The 10 Best Organic Pillows for Better (and Healthier) Sleep in 2022

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We spend (hopefully) eight hours a day sleeping. This means that we come into contact with our bedding a lot more than we probably realize. Therefore, why it might be worth considering switching to organic bedding. The organic label means the product is made without harmful chemicals, such as pesticides, chemical cleaners or harsh fabric treatments, and we don’t know about you, but we’d rather keep toxins as far away from our face as possible. So read on to discover ten of the best organic pillows that will boost your sleep and beauty regimen (and reduce your carbon footprint).

WHAT IS THE HEALTHIEST MATERIAL FOR PILLOWS?

First, let’s discuss the materials you do not want in an organic pillow. “There are two divisions of fabrics: natural derivatives and synthetics,” writes Dr. Theresa Warner, specialist in pediatric and prenatal diseases. “Poly blends and cellulose-based synthetic fabrics (rayon, acetate, and triacetate) require heavy chemical finishes. These toxic chemicals can cause allergies, chemical sensitivities, and serious health issues,” she explains. “In general, the less chemical processing and less dies and finishes added to the fabric, the less likely the material is to cause an adverse/allergic reaction.”

So what fabrics should are you looking for in an organic pillow? As a general rule, it is best to stick to natural fibers such as cotton, latex, wool, buckwheat and kapok (an all-natural silky fiber that feels like a feather pillow). It’s also worth making sure your pillow is certified with eco-friendly construction before adding it to the cart. There are several “stamps of approval” that can guarantee that a product is really organic, but some of the best to watch out for are the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) and the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for cotton.

OUR CHOICES AT A GLANCE:

Scroll down for in-depth reviews of each.

RELATED: What is organic bedding? The Details (and Our Top Picks)

Best overall

Why we love it:

When it comes to toxicity, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything safer, let alone comfortable, than this pillow from Attorney. Awarded on Green Guard Gold Seal of acceptance by UL Environment (of which few products qualify), this pillow is rigorously tested for exposure to chemicals and pollutants (such as VOC), formaldehyde and phthalates. It’s filled with GOLS certified organic latex and kapok and sealed with an OEKO-TEX certified cotton jersey liner (which is also machine washable). Although the pillow is described as having a medium plush feel, its included cotton liner has a zipper closure, allowing you to remove the filling and adjust the level of support to your liking. Even better? Each pillow comes with a “refill pack” with extra stuffing that you can use for extra volume and softness.

GET IT ($89)

best down

Why we love it:

This 100% down pillow is lightweight, machine washable and GOTS certified for its organic cotton (which is free of organic dyes). Still, you’re probably wondering what makes a pillow worth over $100? Short answer: durability. Each pillow goes through an exhaustive refining process that ensures its materials are durable, breathable, noble and soft to the touch. And there are three levels of firmness – soft for stomach sleepers, firm for side sleepers, and medium for back sleepers – so you won’t have to worry about wasting your $139 investment. in a pillow.

GET IT ($139)

Best Kapok

Why we love it:

As we mentioned above, kapok is the closest organic material you can find to replicating the feel of a plush, lofty pillow. This pillow Wise rest Mimics the light, feathery feel of a down pillow with pure organic kapok filling wrapped in an OEKO-TEX certified cotton liner. The pillows are intentionally stuffed (according to the manufacturer), but the inner cover has a zipper that allows you to remove its stuffing and adjust its volume accordingly. And while its $164 price tag is definitely a splurge, the pillows are built with durability and longevity in mind. « The Kapok [fill of this pillow] was perfectly fluffy and soft after removing some of the “overstuffing” that came with it… Its [filling] stayed [in tact] for over a year, unlike my old feather pillow [which started out] nice and fluffy but got flat and lumpy after a few months,” writes one reviewer.

$164 on Amazon

Best Latex

Why we love it:

This pillow’s GOLS and GOTS certified construction is malleable and adjustable, so it’s ideal for stomach, side, and back sleepers. It’s filled with shredded latex, allowing you to crinkle and mold the pillow into an ideal shape, and includes a removable 400-thread-count cotton sateen pillow protector. One reviewer writes: “I am a side sleeper and [this pillow] provides the support I need for my neck while my head is cradled like a cloud of softness. The best way to describe it is that it has the softness of a down-filled pillow, but unlike down, it doesn’t fall apart overnight.

