There are so many different things we’d like to tell you about this pillow, so we don’t know where to start. The first thing you need to know is that there are two completely different sides, which you will distinguish by colour.
The gray stripe side is made of BCI sourced cotton, while the blue strip side features Stratos technology, astronaut-inspired temperature regulation. Simba Hybrid pillow core consists of nanocubes made of open-cell memory foam, and also has a mesh border.
That's why this pillow gets 10/10 for breathability. You can add or remove nanocubes to get perfect loft and firmness, and Simba also offers to buy additional nanocubes if you need them. It is CertiPUR certified and TCPP-free so it is eco-friendly.
When we talk about Panda Memory Foam Bamboo pillow, we can't hide our enthusiasm. It was a very serious competitor to the Simba Hybrid pillow to win in the “BEST OVERALL” category, but due to the affordable price we decided to give it the title of “BEST VALUE”.
Breathable cover made from ethically sourced organic bamboo in combination with 3rd generation memory foam core make this product suitable for back sleepers, but also side sleepers, hot sleepers, allergy sufferers, as well as many others.
Cover is removable and machine washable at 40 degrees C. This is probably the only pillow on the UK market that comes with a 10-year guarantee.
The name of this pillow is a bit misleading because it is not 100% down. It is much more complex than that. It consists of the inner core and outer chamber.
The inner chamber is made of 15% down and 85% feather, while the outer chamber is 90% down and 10% feather. Our opinion is that this is the perfect ratio for both inner core and outer chamber. Feather in inner core for support and down in outer chamber for perfect cosiness.
Do check our full review of Scooms Hungarian Goose down pillow.
Do you struggle to maintain posture when sleeping on your back? If the answer is yes, then look no further. Emma Original pillow is designed to provide firm support.
But this is not a classic firm support, because this is a memory foam pillow, so with firm support, you get all the other features of memory foam that make it comfortable.
Height and firmness are adjustable, but not in the same way as other memory foam pillows. It has three layers that you can add or remove.
Airgocell foam is highly breathable as well as removable, washable polyester cover. Emma Original pillow is durable and comes with 30-night trial, 2-year warranty.
Relyon has launched two Superior Comfort Latex pillows – one slim and one deep.
Deep pillow is for side sleepers according to the manufacturer, and slim is for back sleepers. Although slim is not really slim, it is 13 cm thick, we agree that it is perfect for back sleeping.
It provides a great balance between comfort and support, keeping your head and neck always in the correct position.
Latex is a natural, highly breathable material, same as the cotton from which the cover is made. That makes this pillow cooling, durable, and eco-friendly. We highly value all three features.
The cover is removable and machine washable at 40 degrees Celsius.
When you check Snuggledown Goose Feather & Down pillow you will first notice the price. It costs as budget models, and you get 85% goose feather and 15% goose down natural filling. Soft cotton cover further enhances night's sleep.
We were really thrilled after testing this pillow as we didn’t expect to be able to find high quality natural pillow in the UK market in this price range. Cover is not removable, but the entire pillow is washable and dryer friendly, so allergy sufferers do not need to worry.
Although polyester has started cornering the market in recent years, nothing beats a good wool pillow. And the Woolroom Natural British Wool pillow is undoubtedly the best of them all.
All of the wool in this pillow is double-scoured, meaning that any impurities you might find in other wool pillows are completely done away with. On top of that, even the cover is made up of 200 thread count cotton, making this pillow all-natural.
Not only is this good for the environment, but it also brings out wool’s natural strengths: breathability and softness, as well as hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial properties. No matter how you slice it, this pillow puts wool at centre stage and we think it shines beautifully.
Do check out our Woolroom Natural British Wool pillow review.
Before you continue reading, we must emphasize that there is no such a product that will be comfortable for every back sleeper in UK. We have singled out pillows that we think most back sleepers are going to like, but there are always exceptions. That is one of the main reasons why sleep companies usually offer trial.
Also, attention should be paid to medical conditions. If someone suffers from arthritis, fibromyalgia or has had neck and spine surgery, for example, he or she should consult a doctor before buying a mattress and pillow. Otherwise, there is a possibility something will bother you and make your health problem worse.
The British sleep market is very rich in different types of pillows. The advancement of the industry has given customers the opportunity to choose exactly what they need. You can find traditional types of pillows filled with feather and down, as well as currently the most popular options – memory foam and hybrid pillows.
No one can deny the many positive characteristics of microfibre and other types of polyester, such as hollowfibre. We call such materials down alternatives, because they have quite similar characteristics as down, primarily softness.
But what is significantly different compared to down is the price. Microfibre is inexpensive and easily accessible. Also, it’s a vegan-friendly alternative to down. However, durability is average so such pillows tend to get flat and that is not ideal for back sleepers. You can expect to change polyester pillows every year or two, which shouldn’t be major problem since they are affordable.
Memory foam was a new product on the sleep market 30 years ago, but until today almost everyone has had at least one memory foam mattress or pillow. This is not surprising when we know how suitable memory foam is for sleep products.
The best memory foam pillow provides perfect support because it is shaped towards each person individually. That is why it is a favorite choice of many side and back sleepers. Support is one feature, but memory foam is in general very comfortable and pressure relieving too. Only downside is heat retention, but hot sleepers can buy pillows filled with shredded memory foam cubes or open-cell foam.
