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The Best Bolster Pillows of 2019

Whether you need a bolster pillow for a little added neck support when you sleep, a bolster pillow for yoga poses, or a bolster pillow to boost your comfort during pregnancy, there are a number of form factors and options for you.

In our tour of this category, we’re going to look at an array of high-quality pillows that will keep you comfortable no matter how you use them.

Editor’s Pick

Cushy Form Half Moon Bolster Pillow

Pros:

  • This bolster pillow is made from 100% visco-elastic memory foam, which is designed for longevity and the right amount of firmness.
  • The pillow is lightweight and perfectly sized to be used as a knee pillow or a leg-elevating pillow without taking up too much bed space.
  • It features a breathable, washable cover so you can keep it clean with the rest of your bedding.

Cons:

  • While we found the pillow’s 5.1-inch height to be ample for leg elevation, if you need a much higher elevating pillow, you may want to look elsewhere.

Cushy Form Half Moon Bolster Pillow

Cushy Form Half Moon Bolster Pillow

Designed to provide added comfort when you sleep, this multi-purpose half-moon bolster pillow is perfect for use between or under your knees to relieve back pain. Featuring a durable, breathable memory foam construction, we found this bolster to provide an ideal firmness to softness ratio.

Top Contender

Moventur Bamboo Neck Roll Bolster Pillow

Pros:

  • The pillow is made from a firm memory which we’ve found offers more support than comparable foam bolsters.
  • Its smaller size makes it great for keeping around the office for support at your desk, air travel, or to keep in your car for additional lumbar support.
  • The pillow’s bamboo fiber cover is soft and washable, and its all-natural material is hypoallergenic and easy on the skin.
  • As an added bonus, the pillow comes with a 3D sleep mask and ear plugs!

Cons:

  • Because of the pillow’s firmness, it might not be ideal as a neck pillow for everybody. That said, even if it’s not strictly used as a neck pillow we’ve found this to be an all-around quality bolster.

Moventur Bamboo Neck Roll Bolster Pillow

Moventur Bamboo Neck Roll Bolster Pillow

Perfect for travel, sleep, or just laying around the house, this versatile bolster pillow gives you the support you need. With a firm-build memory foam construction and an all-natural bamboo fiber cover, this pillow can be used to offer additional back or neck support everywhere you go.

Best Bolster Pillow for Massage Tables

Master Massage Tables 9

Pros:

  • This bolster pillow’s main draw is its versatile covering. The polyurethane cover repels water and oils, and can be easily removed and washed to maintain hygiene standards.
  • The pillow’s half-moon design prevents it from rolling, which is great in massage settings.
  • Its 26-inch length makes it the perfect size for portability while also fitting most any massage table.

Cons:

  • While the pillow’s foam interior is good enough for its purposes, we wish it would’ve been made of a higher quality memory foam-style material for added comfort.

Master Massage Tables 9

Master Massage Tables 9

With a water, oil, and abrasion-resistant polyurethane cover, this half-moon bolster is a great option for masseurs. Elevate necks, knees, and backs with this easily cleanable, portable bolster pillow to provide ultimate comfort for your massage clients.

Best Bolster Pillow for Pregnancy

Cushy Form Knee Pillow

Pros:

  • This bolster pillow’s main pro is its shape, which fits perfectly between the knees for ideal spine alignment during sleep.
  • The durable memory foam material provides ideal cushioning and support.
  • The pillow comes with a breathable and soft, easily removable and washable cover as well as a travel case to keep it protected.

Cons:

  • While many bolster pillows can be used in multiple applications, this primarily single-function pillow may not work for those looking to also get a neck or lumbar pillow in one.

Cushy Form Knee Pillow

Cushy Form Knee Pillow

If there’s one sure thing about pregnancy, it’s near-constant discomfort, especially at night. This bolster knee pillow is specifically designed to align the spine for a more comfortable night’s sleep. Outside of pregnancy, it’s also great for general back pain, sciatic nerve pain, knee pain and more.

Best Bolster Pillow for Yoga

YogaAccessories Rectangular Cotton Bolster

Pros:

  • Weighing in at nearly six pounds, this 100% cotton-stuffed bolster is sturdy enough to hold position during your yoga routine.
  • The pillow features handles on both ends which helps not only for transport, but also for steadying yourself during stretches.
  • The removable and machine washable pillow case lets you stay hygienic in your fitness. You can also choose from more than a dozen color options!

Cons:

  • The off-gassing smell on the pillow was strong on first arrival. Over time the smell did dissipate, however.

YogaAccessories Rectangular Cotton Bolster

YogaAccessories Rectangular Cotton Bolster

Designed to specifically aid in yoga, this sturdy, washable bolster pillow fits the bill perfectly. Carry it to any yoga class or use it at home to provide much needed support while doing poses.

What We Were Looking For

If you’re in the market for a bolster pillow, odds are you’re looking to alleviate some sort of pain or discomfort. Whether you’re waking up with a sore neck, back, or knees, the right bolster can be a game changer for your entire daily routine. We took each type of use case for a bolster pillow into consideration in compiling our list. Some of these factors included:

  • Versatility: Is the shape of the pillow designed with the sole purpose of relieving one type of pain? If that was the case, that bolster really needed to stand out for its specific use case. Besides that, we tended to favor bolster pillows that could be sued for multiple pain points.
  • Firmness and Durability: Unlike a lot of other pillows, bolsters should have a fair amount of resistance to their design (without being overly hard or uncomfortable). If the pillows sunk in too far, they weren’t serving their purpose of providing extra support.
  • Cover Design: Since the bolster pillow you’re getting is probably going to be irregularly shaped to where you won’t be able to fit it to a standard pillow cover, the washability and softness of the bolster’s cover weighed into our selection process. 

Some Tips for Picking the Best Pillow

Choosing a bolster pillow can be a life-altering decision if done properly. Waking up every morning in pain is a truly miserable experience, so finding a solution that alleviates that hurt can make a world of difference. Some things to look out for when selecting a bolster pillow:

  • Dimensions and Weight:  Make sure you check the dimensions on the bolster pillow before you buy. Especially if you’re using it for travel, choosing a pillow with a more compact or lightweight design can be essential for on-the-go use.
  • Materials: If you’re sensitive to certain types of fabrics and materials, some bolster pillows may cause a skin reaction. This is an object you’re planning to have prolonged exposure to, potentially on bare skin, so double-check materials and potentially opt for something hypoallergenic if you have sensitive skin.

Best Bolster Pillows of 2019 Recap

So there you have it; between the knees, behind the neck, under your legs or behind your back, bolster pillows can be the perfect added support to your sleeping and lounging routine. When choosing the right bolster pillow for your unique needs, you can alleviate hours spent in pain, which can change your whole outlook on life!

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Logan Block

Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.

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