Whether you're going through menopause, dealing with a medical condition, or simply sleeping in a too-hot room, dealing with night sweats can take a toll on your well-being. These cooling pillows will help you get the comfortable sleep you need.
There's nothing worse than trying to fall asleep when you're overheated. Whether you naturally run hot, are going through menopause, or are simply trying to stay cool in a bedroom without air conditioning, night sweats can prevent you from getting enough shut-eye—which in turn can take a serious toll on your health. And although investing in cooling bed sheets can make a big difference, the type of pillow you're using is also important.
There are countless cooling pillows on the market, but Christopher Winter, MD, medical director of Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center and author of the upcoming book The Sleep Solution, says not all are created equal. He recommends choosing a bamboo pillow that has a shredded latex filling or a gel pillow if you don't mind the heavier texture.
One type to avoid? "I don't like the gel pads that you place across a pillow," he says. "It feels like you are sleeping on a magazine."
Here are customer-approved pillows that will keep you cool even on your hottest nights.
- Best Gel: Coop Home Goods Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
- Best Foam: Classic Brands Cool Sleep Ventilated Gel Memory Foam
- Best Plush: Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows
- Best Travel: Malouf Shredded Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow
- Best Customizable: Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow
- Best Luxury: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
- Best Budget: Coolzon Bed Pillows
- Best Temperature Control: Therapedic Polar Nights Cooling Pillow
- Best for Allergies: WonderSleep Dream Rite Memory Foam Pillow
- Best Double-Sided: Columbia Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow
- Best for Neck Pain: The Purple Pillow
Best Gel: Coop Home Goods Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
By infusing the memory foam filling with cooling gel and opting for a bamboo-based pillow encasing, Coop Home created the perfect design to keep you sweat-free until morning. Better yet, this pillow can be personalized to your preferred loft level, whether that means removing excess filling or adding extra foam from the spare half-pound included with every purchase. And if all the small details—a washable cover, hypoallergenic materials, and eco-friendly fabric—don’t add up for you, you have 100 days to return.
Best Foam: Classic Brands Cool Sleep Ventilated Gel Memory Foam
Every element of this pillow is created with cooling in mind: The foam is infused with gel, the pillow is ventilated for airflow, and the outer sweat-wicking cover disperses body heat. A good choice for side and back sleepers thanks to its gusseted sides, the plush pick is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.
Best Plush: Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows
This luxuriously soft pillow has a secret: It feels like a normal down pillow, but it’s actually filled with gel-coated microfibers to promote cooling. Made from 100% cotton, the hypoallergenic design is ideal for any sleep position and comes in both queen and king sizes. Between its 65,000 perfect ratings and its spot at the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling bed pillows, the stain-resistant pick is bound to impress—and you won’t have to share, because it comes in a two-pack.
Best Travel: Malouf Shredded Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow
On the go? Get a good night's sleep anywhere in the world (even an airplane) with this miniature travel gel pillow from Malouf, which has a shredded gel filling and bamboo velour cover. It won’t ship until April, but you can enjoy the queen- or king-sized options in the meantime.
Best Customizable: Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow
Whether you’re a stomach, back, or side sleeper, this pillow can be customized to your preference. Its shredded memory foam filling can be added or removed to find the ideal level of support. Although the filling isn’t infused like other picks on the list, the vented bamboo cover makes up for it with special cooling technology that promotes airflow and regulates body temperature. Need another reason to add yourself to the list of 2,000 fans? It’s machine-washable and hypoallergenic.
Best Luxury: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
Best Budget: Coolzon Bed Pillows
Best Temperature Control: Therapedic Polar Nights Cooling Pillow
Motion activates the cooling tech in the memory foam and fiberfill of this high-end pick, so you get all-night temperature control. In fact, the reactive technology in this option promises to keep you 25 times cooler than a traditional pillow—whether you’re a side, back, or front sleeper.
Best for Allergies: WonderSleep DreamRite Memory Foam Pillow
Reviewers with allergies turned to this customizable pillow when it was time to replace their old ones—and many reported the shredded memory foam filling didn’t cause adverse reactions. That’s because the bamboo and polyester design is a naturally hypoallergenic pick, as well as a cooling one.
Best Double-Sided: Columbia Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow
Not sure if it’s airflow or body heat making you sweat through the night? This double-sided design addresses both issues with two types of cooling tech: the Omni-Freeze and Omni-Wick. The former keeps the pillow cool-to-the-touch, while the latter helps sweat evaporate to keep you dry. To top it off, the medium-firm pillow is also extra supportive for the head, neck, and shoulders.