Top 8 Pillows for Combination Sleepers – Pick Your Best One in 2018

We’ve all had mornings where we wake up with sore necks and suffer through the pain of an improper night’s sleep. The thing is, depending on the way you sleep, you need to find a pillow built for your specific sleep position. People who sleep on their back, side, or stomach can easily choose a pillow that covers their needs best. But finding the best pillow for combination sleepers can be difficult, since they shift positions during the night. That’s why if you’re a combination sleeper, you need a pillow that covers a little bit of everything.

We spent twenty hours researching a wide range of pillows to pick the eight very best. Our research focused on finding pillows that solved some of the most significant issues that combination sleepers face, such as back, shoulder, or neck pain caused by moving around a lot during sleep. All pillows on the list are firm just enough to support your posture in any position you happen to sleep. Our reviews are based on reliable sources, product features, and hundreds of real customer opinions.

Top 8 Pillows for Combination Sleepers Review 2018

In the table below, you’ll find our summaries of each pillow we researched. If you want more information to help you decide, go through the detailed reviews of our picks with their pros and cons. In the buying guide, you’ll find even more information about how to choose the best pillow for your needs.

Name and Features Image Rating Price
1. Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Pillow (Best All-Around Pillow for Combination Sleepers)
Shredded memory foam pillow comes in 3 sizes and allows thickness and loft adjustment; CertiPUR-US certified; 120-night sleep trial and 20-year warranty
SnugglePedic
2. WonderSleep Premium Adjustable Loft (Runner-up)
Shredded memory foam pillow with adjustable thickness and firmness, help reduce head and neck pain
WonderSleep
3. Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft (Easiest to Adjust)
Shredded visco elastic memory foam pillow with 3 sizes; CertiPUR-US certified; 100-day return and 5-year warranty
CoopHomePremium
4. Coop Home Goods’ Eden Pillow (Best to Use Right Away)
Shredded gel infused memory foam pillow with easily adjustable thickness; CertiPUR-US certified; 100-day return and 5-year warranty
CoopHomeEden
5. The Pancake Pillow’s Adjustable Layer Pillow (Most Unique Design)
Down alternative microfiber pillow with adjustable height; 30-day money back guarantee
Pancake
6. SNÜZ Sleep Bed Pillow (Best for Neck and Shoulder Pain)
High-performance polyester fiberfill with 2 firmness options and dual-chamber design; 60-day money back guarantee
Snuz
7. MARNUR Contour Memory Foam Orthopedic Pillow (Budget Pick)
RoHS certified orthopedic memory foam pillow with no smell; designed for neck support
Marnur
8. Malouf Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow (Best for Two-Position Sleepers)
Talalay Latex pillow with good air circulation and head and neck support; great for sensitive skin
Malouf
Features
  • Good for all sleep positions
  • Filler: shredded memory foam mix; cover: bamboo viscose and polyester
  • Adjustable thickness and firmness
  • Help reduce head and neck pain
  • Hypoallergenic and mite resistant
  • Machine washable
  • Limited 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.8 out of 10

SnugglePedic

This pillow is built in an interesting way combining small pieces of foam together to make the pillow soft and fluffy. Customers love the softness of the pillow and that it doesn’t go flat even after long-term use, which is great for preventing any issues with your neck and posture. In our opinion, it also provides a more refreshing sleep than most other pillows. It’s an excellent choice for almost all types of sleepers, including stomach, side, back, and even pregnant sleepers. The company is also willing to make an extensive range of sizes for this pillow, so everybody can find a perfectly-sized one.

This pillow comes with an extended 20-year warranty and a 120-day sleep trial. And this is a great point, as for some users, the pillow turned out to be too firm. But it all depends on personal preferences, and it’s clear that tons of positive reviews greatly outweigh the number of negative ones. We found that this pillow appears to be able to provide a good night’s sleep for almost every type of sleeper, whether you sleep on your back, side, stomach, or everything together.

