How to Choose the Perfect Pillow

>>>>How to Choose the Perfect Pillow


Choosing a pillow is a very personal decision, and given that we spend a third of our lives sleeping it’s extremely important we find the correct balance of comfort and support! To make this decision a little easier for you, we’ve put together this expert’s guide to all the lingo you may come across when looking at pillows and which pillow will suit each kind of sleeper!

Don’t forget, at each and every Pillow Talk store there are expertly trained staff who are able to guide you through the many different factors that determine which pillow will be right for you, and we have a tester bed so you can try it before you buy it!


A key factor when selecting a pillow is your sleeping position.  The type of sleeping position will determine the height and loft the pillow should provide to ensure the neck and spine are aligned and you have adequate support.

Stomach sleepers

If you sleep on your stomach, individuals usually prefer a low profile pillow with a soft to medium loft.

Pillows for Stomach Sleepers
Pillows for Back Sleepers

Back sleepers

If you sleep on your back, a medium profile pillow with medium loft will provide the support and comfort required.

Side sleepers

If you are a side sleeper, the height and density of the correct pillow is dependent upon an individual’s frame. For a smaller framed side sleeper, a medium profile and medium density pillow will be the most suitable. Individuals with larger frames require a higher profile in order maintain a neutral and comfortable sleeping neck position.

If you require neck support, a contoured pillow will be the most suitable as it moulds to the contour of your neck for correct spinal alignment.

Pillows for Side Sleepers



Synthetic pillows are made from man-made fibres and include such fibres as polyester and microfibre.  Synthetic pillows are ideal for anyone with allergies as they are machine washable.  The pillows are lightweight and are available in a number of profiles and densities.

Memory foam

Memory foam is a pressure relieving sponge like material that moulds to the natural contours and curves of your body, relieving pressure points and most importantly, maintains correct spinal alignment. Memory foam is temperature sensitive and therefore will be firmer in cooler temperatures and softer in warmer temperatures. Zip off covers make for easy cleaning and inhibits dust mites, bacteria, mould and mildew.



Latex is a natural fibre and is produced from the sap of the rubber tree. The natural properties of latex make it anti-microbial, low allergenic and resistant to dust mites, mould and bacteria. There are two types of latex: Talalay (bounce foam) and Dunlop (springy foam).

Feather and down

Another natural fibre, down grows under the outer protective layer of feathers. The down clusters are resilient and fluffy with no quill, thus are extremely light with superior loft. As a rule, the higher percentage of down, the loftier and more supportive the pillow will be. The higher percentage of feather, the firmer the pillow is.

Wool blend

Wool rich pillows are blended with synthetic fibres, creating loft and strengthening the wool fibres, adding firmness to the pillow.  A wool pillow keeps the face and neck cool, dry and comfortable.


Pillow Talk also offers a range of specialised therapeutic pillows by Dentons, made from moulded polyurethane foam that is tailored for specific sleeping positions or issues. They are treated with Health Fresh for effective control of bacteria, mould and mildew.

We hope this guide has been able to help you choose your perfect pillow! Share your pillow story with us with #pillowtalkaustralia.

Please note: For health reasons, we do not permit the exchange of a used pillow, so it is important you choose the right shape to suit you.

2018-03-19T08:40:39+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Buying Guides|0 Comments