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Help in selecting the best pillows 23 Feb 2012 02:09 #1

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I've been spending so much time researching and determining what kind of mattress we're going to invest in I hadn't given the pillows much thought. Any information or direction to find some on selecting the best pillow would be much appreciated!!

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 23 Feb 2012 03:16 #2

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Hi rockscreation16,

There's a pillow thread here which has a few thoughts and ideas and some links to some good resources.

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 23 Feb 2012 10:31 #3

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I did some searching through the forum, and I did not happen across any threads on pillows. I mostly just came up with pillowtop threads.. Any way you can point me in the right direction?

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 23 Feb 2012 18:59 #4

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Hi rockscreation16,

Sorry, I meant to link to the the thread in my last post but I see that I didn't. It's now corrected :)

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 24 Feb 2012 01:47 #5

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Thanks for the link. I'm interested in the biogreen foam pillow with interchangeable layers.

I had a pillow some time ago that I left at a condo on a work trip, and never saw again... It has been my favorite pillow so far.

This is what I can remember of it. It was rather heavy for its size. It was considered a memory foam pillow. It was probably a medium/soft ish firmness. The foam was much faster responding than a lot of memory foam that I've used. It almost had a little more of a springy feel. It came in a contour shape. Any ideas what kind of pillow it might have been?

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 24 Feb 2012 04:05 #6

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Hi rockscreation16,

There's a LOT of pillows that fit that description fairly closely including the biogreen (which is also the only memory foam pillow I've tried that had absolutely no smell even when it's brand new).

So unfortunately I really don't know which one it could be.

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 24 Feb 2012 11:16 #7

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Yeah, I'm afraid I have no clue either...

I remember it almost having a latex type feel. In fact when my wife and I picked out our current pillows I selected latex because it was the closest to what my old pillow felt like. Our current pillows seem nice enough, but I think they are a bit too high lofted and aren't providing enough support for me. I'm starting to wake up with neck and head aches.

I'm certainly considering the biogreen pillow at this point. Any idea what the price point is like? I had to request a quote on the website.

Have you seen any latex pillows in a contour design?

Do you have any opinions on the Z by malouf "Dough" memory foam contour pillow?

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 24 Feb 2012 11:24 #8

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I got two pillows from tempflow(aka selectabed, aka relief mart) with my recent purchase of a memory foam bed. The pillows were not the trillo they advertise but both of my pillows did have a slight odor that is hard to describe, almost like a musty smell. Not strong or overpowering and did not last long. Its just they were not odor free. The bed had the same odor . I will review the bed after I have had it for a while, so far I am pleased. My wife is super sensitive to smells but she could live with the odor.But I have to say the odor was disappointing, I expected no odor due to their claim of no VOC's (and one of the reasons I bought the bed) Other than the slight odor problem I would recommend the pillows , they don't seem to get hot but as far as longevity we will see how they hold up in the long term.

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 24 Feb 2012 16:32 #9

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I just got a quote for the queen/king sized biogreen pillow for right at $200. Does that sound right? Sounds a little crazy to me......

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Re: Help in selecting the best pillows 24 Feb 2012 17:31 #10

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Hi rockscreation,

I didn't know the price of the biogreen and it certainly is a lot.

I had talked with Rick on quite a few occasions (as I do with many manufacturers) about his mattresses and he wanted to send me a sample of the memory foam they use and sent me the pillow instead so I actually didn't buy it.

I still am very impressed with the pillow and the foam they use but I agree with you that the price is very expensive and would give me pause.

Have you seen any latex pillows in a contour design?


There are quite a few contoured and/or zoned pillows in latex (a google search on "contour latex pillow" will bring up quite a few). The zoned pillows have a firmer zone instead of the contouring which performs a similar function.

Do you have any opinions on the Z by malouf "Dough" memory foam contour pillow?


I have the Malouf zoned latex pillow (which is the pillow I'm currently sleeping on) which I like but I've never tried their memory foam version. There is such a wide variety of memory foam "feels" and versions ... it's often safer to try a particular version first. Latex is a little more predictable in how it will feel than memory foam although even here the different firmness levels and types of latex can make quite a difference in how they fit each person's preferences. Like mattress materials though ... it helps to know the specifics of the materials in a pillow to be able to somewhat "predict" how it may feel. Their "doughy" description sounds like higher density memory foam and if this is true it would have all the pluses and minuses of this kind of material.

Once you have an idea of the "general" type of pillow you may "need" (which is usually determined by a combination of your body shape, sleeping positions, and the type of mattress you have), then the "feel" of a pillow takes over and the choices become much more subjective in terms of firmness, breathability, coolness, "scrunchability", stability, motion restriction, and all kinds of other weird and wonderful preferences that people have.

Pillows are fairly easy to get close (based on needs and the general characteristics of different materials) ... but really really difficult to get "perfect" (based on unique preferences). Because pillows can be so directly felt and we sleep so close to it with our face ... "perfect" is a lot more important (at least for me) and also changes over time so that's a journey that sometimes seems to be ongoing.

The more that people post about the pillows they have and the reasons they like them ... I think the more helpful a pillow thread can be.

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