Pillow Guide: How to Choose the Right Pillow

Pillow Guide: How to Choose the Right Pillow

By Parachute
Whether you want something super cushy or firmly flat, we’re here to save you from the tossing and turning uncertainty that comes with finding the perfect pillow.

Sleep goals: the right sheets (check), the perfect pillow (keep reading) and a solid source of natural light (that one’s on you).

The right pillow is a very personal choice. One or many? Big and thick or little and lean? Above all, it’s like your momma said: What’s on the inside is what really counts. Our pillows are made with all natural down or down alternative filling covered with a 100% sateen cotton shell for comfort and protection. With that in mind, here’s your guide on choosing the correct Parachute pillow for your sleeping preference: soft, medium, or firm.

Identify Your Sleep Style

A pillow’s number one function is to align your head and neck with your spine while you sleep. Chances are you stare at the screen at your desk or in your hand all day. This all puts an extraordinary amount of strain on your neck which makes up to 17% of your spine (fun fact). Give your neck a rest and make sure it gets proper alignment. Your sleep style dictates what kind of support you need, so, let’s start there:

Back Sleeper 

Beware of a pillow that pushes your head too far forward, which could lead to a stiff neck in the morning. A profile of four to six inches is ideal. The takeaway: This position is usually most comfortable with a medium amount of support—choose medium.

Coyuchi Serenity Organic Latex Pillow
Soft, supportive, and extraordinarily comfortable, our shaped Serenity Pillow redefines sleep support. It’s designed for proper spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your head and neck.
Avocado Molded Organic Latex Pillow
Need more from your pillow? We designed our Molded Latex Pillow for back- and side-sleepers and others in need of a firmer pillow for greater neck support.
Nectar Memory Foam Pillow
We created the Nectar pillow because our patented mattress proved to us that memory foam is a much better material to sleep on than fibers or feathers. One size doesn’t fit all - which is why we designed Nectar so you can easily adjust pillow firmness.


Stomach Sleeper

Some stomach sleepers are comfortable with no pillow at all, since their necks rest in a neutral position. If a bed without a pillow feels incomplete, opt for a Pillow on the thinner side. A super plump pillow forces a stomach sleeper’s head into a pinched angle. The takeaway: This position generally requires the least amount of support—go with soft.

Belly Sleeper Pillow
Have you ever noticed how stomach sleepers get ignored in the market? We understand, it's not the most popular sleeping position.
Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Activated Charcoal Pillow
Mindfully designed for the ultimate night of healing sleep, our Crystal Cove Pillows feature activated charcoal-infused memory foam for a luxury plush feel that is naturally cooling. Because no wool is used, it's completely vegan.
Casper Original Pillow
You want a pillow that’s soft, but also supportive. Now you don’t have to pick one or the other. An innovative pillow-in-pillow design. The inner pillow is supportive, while the outer pillow adds a soft touch of fluff.  If gusset isn’t a word in your vocabulary, it should be. It’s the backbone...


Side Sleeper

You’re in good company—studies show that up to 69% of people sleep on their side. This position also creates the widest distance between your ear and shoulder, so maintaining alignment requires a lot of loft. The takeaway: This position needs the most support—select firm.

Parachute Down Alternative Side Sleeper Pillow
Break the wake, flip and fluff cycle of side sleeping on a regular pillow. Our medium-density side sleeper pillow offers unparalleled support and perfect plushness.
Sleep Yoga Side Sleeper Arm Rest Pillow
Keeps your shoulder joint alignment and reward yourself with a nice hug. Ideal for side sleepers. Each Sleep Yoga® Posture pillow was designed with the help of a Chiropractor and is made in Southern California.
Parachute Down Side Sleeper Pillow
Break the wake, flip and fluff cycle of side sleeping on a regular pillow. Our medium-density side sleeper pillow offers unparalleled support and perfect plushness.



Know Your Pillow Fill

Pillows can be stuffed with anything. We set out to design a pillow that was comfortable but also easy to care for, which ruled out uber-natural materials like buckwheat and horsehair. We also needed our pillows to stay cool in warm temperatures without firming up when temperatures drop – eliminating synthetics like memory foam and latex. Thus, we created two fill options: all natural European white down and premium microfiber down alternative.

Down 

Tried and true, down fill has staying power for good reason: It offers the best of both worlds. It’s supportive and durable but also fluffy and light. Parachute’s down pillows boast a fill power of 750, which translates to a plump fill with a high percentage of down clusters and larger than average down cluster size (AKA dream zone).

Snowe Down Pillow
Dive head first into sleep better than you ever thought possible with premium French down inside the softest sateen shell. The super-high fill power makes tossing and turning a thing of the past. Typically, side sleepers prefer firm, back sleepers prefer medium, and stomach sleepers prefer soft.
Casper Down Pillow
Filled with 100% ethically sourced down feathers for natural, luxurious comfort. Advanced design. Adaptable to any sleep position, our 5-chamber structure combines breathability with support.   Responsibly sourced down.
Parachute Down Pillow
Rest your head on supreme plushness. 750 fill power European white down is what gives our pillows the luxurious, supportive-yet-airy quality that makes them so comfortable. Available in three densities: soft, medium and firm – choose what suits your sleep style.


Down Alternative

If you have dust or seasonal allergies or prefer vegan home Decor, a feather fill may leave you sniffling while you snooze. Your best bet is a hypoallergenic down alternative. A modern microfiber fill (like the one used by Parachute) mimics the density of pure down, providing support without irritating sensitive systems.

Parachute Down Alternative Pillow
Rest your head on supreme plushness. Our microfiber fill is perfect for someone who wants a hypoallergenic alternative with the support and loftiness of down. Available in three densities: soft, medium and firm – choose what suits your sleep style.
Allswell Down Alt Pillow
Our down-alternative pillow is every bit as luxe as the finest of feathered options.
Snowe Down Alternative Pillow
Get all the plumpness and fluff of a down pillow... without the down. This one is stuffed with near-magical hypoallergenic fill that will help you rack up all the hours of sleep you ever dreamed of.  Pillow density is a personal preference.


Wait, What About The Euro?

Hey, being a square isn’t a bad thing! Euro pillows are the secret to a well-dressed bed. Add another layer of comfort and support to your bed with a perfectly appointed euro. More for decoration than for sleep, our euro pillows are made of 5% down and 95% feather fill.

Parachute Down Alternative Euro Pillow
You’ll love the volume and depth this layering pillow adds to the look of your bed. It’s also the perfect thing for propping yourself up while reading a few pages before sleep.
Parachute Linen Euro Sham
A single square Sham for your Euro Pillow. Provides back support and adds depth and decoration to your bed.
Parachute Feather Euro Pillow
You’ll love the volume and depth this layering pillow adds to the look of your bed. It’s also the perfect thing for propping yourself up while reading a few pages before sleep.


In Summary

Choosing the best pillow is always a sure way to improve your quality of sleep and ensure you awake feeling rested and refreshed. Be sure to take into account the filling inside of the pillow as well as the position in which you typically sleep as these factors can have a major impact on the type of pillow that is best suited for you.

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