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Gummi or LaNoodle Pillow? 14 Oct 2019 13:50 #81

I tried searching the forum for any reviews about the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi pillow, but it looks like it was only brought up once a few posts up, about a year ago, so I was hoping to refresh the conversation.

Anyone tried it since then? I wasn't pillow shopping at the time, but happened to lay on the Gummi as I was testing latex hybrids locally and thought it was a great blend of softness and support. I was considering ordering it but they don't accept returns, so I wanted to come here first to see if there were any reviews from people who have spent more than 15 minutes on it.

That's when I saw the reviews about the La Noodle, above. The Gummi is a shredded latex with kind of ragged, uneven edges. The La Noodle looks like, well, noodles. Is anyone familiar with both? Wondering what the main differences would be.

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Gummi or LaNoodle Pillow? 14 Oct 2019 15:40 #82

I noticed that TMU member Sleep EZ also offers a " Noodle Latex Pillow " which might be worthy of consideration, as well as shredded and solid latex pillows.

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Gummi or LaNoodle Pillow? 20 Oct 2019 14:13 #83

Hey Sweet Dreams,

Thanks for your reply; I'd would be interested in knowing the answer as well. Also, thanks for mentioning expert member Sleep EZ's pillows as an option. Here is a TMU resource link regarding the pillow shopping process, a good read for others currently on the pillow shopping journey…:)

Thanks,
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Best Pillow 01 Jan 2020 20:40 #84

Hello,
It looks like this is THE thread for pillows. A lot of the links keep referring back to this thread (in fact some of them are self/circular referrals within this thread).
After reading through all the pages, it looks like there isn't any overwhelming choice for pillow.
1) I find the wool pillow from DIY Natural bedding quite appealing:
www.diynaturalbedding.com/product/wool-pillow-kit/
They offer customization in terms of firmness and size and has the best price of all wool pillows.

2) There is some good feedback about Obasan wool pillow in this thread. I will try this at Urban Mattress this week before deciding. From the info, this looks very similar to above DIY's pillow but at a higher price.

3) Casper Pillow is being advertised as the one to support all sleep positions which I would need, as I don't always sleep 100% on the back or on the side and it is a combination of the two.

Please let me know if there is any other good pillows to look at.

My experience with pillows so far:
a) I currently have Oxygen Pillow from Berkeley Ergonomics and it has lost lot of its support and it is sagging greatly just like the double coiled Berekeley Ergonomics mattress after 3 years of use which I am in the process of throwing out and replacing. Due to this I would like avoid latex or latex shredded pillow.
b) I also have Down alternative pillows from Bed Bath and Beyond. Not good enough, but currently using this instead of Oxygen pillow.

c) I have tried Technogel Vive mattress and the mattress has good cooling properties and but it definitely sinks after 5 to 6 hours of sleep causing back pain and so I returned it back. In that process I didn't find the contour/shape of the Technogel pillow comfortable. Also the cooling effect is only noticeable in the first hour or so after which it warms up to body temperature.

d) Not a big fan of memory foam pillows as they usually heat up after lying in the same position for sometime.

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Best Pillow 16 Apr 2020 10:13 #85

I ordered two queen Layla pillows (70/30 shredded memory foam and kapok). I basically got them BOGO combining offers. I also found a good deal on organic kapok fill and bamboo mattress covers with a zipper. I'm looking forward to putting them together. I'm waiting on a BOGO deal at CozyPure for a LaNoodle pillow.

Some other pillows that look interesting but I have not tried:

1. Avocado Green pillow (70% ribbons of latex, 30% kapok).
2. Pluto pillow (they ask questions about your preferences and then build it.) It looks like they do a pillow within a pillow design, using polyfoams.

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Best Pillow 29 Apr 2020 05:43 #86

I posted several months ago wondering if I should order the Gummi or LaNoodle pillow, and ended up going with the LaNoodle. I got the adjustable fill version and have been very happy with it.

