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Wedge pillows have all sorts of benefits, from helping you sleep in a comfortable position to controlling acid reflux at night. But the amount of choices seems endless.
We’ve compiled a list of wedge pillows based on considerations when shopping and break down the features along with pros and cons to help make your choice easier.
We chose these wedge pillows based on selections for:
- quality of pillow covering and stuffing material
- allergy-friendliness (aka is it hypoallergenic?)
- ability to adjust the pillow
- ease of maintenance and cleaning of pillow
- customer reviews
- trustworthiness of manufacturer
- certifications and endorsements
Wedge pillows are a specialty item and, in some cases, considered a medical expense. They tend to be a little more expensive than regular cotton or down pillows.
This means that wedge pillows cover a wide range of price, from as low as $50 or less up to $150 or more.
Pricing can vary widely, so here’s our quick reference guide to the price range for each pillow selection:
- $ = under $50
- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = over $100
It doesn’t get much simpler and more affordable than this wedge pillow from Walmart’s in-house Mainstays brand. It’s made of 100 percent polyester and has a machine-washable cover.
Measuring 24.5 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 8 inches high, this pillow can fit many sizes and configurations of mattress tops. You can use it easily with your other pillows. It’s good for mild or temporary reflux.
This pillow can last for years if you take care of it, but its material quality is lower than other options. It may lose its firmness over time.
The Yorkshire Home extra-high bed wedge is an affordable wedge pillow with a simple design and reliably firm memory foam interior.
Its standard 24- by 24- by 11-inch size makes it fit comfortably on almost any bed while also providing a large incline.
This pillow is part of one of Target’s most popular home brands and can be found almost anywhere for a reasonable price. It’s partially made from sustainable bamboo fiber.
Because it’s on the lower end of the price spectrum, the outer materials may start to wear sooner than other, more expensive wedge pillows.
The Zuma foam wedge pillow gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It contains CertiPUR-US certified memory foam and is made of rayon derived from sustainable bamboo fibers.
This pillow comes in three incline sizes: 7 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches. Larger incline sizes may be better for use with reflux, upper body pain, and breathing issues.
The memory foam used in this pillow has sometimes been reviewed as feeling too firm or hard after frequent use.
Helix is a pillow brand well known for its proprietary gel-based memory foam and hypoallergenic pillow design, manufactured entirely in the United States.
This pillow comes in a standard 24- by 24- by 10-inch size that’s easy to use with any mattress size. It works well for a variety of conditions, like acid reflux and chronic pain.
This pillow may seem to have no frills for its somewhat high price. But it features a 100-night sleep trial like the Casper pillow and a 1-year warranty in case you’re ultimately not satisfied.
The Miracle Wedge pillow is hypoallergenic and has a machine-washable cover you can take off. It’s 24 by 24 inches and inclines about 7 inches.
The Miracle Wedge is good for side sleepers and also has a 3-year warranty in case it’s defective or you decide it’s not working for you. The incline also makes it ideal for managing acid reflux.
Medslant is a larger wedge pillow measuring 32 inches by 32 inches. It has a 7-inch incline that’s good for both side sleepers and back sleepers. There’s also a 24-by-32 folding version more convenient for travel or for tight spaces.
The cover and pillow materials are all made of polyurethane that’s hypoallergenic and doesn’t emit a lot of factory odors, which are common in cheaper wedge pillows.
It’s also safe to use in cribs or your child’s bed, as well as for acid reflux.
The Xtra-Comfort bed wedge pillow has a steep incline that’s adjustable for use when sleeping as well as when sitting up in bed reading or using the computer. The steep incline is good for moderate to severe acid reflux.
The standard pillow measures 22 inches wide and 12 inches deep.
The pillow is stuffed with memory foam that retains its shape even after long periods of use. It also has a removable, washable cover and handle on top for easy carrying during travel, or even just moving from room to room.
This pillow raises your head up 12 inches for maximum acid reflux control. The pillow contains memory foam and a washable, removable cover made of sustainable bamboo fibers.
This pillow’s also good for neck, shoulder, and back pain, spreading out the muscles and joints in your upper body to minimize cramps and aches.
The Contour Living foam bed wedge is a full-body wedge pillow that provides different levels of support up and down your body to reduce pressure and raise your upper body to reduce reflux.
Each section of this bed wedge can be pulled apart or zipped together for customizable support or easier travel. It’s made of polyurethane foam with a fleece cover that’s removable and washable.
This pillow may be difficult to take apart or put back together, especially if you have chronic pain that limits movement in your shoulders or upper body.
The Hammacher Schlemmer is another adjustable wedge pillow that’s triangular-shaped when folded up. It’s made from a dense polyurethane foam that helps maintain firmness and comfort.
The modular design makes this pillow good for adjusting the angle for lying down and sitting up. The company also guarantees a lifetime warranty in case the product is defective.
The Hammacher Schlemmer company has a long history and is also employee-owned, meaning that your purchase supports those who work at the company rather than investors or shareholders.
The Reflux Guard is a mattress-sized wedge pillow around 60 inches long that elevates your mattress for a gentle, full-body incline. It’s designed for people with severe acid reflux or conditions like Barrett’s esophagus.
Doctors commonly suggest full-mattress wedges and bed lifters as tools to manage gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at night.
This adjustable pillow is made for almost all mattress sizes, from twin to California king. The pillow contains high-grade polyurethane foam, and the entire cover can be removed and washed.
It’s also designed and manufactured in the United States.
You may find yourself sliding down your mattress, or the pillow may make your mattress feel too hard to you.
The Avana Comfort mattress elevator is a similar mattress-sized wedge pillow that’s adjustable from 1 inch to 7 inches for various degrees of incline for moderate to severe GERD and reflux.
The foam inside the pillow is CertiPUR-US certified for less odors than typical pillows. You can also buy optional washable covers to help protect the pillow.
As with other mattress wedges, you may shift toward the foot of your mattress while you’re sleeping, or the pillow can firm up your mattress too much for your liking.
Here are some rules of thumb for assessing pillow quality and features:
- Get a pillow that’s CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified for less chemical odor. Chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can off-gas from factory materials and make pillows smell funny. CertiPUR-US or Greenguard Gold certified pillows tend to off-gas less and don’t smell as much.
- Get at least 7 inches of height. A good wedge pillow provides at least 7 inches for a gradual but effective incline that keeps acid down and relieves pressure on the neck and back.
- Get latex or foam fillers. Tall pillows with steep inclines tend to maintain their shape longer with firm but supportive materials like latex or memory foam. Feather or down pillows tend to compress over time.
Here’s a longer list of considerations you can keep in mind to help you decide whether a wedge pillow is right for you:
- Is it available in local stores in case you need to buy it in person or return it to the store?
- Is the manufacturer easy to contact through their website or customer support phone number in case you have an issue with your pillow?
- Does it come with a cover? Do you have to buy the cover separately?
- Is the cover removable? Is the cover or the pillow itself washable? This helps keep the pillow clean and free of dust mites or bacteria.
- Are there other covers for different tastes and styles?
- Does the pillow address your health needs? Do you still have symptoms when you use it?
- Is the degree of incline steep enough to stabilize your body or address acid reflux symptoms? Research has found 45 degrees to be an optimal angle for reflux.
If you have acid reflux or a chronic pain condition, a good wedge pillow can be the difference between sleeping or not, along with the possible complications of chronic pain or continual acid in your throat.
But a good wedge pillow can also simply make it easier to sleep and ensure that you get an even better quality of sleep that helps you wake up feeling like you’ve actually gotten enough rest.