PROS:
  • Soft and fluffy
  • Great for all types of sleepers
  • Provides refreshing sleep

CONS:
  • Smell, but it must go away after 48 hours

Features
  • Good for all sleep positions
  • Filler: shredded memory foam mix; cover: bamboo viscose and polyester
  • Adjustable thickness and firmness
  • Help reduce head and neck pain
  • Hypoallergenic and mite resistant
  • Machine washable
  • Limited 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

WonderSleep

Some memory foam pillows tend to lose shape and go flat, but the WonderSleep solves that problem. Customers rave about the pillow keeping its shape and not going flat even after months of use. An essential aspect of the pillow is that it is easy to customize, which is a great feature. And even though many companies offer it, this company gets it right. The firmness can be easily increased or decreased depending on how much stuffing is put into the pillow. It is also great for getting rid of head, neck, and shoulder pain. Overall, the pillow is one of the best we found.

The most significant criticism of this pillow was the smell. It might be something to scare some customers off, but the company makes a list of instructions on how to get rid of the smell. A strange odor is not something uncommon for new pillows, and after setting up the pillow for up to 48 hours, it should go away.

PROS:
  • Doesn’t lose its shape
  • Easy to customize
  • Gets rid of pain

CONS:
  • Customers struggled to get rid of the smell

Features
  • Good for all sleep positions
  • 3 sizes: Standard, Queen, King
  • Filler: proprietary mix of shredded visco elastic memory foam; cover: bamboo-derived rayon
  • Easily adjustable thickness
  • Hypoallergenic, CertiPUR-US certified
  • Machine washable
  • 100-day return with no questions asked
  • 5-year warranty
  • Made in USA

OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10

CoopHomePremium

This pillow offers a gel-infused memory foam that is easy to shape and mold. The gel provides the support of memory foam while maintaining a coolness many other pillows can’t give. Customers even compared the feeling of the pillow to that of a down pillow, but with better support. Many users enjoyed the plushness, breathability, and shape of the pillow. It is also fully adjustable, making it an excellent choice for nearly all sorts of sleepers.

A major downside is actually not connected with the pillow itself. Some customers found the company hard to work with and were frustrated that there weren’t move sizes available. The company provides a five-year warranty and will allow for a refund within the first one-hundred days. However, customers found that the warranty did not cover some issues and felt the warranty was not clear when they bought the pillow.

PROS:
  • Easy to shape
  • Sleeps cool
  • Good choice for nearly all sleepers

CONS:
  • Not a lot of sizes available
  • Wears out quickly
  • Company hard to work with

Features
  • Good for all sleep positions
  • 3 sizes: Standard, Queen, King
  • Filler: cross-cut shredded gel-infused memory foam with fiberfill; cover: bamboo-derived rayon
  • Easily adjustable thickness
  • Hypoallergenic, CertiPUR-US certified
  • Machine washable
  • 100-day return with no questions asked
  • 5-year warranty
  • Made in USA

OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10

To begin with, unlike most new pillows, this one does not have an odd chemical smell. Also, we found that the pillow had a perfect blend of soft and firm. It has the right density, sleeps cool, and doesn’t lose shape. Customers also mentioned that for the price this pillow felt like a steal. The cost is relatively low compared to other high-end pillows and offers what a lot of sleepers are looking for.

But we have to admit that this pillow might not be for everyone. Although such complaints were rare, some customers felt that the pillow did not keep them cool. While others found that it was impossible to find the right level of softness and ended up having back and neck pain.

There is a thirty-night trial period with this pillow, though. After a hundred nights, there is a five-year warranty. We think this pillow might be worth taking a risk on. Even though the reviews were hit and miss, the customers who did like the pillow loved it. Even if you don’t enjoy the pillow, there is still an opportunity to return it. If you’re looking for a pillow that you can use almost right away, this is the pillow for you.

PROS:
  • No smell
  • Perfect blend of soft and firm
  • Great Price

CONS:
  • Didn’t keep customers cool
  • Hard to find the right firmness
  • May lead to back and neck pain

Features
  • Good for all sleep positions
  • Available in 2 sizes: Queen and King; 2-pack Queen
  • Fill: down alternative microfiber fill; case: 100% cotton
  • Adjustable height: six soft stackable inner pillow layers
  • 300 thread count
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • 30-day money back guarantee

OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10

The design of this pillow is one of the most interesting designs on this list. The Pancake is made up of multiple soft layers that can be adjusted and taken out. The pillow can be made very thin to extremely full. Customers also mentioned that the company was great to work with. The pillow is also considered top of the line, and great for all sleep positions.

