Down-Free Vegan Pillows for Your Best Night of Sleep

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Your pillow can mean the difference between a night of sleep that’s restful and one that leaves you in pain in the morning. Whichever pillow type is right for you, there’s sure to be an option that doesn’t use birds’ feathers—and we’ve compiled a list to help you find it.

All birds used for their down are inevitably sent to the slaughterhouse, where standard practice is to hang them upside down, stun them, and then slit their throats. There’s nothing warm or cozy about the cruelty. Purchasing down pillows, bedding, and coats supports this cruelty, which is why it’s important to choose non-animal materials such as cotton, polyester, bamboo, memory foam, and more.

Here are some picks for vegan pillows based on various sleeping styles and needs:

For an All-Around Option: Pillow-Fight Knockout Original

We love Pillow-Fight’s down-free pillows because they can be customized and because the brand never uses bird feathers in any of its products. In fact, we love them so much that we gave the company a Compassionate Business Award! The Knockout Original’s vegan down fill can be adjusted to create the perfect plushness for anyone’s needs.

woman laying on a stack of two pillow-fight down-free pillows

For Side Sleepers: Zoey Sleep Curve Pillow

The unique curved shape of this pillow makes it ideal for those who sleep on their side.

For Back Sleepers: Zoma Pillow

Zoma’s MicroCushions technology keeps this pillow from going flat, making it perfect for back sleepers who need a thinner pillow with a bit of support.

For Stomach Sleepers: Brooklinen Plush Down Alternative Pillow

Brooklinen’s vegan pillows are allergy-friendly and fluffy without using down. The plush version of this one is ideal for stomach sleepers.

For Migraine Sufferers: Avocado Green Pillow

In general, supportive pillows help reduce migraine pain. This firm pillow is certified organic and completely wool- and down-free.

For Sleep Apnea Sufferers: Cushy Form Wedge Pillow

Elevating the head can help relieve some symptoms of sleep apnea. This one made of memory foam also has support for the head and neck.

wedge vegan pillow

Pillow to Prevent Neck Pain: Sleepsia Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow

The shredded memory foam filling in this pillow helps cradle the neck, so you wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Thin Pillow: Belly Sleep Gel Infused Memory Foam Pillow

Memory foam makes this pillow firm, but it’s thin enough for stomach sleepers.

Thick Pillow: Coop The Original Pillow

This shredded memory foam pillow can be extra-stuffed for increased thickness.

Soft Pillow: Tuft & Needle Down Alternative Pillow Set

If you’re looking for fluffy, lightweight pillows, this hypoallergenic Tuft & Needle set is a good option. It’s made with polyester fill instead of feathers that were painfully plucked from sensitive birds.

Anti-Aging Pillow: enVy Natural Latex Anti-Aging Pillow

Nurses with experience in the fields of anti-aging and sleep wellness helped with the creation of this clean, natural latex option. You can’t do much better than a pillow that helps address skincare concerns while you sleep!

Woman resting on envy latex pillow

Pillow for Toddlers: Organic Toddler Pillow by Brentwood Home

This pillow has the perfect level of firmness to support your little one through their growth and development. It’s also sustainable, free of toxins, and free of pesticides.

Woman and toddler holding brentwood pillow

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