Since you are here, I bet you’ll agree when I say that a sweaty night can really take a toll not only on your sleep, but on your well being as well.
Well, you could partly solve this by investing in the best mattress for hot sleepers. But as any other sleep expert will tell you, this won’t make a significant change if your pillow is always super hot.
That being said, let’s show you some of the best cooling pillows that might give you refreshing and cool nights.
A few things to keep in mind
A cooling pillow- also referred to as a chillow– is often considered as just another mere marketing term today.
Sure, some manufacturers misuse this term a lot, and there are lots of pillows out there that won’t do a thing to make your nights cooler.
But some do work. As I have explained in the buying guide section, what matters is the type of materials used for the pillow and the construction design- stuffed or solid (more about all these later).
You could also be wondering, ‘’do I really need a chillow? Shouldn’t any other pillow work just fine?’’ Well, consider your answers to the following inquiries;
- Do you have a new pillow that you feel that it makes you sweat than ever before?
- Do you find yourself flipping your pillow regularly through the night searching for a cooler spot?
- Does your regular pillow cause a lot of sweating especially during summer?
- Do you suffer from insomnia?
- Are you going through menopause symptoms that are causing excessive sweating around your chest, neck, and head? (Of course, I’m looking at you moms)
I know that you’ve nodded YES to at least one of the questions above. And that’s an indication that you need to add a cold style pillow to your other bedroom thermal control variables.
Now, cooling pillows come in different types and models. There are lots of hurdles that you need to go through before landing on a pillow that will help you sleep cool while meeting other needs.
Our buying guide covers about anything that you need to know before hitting the market for a new pillow.
If you are in a hurry though, you are free to dive directly into the reviews and get a model that pleases you.
Best Cooling Pillow Reviews
Perfect Cloud Double Airflow Memory Foam Pillow- best for great design
The Perfect Cloud Double Airflow pillow is just that, a perfect balance between support, breathability, and give.
If you are like me who likes sleeping on the pillow as opposed to inside of it, then you know exactly what I mean here.
This pillow features the traditional one-piece style. As such, it promises steady support throughout the night and won’t require regular fluffing in the middle of your sleep.
The Perfect Cloud uses certipur-us certified memory foam but not the traditional foam that is infamous for overheating. Rather, the memory foam used for this pillow has double airflow technology and ventilated mesh trims for optimum thermal regulation.
Another feature that I really like about is that unlike most manufacturers that skimp on the cover, Perfect Cloud seems to have done quite a good job of ensuring that you don’t get the rather-too-common plain cover.
This cover is simply has a premium knit design that makes it simply amazing. It is soft and snuggly and has a breathable perimeter to boost air circulation even further. It also has a sturdy zipper and it’s, therefore, removable for cleaning.
As if all this goodness is not enough, you get a 30-day trial period and 10- years worth of warranty.
- Has a great aesthetic design
- Medium-firm density balances support and comfort
- Double airflow technology promotes airflow and thermal regulation
- Some find it quite pricey
- May have a slight odor when new
The Eden Pillow by Coop Home Goods- best for value
Coop Home Good’s Eden Pillow is among those cooling pillows that continue to make a huge splash among people who sleep hot.
One thing that will probably interest you is that this pillow comes in 3 sizes; standard, queen, and king. So, there is a chance that you’ll get a pillow that complements the size of your bed.
Built purposely for people who sleep hot at night, this pillow’s agility to draw heat from you is visible right from the cover.
Its cover is made from 60% polyester and 40% bamboo viscose rayon dubbed Lulltra by the manufacturer. The benefits that you reap from this blend are very many.
To start with, it is naturally hypoallergenic and good at thermal control. It is also soft (gets even softer as you clean, by the way) and has excellent moisture-wicking attributes.
All these attributes make it a really good deal for virtually anyone including people with sensitive skin since they get soothed by the bamboo fibers.
But what makes the Eden Pillow a go-to pillow for many people today are its fillings. This pillow features cooling gel memory foam that has been shredded into cross-cut pieces.
These fillings are then mixed with poly fibers that make up for the diminished support. This means that the pillow will mold to your neck and head, wick away the moisture, and remain supportive all along.
Even better, the fillings are adjustable. This puts customization in your hands and eliminates the fear of high or low loft that won’t be comfortable for you.
