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Simba Cooling Body Pillow Review

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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5 April 2024 7 min read

Our Simba Cooling Body Pillow review is the place to be for everything you need to know about the product. We are here to give our honest opinion on the cooling surface, what it feels like to lie with and whether there are benefits to using it.

Body pillows tend to be popular during pregnancy but they can also be super useful for everyday use, depending on your sleeping position. They can be used alongside other pillows by cuddling into it and placing it between your knees to keep your body aligned when sleeping on your side.

This is Simba's only body pillow so let's see if it's of the same quality as their Simba Hybrid Pillow and Simba Hybrid Firm Pillow.

Advantages

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Machine washable
Washed at 40ºC on a delicate cycle.
Hot-sleeper-pro
Good for hot sleepers
Instantly cooling and absorbs excess heat to keep you cool and dry.
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Great quality
Created to a high standard to last you a long time.

Disadvantages

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The cover is difficult to remove
The filling is very plump which can make removing the cover a little tricky
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More expensive than alternatives
But then it has unique technology and there's more to it than just providing support.

Who is this product for?

This Simba pillow is for those who want more support and alignment in the side sleeping position. Of course, the most obvious person to benefit from the pillow is someone who gets hot throughout the night. As we previously mentioned, a lot of women use a body pillow during their pregnancy to help support their bump. 

To summarise, it's for:

What do we use this product for?

Its main purpose is to keep you cool and at a comfortable temperature while you sleep and reduce night sweats. It can also provide back support when sitting up on your bed and it takes the pressure off of your knees when lying on your side. The pillow is also nice to just snuggle up to when you go to take a nap.

It's predominantly used for:

Features you should know about the Simba Cooling Body Pillow

There aren't many features to this pillow as there are with their other pillows but that doesn't mean there's nothing worth mentioning. We've picked out the main features of the cooling pillow to talk about in more detail so you can have a better understanding of the product.

Simba Renew Bio fibres

These fibres are the features of the product that bring comfort – it's like a down pillow cushioning. They're plump enough to give you support but comfortable enough to lie with all night long. The Renew fibres are made from recycled PET bottle fibres that have been transformed into airy clusters for enhanced breathability. Keeping you comfortable and cool.

It's also hypoallergenic material which is great for those who suffer from allergies to ensure you have a perfect night's sleep.

Stratos technology

The cover is no ordinary cotton cover, it uses their Stratos technology all over the pillow to help absorb any excess heat to cool you down. But don't worry, you won't become too cold as it will then release heat to keep you at the optimum temperature. The innovative design is immediately cool to the touch so hot sleepers won't have to wait around to cool down.

Review of the Simba Cooling Body Pillow

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The Simba Cooling Body Pillow is very plump and quite firm so you’ll get both comfort and support – plus, it’ll last you a while before it becomes flat. For a pillow, it feels quite weighty which is great for its purpose because it means if you fidget to get comfy, the pillow won’t slide around the bed.

I found it comfortable to cuddle into it and place it between my knees for full support while sleeping on my side. Otherwise, it can be used to support your back whilst sitting up in bed.

One thing we have to mention is the reusable storage bag the pillow comes in. It’s perfect for neatly storing the pillow away when you don’t need to use it, or you can use it to keep your spare bedding tidy. The bag has a zip running along three sides which makes it easier to remove and put back.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Size: 120 x 35 cm
  • Cover: 100% cotton with Stratos technology (outer), 100% cotton (inner)
  • Core: 100% polyester
  • Support: 9/10
  • Firmness: 8/10
  • Breathability: 8/10
  • Removable cover: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Warranty: 1-year guarantee
  • Trial: 30-night trial

What we like about the Cooling Body Pillow

If a cooling pillow is what you're looking for then there's so much you will like about this product. Here are just a few reasons why we enjoyed trying out the pillow.

What we didn’t like about the Cooling Body Pillow

There isn't a lot to dislike about this pillow as it does what it's supposed to do. However, we can pick out a few minor things that some people might not like – depending on how they sleep. Here they are.

The common problems with the Cooling Body Pillow & how to solve them

The Simba Cooling Body Pillow unzipped.

The main problem with this pillow is removing the cover for washing. The cover is tight to the pillow and folds over the tip so it has to be wriggled off. A solution to this would be to have two people remove and put the cover back on. One of you squeezes the pillow while the other holds the cover. It's not the most practical resolution but it's as easy as it can get.

