In the past few years there’s been a huge increase in different types of pillows on the market, giving consumers more options than the classic down or fiber pillow. One increasingly popular pillow style is the latex pillow. Often made from shredded latex, these pillows offer the plushness of a traditional polyfill or down alternative pillow with additional firmness and flexibility.
To help choose the perfect latex pillow, read on to learn more about our picks for the best options in several categories. We’ve completed intensive product research to determine our ratings, and have some helpful advice to help you compare options.
The PlushBeds Organic Shredded Latex Pillow stands out thanks to its GOLS-certified shredded latex filling that doesn’t shift, clump, or retain heat, and does stay soft and fluffy.
Our Editor’s Pick for Latex Pillows, the Plushbeds Organic Shredded Latex Pillow is the best all-around option in terms of construction, comfort, and performance. Made from 100 percent Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certified shredded Dunlop latex, it offers the feeling of a traditional down or polyfill pillow without the flattening, bunching, or clumping common with those fills. Wrapped in 100 percent organic cotton, the PlushBeds shredded latex pillow is made without any harsh chemicals or dyes, making it an ideal choice when you want a healthy place to rest your head.
Latex is naturally resistant to allergens, including mold dust mites, and bacteria. Although the pillow cannot be machine washed, it can be spot cleaned. The filling is easily fluffed and adjusted to your comfort. The shredded latex bounces back quickly when compressed, helping the pillow stay plump and fluffy. If you tend to sleep warm, the pillow will stay fairly cool, thanks to the breathability of the latex and the added airflow created by the shredded material.
Although you’re likely to find the Organic Shredded Latex Pillow supportive regardless of your sleeping position, side and back sleepers tend to find latex pillows most comfortable in general. Stomach sleepers may find the pillow too firm for their liking; a pillow with a lower loft that allows for better spinal alignment may be a better choice. The Organic Shredded Latex Pillow does not allow you to remove filling for customization, either.
PlushBeds offers the Organic Shredded Latex Pillow in three sizes: standard, queen, and king. The company does not accept returns on pillows, but does offer a three-year warranty on materials and workmanship and free shipping on all orders.
Designed for all sleep positions, the Birch Organic Pillow is made from ethically sourced Talalay latex and organic wool from New Zealand for a supportive and breathable pillow that holds its shape.
Our choice for best eco-friendly latex pillow is the Birch Organic Pillow. Filled with 100 percent GREENGUARD Gold and GOLS certified latex, free from any synthetic dyes or harsh chemicals, the pillow also uses ethically and sustainably sourced organic wool from New Zealand. The latex and wool filling is covered with soft, 100 percent organic cotton.
In addition to offering a sustainable, cruelty-free option, the Birch Organic Pillow also sleeps cool and comfortable. Wool naturally helps maintain temperature neutrality, wicking away moisture while ensuring adequate airflow. The cotton cover is also designed to support airflow, preventing overheating while you sleep. The filling is supportive, without being too firm, and supports all sleep positions. That said, back sleepers tend to especially appreciate the Birch pillow’s firmness, which supports proper spinal alignment.
The Birch Organic Pillow retains its shape over time, thanks in large part to the wool used in the filling. Wool is naturally durable and retains its shape longer than many other fibers. The latex is more responsive and bouncy than other foams, but some of the firmest of the options we tested. The pillow is not adjustable, and should not be machine-washed. It can, however, be fluffed in the dryer.
Birch Organic Pillows are made in the U.S, and ship free. They come with a 100-night risk-free sleep trial and a three-year limited warranty. The company offers queen and king size pillows.
Brooklyn Bedding’s Talalay Latex pillow combines the breathability of latex with the conforming abilities of foam for a supportive pillow that encourages proper spinal alignment.
Brooklyn Bedding’s Talalay Latex Pillow is made from eco-friendly Talalay latex formed into a medium-firm, solid pillow form. Unlike our other recommendations, which are primarily shredded latex, the Brooklyn Bedding pillow’s filling is one piece. This produces a more dense, close-conforming feelBrooklyn Bedding also offers the pillow in both high and low loft options. The high option is best suited for side sleepers, while the low option is more comfortable for stomach sleepers. Back sleepers can choose either loft based on their preferences.
