# What is the Best Filler Material for Pillows?

What material is most suitable as a filler for pillows, which material can provide optimal comfort and neck support?

Examples of Filler Materials:

Feathers
Buckwheat
Cotton
Cloth Fibers
Synthetic Plastic Fibers
Foam
Viscoelastic Foam
Memory Foam
Latex
Compressed Air

Examples of Filler Materials Used For Bean Bag Pillows:

Dried Beans
PVC Pellets
Expanded Polystyrene
Expanded Polypropylene

Evo
Mentor
My favorite is down, specifically goose down. Feathers can be painful.

lisab
Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
For me, it's a cheap, medium-density pillow - the $3 ones at Target. They only last about a year, just replace them now and then. Think of it as a sleep tax. I do use a pillow liner though. Allergies, ya know. The filling? I know it's foam but I don't know exactly what kind. Random foam, that's my answer. Danger Gold Member Feathers for me, although down is definitely better. (Too expensive, though.) I don't like foam, and I haven't any experience with those other things. edit: Oh, hang on. I did actually use an inflatable pillow once in an emergency. Did not like it one little bit. 2nd edit: Buckwheat?! Who the hell stuffs a pillow with pancakes? Evo Mentor For me, it's a cheap, medium-density pillow - the$3 ones at Target. They only last about a year, just replace them now and then. Think of it as a sleep tax.

I do use a pillow liner though. Allergies, ya know.

The filling? I know it's foam but I don't know exactly what kind.

For years I used soft foam and dacron stuffed pillows, they were very comfortable, but a couple of years ago Evo Child gave me a top of the line goose down pillow, something I would have never spent money on. Oh my gosh!!! It's the best pillow EVER. Just a tiny push will fluff the pillow up to conform to my head and neck in just the perfect way, it has helped with the pain I have (spine) so much. I lay there and think "this is heaven". I have been tested and am allergic to feathers, but this pillow came with two liners on it in addition to the basic cover. No allergy problems. Sometimes it pays to pay. :tongue: Considering how many years it will last, it's a good investment, I need to stop being such a cheapskate. Thank you Evo Child! Oh, and she also gave me my new bed, high tech foam stuff, again, it has done wonders for my hip pain. She takes care of her mom.

Danger
Gold Member
Please crate her up and send her to me.

Evo
Mentor
Please crate her up and send her to me.
:rofl:

I liked memory foam for a while. Now I'm not sure what I have.

I use nails and thumb tacs - makes a man out of ya.

I've got a quiver of pillows for all occasions. Yes, even a buckwheat Sobakawa pillow, soft ones, firm ones, medium ones. They all lay on my bed. I'll put my head down to sleep with my best guestimate as to which one is "the one" for this evening's slumber. Some time into the night I'll get fed up with it, fling it across the room, and grab another. Sometime later in the night I will repeat that operation. And so on, and so on... Then the next morning I'll throw them all back on my bed and go out and face the day fully rested and refreshed

Danger
Gold Member
Now that I think back upon it, I recall that I have used a cat as a pillow a couple of times in the past. Lucy isn't too much into it, but her predecessor Dingbat McBeth loved it. His purring also served as a sleep aid.

dlgoff
Gold Member
My favorite is down, specifically goose down. Feathers can be painful.
You're giving me ideas. :uhh:

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Danger
Gold Member
You're giving me ideas. :uhh:

You're going to leave that poor thing naked?!
Won't that adversely affect her omelet-laying ability?

edit: Of course, I've fallen asleep with my head on a pretty girl's lap a few times. Only once did I get my nose tweaked for warning her that I have a tendency to fluff my pillows.

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Evo
Mentor
You're giving me ideas. :uhh:

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So cute!! Nice pen! But don't kill her!

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edit: Oh, hang on. I did actually use an inflatable pillow once in an emergency. Did not like it one little bit.

If I have an inflatable pillow and it is too stiff because the air pressure inside it is too high, can I deflate the pillow to a lower air pressure so that it will be softer and provide better neck support?

My dream is to sleep on a pillow stuffed with kittens.

turbo
Gold Member
Buckwheat was cool and comfortable, but I never could afford one of my own.

Which should be stiff and which should be soft among the following objects: the pillow and the mattress?