Cut to Size Memory Foam Pillow

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We’ve all seen the ads for Memory Foam Pillows on TV. Maybe you’ve even been curious about them. You know they’re meant to help you sleep better, but are they really worth the money? Here’s a quick guide to picking out a memory foam pillow that will work for you:

1. Pillow Size Matters

You may have heard that pillow size is important for comfort and support, but how do you know which size is right for you? The best way to figure out what size memory foam pillows you want is by measuring your body’s dimensions. For most people who sleep on their backs or sides, a standard queen-sized bed (60 inches x 80 inches) works well enough with a 16-inch pillow. However, if you’re taller than average or overweight and prone to apnea—a condition in which breathing stops temporarily during sleep—you might need something larger. If so, check out our bestselling Cut-to-Size Memory Foam Pillow by Coleman!

2. Pillow Loft Matters

Loft is the distance from one side of the pillow to another, measured in inches. Loft affects how well you sleep because it determines how much space your neck has when resting on the pillow. In general, thicker pillows will have a higher loft and thinner pillows will have a lower loft—but that’s not always true!

If you want to be sure that your pillow provides enough support for your neck, look for one with an appropriate amount of loft. If you need more guidance on this subject, check out our list of recommended pillows below:

3. Firmness Matters

This can be a tricky thing to figure out, since it’s really a matter of personal preference. A few factors will determine whether or not you like the firmness of your pillow:

  • The density of the foam used in its construction (the higher the density, the firmer it will feel)
  • The thickness of that foam (the thinner it is, the softer and more flexible it will feel)
  • The size of your pillow (the bigger it is, the more surface area there is for support)
  • What shape your pillow has (a rounder one will be less firm than an oblong one)

4. Personal Comfort Is Key

The next thing to remember is that comfort is a personal thing. If you’re used to sleeping on a certain type of pillow, you may not be comfortable with another one. The same goes for brands—you may need to try out different brands before finding the one that works best for you.

  • If possible, try out the pillow at home before buying it.* This way, if it doesn’t work out as well as expected or if it doesn’t last as long as hoped, at least there isn’t any money lost on shipping costs.

Memory foam pillows are a great way to get better sleep, but not all sizes, lofts and firmness levels are going to be comfortable for everyone.

Memory foam pillows are a great way to get better sleep, but not all sizes, lofts and firmness levels are going to be comfortable for everyone.

Pillow size matters: If you’re tall or have a big head, you’ll want to add another inch or two of height to your pillow. If you’re short and have a smaller head, then one that’s shorter than standard will likely be best.

Pillow loft matters: For example, if your preferred sleeping position is on your side or back with an arm tucked under your pillow (commonly called the “starfish” position), then choose one with less loft than what’s recommended by most manufacturers because it’ll sink in more easily while keeping its shape against your neck/shoulders without feeling like it might collapse down onto them during sleep.

If firmness doesn’t matter much to you personally—in other words: whether something feels hard as concrete or soft as watermelon rinds really doesn’t matter very much—then go ahead and pick whatever feels good!


Memory foam pillows have made a huge impact on the world of sleep. There are so many different varieties available (and we’ve listed just a few here), that it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. Luckily, once you understand all the factors that go into choosing a pillow—size, loft, firmness level and personal comfort—it will be easy!

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