Aching Sleepers, Rejoice — These 11 Pillows Will Help Reduce Nightly Neck Pain

Cortne Bonilla
·6 min read

In an attempt to cure our deepest slumber troubles, we’ve scoured the internet for the best of the best in cooling sheets, mattress toppers, and weighted blankets — but our quest for the ultimate night’s rest doesn't end there. After rounding up pillows strategically crafted for side sleepers, we’re now on the hunt for nighttime head support that will help prevent stiff and sore necks. That’s right — your pillow might be the reason you’re waking up with cricks and creaks as you try to shake off sleep every morning.

According to Spine-Health, an educational-health publisher, “Without the right pillow support, the intricate structures in the neck will be stressed, which will worsen any existing neck condition and lead to daytime neck pain or stiffness.” Proper support translates to a pillow that provides neutral spine alignment for your body and sleep position (stay away from anything that’s too firm and high or too flat and soft). If all that couch-slouching, makeshift-desk working, and late-night doom-scrolling has translated to a stiffer-than-usual neck, then we’ve got a reviewer-approved pillow to help support it while you snooze, ahead.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors. Reviews have been edited for spelling and grammatical accuracy only.

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<h2>Avocado Green Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.5 out of 5 stars and 4,666 reviews on <a href="https://www.avocadogreenmattress.com/collections/pillows" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Avocado" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Avocado</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “Awesome pillow! Pleasantly surprised, after trying dozens of pillow brands and always ending up disappointed I came across Avocado and decided to give them a try. I love this pillow, extremely comfortable and my constant neck pain is gone. Will definitely be ordering again.” — <em>Brent., Avocado reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.avocadogreenmattress.com/collections/pillows" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Avocado" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Avocado</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Avocado</strong> Avocado Green Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.avocadogreenmattress.com%2Fproducts%2Fgreen-pillow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Avocado" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Avocado</a>

Avocado Green Pillow


The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 4,666 reviews on Avocado

Pain-Free Customers Say: “Awesome pillow! Pleasantly surprised, after trying dozens of pillow brands and always ending up disappointed I came across Avocado and decided to give them a try. I love this pillow, extremely comfortable and my constant neck pain is gone. Will definitely be ordering again.” — Brent., Avocado reviewer

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Avocado Avocado Green Pillow, $, available at Avocado
<h2>Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.3 out of 5 stars and 977 reviews on <a href="https://www.brooklinen.com/products/down-alternative-pillow-insert" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooklinen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooklinen</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “I’ve tried many pillows trying to find the right one for comfort. They were either too firm, soft big, etc. I’ve very happy with this one. I finally can sleep without waking with a sore neck.’ — <em>Joyce P., Brooklinen reviewer<br></em><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.brooklinen.com/collections/pillows" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooklinen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooklinen</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Brooklinen</strong> Down Alternative Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brooklinen.com%2Fproducts%2Fdown-alternative-pillow-insert" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooklinen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooklinen</a>

Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow


The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 977 reviews on Brooklinen

Pain-Free Customers Say: “I’ve tried many pillows trying to find the right one for comfort. They were either too firm, soft big, etc. I’ve very happy with this one. I finally can sleep without waking with a sore neck.’ — Joyce P., Brooklinen reviewer

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Brooklinen Down Alternative Pillow, $, available at Brooklinen
<h2>Tuft & Needle Original Foam Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.4 out of 5 stars and 3,760 reviews on <a href="https://www.tuftandneedle.com/pillow/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tuft & Needle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tuft & Needle</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “I have a bad back so most pillows make my neck and back hurt. I am small framed and sleep mostly on my side but occasionally on my stomach and back. After a whole year of searching for the perfect pillow, this one finally did the trick!” — <em>L. Morgan, Tuft & Needle reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.tuftandneedle.com/products/bedding/pillows/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tuft & Needle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tuft & Needle</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Tuft & Needle</strong> Original Foam Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tuftandneedle.com%2Fpillow%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tuft & Needle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tuft & Needle</a>

Tuft & Needle Original Foam Pillow


The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 3,760 reviews on Tuft & Needle

Pain-Free Customers Say: “I have a bad back so most pillows make my neck and back hurt. I am small framed and sleep mostly on my side but occasionally on my stomach and back. After a whole year of searching for the perfect pillow, this one finally did the trick!” — L. Morgan, Tuft & Needle reviewer