Now I want to add a body pillow and am not sure what type of fill to go with. I'm a side sleeper and want a pillow that I can rest my free arm on, as well as put between my knees. Right now I just use an extra queen pillow for either my arm OR my knees, and want to be able to do both.

I know I'm happy with the LaNoodle for my main pillow, but haven't tried the other fill types to know which I would prefer as a body pillow.

Can anyone offer the main differences and/or their experiences between latex noodles, wool and kapok, especially as it pertains to how body pillows are used for side sleepers?

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Pillows? 31 Jul 2020 12:05 #87

Pillow question here. I have been sleeping on one of the ubiquitous Tempurpedic contour pillows for the past 6 years. After successfully making the switch to a Sleep EZ hybrid bed last month, I no longer want any poly foam in my bedroom, especially near my face. I am worried that I will not be able to find a natural pillow that will give the same firm compression for my compromised rotator cuff and c5, c6 stenosis. I have tried sleeping on the shredded latex pillows that came with the bed, adjusted the fill level many times, and no go. I have tried a med loft talalay pillow, nope. I have seen latex pillows online in the same shape as the contour pillow, but as they are latex and not memory foam, they will not have the same nature, and I am worried they will not come close to the firmness I need. In desperation, I ordered a millet cervical pillow, and a kapok contour pillow with a head indent and a zipper. I am going to try to put the cervical pillow in the neck area of the kapok pillow, and see what happens. I did find a wool double bolster pillow, but at 180.00, I would like at least a couple of reviews before I commit to that. Any feedback or advice from fellow natural neck pain pillow seekers is appreciated. www.whitelotushome.com/bedding/kapillow-sleep-pillows-1.html
www.whitelotushome.com/bedding/kapillow-sleep-pillows-1.html
organiclifestyle.com/wool-pillows/orthop...c?PageSpeed=noscript

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Pillows? 01 Aug 2020 20:24 #88

Hi GraciePlush5!

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

Pillow question here. I have been sleeping on one of the ubiquitous Tempurpedic contour pillows for the past 6 years. After successfully making the switch to a Sleep EZ hybrid bed last month, I no longer want any poly foam in my bedroom, especially near my face.

Congratulations on your Sleep EZ mattress purchase! I am glad to hear that you’ve had a successful experience. ( one of our members here . I understand the desire to want to transition away from a polyfoam pillow.

I am worried that I will not be able to find a natural pillow that will give the same firm compression for my compromised rotator cuff and c5, c6 stenosis. I have tried sleeping on the shredded latex pillows that came with the bed, adjusted the fill level many times, and no go.

You may be interested in this thread that discusses a somewhat similar situation. They were also seeking a firm replacement for a polyfoam pillow. Choosing a pillow is also very personal like choosing a mattress as there are many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved in choosing a pillow to make specific suggestions or recommendations for someone else..

I have seen latex pillows online in the same shape as the contour pillow, but as they are latex and not memory foam, they will not have the same nature, and I am worried they will not come close to the firmness I need.


I wouldn’t discount the “firmness” of a solid latex pillow just yet. Shredded latex pillows will generally be softer and “fluffier” and less "bouncy" than a solid latex pillow, so I wouldn’t avoid a solid latex pillow based on your experience with shredded latex.
Several companies also offer solid latex pillows in different firmness, but to be sure you’d need to test it first. One option that has been discussed and recommended previously in the forum is the Malouf 100% Natural Talalay Latex Pillow that you may want to have a look at – although, this is not a contoured pillow.

In desperation, I ordered a millet cervical pillow, and a kapok contour pillow with a head indent and a zipper. I am going to try to put the cervical pillow in the neck area of the kapok pillow, and see what happens. I did find a wool double bolster pillow, but at 180.00, I would like at least a couple of reviews before I commit to that.

While it would be impossible to cover the properties of every possible pillow or pillow material on the market because there are so many (memory foam, polyfoam, latex, shredded foam materials, different types of wool or other animal fibers, plant fibers such as kapok or cotton, feathers, down, synthetic fibers or fiber "clusters", buckwheat or millet hulls, and others) ... in very general terms fiber fillings will tend to compress and pack down and become firmer over time (or in some cases over the course of the night) more than foam materials or shredded foam materials.

