What Are the Types of Memory Foam Pillows?

With so many options available, it can be hard to decide on which kind of pillow you need. Choose from eight types of memory foam pillow below to find the perfect levels of comfort and support.

8 Types of Memory Foam Pillows

1. Traditional memory foam pillow

A traditional memory foam pillow is the most common kind available. These pillows are usually one single block of memory foam shaped like a pillow. They adapt to the shape of your head and neck, offering all the benefits of memory foam including personalised support, pain relief, durability and improved sleep quality.

2. Shredded memory foam pillow

A shredded pillow is filled with small, torn pieces of memory foam, so it isn’t as densely packed as the traditional style. They’re typically softer than standard memory foam pillows, as the shredded foam filling has more space to move around your pillowcase. If you’re looking to switch to a memory foam pillow but prefer a softer feel, consider the shredded type.

3. Hypoallergenic memory foam pillow

A hypoallergenic memory foam pillow is resistant to dust mites and mould, which can help minimise allergy symptoms like itchy eyes or a runny nose. Because of the construction of a memory foam pillow, they are already anti-allergy, but you can find specific hypoallergenic types if your symptoms are serious and prevent you from sleeping.

4. Gel-infused memory foam pillow

Gel-infused memory foam pillows are filled with a cooling gel that’s evenly spread throughout the pillow. They’re particularly popular in summer or if you have a warm bedroom, as the gel helps to keep you cooler and more refreshed while you sleep.

5. Orthopaedic memory foam pillow

Because all memory foam pillows fit around the shape of your body, they naturally help with spine alignment, which can reduce back, neck and shoulder pain. However, you can choose specialist orthopaedic memory foam pillows which offer increased firmness and support if your sleep is seriously affected by aches and pains.

 6. Wedge memory foam pillow

Wedge memory foam pillows are triangle-shaped and designed to improve certain health issues by elevating part of your body. For example, they can be used to raise your head and neck to prevent snoring, as the elevated position will keep your airways clearer. You can find different types of wedge pillow depending on how much height you need.

7. Memory foam body pillow

Memory foam body pillows are good if you’re a side sleeper, as you can tuck the full-sized pillow between your knees while you sleep. This improves your spine alignment, which can minimise shoulder, back and hip pain. Body pillows can also benefit pregnant women, as they can ease the strain put on your lower back.

8. Travel memory foam pillow

Travel memory foam pillows are as you’d expect – lightweight, smaller versions of your normal pillow and used for travelling. Whether you’re going on holiday abroad or take regular train journeys for work, a travel pillow can make your trip much more comfortable.

Choosing the right type of memory foam pillow depends on lots of different factors, from your sleeping position to the firmness that you need. However, every type of memory foam pillow will offer you good levels of comfort and support, helping you to get a better night’s sleep. If you want to explore the full range, see our complete collection of memory foam pillows available online.

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