooklinen’s down pillows are made using Canadian White Down. There are three firmness options: plush, mid-plush, and firm. The plush down pillow is filled solely with white down. However, the mid-plush and firm down pillows feature a feather core that adds a noticeable amount of firmness and support.

Brooklinen’s down alternative pillows mimic the sensation of a pure down pillow thanks to the use of 100 percent shaved microfibers as a filling. As with Brooklinen’s down pillows, the down alternative pillows come in “plush,” “mid-plush,” and “firm” options.

All of Brooklinen’s pillows are encased in a 100 percent cotton shell. Their pillows are also crafted to be antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, freeing sleepers of concerns related to unwanted bacteria growth and allergies.

In this review, we’ll discuss Brooklinen’s down and down alternative pillows in detail. Read on to learn important considerations for buying these pillows.

Pros
  • These pillows are very plush, but also have a good amount of support.
  • Whether you’re a stomach, back, or side sleeper, there’s a type of pillow that will provide you with an ideal amount of comfort.
  • The pillows come with a 365-day return policy, which is much longer than average.
  • Brooklinen offers a lifetime warranty. for its pillows.
Cons
  • Only the plush down is a pure down pillow. If you’re looking for a mid-plush or firm down pillow, those pillows have a feather core.
  • There are only two size options: standard and king.
  • The pillows might feel too firm, especially the mid-plush and firm options.

Informing Our Review

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Recommendations

Below we share how a sleeper might feel about Brooklinen’s pillows based on our research and testing.

Brooklinen Down Pillow (Plush) Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper (less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Medium-Soft Side Poor Poor Poor
Back Fair Fair Fair
Stomach Good Very Good Good

 

Brooklinen Down Pillow (Mid-Plush) Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper (less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Medium Side Fair Fair Fair
Back Good Good Good
Stomach Fair Fair Fair

 

Brooklinen Down Pillow (Firm) Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper (less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Firm Side Very Good Very Good Very Good
Back Fair Fair Fair
Stomach Poor Poor Poor

 

Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow (Plush) Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper (less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Medium-Soft Side Poor Poor Poor
Back Fair Fair Fair
Stomach Good Very Good Good

 

Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow (Mid-Plush) Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper (less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Medium Side Fair Fair Fair
Back Good Good Good
Stomach Fair Fair Fair

 

Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow (Firm) Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper (less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Firm Side Very Good Very Good Very Good
Back Fair Fair Fair
Stomach Poor Poor Poor

Brooklinen’s pillows are made to be a comfortable compromise between plush pillows that you can easily sink into and firm supportive pillows that provide proper spinal alignment. To get the best sleep out of a Brooklinen pillow, you should choose a pillow that matches your preferred sleep position. For instance, the “plush” pillow is recommended for stomach sleepers. At the same time, a side sleeper is pushed in the direction of buying a Brooklinen Down or Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow in “firm.”

Ratings

In the tables below, we share customer reviews and insights about the Brooklinen Pillows from people who’ve used one.

Brooklinen Down Pillow

Category Criteria Brooklinen Rating What Brooklinen Users Say
Category

Durability

Criteria

The average pillow will perform for two to three years before a replacement is needed. A pillow’s expected lifespan is typically tied to its material composition.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users said that the pillows kept their shape after months of use.

Category

Firmness Options

Criteria

Pillows sold with one firmness option can be limiting for customers whose preferences fall outside that setting, but many pillows sold today are available in multiple firmness designs.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

Although Brooklinen states there are three firmness options, some customers complained that their pillows were too firm, despite their “mid-plush” description.

Category

Shape Retention

Criteria

Some pillows flatten quickly and require frequent fluffing in order to retain a full shape, while other models maintain a full shape with minimal maintenance.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users said their pillows maintain their shape.

Category

Moldability

Criteria

Pillows that are relatively moldable are optimal for sleepers who like to snuggle with a pillow during the night, as well as those who like to place support pillows beneath their legs or between their knees.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Sleepers had no issues scrunching or squeezing these pillows.

Category

Conforming

Criteria

Pillows that conform closely to the sleeper’s head, neck, and shoulders typically alleviate more aches and pains than those that conform less.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

For the most part, customers felt the pillows cradled the contours of their heads and necks very well.

Category

Temperature Neutrality

Criteria

Some pillows feature breathable cover materials and good airflow throughout the interior, which allow them to sleep cooler than others.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users slept comfortably, with no complaints of overheating during the night.

Category

Odor Potential

Criteria

In addition to off-gassing odors, which often occur when pillows are new, some models are filled with materials that emit strong smells.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

Multiple users complained about an odd “feather” odor.

Category

Weight

Criteria

Most pillows are relatively light, but heavier models can be difficult to lift and adjust during the night.

Rating

Very Good

What Buyers Say

Users described the pillow as feeling lightweight and airy.