Even though the design of this pillow has advantages, it also has a few significant disadvantages. Customers found that it was hard to find the perfect comfort level at first. It may take a while to figure out how many layers are the right amount. Also, because of the design, the pillow can have strange pressure points and heat up quickly. The pillow also becomes baggy when layers are taken, a problem that many customers found to be annoying.

There is not a lot of information available about warranty, but it does come with a thirty-day money back guarantee. If you are looking to get something different, then this might be the pillow for you, but it may be smart to test it out before committing to it long term.

PROS:
  • Original design
  • Can be very full to very thin
  • Good for all sleep positions

CONS:
  • Hard to find right comfort level
  • Heats up quickly
  • Become baggy when layers are taken out

Features
  • Good for all sleeping positions
  • 2 firmness options: firm and extra firm
  • Fill: high-performance polyester fiberfill; case: 100% cotton
  • 300 thread count
  • Dual-chamber design
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Washable
  • 60 days no reason return
  • Made in USA

OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10

With its unique two-chambered design the SNÜZ Sleep Bed Pillow doesn’t look like any other pillow on this list. The design is meant to cradle your head and support your neck. Customers felt that the pillow did a great job of relieving their back, neck, and shoulder pain. Even with its odd design, the pillow still works well for all types of sleep positions.

There are little complaints about the SNÜZ. Some people felt it was too soft for their liking. The design also bothered some customers, but firmness seemed to be the main issue for most of them. The shape of the pillow might work for many people, but not for all of them. Although the pillow comes back with a sixty-day 100% money back guarantee, before ordering this online, try to find a shop that sells them and test it out before buying. If you have neck or back pain, this pillow might be able to solve those issues, but if you prefer a more traditional shaped pillow, this might not be the one for you.

PROS:
  • Cradles the neck and head
  • Low price
  • Relieves pain

CONS:
  • Too soft for some sleepers
  • Fell apart quickly
  • Design bothered some customers

Features
  • Orthopedic pillow good for all sleeping positions
  • Size: 25.4’’ x 14.6’’ x 5.5’’
  • Fill: memory foam; case: rayon/polyester, polyester inner cover
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Washable
  • RoHS certification

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

Marnur

What we loved most about this pillow were its shape and dimensions. Pillows that focus on neck support are often on the smaller size, but this pillow is larger than most and we loved it. The height of the pillow and it’s firmness are just right to support the head and neck evenly. Another great point is that the pillow has no smell and can be slept on almost right away. Some customers felt like the pillow did not feel like traditional memory foam and was firmer then what they were used to. So if you prefer pillows that are on the softer side, we recommend to try it before buying.

To wrap it up, we can conclude that if you have neck pain or are looking for a pillow made to support the neck, this pillow may be the one for you. However, if you’re someone who wants a more traditional memory foam feeling this might be the pillow to stay away from. Your best option may be to get a more customizable pillow that allows you to decide the amount of stuffing.

PROS:
  • Good size
  • Focuses on neck support
  • No smell

CONS:
  • Not like traditional memory foam
  • Too firm
  • Did not fit all sleepers

Features
  • 4 firmness and thickness options, each good for 2 sleep positions
  • 3 sizes: Standard, Queen, and King
  • Fill: 100% pure natural Talalay Latex; case: 75% polyester, 25% bamboo rayon
  • Mildew proof and dust mite resistant
  • 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

Malouf

This pillow was designed to provide the right amount of air circulation. Holes are built inside the pillow to prevent and push body heat away from you while you sleep. We loved how cool the pillow stayed through the night. The holes in the pillow also give firm and comfortable support. The larger holes support your head, while the smaller holes support your neck. The material the pillow is made of is also great for sensitive skin.

If your primary issue is overheating while you sleep, we recommend to try it out. The design helps efficiently keep you cool throughout the night. But we noticed that this pillow is a little bit thinner than usual pillows, so if you prefer a taller pillow or are having neck pain, this isn’t the pillow for you.

Overall, there wasn’t a lot of criticism for the design of the pillow, but customers did find that the pillow wore out quickly. This is somewhat covered by the fact that the pillow comes with a thirty-day return policy and 1-year warranty.

