If you’re tired of waking up in a pool of sweat in the middle of the night — or as we like to call it, being the main ingredient in a human soup — consider investing in a cooling pillow. These lower the temperature around your head, neck, and shoulders, so you fall asleep faster and experience a deeper, more restful slumber.
Finding one that works can be a bit of a chore, though, so to make life easier we’ve rounded up all of the best cooling pillows on the shelves right now. And we’ve also found the best sheets to keep you cool so you never overheat this summer while in bed.
Best Cooling Pillows for Hot Sleepers
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- The Saatva Pillow — $145
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Xtreme Comforts Kool-Flow Micro-Vented Bamboo Cooling Pillow
If you’re shopping for cool pillows, you’re going to come upon tons of pillows wrapped in bamboo covers. That’s because bamboo is naturally breathable and can wick away moisture much better than other popular pillow covers, like those made with cotton. Xtreme Comforts’ pillow, made with Kool-Flow memory foam, is hypoallergenic and resistant to pests like dust mites. This pillow is filled with shredded memory foam. If you’re looking for optimal cooling, shredded memory foam is the way to go over loaf memory foam pillows, as the smaller pieces allow increased air flow and ventilation.
CR Comfort & Relax Ventilated Memory Foam Contour Cooling Pillow
Side sleepers, here’s a pillow that was made just for you. Contoured pillows are perilous for stomach and back sleepers, who need something relatively flat and supportive for their backs rather than necks. Side sleepers, however, can often strain their shoulders at night trying to keep their neck from collapsing into the pillow and mattress. That is, if they don’t have a lofty enough pillow. CR Comfort & Relax has a contoured pillow that will help side sleepers feel comfortable and supported from the top of their heads down to their shoulders. We might not notice it, but our heads are quite heavy; after buying a pillow that gives your neck a little love at night, your neck and upper back soreness will be gone in no time. This pillow also has wide holes punched through it; great for side sleepers, who tend to sleep hot.
Perfect Cloud Ventilated Memory Foam Cooling Pillow
Amazon’s exclusive Perfect Cloud memory foam pillow is super lofty, which makes it another great choice for side sleepers. With ventilated memory foam and a knit cover made to wick away moisture and improve airflow between you and your mattress, you’re getting double the cooling power between your pillow and cover. This pillow is made with Visco foam and mesh trim, designed specifically for side sleepers who need extra cooling at night.
Malouf Z Travel Cooling Pillow
What’s grosser than waking up in your own bed covered in sweat? Waking up on a plane covered in sweat. If you’re a frequent traveler who has a hard time regulating heat while you sleep, you need to give yourself a pillow that you can pack away and catch some Zs wherever you can. This pillow by Malouf Z is small, compressible and has a gel-infused foam material covered with a bamboo cover, which is soft, breathable and hypoallergenic. It checks all the boxes for hot sleepers who travel a lot, and if you run off the sleep that you’re forced to take in 1-hour intervals while traveling, this is a small price to pay to feel more rested throughout the day.
Traveling can be a hassle even without trying to find a way to comfortably catch some Zs. Whether you’re going by plane, train, or automobile, a good travel pillow is a must for long trips. You can take your journeying to the next level with a compact cooling pillow like this one from Malouf. It’s small and compressible, and it features cooling gel-infused foam covered by a soft and breathable bamboo cover — which is also hypoallergenic. If you’re looking for the perfect side sleeper pillow that will give you that nice cool feeling as you travel, the Z travel cooling pillow is exactly what you need.
Tempur-Pedic Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
Tempur-Pedic knows what it means to sleep hot, and that’s why the company has invested so heavily in creating products that keep you cool, feel comfortable, and last a long time. Tempur-Pedic has an entire line of mattresses called the TEMPUR-breeze, so the brand is certainly no stranger to designing for the hot sleeper. This pillow features gel and memory foam. Gel is a super popular material in sleep products, as it provides a lot of comfort plus packs tons of cooling technology. This might be an expensive pillow, but it’s also highly rated and hot sleepers will rejoice after spending a few nights with this model.
Casper Foam Pillow
The Casper Foam Pillow is designed for optimal cooling benefits as well as support for all sleep positions. Providing perfect neck alignment via its core structure, cushy pampering from its plush outer layers, and superior breathability from its jersey knit cover, the Casper Foam Pillow offers everything a great cooling pillow needs, and then some. Clean your pillow easily by removing the cover and machine washing in cold on your delicate cycle, then drying flat with no iron. Enjoy it for Casper’s 100-night sleep trial and if you decide its not for you, return it for a full refund. Casper offers free shipping and returns, and the Casper Foam Pillow comes with a one-year limited warranty.
The Saatva Pillow
The Saatva Pillow from Saatva is another favorite of ours, with its chic hotel quality alongside natural, eco-conscious materials and exceptional craftsmanship. From its moisture-wicking, organic sateen cover to its hypoallergenic cotton fill to its core of shredded 100% American Talalay latex, the Saatva Pillow emanates superior cooling quality. Made in the U.S., this pillow is also dust mite- and mildew-resistant, and is crafted from renewable sources. The outer pillow is machine washable. You’ll have free shipping and 45 days to return your pillow.
WEEKENDER Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow
Designed for the comfort of back, stomach, and side sleepers alike, the Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow is a superb quality, affordable cooling pillow. Its ventilated design allows for maximum airflow while an infused cooling gel rests in a supportive core of dense memory foam. There are three sizes available, and the removable cover is easily machine washable. This pillow maintains a 4.4-star rating out of a possible 5 stars on Amazon after 4,486 customer reviews. It also comes with a three-year warranty.
Best Cooling Add-ons
Coop Home Goods Bamboo Cooling Pillowcase
We discussed the benefits of bamboo above, so you already know what the deal is with this pillowcase. If you have a pillow you love and that’s super comfortable, doesn’t make you sore, and supports your neck and shoulders, you should try to make it work before ditching the pillow entirely. That’s where the Coop Home Goods pillowcase comes in; keep your super comfy pillow, just wrap it in a case that enables airflow, cooling, and extra comfort. Plus, you’re only spending $18 for a pillow that stays cool.
Cool Care Technologies’ Cooling Pillow Mat
You’ve heard of heating pads and, yes, you can get a cooling mat, too. Just throw this 22-by-12-inch mat on top of your pillow and both sides will be the cool side of the pillow. If you want a cooler sleeping experience but you don’t want to feel like you’re sleeping on something too chilly, you can put the mat between the pillow and mattress and feel as the cool air flows upward toward you. The technology Cool Care Technologies has put in this pillow is unique; the cooling power is activated simply by pressure, and you don’t need to stick it in a freezer or plug it in. Just don’t use it for around 15 minutes and it will be ready for more use.
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