By Tanya Slavin
You invested in a luxury mattress, and you can’t wait to wake up feeling rested, focused, motivated, and crush every life goal (hey, it could happen). But you forgot about one can’t-miss upgrade: Pillows.
Getting a good quality pillow can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep. And since you should change out your pillow every two years, we found five luxurious pillows that you might love even more than your mattress.
1. Royal Hotel Goose Down Pillow
The two things that make a down pillow downright amazing are the down to feather ratio (since most down pillows also contain feathers) and fill power, which refers to the size of down clusters. Higher down to feather ratio makes the pillow feel softer; higher fill power indicates the pillow’s ability to retain its shape. While a typical good down pillow has a 550 fill power, Royal Hotel Goose Down Pillow boasts 750 fill power, in addition to having 75 percent down ratio, making it feel fit for royalty. It also uses goose down, which is said to be fluffier and more durable than duck down.
2. Pacific Coast Double Down Around Pillow
While down pillows are incredibly versatile, they may feel too soft for some people. The Pacific Coast Double DownAround pillow might be a solution for those who want the feel of down pillows with a little more support. It has a special pillow-in-a-pillow design, where an inner feather-filled pillow is surrounded by an outer pillow that has a larger percentage of down. With this design, you can enjoy the softness of the outer layer while still getting the desired support from the inner layer. Comes in soft, medium, and firm.
3. DreamCloud Memory Foam Pillow
Defying the stereotype that memory foam sleeps hot, DreamCloud’s new memory foam pillow includes temperature regulating ventilation, a cool gel coating, and a cool knit outer cover. It also has adjustable “crown height” (basically, the height of the pillow) that allows you to customize the pillow to your needs. But the most luxurious feature might be for your wallet: the 100-night risk free trial that lets you return the pillow if you don’t love it.
4. Malouf Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow
Named as the best latex pillow in 2018 by Tuck, a website site that does reviews of sleep products, Malouf Z Natural Talalay Latex Pillow is made from latex, a natural alternative to memory foam that’s touted to provide firm support. Talalay, which is the type of latex this pillow is made from, is one of the most airy and breathable types of latex available.
5. Hullo Buckwheat Pillow
You might have never thought of buckwheat as a luxurious fill material for pillows, but it is, and it’s gaining in popularity. Buckwheat pillows, which are filled with buckwheat hulls, are designed to offer firm support and promote circulation. We like the Hullo Buckwheat Pillow because it has a zipper that allows you to remove or add hulls for a softer or firmer feel, and a cover made with 100% organic, sustainable cotton twill. Bonus: You’ll sleep easier knowing you’re doing good for the environment.