The key to a healthy sleep and good rest is a comfortable pillow. In the supine position, it is very important that the head and neck occupy not only a comfortable, but also the correct position. Otherwise, instead of a good mood, a headache and stiffness in the cervical spine will come in the morning.
Pillows come in different sizes and heights, designed for children or adults. Traditional square, popular rectangular, unusual roller, decorative oval or arched for trips and flights, as well as orthopedic. But it is important to choose a pillow not only in shape, but also what it is filled with must be taken into account.
Types of fillers and characteristics
Manufacturers produce pillows of two types: with natural or synthetic filler. Each of them has its own quality characteristics and operational indicators, advantages and disadvantages. Based on them, each buyer chooses an option suitable for himself. And the choice is wide and varied.
Natural filling of the pillow can be materials of animal or vegetable origin. Each of them is good in its own way, but also not without drawbacks.
It is worth considering in more detail each type of bedding stuffing, in order to understand which one is better.
The demand for such pillows is due precisely to their natural composition. But for allergy sufferers and children, they are not suitable, as they can become a hotbed of ticks. In addition, they cannot be washed to avoid deformation of the filler. And dry cleaning is not always convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly.
This type includes down, feather and wool (sheep and camel hair) fillers. They need regular ventilation and drying in the sun. Because the high hygroscopicity of the material is not in favor of the product. Moisture affects fluff and wool not in the best way.
A horse hair pillow is considered a useful purchase for people with an unhealthy spine.
Horse hair is a material that provides proper support for the head of a sleeping person. In addition, it is durable, adequately ventilated and easily absorbs moisture. The only animal filler that does not provoke allergic reactions.
The leading position in terms of cost is occupied by silk filler , since silkworm cocoons in large quantities are required for its manufacture. The pillows stuffed with it are soft, light, hypoallergenic, odorless and prone to deformation. Easy to care for, they are machine-washed manually and after drying they return to their original state.
Bamboo fiber. Warm and soft, environmentally friendly material with bactericidal properties. It is similar in structure to cotton or sintepon. Bamboo fiber features high wear resistance. Bamboo pillows have a unique property that distinguishes them from others - they work to preserve youth and beauty.
Bamboo leaves contain pectin, a natural antioxidant. During sleep, it slows down the aging process of the skin.
By purchasing a pillow with bamboo fiber, you get not only bedding, but something like a personal night beautician. This fact puts this filler on one of the highest positions in the ranking of fighters for the title of "best pillow filler."
But such remarkable qualities of the material have led to the fact that more and more people are trying to fake and sell it as natural. Therefore, when buying, carefully check the purchased item. Evaluate the quality of tailoring, the presence of labels and information about the manufacturer. Try to draw in air through the pillow, if it works out - this is a good natural fiber.
Eucalyptus fiber. The manufacturing technology of eucalyptus filler has been developed since the 1990s. But only at the beginning of the XXI century it was improved so much that a real revolution took place in the textile industry. The basis of production is the interweaving of natural fiber and synthetic threads from high molecular weight compounds. Cellulose filaments are characterized by good hygroscopicity and ventilation. Pillows with eucalyptus filling have become a godsend for residents of hot tropics and people with increased sweating.
The material has excellent deodorizing properties. Essential oils evaporate, and with them all unpleasant odors. The pillow remains dry, supple and soft to the touch. Therefore, there is no need to worry that “uninvited guests” will settle in it. No bacteria and insects in this fiber will not start. But the antibacterial properties of eucalyptus affect health is very beneficial. Inhaling all night a delicate healing aroma, a restless sleep until the morning and a vigorous awakening are guaranteed.
Eucalyptus pillow has unique healing properties.
Healthy sleep provides a good rest throughout the body. This natural wood fiber is soft, silky, with a pleasant smell. By technology, eucalyptus filler is combined with synthetics, but forms the basis of the material produced.
Cotton filling is an ideal raw material for filling pillows due to its ductility and hygroscopicity. Sleeping on such a product is comfortable even in the heat. Cotton absorbs well, but poorly "smells" and dries for a long time. Another disadvantage is the fragility of the cotton material.
But sleeping on a cotton pillow is warm and comfortable. Cotton is plastic, so that the vertebrae of the neck and shoulder girdle are in a natural position during sleep. It contributes to the correct formation of the vertebrae of a growing organism, and adults relieves of morning headaches.
Such a pillow takes the form of a body, without forcing it to adapt to itself. An excellent eco-friendly replacement for down-feather products.
