With the best anti-allergy pillows, hypoallergenic has never felt so comfortable. For those of us who suffer from a sniffle and sensitive skin, choosing the correct pillow can be beneficial to our bedtime. As for allergies, they can disrupt sleep, says Director of Buying at Dreams, Fabio Perrotta. So, an anti-allergy alternative may help improve sleep quality by lessening symptoms, which can manifest as congestion, sneezing and itching. A restful night, free from disruption, will get you ahead for the day.
When it comes to sleeping aids such as pillows, many are designed with different people in mind, whether to improve personal comfort to provide specialised support with memory foam pillows. As for the hypoallergenic variation, they forgo the typical, synthetic materials that can “lead to a build-up of dust mites and cause irritation,” says Fabio. Instead, they are filled with special microfibres. Like anti-allergy bedding, these special pillows are designed to conquer sensitive skin at its root cause.
Best anti-allergy pillow at a glance
• Best anti-allergy pillow for all sleepers: Emma Microfibre Pillow – View on Emma Sleep
• Budget-friendly anti-allergy pillow: Habitat Anti-Allergy Medium Pillow Pair – View on Argos
• Best anti-allergy pillow for neck pain: eve, The Memory Foam Pillow – View on Eve Sleep
• Highly breathable memory foam: Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow – View on Panda London
Perhaps, you’re wondering: how do they work? Fabio from Dreams says that anti-allergy pillows have been “created to have a special barrier that aims to reduce exposure to allergens”, which could prevent any sneezing or itching when in bed with fillings that “are less likely to trigger allergies”. Lightweight and inexpensive for any sleep position, synthetic fibres are thought to be less likely to home all of the nasty dust mites and allergens that set you off, in comparison to feather or down pillows.
Whether you require a pillow for neck pain or require something that can adapt to your fidgety nature, we’ve found some of the best anti-allergy pillows for a dust and mite-free kip. An anti-allergy pillow is just one cog in the overall strategy to reduce those nasty allergens in your home, says Fabio. For a home free from allergens, you need to regularly wash bedding, as well as thoroughly vacuum your bedroom. This way, your back, side or front-sleeping pillow will keep you safe from sneezing.
Best anti-allergy pillow
Best anti-allergy pillow for side sleepers
First, we have the Slumberdown Firm Support Anti-Allergy Pillow Pair, which combines a delightful
- Budget-friendly support for side sleepers
- Washing machine and dryer-friendly
- Contains biocide for allergen protection
- Quality isn't as high as pricier models
Best high-end anti-allergy pillow
Experience the epitome of comfort with the Simba Hybrid Pillow. This innovative pillow seamlessly
- Adjustable, supportive Nanocube inner core
- Recycled cushioning is breathable, anti-allergy
- Stratos temperature control keeps you cool
- Some customers are unsure about the Stratos temperature regulation
- Best suited to back and side sleepers
Best anti-allergy pillow for all sleepers
Get cloud-like sleep with optimal support and adaptable layers with this Emma Microfibre Pillow.
