The Best Body Pillows of 2020
The COOP Home Goods Adjustable Body Pillow is made with CertiPUR-US certified memory foam, which means it is made without harsh chemicals and materials such as ozone depleters, flame retardants, or formaldehyde. The certification also ensures that the volatile organic compound emissions produced by the polyurethane are below 0.5 parts per million. We enjoy this pillow because of how incredibly soft both the cover and the inner foam feels. There's an outer removable cover and the inner pillow also has zipper access to customize the amount of fill. We're able to relax well and feel supported by the memory foam. The high comfort, adjustability, and modest product care make this a great investment. This pillow is intended to be used without needing an extra pillowcase to cover it.
Be ready to open your pillow package and let this model air out for several days to get rid of its initially potent polyurethane odor. Furthermore, the product care requires an extra step that can easily be overlooked: you have to safety pin the zipper tab that accesses the inner fill to prevent it from opening while machine washing. But, if you can commit to letting the pillow air out and to using a safety pin when it comes time for washing, we find the COOP to be of high quality and great for a variety of uses like side-sleeping (after fill adjustments), propping up your back when lounging, and resting tired, achy legs.
The Oubonun MoMa Premium Adjustable Loft Quilted Body Pillow is initially quite thick and lofty, but the polyester fiber fill can be easily adjusted through zipper access. The comfort is high and maintenance low. Entirely machine washable, you won't have to worry about much when it comes to product care. The manufacturer also provides a removable pillowcase to add extra defense against wear and tear, body oils, and odors. Fairly lightweight, the pillow is soft and great for side-sleepers when adjusted well. If you leave all of the fill in, we find it best-suited for providing support for sitting and lounging as opposed to sleeping.
When removing fill, you have to massage the pillow afterward to redistribute what's left. This took longer than expected for us as the polyester likes to stick to itself. Too, polyester fiber isn't as resistant to "flattening" over time as memory foam and it isn't as firm. Some people might like how soft the pillow is and some might see it as lacking support. When we kneel into the pillow, however, there isn't as much resistance to prevent our knees from impacting the floor. Overall, the quality and comfort of the Oubonun MoMa is very notable, earning our recommendation for Best Buy if you're wanting something more affordable than memory foam.
The Snuggle-Pedic Body Pillow is a favorite of ours because we actually like how slim and relatively firm it is. More traditional to what we're used to when it comes to memory foam pillows, we like that it arrives ready to go and to our liking for side-sleeping and beneath-the-legs comfort. If you're looking for firm support, this one fits the bill. The shredded memory foam is CertiPUR-US certified and the fabric is a viscose of bamboo and polyester blend. At the heavier end of the spectrum, we still felt the pillow was easy to move around during the night. Since it's memory foam, it's great for sharing with a partner for under the legs. It's more than long enough and you can shift about without disturbing the other side of the pillow.
Because the foam is shredded it's prone to lumping up after general use, which takes some massaging to straighten out. Not the most ideal to have to do every so often, this could, however, be seen as a plus: some people might want more support in one area and less in another. There is no zipper or alternative access to add or remove foam. There also isn't a removable cover, which means you have to wash the whole pillow every time you want to clean it. But, at the time of this review's publication, the manufacturer has an offer to ship a free pillowcase if you ask for one from their warranty department. Overall, the quality is high and being that the pillow is fully machine washable, there isn't much to complain about. Best for those not wanting to deal with fine-tuning the amount of fill and for those wanting firmer support, we highly recommend the Snuggle-Pedic.
The Moonlight Slumber Comfort U stands out for its versatility and semi-customizable comfort. Taking the long "arms," you can fold, coil, or accommodate the shape of a given space differently than a traditional pillow. It comes with a removable, zippered case that is machine washable, making the general care fairly easy. The pillow is slightly more firm than soft, but comfortable and supportive. We can set it up on the couch as an extra backrest or lay it out on the floor, crossing the arms for support under the knees. If you have the space for it, this pillow allows all sorts of creativity. The design of this model provides comforting cuddles surrounding the user's body.
The pillow itself is machine washable as well, but the manufacturer recommends only doing so if absolutely necessary (in a front-loading machine). Then, tennis balls are required for the dryer, upping the maintenance effort if you don't have access to such things. Otherwise, this is a huge and heavy pillow, which might not be for everyone. If you're a smaller person, the pillow can feel overwhelming in size. U-shaped pillows are more of a niche design within the body pillow world, but if you are looking for one, this is our favorite.
The BioPEDIC Premium SofLOFT is lightweight and airy. The feel reminds us of a standard pillow, just longer. This can either be exactly what you're looking for or not. The softness is great for hugging and squeezing, and the pillow is easily maneuvered during the night. We can fold it in half to help prop ourselves up in bed for reading and the fabric breathes well. If you don't require a ton of support, it's an affordable option.
