Maybe you’re a hot sleeper—even if the temps are low. Maybe it’s a hot, muggy night, and you don’t have air conditioning. Maybe you are a woman of a certain age, and your body has become a heat source. Regardless, the outcome is much the same.
You wake up—or you’re not able to go to sleep in the first place—and your pillow is soaked with sweat. Yuck. So you flip your pillow over because the other side will be nice and cool, right?
Well, maybe. Assuming you haven’t already flipped it a few times. Meaning both sides are hot and moist. So what is the alternative?
First of all, let’s address why your pillow gets so hot to begin with.
The composition of most pillows means they don’t do anything to regulate body temperatures, they just absorb it. So if you’re hot, you’re basically turning your pillow into a heating pad. However, there is a fix for this problem. The alternative mentioned above.
Current technologies have led to the creation of pillowcases made from specially designed textiles or fabrics. Fabric that can not only allow for more airflow but boost it. All this while regulating body temperature and minimizing moisture. Something like the same tech used in sports clothing that actually wicks moisture away from the body.
This is a much cheaper alternative to buying new pillows. And yes, there are cooling pillows too.
Fortunately, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to cooling pillowcases, but with all the different features and options, you might not know where to begin. But that’s okay. This information is here to help.
Here’s a list of our top 7 recommended cooling pillowcases.
1. Best Overall Cooling Pillowcase – Dosaze Cooling Bamboo Pillowcase; Pack of Two: $39.99, One pillowcase: $20
After hours of research and personal feedback, the results are in. The Dosaze Cooling Bamboo pillowcase is a crowd favorite and our clear winner in this category. With this pillow, you will always have a cool side to sleep on. Thanks to its 100% eco-friendly bamboo it is:
- Cool to the touch—on each side
- Antimicrobial, which means healthier skin
- Even softer after every wash
Thanks to the bamboo fabric, this pillowcase is more breathable than any 100% cotton case could ever be. And while you’re looking at this case for the cooling factor, the good stuff doesn’t end there. It’s also super soft—exactly what you want for something you lay your face down on—wrinkle and fade resistant. Bamboo is also naturally antimicrobial, so you can rest assured—pun intended—that your pillowcase is completely hygienic.
These pillowcases can be thrown in a warm or cold water wash, but you do want to take care not to wash them with a load of other items like jeans, blankets, or towels. Just wash them separately or with other sheets. This is to protect the pillowcase’s anti-pill finish. You don’t want little nubbies rubbing into your cheeks. And if for some reason you find you don’t like these cases, Dosaze has you covered by a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
2. Best Luxury Cooling Pillowcase – Slip Silk Pillowcase; Pack of two: $178, One pillowcase: $89
Silk is known to be a highly breathable fabric. It’s also cool to the touch and feels so luxurious against the skin. Silk also has the added benefit of being less absorbent than a lot of other fabrics, so you don’t have to worry about your hair products transferring from your hair to your pillow to your face. Everything stays where it should.
This case is available in an array of colors, and as far as I’m concerned the only drawback it the steep price.
3. Best Made In The USA Cooling Pillow Cover – Snuggle Pedic Kool-Flow; Pack of Two: $45.98, One pillowcase: $22.99
Have you made it your goal to purchase more American made goods? Then you want to check out this pillow cover. It’s made from 43% viscose of bamboo, 56.4 % polyester, and.6 % Lycra. It’s soft, extra-breathable, and micro-vented. And while most feedback agrees that this cover keeps you cool all night, there were a few that don’t feel it helped, that it actually made them hotter.
It’s available in a variety of sizes but only is white. And it should be noted that this is a zippered cover, not your typical pillowcase. Machine wash and dry.
4. Microfiber Cooling Pillowcase – Sheex Original Performance Pillowcases; Pack of Two: $54, One pillowcase: $27
These cases promise to help you sleep cool, sleep dry, and sleep comfortably.
This is thanks to the way they transfer body heat. When compared to cotton, they compare twice as much heat while breathing twice as much as well. This means you can have a comfortable night’s sleep, without the tossing and turning you might do when interrupted by temperature fluctuations.
Made from 87% microfiber polyester and 13% spandex, they are soft and silky, with moisture-releasing technology. Although one customer claims that they feel “rubbery.”
They are available in a variety of colors in standard and king sizes.
5. Mid-range Cooling Silk Pillowcase – Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase; Pack of two: $47.98, One pillowcase: $23.99
Here’s another option for those looking for the option of luxurious silk. Made from 100% natural mulberry silk with a 600-thread count, this case is super soft and breathable. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic and cool to the touch. However, if you tend to sweat a lot in your sleep, you should note that silk is not moisture-wicking, so these probably aren’t for you.
This case is sold as a single and is available in a large range of sizes and colors.
6. Best tech focused cooling pillowcase – Nacreous pillow cover; Pack of Two: $138, One pillowcase: $69
This pillowcase claims to use a NASA engineered fabric called Outlast, a temperature regulating fabric. Outlast is made of tiny beads that adapt to temperature fluctuations throughout the night, and absorb heat. It’s important to note that this isn’t actually a pillowcase, it is a pillow cover that zips over your pillowcase. Reviewers a bit mixed on it’s effectiveness, but there is a 180 day warranty and a 60 day sleep trial. The biggest downside to this pillowcase is its heft price tag.
7. 2-in-1 Pillow & Case – Coop Home Goods Eden Pillow; Pack of two: $159.98, One pillow/pillowcase: $79.99
If you are also in the market for a new pillow, then this might be the one to consider. It’s a comfortable pillow and cooling case all in one. The pillow is made of gel-infused memory foam, that has been designed to prevent heat from being trapped inside due to increased airflow. This means your head always gets the support it needs, while the pillow itself, along with the cover, work to keep you cool.
A word of warning in case you have a sensitive nose. When you first open these, there is an off-gassing odor. Some aren’t too bothered by it, but others find it completely obnoxious.
The pillow is available in standard, queen, and king.
This is only a small selection of available cooling pillowcases, but hopefully, it will help you narrow down your options.
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