The 8 Highest Rated Cooling (Cold) Pillows For 2017
Owning a cooling pillow is one of those things that can come in handy when it gets hot (or if you have night sweats). You certainly won’t need it every night of the year, or even for the most part, but there will come a time when you’ll wake up at night and realize that you’re face and neck are dripping sweat. You’d then have to get up, change sweaty clothes, and visit the bathroom for a quick face-wash before you can go to sleep – only to find yourself in the same situation again in about 30 minutes.
To be honest, I personally know people who could literally sleep in the Sahara desert directly under the Sun and probably wouldn’t even bat an eye. Me, however? I can’t stand sleeping hot. It’s a nightmare for me. Especially when things are already stressful because of work in the morning, a meeting or an interview.
Sleeping hot is the number one nemesis of any adult sleep enthusiast. Kids generally don’t tend to get annoyed when they sleep hot, but an adult who’s looking to get some shut-eye after or before a stressful day at work certainly does. There’s almost nothing worse than trying to fall asleep while sweat drips down your forehead and the back of your neck. It’s not only disgusting, but it’s also very annoying and, well – hot. Even though a lot of people combat these hassles with an AC, there’s still plenty of us out there who can’t afford it, or don’t want the AC in our homes for some other reason.
We need to find other solutions, and luckily for us – there is a simple one. Throughout this article, I’ll introduce you to the best cooling pillows I could find out there. Every cooling pillow in this buying guide has been selected based on my personal experience and the feedback other customer left on the sales pages of the products. I’ll only showcase products whose value obviously exceeds its price tags. You will also learn what to keep your eye on when shopping for a cooling pillow. Let’s get started.
PharMeDoc (our top pick)
How To Choose a Cold Style Pillow
Here’s a quick rundown of most common mistakes buyers make when looking to get their hands on a cooling pillows and ease out the warmer nights. Pay close attention and take these into account when buying your own.
Shape of the Cool Pillow
Plenty of recent buyers made a mistake when they try to buy the coolest pillow available. The consequence was mild neck pain (read our full pillow guide for neck pain sufferers) and in some cases headaches. This happens because when people bought these kinds of products, they didn’t look at the pillow as, well – a pillow. They looked at it as a cooling device and didn’t pay attention to anything else.
I’ll review eight cool pillows at the end of this article, and even though I will go into detail – I still strongly suggest you do your own research or at least look at the pictures and make sure the pillow itself would fit your needs. I guess the best way to do this would be to compare the shape (and firmness) to your existing pillow. If they even closely match – you should be perfectly fine. The point is: Look at these pillows as a whole – not just its cooling properties.
Stay Away From Odor Issues
The second most common issue people face when trying to find the coolest pillow is the odor. This happens because manufacturers use memory foam and cooling gels inside these pillows. While these materials tend to succeed in one thing (cooling) – they tend to fail at another – they can be quite smelly at the start.
Now, this issue is well-known in the memory foam and cooling gel industry, from mattresses, sheets, to cooling pillows and virtually any bedding product. The point is: The smell is normal, and if the manufacturer did a good job, the smell would dissipate within a few days. However, there are cool pillows out there where the smell tends to stick around for months.
The point of the cooling pillow is to provide the cooling effect, not to add another issue, such as a strong smell right under your nose. I’ve personally selected eight options for this review that seem to be the “best of the bunch” for all these attributes. Still, you’re advised to do your own research, and I’m only writing this as a precaution.
New Isn’t Always Better
This mostly relates to those of you who already own a cooling pillow and are looking to get a new one. Naturally, if you were pleased with your current product, you’d be inclined to get the same one again. Even though you might have the same product, same sale page and ID saved, and use the same link to order that same pillow – you might get a totally different product.
This happens when companies sell a certain product for a period, gather enough of positive feedback, reviews, and happy customers – and then diminish the quality of the newly manufactured products to save money. This buyer frustration goes virtually for any product you buy online.
My point is: Make sure what you’re ordering is truly the same product you already own. You can do this by checking up on the manufacturer’s website for any updates or go through recent customers’ reviews.
Top 8 Cooling Pillow Reviews
I’ve been doing this for a long time. I dream of bedding product reviews at least twice a week, and all my friends and family come to me when they’re buying something new for their bedroom. Here’s a list of options I’d personally recommend, based on not only my experience but on recent buyer feedback as well. This is your sure-fire way to finding quality products without wasting days and weeks doing your own research.
