Ah, sleep. It's the one thing everyone needs and can't seem to get enough of—especially if a lumpy old pillow is involved. While it may seem like a bedroom budget should go to bigger furnishings, like a solid headboard and a pair of practical nightstands, the truth is that a comfortable pillow is an indispensable part of sleep. Without one, you're sure to be staring at your surrounding furniture well past 3 a.m. when you'd rather be dreaming.
To give the sturdy pillow some well-earned attention, we gathered the eight most luxurious pillows we could find on Amazon according to their stellar five-star reviews. Some are hypoallergenic, others are filled with gel, and all are ideal for a restful night's sleep. We know that a few of these choices will be a splurge, but we did find a few two-pack options that should work with most budgets. Either way, these picks will last much longer than your current option and feel better, too.
So take it from the advice of enthusiastic Amazon reviewers, as well as from quite a lot of personal experience: When you have a luxurious pillow under your head, then sleep becomes easier, deeper, and much more enjoyable.
Highlights: It's filled with gel-infused memory foam that stays cool as you sleep.
"We own a lot of different pillows due to our horrible back and neck issues. This is hands-down the best memory foam pillow we have ever owned. It has almost no scent at all when you first open it, and what tiny amount of scent it has dissipates immediately. The finely 'chopped' memory foam fill is clean and off-white. We love our new pillows, and the company is fantastic." — UrbanUtah, five stars
Highlights: This pick is ideal for side-sleepers, and it's made with shredded gel memory foam in a rayon cotton cover.
"I played football in high school and was in a few auto accidents, so it's tough for me to get a good night's sleep due to neck and back pain. Having the right mattress and pillow makes all the difference in the world to me. This pillow, along with a hybrid mattress, has helped me sleep more peacefully than I have in a long, long time. I literally have been through six different pillows in the past two years looking for The One, and I think that I have found it. This is the best pillow so far. It provides just the right support, and I think that the ability to adjust the fill level makes all the difference in the world. That allows for the proper alignment of my neck and shoulders so I get deep, restful sleep." — RacerX20886, five stars
Highlights: Made with gel fibers that are allergen- and chemical-free.
"I must have at least 10 pillows that I've purchased over the past five years, and none of them even come close to these Beckham pillows. These pillows are so comfortable, I sleep like a baby, and they are priced reasonably. They don't sink in or go flat and don't need to be fluffed. I wake up in the mornings with absolutely no neck pain or discomfort." — Jimmy W. Wrye, five stars
Highlights: Made of 100% hypoallergenic cotton and filled with adjustable stuffing.
"These Sable pillows are fantastic. They are very soft, and your head sinks in, but not too far. They give perfect support, and you can remove some of the fill and customize the size to fit your neck. I can finally sleep on my side without my arm falling asleep. My neck pain is gone! I am just amazed how similar these pillows are to down pillows, but without the price tag. I like them so much better. They feel like my expensive down pillows but will last." — JT, five stars
Highlights: Conforms to individual contours and keeps its shape, while a micro-ventilated cover stays cool.
"I purchased two of these king-sized pillows, one for me and one for my husband. I like a softer pillow, while my husband prefers support. However, all of the down feather, poly-fill, and memory foam pillows we have tried have not done the trick. You may think that this is a lot of money for a pillow, but when you replace them as often as we do, it was worth it to try something different. And wow! What a difference these pillows have made. Although it is supportive, it is still 'squishy' enough to be a soft pillow for me. I have slept much, much better since receiving this pillow." — Jillian, five stars
Highlights: This is made with a "no-shift" construction that's stain-, mold-, mildew-, and mite-resistant.
"I wanted to add my five-star review to all of the others. These pillows are well deserving of it. I purchased these pillows along with a new mattress with gel technology. They do help me stay cooler. From what I have found, these pillows hold their shape better than any pillows I've ever had. They aren't too thick or too thin, and they're very supportive. I have no neck aches in the morning, which I am very prone to. The quality is outstanding. They are just as soft as feather pillows. Don't think, just buy! I will be buying more in the future." — Lee, five stars
Highlights: The blue piping and double stitching on these microfiber pillows make them extra durable.
"I'm usually a side-sleeper, and this plush pillow is perfect for me, since it softly cradles my head, leaving no twist in my neck. The same is true when I'm on my back. Somehow the fiber fill, aptly described in the accompanying ad as 'breathable,' compresses only as much as I need it to. I'd rate the Utopia pillows as somewhere between medium and soft. And I'd rate their value as excellent." — J. Trimble, five stars
Highlights: This hypoallergenic pillow is made of polyester and cotton and is adaptable to all sleeping positions.
"Wow! I really wasn't sure about this pillow when I ordered it. I have neck and spine issues, so flat pillows bother me, and super-fat pillows do, too. Looking at the shape of this pillow, I was a little worried that it would be another too fat pillow that wouldn't conform to my head and neck, but the gel made me give it a try. I'm so glad I did! It compresses just enough to cradle my neck whether I'm on my back or my side and I have slept very, very well." — E. Hall, five stars