11 Supportive Pillows For Side Sleepers
Having the right sleeping products can play a key role in a good night's rest, whether it's quality mattresses, luxurious sheets, or the ideal pillow for your dreams. No one knows this better than a side sleeper — because trust us, not all pillows are made the same. While there are a lot of options to shop online and in store, pillows are one of those things where you don't really know which one is right for you until you try it. Luckily, our editors have been able to put some of the most popular pillows to the test to help make it a little easier for you to find the perfect one.
There are a number of brands that are known for having the best side-sleeper pillows because of how the pillows are made and their highly rated reputations. To help you find the right one, we curated a list of the 11 best choices on the market. From editor-backed picks from Marlow and Purple and a unique curve-shaped pillow from Honeydew to highly trusted and top-rated brands like Casper, Saatva, and Nectar, we found a variety of options ideal for side sleepers. Plus, several of these picks are adjustable, and one of them can be completely customized to your liking. We have no doubt your match awaits ahead, so keep reading to shop our top picks.
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones
Best Affordable Side-Sleeper Pillow
Viewstar Down Alternative Bed Pillow ($30, originally $41)
The Viewstar Down Alternative Bed Pillow comes in a set of two and is less than $50. It's an affordable option for those who want a fluffy, hotel-like experience. This pillow is a supportive option for side sleepers and cradles your head while offering support to your neck and spine, no matter how much you twist and turn. With its lightweight and airy feel, you'll be able to sleep comfortably all night long. Plus, the pillows are resistant to flattening and machine washable as well.
Best Curve-Shaped Side-Sleeper Pillow
Honeydew Scrumptious Side Pillow ($130, originally $220)
The Honeydew Scrumptious Side Pillow is a uniquely curve-shaped pillow that is built for side sleepers but offers comfort for every type of sleeper. The cutout shape allows it to rest snugly around your bottom shoulder if you sleep on your side, but it also feels cozy around your neck if you sleep on your back.
It's also an editor-backed pick, with one of our editors saying, "I thought the shape of the pillow wouldn't matter much because I was used to bunching my regular pillow up to get it snug against my neck, but that's what's great about this pillow — there's no bunching." You can read her complete review of the Honeydew Scrumptious Side Pillow here.
Best Cube Side-Sleeper Pillow
Pillow Cube Pro ($130)
The Pillow Cube Pro has a cube-like shape that's good for people who like to sleep on their sides in the corner of the pillow. Its smart design is meant to help keep your head level, so you can wake up without neck pain. It comes in three different densities, depending on your height: standard, thin, and thick.
This choice is also an editor favorite, with one editor saying, "The pillow felt firm, supporting my neck and shoulders yet soft and plush on my head and face. . . . I have a habit of sleeping with my shoulders scrunched up towards my ears like I'm shrugging. I noticed that this position causes the muscle tension and pain I have been experiencing on the sides of my neck. The pillow prevents that by filling that gap between the shoulder and the neck." You can read the full review of the Pillow Cube Pro here.
Best Down-Alternative Adjustable Side-Sleeper Pillow
The Original Casper Sleep Pillow is a favorite for side sleepers. The hidden feature we love the most is that you can actually unzip the pillow to find another mini one inside. If you like more flat-like shapes, then this is the option for you. After taking out the middle fluff, you'll end up with two flatter-style pillows, perfect for side sleeping. Want it plush? Then just leave in the middle portion. You truly get the best of both worlds with this choice. Oh, and it's machine washable, too.
Best Gel-Infused Memory-Foam Adjustable Side-Sleeper Pillow
Marlow Pillow ($65)
Brooklinen spent years developing the "perfect pillow." It's no surprise that the standard-size Marlow Pillow became a hit and is also an editor-favorite choice. This one has a two-in-one design, all thanks to a handy zipper that allows the user to adjust it to their own firmness level quickly and easily. When the pillow is zipped up, it has a denser feel to it, and when it's unzipped, airflow reaches inside, giving it a more fluffed-up and lighter feel.