PharMeDoc Cooling Gel Memory Foam
This chilling pillow is actually a set. You get two cold pillows, but cooling is not all they can do. PharMeDoc’s pillow set is a reversible bed pillow. It’s a hybrid. It’s got two sides, each with its own purpose. One side will cool you off during warmer nights, and when things get cold in the winter – turn it over and enjoy a warming sensation.
PharMeDoc didn’t stop there. These pillows come embedded with a hypoallergenic pillow cover. This will take care of any allergy issues you would normally encounter, and the cover is washing-machine safe. It’s not only extremely useful, both for cooling and warming, it also has health-promoting attributes (hypoallergenic) and is extremely easily maintained – since the covers are removable and machine-washable.
PharMeDoc designed these pillows in California, but the manufacturing process source varies. They’re not exactly clear on this, and simply state that your pillow will be either made in the US or imported. Even though ‘imported’ might be a downside, I still believe that this pillow’s value exceeded its price tag. I believe it’s a safe buy, especially when you consider the company provides a lifetime warranty policy on this product.
To summarize, this set seems to be an excellent choice for couples, since it contains two cooling/warming pillows. The memory foam is soft enough for a good amount of comfort, and yet firm enough to keep your neck supported.
Classic Brands Cooling Gel
Similarly to the PharMeDoc, this company also provides an efficient cooling device. It’s also reversible – useful for both winter and summer – and the cover is also removable and machine-washable.
However, this one is a bit thicker. It’s a 5“ thick pillow which basically tells us that the company wanted to cast a wide net in the sea of sleepers out there – this thick, it will be a good option for any kind of sleeping position; side, back or stomach. On a different note – this product is 100% imported. It’s dubbed to provide a medium-plush feel and also has hypoallergenic properties.
The company guarantees 7-days a week 5-star customer service availability if any issues arise. At its core – it’s basically the same product as the previous chilling pillow I reviewed. It’s memory foam with a cooling gel, and it’s reversible. The only notable difference is that this is a single pillow, not a set of two, and it’s imported.
Previous buyers generally describe this pillow as a “sleep-changer,“ saying they haven’t slept so good in years. What’s interesting is that this pillow seems to provide a better sleeping experience overall – not just the cooling effect. Classic Brands provides a 3-year warranty policy with this pillow.
Iso-Cool Memory Foam
This one’s a bit different. Iso-Cool went with visco-elastic memory foam instead of standard industry foam. The visco-elastic foam should be denser, and therefore provide a more comfortable feeling for your head and neck.
Also different, this cooling pillow is made out of cotton – 100% cotton. This is generally looked at as a good thing, but you may want to consider your personal preferences here. The pillow is both made in the US and imported as well.
Iso-Cool also wanted to make use of the both sides of the pillow here. It’ll release heat in winter, and absorb it in summer, making it a useful, comfortable pillow in any weather. The cover of this pillow is also made out of 100% cotton. However, it doesn’t seem to be easily removable, so that’s a downside.
Unfortunately, the warranty policy is not publicly available. Actually, it is, but you have to submit a request to the company’s customer service to receive the information. Even though the cover might be a huge downside, I’d still personally prefer this pillow over the two previously reviewed. I’ve found cotton works great for me and according to recent reviews – this pillow seems to be doing a great job at keeping your cool during sleep.
Perfect Cloud Dual Option
Now, this is a cold pillow that wants to cool you. You know how almost all of these other pillows want to do more things at once? How they try and provide both cooling and also a warming feeling? Well, this one doesn’t. This company went all in with the cooling properties. This pillow actually has two different sides of the pillow, each with a different level of cooling.
This pillow is also the first of the bunch here to offer something more – pain relief. The company claims their memory foam will relive any kind of pain you may be currently experiencing in your neck or spine. Even if you’re not experiencing pain right now, these kinds of properties will help with the stiffness of your spine and neck that could possibly lead to pain at a later point in time.
Perfect Cloud’s is also hypoallergenic, making it an excellent alternative for anyone having issues with allergies. It’s also designed in the US. This pillow seems to be an excellent choice if you’re looking to get the most out of the cooling effect. Both sides feature cooling properties, and neither side is used for warming you up in the winter. If you want to have both, you should probably consider the other pillows.
Xtreme Comforts Slim Bamboo
This company and this particular pillow really shine with quality and good business all around. Xtreme Comforts seemed to have safety and health as a number one priority when they designed this cooling pillow. It features CertiPUR-US Certified memory foam, and the company guarantees they meet all the production standards – related to durability, emissions, and content (materials used).
It’s also hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant, and machine-washable. The manufacturing certifications mentioned above basically mean that this pillow cannot contain ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP, flame retardants, mercury, lead, formaldehyde, and heavy metals.
All this is a clear-cut guarantee that you’ll be promoting a safe, healthy sleep when you use this pillow. My personal suggestion would be this: Even if you don’t really care about the possible, rare health hazards coming from pillows, I’d seriously recommend this one for a pregnant woman or children.
Furthermore, this pillow should also provide a nice notch of that sweet, cooling effect. It should also provide pain-relief attributes as the memory foam in this pillow is shredded. It should contour to your head shape, size and position in any situation extremely easily. There’s a 6-year warranty policy, and a 30-day money back guarantee if you find yourself disliking the product.
Equinox International Memory Foam
This company also seems to be specifically caring for your health. The memory foam in this pillow is also CertiPur-US certified and will not contain any kind of possibly hazardous materials. It’s also hypoallergenic and protects against dust-mites and mildew. It should also provide a decent amount of comfort and pain relief – the foam inside is a shredder, meaning it’ll perfectly contour to your head, neck and sleeping position.
This pillow can also be maintained quite easily. When you want to refresh it a bit, you can simply remove the bamboo cover and throw it in the washing machine. You can also spot-clean the pillow itself with warm water and a bit of soap.
Equinox seems to be confident in this product, as they provide a 30-day 100% satisfaction or money back guarantee. These kinds of policies basically make the products a risk-free purchase.
Sleep Restoration Gel-Filled Fiber
This a set of cool pillows, and really seems to be a great choice for your master bedroom as the pillows are stylish and should fit nicely in any room setting because of their neutral – white/grayish – color.
The features these pillows bring to the table is a clear sign of a responsible business and high-quality product. It’s dust-mite, mildew, and mold resistant. They’re also completely allergen and chemical free, making them a great pro-health choice.
Furthermore, the company claims the pillows are also stained, and fade resistant. This means they should keep their sleek style and color even after months of use, and they’re machine-washable – which always makes things easier. The available sizes are queen and king, both dubbed medium-firm, and with beneficial properties such as pain relief.
There’s also a notch of healthy confidence embedded with this product, as the company guarantees a full refund if you decide you’re unhappy with the pillow set within 30 days. You should note that some previous reviews actually revolved around people receiving these pillows with mold already on them. We believe this was an isolated issue with the company’s manufacturing and packaging process – one that’s one resolved.
Penguin Cooling Pillow-Mat
This is a pillow-mat, not an actual pillow. Even though I planned on excluding pillow mats out of this review, I still decided to include at least one. And since I had only one to put in, I wanted to make it count. It might not suit your personal preferences, but I was shopping for a cooling mat, I’d go for the Penguin right away.
Usually, cooling mats have segmented cooling gels inside, and this is the core reason I avoid them. However, Penguin did things differently here and made the cooling gel into one continuous piece. This kind of product can be an excellent addition to your travel bag. You can easily fold it, and it’ll take very little space in your luggage.
The company behind it advertises it as a great product for alleviating migraines, headaches, and of course, sweating through hot nights. Some previous buyers complained how it doesn’t provide much of the cooling effect. Even though this might be a deal breaker for you, I’d still want to repeat that this is a simple, extremely thin – mat, and not an actual cold pillow. It’s a much cheaper option and is also a great travel companion – something a pillow is simply not.
If you’ve read through this article, you now know what types of cool pillows are out there and which ones are highest rated, and provide the most value. You also know what to keep in mind when shopping for one. Remember, take note of the pillow size, and its shape.
Even though one pillow can be perfect for thousands of people, it still might be a bad choice for you (ie, you need something for hot flashes) – depending on your personal needs and expectations. Now, if I had to pick one of the bunch here and say it’s best – I’d go with the Sleep Restoration Gel-Filled Fiber Pillow.
Why? Simply because it’s got it all. All the health benefits, precautions, the comfort, support, pain-relief and to top it all off – excellent design and neutral color. The company even offers a full refund within the 30-day trial period.
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