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Tuft & Needle Original Foam Pillow, $, available at Tuft & Needle
<h2>Coyuchi Turiya Organic Latex Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.2 out of 5 stars and 230 reviews on <a href="https://www.coyuchi.com/turiya-organic-latex-pillow.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Coyuchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Coyuchi</a> <br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “I was having so much ear/neck/ shoulder pain so I thought I would splurge on a nice orthopedic pillow that could also provide ear pressure relief. I am SO HAPPY that I did! I feel a million times better after using this pillow for one month.” — <em>Lynn W., Coyuchi reviewer<br></em><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.coyuchi.com/bed/pillows.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Coyuchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Coyuchi</a> </strong></em><br><br><strong>Coyuchi Inc.</strong> Turiya Organic Latex Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.coyuchi.com%2Fturiya-organic-latex-pillow.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Coyuchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Coyuchi</a>

Coyuchi Turiya Organic Latex Pillow


The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars and 230 reviews on Coyuchi

Pain-Free Customers Say: “I was having so much ear/neck/ shoulder pain so I thought I would splurge on a nice orthopedic pillow that could also provide ear pressure relief. I am SO HAPPY that I did! I feel a million times better after using this pillow for one month.” — Lynn W., Coyuchi reviewer

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Coyuchi Inc. Turiya Organic Latex Pillow, $, available at Coyuchi
<h2>Serene Foam Hypoallergenic Contour Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.5 out of 5 stars and 48 reviews on <a href="https://www.thecompanystore.com/serene-memory-foam-pillows-contour/10020-STD-WHITE.html#pr-reviewdisplay" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Company Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Company Store</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “I have used contour pillows since my neck surgery. I’ve had several different brands but this is by far the best one I’ve owned. I was worried when it said it was a medium firmness. It is perfect. It’s softer but still very supportive. I hope they don’t change this style because I will continue to buy this pillow.” — <em>Suzanne, The Company Store reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.thecompanystore.com/pillows" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Company Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Company Store</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>The Company Store</strong> Serene Foam Hypoallergenic Contour Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecompanystore.com%2Fserene-memory-foam-pillows-contour%2F10020-STD-WHITE.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Company Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Company Store</a>

Serene Foam Hypoallergenic Contour Pillow


The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 48 reviews on The Company Store

Pain-Free Customers Say: “I have used contour pillows since my neck surgery. I’ve had several different brands but this is by far the best one I’ve owned. I was worried when it said it was a medium firmness. It is perfect. It’s softer but still very supportive. I hope they don’t change this style because I will continue to buy this pillow.” — Suzanne, The Company Store reviewer

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The Company Store Serene Foam Hypoallergenic Contour Pillow, $, available at The Company Store
<h2>Muse Sleep The Muse Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.6 out of 5 stars and 285 reviews on <a href="https://musesleep.com/products/pillow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Muse Sleep" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Muse Sleep</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “I was pleasantly surprised by this pillow. I am a side sleeper and been struggling with neck pain and headaches for quite a while. I’ve tried a variety of things, and then one night I thought – what if it’s my pillow! So I did some research. The pillow has really been helping. Ahhh, sweet relief, thank goodness! Thanks, Muse Pillow!” —<em>Vicki S., Muse Sleep reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://musesleep.com/products/pillow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Muse Sleep" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Muse Sleep</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Muse Sleep</strong> The Muse Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmusesleep.com%2Fproducts%2Fpillow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Muse Sleep" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Muse Sleep</a>

Muse Sleep The Muse Pillow


The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 285 reviews on Muse Sleep

Pain-Free Customers Say: “I was pleasantly surprised by this pillow. I am a side sleeper and been struggling with neck pain and headaches for quite a while. I’ve tried a variety of things, and then one night I thought – what if it’s my pillow! So I did some research. The pillow has really been helping. Ahhh, sweet relief, thank goodness! Thanks, Muse Pillow!” —Vicki S., Muse Sleep reviewer

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Muse Sleep The Muse Pillow, $, available at Muse Sleep
<h2>Amerisleep Comfort Classic Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.4 out of 5 stars and 367 reviews on <a href="https://amerisleep.com/pillows/comfort-classic-pillow/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amerisleep" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amerisleep</a> <br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “Together, the <a href="https://amerisleep.com/mattresses/memory-foam/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amerisleep mattress" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amerisleep mattress</a> and pillows are an upgrade, as they make me feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud. The pillows are absorbent, and I haven’t slept this well in a long time.” — <em>Miles, Amerisleep reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amerisleep.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amerisleep" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amerisleep</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Amerisleep</strong> Comfort Classic Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Famerisleep.com%2Fpillows%2Fcomfort-classic-pillow%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amerisleep" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amerisleep</a>

Amerisleep Comfort Classic Pillow


The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 367 reviews on Amerisleep

