Pillows made from memory foam tend not to last as long as those made with down or latex, but the Loft Pillow has above-average durability. This is largely due to the pillow’s high-quality construction, as well as its removable and machine-washable cover.
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After years of research and testing thousands of sleep products, we are proud to introduce the Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow and the Sleep Is the Foundation Gel Memory Foam Pillow. We used our knowledge and expertise to create these two models, both with many features we felt were missing from competitors in the market today. We realize that one pillow can not fit every person’s sleep needs, so we released two models for different types of sleepers.
The Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow is an adjustable model filled with shredded, gel-infused memory foam. You can customize the firmness level of the pillow between soft and medium feels, and the profile is adjustable up to 8 inches by adding or removing the fill. Meanwhile, the Gel Memory Foam Pillow is a firmer design that features a solid gel-infused memory foam core.
Today, we’ll be focusing on the Loft Pillow. Read on to learn more about the pillow’s construction, materials, and how it held up in our test lab.
Pillow Performance Ratings
We know what you’re thinking: How can you review your own pillow? How can we trust what you have to say about something you made? The short answer is that providing honest assessments of sleep products is the heart of what we do. We evaluate products objectively to help everyday people better understand their needs and empower individuals to find the right products for them. If we’re putting something out there, we evaluate it with the same rigorous testing protocols we use for any other product.
The long answer is that we have multiple guardrails in place during testing so our team can evaluate our products objectively. Here’s how we make sure our team gave our products their honest, unbiased assessments:
- We remove any logos, labels, or other branding from the pillow before sending it to our test lab, and we keep the pillow anonymous throughout the testing session. In this case, we used a prototype version of our pillow that did not include the logo quilted into the cover.
- We test our pillow as part of a group of other pillows that were also anonymized. Anonymous batch testing is useful in terms of removing any unconscious brand biases our team members might have.
- Our testing team is only made aware of the identities of the products after the session is complete and all scores are submitted.
- Our testing team is not allowed to adjust their ratings for the products after they submit their final assessments. All ratings are final once submitted.
We’ll focus on the Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow’s performance in this review to help you decide if this pillow fits your needs. No pillow is compatible with every sleeper, so consider your priorities and search for pillows that perform well in those areas.
The Loft Pillow excelled in a few areas during pillow testing – namely firmness options, temperature control, and moldability. An adjustable design made it appealing to many of our testers, who could customize the loft and firmness level to fit their needs. A breathable cover, mesh netting, and considerable airflow through the shredded fill help the pillow maintain a comfortable temperature.
The shredded memory foam fill gives the Loft Pillow a malleable feel for sleepers who prefer to snuggle with their pillow at night or move the fill around for extra support in targeted areas. Our testers did find, however, that the pillow was not as effective at retaining its shape compared to a solid memory foam model. Unless you keep it stuffed to the brim, you’ll need to fluff the pillow from time to time to return it to its original shape.
Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow
Cleaning and Care
Caring for the Loft Pillow is easy. The outer cover is removable and machine-washable. Wash the cover in cold water on a gentle cycle, and tumble dry on the lowest heat setting. You can machine-wash the inner pillow as well, but make sure you remove all of the fill first.
Sleeping Style and Body Weight
As the Loft Pillow is adjustable, we found that it works well for a wide variety of sleepers, from side sleepers to stomach sleepers. Simply add or remove fill from the pillow to reach the combination of pillow loft and feel that’s right for you.
One major drawback our team found is that although the fill is adjustable, its overall feel is on the soft-to-medium side. Back sleepers and sleepers over 230 pounds typically need a bit more pushback from their pillow for proper support, so they may find this softer feel lacking. As a result, they may sink further into the pillow than is comfortable.
While overstuffing the pillow a bit will help with this drawback, it won’t be enough for everyone to feel comfortable. For sleepers who need a bit more firmness from their pillow, we recommend trying our Gel Memory Foam Pillow instead or opting for another model made from a firmer material.
Here’s how the pillow held up for different types of sleepers in our test lab.
