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Consumer Reports: Pick the right pillow

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Posted at 4:00 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 06:01:01-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Consumer Reports tested nearly a dozen pillows from popular brands including Sealy, Tempur-Pedic and MyPillow.

“In our tests, we assess pillows based on how well they support the head and neck of both back and side sleepers of a range of sizes," says Consumer Reports Home Editor, Haniya Rae.

And this resilience test measures the firmness of the pillows to determine how each one holds up over time. The pillows, ranging in price from about $4 to $170, consisted mostly of memory foam, polyester fibers or a combination of both. If you want good support and a long-lasting pillow you’ll have to spend some money, but maybe not $170.

CR found that some of the cheaper pillows did offer good support out of the box but when it came to keeping their shape - many, fell flat.

“In our tests, we found that pillows that were lower priced tended not to hold up as well as pillows that cost a little bit more," says Rae.

And even some pricier pillows, like the $40 MyPillow Classic and the $65 Casper, earned earned only fair scores for resilience.

The best of the bunch? CR recommends the $60 Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow. It’s excellent for both side and back sleepers of any size. And, it comes with an extra foam kit so you can adjust the pillow to your liking.