We’ve analyzed 172 reviews of water pillows (read about our accurate unbiased method), and compared pillows side-by-side, scored them according to a range of factors including comfort, pain relief potential, durability, initial odor and heat retention ability.
Below, you will find top rated pillows (click on the product name to read the full review).
Table of Contents
As obvious from the name, water pillow is made up of water with a layer of polyester fiber that prevents water from leaking. The water capacity in these pillows is commonly 5 quart with slight change in different versions.
The two most common types of water pillows are chiroflow and mediflow but not with much difference. The most renowned manufacturer of water pillows is Mediflow, inc. Water pillows are customizable for height and firmness as users have control over the quantity of water they want to keep inside the pillow.
Another popular form of water pillows is Chillow Pillow, also known as cooling pillows because of their cooling features. The pillow consists of foam that is saturated in water to absorb heat and to keep the surface cool.
Health Benefits of Water Pillow
Water pillows are known for their pain relief capability as it shapes into contour. The customizable shape, size and firmness make it a good choice for people with different sleeping styles. It provides a good lift to head and shoulders keeping body in neutral position. According to one review website, 30% of the users claimed that they are impressed by the pain relief capability of water pillows. The percentage of users acknowledging pain relief potential is higher than any other pillow discussed on the website. Water pillows are also hypoallergenic that can help people with allergies.
Praises and Complaints
Water pillows are praised for their pain relief ability. Users also rated price and support positively. The pillow provides constant support during the night as water adjusts quickly when you move during sleep. As the height is adjustable, it is friendly for all sleeping styles. The loft and firmness is also adjustable. They are also without any unpleasant order in most cases with minimal heat retention.
One of the most common complaints is about the weight that is more than any other type of pillow. A fully filled pillow can weight more than 15 pounds. It is also not easy to care as people need to refill or remove water if they want to customize height. They are also not moldable.
Lifespan and Warranty
Lifespan of water pillow is between 2 to 4 years with most manufacturers offering 2 to 3 years of warranty.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Maintenance is one of the down sides of water pillows. Adding and removing water is not easy. Manufacturers advise to change water at least once a year. The covers are washable by machine and can be dried in open air.
Water pillows are praised for their affordability and low prices. Average price ranges from $35 to $40.
How to Choose?
Durability is an issue with these pillows as water leakage is a major concern. Make sure to choose a manufacturer who ensures longer durability or longer warranty. Also check pillows for noise as it is also another complaint by users. You may also want a pillow that makes it convenient for you to add or remove water. You have to do some experiment with the water quantity in the pillow before settling for the best comfort level for you.