The Talalay latex pillow is somewhat firm and very responsive and supportive. It’s covered in a removable and machine washable organic cotton cover that’s soft and stays cool. Even though the pillow conforms closely to your head and neck while you sleep, the breathable latex remains fairly cool and you won’t overheat. As with other latex pillows, the Brooklyn Bedding pillow is hypoallergenic.
Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping and returns to the lower 48 states. You can try your new pillow for 30 nights, and return or exchange it within 30 days if you are not happy with it. The pillow also comes with a 3-year warranty covering defects in materials and workmanship.
Keetsa’s Sachi Organics Natural Latex & Wool Pillow is a 100% natural pillow made with a solid latex pillow form wrapped in organic wool to create a resilient and supportive sleep surface for side and back sleepers.
For a comfortable, supportive pillow, the Keetsa Sachi Organics Natural Latex & Wool Pillow is our pick for Most Comfortable. The 100 natural latex pillow form is wrapped in a layer of organic, domestic wool and covered with a sateen weave cover cover made with organic cotton for a smooth, soft, and luxurious pillow that doesn’t lose its shape. The wool batting helps maintain a cool surface, helping to wick away moisture, and makes the pillow naturally resistant to dust mites.
Keetsa’s pillows are handmade in New Mexico using domestically sourced wool from sustainable and ethical farms. The latex does not contain any chemical additives or flame retardants. The pillow lands on the firm end of the spectrum thanks to its solid pillow form, and it cannot be adjusted, so it may not be the ideal choice for stomach sleepers who need a softer surface.
Keetsa Sachi pillows are available in standard, queen, and king sizes. They ship free to the lower 48 states from New Mexico. You can return the pillow after trying it for 30 nights; you have up to 90 days from the date of purchase to make a return. The company also offers a 5-year warranty on materials and workmanship.
The Organic-Cotton Latex Blend Pillow from My Organic sleep combines cotton with shredded latex for a plush surface that conforms to your head shape, while maintaining it’s loft and staying cool.
What makes the My Organic Sleep Organic Cotton-Latex Blend Pillow is its adjustability. Simply open the cover using the side zipper, and remove filling as desired until you reach your desired firmness and loft. Without removing any of the shredded Talalay latex filling, the pillow is plush and responsive, conforming closely to your head to provide good alignment and cushioning. The cover is made from 100 percent organic cotton, with a soft, luxurious feel.
Because the My Organics pillow is adjustable, it is well suited to most sleep positions. It also stays fairly cool, thanks to the breathable cover and shredded latex that provide adequate airflow. The pillow can also be easily cleaned. Hand-washing is best, and the filling can be removed from the case and washed in the sink, but the entire pillow can also be machine-washed on a gentle cycle and air-dried.
My Organic Sleep’s Organic Cotton -Latex Blend Pillow is available in standard, queen, and king sizes. Pillows ship free to the lower 48 states. If you aren’t happy with the pillow, you can return it within 30 days. If you have used the pillow, you’ll be charged a 50 percent restocking fee. You’re also responsible for return shipping costs.
Specifically designed for side sleepers, the Sleep Artisan Luxury Side Sleeper Pillow is curved to provide extra support where it’s needed, and the latex and down alternative foam can be customized to your preferences.
More people prefer to sleep on their sides than any other position, and the Sleep Artisan Luxury Side Sleep Pillow is designed specifically for them. The pillow is curved along one side, creating a “nook” that allows for targeted support for the shoulders and neck. Back sleepers also find the Luxury Side Sleeper pillow comfortable, as it provides support for spinal alignment, helping you wake up refreshed and pain-free.
The Sleep Artisan Luxury Side Sleeper pillow is filled with shredded Talalay latex and a proprietary silk polyfill blend. This creates a feel that’s similar to a down or down alternative pillow, while still maintaining the support and responsiveness you expect from latex. The pillow arrives with a 6-inch loft that compresses when you rest your head, but the side can be unzipped to remove filling to your preference.
This pillow is only available in one size, 28 inches by 17 inches. The filling is naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and resistant to dust mites. You can remove all of the filling and wash the cover, but the filling should not be washed. The California-made pillows do not ship free, but come with a 60-day trial period and a 3-year warranty covering defects in materials and workmanship.
With an organic cotton cover and adjustable firmness, the Puretree Pillow is designed to be cool and breathable, by using shredded pieces of latex that allow for extra airflow.