Other impressive features about this pillow are that it’s made in the USA and it uses certipur-us certified memory foam. Even better, you get a 100-day satisfaction or refund guarantee.
- It’s loft-adjustable- will fit all sleeping positions
- Uses Certipur-us certified gel memory foam for your safety
- The shredded fibers and cover make it super breathable
- Comes with a 100-day satisfaction or money-back guarantee
- It’s hectic to get the right loft
Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Memory Foam Pillow- best for neck pain
The Snuggle-Pedic Ultra Luxury pillow by Relief-mart seems like the perfect match for the Eden Pillow above.
One thing that clearly stands out from previous buyers’ reports its excellent neck pain relief and ability to give you cool nights.
But what exactly is this pillow?
The Snuggle-Pedic is a product of Relief-Mart– an online company with 14 years of experience in bedding solutions.
This pillow features a traditional shape and it’s available in standard, queen, and king sizes.
Similar to our previous pick, the Snuggle-Pedic also boasts a highly breathable outside cover that has been crafted from bamboo viscose fiber and polyester. The major difference is that this pillow adds Lycra to the mix.
Similar to several other pillows from this brand, this model’s cover has an impressively soft feel and a textured pattern that soothes your skin.
Right beneath the top cover is another thin cover that holds the shredded proprietary fillings in place. These fillings have been cut from a high-density memory foam block and might, therefore, never go flat.
As I have explained in the buying guide section, these shredded chips make this pillow ultra-breathable. They also give you a luxurious feel against your neck and head.
Another good thing here is that you can adjust the fillings to get just the right amount of orthopedic support for side, stomach, and back sleeping.
Does it give off gasses?
Well, similar to other memory foam products, the Snuggle-Pedic will give off some chemical odors right off the package.
But you only need to allow the pillow to breathe for a day or two and the odors will have dissipated. Another impressive feature is that the entire pillow is machine-washable. But you are advised to do this only when necessary.
- Comes with a 120-day trial period and a 20-year warranty
- Its removable outer cover is impressively breathable, soft and soothing
- Adjustable height caters for different sleeping postures
- May help alleviate neck pains
- The pillow can be washed in the machine when need be
- Emits a slight chemical odor when new
- Some people may find it firm
Classic Brands Reversible Memory Foam Pillow- best for cold and warm nights
If you are not stoked by the idea of messing up with pillow fillings to get the right loft for your sleep, then a ready-to-use pillow might be what you want.
Classic Brands is a Chinese brand that has made a really good name for itself in mattresses and in pillows too.
The Classic Brands Gel and Memory foam reversible pillow needs your attention if you are looking for a pillow that you’ll use both in the cold and hot seasons.
This pillow has a loft of around 5 inches and it’s, therefore, geared towards back and side sleepers. The memory foam used has a medium-plush feel.
It reacts to your pressure and body temperature to offer a good cradling feel. This helps in holding you in the right sleeping position and may help in relieving joint pains and sore muscles.
The Classic Brands pillow is engineered with cooling in mind. It uses what the manufacturer calls CoolPass fiber that is basically a performance knit material that promotes excellent airflow.
The outer cover is notably soft and has been double stitched for durability. It also has a zipper that gives way to an inner cover that holds the fillings in shape and also offers a protective barrier.
Now, this pillow uses dual-sided support foam. One side has the gel-infused memory foam and a textured feeling that is intended to offer you a massage feeling besides creating a cooling sensation.
The other side has a soft memory foam surface. This side aims at offering a cloud-like feeling while being supportive at the same time. This side isn’t so breathable and, therefore, won’t be the best in hot weather.
This pillow comes with a 30-day trial period and a 3-year warranty. Although the trial period is quite shorter compared to the 120 days that Snuggle-Pedic offers, I guess it’s still enough to help you determine whether or not to keep it.
What’s even more appealing is that you get free shipping both ways.
- Fairly priced considering its properties
- Dual-sided design makes it usable throughout the year
- Medium-firmness and excellent conformability promotes neck pain relief
- Solid-piece does not lose its shape and offers consistent support
- 5-inch height may be too thick for stomach sleepers
- Has a chemical smell that might linger for some days
Laniloha Premium Orthopedic Pillow- best for firmness
Honestly, the Laniloha is just as ridiculously expensive as it is comfortable. In my opinion, this pillow best suits 2 categories of people; a) those who’ve spent so much money on cooling pillows that don’t seem to work b) anyone who doesn’t want to go the trial and error way of buying a pillow.
