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8 of the best pillows for back pain in 2021
Get a pillow that cradles the natural curvature of your neck while providing you the support, comfort and relief you need to get a good night's rest.
Colby Maxwell
11.08.21

When it comes to the important things in life, sleep is EASILY top three! If your sleep suffers, you suffer. All it takes is one night of insomnia to remind you that nobody is a good person when they haven’t had enough sleep! Thankfully, we live in a time where you can almost always find a solution to a problem.

If you are struggling with back pain at night, there are a few super easy solutions you can look into that could make a drastic difference. The first step many people take? Pillows!

There are tons of custom pillows designed specifically for back pain.

Having the right pillow allows your neck to rest comfortably, can align your spine, and reduce pain and pressure points.

The wrong pillow can intensify headaches, neck and back pain, shoulder and arm numbness, discomfort, sneezing, and wheezing. Therefore it is important to know how your pillow can affect these things. The pillow itself won’t be the cause of any of these problems, but a bad one can exacerbate many of the underlying symptoms. – Sleep Maker
We know the negative, but what about the positive?
The best pillow for back pain will vary from person to person. Using the right pillow for comfort and support will make a significant difference in alleviating or preventing back and neck pain. Sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist says, “Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how well we rest and recharge.” – Sleep Maker

Instead of leaving you high and dry (and maybe in pain), we went ahead and put a list together of our favorite pillows for back pain

If you are waking up in the morning with stiffness, pain, or discomfort, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out the list below!

Best Overall: Dosaze Orthopedic

Best Adjustable: Sleepgram

Most Novel: Purple Pillow

Best Hypoallergenic: Go Home

Best Down Alternative: LL Bean

Best Plush: Buffy Cloud

Best Memory Foam: Bluewave Memory Foam

Best for Positional Guidance: YourFace

Best Overall – Dosaze Orthopedic – C$148.77

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The Dosaze is all we want in a pillow and a little extra! Specifically designed to provide ergonomic support through contoured foam, the Dosaze is made to help with neck and back pain. It uses a Luxe Memory Foam construction and is soft enough for side, stomach, and back sleepers, but firm enough to provide the needed support. Additionally, it’s naturally cooling and has an anti-microbial fabric to reduce smells and germs. All of these things, along with the competitive price, make this our #1 choice.

Best Adjustable – Sleepgram – C$161

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Sleepgram

The Sleepgram is on our list because of how easy it is to adjust! Not all pillows are created equal, sure, but not all people like the same thing, either! With the Sleepgram, you get a quality pillow that can conform specifically to your needs. To adjust the Sleepgram, all you need to do is unzip the casing on the side and adjust to one of their three firmness settings.

Best Novel – Purple Pillow – C$249

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Purple went REALLY hard with their advertisement campaigns, but it doesn’t seem to be all fluff! Their pillows are some of the nicest out there, even if they are among the most expensive. We put Purple as the best “novel” option because of the new technology that they implement. Using their “purple grid” technology, they distribute weight and pressure better than their competitors. For someone with back pain, that’s great news. Additionally, it’s cooling and comes with boosters to get your head to the most comfortable height possible.

Best Hypoallergenic – Go Home – C$56.99

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Not all pillows have to be expensive! The Go Home is a great example of that, especially since it comes in a 2-pack! The main selling points for these pillows is their price and their hypoallergic construction. If you need a solid 2-pack that meets all the basics and is known for helping with back pain, check out the Go Home.

Best Down Alternative – LL Bean – C$55 – C$85

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LL Bean is a big name in the world and when it comes to quality, they do it right. With down, many people like the features of down, but don’t want to deal with a lot of the ethical concerns of it. As a result, finding a good down alternative is important. The LL Bean down alternative pillow is comes with lots of different fill options, is machine wash and dry safe, and is available in a lot of different sizes.

Best Plush – Buffy Cloud – C$85

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For many, a classic pillow can’t be beaten. You don’t want memory foam this and cooling gel that, you just want a solid pillow that can help with back pain. If that sounds like you, check out the Buffy Cloud. It’s inexpensive, customizable, and offers firmness adjustability through their website. Besides all that, its plush construction gives a classic pillow feel, but with the option to up your firmness when buying. It’s also GRS Certified and sustainable.

Best Memory Foam – Bluewave – C$59.95

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Memory foam is the best of the best in many people’s opinions. It’s firm, yet always perfectly contoured to any shape that’s pressing on it. Also, we were all indoctrinated after seeing endless commercials of people jumping on a bed without a wine glass spilling. Still, lots of people love it! The Bluewave is our choice for a memory foam pillow that can help with back pain. It has a cooling gel layer (since foam can retain heat) and is designed for optimal cervical neck alignment.

Best for Positional Guidance – YourFace – C$165.97

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Look, we know, sleeping on your back is ideal. That doesn’t mean it’s always comfortable! Stomach sleeping, sadly, can result in facial acne, neck strain, and consequently, back pain. As we get older, it gets more important that we sleep on our backs, no matter how much we hate it at first. If you struggle with that, YourFace might be a great option for you. Essentially, they designed the pillow to keep you from flipping over in the night to lay on your stomach, preventing you from potentially hurting your neck. If you are ready to brute-force your way into healthier sleeping, this is the option for you!

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By Colby Maxwell
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Colby Maxwell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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