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Feather vs Foam Pillow

There are so many different types of pillows on the market, but two very popular ones are foam pillows and feather pillows.

But what exactly is a foam pillow? What does a feather pillow feel like? And how do you know which pillow is best for your needs?

We break down these different pillow materials below. Keep reading about foam vs feather pillows.

What is a Foam Pillow?

A foam pillow is typically rectangular in shape and offers plenty of support. Foam pillows are available in softer and firmer versions, depending on preference.

Types of Foam Pillows

  • Natural Latex
  • Memory Foam
  • Polyurethane Foam

We always recommend choosing natural latex, which is derived from rubber tree sap, rather than synthetic polyurethane or memory foam pillows. Natural latex also tends to sleep cooler without any added gels or harsh chemicals.

Talalay natural latex in particular has an open cell structure which makes it a very breathable pillow option. Check out our favorite Talalay latex pillow.

Benefits & Drawbacks of Foam

Wondering if a foam pillow is for you? Here is what you need to know.


  • Supportive
  • Pressure-relieving
  • Cooler sleep
  • Available in various densities
  • Organic options available
  • Eco-friendly (natural latex)
  • Vegan


  • Cannot always control height of pillow
  • Not the best option for those who like plush softness
  • Not lightweight
Choosing between a feather or foam pillow.

Benefits & Drawbacks of Feathers

Not sure if you want a feather pillow? Here is some helpful info.


  • Very soft and plush in feel
  • Can move pillow around neck and shoulders
  • Lightweight


  • Not vegan
  • Feathers may poke out of pillow
  • Typically does not offer firm support

If you are looking for a feather or down alternative that is plant-based, we personally recommend opting for an organic kapok pillow.

What’s best for you?

The choice is yours! But we always recommend choosing organic and natural materials that are safe for you and the planet.

We offer the following materials…

  • Natural Talalay latex
  • Organic Dunlop latex
  • Organic Wool
  • Organic Kapok

Shop Savvy Rest organic pillows and sleep comfortably!

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