So you've got the online mattress your friend recommended. You bought those organic cotton sheets you saw on the 'gram, and you found a fabulous doona. The cherry on top of your great night's sleep sundae is a first-rate pillow. The best pillow is different for everyone. If you're feeling so overwhelmed by pillow choices that you need a nap, don't stress. Instead, check out our mega-list of pillows for every Australian after a good night's sleep.
How we picked
The porridge from Goldilocks and the Three Bears has nothing on pillows. Because personal preference is the biggest criteria in finding your dream pillow, we started by checking the reviews on ProductReview.com.au. It turns out that Aussie consumers have a lot to say about pillows, with over 500 reviews for the 2 highest-ranking products. Some pillows stood out, so we added them to our list.
Next, we went deeper by checking out what CHOICE had to say. CHOICE is Australia's biggest consumer advocacy group. While they didn't have any specific pillow reviews, they did have some good pointers on pillows for different sleep concerns.
Returning to our list, we culled the lowest-rated pillows, taking care to leave a wide variety of them to suit different sleepers. Finally, we ended up with our list of Australia's best pillows.
Features to consider
Australians are picky about their pillows, so there are a number of important considerations when it comes to finding the right one.
If you're prone to allergies or asthma, try to find a pillow with an allergy certification. You can also find dust mite-proof cases.
As a general rule, side-sleepers will prefer higher-profile pillows, while medium-profile pillows are ideal for back sleepers. Front sleepers should go for lower-profile options, and may find firmer products uncomfortable.
Foam and latex pillows are your best bet for a firmer snooze. Polyester, down, cotton and wool pillows tend to be rated higher by soft pillow preferrers.
While most pillows are around a similar size, some of the products on our list didn't fit standard pillowcases as well as others. A standard pillow is 51cm x 66cm.
Aussie summers are brutal no matter how close you are to the equator. If flights to Bali are super-cheap from your city, it may pay to check how breathable your pillow is.
Not all pillows are machine-washable. If you're a drooler, you may want a pillow that will fare well in the wash (and yes, 'washability' is definitely a word).
What you get if you spend more
The cheapest pillow on our list is $10, while the most expensive comes in at over $300. You can expect to spend around $100 for a high-quality pillow.
Pillows with a bigger price tag usually have longer warranties and better consumer reviews.
Most of the more expensive pillows on our list justify their price tags with new-fangled manufacturing techniques.
If you're paying top dollar, it's usually because the people making your pillow are being paid a living wage. A higher price sometimes reflects a product that's better for the environment.
Or how to get up on the right side of the bed every morning.