One editor says, "the lightweight texture is soft, cozy, and exactly what I look for in a pillow. Since that night, I haven't slept without it, and it's relieved a lot of neck pain I usually get." Read her complete review of the Marlow pillow here.
Best Customizable Side-Sleeper Pillow
Want to create your own perfect side-sleeper pillow? Then behold Pluto's Ultimate Personalized Pillow. The brand started on "Shark Tank" and continues to grow in popularity. Each pillow is unique to its owner. The brand has you take a test of preferences and dislikes about pillows, then it creates a custom one just for you. Pluto will customize yours to your liking, and yes, that includes for side sleepers, too. You can get the perfect material, size, and thickness for the sleeping position you choose the most.
One of our editors put this to the test and received a pillow that was firm and supportive, all based on her quiz results. "I've been using my new pillow for about three months now and it has significantly improved the quality of my sleep and, even more importantly, how I feel when I wake up. Because of the support provided by the pillow, I'm able to get into a comfortable position so I fall asleep more easily and wake up less often due to pain," she says. Check out her in-depth review of the Pluto pillow here.
Best Plush Side-Sleeper Pillow
A lot of side sleepers prefer more flat-like silhouettes so their necks don't feel out of whack in the morning. If you're faced with the problem, though, of liking that cloud-like plush feel, Parachute's Down Side Sleeper Pillow is the one for you. Made with 750-fill-power European down for a luxe feel, it was also meticulously designed with a three-and-a-half-inch gusset to take the strain off your neck and shoulders while you rest. The fluffy yet supportive feel is truly a winner.
Best Hypoallergenic Dual-Sided Side-Sleeper Pillow
Purple TwinCloud Pillow ($99)
If you're a fan of the unique, gel-based Purple mattress, you can get it in pillow form as well. This pillow is actually two pillows in one, offering a softer and a firmer side, so you can flip it based on the firmness you prefer while sleeping on your side. With this design, you can also sleep on your side or stomach with your hands in between the two layers for added cushioning and comfort. This pillow is hypoallergenic as well.
One editor raved, "The clever design makes it easy to move around in the night and always feel comfortable and supported. . . . I couldn't be more happy with the Purple TwinCloud Pillow. Hands down, the zip and flip features make it easy for almost anyone to be comfortable while using this pillow." Check out her in-depth review of the Purple TwinCloud Pillow, and learn how she likes to use the pillow.
Best Adjustable Cooling Side-Sleeper Pillow
Nectar Tri-Comfort Cooling Pillow ($87, originally $130)
Nectar's Tri-Comfort Cooling Pillow lets you adjust its support from soft, medium, or firm. This pillow is perfect for someone who requires a wide range of support options. Prefer a firm feel? Just zip up both the the gusset zippers. For a more plush feel, unzip both sides. Want something in between? Just unzip one side. It's made with premium memory-foam clusters and a microfiber down alternative that offers breathability and helps with pressure relief. This adaptive pillow is perfect for all types of sleepers.
Best Memory-Foam Side-Sleeper Pillow
If you're in the market for a memory-foam pillow, the Saatva Graphite Memory Foam Pillow delivers cooling support for your head and neck. It's made out of breathable, shredded memory foam and latex core that allow for contoured support. Infused with graphite, this pillow draws heat away from you, so you'll feel less stuffy throughout the night. With its thicker height, this pillow is made for side sleepers who need neck support.
Best Cooling Side-Sleeper Pillow
GhostPillow Memory Foam ($71, originally $109)
The GhostPillow Memory Foam pillow offers a firmer feel, which is ideal for anyone who wants spine and neck support in any position. What makes this pillow stand out is its gel-based memory foam, which adjusts to your body heat in real time and helps you stay cool all night long. Plus, it has a cooling pillow cover, which helps absorb excess heat. Since it can stay cool inside and out, this pillow is ideal for those who like to sleep cool and refreshed.