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Re: Latex Pillows: Zoned, Lose Shredded, Formed Shredded? 03 Jul 2012 00:51 #11

Hi ZhivagosGirl,

Thanks for the "pillow report". Hopefully it will help many others that are looking at the same pillow :)

I know the feeling of hearing misinformation being given to a customer in a store. I can't tell you how many times I've heard similar things and have had to bite my tongue! It's amazing to me how much misinformation is being passed off as accurate by misinformed and poorly trained salespeople. I could also tell you about many times when I was the one being told the misinformation and decided to "correct" what I was being told in my various rounds or phone calls to different outlets. The response has has ranged from gratitude and "thanks" from those who want to know more to outright hostility that someone would "dare" to question what they were saying.

I just make my notes in my database so I don't forget who they are :)

Phoenix
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Re: Pillows? 31 Jul 2012 21:47 #12

Ended up getting 2 of the Dream Solutions Latex pillows (abt $44.99) - and turning around the next day taking them back. Hubby hated his, I wasn't crazy about it either. Just not firm enough. Ended up going with gusseted extra firm polyfill - at least for now. LOL - on sale $16 (king) that I ended up getting for $6 each with add'l discounts.

Tried a body pillow - that also got returned. It was a Laura Ashley ($19.99) from Bed Bath and Beyond - it was SO firm and bulky it was literally like having a 5 yr old in the bed with us. Incidentally - BB and B also had latex pillows in stock for $49.99 (for a king). Ended up with a "cheapy" from Target that's been fine.

This whole process has been exhausting.

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Re: Pillows? 01 Aug 2012 01:33 #13

Hi ZhivagosGirl,

As you know ... there are some "needs" with pillows (thicker for side sleeping, medium or shaped for back sleeping, thin for stomach sleeping, and scrunchy or variable for combination sleeping to help with upper body alignment) but beyond these and a few others ... they are a very personal item with a huge variety of different feels and "interaction" with different people. Even pillows that are "rated" highly on reviews means little if someone doesn't like the "feel" of certain materials.

My personal thoughts are that pillows are too personal an item for anyone to recommend one for someone else although it can certainly be helpful to read some feedback about how different pillows feel (as well as this type of subjective information can be described) or to know the different qualities of different types (slow/fast recovery, motion assisting/restricting, scrunchiness, sleeping temperature etc).

I think that pillows are one of the most important parts of a sleeping system because our head and face can be so sensitive to different types but they are also one of the most difficult components for many people to get "right" ... and many people will change pillows much more than they change mattresses always looking for the "perfect pillow" for them.

It seems though that your "cheapy" is working well which is good news!

I have to say that I am also quite comfortable with my zoned, soft and high profile latex pillow although I know that latex in a pillow isn't for everyone. I still haven't been able to convince my DH to switch with me though for her biogreen trillow memory foam pillow which has become "hers" and nobody can take it away from her ... even for a few nights :)

Phoenix
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Re: Pillows? 01 Aug 2012 11:54 #14

I completely agree on the "such a personal thing" comment. I swear my husband was like a 2 yr old with his blankie about 1 of them. He would NOT get rid of it and I did not want to sully the new pristine beautiful bed and other pillows I bought. I took the the cover off, about disolved it in bleach got a new deluxe cover - LOL in the hopes of trapping anything IN. I may have to go to a hypnotist to remember where I got it from because at some point it's GOT to GO!

Baby steps right? ;)

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Re: Pillows? 03 Aug 2012 10:27 #15

Has anyone tried those pillows they advertise on T.V? Best pillows? I have also seen them at some county fairs. My wife loves pillows (we have way too many) and she was looking at those, but it is hard for me to buy their claims.

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Re: Pillows? 05 Aug 2012 12:35 #16

Correction: Its My pillow. they also sell them at a lot of state fairs. Their website is: www.mypillow.com/about-mypillow.html

anybody buy one of these or have any comments?

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Re: Pillows? 05 Aug 2012 12:56 #17

I don't have any experience with the pillows that you are asking about. I did look at the website and found some issues that would bother me. I do have some neck issues so pillows are very important to me.

