Slumbr Pillow Review

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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017

The Orion pillow review has been updated to include that it's suitable for all sleep positions:
side, back and stomach. I continue to rate the Orion as "Excellent."

Have you been searching for your perfect pillow, because you wake up with neck pain every morning? 

Does your search for your ideal pillow seem an endless quest?

You are not alone, because *70% of Americans state that it's exceptionally difficult to find a comfortable pillow. That’s right, a staggering 70% feel the same way you do and 91% of Americans consider the right pillow critical to their sleep.

*According to a consumer study conducted by Slumbr
Slumbr Bag

But what if I told you that Slumbr designs and specializes in pillows and may have your perfect pillow? Would this fact ease some of your stress? The company produces a total of 6 pillows that address all the sleeping positions: side, back and/or stomach. No matter what type of sleeper you are, Slumbr has you covered.

In this pillow review, we are examining 3 of Slumbr's options: the Orion Down Alternative;
the Lyra and the Ara. So let's get right to it.

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Slumbr Orion Pillow

Construction + Cover

Among Slumbr's pillow options, the Orion is the only pillow that is a down alternative. It’s filled with a hypo-allergenic polyester gel microfiber, which is buttery soft to the touch and gives the “feel” of real down feathers. The total height of the Orion is 5.5 inches.

If you’re unsure of whether polyester microfiber is on par with the quality of genuine down feathers, take a look at the following benefits and decide for yourself:

  • Provides soft and comfortable compression
  • Provides insulation
  • The perfect choice for allergy sensitive sufferers
  • It’s machine washable and dryable
  • Consistently retains its down-like smoothness and loftiness
  • Typically used in high-end bedding

The pillow is encased in a soft, 300-thread-count cotton cover, which adds to its comfort. Since the cover is made from 100% cotton, it’s also breathable and durable. However, cotton shrinks at high temperatures, so it’s important to wash your pillow cover in cold water and air dry it or dry it on a low
dryer heat setting.

Support

The moment you lie down, you’ll immediately notice that the Orion pillow provides an optimal balance of comfort and support. Imagine for a second that you're experiencing a relaxing massage treatment for your head and neck. That's how good it feels.

After only one night of sleeping on the Orion, I knew that I had found the perfect pillow for me (I’m a side sleeper). The Orion gently cradles and simultaneously supports my neck. The microfiber fill is luxuriously soft, without the annoyance of feathers poking through the cover, as with real
down feather fills.

Slumbr Orion Pillow Review

Polyester Gel Microfiber Fill

As of this review (January 2017), I’ve had the pleasure of sleeping on the Orion for 1.5 months and it still retains its loft and support. It's been unnecessary for me to fluff it up at all during this timeframe.

I rate the Orion as "Excellent" for all sleeping positions: side, back and stomach.

Temperature

I find that the pillow sleeps exceptionally cool. Cotton is a smart choice for a pillow cover, because its breathable and also regulates temperature. Cotton sleeps cool in summer and warm in winter.

Smell

Synthetic down typically does not exhibit any chemical smells and the Orion is no exception. There was absolutely no detection of any funky smell when I unboxed my Orion pillow or while sleeping on it.

Firmness

Slumbr rates the pillow at a medium level of support and I have to agree. The pillow is resilient, yet gently conforms to your head. I do not experience any aches or pains when I awake each morning.
The Orion resulted in 3 inches of sinkage when I tested it with a 10-pound weight, which mimics the average weight of a human head.

Orion Sinkage Test (Side + Top Views)

PROS

  • Offers great neck and head support
  • No chemical smell at any time
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Suitable for sleepers with allergies
  • Vegan - no animal products are used
  • High-end quality

CONS

  • May be too soft for stomach sleepers

Additional Factors For Orion

  • Cover made in China
  • Stitched and filled in USA
  • Size: 20” x 26”
  • Total height 5.5 inches
  • Fits standard pillow cases
  • The Orion exhibits 3 inches of sinkage when tested with a 10-pound weight applied to it.
  • Price $60

The Orion Pillow Right for You If...

