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Last Updated on June 21, 2022 by Peter

Mela Pillow Review by The Sleep Advisors

Well-known British sleep company Mela, best known for its weighted blanket and eucalyptus-containing products, has only one pillow on offer. As Mela products are high quality, The Sleep Advisors tested Mela Pillow to see if it can help you sleep better and we will present our observations in this review.

Who is Mela pillow for?

There is no one single characteristic of Mela pillow that makes it completely unsuitable for one specific sleep position or body type. We can say that this pillow is generally designed to suit everyone, giving them good night’s sleep. So it is bought by side, stomach and back sleepers, as well as men and women equally.

However, as no product can suit literally everyone, there is a chance that Mela pillow may not be ideal for all side sleepers or those who want an ergonomic pillow design.

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    What do we use this product for?

    Mela pillow is a great option because it is supportive and c0mfortable – which is exactly why we use it. The support this Dual pillow provides is really great, but on top of it – its comfort is out of this world. In addition, Mela pillow is completely safe for everyday use, as it is completely void of any harmful chemicals. And, as a cherry on top, when you buy Mela pillow, you are helping protect five trees in the Amazon rainforest while also helping Young Minds.

    Features you should know about Mela pillow

    Each product has some most important features you should know more about. That’s why we, in this part of the review, have singled out for you everything that is crucial for every future owner of Mela pillow to know.

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    Inner & fluffy outer pillow

    This Mela pillow consists of two parts – an inner pillow and fluffy outer pillow. These two can be separated for washing but also for getting softer sleep surface if needed. Do not get confused – there is no pillowcase or removable cover that protects the pillow. Instead, it utilizes the innovative design with two pillows that you can separate and wash but also use to sleep comfortably. 

    Sink-in softness

    You will probably be surprised how a pillow whose one of the main characteristics is sink-in softness provides such good support. And is it possible that a sink-in pillow will fit stomach sleepers. But Mela has managed to achieve sink-in softness and support at the same time, thanks to a pillow-in-a-pillow design that will provide you with comfort and support simultaneously. When you lie down, you will first sink in the ideal position for you, and then the pillow will support you while you are in that position.

    Two loft options

    Mela Dual pillow comes in two loft options – Mid and Low. Judging by the name, you would probably guess that one of them is higher than the other, therefore more suited towards certain sleeping position, but no. In fact, both of these options are 15 cm tall. So, where’s the difference? Well, the Low loft has 36.2oz (1026 grams) of filling, and the Mid loft has 41.5oz (1176 grams) of filling. In other words, the Mid loft is slightly firmer and more supportive, and will sink a bit less. 

    Double comfort with a supportive inner pillow

    And what we just told you about sink-in softness and support at the same time is possible because of the inner pillow which is highly supportive. The outer layer or to be more precise outer pillow is credited for comfort and fluffiness, while the inner pillow is in charge of support and firmness of the whole pillow.

    OEKO-TEX certificate for polyester microfibre

    Mela points out that they used the brand new polyester microfiber to fill this pillow, unlike many other pillows available on the market in the United Kingdom that are filled with leftover scraps of polyester to reduce costs.

    Their brand new polyester microfiber fill is Oeko-Tex certified. This guarantees that the pillow is completely free of any harmful chemicals or toxins, which means that it is completely safe for sensitive groups of people, such as those with allergies and children with asthma. Oeko-Tex is well-known label for textiles tested for harmful substances.

    Review of Mela pillow

    This unique pillow features a pillow-in-a-pillow design that offers sink-in softness while still providing the support you need – regardless of the position you sleep in. At first, we were a tad sceptical about this one suiting stomach sleepers’ needs, but once you remove the inner pillow – you’re left with a perfectly cosy, low-profile fluffy outer pillow.

    However, what really makes Mela Dual Pillow special is the fact it is available in two loft options – Mid and Low – to suit your individual needs. The Mid loft option is slightly firmer and will provide a bit more support, especially for the side sleepers. This is not like your cervical or contour pillow level of support, so keep that in mind.

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    For added peace of mind, the pillow is made with hypoallergenic Oeko-Tex certified polyester microfiber fill and super-soft cotton for a completely safe and healthy sleep experience, so you can rest assured that both you and your family will wake up happy and allergy-free every morning.

    Apart from the price tag, we find it hard to find a flaw in this design. It’s all that a pillow should be, and with just one sleight of hand, you can transform it into whatever you want it to be.