- Fluffier than memory foam
- Adjustable height
- Durable and lightweight
- This soft pillow may not suit all side sleepers
Best anti-allergy pillow for back sleepers
Scientifically proven to protect against both bacteria and allergens such as dust mites, the
- Medium support for back sleepers
- British Allergy Foundation approved
- Anti-bacterial and machine-washable
- Will likely not suit front or side sleepers
- Some customers had issues with the filling clumping after a wash
Budget-friendly anti-allergy pillow
Rest peacefully with this affordable choice tailored to back sleepers. Packed with 100% recycled
- Filled with 100% recycled polyester
- Approved by Allergy UK
- Medium support for back sleepers
- May not support side or front sleepers well
Best anti-allergy pillow for neck pain
With a removable cover for washing and an antimicrobial shield, eve – the memory foam pillow won’t
- Cooling, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic
- Keeps your spine in the perfect position
- Velvety soft foam is supportive
- Memory foam is not eco-friendly
- No customer reviews on-site
Best anti-allergy pillow for front sleepers
Discover comfort tailored to your sleeping style with the Dreams Anti-Allergy Pillow Pair. Whether
- Perfect for back and front sleepers
- Sleep well with hypoallergenic fibres
- Easy to wash in the machine at 40 degrees
- Not ideal for side sleepers
Best anti-allergy pillow with wool
Believe it or not, wool is a force to be reckoned with. Breathable, moisture-wicking,
- Offers support to side and back sleepers
- Comes with temperature regulation
- Breathable and hypoallergenic
- Wool is not vegan-friendly
- Not for front sleepers
Highly breathable memory foam
With the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow, watch out for superior support and relaxation. The
- Ethically sourced from organic bamboo
- Anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic
- Offers reliable support and comfort
- May suit back sleepers the best
- The pillow is not machine-washable
Best anti-allergy pillow protectors
Perhaps, consider this Silentnight Anti-Allergy Pillow Protectors Pair. Instead of investing in a
- Filled with anti-bacterial, anti-allergy fibres
- Designed to protect and prolong the life of your pillow
- Ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers
- Some customers found these smaller than expected
Verdict: Which is the best anti-allergy pillow?
A masterclass in comfort, the versatile Emma Microfibre Pillow is our top hypoallergenic pick.
Thanks to Fabio from Dreams, we can answer the question, "What do I need to look for when choosing an anti-allergy pillow?" Fabio points out: “It certainly depends on your specific needs and circumstances when choosing any anti-allergy products.” Here are some thoughts…
Research – before making a purchase, says Fabio, and “check reviews for those who have similar allergies to you and make sure you understand the materials they are made from.”
Remember – that anti-allergy pillows are just “one part of an overall strategy to reduce allergen exposure in your home,” says Fabio. Maintain good interior air quality to lower allergen levels.
Recommendation – can come from a healthcare professional – if you have asthma or severe allergies. Your local GP or pharmacist will point you in the right direction on the best strategies.
Requirements – as mentioned above, will influence your decision. If you sleep on your back, a pillow for side sleepers isn’t going to provide support. Think about how you sleep and choose wisely.
Can old pillows cause allergies?
Yes - your old reliable pillow may prolong your sniffles or dry throat. After all, over time, pillows can accumulate dust mites, dead skin cells, pollen, pet hair, and other allergens, which can trigger allergic reactions. So, what can be done? Well, to reduce the risk of allergies from old pillows, consider the following...
Regular cleaning - can help reduce the build-up. For sufferers, we recommend that pillowcases should be washed weekly. However, the pillows themselves should be washed once a year.
Hypoallergenic covers or protectors - are a great option if you can't afford to fork out for a pillow; they create a barrier between your pillow and allergens, reducing your exposure.
Investing in a hypoallergenic pillow - is your best bet. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you.
Vacuuming - your pillows and the surrounding area can help remove dust and allergens.
Sunlight and fresh air - can help kill dust mites and reduce allergen levels - believe it or not.
How do I wash an anti-allergy pillow?
Though synthetic pillows are generally easy to care for, there are a few drawbacks to this variation. Often coming with a short lifespan, the filling can become clumped, as well as damaged after repeated washing – which is not ideal if you need an orthopaedic pillow for supreme support. So, it’s best to stick to washing instructions for your precious new addition.
As for an anti-allergy pillow cover, it is recommended to wash it once a month to remove allergens. When it comes to the pillow itself, washing it twice or three times a year should be sufficient at a lower degree or anti-allergy setting on your washing machine. After all, you want to ensure it keeps its shape and gives you the comfort you need for a decent sleep.
Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Yours, an all-rounder who will write on anything from décor to wellness. When not scouring the net for the best home bargains, Piper is listening to a musical soundtrack and tending to her houseplants.