The most affordable entry on our list, the Puretree Pillow is ideal for anyone who wants a breathable pillow that stays cool even in the hottest weather. It’s filled with 100 percent certified organic shredded latex derived from the sap of the Para rubber tree, wrapped in 100 percent organic cotton cover. The filling pieces are different sizes, which allow for increased airflow, keeping the pillow cool and comfortable.
Puretree’s Pillows are resilient, and resist going flat the way that down and down alternative pillows can. They provide plenty of support for back and side sleepers especially. The zippered inner lining allows you to adjust the pillow to your desired firmness, from hard to soft. And although the latex filling is naturally hypoallergenic, the entire pillow is machine-washable.
Although Puretree does not offer free shipping on its pillows, the company does provide a 30 day risk-free return period and a 3-year limited warranty. The pillows are offered in queen/standard and king sizes.
When you hear the word “latex,” the idea of a 100 percent natural, biodegradable product may not be the first thing that comes to mind. When you’re talking about bedding products like mattresses and pillows, though, 100 percent natural latex is not only possible, but it’s common and for many people, preferable to other products made with synthetic chemicals.
The term “organic latex” refers to a natural substance made from the sap of rubber trees. The sap is collected and processed into a material that’s then poured into a mold. Manufacturers use one of two methods to create latex foams: Talalay or Dunlop. Talalay latex is processed tree sap that’s poured partway into a mold. The rest of the mold is filled with air, creating a more uniform density for the finished product. With Dunlop latex, the liquid latex filled the entire mold, resulting in a finished product with different densities.
Because organic latex is entirely plant-based, it’s naturally hypoallergenic and free of toxic ingredients. It’s also a very breathable substance, so it won’t retain heat like foam or other materials, and naturally resistant to mold, mites, and bacteria. It’s a popular choice for pillow temperature neutrality, breathability, and moderate conforming. It also doesn’t flatten like fiber-filled pillows, increasing their durability.
Much like choosing a mattress, choosing your pillow is a personal decision influenced by your preferred sleep position and body type and size. Even the type of mattress you sleep on matters: Some mattresses (like memory foam) are designed so you sink into the surface, for example, meaning an especially thick pillow will leave your head at an uncomfortable angle and cause pain.
However, the biggest factor in most pillow buying decisions is the filling. What’s inside your pillow makes a big difference in terms of support and pressure relief, as well as how well the pillow holds up to regular use. Polyester or polyfill, down alternative, down, and feather pillows are common, but latex pillows are becoming increasingly popular. The latex may be shredded or formed, but it offers some advantages over other materials, including better temperature neutrality and resistance to allergens.
If you’re considering a latex pillow, read on to learn more about what you should look for in a quality pillow.
Purchasing a latex pillow can be confusing, as many terms are used interchangeably, and may be misleading. For example, “latex” itself often conjures images of synthetic, plastic-like materials. Synthetic latex does exist, but the latex used in most bedding is a natural, organic product made without chemicals. Look for products that specifically note that the latex is made without additives.
Other terms that may muddy the waters when shopping for a latex pillow are rubber — which is generally the same as latex, as they are both derived from rubber trees — and Dunlop or Talalay. These terms refer to how the latex is processed, and make little difference to the feel of your pillow.
These are just some of the terms to watch for when purchasing a new pillow. When you’re comparing your options, keep the following in mind as well to make the best decision.
Loft: Loft refers to the height or thickness of a pillow, and is directly related to its comfort. Most pillows have either low (less than three inches thick), medium (3-5 inches thick), or high (more than five inches) loft. Although an exceptionally low or high loft isn’t comfortable, keep in mind that the loft will change when you lie on the pillow and compress the filling. Generally speaking, back sleepers prefer medium loft, side sleepers are more comfortable on a high loft pillow, and stomach sleepers are best suited by a low or medium loft pillow.
Support: A supportive pillow is important to keeping your spine aligned and allowing your neck and shoulders to relax. For example, side sleepers have more space between their neck and the mattress, so a pillow should fill that space to ensure adequate support and prevent pain. Firmer pillows are generally more supportive.
Firmness Level: Pillows are usually rated on a scale from soft to firm. A pillow’s firmness is closely related to how well it maintains its shape and stays fluffy. The firmer the pillow, the less likely it is to flatten. Flat pillows are more uncomfortable and won’t provide as much support.
