Do Your Pillows Need Replacing?


A good pillow is one of the essential elements for getting a good night’s sleep. It provides your head with the support and comfort it needs to avoid any pain or discomfort in your head or neck in the morning. But the lives of pillows, just like a mattress, will always come to an end. Most pillows will need replacing after a few years. But how do we know the time they need to be replaced? Here are a few guidelines to help you figure out if it’s time.

Life Expectancy

The length of life of any pillow, much like the other bedding elements, depends on the quality of the materials used. Of course, if you buy cheap, you shouldn’t expect these materials to last long. In my experience, cheap synthetic pillows would always feel flat after a few months. Some even felt worn out after just a few weeks.

Down and feather pillows have the longest life expectancy out of all pillows available. They are very durable and can easily last 5 to 10 years, and even way beyond that. They can also be washed regularly, about every 6 months. Don’t expect them to come cheap, though.

Most synthetic pillows can last 1 to 2 years depending on the quality of materials used and how they are used. More expensive synthetic pillows will last longer.

Foam pillows are difficult to gauge since they are dependent on the quality of the foam used and its usage. Unlike the other pillows where they feel flat at the end of their lifespan, foam pillows tend to feel harder towards the end. The level of hardness is a matter of preference, however, so the time for replacement will differ for different people.

Level of Fluffiness

Down and feather pillows can be washed and dried to fluff them back up. One good way to know if it needs replacing is if it has lost its ability to fluff up even after washing. In the case of synthetic pillows, it will feel clumpy and broken down. When it feels flat and clumpy and doesn’t fluff back up, then it’s a sure way to know it needs replacement.

Fold Test

One of the best ways to know if your pillows need replacement is by doing the fold test. It’s simple. You just fold the pillow in half or thirds, depending on the size of the pillow. For feather and down pillows, if it doesn’t return to its original shape after folding, then it needs replacement. For synthetic pillows, you need to place a decent amount of weight like a shoe on the top of the fold. The pillow will need replacement if the pillow stays folded.

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