1. I couldn't find anywhere the filling material that is in the pillow
2. Most of the information on the main 'about' page is just marketing 'stories'
3. You can see a lot of reviews on Amazon do not agree with the claims about this pillow:
www.amazon.com/My-Pillow-Standard-Queen-...TF8&showViewpoints=1

It seems that the claims made about this pillow are... exaggerated at best. The pillow may work for some, but according to the reviews for it on Amazon about half give it only a 1 star rating. If you are just looking for ratings on this pillow, the Amazon review page would help you.

I hope that you find something that works for you and if you do purchase this pillow, please review it here. :D

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Re: Pillows? 05 Aug 2012 13:08 #18

Oh, I wanted to add that from the small sampling of Amazon reviews I read, it seems this pillow is just a shredded foam pillow. One reviewer "AKoster" states: "The pillow filling is comprised of small irregular bits of foam--the surface of the pillow is not smooth-looking, but I don't find it to be an issue at all"......"The bits do allow for flattening or fluffing the pillow to your liking, and it holds that shape pretty well."

You can get quality "Made in USA" shredded foam pillows off Amazon for much less then the offering from "My Pillow".

Here's some links to some shredded latex pillows on Amazon, but you can find many other types of shredded foam pillows there as well.

www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dreams-Shredded-...hredded+latex+pillow

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DKL1MK/ref=oh_o05_s01_i00_details

www.amazon.com/Natural-Shredded-pillow-p...hredded+latex+pillow

www.amazon.com/Malouf-Natural-Shredded-T...eywords=latex+pillow

If you are struggling with neck issues like me, you might want to look into pillows that provide cervical spine support (if you sleep on your side or back). My doctor and physical therapist both recommended a contour pillow, but I had a hard time trying to find one that was the right height with the perfect amount of firmness/softness.

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Re: Pillows? 05 Aug 2012 13:52 #19

Hi Rskman,

As Coventry mentioned ... these pillows are basically just shredded polyurethane foam. I read the patent application (and the video describes it more generally as well) and they use 3 different average sizes of small, medium, and large foam chunks of certain average sizes and in a certain proportion mixed together and the idea is that each size of shredded foam fills in the gaps produced by the larger sizes. The patent application describes the average sizes of chunks used, their proportion, and even the type of polyfoam used (1.8 - 1.9 lb density and 27 - 35 ILD). The idea is that it can be fluffed during sleep as the sleep position changes and then conforms to the body shape because the larger chunks will stay put and hold the shape while the smaller chunks fill in the gaps. The cover also uses what they call "hypoallergenic paint" which is some type of latex paint which is used to mask the feel of any sharp edges of the foam chunks. They use open celled foam which is reticulated foam which has very open cells so it can be washed and dried (like polyfoam sponges).

As Coventry mentioned ... the claims are exaggerated and based on how foam chunks of different types and sizes settle and are not particularly unique to this pillow. They can be washed because reticulated foam (like sponges) will dry faster than other types of foam (like outdoor foam or dri-fast foam). At the prices they are charging ... you are basically buying a story rather than some amazing material or "magic ingredient" and I think the reviews that Coventry mentioned suggest the same.

@Coventry ... did you ever happen to find the knitted wool covers you were looking for?

Phoenix
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Re: Pillows? 05 Aug 2012 14:52 #20

Funny you should mention that Pheonix, since I'm knitting them right now. Well, not while I type... that would be pretty amazing though. :)

I'm playing around with the weight of yarn and gauge. Wool is a must for it's temperature regulating properties with a plain stockinette stitch for stretchability and lack of possible facial imprints. Once I've gotten a good swatch knitted up I'll start on the pillowcase and post pictures, observations and any befuddlement's I have here.

Once I made up my mind about knitting the cases myself, I gave up looking for them. I really like knitting and it's satisfying for me to futz around with things like this. I'm hoping to get them done in a week or two depending on my distraction levels and other projects that elbow in too. :)

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