Category

Ease of Cleaning

Criteria

Many pillows sold today can be washed or dried in machines, but others require more expensive and/or time-consuming care measures such as spot cleaning or dry cleaning.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

These pillows are “dry clean only,” with users spot cleaning for the most part and only ever machine washing in the event of an emergency.

Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow

Category Criteria Brooklinen Rating What Brooklinen Users Say
Category

Durability

Criteria

The average pillow will perform for two to three years before a replacement is needed. A pillow’s expected lifespan is typically tied to its material composition.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

The pillows retained their shape well after months of use.

Category

Firmness Options

Criteria

Pillows sold with one firmness option can be limiting for customers whose preferences fall outside that setting, but many pillows sold today are available in multiple firmness designs.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

The down alternative pillows offer a reasonable number of firmness options.

Category

Shape Retention

Criteria

Some pillows flatten quickly and require frequent fluffing in order to retain a full shape, while other models maintain a full shape with minimal maintenance.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users said these pillows held onto their supportive shapes without flattening out.

Category

Moldability

Criteria

Pillows that are relatively moldable are optimal for sleepers who like to snuggle with a pillow during the night, as well as those who like to place support pillows beneath their legs or between their knees.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Pillows were very soft and squeezable according to customers.

Category

Conforming

Criteria

Pillows that conform closely to the sleeper’s head, neck, and shoulders typically alleviate more aches and pains than those that conform less.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users felt the pillows were soft and supportive, contouring well enough to the contours of the head and neck area.

Category

Temperature Neutrality

Criteria

Some pillows feature breathable cover materials and good airflow throughout the interior, which allow them to sleep cooler than others.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users slept cool with these pillows.

Category

Odor Potential

Criteria

In addition to off-gassing odors, which often occur when pillows are new, some models are filled with materials that emit strong smells.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users did not complain about off-gassing issues.

Category

Weight

Criteria

Most pillows are relatively light, but heavier models can be difficult to lift and adjust during the night.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Users described these pillows as light and fluffy.

Category

Ease of Cleaning

Criteria

Many pillows sold today can be washed or dried in machines, but others require more expensive and/or time-consuming care measures such as spot cleaning or dry cleaning.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

These pillows aren’t to be cleaned too often and even then, users are encouraged to get the pillows professionally cleaned before trying to machine wash them.

Brooklinen Pillow users found these products to be very comfortable and plush. Although a few customers felt some options were a little too firm, many appreciated the cool supportiveness of their down and down alternative pillows.

With the Brooklinen Down Pillow, a few sleepers did notice a smell, in particular, a “feather” like odor that was unpleasant. However, most said that the odor went away with a little airing out. There were also a few complaints about feeling the feathers near the surface of the pillow.

The Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow users had fewer complaints, but most Brooklinen customers enjoyed these pillows overall.

Before you buy a pillow, it’s important to research what users are saying. In the following table, we summarized what we learned from comments from by sleepers who previously bought a Brooklinen Bedding Pillow.

What You Need to Know about Brooklinen Pillows

Product Construction & Firmness

Brooklinen’s down and down alternative pillows are encased in a 100 percent long-staple cotton casing. The cotton exterior has a 400 thread count, creating a sleep surface that’s smooth and soft to the touch. Their pillows are also double-stitched to ensure their overall durability.

The Brooklinen Down Pillow is comprised of ethically-produced Canadian White Down clusters sourced from Hutterite farms. Although marketed as a down pillow, it’s important to note that the purity depends on which firmness level you choose. For example, the “plush” pillow is comprised of 100 percent fluffy down clusters. Meanwhile, Brookline’s “mid-plush” down pillow contains a dual-core that’s made up of feathers surrounded by down. The “firm” option also has a dual-core; the difference is that while “mid-plush” pillows are made up of 80 percent feathers, the “firm” pillow cores are 86 percent feathers. Brooklinen Down Pillows are certified with the Down Association of Canada.

As for the Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow, it successfully mimics the sensation of a pure down pillow thanks to its high grade microfiber filling. These ultra-fine synthetic fibers give sleepers the sensation of resting on a plush down pillow while providing a hypoallergenic sleep environment.

Additionally, all of Brooklinen’s pillows are treated with Ultra Fresh Antimicrobial. Ultra Fresh is US EPA registered, BPR compliant, and OEKO-TEX certified. The substance helps prevent the growth of bacteria while prolonging the life of Brooklinen Pillows.

There are three different firmness levels available in three different firmness options: “plush” (soft), “mid-plush” (medium), and “firm.” With Brooklinen Down Pillows, the firmness level is directly impacted by the percentage of feathers making up the pillow’s core. By making these adjustments, Brooklinen can provide sleepers with additional firmness choices than what would be available with a pure down pillow.

Pricing & Sizing

The Brooklinen Down and Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillows are available in standard and king sizes. Read the table below for more specific details about sizing and pricing.

