What? I thought Bamboo was for pandas! Nope, you can sleep on it too.
A bamboo pillow is basically any pillow that has a bamboo rayon case. Rayon is a material made by taking the main building blocks of bamboo cells (cellulose) and combining them to make a nice comfy fabric.
This viscose rayon fiber is different from normal cotton fabric. The viscose fibers are not as straight as cotton, which is actually a good thing. This less structured build, on the microscopic level, makes bamboo fiber more breathable and soft.
In this article, I’ll break down all the advantages and disadvantages of owning a bamboo pillow, and throw some suggestions your way!
Here is a quick list of the best bamboo pillows available:
Why Pick this?
Highest quality bamboo pillow on the market
Keeps you cool, 120 night trial
Best bamboo pillow for people with neck/shoulder pain
Best value for those on a budget!
Nice and firm for side sleepers
Bamboo covers are usually made with a mixture of around 60% polyester and 40% viscose of bamboo. This creates a case that is super soft, thin, and breathable. You don’t even need a pillowcase, most people prefer to sleep directly on the bamboo!
The viscose rayon and polyester combine to create a very sturdy pillow. With proper maintenance (more on that below), your bamboo pillow should last for years!
*This is, of course assuming you don’t have a pet panda around, which could be problematic.
The fibers and threads that create bamboo pillows are very breathable and water resistant. This allows air to efficiently and easily flow through bamboo pillows. Keeping your head cool is very important for sleep quality. Studies indicate that a cooler environment can help with insomnia, depression, and hot flashes!
*When using a bamboo pillow, it is usually a good idea to sleep directly on the casing that comes with the pillow. Adding your own pillowcase could reduce airflow and kind of cancel out the main benefit of having a bamboo cover in the first place!
Naturally hypoallergenic, bamboo is highly unlikely to cause allergic reactions because fungi and bacteria are repelled from the surface of the pillow. This makes them the ideal choice for those that suffer from breathing problems, asthma, or any kind of allergies.
Viscose rayon can actually be made using pretty much any woody plant as a base. The plant is ground into a pulp, then treated to create the rayon fibers. Bamboo is the best plant for the job since it grows so fast (over 40in per day)! No rainforests were harmed in the making of this pillow.
It’s important to consider your preferred sleeping position when choosing a bamboo pillow. Whether you prefer to sleep on your side, stomach, or back, there is a bamboo pillow just right for you.
Always make sure to read the manufacturer directions that come with the pillow. There are some pillows that have very specific first-time instructions. In general, most bamboo cases are completely machine wash safe and can be dried in a dryer.
Many pillows are shipped vacuum sealed, so it is a good idea to open it and let the pillow air out for 24 hours before use. Memory foam pillows can sometimes take a day or two to attain their natural form. To accelerate this process, you can throw your pillow in the dryer on low heat for twenty minutes to puff it right up!
As one of the top-rated pillows in all the internet, this offering from Coop Home Goods is a heavy hitter. They don’t just use normal bamboo fiber… they’ve fortified it with elastic to make it extra pliable and comfy!
The shredded memory foam combined with the bamboo case makes it feel like you are sleeping on a cloud! Designed to help you control your temperature, the Bamboo Polyester Blend Fabric keeps you cool by allowing more air circulation than a normal memory foam pillow.
You can also unzip the pillow and add or remove the innards as needed. This customization allows you to mold the pillow to your unique shape. If you find that you need more memory foam than what comes standard, you can also order extra. It is perfect for back sleepers, side sleepers, and pregnant women. The CertiPUR-US Certified foam is made without ozone depleters, lead and heavy metals, and formaldehyde. They are also dust-mite resistant and hypoallergenic, making it great for those with intense allergies.
Overall customers are extremely happy with this pillow. Commentors rave about this pillow curing neck pain and giving them the best sleep they’ve ever had!
This offering from Snuggle Pedic is packed with high tech to keep you cool all night long! Their proprietary memory foam blend creates a pillow that will never go flat. Like other bamboo pillows, the cover is dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic so you can breathe easy.
The Snuggle Pedic Pillow provides support for back, stomach, and side sleepers. The Kool-Flow Micro-Vented Cover helps keep you cool at night. The Snuggle Pedic pillow uses a mixture of special hypoallergenic and very low V.O.C. Biogreen® memory foam and foam that is CertiPur-U.S. certified. This foam mix includes small pieces that are very fluffy and soft that makes the pillow lighter and more resilient.
Snuggle-Pedic pillows conform to your head and neck for orthopedic support, and the fluffy and resilient mix of foam will adjust to every position you sleep in.
One of the best things about Snuggle Pedic is they offer a 120-day return policy. You can also send your pillow back in and they can add or remove filling to customize the loft of the pillow to your liking!
This product is unique among the other pillows reviewed here, since it is filled with solid memory foam as opposed to shredded memory foam. This may impact the cooling ability of the pillow, but it makes up for it with comfort!
The contoured design is the best choice for people with neck and shoulder pain. The pillow has a sort of wave-like structure, and you place this bump under your neck to keep your spine perfectly in line. One side of the pillow is raised higher than the other as well, so you can flip it and find the best fit.
Perform pillow offers three different sizes, depending on how much loft you need. When shopping be sure to choose which thickness profile you think is best! Thin is 2.25 to 3.5 inches, medium is 3 to 4.23, and thick is 3.75 to 5 inches. (They have a pillow sizing chart that you can check out on their sales page.)
The “miracle” of this pillow is that it packs a ton of quality into an affordable product. If you need a bamboo pillow but are on a budget, this is your best choice!
Like most bamboo pillows, the casing is super soft and hypoallergenic. You’ll stay cool all night. You can adjust the amount of filling in the pillow, and if you order two of them you can have one firm and one soft one for whatever sleeping position you are in the mood for!
The Miracle Bamboo Pillow is ideal for those that have problems sleeping or wake up with a stiff neck. Make sure to adjust the filling as needed to keep your spine as in line as possible with your neck and skull for the best results. To bolster support, fold the pillow in half for reading or watching television. This is a long-lasting and versatile pillow that will help to improve your night’s sleep.
Original Bamboo offers a 30 day no questions asked return policy.
Like many bamboo pillows, this offering from Clara Clark offers all the usual benefits of a quality bamboo pillow- hypoallergenic, cool and breathable, and it is easily washable. It also has completely adjustable firmness via a zipper on the side.
The included memory foam is a bit more firm and thick than competitors. This makes the pillow great for those who need more support, especially side sleepers. Just be careful if you are a stomach or back sleeper, this one may be a bit too dense for you.
Customers love it for the neck support it offers. One small concern is the memory foam may not keep its firmness over time and require more fluffing and refilling than other pillows. However, Clara Clark has a satisfaction guarantee, so if you give this one a try you can always send it back if it doesn’t work out!
Overall, the best bamboo pillow available on the market right now is the Coop Home Goods memory foam pillow. They’ve made it with the highest quality materials and it has the best features of all the reviewed pillows.
But, you can’t go wrong with any of these recommendations! People who have used bamboo pillows rave about having the best sleep of their lives once they made the switch. Keeping your head cool and supported drastically improves sleep quality, and those are the two strong suits of bamboo pillows.
If you’ve tried any of these, or have any other bamboo pillow experiences, leave a comment! Check out other articles on the blog for more tips and tricks to help you win the battle for a good night’s sleep!