And we ranked them by their comfort and cool factor.
Catching 40 winks should be no sweat, but if you happen to have a pre-existing condition that causes night sweats, sleep in a stuffy or hot environment, or toss and turn night after night, deep sleep can feel frustratingly elusive.
Cooling pillows have recently emerged as a potential solution to this problem, though when it comes to construction and efficacy, no two brands are exactly alike. Some have engineered proprietary cooling fibers, others use known cooler-than-cotton materials such as Tencel, Lyocell, Frio, or Outlast to construct their outer covers, and others implement heat-wicking cooling gel beneath the surface of the pillow, or as a part of the pillow’s inner fill construction.
We tested 10 cooling pillows from different brands to gauge how well each brand’s cooling claims held up with nightly use, especially in the heat of the summertime (though these pillows are meant to be used year-round). We found that two of the products, while adequately comfy, simply weren't cool enough to make the cut, so those were omitted.
Here’s how the pillows stacked up: