Here I’m going to be talking about the talalay latex pillow from Brooklyn Bedding.
I’ll go over this pillow’s construction and feel, let you know how it’s gonna work for different sleeping positions and give you my honest pros and cons.
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Let’s kick this review off with a quick overview of the policies and prices for this pillow,
Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping within the contiguous United States. Customers in Hawaii and Alaska will have to pay an additional shipping fee and Brooklyn Bedding will also ship to Canada for an additional shipping fee.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a 30-night sleep trial with this pillow and that means you can test it out at home for 30 nights and if you decide it’s not a right fit for you, you can return it within that trial period for a full refund.
And Brooklyn Bedding also offers a year warranty on this pillow.
This pillow currently comes in a queen size and a king size.
The queen size currently costs $89 and the king size costs $99.
But keep in mind that these prices do change often so head over to their website for the most up-to-date pricing information.
Let’s go over what this pillow is made of.
Starting off with the cover, as you can see from what it says on the top here this cover is made with organic cotton.
Organic cotton is a great material because it’s not only super soft but it’s also really breathable so that’ll help keep some air flowing within the pillow.
When you open up the cover, you can see the core that gives this pillow its name. This is talalay latex.
If you’re unfamiliar with latex, it’s actually a fairly common material used in bedding and mattresses. This latex is latex foam and it’s derived from the sap of rubber trees.
Talalay latex specifically is a certain kind of latex production that makes it softer and lighter with a more consistent cell structure than other types of latex.
This makes it a great material for pillows because it’s bouncy and responsive but still soft and supportive. Latex is also a naturally cool material and this latex is perforated to allow for even more airflow.
Overall this is going to keep the pillow really really cool.
The talalay latex pillow is available in a high and low loft version.
Loft is essentially the height of a pillow, but I’ll come back to that more in the sleeping position section when I discuss which loft you should get.
Now that we know what this pillow is made of let’s talk about how it feels.
Overall I would say that the talalay latex pillow has a medium firmness. I honestly really like latex pillows and I think this is a pretty classic latex feel.
It’s bouncy, responsive and supportive, but at the same time your head and neck can sink into it a pretty good amount and get some cozy contouring.
However I will say that this pillow is definitely not going to be very moldable. It reforms to its shape really easily and it can’t really be shaped or fluffed, so if that’s something you’re looking for in a pillow, this might not be the best fit for you.
I’ll add here that I think this is a really good pillow for hot sleepers. Latex in addition to its many other great qualities is naturally cool, so combine that with the perforations it has and a breathable cotton cover and this pillow does a great job of staying cool.
Are you a back sleeper, a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper or some combination of those?
It’s important to think about what position you sleep in when you’re choosing a pillow as each position is going to have different support needs from their pillow.
Let’s go over how this pillow is going to stack up for each sleeping position.
Back sleepers are the happy medium group. They generally need a medium firmness and a
medium loft from their pillow.
The medium firmness of the Brooklyn Bedding talalay latex pillow is perfect for back sleepers. While it comes in a high loft and a low loft version, I honestly think either loft can work because the latex foam compresses so much underneath you that it doesn’t end up being that high of a loft.
I tested out the high loft version and I thought it worked pretty well for back sleeping and I felt really comfortable and didn’t feel my neck craning at all.
All in all, I think this is a really good pillow for back sleepers.
For side sleepers I generally recommend a pillow with a higher loft and a firmer feel to ensure spinal alignment. While this pillow doesn’t really have a firm feel, I still found that it was pretty comfortable for laying on my side.
The latex foam is pretty supportive and I thought it was keeping my head and neck pretty well elevated to keep them in line with my spine.
I definitely would recommend getting the high loft version to ensure that you’re getting that spinal alignment.
But I will say here it’s not the highest of high loft pillows, so if you are on the larger side or if you have broader shoulders you might not get quite enough support from this pillow.
For stomach sleepers I generally recommend a softer pillow with a lower loft to prevent your neck from craning.
While this pillow doesn’t have quite that soft of a feel, the latex foam does compress quite a bit underneath you, so it doesn’t end up elevating your head and neck too much.
I definitely would recommend going with the low loft version if you’re a stomach sleeper. I think the high loft was just a little bit too tall for stomach sleeping.
It’s time to recap what we’ve discussed so far with a nice pros and cons list, starting off with the pros.
My first pro for this pillow is that I love the versatility of it. With soft but supportive latex and two different loft options ,this pillow can work for every sleeping position.
Second I really love that this pillow is so cooling with the naturally cool latex core and a breathable cotton cover, this pillow is not going to overheat at night.
Finally I really appreciate that this pillow has a washable cover as you can just take it off and throw it in the washing machine and that’ll help you to keep your pillow super duper clean.
I don’t really have too many cons for this pillow because I think it’s a pretty good pillow all around and it’s pretty simple.
I will say that, as I mentioned before, it’s not a very malleable pillow so if you’re looking for something you can kind of mold and shape this might not be the best pick for you.
Similarly if you like the slow moving feel of memory foam that you sink in really deeply to, you may also not like this feel.
Again I will mention that if you’re a side sleeper with really broad shoulders or a pretty large frame, this high loft might not be quite high enough for you.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.