Pain-Free Customers Say: “Together, the Amerisleep mattress and pillows are an upgrade, as they make me feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud. The pillows are absorbent, and I haven’t slept this well in a long time.” — Miles, Amerisleep reviewer

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Amerisleep Comfort Classic Pillow, $, available at Amerisleep
<h2>Tempur-Pedic Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.4 out of 5 stars and 4,302 reviews on <a href="https://www.tempurpedic.com/shop-pillows/tempur-cloud-breeze-dual-cooling/v/5/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tempurpedic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tempurpedic</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “Absolutely love this pillow and it's the second time we’ve purchased them. The firmness keeps my head/neck aligned, so it’s not stiff in the morning. Also, really like that it stays cool.” — <em>Tempurpedic reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop </em><strong><em><a href="https://www.tempurpedic.com/shop-pillows/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tempurpedic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tempurpedic</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Tempur-Pedic</strong> Tempur-Cloud Breeze Memory Foam Medium Support Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wayfair.com%2Fbed-bath%2Fpdp%2Ftempur-pedic-tempur-cloud-breeze-memory-foam-medium-support-pillow-sbja1011.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wayfair</a>

Tempur-Pedic Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow


The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 4,302 reviews on Tempurpedic

Pain-Free Customers Say: “Absolutely love this pillow and it's the second time we’ve purchased them. The firmness keeps my head/neck aligned, so it’s not stiff in the morning. Also, really like that it stays cool.” — Tempurpedic reviewer

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Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Memory Foam Medium Support Pillow, $, available at Wayfair
<h2>L.L Bean Down-Alternative Damask Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.4 out of 5 stars and 512 reviews on <a href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/67880" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:L.L Bean" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">L.L Bean</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “I bought both the medium and firm pillows. Ended up keeping the firm — I sleep on my back and both sides during the night and this pillow is perfect. No more crick in my neck in the morning!” — <em>Runnergirl, L.L Bean reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1161?bc=31-131" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:L.L Bean" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">L.L Bean</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>L.L. Bean</strong> Down-Alternative Damask Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.llbean.com%2Fllb%2Fshop%2F67880" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:L.L. Bean" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">L.L. Bean</a>

L.L Bean Down-Alternative Damask Pillow


The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 512 reviews on L.L Bean

Pain-Free Customers Say: “I bought both the medium and firm pillows. Ended up keeping the firm — I sleep on my back and both sides during the night and this pillow is perfect. No more crick in my neck in the morning!” — Runnergirl, L.L Bean reviewer

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L.L. Bean Down-Alternative Damask Pillow, $, available at L.L. Bean
<h2>Milemont Memory Foam Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.3 out of 5 stars and 12,549 reviews on <a href="https://amzn.to/3juzFs9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “This pillow is very comfy! It’s super soft! You might lose your job because this pillow makes it impossible for me to leave my bed! It’s worth the money! It’s a great price! It’s sturdy as well!!! It’s great for pregnant moms!” —<em> Brumfield, Amazon reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3rzNUyI" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Milemont</strong> Milemont Memory Foam Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3juzFs9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Milemont Memory Foam Pillow


The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 12,549 reviews on Amazon

Pain-Free Customers Say: “This pillow is very comfy! It’s super soft! You might lose your job because this pillow makes it impossible for me to leave my bed! It’s worth the money! It’s a great price! It’s sturdy as well!!! It’s great for pregnant moms!” — Brumfield, Amazon reviewer

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Milemont Milemont Memory Foam Pillow, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Core Products Tri-Core Cervical Support Pillow</h2><br><strong>The Hype:</strong> 4.1 out of 5 stars and 1,880 reviews on <a href="https://amzn.to/36T7KND" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Pain-Free Customers Say:</strong> “The pillow arrived on a day when I was having quite a bit of pain. In fact, I went to bed early because I needed to lie down. The first thing I noticed was that almost immediately I found a comfortable position. I also fell asleep in record time, and in the night I slept better than I have in over two years!” — <em>M. Mcewan, Amazon reviewer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3aRjzoS" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Core Products</strong> Core Products Tri-Core Cervical Support Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2O9ZpOW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Core Products Tri-Core Cervical Support Pillow


The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars and 1,880 reviews on Amazon

Pain-Free Customers Say: “The pillow arrived on a day when I was having quite a bit of pain. In fact, I went to bed early because I needed to lie down. The first thing I noticed was that almost immediately I found a comfortable position. I also fell asleep in record time, and in the night I slept better than I have in over two years!” — M. Mcewan, Amazon reviewer

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Core Products Core Products Tri-Core Cervical Support Pillow, $, available at Amazon

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