A perfect pillow is the key to a good night’s sleep. Find out how to choose the best option for your bedroom with this essential guide.


Your first question should be: What’s my sleeping position? Certain pillows offer better support. Softer types suit those who sleep on their stomach, while medium pillows are good for back sleepers. If you sleep on your side, choose a firmer make.

Tip: A contour pillow adds further support.


If you have allergy concerns, take care of your pillow. “A common misconception is that the pillow’s filling causes allergic reactions. But it’s the dust mites that get in there over time,” says Tom Adair from Abode Living.

Tip: Invest in a pillow with a mite-proof shell.


Different fillings will suit different needs and budgets. Pillows filled with duck down are a popular, but costly, choice. A down/feather mix is a more economical option. Polyester pillows are machine washable and budget friendly, while memory foam offers good upper-body support. Latex is a great option for allergy sufferers.

Tip: Pillows should be frequently aired in the sun to keep them fresh and plump.


Filling will ultimately define your pillow’s ability to go the distance. Down will last between two to three years, while a mix of down/feather will last five if will cared for. Polyester pillows on the other hand should be replaced after 10 to 12 months as they don’t hold their shape.

Tip: A protector will extend a pillow’s life.

Pillow types

  • Down Popular for softness, durability and insulation. Must be dry cleaned.
  • Down/feather Will last longer than pure down and is firmer. Dry clean only.
  • Synthetic Polyester pillows are machine washable but need to be replaced after one year. Are also hypo-allergenic.
  • Latex Hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial roperties stop bacteria, fungi and dust mites, but must be hand washed.
  • Memory foam Good support for neck and shoulders, but must be hand washed.


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