    KEY FEATURES:
    • Type: Microfibre
    • Fill: Virgin polyester
    • Removable cover: No
    • Maintenance: Fluff it frequently;  Separate inner and fluffy outer pillows before washing on gentle cycle. Tumble dry on low with dryer balls
    • Size: 70 x 50 cm
    Pros:
    • Supportive & comfortable
    • Oeko-Tex certified
    • Two lofts.
    Cons:
    • Only one size
    • Rather expensive when compared to similar products
    • Some side sleepers may not find it that comfortable.

    What we like about Mela pillow

    • There aren’t a lot of pillows that are both supportive and fluffy at the same time 
    • Mela and 1Tribe are partners, so every order makes a positive impact to the Amazon rainforest    
    • Soft and breathable top layer is very pleasant for facial skin.

    What we didn’t like about Mela pillow

    • It’s quite expensive, but if you buy a 2 pack, you save some money so consider this option
    • We would’ve preferred a more noticeable difference between the Mid and the Low loft
    • Most side sleepers will find it suitable, but it is slightly better option for back and stomach sleepers
    • Virgin polyester is not an eco-friendly solution.

    Check the best alternatives to Mela pillow

    If you want a cheaper option than Mela pillow or are simply looking for different features, consider these two alternatives, as these are very good pillows, although nowhere near as versatile as Mela pillow.

    Eve Snuggle Pillow

    As its name suggests, this is a very comfortable pillow. All those who like to snuggle into pillow will like it. It has a quality cotton 383 thread count cotton cover that is machine washable at 40 degrees C.

    Side sleepers should look elsewhere as this might not be the ideal choice for those preferring to sleep on their side. But everyone can try it for 30 days.

    You can check our review on Eve Snuggle pillow to learn more about this product. 

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    Pros:
    • Cotton cover
    • Soft
    • 2-year warranty.
    Cons:
    • Not for side sleepers
    • Durability
    • Only one size.

    Snug Contour Memory Foam Pillow

    This is a medium firm memory foam pillow that is ergonomically designed to support your head and neck during the night, and puts your spine in an ideal position so that you wake up rested and pain-free.

    It is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant so it might be the perfect choice for people who have problems with allergies . Cover is machine washable.

    Do take a look at our Snug Contour pillow review and find out more about this product.

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    Pros:
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Ergonomic design
    • Made in the UK.
    Cons:
    • Durability
    • Off-gassing
    • Slight heat retention issues.

    Consider Mela Weighted Blanket if you are buying Mela pillow

    Anyone who wants to buy a weighted blanket should definitely consider Mela blanket as it is one of the best, if not the best, weighted blanket on the UK market.

    Since it is available in three weights – 5.5kg, 7kg and 9kg, everyone can find the right model for their body type and needs. It is filled with silent anti-rustle glass quartz pellets and has a double-sided cover. One side is cooling cotton and the other is fleece.

    Feel free to check our review on Mela Weighted Blanket. 

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    Pros:
    • Three weights available
    • Double-sided cover
    • Machine washable.
    Cons:
    • Sometimes too warm
    • Too heavy for kids
    • High-priced.

    What makes this product better than some other similar ones?

    We can say that the fantastic balance between comfort and support is what makes this product better than some other similar ones. Also, the fact that it fits all sleep positions makes it a very popular choice when buying a pillow.

    How did we test the product?

    As Mela pillow is more expensive than 30 pounds, it means that you are entitled to free delivery. If you order before 2 pm, you can expect the pillow to be delivered to you in the next 48 hours, and in some situations this can be extended to 3 to 5 working days. Mela offers a 30-night trial guarantee only on weighted blankets, so you can’t return Mela pillow.

    We were lucky, so the pillow reached us very quickly. We unpacked it right away, and since there is almost no smell, we were able to use it immediately.

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    We have already tested some other products from their offer, so we were not surprised by the high level of workmanship. The pillow is really very comfortable, although at first it seems that you will sink too much. But just then support kicks in. You will feel it shape towards your head and then hold your head and neck in the perfect position. The morning after the overnight test we were very pleased and tried it in all three sleep positions. If we have to single out, the back sleeper was probably satisfied, but it is definitely recommended by the side and stomach sleeper from our test team.

    We then washed it, following the instructions. You can tumble it dry with dryer balls to keep it fluffy.

    FAQs about your Mela pillows

    In the FAQs section we will answer some more questions, and those answers should help you decide whether to order this pillow.

    Yes, it can be used by back, side and stomach sleepers and they can expect similar performances.

    Breathability is fine, and cotton is generally cooling material so hot sleepers are likely to find it good enough.

    It does not come with a pillowcase or cover. Instead, the pillow consists of two pillows - the inner and fluffy outer pillows.

    It is machine washable, but don’t forget to separate inner fluffy outer parts.

    Hold opposite corners and push in and out diagonally.

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