If you are looking for much firmness, however, then this isn't the pillow for you. Over time, we question the loft's ability to rebound and maintain its shape. Throw it into the dryer for at least ten minutes and we notice an improvement, but we're just not sure how long the strategy will be effective. The BioPEDIC also doesn't come with a pillowcase. The product care explicitly states to not wash the pillow and to spot clean only, but since it's not an expensive buy, there might be room in your budget to invest in a nice, machine washable pillowcase. Overall, this is for those looking for a very soft and affordable alternative to the premium, firmer products.
The Leachco Snoogle Original is one of the most unique pillows we've recently tested, largely on account of its shape. Due to the narrow design, the polyester fill feels denser and therefore more specialized in our opinion, similar to the idea of a lumbar or bolster pillow. The dimensions aren't much different as a whole than many others but because it likes to curl naturally, it appears less bulky, especially when you roll or coil it up to place behind your back, which is what we like about it the most.
For sleeping or prolonged rest, we feel this is where things can get tricky. The shape isn't the easiest to maneuver in a bed and since it really likes to curl itself up, it changes position once you move around. The manufacturer includes a diagram of all the versatile and creative positions to use it, but we find that some of them are not as intuitive as others. The narrowness and density of the pillow can also feel hot and too rigid at times, causing us to fiddle with the placement a lot more than is ideal. The product maintenance is also quite specialized as the pillow is spot clean only. The cover is machine washable, but the fun challenge is putting the cover back on after washing it. If you can imagine pulling on very long and awkwardly shaped stalkings, then you can get an idea of what this process is like. Overall, we think the firmness and design are meant for specific, therapeutic support, such as those needing acute relief for the back, stomach, or limbs.
Why You Should Trust Us
Sara Aranda, our lead tester, has been utilizing pillows beneath her legs for nearly a decade due to her athleticism and realization that her knees can lock-out or hyperextend easily. She brings a welcomed critique of what a quality pillow should provide when it comes to leg and general body positioning support. She is also a heavy side-sleeper and with all the running she does, her body often needs extra help in achieving comfort for rest. With a background in writing and years of gear testing experience, she provides us a detail-oriented perspective.
For this review, we spent hours researching the best body pillows on the market, comparing specs and construction materials, as well as using past experiences, to guide our selection to the top-performing models available today. Then we ordered and sent them to our lead tester, while also sharing them with friends and family to get a diverse perspective on each model. We tested the comfort, adjustability, and maintenance aspects of each pillow. From lounging to working from home to overnight use, we compared the varying designs and dimensions, experiencing the practical use of each one. For more lab-like testing, we used weighted objects to measure and compare the give in the loft and how well it rebounds. We also practiced removing, washing, and replacing on any covers the pillows may have come with, especially the atypically shaped ones. We are confident that our assessments will help you determine the best body pillow for your lifestyle.
Analysis and Test Results
We designed a specific testing regimen to compare each model against the competition. This involves assessing the pillows across four critical performance metrics; namely, Comfort, Adjustability, Maintenance, and Durability. Each model has been thoroughly vetted by multiple testers, and after weeks of testing, we share which models stand out in each crucial area so you can find the model that does what you want it to.
Ultimately, the most important make-or-break quality of any type of pillow, comfort can be difficult to test. We understand that everyone has their own particular preferences (i.e. soft vs firm). For this metric, we have to consider other aspects that contribute to the overall feel and function, such as whether the fill provides adequate support and relief in addition to simply feeling nice. We took note of the weight, dimensions, and how the ease-of-use may be impacted by certain design or material choices. Not so surprisingly, the memory foam based pillows score the highest due to the nature of such premium technology. The COOP and the Snuggle-Pedic pillows both utilize shredded polyurethane memory foam (the COOP also has polyester microfiber), which yields soft, yet functional support. The Snuggle is slimmer and more firm, which is perfect for those who are used to the traditional shape and feel of memory foam pillows. Though, we really enjoy the thick loft of the COOP and how it feels both ultra-soft and supportive at the same time.
The remaining pillows don't match the quality of the two mentioned above for various reasons. The MoMa model is filled with an immense amount of polyester fiber, which is common and very soft, but not as supportive as memory foam. Without adjustments, we feel the MoMa is too thick for side-sleeping. The Moonlight Slumber is notably heavy and long, making it difficult to carry or maneuver, especially if you're one to roll around while sleeping. The BioPEDIC is so soft to a near detriment. If we drop on to the pillow with our knees, our knees still impact the floor. Lastly, the Leachco Snoogle is relatively narrow, which feels a tad rigid to us and is more likely to create pressure points. The cover is also very taught and doesn't stretch well where the pillow curves, creating discomfort.