The Laniloha has been engineered to help you sleep cool while combating neck pains and related discomforts.
It is a single-piece style model featuring memory foam and cool gel technology. This pillow contours to your neck, head, and shoulders to give your neck and spine enough support.
The cooling gel doubles with the eco-friendly bamboo cover to draw heat away from you wick away moisture.
In addition, this pillow is hypoallergenic. Thus, it might be a good choice for allergy sufferers as well.
Most of its previous buyers seem satisfied by its performance even at its high price. Most of them note that it feels solid, durable, and comfortable and does not sleep hot.
Only a few sleepers find it a little bit firm at first.
- It’s comfortable
- Offers lots of support to combat neck pains
- Supports all sleeping postures
- Seems durable
- Very pricey
- Might feel firm at first
Bluewave Bedding Ultra Slim Memory Foam Pillow- best thin pillow
If you are among the few people around the globe that sleep on their stomach, then you probably know how difficult it is to get a pillow with the right height for your needs.
Fret not though. Bluewave Bedding- a Florida-based manufacturer got your back.
This family-owned company is currently the talk of the town thanks to its thoughtfully constructed thin and flat pillows.
What I am reviewing here is the Ultra Thin Max cool model that has a loft of 2.25-2.5 inches at its highest point. If you want something thicker, then the Super Slim (3.25 inches) or the Slim (4 inches) models might interest you.
The Bluewave Bedding Ultra Thin Max cool uses gel-infused memory foam to dissipate heat away from you.
It also features ventilation holes that should aid in air circulation and bamboo rayon-polyester combo cover to wick moisture away from your skin.
Worth noting is that the memory foam used is Certipur-us certified to guarantee your safety. The cover is also removable and washable for hygiene purposes.
- Has a low loft and good support for stomach and back sleepers
- Gel-infusion technology and ventilation holes keep the surface cool
- Comes in only one size
- Might be too short for some sleepers
Linenspa Weekender Ventilated Gel Foam Pillow- best for portability
What I personally like about the Weekender is the fact that you can move around with it as you wish. In my opinion, it makes a really great choice for people who feel so attached to their pillow and would prefer to move around with it for sleepovers and camps.
The Weekender is available in the standard size only and measures 24’’ by 16’’. Similar to the Classic Brands above, this pillow also features a single piece construction.
On the upside, this solid-piece means that you won’t need to beat the pillow in the middle of the night to get better support.
This pillow is made up of gel-infused memory foam that will contour to your neck and compress to your weight to ensure a steady height throughout the night.
The gel material helps to retain a well temperature-regulated sleeping surface while the holes that have been made through the foam boost airflow.
The Weekender has a loft of 5 inches that cannot be adjusted. This means that it has its target sleepers particularly those who like to snooze on their side and back.
As several users confirm, this height might be quite uncomfortable for most stomach sleepers who generally need a 2-3’’ loft.
- Stays cool
- Conforms to your shape and might help with neck pains
- Does not require turning over in the night
- It’s both soft and full of support
- Has a characteristic that may take some days to fade
Oaskys Luxury Shredded Memory Foam Pillow- best for budget
What I have next for you is a cheaper alternative to the Snuggle-Pedic and Eden pillows that we saw earlier on. So, if you are looking for a pillow that allows you to play around with the loft but you’re not ready to spend close to fifty bucks on one, then the Oaskys is worth checking out.
This model costs almost half the price of its pricier alternatives. But its low price tag does not mean that you are not getting a good bang for your buck with it.
As I have already explained, the ability to adjust the loft is a big deal by itself. In fact, this attribute offers a solution to stomach sleepers who find trouble getting thin pillows.
It also favors most back sleepers who might not be so comfortable on a high pillow.
The Oaskys Luxury pillow is made of high-density memory foam. Its shredded style helps in boosting breathability and minimizing the stiffness.
At the end of the day, you are left with a pillow that is neither too soft nor too stiff on your neck. This might be a really good pick for people struggling with neck pain, migraines, and snoring.
Worth mentioning, however, is that the Oaskys does not feature any cooling technology. It only relies on the shredded pieces and bamboo rayon cover for breathability.
As such, there might be some notable heat build-up after sleeping on it for some time.