BUY IT ($128)

Best cotton

Why we love it:

This one is made from, you guessed it, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. Why do we like this option? It combines the lightweight breathability of crisp cotton with a medium-firm feel that replicates more traditional padding. But what really sets this one apart are its allergy-relieving abilities. “I’m very allergic to dust mites, so finding this pillow was very helpful. [While] there are a lot of pillows that have cotton on the outer shell, the inside is usually not cotton… I feel a lot less congested when I wake up, try this pillow if you have allergies,” explains a reviewer. It’s also worth mentioning that you can adjust the loft of this one thanks to its zippered outer shell.

$65 AT AMAZONE

Best Value

Why we love it:

By now you have probably noticed how Dear organic pillows can be. Still, we’ve made it our mission to find something that will get you the most bang for your buck. This pillow costs less than $100 and is filled with natural latex and OEKO-TEX certified cotton (which guarantees it’s petroleum, VOC, and off-gassing free). It has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and one reviewer writes, “This pillow [is] the one. It’s springy, not like other foam pillows I’ve tried, and a lot [more lightweight] than other foam pillows. It is also much more supportive than down alternatives and does not require constant lint like [other] pillows.” Oh, and did we mention it has an “open-cell structure that allows for cooler, more temperature-regulated sleep?

$50 AT AMAZONE

Ideal for side sleepers

Why we love it:

If you’re looking for something tall and latex that can support your head and neck, you’ve just hit the jackpot. This pillow from Saatva features a shredded latex core for moldable support with an alternative plush top layer for added comfort. “I woke up every morning with pain in my shoulders and neck because I couldn’t sleep comfortably on my pillows – they were either too soft or too firm and flattened out very quickly. I have to say that ever since I got my Saatva pillow, got the best night’s sleep [of my life]… It provides the perfect balance of support and cushion for your neck. The pillow is not cheap, but [the] the price is worth it,” enthuses one reviewer. It is also worth mentioning that this one is eco-INSTITUTE certified and free from hazardous chemicals, heavy metals, pollutants or greenhouse gases.

BUY IT ($165)

Ideal for back sleepers

Why we love it:

As if this pillow’s GreenGuard Gold certification wasn’t enough, it’s also designed to be highly breathable, subtly stretchy, and soft while providing support (i.e., a back sleeper’s paradise). Its crushed natural latex core provides malleable firmness, while the organic wool wrap on each side enhances breathability and wicks away moisture. It also includes a lightweight cotton cover for added softness and comfort.

BUY IT ($99)

Ideal for stomach sleepers

Why we love it:

The three-chamber construction of this pillow is ideal for stomach sleepers where it is designed to keep the filling evenly distributed over time. It comes in three densities (soft, medium, and firm), and the soft option is best for stomach sleepers who need optimal softness. One reviewer writes: “When I had [this pillow], I thought it was really flat and not lint much. But within a day, it got the perfect softness and firmness…[There are] no lumps [and it’s] totally sweet but supportive! However, although it is washed with Bluesign certified detergent, which is said to be twice as clean as the government standard, it is worth mentioning that this one is filled with down (which is known to cause irritation in allergy sufferers) .

BUY IT ($158)

Ideal for travel

Why we love it:

And finally, something you can take with you on the plane (because we’re done with scratchy microfiber). This one has GOTS certified latex padding and organic cotton cover included, soft, lightweight and irritant free. It has a medium-firm feel that can support your head, neck, and shoulders, and its 12-inch by 16-inch size is perfect for packing in your carry-on. “I often wake up in the morning with a headache caused by pressure points from pillows that are too firm. I’ve had latex foam pillows before, but this one is number one. It’s thicker than previous ones I’ve had but soft enough to compress [and] keep my head at the right height,” wrote one reviewer.

$50 AT AMAZONE

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