Having a pillow that is adjustable is the best way to accommodate the most amount of people and we celebrate this in this metric. The COOP and the MoMa both have zipper access to add or remove filling, which we found to be easily done without creating a mess. Once we removed some of the fill, we had to then massage the pillow to redistribute what was left, which we felt was a tad more difficult to do with the MoMa. Due to their adjustable nature, we believe this is why they are so initially thick, almost overfilled even. Before adjustments, they weren't as comfortable to use for smaller body sizes, but afterward, they were toeing perfect. Being able to customize makes a huge difference (though we wonder what we're supposed to do with the foam we removed).
While the other pillows are not adjustable in this same way, the Snuggle-Pedic has memory foam that can be massaged to create more or less support in certain areas (too, the manufacturer states in a pamphlet that they will alter the fill to your liking at no cost). The Moonlight Slumber and Leachco Snoogle both can be piled, coiled, or laid out in various ways to cater to different scenarios, such as sitting on the couch versus laying in bed reading a book. We consider these features as types of adjustments, which encompass a sense of versatility, but the actual comfort and firmness of the fill cannot be changed, which is why their scores aren't as high. The BioPEDIC sits at the bottom for this metric because of how straightforward it is; it's basically an extended standard pillow.
Most of us are guilty of not wanting to do laundry, so the minimal amount of care, the better. Typically, pillows come with pillowcases to protect the main pillow body. Remove and wash the case — easy. Well, unfortunately, each pillow comes with its own product care requirements and nuances. For us, the best scorers are those with the simplest care instructions and those that come with removable cases. The Moonlight Slumber wins in this department because of the huge zipper that runs the outside length of the pillow, which is critical for it's U-shaped nature. The zipper is easy to use and the case washes well. Thankfully, if you do have to wash the pillow itself, it is machine washable and dryer safe (but requires tennis balls/beaters).
The majority of the pillows are machine washable with certain conditions, like gentle wash cycles and mild detergents. After, most should be tumble dried on low heat. Always refer to the labels and/or the manufacturer's website for information specific to the product.
The COOP is an example of a model requiring a special step that most people might miss when browsing care instructions: the main zipper needs to be safety pinned shut to prevent the filling from escaping. While the MoMa doesn't specify pinning its zipper shut, it might be okay to assume that doing so could be beneficial. There are two models that are not machine washable. The Leachco Snoogle and the BioPEDIC are both strictly spot clean only and air dry. The former has a removable machine-washable case, however, which helps, but we find the case to collect lint and dirt far more easily than any of the other pillows. This isn't great because removing and putting the case back on is a serious task for such an awkwardly shaped pillow. As for the BioPEDIC, it does not come with a removable case. Investing in one is the logical next step to take, but we only consider what is provided by the manufacturer.
This is a tough metric to score over a test period that is shorter than the actual lifespan of the pillow, so we have to take note of any assembly defects and concerns. We also considered the manufacturer warranty, as we feel this can be indicative of the confidence behind their products (as in, if they make good products, having a long warranty won't create profit loss). Most standard polyester pillows flatten over time, which is why memory foam scores well in durability. The COOP and the Snuggle-Pedic both showcase quality stitching and the use of premium materials. The bamboo-fabric covers don't snag easily for us and with such manageable product care, we can expect to see a long life with these two. The COOP comes with a five-year warranty and the Snuggle comes with a twenty-year warranty — both excellent and confidence instilling.
Having removable covers helps protect the pillows themselves, lengthening the lifespan, so the Moonlight Slumber is a great example of durable construction and design. The cover zipper is smooth, large-toothed, and made with a cotton and polyester blend. With a lifetime warranty, we can be confident in the integrity of the product. The MoMa also seems to be similarly durable, especially because it comes with an incredible amount of polyester fiber fill that rebounds well after use. The quilted stitching is a nice touch and appears to be well-done. The extra cotton pillowcase is a plus so overall durability is above-average, but we couldn't find any information on warranty details beyond a money-back guarantee. The two pillows that score low in this category are the BioPEDIC and the Leachco Snoogle. As stated in the maintenance metric, these two aren't machine washable, which makes proper care more difficult. Since the BioPEDIC is so soft, we can flatten it very easily and the rebound isn't impressive, requiring some time in the dryer to re-fluff. The warranty is five years, so that's reassuring, but without a pillowcase and with a propensity towards flattening, we're not as confident. The Leachco only has a 90-day limited warranty and the longevity of the cover is somewhat of a concern for us due to the lack of stretch it has. Some force is required to remove and replace the cover.
With quite a few things to consider, remember that comfort is key. For us, comfort encompasses ease-of-use and adequate support for our limbs and back, whether for lounging, sleeping, or sitting. A balance of soft fabrics and semi-firm fill embodies these qualities well in our opinion, but we encourage you to consider which aspects and test results are most important to your needs.
— Sara Aranda