Not all pillows are created equal. With numerous firmness, filling, and thickness options, it's important to identify what type of sleeper you are (back, side, stomach) and whether you have any special needs or problems (excessive sweating, allergies). "The goal of a good pillow is not so much being comfortable, but not being uncomfortable to the point of interfering with sleep," says sleep expert Dr. David Neubauer. "There's not much science to it; you have to try several."
Cuddledown 800-Fill Power European White Goose Down
The top-quality down traps air inside and provides a gentle cradling sensation but is also exceptionally responsive, filling in and re-forming to match your movements. [From $199; cuddledown.com]
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco