We all know about adjustable beds – but what about adjustable pillows? Bed in a box mattress companies and even traditional mattress/furniture retailers are introducing adjustable pillows.
Helix is the newest company to market an adjustable pillow. They offer both a regular and a cooling version made of memory foam and a down alternative. The cooling version (Helix Cool) has a high-end ultra-cool knit polyethylene fabric.
This material has a higher heat transfer, which means it is much cooler than typical fabrics – that’s why it’s cold to the touch. The Helix pillow has 2 support layers that can be kept inside or removed to adjust the height and feel.
What is an Adjustable Pillow?
We’ve seen smart pillows and cooling pillows (hot on the market), but we noticed a lot of adjustable pillows at the Las Vegas market.
Adjustable pillows are pillows that can be changed to fit your preference in many different configurations.
- The loft or height of the pillow. You can make a higher or flatter pillow by adding or taking out some of the material (such as shredded memory foam) inside. The pillows unzip and sometimes have a mattress protector as part of the system.
- The use of a pillow insert to change the feel and/or height of the mattress.
- Usually, they’re easier to wash because you can remove the outer cover.
With all pillows, we recommend using a waterproof pillow protector. Your pillow is intimate. Usually, you don’t share it with someone else. It’s in direct contact with your mouth and head. If something spills on your pillow or you sweat, it’s like a sponge, and it will start to break down the foam. It’s a lot easier to wash the protector than the pillow itself. The regular covers aren’t waterproof and are made of much more expensive fabric, sometimes for cooling and other properties.
Best Adjustable Pillows in a Box
We chose these adjustable pillows for their high quality and generous warranty and sleep trials. We’ve found that buying a cheaper $35 pillow can end up costing you a lot more than what you paid. When you factor in sleep quality and how fast they lose their shape, clump, or flatten out, you’re likely buying a new pillow every 3-9 months.
We’ve found that a high-quality pillow that can be adjusted to how you like it will last several years.
Our favorites are
Coop Eden Pillow
The most highly-rated pillow on our list is the Eden pillow from Coop Home Goods. Their pillow is amazing with all the adjustable pillow benefits, plus you can throw it in the wash to clean it. Another benefit is that it comes in king, which is not as common with pillow-in-a-box brands.
You also get an extra 1/2 lb bag of fill that you can use if you want to add more height or refresh your pillow. At our house, the extra shredded memory foam gets made into pillows for my daughter’s dollhouse.
- Made in the USA
Standard – 20 inches x 26 inches ($69.99)
Queen – 20 inches x 30 inches (79.99)
King – 20 inches x 36 inches ($89.99)
Viscoelastic polyurethane and polyester fill (shredded memory foam)
Bamboo-derived viscose rayon and polyester case
100-night sleep trial, during which you can return your pillow for almost any reason and get a full refund.
The Eden pillow comes with a 5-year warranty. And it makes this pillow a great value considering the cost spread over 5 years. Many cheap pillows must be replaced every 6 months to a year, if not sooner.
Puffy Adjustable Pillow
Their pillows used to be white and match the pattern of their mattresses with puffy clouds, but now they’re gray. The cover can zip off and is machine washable. It comes in two sizes and has the longest warranty we’ve seen – for as long as you own the pillow.
Standard 20 inches x 26 inches ($75)
King 20 inches x 36 inches ($95)
Puffy gives you 101 nights to try the Puffy Pillow, and you can get a refund if you want to return it within that timeframe. If you don’t like it, you’re not out the money.
Lifetime. That’s impressive!
Polyester and bamboo rayon blend
When you buy a Nectar mattress, they give you 2 free pillows! Even if you don’t buy a pillow, the Nectar pillow is worth the cost. There’s only one size and it’s between a standard and a queen.
Spot clean with mild soap and water, pat gently, squeeze water out and let air dry (don’t machine wash).
29 inches x 17 inches x 5.5inches thick ($75)
The only time you would have to receive replacements should something be wrong with the ones you received is within the first 50 days of ownership. So it covers defects. However, they can’t be stained or anything.
However, if you purchase additional pillows, you have more leeway with the warranty, and you can get replacements or return them for a refund within 50 days of purchasing.