This article shows which body pillows are the highest-rated on several websites. Which body pillows are top-rated? That depends on how the rating is determined. Amazon’s ratings come from customer reviews. Sleep Like the Dead evaluates online responses and remarks of owners of mattresses and pillows. Some sites evaluate products according to particular needs, such as women’s health, spinal health, breathing, blood circulation, etc. Therefore, several factors will figure in pillow ratings.

When we hear, “Pillow,” most of us think of a pillow for our head in bed, or a couch pillow. Also well-known are horseshoe-shaped neck pillows, bolsters, wedge pillows, and maybe dog-bone pillows.

Pillow Types

Less familiar are body pillows, but they are becoming better known and more popular. How well liked they are can be seen in rankings based on customer reviews. On Amazon, the Body Pillow by Snuggle-Pedic has an average customer review rating 0.2 stars higher than their head pillow, the  Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Shredded Memory Foam Pillow. The same is true for the equivalent pillows by Coop Home Goods; the Coop Home Goods Body Pillow leads the Coop Home Goods Original Pillow by 0.2 stars.

What Is a Body Pillow?

A body pillow also called full body pillow, is a pillow long enough to support most of a sleeper’s body. They are made in four basic shapes (named after capital letters they resemble):
I – Long narrow rectangle. This is the standard full body pillow, therefore not usually identified according to its shape.
J – Shaped like a capital J with a prominent serif. One of the shapes preferred by pregnant women.
C – Like the J, but curved at both ends.
U – Like the letter U, it has two long narrow arms joined by a curved portion. It is usually used with the U upside-down.
– Cylindrical, long with a circular cross-section (such as the Squishy Deluxe Microbead Body Pillow).

Why a Body Pillow?

A body pillow is there to support all or most of the body. Many sleepers us an assortment of pillows: one for the head, plus a little one for the neck, one for the lumbar, one under the knees (for a back sleeper) or between the knees (for a side sleeper), a flatter one to cushion the feet, maybe a skinny one under the arm, and/or wedges to elevate the upper body and the legs.

One body pillow can replace all of these, with the possible exception of a wedge or two. Right here we can see a few benefits:

  1. The sleeper does not have to arrange all the pillows before getting into bed, and then adjust them before falling asleep.
  2. Pillows will not shift out of place, causing the sleeper to make adjustments in the night (like tossing and turning).
  3. The extra pillows are not in the way when getting up. And if this is for Nature’s Call, not having to get them all in place again when getting back into bed.

Other benefits of sleeping on a body pillow are cited by several sources:

  1. Body pillows (especially shredded memory foam ones) adjust to the body’s weight and shape, as well as the user’s sleeping position, for more even support. Snuggle-Pedic says this about their Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow: “While the Snuggle-Pedic conforms to the body for proper orthopedic support, the fluffy, yet resilient mixed combination of foam used in our Snuggle-Pedic pillows will adjust to each position you sleep in.” This means pressure point relief and support for the lumbar and neck.
  2. Having part of the pillow between the legs keeps you from rotating your legs and twisting your spine.
  3. This results in proper spinal alignment.
  4. Most body pillow users hug their pillows. Hugging has its own benefits.
    1. It stabilizes the body, holding the neck and back in place.
    2. The emotional effect eases tension and helps one to relax for better, deeper sleep.
    3. It promotes better circulation.
  5. Using a body pillow takes strain off hips and shoulders.
  6. For some, using a body pillow may ease breathing problems, reducing snoring. It may or may not help with sleep apnea, depending on the individual’s condition.

What Are the Ratings?

Here are the best body pillows as rated on Sleep Like the Dead, Amazon (average customer ratings), Consumer Search, New Better Health, Health Listed, and Back Pain Health Center.

In all but the last list, the body pillow by Snuggle-Pedic is ranked #1 (in the last list, it is #2). Where the body pillow by Coop Home Goods is listed, it is #2. Both of these are I-shaped body pillows. Body pillows by Leacho are C-, J-, and U-shaped, shapes preferred by pregnant women and those with certain back conditions. Also notable is the dominance of shredded memory foam for filling the pillows and the use of bamboo derived rayon in the covers of high-rated pillows, both body pillows and all memory foam pillows.

Top-Rated Full Body Pillows on Sleep Like the Dead
http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/body-neck-wedge-pillow-reviews.html#1
Full-body pillows are long pillows designed to provide support and comfort for one’s whole body especially when side sleeping. They tend to be particularly effective for pregnant women. The table below compares body pillows with 86% or greater owner satisfaction based on 200+ consumer experiences.  
 
