Read Our Latex Pillow Reviews
The health benefits of latex pillows, combined with their excellent comfort, make them an attractive option for anyone looking to get better sleep. So what options are there on the market and how do they compare to each other?
The Malouf Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow is an excellent choice for anyone in need of a latex pillow that offers good head and neck support. You can choose between firm and plush, high loft and low loft to ensure that your pillow is just right for you. The Talalay latex is sourced from sustainable rubber trees, and is 100% natural—no additives. This kind of latex is especially durable. The pillow should last you quite a long time and will retain its loft all night long, without needing to be fluffed. In addition to its resiliency, this pillow boasts considerable comfort. It breathes very well and comes with a washable velour cover made of a bamboo blend, which results in a refreshing coolness. To dissipate body heat even more, the Z Talalay Latex pillow has ventilation holes in it to ensure proper air flow. Weighing in at 3 pounds, it’s quite hefty, so one of its only downsides is that it may not be the best travel option. This pillow combines durability, comfort, and personalization, making it a strong contender.
The Beautyrest Latex Foam Pillow is another fine option among latex pillows. The Beautyrest is made of antimicrobial natural latex foam, which will cradle your head and provide both softness and support. This pillow is excellent at bouncing back and will keep its shape night after night, while also providing some give as you move in your sleep. Like others on this list, the Beautyrest comes with a machine-washable cover, this one made of 100% cotton for enhanced comfort and ease of cleaning. As for the pillow itself, you can simply spot clean it as needed. At around 2 pounds, this pillow is more portable than some other options on this list (latex pillows in general tend to be quite heavy). Overall, the Beautyrest is a great choice for someone looking for comfort without giving up too much portability.
Perhaps one of the best, the YiiMO Breathable Ergonomic Contour Pillow offers a fantastic choice for anyone in search of medium-firm support and good breathability. Made of natural and organic latex, this pillow is ideal for allergy sufferers, since it’s antibacterial, mold-proof, and resistant to dust mites. The YiiMO features a contour design for optimum neck support, allowing you to choose between a lower (4”) side and a slightly higher (4.7”) one, with a dip in the middle for your head. Its tiny ventilation holes dissipate body heat. This pillow also comes with a cover for easy washing. One important note on the YiiMO pillow: while the latex smell will fade over time, since this pillow is all-natural latex with no synthetics added, it may retain a slight hint of latex smell. While this is not a major issue for most people, it should be pointed out here that if you are very sensitive to smell, you may want to choose another option. Nonetheless, the YiiMO Pillow is fantastically comfortable.
Next comes the Organic Textiles Bamboo Latex Pillow, a solid option of medium thickness, great for home use. Made of resilient Talalay latex, this pillow comes with a bamboo-blend cover, which will keep you cool and dry. The pillow is unique due to its micro cushion construction: the small latex beads filling this pillow make it especially plush. Depending on your personal style, this may be a positive or a negative. Many of the other pillows on this list are made of more solid, molded pieces of latex foam, which provide fantastic head and neck support at the cost of softness. If you want a nice, fluffy pillow to sink into every night, those solid pillows may not be ideal for you. But this one is! This Organic Textiles pillow is perfect for anyone who wants to sleep on a cloud.
Also by Organic Textiles is the All Natural Latex Pillow with a pin-core ventilation system, available in soft, medium-firm, and firm varieties. This pillow holds it shape well to provide superb head and neck support: no more waking up in the middle of the night to plump up a flat pillow! The pillow body itself has a porous design, allowing maximum ventilation for a nice cool feeling all night. It comes with a washable cotton cover. Weighing in at around 4 pounds, the Organic Textiles pillow is heavy and dense, but it gives great support and comfort. This makes it a great home use pillow, but for travel, you may want to seek out something a bit lighter, as this option will be hard to take on the go. And of course, it’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which will keep you breathing easy.
The Brooklyn Bedding Talalay Latex Pillow is another option made of durable, breathable Talalay latex, offering extreme comfort for years on end. It’s available in both firm and plush varieties. The Brooklyn Bedding pillow holds its shape very well, keeping your head and neck aligned all night and relieving aches and pains. This pillow weighs in at an astounding 5.2 pounds, so it’s very heavy, but that really speaks to its solid and durable construction. This pillow is built like a tank and will last about as long, all while retaining its shape. Its loft is quite high, coming in at around 7 inches. It’s a near perfect option for anyone seeking exceptional support that’s simultaneously firm yet spongy. The extreme weight is a drawback for portability of course, and this pillow is best used for beds in the home. Shipping with a beautiful bamboo cover, this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options on our list, and may well be one of the most comfortable for someone in search of a latex pillow.
The LEDIA Latex Foam Pillow is another fantastic pillow for anyone in search of a heavy duty option which offers support and comfort. Made of a springy latex foam perforated with holes to ensure breathability, the LEDIA Pillow weighs around 4.5 pounds. Like the Brooklyn Bedding pillow, the LEDIA makes a solid choice if durability is important to you. It comes with a 5-year warranty, and will likely last even longer—up to a decade! This pillow even comes with three machine washable cotton covers (one inner cover and two outer covers), which certainly adds a great value to it, as most pillows in this category only come with a single cover. Since the pillows themselves cannot be washed, keeping the cover clean is very important. LEDIA makes this easy by giving you three of them!
How to tell which latex pillow is right for you?
If you tend to sleep hot, then look for breathable Talalay latex options, such as the Talalay Latex pillow by Malouf or the Brooklyn Bedding pillow. Do you like soft pillows? Then the Organic Textiles Comfort Pillow, made of shredded latex, is for you. Do you prefer a contoured “wave” pillow design? Go for the YiiMO pillow. On a tight budget? Costs vary, but remember that latex pillows have very long lives, with some (like the LEDIA) even warrantied up to five years. Yes, five years. What other type of pillow has that type of longevity? Overall, the cost of a latex pillow is roughly on par with other kinds of pillows, but the value they provide is often superior.
Some pillows offer good support. Some offer great comfort or breathability. And some may even be pretty durable (I hear small rocks are particularly good on that one, though their comfort and neck support leave something to be desired). But latex pillows stand out, thanks to their hypoallergenic properties, combined with great comfort, breathability, and long-term durability. If you really want to upgrade your pillow game to modern times, the latex pillows on this list are some of the best options you’ll see on the market today. Whatever style you’re looking for, there’s a latex pillow out there just for you.
How do latex pillows compare to memory foam?
Latex stacks up well next to memory foam. First off, the latex options on our list tend to come with tiny perforations or air vents, which makes them extremely breathable and allows them to dissipate body heat and keep you cool. In general, memory foam pillows run “hotter” than latex pillows. Both kinds of pillows provide exceptional support and are recommended to people with back, shoulder, or neck pain. Both pillows tend to last about 3-4 years, though some especially durable latex options stay in good shape for up to a decade. Both types also tend to be quite dense and heavy, so they’re best-suited for home use rather than travel (though more portable options do exist!). Ultimately, it will come down to your personal preferences, so visit a bedding store if you have the chance and test out a variety of pillow types.
How do I keep a latex pillow clean?
Latex pillows should not be machine-washed. Instead, hand-wash your pillow in warm (not hot) water with a mild detergent soap, then let it dry at room temperature. This could be considered a disadvantage, but since latex pillows do not harbour allergens like traditional pillows do, machine washing would not do any good. In addition, the pillows on this list come with included covers made either of cotton or a bamboo blend. These covers are machine-washable, so there really is no issue with the pillow body itself being hand-wash only.