  • You suffer from allergies
  • You are a side sleeper and/or back sleeper
  • You prefer a pillow with a good balance of cushiony-softness and resiliency
  • You prefer pillows that are not filled with animal-derived products, such as feathers


Slumbr Lyra Pillow (Flat)

Construction + Cover

The Lyra is a high-loft pillow that is designed to never flatten. It is made from 100% Talalay-processed latex, which is a blend of natural and synthetic rubber -- the latter is also known as Styrene Butadiene Rubber, or SBR. The pillow has a distinct bounce and resilience that is immediately evident when you lay your head down on it. The total height of the Lyra is 5.5 inches.

The benefits of Talalay-processed latex are as follows:

  • It’s durable
  • It’s resistant to decompression (does not leave body impressions)
  • It's pressure relieving

The pillow insert is encased in a synthetic, textured knit cover that feels smooth when you run your hand across the top. The cover is zippered and removable, which makes it a breeze to launder. To ensure the longevity of your Lyra pillow, you should occasionally machine-wash the knit cover and air dry it to prevent shrinkage.

If necessary, you may also wash the latex pillow insert. Be sure to handwash it with a mild detergent and air-dry flat. To prevent mildew, the pillow insert must be completely dry before you encase it in the knit cover.

Support

The high loft and resiliency of the Lyra pillow contributes to its ability to adequately cradle your head and neck while simultaneously relieving pressure. During testing, my experience with the Lyra was that it was too high to sleep on my side or back. I’m mostly a side sleeper, but I also tested the pillow to feel how it performs for back sleeping and it felt more comfortable for me in this position.

I conclude that Lyra's height and springiness are more suitable for back sleepers, and even then, it may not be favored by all back sleepers. According to Michelle, one of Slumbr’s co-founders, the feedback from users has been that you either love the springiness of the Lyra or you don’t.

Slumbr Lyra Latex Pillow

Lyra Latex Fill

For individuals who would love the loftiness and resiliency, I rate the Lyra "Above Average" for
back sleepers, though it may be too high for some side and stomach sleepers.

The only way to confirm whether or not the Lyra works for you is to try it. Fortunately, Slumbr offers a 30-night trial, which includes one exchange. If neither of the two pillows work for you, Slumbr refunds your purchase price minus a $15 return fee.

Temperature

The pillow slept cool and comfortable. I did not experience any heat retention at any time during
the night, which is not surprising. Latex typically sleeps cooler than a memory foam alternative.

Smell

At times, Talalay latex does emit a smell and I detected a slight rubbery odor when unboxing and sleeping on the Lyra. However, it’s important to know that any off-gassing from latex is not harmful and dissipates within 24 hours.

Firmness

The Lyra definitely provides firm support and resulted in 1.75 inches of sinkage when I tested it with a
10-pound weight. For sleepers who prefer their heads in higher positions when lying on their sides and backs, the Lyra will not disappoint.

Lyra Sinkage Test (Side + Top Views)

PROS

  • A good balance of support and resiliency
  • Talalay-processed latex is safe, even for babies
  • Constructed of good quality materials
  • Emits only slight off-gassing
  • Consistently retains height
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Breathable

CONS

  • The high loft may be unsuitable for side
    and stomach sleepers
  • The springy quality of the pillow may be undesirable to some sleepers
  • Unsuitable for sleepers who are sensitive
    or allergic to latex

Additional Factors For Lyra

  • Talalay latex foam blend is manufactured in Belgium
  • Synthetic knit cover is manufactured in China
  • Filled and finished in USA
  • Size: 20” x 26”
  • Total height 5.5 inches
  • Fits standard pillow cases
  • Sinkage of 1.75 inches when a 10-pound weight is applied to the pillow
  • Price $75

The Lyra Pillow Is Right For You If...

  • You prefer the springiness of latex versus the softer, sinking-in feel of down alternative or the squishy feel of memory foam
  • You are mostly a back sleeper
  • You are not sensitive or allergic to latex

Did You Know?...