Pressure Relief: A close-conforming will relieve pressure on your neck and shoulders, allowing you to relax and get restful sleep — and keeps you from waking up in pain. Softer pillows generally provide more pressure relief.
Shape: The most common shape for a pillow is a rectangle, but some pillows are designed for specific sleeping positions; for instance, they may have a curved side for back and side sleepers.
Price: Natural and organic pillows tend to have a higher price point than traditional latex pillows. Expect to pay upwards of $150 for a quality organic pillow.
Quality Materials: The higher the quality materials used in your pillow, the longer it will last. Choose the highest quality fill that fits your budget, as that will determine the comfort, support, and longevity of your pillow.
Moldability: If you change positions throughout the night, or use your pillow for support while reading or watching TV, or simply like to mold your pillow into your preferred shape, you want to choose a moldable pillow that can be adjusted to your preference. A pillow that uses a form provides extra support, but can’t be easily molded for comfort.
Temperature Regulation: If you have a tendency to sleep hot, your pillow should allow for plenty of airflow so you can stay cool and comfortable. Some materials, like memory foam, retain body heat and can cause sleep disruptions.
Although the best pillow for your individual needs depends largely on personal preference, there are some distinct pros and cons to latex pillows. On the plus side, they offer exceptional pressure relief and support for side and back sleepers, and stay cooler than other options. On the downside, they can be expensive, and aren’t always flexible enough to conform comfortably.
Generally speaking, side and back sleepers tend to be most comfortable on latex pillows. Latex provides extra firmness and support where it’s needed most, around the neck and shoulders.
Who is not suited:
The most common pillows you’ll find on the market today are one of the following five sizes: Standard, Super Standard, Queen, King, or Body Pillow. The best size for you depends on a number of fasters, including your personal preference, the size of your bed, and your sleeping style.
Standard pillows are the most common pillow size, and also the smallest and usually the least expensive. They also tend to have the most options for pillow cases, as well, especially when bundled with twin, full, and queen sheet sets. Super standard pillows are slightly wider, giving you just a little more space when you find standard pillows too small.
Queen pillows are typically a full four inches wider than a standard pillow, giving you plenty of extra room. They are ideal when you have a tendency to shift positions throughout the night, or roll over a lot. King pillows are even larger, providing plenty of space for “active” sleepers. King pillows are also a good choice if you like to sit up in bed to read or watch television, as their size provides additional support.
Finally, body pillows are designed for people who like to cradle their pillow, or who want extra support while sleeping. These pillows are especially popular among pregnant women, as they easily support the weight of their growing belly and help keep hips in alignment when placed between the knees.
How much do latex pillows cost?
Typical latex pillows are more expensive than those with fiber filling. Prices range significantly, from $40 for a basic model to $200 for a luxury organic pillow. The quality of the materials used in the manufacture of the pillow are the biggest determinant of price, but the size and loft can also influence your cost.
How do I clean a latex pillow?
Latex pillows are typically not machine washable, especially when they are made with a combination of wool and latex. Depending on your specific pillow, you may be able to fluff it in the dryer on low or no heat and some pillows are made with a removable, washable cover. Simply remove the cover and wash according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise, latex pillows can usually be spot cleaned. It’s best to cover your pillow with a washable cover or case to keep it clean. Never allow your latex pillow to remain in direct sunlight for too long, as that can cause the material to break down.
Where can I buy a latex pillow?
Latex pillows can be purchased anywhere you buy bedding, including retailers like Amazon, Target, or Bed, Bath & Beyond. Some luxury or organic options are only available online, directly from the manufacturer.
How long do latex pillows last?
A well-maintained latex pillow can last about 5-10 years. However, individual factors like how you clean the pillow, your sleeping habits, and the durability of the pillow itself can influence its longevity. All pillows should be replaced every few years, or if it starts to lose its shape, you are waking up with pain, you change your sleeping position, or if you notice changes in your skin (like acne).
Are latex pillows adjustable?
Some latex pillows are designed to be adjustable. These typically have a zippered covered that allows you to remove or add fill as needed to adjust the pillow to your preference.
Do latex pillows have an odor?
Because latex is made without harsh chemicals, latex pillows typically don’t have the same issues with off-gassing or odors as foam pillows. Some people notice a slight rubber smell when they first open a new pillow, but any odors will subside quickly and should not be offensive in any way.