Wool is one of the stronger and more resilient fibers though so it tends to maintain its loft better and for longer than other fibers such as polyester (dacron) or cotton (especially wool "balls" vs wool batting).

Any feedback or advice from fellow natural neck pain pillow seekers is appreciated. www.whitelotushome.com/bedding/kapillow-sleep-pillows-1.html
www.whitelotushome.com/bedding/kapillow-sleep-pillows-1.html
organiclifestyle.com/wool-pillows/orthop...c?PageSpeed=noscript


I would be wary of relying too heavily on other people’s reviews when it comes to choosing a pillow. Although one can learn a great deal from other people’s experiences, what worked and did not work for them ... I’d keep in mind that is no single pillow that is "best" for any particular situation or "symptom" because the goal of a pillow is to keep your head and neck in good alignment in all your sleeping positions and which pillow does this for any particular person or on any particular mattress will vary widely from person to person. In other words ... a pillow that works well for one person with upper back, shoulder, or neck issues may not be suitable at all for someone else with similar issues.

Pillows are a very personal choice and different people will have very different pillow preferences or different opinions about what they perceive as firm and soft or the general type of pillow that "feels" good to them but some of the information in the pillow topic here and the posts it links to can help you choose a pillow that is the best "match" for you and the mattress you are sleeping on.

Like mattresses ... there are certain "needs" that depend on body type (or in your case, specific medical needs) and sleeping positions but with pillows, personal preferences play a more important role because the face is much more sensitive to textures, temperature, smells, and other more subjective "feel" based properties of a pillow. There is more about choosing pillows in the above-mentioned pillow thread that you might find interesting if you haven’t read it already, and the other topics and sources of information that it links to that may be helpful as well.

That said, I did a forum search to see if anyone else had commented on these pillows, but could not find anything on these products. Hopefully, someone who owns one will see your post to weigh in with their experiences!

Phoenix
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Pillows? 03 Aug 2020 12:42 #89

Hi Phoenix!
Thanks for the warm welcome. I have enjoyed reading this forum for the past several months. I would be remiss in not thanking your and your forum for helping inform me towards making a decision on some toppers and then a mattress from a couple of companies that I never would have heard of otherwise!

Regarding the pillow talk, I miss the days when I could sleep on the fattest, puffiest down pillow and suffer no ill effects from it. My husband took over the down pillows after my accident, and I spent months trying to find something that worked for me. That is the most ironic piece here. The tempurpedic contour works for me. The compression is perfect for the nerve pain and holds my head immoble. I am rejecting it because it is 6 years old, has flattened and I refuse to go through another off gassing with this memory foam. Especially since I've taken such pains to make everything in my living area as natural as possible. I am a bit of a health nut, and despite the injury, am very active and athletic. Waking up with shooting pains up the side of my neck and head can make me pretty useless that day.
So I read through all the threads that you highlighted (thank you for that), and learned from one that the wool bolster pillow is made by Holy Lamb, so I gave them an email shout out. The only thing that makes me not want to order it, is that it doesn't have a zipper, so there is no way to adjust the level of wool, or fluff the wool to keep it from felting. I like the shape of the kapok contour pillow Ive been sleeping on for 3 nights, I don't think I like the kapok itself, so I think I'm going to place an order with DIY bedding and order a couple of lbs of wooly bolas to stuff the contour pillow with, take the kapok and stuff my dogs bed with it (she'll appreciate not sleeping on poly batting anymore, too) and see what happens with that. I do think wool is going to be the best material to press against the back of my skull and being able to adjust the levels and take the wool bolas out to fluff will make a difference. I really appreciate the attention you give to each poster, and the care you take in making sure they weigh in all the factors of choosing products for themselves. It truly is not one size fits all, and everybody is so different in preferences and sizes and health issues. Thanks for taking a little of the frustration out of it, and providing a very helpful resource.

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