- It’s very affordable
- Soft and comfortable
- Offers lots of support around the neck
- Shredded foam style and bamboo cover promotes a cool sleep
- Some people find it a bit stiff
- It might get warm after some time
Aikoful White Goose Down Bed Pillow- best for softness
The Aikoful set of 2 pillows fit the bill for homeowners who are on the market for hotel-quality pillows. These pillows are a quite different from other options here considering that they are made of 85% white goose feathers and 15% white goose down.
Right off the bat, the Aikoful are way softer than most models in this list. This affects their loft and definitely makes them suitable for stomach sleepers.
There are no restrictions though. Almost any other self-proclaimed hot sleeper can use it provided you fancy the plush and soft cloud-like feel.
These pillows will wrap around your neck to help with pressure point relief. They are also easy to crunch up and fold into your perfect comfortable sleeping position.
Their plushy feel makes them great not only for sleeping on. But you could also prop them up and lean against them when reading, watching, or using your laptop in bed.
These pillows’ outer cover is crafted from 100% cotton fiber. As you can imagine, they are soft on your skin, highly breathable, and also offer excellent moisture-wicking capabilities.
This is a 300-thread count cover that offers a luxuriously tender sleeping surface and also prevents the feathers from poking through.
On the flipside, these pillows tend to lose their shape easily. Thus, you might have to fluff and shake them to their original shape. This takes only a few seconds though.
- Low loft and soft feel make them ideal for stomach sleepers
- Offers the feel of being cradled in a cloud
- They are lightweight and airy
- Not as noisy as buckwheat or pure feather pillows
- Lacks enough support for side and back sleepers
- Loses its shape and, therefore, requires regular fluffing
Ghost Pillow- best for advanced cooling technology
Dubbed the world’s most advanced real-time cooling pillow, the Ghost Pillow is among the latest entrants in this category.
It’s not cheap. On the other hand, it’s not as expensive as the Laniloha pillow that we saw earlier on. So, what’s the big deal about it?
The Ghost Pillow is a product that has been crafted purposely to deal with the menace of sleeping hot.
Ghostbed- the manufacturer- claims that the technology used for it is the greatest breakthrough in 4 decades.
Well, that’s so much hype. All in all, this pillow does sleep cool. It is crafted from gel-infused memory foam and promises both comfort and support.
It also has lots of ventilations that the manufacturer claims offer a burst of air once you sleep on it. The good news is that these ventilations plus the gel help in dissipating the hot air around you.
Another impressive feature about it is its embroidered cover. It is made of performance fabric purposely to wick moisture and it’s zippered for ease of removal and cleaning.
Most people seem to appreciate this pillow with most of them pointing out at its cooling aspect. However, there’s still a few of them who report that it was quite uncomfortable perhaps due to its 5.5-inch loft.
- Uses high-end technology to control the temperature
- It’s highly responsive to ensure consistent support
- Uses performance fabric to wick away sweat
- It’s soft and plushy
- Has a lavender scent that won’t please everyone
- Comes in one size only
- So high for stomach sleepers
How to Buy the Best Cooling Pillow
The process of buying a pillow is pretty much similar to buying a mattress save for down and feather pillows.
This means that most of the variables that apply when shopping for a new mattress that sleeps cool also come in handy when it’s time for a new cooling pillow.
So, what matters?
Type of Fiber and Material used
The market offers all sorts of cooling pillows that vary depending on the type of fiber and material used. Speaking of fibers, these can be parsed out as natural, synthetic, or a blend of the two.
If you love maintaining a more natural feel in your bed, then pillows made of natural fibers will be utter perfection for you.
That being said, I bet you should be looking for pillows made of cotton, bamboo, buckwheat, and merino among others.
Pillows made of natural fibers have, for long, been the real deal for a simple reason; they breathe. I guess it never gets more natural than this.
These fibers’ excellent breathability is as a result of their larger cellular structures that don’t stifle airflow.
The big deal with natural fiber pillows is that they stay snug and warm during a cold night and later boosts heat dissipation during hot nights.
This leads to reduced tossing and turning which consequently leads to more sleep for you.
Synthetic fabrics are also referred to as microfiber, polyester, or hollowfiber and are made chemically from man-made fibers.
Perhaps what will surprise you the most is that synthetic fiber pillows are the most popular in the UK. These pillows get high marks for being relatively affordable, easy to care for, lightweight, and quiet.