Buckwheat husk. This filler is not new for the countries of Asia, residents of the USA and Canada. You do not need to be scientists to understand that the quality of sleep directly depends on the height, density, size and filler of the pillow. For sleep, it is advisable to choose a low pillow so that the head and cervical spine are in the anatomically correct position. Orthopedic properties also exist for a pillow with natural material - buckwheat husk or, as they say differently, husk. Thanks to its natural, natural packing, it provides a healthy and comfortable sleep.
Many consumers worry about the hygiene of such bedding. They doubt their internal purity and hypoallergenicity. But do not worry.
Dust does not accumulate in buckwheat husk and its companions are dust mites. This has long been proven by science. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics can sleep on pillows with buckwheat husk without concern.
But in order to completely get rid of doubts, you can freeze the product during the day. And enjoy all its benefits.
Artificial materials of the new generation are very suitable for filling pillows. They combine lightness, softness, convenience, hygienic and hypoallergenic. Do not accumulate dust and odors, remain in the form for a long time.
Particularly distinguished are some types of synthetics.
Hollofiber. 100% synthetic elastic material, which is a polyester twisted by springs. Used for the production of orthopedic pillows. A feature of holofiber is its increased elasticity. It takes a little time to get used to sleeping on such a pillow.
The material does not harm allergies. Sometimes holofiber is combined as a filler with sheep's wool, increasing the degree of rigidity. Pillows are strong, durable, after washing in a machine they do not change the qualities for the worse. Dry quickly, the original appearance is stored for a long time.
Fiber. Environmentally friendly synthetic material manufactured using the latest technology. 100% polyester with unique properties:
- non toxic
- does not emit and does not absorb odors;
- keeping warm and dry.
The spiral shape and hollow fiber fibers provide the pillow with elasticity and shape retention for a long time. The material does not belong to flammable and completely safe for all age categories.
Holfiteks. Belongs to new high-tech siliconized hollow polyester fibers. The structure of the fiber is not springs, but balls. With this and the degree of thermal insulation, holfitex is similar to artificial fluff. It is successfully used for stuffing pillows and blankets.
Holfitex is hypoallergenic, odorless material. Moderately elastic, breathable, comfortable for a long sleep. Conserves consumer qualities for a long time. Insects do not start in it and microorganisms do not develop (mold, rot). The best choice for allergy sufferers.
Microfiber is the new word in bedding. Innovative material relevant for allergy sufferers due to absolute hypoallergenicity and non-toxicity. In addition , such pillows have several advantages:
- resistance to deformation and fading;
- pleasant to the touch in texture;
- microfiber absorbs moisture well;
- it is perfectly cleared of pollution;
- practical, harmless, breathable material;
- an extensive selection of pillow colors;
- softness and comfort during sleep.
Silicone filler. The best silicone has a ball structure. Due to its round shape, the fibers do not roll, and the product restores volume and is used for a long time. The maximum size of the manufactured pillows is 60x40 cm. Large pillows with silicone fiber are not made.
Silicone pillows do not have a removable cover, like the feather counterparts. All seams on the product are countersunk. In poor-quality samples, the seams are facial, which indicates that, possibly, the used raw materials were used in the pillow. Therefore, buying bedding is recommended only in specialized stores.
Silicone is a material with orthopedic properties that "remembers" the shape of the body. For people with osteochondrosis and often experiencing headaches, a pillow with such a filler is best suited. A good product not only adapts to a sleeping person, but also instantly takes its pristine shape after the load is removed.
The choice of silicone cushion needs to be approached scrupulously. You must make sure that the pillow does not smell. Shake the product to check the quality of the seams and ensure that there is nothing inside the balls of silicone. It is necessary to wash such a pillow separately from other things in a gentle mode with a neutral detergent. Unfortunately, silicone is a short-lived material. It collapses from washing, and from high temperatures, and simply in the process of active use. Be prepared to replace the pillow 2-3 years after purchase.
A more expensive version of an orthopedic pillow is latex. Rubber foam with many ventilation holes is a natural material made from Brazilian Hevea milk. This tree grows in South America and Africa. But there is a synthetic analogue for latex.
Many manufacturers mix natural and man-made fibers to reduce the cost of latex pillows. If the filler consists of 85% natural and 15% synthetic raw materials, according to GOST it is considered 100% natural. Now products without the addition of synthetics are considered a rarity. The price of a latex pillow also depends on the technology of its production. Danlop is stiffer in density latex and inexpensive in cost. Talalay - softer and more uniform, but also more expensive.
The advantages of latex are durability and noiselessness. But in isolated cases, an allergic reaction can occur to it.