PROS:
  • Good air circulation
  • Designed to give head and neck support
  • Great for sensitive skin

CONS:
  • Doesn’t have great height
  • Wore out quickly
  • Company hard to work with

Buying Guide

Buying a pillow might seem an easy task, but there are still some issues you need to take into account before picking one. Read on to find out what’s important.

Consider your sleep positions

Sleep positions

Besides combination sleepers, there are three main types of sleepers requiring different types of support and a different kind of pillow. Stomach sleeper can get away with very little support and thin pillows. Back sleepers have to look for a pillow that correctly supports their neck. Otherwise, they will wake up in pain. Whereas a side sleeper has to find a pillow that not only has the correct firmness but also the proper height.

Pillow size

There are three normal sizes for pillows, the standard, queen, and king. It’s important to know which size pillow is just right for you. If the pillow is too big, it will flex your head forward in an uncomfortable position. A too big pillow can cause curvature of the spine. If you sleep on your side, a big pillow will crank your head towards the ceiling. If the pillow is too small, your spine tends to straighten and flatten out improperly. A thin pillow won’t provide your neck with the proper support. If you sleep on your side, it titles your head down towards the bed.

Signs that you are sleeping on the wrong pillow include aching pain, not feeling rested, and snoring. You need a proper pillow to ensure your neck stays aligned and that your head is supported correctly.

Materials

Materials Pillows

Pillows can come in a wide variety of materials that all have their advantages and disadvantages. Memory foam retains its shape well which may prevent snoring. The dense foam also provides relief on pressure points which can relieve neck, shoulder, and back pain. However, a new memory foam pillow can have a strong chemical smell. The dense filling also retains body heat and can cause problems with breathability. A latex pillow will last longer than most other pillows. Latex also provides excellent support and adjust when you move.

A feather pillow will last for around two to three years. A pillow with feather filling will stay cool while you sleep and are very soft. However, because of the softness the pillow loses its shape quickly and don’t provide the best support. If you’re looking for a cheap pillow that is easy to clean, then you should consider purchasing a dawn alternative or polyester pillow. However, if your primary concern is neck support, it may be best to avoid polyester.

Safety issues

No matter what is inside your pillow or what covers it, you need to make it’s safe. There are different ways to check your pillows safety including various certifications, such as CertiPUR-US for foams or Oeko-Tex for textiles. Check what certification your pillow has and who issued it to get a better idea of what’s inside of it and if it’s safe.

Washability

Washing the pillow

Pillows need to be washed somewhere between two to three times a year. Some pillows can be washed in a machine, while others will need to be washed by hand. On the inside tag of nearly every pillow, there will be clear instructions on how to properly clean it.

Cleaning is essential for a good night’s sleep and your overall health. Even the durability of a pillow can be affected by being kept dirty.

Durability

Most consumers don’t buy a pillow planning to use it for only a few months. Things like material, how often the pillow is used, and even how you sleep can all affect how long the pillow lasts. To ensure your pillow is a long-term investment, understand the material and make sure to give it a proper cleaning at least once a year.

Conclusion

Before deciding on what pillow is right for you, consider all the information that has been presented to you in this article. Understand what type of sleeper you are and the material you are most comfortable sleeping on. Make sure the pillow is the correct size and provides a good night’s sleep. Knowing the features of each pillow, what it is made of, how long it can last, and what the design offers are all things to consider and understand before making a final purchase.

9.8 Total Score
Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Pillow – Editor's Choice

After testing several pillows, we found that the Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Pillow is the best pillow for combination sleepers. This pillow can support all sorts of sleepers and all types of sleep positions. The unique soft design conforms to your body and doesn’t go flat. Some customers may have complained of a smell, but it goes away quickly and shouldn’t affect your sleep cycle. The pillow will keep you cool throughout the night. It’s a highly-certified pillow that is also hypoallergenic. If you are the type of person that switches sleep positions throughout the night, the Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Pillow is the pillow for you.

Comfort
10
Support
10
Durability
9.5
PROS
  • Soft and fluffy
  • Great for all types of sleepers
  • Provides refreshing sleep
CONS
  • Smell, but it must go away after 48 hours
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