How to Choose a Wool Pillow

Wool pillows are firm, supportive, temperature regulating and hypoallergenic. You could argue that they are almost perfect. After all, they seem to do everything.

Sure, they have their drawbacks. For instance, unlike their synthetic counterparts, you can’t just throw wool pillows into the washing machine. They won’t survive that sort of cleaning process.

And yet, their benefits outweigh any weaknesses you might have observed. They are made using environmentally friendly methods. And the fact that they are breathable and can wick moisture away means that they are in a position to keep your head cool and warm regardless of the weather conditions.

Now that you know why wool pillows are so popular, how can you select the best wool pillows on the market?

Is there a way to differentiate the good pillows from the bad pillows? This is the question many people ask, and the answer is surprisingly simple. The methods you use to differentiate ordinary pillows do not change when it comes to wool pillows.

The factors that must be considered are more or less the same, with alterations only emerging in one or two areas:

1. Filling

Every decision you make regarding a pillow must start with the filling. You must identify the kind of filling you want your pillow to have. Of course, in the case of wool pillows, there is no decision to be made because you already know that your pillow will have a wool filling.

However, some people would encourage you to talk to your manufacturer of choice about the methods they use to wash their wool.

If wool isn’t washed properly, it will retain vegetable matter in small quantities, grass, leaves, twigs and the like. This vegetable matter isn’t dangerous but it might cause your wool filling to emit a faint odor that some find unpleasant.

So if you care about that sort of thing, talk to the manufacturer of the pillow you want to buy and ask them to tell you how many times they wash their wool. If they wash it twice, then you can probably trust that their pillows won’t have any remnant vegetable matter.

2. Cover

The fabric that covers the pillow is just as important as the filling because this is what your face will touch. As such, it needs to be soft and comfortable. It should also accentuate the attributes of the filling.

Cotton is the most popular choice in this category because, like the wool filling, it is breathable and warm. That being said, a lot of people use polyester in such situations because it makes the pillow so much cheaper.

3. Firmness

The firmness of your pillow matters because it will determine the amount of support your head, neck, and shoulders get.

Wool is naturally strong and firm, so you might presume that you don’t have much of a choice in this category. But that isn’t true. If firmness is a source of concern for you, then you need to choose a wool pillow whose firmness you can adjust.

There are pillows that enable you to insert and take out the filling, thus controlling the size, weight, and thickness of your pillow. An adjustable wool pillow gives you complete control over the firmness of your pure wool pillow.

You need to choose your wool pillow using your own personal tastes and preferences. Do not let the opinions and considerations of others sway you. What works for them might not necessarily work for you.