Side sleepers on our testing team thoroughly enjoyed the Loft Pillow, regardless of their body type. People who use this position typically prefer higher-loft pillows to support the head and keep their spines in proper alignment. Pillows with lower profiles tend to cause a side sleeper’s head to drop too low and strain the neck.
The Loft Pillow has an 8-inch profile when filled, which is very thick compared to many other pillows available. This high profile proved supportive for most of our side sleepers, including those who weigh more than 230 pounds and tend to sink deeper into their pillows.
Our team’s back-sleeping testers also awarded the pillow higher ratings, particularly those weighing up to 230 pounds. Back sleepers often enjoy pillows with a mid-range profile that don’t crank the head up too high while still cushioning the neck.
We recommend back sleepers remove some of the fill to achieve a comfortable profile, which falls between 3 and 5 inches for most. Back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may want to add more fill than other body types so their heads don’t sink too deeply into the softer-feeling pillow. The adaptive foam should contour to the neck fairly closely to alleviate pressure.
Compared to the other sleep positions, our stomach-sleeping testers rated the Loft Pillow lowest. Stomach sleepers prefer pillows with a low profile to prevent their necks from angling backward and causing strain. People who use this position and weigh less than 130 pounds tend to need the lowest profiles since their heads don’t sink as deeply into their pillows.
Stomach sleepers on our team weighing up to 230 pounds found the pillow very comfortable after removing some of the fill. But those who weigh more than 230 pounds may prefer a model with a lower profile and firmer feel for more support.
Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Over 230 lbs.|
|Side Sleepers||Excellent||Excellent||Very Good|
|Back Sleepers||Excellent||Very Good||Good|
|Stomach Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow Review Breakdown
- The Loft Pillow is adjustable up to 8 inches thick.
- It’s filled with shredded gel-infused memory foam.
- Its firmness level falls between soft and medium, depending on the amount of fill.
- Its quilted cover is made from a blend of polyester and bamboo-derived viscose.
- It’s best for hot sleepers who typically overheat on memory foam pillows.
Materials and Options
|Product||Size Options||Loft||Fill Material||Cover Material|
|Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow||Standard: 20” x 30”|
King: 20” x 36”
|Adjustable (8″ standard)||Shredded Memory Foam (Gel-Infused)||Polyester and Bamboo-Derived Viscose Blend|
|Sleep Is the Foundation Gel Memory Foam Pillow||Standard: 16” x 24”|
King: 20” x 36”
|5″||Solid Memory Foam Block (Gel-Infused)||Polyester and Bamboo-Derived Viscose Blend|
The Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow holds is less expensive than the Gel Memory Foam Pillow because solid memory foam pillows are typically more expensive to manufacture than shredded foam pillows. Both pillows feature cooling gel infusions in their foam cores, which can drive up manufacturing cost. Pillow costs vary widely, from less than $10 to hundreds of dollars, but most pillows available today fall under $200. Compared to similar models on the market, the Sleep Is the Foundation pillows hold a mid-range sticker price.
Discounts and Deals
Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
The Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow is available for purchase exclusively at Amazon.com.
The Sleep Is the Foundation Loft Pillow is shipped via Amazon. The pillow is compressed and vacuum-sealed in plastic before shipping. Packages from Amazon with standard shipping to the U.S. usually arrive in a few business days.
Shipping is free to customers in the contiguous U.S. Amazon will also ship to people in Alaska, Hawaii, and other countries for additional fees.
Amazon’s standard return trial backs both pillows. You may request a return anytime within 30 days of delivery. Returns are free for customers in all 50 states. International returns may incur return shipping fees. Any returns past the return window or damaged returns will receive partial refunds, starting at 80% of the purchase price.
Sleep Is the Foundation backs the pillows with a one-year limited warranty against structural defects. The warranty can be activated through the Sleepfoundation.org website after purchasing.
The warranty covers defects from manufacturing. Normal wear and tear is not covered. Terms and conditions apply.