The Best Memory Foam Pillows

The Best Memory Foam Pillows

Our pick

Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow

Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow

Best memory-foam pillow

Our testers love shredded foam more than any other type, and this pillow is a longtime favorite. It has moldable, customizable filling that gives back- and side-sleepers firm support.

Buying Options

$100 from Nest Bedding
(standard size)

10% off sitewide w/code COZYNEST

The Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow is our overall favorite memory-foam pillow, and it has been a consistent tester favorite since 2016. Our testers generally prefer shredded foam to solid, layered, or contoured foam, and the Easy Breather is one of the most comfortable shredded-foam pillows we’ve found. It’s our top pick here and in our main guide to bed pillows (where we also recommend shredded-foam options as budget and upgrade picks).

It’s adjustable—you can unzip the cover and scoop out filling to get your ideal loft—and it offers firm support. Plus, it doesn’t have the chemical smell we’ve found in other shredded-foam pillows we’ve tried. Nest Bedding offers a 30-day return policy and a two-year warranty on the Easy Breather, and although neither the return policy nor the warranty is as strong as the coverage on some of our other picks, you still get plenty of time to try the Easy Breather and decide if it’s for you.

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Budget pick

Weekender Gel Memory Foam Pillow

Weekender Gel Memory Foam Pillow

An inexpensive, supportive foam rectangle

The most affordable memory-foam pillow we tried is also our favorite one-piece foam pillow. It offered some of the best neck and shoulder support without overheating our testers.

Buying Options

$30 from Amazon
(standard size)

The Weekender Gel Memory Foam Pillow is our favorite solid memory-foam pillow—it felt cool to use, it’s the lightest of our picks, and our side- and back-sleepers found it more supportive than several pricier pillows they tried. It’s also one of the highest-rated and least expensive memory-foam pillows we found on Amazon. Its cover does feel less luxe than those of our other picks, and the foam inside makes it much squishier than the layered Tempur-Pedic and contoured Ecosa pillows we recommend, so your head sinks a bit more (but not as much as with down or down-alternative pillows). This pillow could be a better choice if you often find memory foam too stiff and lofty, or if you just want to try a memory-foam pillow to see if it’s right for you. The Weekender pillow comes with Amazon’s 30-day return policy.

Upgrade pick

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow (mid-density)

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow (mid-density)

A high-quality layered-foam pillow

This pillow is made with stacked sheets of foam and has a better cover than any other foam pillow we tried—it’s luxe, cool, and soft but substantial. The pillow comes in three thicknesses, and it’s one of the few we tested that you can try in a store.

Buying Options

$150 from Tempur-Pedic
(queen size)
$150 from Amazon

The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow (mid-density) is made with some of the best foam we’ve tried—it feels dense and luxurious. The pillow comes in three heights, or densities, and the “lo” and “mid” options are made with two sheets of memory foam sandwiching a middle layer of “micro cushions” (the layer looks a bit like hundreds of mini marshmallows squished together). The “hi” height is a single, thick block of memory foam. We tried the layered mid-density version with testers of various body sizes in various sleep positions, and we wouldn’t recommend anything taller unless you have especially broad shoulders or need significant height.

Most of our side- and back-sleepers found this pillow very supportive, but some thought it was too big. The outer cover is made from the highest-quality fabric of any foam pillow we tested; it’s well stitched and taut, and the material stayed cooler than most others we tried. This pillow comes with a five-year limited warranty—the longest warranty of our picks—and it’s one of the few pillows we’ve tested that you can try in stores to make sure your choice fits your body before you buy. (Tempur-Pedic accepts returns only if the pillow is damaged.)

Also great

Ecosa Pillow

Ecosa Pillow

Best contoured memory-foam pillow

Height-adjustable and curved to provide targeted neck support, the Ecosa was the best contoured pillow we tested. It’s pricier than others we recommend, but it’s the favorite of our back- and side-sleepers who struggle with pain.

Buying Options

$80 from Ecosa
(standard size)

The Ecosa Pillow is made with contoured memory foam to offer extra support for the natural curve of the neck, and it was the overall favorite in our testing with back- and side-sleepers who struggle with neck, shoulder, or arm pain while they sleep. The pillow is firm with a bit of squish, so our testers felt cradled without sinking. It’s also more adjustable than any other solid-foam pillow we tested—it comes with two sheets of extra foam you can add to the bottom (inside the cover) to adjust its height. We think it’s the best contoured pillow for most bodies. Ecosa offers a 100-night return policy, so you can try this pillow risk-free.

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Our pick

Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow

Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow

Best memory-foam pillow

Our testers love shredded foam more than any other type, and this pillow is a longtime favorite. It has moldable, customizable filling that gives back- and side-sleepers firm support.

Buying Options

$100 from Nest Bedding
(standard size)

10% off sitewide w/code COZYNEST

Budget pick

Weekender Gel Memory Foam Pillow

Weekender Gel Memory Foam Pillow

An inexpensive, supportive foam rectangle

The most affordable memory-foam pillow we tried is also our favorite one-piece foam pillow. It offered some of the best neck and shoulder support without overheating our testers.

Buying Options

$30 from Amazon
(standard size)

Upgrade pick

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow (mid-density)

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow (mid-density)

A high-quality layered-foam pillow

This pillow is made with stacked sheets of foam and has a better cover than any other foam pillow we tried—it’s luxe, cool, and soft but substantial. The pillow comes in three thicknesses, and it’s one of the few we tested that you can try in a store.

Buying Options

$150 from Tempur-Pedic
(queen size)
$150 from Amazon

Also great

Ecosa Pillow

Ecosa Pillow

Best contoured memory-foam pillow

Height-adjustable and curved to provide targeted neck support, the Ecosa was the best contoured pillow we tested. It’s pricier than others we recommend, but it’s the favorite of our back- and side-sleepers who struggle with pain.

Buying Options

$80 from Ecosa
(standard size)

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