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Pillows Performance

As you compare low-priced pillows, remember that different stores don't carry the same brands or models. Most pillows are sold by only one or two retailers and pillow reviews by users are generally posted on that vendor's site.

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The lack of variety in pillow review sites merely reflects the limited number of outlets that carry a particular pillow, not the pillow's inherent value.

Budget Pillows Comfort/Support.

There's no sacrifice of comfort or support when you choose the right cheap pillow, according to consumers' pillows reviews. The Simmons Beautyrest Latex Pillow, for example, earns extremely high marks from users posting pillows reviews at Walmart; consumers dub it the queen of pillows, and one user says it's perfectly supportive without being too firm. Pillows reviews of the Ralph Lauren Down Alternative Pillow are also very strong; it's just the right level of firmness to suit both a side sleeper and a stomach sleeper, notes one user in a pillows review on Macy's. Another cheap pillow garnering good user reviews is the Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow; users posting pillows reviews at Walgreens say it's quite comfortable once you get used to it, and one reviewer writes that it provides the support and comfort needed to cope with a spinal cord injury. The Mainstays Dream Puff Bed Pillow is one of the most reviewed pillows at Walmart, where 150 of 215 users give it a five-star rating, noting it's supportive, strong, firm but soft, comfortable, and high quality for a really good price.

When it comes to cheap memory foam pillows, consumers' assessments vary. Users posting pillows reviews on the Target website say the Memory Foam Contour Pillow is uncomfortable; one user reports that she woke up feeling as though someone had shot her in the back of the head, and it took an entire day of sitting upright with a neck pillow to feel better. On the other hand, users seem to like the Contour Products Cloud Memory Foam Pillow. Pillows reviews at Walgreens describe this model as "wonderful," saying it's comfortable and supportive, and a user commenting on Amazon reports that it provides excellent neck support.

Pillows Shape.

Some pillows maintain their shape better than others, and as noted above, they may need occasional fluffing and shaking. In a pillows review on Amazon, one user expresses a strong liking for the Ralph Lauren Down Alternative Pillow because it doesn't get "slumpy," while another user review at Macy's says these pillows have retained their shape perfectly since the day she bought them and she intends to buy more. The Simmons Beautyrest Latex Pillow garners endorsements in pillows reviews on Walmart for its ability to hold its shape; one user calls it the best pillow ever and bemoans wasting so much money on other pillows that went flat or lumpy. A super-cheap pillow that stays true to form is the Mainstays Dream Puff Bed Pillow, say pillows reviews on Walmart. Buckwheat pillows, on the other hand, aren't supposed to maintain their original shape because they conform to the sleeper, which is why one user posting a pillows review on Amazon is partial to the Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow; you push the hulls around until you find the best comfort and support and then don't worry about its losing that shape. One pillow that maintains its shape to the point of being painful, according to pillows reviews at Target, is the Memory Foam Contour Pillow. Consumers say it's stiff and agonizing to sleep on and it pillow smells terrible; one user says it even makes her nauseous.

Pillows Durability.

Most of the pillows on our list last quite a long while, according to pillows reviews by consumers. Users posting on Amazon praise the durability of the Simmons Beautyrest Latex Pillow, and one user writes that he received a set of these pillows as a wedding gift years ago and has since bought several others, and all are still going strong. Consumers trust the durability of the Ralph Lauren Down Alternative pillows largely because of the brand, say pillows reviews at Macy's -- a perception shared by Bon-Ton Stores shoppers, who say the pillows are beautifully designed and comfortable. We didn't find many comments about the durability of the Mainstays Dream Puff Bed Pillow, and it may be that users don't care how long they last because they're so cheap and they come with a four-year limited warranty. The Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow scores well on the durability scale with users posting pillows reviews at Target; some report they have used the same pillow for 15 years. Although the Memory Foam Contour Pillow doesn't garner horrible reviews on Overstock.com, users' comments are quite mixed, with one saying these pillows are low quality, made of fake memory foam, and don't last long.

by Raechel Conover (Google+ Profile)

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