Simba's customer service and company information

Delivery – The smaller products, like this body pillow, will be delivered within three working days. Those who have ordered a mattress and a pillow will receive them on the same delivery date – which is how my order arrived. If there’s any confusion with your order or the products, you can go online and ask the bot a question from the selection provided – otherwise, you can check out their FAQs or fill out the form for an email response.

Payment – Simba accepts standard card payments and PayPal, or you can split the payment using Klarna, DivideBuy or Splitit. Be sure to look at their specific terms.

Online customer service – If there’s any confusion with your order or the products, you can go online and ask the bot a question from the selection provided – otherwise, you can check out their FAQs or fill out the form for an email response.

Check the alternatives to the Simba Cooling Body Pillow

If you're not looking for a body pillow that's cool to the touch but still like the idea of using one, then we've found an alternative for you. It is a little more expensive but that's due to the manufacturing, benefits and the overall quality of it.

Wool Room V-Shaped Washable Wool Pillow

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This one might not be instantly cooling but it is temperature regulating thanks to the wool filling. It can be used throughout the year to keep you at an optimum temperature. Of course, it still provides the comfort and support you would expect from this type of pillow. Those who are side and back sleepers can have a relaxing sleep when using this. What's more, it's an adjustable pillow that you can remove the filling to suit your sleep position. It's designed in a specific V shape and with adjustable filling, so it's more suited to back sleepers than the Simba one.

Check out our full V-Shaped Washable Pillow review.

Advantages

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Hypoallergenic
Wool is known to be anti-bacterial & hypoallergenic.
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Removable cover
Remove the cover and wash it in a machine.
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30 day trial
There is a 30-day trial period to test out the pillow.

Disadvantages

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Not for stomach sleepers
Front sleepers won't like it as there isn't really a comfortable way to sleep with it.
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No warranty
You do not get any warranty for this product.

Is the Cooling Body Pillow eco-friendly or sustainable?

Simba’s Cooling Body Pillow is made from recycled bottle fibres to create a cloud-like filling that’s biodegradable. This is an innovative design to help protect the environment whilst keeping you cool and comfortable. The cotton used for the cover is part of the Better Cotton Initiative so you know it’s from a sustainable source. On top of that, they claim to have 100% carbon-neutral delivery and are on their way to becoming Net Zero.

How did we test the product?

Every product we review undergoes various tests to see if it's accurate to the brand descriptions and has successful features. All the products we review go through the following tests:

When testing this particular pillow, we took the specific tests below to find out the quality of the product.

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

Presenter squishing the Simba Cooling Body Pillow.

It has a removable cover that can be washed at 40º and the same goes for the inner pillow, however, they should be washed separately. I found that the cover was quite tight because the pillow’s so plump. This made the cover fairly difficult to take off. Which is better for a great night’s sleep? A flat pillow with a super easy removable cover or a plump pillow with a slightly trickier removable cover? I would go with the latter.

For those who sleep hot, you’re definitely going to want this pillow in your life. I could instantly feel the coolness as soon as I unzipped the bag. It’s the same feeling as going in the freezer for an ice cream on a hot day. The Body Pillow is cool to the touch, so any part of your body that touches it will almost immediately cool down. It makes it even better that the Stratos technology is all over the pillow. Simba refers to the Stratos technology as your pillow thermostat which basically means it can regulate your body temperature by sensing and dissipating any excess heat.  No matter how you sleep, you’ll still feel the benefits.

To summarise, this is an ideal body pillow for those who need extra support, including anyone pregnant, if you're a hot sleeper or a side sleeper. The pillow will become your new best friend and help to change the way you sleep.

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FAQs about your Simba Cooling Body Pillow

We've put together a list of a few questions you might have about the Simba Cooling Body Pillow and body pillows in general. If you can't find what you're looking for then leave us a comment down below and we will get back to you.

Here are the FAQs about this product.

How does the cooling pillow keep me cool?

The cover uses the Stratos technology that has been designed for that purpose. It's cool to the touch and reacts to your body temperature.

What is the proper way to use a body pillow?

The best way to use the pillow is to lie it next to you on the bed, turn onto your side and hug the pillow with your arms. You can arrange your legs around the bottom of the pillow – one leg on top with the knee slightly bent and the other underneath (parallel to the top) but with the leg a little straighter. This keeps your hips and spine aligned.

Do cooling pillows work for night sweats?

Yes, they do help with night sweats. They are designed with temperature regulation in mind and to wick away moisture for a good night's sleep. It keeps the sweating under control and keeps you comfortable during the night.

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About the author

Connie
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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