How to Choose the Best Pillow in Australia

NOV 06|3 min read

Here's everything you need to know to build your best bed ever.

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Choosing the Perfect Pillow

The average person spends 26 years of their life sleeping. That’s a lot of dreams, snores, sleep-ins, and snooze-button hits. So, it’s vital to make sure you’re spending that quarter century with the best in bedding.

While the wrong pillow is unlikely to cause you harm, it can certainly affect the quality of your sleep. At the minor end, you might find yourself tossing and turning, unable to find a comfortable position. As people between the ages of 18 and 64 need to sleep for 7 or more hours every day – and probably don’t get to bed as early as they should – anything that prevents you from falling asleep quickly should be addressed. At the more serious end, the wrong pillow can put strain on your neck and spine, leading to poor quality sleep and discomfort (like back pain and neck pain) in the morning.  

There are more than 80 different sleep disorders, with 30% of adults experiencing insomnia. From drowsiness and gritty eyes to difficulty concentrating and mood swings, there’s nothing good about not getting enough sleep. Your first line of defence against fatigue is a pillow in the right fill and height for your sleeping style.  

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Find the ultimate support for your head, neck and shoulders to achieve a quality night’s sleep. No matter how you sleep, you can find your dream pillow with our Pillow Guide below. Explore our range offering different support, profiles and material fill to suit your sleeping posture.

Types of Pillows

What is the best pillow for you? If you’re on the hunt for the best pillow, the first factor to consider is your filling. Depending on your sleep style and needs, the right pillow will vary. We recommend tailoring your pillow to each sleeper, rather than buying the same pillow for the whole family. Discover our huge range of the best pillows in Australia:  

Two feather and down pillows stacked on top of each other sitting on a mattress.

Feather & Down Pillows

Starting off our guide with a classic, feathers are the traditional fill. Usually sourced from ducks and geese, feather pillows are some of the softest on the market. All goose and duck pillows will be a blend of both down and feather, but the percentage is important to consider. Down is what supplies the softness and cushioning, while feather supplies the weight and loft. Down is also the more expensive material of the two, so a higher percentage of down will mean a softer but more expensive pillow. These pillows are also incredibly durable and can be repeatedly fluffed back into shape, so an investment in a good feather pillow is an investment in good sleep for years to come. You can expect a feather pillow to last between 5 to 10 years. 

Two natural latex pillows stacked on top of each other sitting on a mattress.

Natural Latex Pillows

The perfect all-rounder, latex is an incredibly versatile choice for your sleep. Available in a huge range of densities, you can get low, medium and high pillows made from latex. As a result, latex makes good pillows for side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers. Made from rubber trees, latex is a renewable material. Plus, it’s also biodegradable, making latex both versatile and eco-conscious. While some people are allergic to latex itself, this filling type is ideal for those sensitive to animal-derived fillings – especially wool pillows, feather pillows, and down pillows. Natural latex pillows last between 5 and 10 years.

Bamboo pillow resting on top of a mattress with a protector.

Bamboo Pillows

Hot sleepers, rejoice! This is the pillow for sleeping for you! Bamboo is naturally incredibly breathable and thermoregulating, helping ensure you’re not constantly flipping to the cool side of the pillow. By allowing airflow and wicking moisture away from the surface, bamboo filling will help you with night sweats. Bamboo is also naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial, which will help you to breathe clear each night. This is the best pillow for sleeping during the summer months.
Two memory foam pillows stacked on top of each other sitting on a bed.

Memory Foam Pillows

Support a good night’s sleep with a memory foam pillow. Moulding to your body shape to relieve pressure, a good foam pillow will allow your neck and spine to be comfortably aligned. Memory foam will keep its shape and spring back each morning, making sure it continues to contour to your body. Plus, memory foam is hypoallergenic – making it a great choice if you’re waking up feeling tired and stuffy when you sleep on feather or wool.

Wool pillow sitting on top of a white table.

Wool Pillows

Firm and lofty, wool is a durable choice for your sleep. Wool filling is soft with plenty of density – making it ideal for back sleepers. This type of pillow is super breathable, allowing you to better regulate your temperature as you sleep. This property makes wool a great year-round pillow, especially in climates with large variation in temperature. The durable, easy-care nature of wool also means your pillow is less likely to become stained. 

Microfibre (polyester) pillow sitting on top of a quilt.

Microfibre (Polyester) Pillows

The most cost-effective filling choice, microfibre polyester pillows can be a very practical choice for families. While they’re only likely to hold their shape and fluffiness for 6 months to 2 years, this can be handy if the pillow is likely to become soiled in that time. Microfibre pillows will last a lot longer if they’re used less often, so they’re the perfect choice for guest bedrooms or as decorative pillows. Microfibre will flatten relatively quickly, which is perfect for tummy sleepers.  

Best Pillow for your Sleeping Style

If you’re looking for the best pillows for sleeping, it can be hard to know where to start. What’s the best pillow for you? Now you know about the different filling types, the next factor to consider is your best pillow firmness. The aim of pillow firmness and height is to make sure your spine is aligned, and your neck is at a neutral angle. For example, the best pillow for side sleepers will be high and firm, so that their head is at the same level as the spine. No matter what your sleeping style is – even if you switch it up a lot – we have your best pillows. Discover the best pillows Australia wide, with our sleep style guide:

Best pillows for stomach sleepers

The best pillows for tummy sleepers are soft and low, which will prevent your head from being raised at an angle that throws off your spine alignment.  Good pillows are made from polyester, wool, and low-height feather.  

Adairs Comfort Low & Soft Standard Pillow

  • The perfect everyday premium Excel polyester-filled pillow.
  • Accepted by the National Asthma Council's 'Sensitive Choice' program for providing an asthma and allergy-free product.

MiniJumbuk Standard Low Profile Breathe Pillow

  • The Breathe Pillow is designed for people who overheats and perspires in bed.
  • The natural breathable fabric of the pillow helps to prevent puffy eyes and pressure lines on the face.
  • The best pillow for stomach sleepers Australia wide.

Best pillows for side sleepers

The best side sleeper pillows are ones that keep the spine at a consistent height. As such, the best pillow for side sleepers is firm to extra firm. Good pillows are made from memory foam, latex, and wool.   

Downtime Memory Rest Standard Pillows

  • Our high density memory foam moulds to the shape of your neck and head, whilst maintaining maximum support. 
  • Firm support no matter the profile makes it the perfect pillow for side sleepers. 

Downtime Natural Latex Standard High Profile Pillows

  • Super firm, supportive pillows for side sleeping. 
  • Contoured to your head and neck, naturally improving sleeping posture. 
  • Perfect side sleeping pillows.

Best pillows for back sleepers

The ultimate back sleeper pillow is medium to firm, making sure both the neck and head are supported. Contour pillows will best mould to fit the curve of the neck. Good pillows are made from feather, bamboo, or latex.   

Downtime Deluxe White Duck Down Surround King Pillow

  • Made from pure white duck feather and down.
  • Offers a whole new level of support.

Downtime Bamboo Low Standard Pillow

  • Perfect combination of comfort and breathability 
  • Helps naturally regulate body temperature, perfect for year-round sleeping 
  • One of the best pillows Australia 2020.

Sleep. Relax. Restore.