The Different Types Of Pillows

The common folk, when asked about the types of pillows they know, the answer might sound something like this:

The bed pillow and the decorative pillow in the living room!

And not to discredit them because they are correct, but they have barely scratched the surface. Pillows can be categorized into 13 types depending on their composition. So in retrospect, it does not matter where you place them, but what they are made of!

Yes, you read right 13. And here is a brief explanation of these types:


These are the lux pillows made from duck and goose underbelly, meaning they are super soft. They are usually hypoallergenic and ideally best for decorative purposes since they are not very supportive.


These are the most affordable and are primarily used in beds. They are supportive yet are mainly mixed with other materials to give you that cozy sleep.

Memory foam

Now, these are the best for sleeping since they are supportive, offering a pain-relieving contour when you rest. They come in two types, shredded and block. Regardless, they quickly respond to your movements and get into the most comfortable shape for you.

Down alternative

This is the kind that offers anyone allergic to duck and goose the same experience as the down. It is synthetic but still luxurious as the down.


These pillows are breathable and highly versatile. They are also great for bed and decorative purposes too because of their affordability. The only downside is that you have to watch for any mildew build-up from sweat and moisture.


Latex is parasite and moisture resistant, making them ideal for a sweaty person. They have a very supportive feel plus offer breathability. They last pretty long too.


Gel pillows are infused with other materials to offer a great experience. They are the best to provide any pain relief because of the cooling effect gel naturally has. They are also hypoallergenic and very supportive.


These contain a steel spring layer infused with memory foam. They offer the best neck and back support. These are pretty pricy but offer the best support too.


These are pretty popular in Asian countries and are made of buckwheat hulls. They are cooling, breathable, and quite squishy to the touch. Unfortunately, they have a particular noisy sound when the hulls rub against each other.


They have a similar feel to the buckwheat. They offer outstanding neck support, are cool, and they contour around your neck; most horseshoe pillows contain microbeads.


Wool pillows have been used for centuries and are yet one of the best and breathable ones. They are fluffy, soft, and comfortable. A few downsides are that they are costly, and you can only dry-clean them; no water.


These contain water as the fill. You may often add and remove moisture as you please, so they are very adjustable pillows. They cool you down and may offer pain-relieving properties because of the water.


Kapok is a seedpod, and they feel pretty similar to the down pillow. They are hypoallergenic, soft, light, and very eco-friendly. On the downside, they are expensive.

Bottom line

Now that you know the types of materials in pillows, when you buy Mr snake, be sure to ask where he falls so that you understand better what it will offer you.

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