In addition, at first during operation, it can emit a non-sharp specific sweetish smell. In the process of using the product, it disappears.
Which is better?
Having such a choice, it is difficult to determine for yourself the best packing. But, definitely, you need to consider only quality fillers and trusted manufacturers. Reviews of consumers who already operate a pillow for sleep of one kind or another will also help to decide.
Each of the fillers in question has its own specific advantages over others. But there are also some disadvantages. Mostly modern bedding is distinguished by hypoallergenicity, good breathability, hygroscopicity and environmental friendliness. These qualities are very important for healthy sleep and the health of the body as a whole.
For sleep, choose a pillow according to several criteria:
- lie down on the pillow, appreciating its comfort and elasticity;
- for sleep, square or rectangular shapes are preferred;
- the adult pillow with dimensions of 50x70 cm, ideal for comfort, and the children's pillow - 40x60 cm;
- the height of the pillow for those who like to sleep on their side is chosen by the width of the shoulders. Basically pillows are released from 10-14 cm, but there are different ones;
- focus on the rigidity of the mattress. With a hard mattress, a lower pillow is supposed, and with a soft mattress - a high one;
- It is also important which pillow cover is - the fabric should be of such a density so as not to let the filler pass through it, and the thin material will quickly wear out;
- the presence of elastic joints - they can be checked for strength by slightly pulling the fabric in different directions;
- it is better to choose hypoallergenic fillers;
- check the availability of labels indicating the manufacturer, product composition and recommendations for caring for it (it would be useful to ask the seller about the availability of a quality certificate);
- pillows for which washing by hands or in a washing machine is acceptable - an economical, profitable and durable purchase;
- to prevent pain and discomfort in the cervicothoracic region, make a choice in favor of a more rigid version of the pillow;
- fillers in pillows used by pregnant women and children should not only be hypoallergenic, but breathable and well fixing the position of the head, shoulders and neck, moreover, tough materials that quickly restore shape and do not require regular whipping, are not subject to deformation are preferable;
- with increased perspiration, hygroscopic fillers should be chosen, for example, bamboo fiber or latex.
Consumers who have fully appreciated those or other excipients during sleep and rest share their impressions. It is interesting and useful to get acquainted with them before choosing a certain type of pillow.
If the product was purchased in a trusted online store or outlet, which is responsible for the quality of the goods and gives guarantees, buyers respond only positively to pillows. But it happens that for some consumers, a purchased pillow raises suspicion in the operation process.
It happens that when you open the pillow, it turns out to be a completely different filler, and not the one indicated on the label. It is recommended to verify the tags, check with the sellers for a certificate of quality and compliance. Do not buy bedding from visiting merchants and spontaneous markets. In this case, the savings will result in even greater expenses in the future. Since a poor-quality acquisition will not serve properly for a long time.
Some manufacturers save on fabrics for sewing pillow covers. As a result, consumers complain of rustling and even creaking sounds while using the pillow. For a quality product, this is not the norm. Normally, extraneous sounds and smells should not distract from sleep. The complaints in the reviews are mainly about fakes, when for a round sum they expected to get a product with high-quality printing, and they got a cheap synthetic winterizer.
Shopping in places that have earned a good reputation is always successful.
In this case, consumers praise the comfort of the pillows, that they keep their original shape for 2-3 years of regular use. Checking the quality of the filler and its compliance with the declared composition on the label is easy and simple in those models where there is a wired zipper. And in this way covers are made out only by manufacturers who vouch for their goods and do not hide anything from buyers.
Those who once had the opportunity to try a pillow with a silk filler, no longer want to sleep on anything else. Let this be one of the expensive options, but it serves for a long time and provides a healthy sleep and a good rest. High-quality fillers in the pillow - this is the absence of pain in the morning in the cervicothoracic and shoulder regions and good mood for the whole day.
Synthetic padded pillows attract customers with their softness and easy care. They can often be washed in an automatic machine and they do not lose their splendor and elasticity after spinning. Especially note the high quality of the fiber and its convenience in the context of the fact that you can adjust the height of the pillow yourself. On the cover, responsible manufacturers attach Velcro or zipper to access the padding. Many temporarily take out part of it, while the new product is still very magnificent and quite high.
Feather pillows in reviews are described extremely rarely and most often not from the best side . Mainly due to the stiffness, lumpiness of the packing and the quality of the covers that let feathers and fluff out.
Judging by the reviews, the general conclusion is the following: consumers prefer to spend a large amount of money and get more comfort, product operating time, hours of healthy sleep.