Unfortunately, they are the poorest performers in regard to air circulation. These pillows retain a lot of heat. Therefore, they might make you sweat like hell especially if you get hot when sleeping.
Memory foam, Gel, or Latex?
Memory foam is the recent craze not only in mattresses, but also in pillows. This material is popular thanks to its ability to conform to the sleeper’s body shape.
Memory foam pillows offer even weight distribution. Thus, these models offer more supported sleep experiences and may help in relieving achy and sore neck and upper backs.
The only issue, however, is that memory foam has notably poor breathability. This lower airflow makes memory foam pillows to retain body heat and are, therefore, not the best for a person who sleeps hot.
However, most manufacturers are putting all stops to mitigate this issue. Among other things, manufacturers are now introducing cooling gel layers to aid in heat dissipation.
In addition, the recent memory foam pillows now feature highly breathable low-thread count natural fiber covers to boost air circulation.
Gel-infused memory foam
As the name alludes, this is memory foam that has gel liquid or beads injected into it. When infused in memory foam, gel works like a charm in absorbing heat thereby leaving you with a cooler sleeping surface.
However, do know that gel only works as a heat sink. This means that it absorbs the heat and keeps it to itself. Thus, it’ll definitely start becoming hot once its maximum heat retention capacity has been hit.
All in all, gel fiber offers the excellent support that memory foam is known for only that is fluffier and much plusher.
Natural latex pillows are notably pricier than memory foam and gel-infused models. But that’s because latex sleeps much cooler.
Latex has an open cellular structure and pinholes that promote air exchange. This means that the heat from your body has an escape route and won’t be trapped around you.
Double this excellent air circulation with latex’s natural resistance to dust mites, mold, and mildew and you’ll have the perfect cold style pillow.
Other important considerations
Solid or Stuffed pillows
After narrowing down to the type of material that you want to go with, the next big consideration is the nature of the fillings. Do you like it shredded or solid?
Now, shredded memory foam or latex pillows sleep much cooler than traditional solid-piece models. This is because there are a lot of negative spaces that allow the humid air from your body to flow through.
The compromise, however, is on support. These pillows are usually a smidgeon softer which means that a small degree of their support is diminished.
On the other hand, solid-piece pillows offer a firmer and consistent support. The key advantage here is that these models don’t require fluffing in the middle of the night.
Unlike with a shredded pillow, solid types promise good support as you toss and turn. The only thing is that they tend to dissipate heat a little bit slowly.
Loft vs Your Favorite Sleeping Posture
Let not the idea of a chillow make you forget to consider other key variables that make a great pillow. On this note, I mean the loft or height of the pillow in relation to your sleeping position.
I’ve discussed this in detail in my other article of the best pillow for shoulder pain. You are free to peruse it if you want deeper insight into that category too.
Generally, back snoozers should go for a medium-loft and firm pillow. On the other hand, side sleepers need a thick, high-loft pillow that will help bridge the gap between their ears and shoulders.
People who sleep on their stomachs might want to consider a thin, medium-soft pillow.
No one wants to get stuck with a bedding accessory that won’t be of any help. In addition, we can’t always donate to charity everything that fails to meet our needs.
Therefore, go for a brand that allows you to return the product either for a refund or exchange for a different model.
Again, check out for manufacturers who extend a generous warranty of at least 3 years. There’s always something good about quality with such brands.
We all know that nothing is as hard as getting enough eye-shut in an overheated room. And if your pillow just doesn’t cut it anymore in keeping you cool, then perhaps this is the time for a change.
Now, the market is choking with cooling pillows. But as it’s the case with other beddings, remember that there can’t be a chillow that works fine for everyone.
On the same note, beware of models that only bear the name ‘cooling’ but won’t do a thing to help you sleep cool.
Any of the editor-approved pillows here should help you sleep cool provided it meets all your needs in terms of loft and sleeping posture.
Our #1 pick for the best cooling pillow in this list is the Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Memory Foam pillow.
The main thing that we like about it is that it has been designed to offer not only a cool sleep but nights full of comfort, support, and almost-zero neck pains.
We really do appreciate that it is loft-adjustable. So, whether you like sleeping on a thin or thick pillow, you are bound to get a height that will give you that ‘wow’ feeling each morning.
In addition, it is highly breathable and has been certipur-us certified for your safety. What’s more, it comes with an unbelievable 120-day trial period and a 20-year rock solid warranty.