 
Body Pillow Body Pillow by Snuggle- Pedic Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow 200-Thread Count Body Pillow brushed natural body pillow Pinzon Basics Body Pillow  
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 94% (2055) 92% (882) 89% (204) 89% (230) 86% (1108)  
Price $70 $70 $18 $47 $33  
Length / Width / Height 54″ x 20″ x 7″ 54″ x 20″ x 7″ 54″ x 20″ x 4″ 45″ x 17″ x 3″ 54″ x 20″ x 6″  
Shape / Design rectangle rectangle rectangle rectangle rectangle  
Fill Contents shredded memory foam / regular foam shredded memory foam Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow micro feather polyester  
Cover Material 43% viscose / 57% polyester 40% viscose / 60% polyester 100% cotton 100% cotton 100% cotton  
Weight 6.9 lbs 5.7 lbs 4 lbs (est) n/a 5 lbs  
Return policy 90 days 30 days 90 days 30 days 30 days  
Retailer Amazon Amazon Walmart.com Overstock.com Amazon  
Manufacturer Snuggle-Pedic Coop Home Goods Generic National Sleep Products Pinzon   

 

Top-Rated Body Pillows on Amazon

as of 9/2/2017

 
Compiled from body pillows with over 950 customer reviews
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=%22Body+Pillows%22
 
Rank Pillow Shape Manufacturer Avg Rating # of reviews Price  
 
1 Body Pillow by Snuggle-Pedic I Relief-Mart 4.7 2,844 $69.99  
2 Coop Home Goods –Total Body Pillow with Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam I Coop Home Goods 4.5 972 $69.99  
4 Aller-Ease Cotton Hypoallergenic Allergy… I Aller-Ease 4.3 1,311 $14.99  
3 Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, Ivory C Leachco 4.3 8,091 $48.99  
6 Leachco Snoogle Original Total Body Pillow, Mauve C Leachco 4.3 8,091 $59.99  
5 Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow – Grey J Leachco 4.3 8,091 $69.99  
8 PharMeDoc Full Body Pregnancy Pillow – Baby… C PharMeDoc, sold by Doctors-Deals 4.1 1,022 $45.95  
7 Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow U Leachco 4.1 3,124 $64.99  

 

Top-Rated Body Pillows on Consumer Search
https://www.consumersearch.com/pillows/best-body-pillows
Rank Pillow Est. Price
1 Body Pillow By Snuggle-Pedic (Est. $70)
2 White Brushed Cotton Natural Feather-filled Body Pillow (Est. $50)
3 Pinzon Down Alternative Body Pillow (Est. $35)
4 Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow (Est. $55)

 

Top-Rated Body Pillows on New Better Health
https://newbetterhealth.com/best-body-pillow/
 
Your Guide to Finding the Best Body Pillow 2017
  Top 10 Best Body Pillow Choices:
1 Snuggle-Pedic Body Shredded Memory Foam Combination Pillow
2 Coop Home Goods Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow
3  Squishy Deluxe Microbead Body Pillow
4  Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
5  PharMeDoc Total Body Pillow
6 Web Linens Inc J-Shaped Premium Contoured Body Pillow
7 Meiz Comfortable Total Body Pillow (U-shape)
8 Leachco Back N’ Belly Contoured
9 Naomi Home Cozy Body Pillow
10 Moonlight Slumber’s Comfort U Total Body Pillow

 

Top-Rated Body Pillows on Health Listed.com
https://www.healthlisted.com/best-body-pillows/
  2017’s Best Body Pillow for Side Sleepers (Sold On Amazon)
1 Body Pillow by Snuggle-Pedic
2 AllerEase Hypoallergenic Body Pillow
3 Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
4 Pegasus Home Fashions Body Pillow (unreviewed so far)
5 Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow

 

Back Pain Health Center
http://www.backpainhc.com/best-body-pillow-for-back-pain/
 
5 Best Body Pillows for Back Pain (That Really Work)
1 Leachco Snoogle Original Total Body Pillow (C-shape)
2 Snuggle-Pedic Shredded Bamboo Memory Foam Body Pillow
3 Comfort-U Total Body Support Pillow
4 Leachco All-Nighter Chic Total Body Pillow
5 Lavish Home Shredded Memory Foam Body Pillow