The Sleep Foundation’s Daniel Noyed spotlighted Cariloha’s bamboo Retreat Pillow it their article, Best Bamboo Pillows. They talk about the unique bamboo pillow varieties, their construction, and how to find a bamboo pillow that’s just right for you. Sleep Foundation provides helpful, fact-checked reviews and reports on a variety of sleep products.
Best Bamboo Pillows
By Sleep Foundation
As more sleepers are seeking out natural materials for their bedding, bamboo pillows have enjoyed a surge in popularity. Bamboo has many advantages over other traditional pillow fabric and fill materials. The process of growing and harvesting bamboo can be more sustainable than other textile crops like cotton, which require larger amounts of water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Bamboo materials are also naturally durable, cooling, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic.
However, bamboo pillows can vary widely from brand to brand. This includes their general construction as well as the type of bamboo fabric and interior fill used. With a higher price tag than your average pillow, it’s important to know exactly what sets the best bamboo pillows apart. Our comprehensive guide will cover everything you need to know so you can determine whether a bamboo pillow is right for you. We’ll break down the different bamboo fabrics, common types of fill material, differences in pillow constructions, and how to tell if a certain pillow will work for your unique comfort preferences.
Best Overall: Cariloha Retreat Pillow
Price: $129 -Standard $139 – King
Fill: 100% bamboo charcoal memory foam
Firmness: Medium Firm
Who it’s best for:
Those who usually sleep hot on foam-filled pillows
Sleepers with neck pain
Customers who prefer the conforming feel of memory foam
Pressure-relieving memory foam fill
Bamboo-derived material stays cool to the touch
The Cariloha Retreat Pillow combines the softness from bamboo-derived viscose with pressure-relieving memory foam. The cover material is naturally breathable and wicks away moisture, making it a strong choice for hot sleepers as well.
The outer cover is composed of 100% bamboo-derived viscose, while the inner lining is made from a blend of microfiber and viscose. These materials stay breathable while providing exceptional softness. Charcoal-infused memory foam makes up the middle fill, contouring to relieve pain and pressure points in the neck and shoulders. Combining the memory foam fill and the medium firm (6) feel supports the head to promote healthy spinal alignment and prevent pain.
Cariloha offers free shipping to the contiguous U.S. for all orders of $100 or more. If you are not satisfied with the Retreat Pillow, you can send it back to the company within 30 days of delivery.
What is a Bamboo Pillow?
With more consumers interested in bedding made from natural plant and animal fibers, bamboo pillows have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. Bamboo pillows typically contain a memory foam or bamboo fiber fill encased in a woven outer cover made with fibers derived from bamboo, a fast-growing grass. This creates a plush yet firm and supportive pillow with a cover that is soft to the touch but still durable.
Bamboo pillows with memory foam fill may either be solid or shredded. Shredded memory foam, memory foam that has been torn into small pieces, allows sleepers to more freely adjust the loft of their pillow depending on their preferred sleep position.
The bamboo-derived pillows covers are made from 100% bamboo fiber. Bamboo is frequently touted for its benefits over other common materials such as cotton and synthetics. Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, lightweight, and cooling.
However, bamboo is often combined with other materials to create a hybrid woven material for the pillow cover. This can improve the softness of the material while retaining the best features of bamboo fabric.
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