Side sleeping may be the most popular sleeping position, but back sleepers come in a close second. I like sleeping on my back, and it turns out, it’s great for your spine. Plus, sleeping on your back reduces the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux (if the head of your bed is properly elevated) and even reducing the risk of wrinkles.
If you’re a back sleeper, you know how important finding the right pillow is — especially if you have neck pain. The best pillow for back sleepers shouldn’t be too lofty (high) or too flat; it should be somewhere in the middle. The right pillow should also keep your neck and spine aligned when you lie down for the night. After personally testing more pillows than I can fit on one bed, I rounded up the best pillows for back sleepers. Here’s what I found.
The best overall pillow for back sleepers
The best overall pillow for back sleepers is the Coop Eden Cool Plus Pillow. This pillow is adjustable (meaning you can add and remove the filling to your liking), made of high-quality, shredded memory foam that’s CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold Certified and keeps your neck and spine supported and aligned. Another perk of this pillow is that it’s cool to the touch and great for hot sleepers. It even made our list of the best cooling pillows.
How we tested the best pillow for back sleepers
During my testing, I considered price, materials, feel, firmness, height and size. And when I tried each pillow, I checked to see if my neck and spine were aligned, to make sure the pillow was supportive enough for back sleepers.
I’m a combination sleeper, meaning I often switch from sleeping on my side to sleeping on my stomach. Though I’ve tested more than 25 pillows (and another 10 for this article), I thought it would be best to consult a back sleeper for a second opinion. My boyfriend, who’s a strict back sleeper, helped me test and pick these pillows. We both spent a few nights sleeping and lounging on them (my dog, included). The pillows that made this list are truly the best of the best for back sleepers.
Best pillow for back sleepers, 2023
Other pillows I tested for back sleepers
Though these pillows didn’t make my list, some have features worth noting. Here are my honorable mentions.
Factors to consider when choosing a pillow for back sleepers
Look for pillows made with contouring foams like memory, poly and latex foam and other fill like down or down alternatives.
Back sleepers should find a pillow with a loft (height) that is not too high nor too low.
Pillows that are not too firm nor too soft are perfect for back sleepers. Look for pillows that are right down the middle.
A nice pillow can cost you anywhere from $50 to $100. Pillows with higher-quality materials may be over $150 or $200.
You don’t have to commit to a pillow. Look at the trial period to see how long you have to test it out.
Best pillows for back sleepers compared
|Price||Size(s)||Firmness||Materials||Machine washable?||Hypoallergenic?||Trial period|
|Coop Eden Cool Plus Pillow||$139||Queen, king||Adjustable||Shredded memory foam||Cover only||Yes||100 nights|
|Nolah Squishy Pillow||$198||Two queens||Adjustable||Shredded foam||Covery only||Not specified||30 days|
|Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Memory Foam Pillow||$129||Queen, king||Medium||Memory foam||Cover only||Yes||30 days|
|Bear Pillow||$150||Standard, king||Medium||Latex and memory “hybrid” foam||No||Yes||30 nights|
|Purple Harmony Pillow||$199||Standard, king||Medium||Latex||Cover only||Yes||100 nights|
|Avocado Green Pillow||$109||Standard, queen and king||Medium||Shredded latex and cotton||Cover only||Yes||100 days|
|Brooklinen Down Pillow||$109||Standard, king||Medium||Down clusters and feathers||No||Not specified||365 days|
|Casper Original Pillow||$65||Standard, king||Medium||Polyester fiber, down alternative||Yes||Not specified||30 nights|
|Helix Wedge Pillow||$109||Standard||Medium-firm||Gel memory foam and poly foam||Cover only||Yes||100 nights|