Feather and down pillows have been used for centuries. We mention feather and down together because pillows are mostly filled with a blend of feather and down, not just one. Feather should give firmness and support to the pillow, while down is soft and fluffy.
The most common ratio is 80 to 20 or 70 to 30. Then the characteristics of the pillow are versatile, and the price is not too high as it would be if it is 100% down filling. When buying a feather and down pillow, look for one that is ethically sourced. This means that the process of plucking was not cruel, since geese and ducks were not alive.
There are several misconceptions about wool that for some reason are believed to be true. First of all, it should be mentioned that wool, unlike feather, is a vegan-friendly material. Sheep, alpacas, llamas and other animals could not live without shearing, so it is necessary procedure for them and wool is what we can use after shearing.
Another misconception is that wool is only good during the winter. Wool is actually a material that is suitable for all seasons, because temperature regulation is the main feature. Also, wool that is treated properly is 100% hypoallergenic. The itching that some people feel is not an allergy, but an irritation to the harsh texture of the wool.
Latex can be natural or synthetic. Natural is derived from rubber trees, while synthetic latex is petroleum based. Latex has generally similar characteristics as memory foam. Bounce, support and body adjustment are common for latex and memory foam.
Latex is even more durable and is a better option for hot sleepers, especially natural latex. However, latex pillows usually do not have an ergonomic shape like memory foam ones and you won’t find many of them on the market compared to the huge number of memory foam pillows.
Choosing the type of pillow is only the first step when buying. Now is the time to think about some other important features. Loft and firmness certainly define what a pillow will be like and what type of sleeper it will suit.
The average height of the pillow is between 8 and 15 cm. Back sleepers in general have a greater choice of heights than side and stomach sleepers. So back sleepers can go with both 8 cm and 15 cm, depending on the preferences, shoulder width and other physical characteristics.
If the pillow is lower than average, then the head will be lower than the spine and so you cannot achieve spinal alignment because the position of the neck will be incorrect. On the other hand, if the pillow is too thick, then it will position the head too high in relation to the spine which implies back sleepers should go with medium loft pillow.
It is difficult to say which firmness level should be chosen by back sleepers. They certainly should not choose too soft or too firm pillow, but the exact firmness level is also affected by loft.
For example, if you buy a higher pillow, then it can be softer, so that head can sink enough and then spinal alignment will be maintained. If you take a lower loft pillow, then it should be medium to firm. Most people know their preferred firmness, but if you are unsure, it is best to buy a pillow that comes with a trial period.
Breathability and temperature regulation are not only important for hot sleepers. Just remember the last night when it was too hot for you and when you were sweating. Surely you could not fall asleep or you woke up every hour, and your sleep was shallow.
The choice of core material certainly plays the biggest role in breathability and temperature regulation, but one should not forget the importance of the cover. Choose a cover made of cooling materials such as cotton, bamboo and eucalyptus. These are durable, breathable and hypoallergenic materials, and all three of these characteristics are very important for pillow cover. Breathability contributes to better sleep for allergy sufferers, since it is harder for allergens to stick around in the breathable pillow.
Today you can find almost any shape you want. You can find a pillow with a classic shape, but also some other shapes like a wedge. Probably the most popular are ergonomic pillows that are made to support the part between the head and shoulders. Stomach sleepers prefer completely flat and rectangular pillows, while more and more manufacturers are deciding to launch a pillow that has two different ends to offer you 2 in 1.
The first tip we can give you when buying a pillow for back sleepers is to pay attention to each part of the pillow. If you like the shape, for example, that's not enough. You need to check the firmness and loft as well. Breathability and hypoallergenic features are a must too. If your pillow is comfortable, but you have an allergic reaction, then it is useless.
Maintenance is also very important. Polyester pillows are usually fully machine washable, while others have washable covers. You have to check whether the cover is removable or not. If it is not removable, you will need additional pillowcase since there is no other way to maintain it.
There are numerous advantages of owning pillow for back sleepers. Good night's sleep is the main advantage which is certainly the primary role of every pillow. And how exactly does pillow improve night's sleep? Suitable pillow makes you comfortable. You will only be aware that you are comfortable, and during that time the pillow takes care of several things, such as support and pressure relief. Once you find the ideal pillow, the highlight of every day will be the moment you put your head on it.
There are other benefits, which are more related to the budget. High quality pillow lasts a long time, so once you buy it, you won't have to spend money on new one any time soon.
If there is anything else you want to know about pillow for back sleepers, read the answers to some of the frequently asked questions.
Pillow for back sleepers shouldn’t be too firm nor too soft, so medium firmness level is best.
To be comfortable to sleep in this position you should avoid very thin or thick pillows.
Yes, pillow is necessary for back sleeping to give support to neck and keep spine aligned.
Everyone may suffer from neck pain, so that depends on the pillow, mattress and many other things, including posture while sitting.
Pregnant women should not sleep on their back after their first trimester. The experts recommend sleeping on a left side.
One of the ways is to change your sleeping position. You can take a look at our guide on snoring prevention as well.