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Panda Pillows Comparison – Why Both Choices Are the Perfect Pillow

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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18 April 2024 4 min read

We directly compared and tested both pillows!

When there is a choice of two, what do you do? Let’s make this a bit easier for you. Panda has two adult pillow styles, but you need to find the one to suit you. So, start by thinking about your usual sleeping position and what the product can provide you with. For example, are you part of the stomach sleepers club looking for support and a flat pillow (low loft) to help with neck pain? Or, on the other hand, are you part of the side and back sleepers club wanting a pillow with a higher loft that is gentle on sensitive skin?

Either way, Panda bamboo pillows can give you what you are looking for. Between the bamboo cooling pillow and the bamboo orthopaedic pillow, you will be one step closer to a good night's sleep.

When you find the best pillows, you shouldn't need more than one pillow under your head. With a foam core and softer inner cover, you will receive the perfect head-hugging balance. The right pillow should keep you in an ideal sleeping position to help you fall asleep – no more worries about waking up with sore neck pain.

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Why are there two pillows?

two panda pillows on a bed

Panda originally launched the Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow, which soon became a bestseller. It’s a firm favourite with their customers, they’ve sold hundreds of thousands of them to date. More recently, Panda used customer feedback to introduce the Hybrid pillow, a new design with improved technology and breathability.

Naturally breathable bamboo

panda hybrid pillow with its bamboo cover unzipped

Heat retention can be experienced with many other memory foam pillows because breathability is not one of their top priorities. So, if you find yourself getting too hot at night, you need to be on the lookout for a breathable pillow.

We can’t mention breathability without mentioning bamboo. After all, it is in the name. The removable bamboo cover on both Panda pillows plays an essential role in counteracting the heat retention from memory foam. Bamboo has cooling properties and allows for airflow. Despite the completely different designs, I can feel how cool they both are on my cheek. Of course, I can still cosy up to the pillow, but it is always good to know that I won’t overheat.

Panda has taken breathability up a level with the Hybrid Pillow design. I noticed the addition of mesh fabric panelling the whole way around the cover. This enhances and optimises breathability as it makes airflow even easier.


Panda took the technology to the next level with the next-generation, Hybrid Bamboo pillow. From the Panda memory foam pillow to the hybrid pillow, CharcoCell Foam™ was introduced. It’s basically foam infused with charcoal. The charcoal combats heat retention, it’s moisture-wicking and it’s odour-resistant. Everything you could want if you are a hot sleeper – especially those who find it hot around your face from a head-hugging pillow!

The CharcoCell Foam™ works with their O2 Micro-Pods™ as part of Panda’s “unique blend of science and nature.” When talking to Panda they said, “O2 Micro-Pods™ direct airflow to keep that fresh side of the pillow feeling all night long.” In plain English, they are a bunch of breathable air holes beneath the Panda bamboo pillow cover to keep air circulating.

New and improved

The memory foam pillow was designed smaller than a standard pillow because of their 3rd generation foam. This means you can't use a standard pillowcase, but it does mean you get a lot of support. You could still use a standard pillowcase, but it’ll be a bit loose. From the first design to the Hybrid, Panda has adapted the pillow size thanks to improved technology and nature. So, you can now fit standard pillowcases (like the Panda 100% bamboo pillowcase) snugly.

Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

our reviewer holding the Panda memory foam pillow

If I were a front or back sleeper, I would want to have the memory foam pillow for continuous support as it is firmer than the hybrid pillow. No matter your position the pillow will return to shape and mould to a new position, while always being a supportive pillow. The memory foam pillow is great for all sleepers, but I would definitely recommend it more for front sleepers and back sleepers. It has a lower loft which works better to keep your spine aligned and is more comfortable in those sleep positions.

A supportive memory foam to last the 10-year guarantee.

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Panda Hybrid Bamboo Pillow

our reviewer holding the Panda hybrid pillow

As a combination sleeper, I’d personally pick the Hybrid pillow. I would recommend it to anyone else who is a combination sleeper or side sleeper. The depth and loft are higher than the memory foam pillow, so I found it fit comfortably between the mattress and my head to give me the support I need. I love the way the quilted cover of the soft pillow feels, too. It is also easier to remove than the memory foam pillow cover thanks to the zip running along two sides.

An actual pillow of dreams.

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Eco is always the way to go

Rather than chucking away your pillow at your local household waste site (…although, why would you?), you can return any products that you are finished using back to Panda and they will do that for you.

So, if you have been wondering how they get around memory foam pillows not being recyclable – this is how. It is their closed-loop system so it doesn’t add to landfill waste where they can’t take each element apart to be recycled – as they do with plastic bottles, electronics, and wood for example. Instead, Panda can control each element and be efficient with how each part is recycled responsibly. It is a great sustainable idea, that is included in their Circle of Life Programme.


If you know someone who is relocating or you just fancy treating yourself to a comfortable night’s sleep – then you have two incredible options. The hardest part is knowing what exactly you are looking for and matching that to one of the two pillows. The memory foam pillow could make a lovely gift for a family member heading off to uni soon. I’ll also keep it in mind as a housewarming gift. However, the hybrid bamboo pillow is the one I would treat myself to. The heart wants what it wants (and we are sure it wants a Panda pillow)!

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About the author

As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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