Brooklinen Down Pillow (Plush)

Size Dimensions Loft Price
Standard 20″ x 26″ 6” $99.00
King 20″ x 36″ 6” $119.00

 

Brooklinen Down Pillow (Mid-Plush and Firm)

Size Dimensions Loft Price
Standard 20″ x 26″ 6” $69.00
King 20″ x 36″ 6” $89.00

 

Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow

Size Dimensions Loft Price
Standard 20″ x 26″ 6” $59.00
King 20″ x 36″ 6” $79.00

 

Delivery & Product Care

Delivery Free shipping available for your first order.
Product Care Machine washable, but professional cleaning recommended.
Full delivery and product care details

Delivery

Where Can The Pillow Be Shipped?: Brooklinen ships to customers all over the world, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and United States Minor Outlying Islands.

In addition to physical addresses, Brooklinen ships to P.O. Boxes as well.

Delivery Fee: Brooklinen offers free shipping for first time orders placed by customers in the United States, Australia, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Hong Kong.

Otherwise, enter your location during checkout to find out your exact shipping fee.

Delivery Policy: The Brooklinen delivery policy is as follows:

If the item is in stock, you can expect your order to ship within one to two days of getting placed. Orders placed before 2 p.m. Monday through Friday will get shipped the same day; orders placed after 2 p.m. will get shipped on the very next business day.

Brooklinen does ship to P.O. Boxes. Domestic and international P.O. Box orders will be sent through USPS priority mail. Non-U.S. customers should be aware that they might have to pay additional taxes and fees.

If part of the order isn’t in stock, the entire order will be delayed from shipping until those items are available and everything can be shipped together. Please note that Brooklinen doesn’t ship on weekends at this time.

Caring for Your Brooklinen Pillow

Instructions For First Time Use: Some mild off-gassing is possible, so just air out your pillow for a day to get rid of it.

Brooklinen strongly recommends that you seldom wash their pillows. They suggest that if a pillow must be washed, you get it professionally cleaned or occasionally spot clean it using Woolite or Oxyclean. If you find that you absolutely have to clean your Brooklinen Pillow, please put it in your washing machine on a low and gentle setting. Then, tumble dry the product on low.

Sleep Trial & Warranty

Sleep trial 365-night trial
Warranty Lifetime warranty
Full trial period and warranty details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Brooklinen offers a full year to try out their pillows. If during the 365-night trial you decide that the product’s not right for you, Brooklinen will allow you to either exchange the pillow for a different one or receive a full refund.

If you’d like to initiate a return, go to their Returns & Exchanges page to submit a request form. A Customer Experience Specialist should contact you within one to two business days.

Brooklinen does not accept returns for any item listed as “final sale.”

Warranty

Brooklinen pillows come with a lifetime warranty.

Similar Pillow Options

In the table below we compare and contrast the Brooklinen Pillow with similar pillows currently available for purchase.

Brooklinen Pillow Leesa Purple Saatva

Model(s)

Brooklinen Pillow

Brooklinen Down and Down Alternative Pillows

Leesa Hybrid Pillow

Purple Plush Pillow

Saatva Pillow

Pillow Type

Brooklinen Pillow

Canadian white down (“Plush” Down Pillow), white down with feather core (“Mid-plush” and “firm”Down Pillow), shaved microfiber filling (Down Alternative Pillow)

Has a quilted down alternative side and a side infused with cooling gel

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Poly fiber

Micro-denier fiber and shredded American Talalay latex

Cover

Brooklinen Pillow

400-thread pure long-staple cotton

Tencel® lyocell and nylon

Lyocell/Nylon w/ moisture-wicking treatment

Organic cotton-sateen

Price Range (est.)

Brooklinen Pillow

$69 to $119 (Down Pillow)

$59 to $79 (Down Alternative)

$99 to $109

$50 to $100

$145 to $165

Loft Range

Brooklinen Pillow

6″

5″

3″ to 7″

2″ to 8″ (depending on adjustment)

Firmness Options

Brooklinen Pillow

‘Soft’, ‘Medium’, and ‘Firm’

A ‘Medium Soft’ side and a ‘Medium Firm’ side

Adjustable

‘Medium Soft’

Availability

Brooklinen Pillow

Online

Online and in-store

Online

Online

Sleep Trial

Brooklinen Pillow

365 nights

100 nights

100 nights

45 nights

Warranty Length

Brooklinen Pillow

Lifetime warranty

3 years

1 year

None

Company Information

Customer Service

8 out of 10 customers have had a positive experience with Brooklinen, irrespective of whether or not they liked their pillows.

Company History

Founded in 2014 by Rich and Vicki Fulop following a successful initial fundraiser through Kickstarter.

Physical Stores

Brooklinen’s pillows are only sold online.

Contact Brooklinen

[email protected] | (646) 798-7447 | brooklinen.com

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