Did you know that you should change your pillow every one to two years? At least that's what the National Sleep Foundation recommends. There are several reasons why. Chiefly, pillows collect hair, body oils and dead skin cells, which can cause them to become smelly and/or attract allergens such as dust mites.
Back in June, I decided to go on the hunt for a new pillow. I started having some neck pain each morning I woke up and the pillow was beginning to lose its fluffiness. After a lengthy search, I turned to Tuft & Needle. The Arizona-based company was co-founded in 2012 by Daehee Park and J.T. Marino, two software engineers from Silicon Valley who were tired of the status quo in the mattress industry. You know: pushy salesmen, lack of transparency and unfair practices. Tuft & Needle's biography page does a nice job of summarizing Park and Marino's rationale for co-founding the company: buying a supposed "premium" mattress or bedding product for hundreds or thousands of dollars all for it not to be the most comfortable and impossible to return. Tuft & Needle was born from that pent up frustration and what's different is the company provides its products at what it claims to be fair prices while also offering a 100-Night Trial. This gives customers peace of mind that they can try out the products and request a refund if things don't work out. This is also what sets Tuft & Needle apart from the traditional mattress and bedding stores.
The construction (pictured left) of the &Pillow, as it's named, is pretty simple. First, Tuft & Needle utilizes its specially designed, T&N Adaptive Foam™ found in its mattresses and tailored into one piece for the base of the pillow. A thin, protective sleeve covers the foam, followed by an outer pillowcase made of Tencil fibers, which create an unbelievably soft feel that's both hypoallergenic and breathable. Fun fact: according to Tuft & Needle's website, the fabric used in the products comes from a family-owned textile mill in the Carolinas.
By now, you may be thinking that the &Pillow sounds pretty nice. But does it meet the grand descriptions it receives on Tuft & Needle's website? I'd say yes.
For starters, I'm not a huge fan of foam mattresses or pillows. It always seemed like foam material was too hard and uncomftable for me. I expected the T&N Adaptive Foam™ to be more of the same - but it wasn't, actually. The foam is soft to the touch yet it provides strong support to my head and neck. I also don't feel like my head is sinking in the pillow or is lofted too much. The Tencil pillowcase is absolutely dreamy, being very soft to the touch and providing an extra layer of comfort. The pillow sleeps cool, which is a huge plus. In fact, I've gotten the same, comfortable sleep laying on either side of it - something I haven't really been able to say about a pillow before. What's more, the pillow has not lost a bit of its fluffiness since I first used it (a little more than a month), thanks to the foam responding quickly after raising your head and not flattening. At $75 for a standard size ($100 for a king) the price point may seem a bit high. But if you're willing to spend more than usual on a pillow, then quality - and a good night's sleep - will be your reward. I think the &Pillow is a worthwhile investment. It resolved my pillow search and now I sleep more comfortably without the neck pain.
I Give It An: A
Editor's Note: The opinions set forth in this review reflect my personal experience with the product. I did not receive any monetary or other compensation in exchange for writing this review.