The Average Human Head Weighs Approximately 10 Pounds


Slumbr Ara Flat

Construction + Cover

My first thought when unboxing the Ara was that it’s exceptionally heavy for a pillow. It’s filled with 5 pounds of 100% organic buckwheat grown in the USA. At 14” x 20”, the Ara is the smallest size in Slumbr’s pillow designs.

The buckwheat fill is housed within a zippered, cotton muslin cover. The original height of the Ara when evenly laid out, before adding or subtracting any buckwheat, is 2.75 inches. The Ara is versatile in that sleepers can add or remove buckwheat as they require for optimal height and support.

If you are hesitant about sleeping on a buckwheat pillow and the idea is foreign to you, you should consider the following benefits:

  • Conforms to your head and neck
  • Maintains your head and neck in a neutral alignment, thereby reducing head, neck and
    shoulder pains
  • Remains in place once you’ve adjusted it to your optimal sleep position
  • Is durable

For the cover, the Ara includes a fit-to-order pillowcase that is also fabricated from cotton muslin.

Support

Buckwheat pillows are known for their support and the Ara is no exception. When I lay my head down on the pillow while lying on my back, my neck and head felt comfortably and adequately supported.

As a side sleeper with narrow shoulders, I experienced sufficient head and neck support. However, I believe that side sleepers with wide shoulders may have to increase the buckwheat fill in order to raise the pillow height. Failure to do so may provide less than optimal head and neck support.

One way to achieve adequate support is to adjust the buckwheat to make it higher in some areas and lower in other areas of the pillow. One of Ara's great features is that it's customizable.

My husband, who suffers from a herniated disk, loved the way that the Ara conformed to his head.
At 2.75 inches high, the pillow was also at an ideal height to keep his head, neck and spine in a neutral alignment. His only complaints were that the pillow was too small and the buckwheat too noisy every time he moved his head. 

Slumbr Ara Fill + Pillowcase

I rate the Ara as “Above Average” for side sleeping (provided the pillow height has been sufficiently raised with additional buckwheat hulls), back sleeping and stomach sleeping positions. For stomach sleepers, it may be necessary to remove some of the hulls to lower the pillow height for neutral
head and neck alignment. The Ara is exceptionally versatile in that it's adjustable for all
sleeping positions.

Temperature

The loose buckwheat hulls allow for good air circulation, so the Ara sleeps cool. I did not experience any heat retention during the night. 

Smell

The pillow emits a slight fresh aroma that emanates from the buckwheat, but it’s quite pleasant.

Firmness

To me, the Ara felt extremely firm and exhibited 1 inch of sinkage when tested with a 10-pound weight. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the Ara feels “hard.” The advantage to this level of firmness is that the pillow provided my head and neck with optimal support.

The disadvantage for me is that the firmness hurt my ears. My husband did not experience the same issue and the firmness of the Ara did not bother his ears in any way.

Sleepers whose ears are not as sensitive as mine may find the Ara quite comfortable, with it becoming even more so over time.

Ara Sinkage Test (Side + Top Views)

PROS

  • Adjustable height to personal preference, either thicker or thinner
  • Buckwheat remains in place
  • Provides optimal head and neck support
  • Sleeps cool, because of good air circulation
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Breathable (both the pillow insert and the outer cover)

CONS

  • May take some sleepers time to get comfortable with its firmness
  • Some side sleepers may find the firmness hurts their ears
  • Noisy, especially for side sleepers, due to the hulls rubbing together
  • Buckwheat may cause an allergic reaction; though it’s rare
  • The smaller size of the Ara may be too small for some sleepers

Additional Factors For Ara

  • Filled and finished in USA
  • Size: 14” x 20”
  • Total height 2.75 inches
  • Purchase includes a fit-to-size pillowcase
  • Sinkage of 1 inch when a 10-pound weight is applied to the pillow
  • Price $65

The Ara Pillow Is Right For You If...

  • You prefer a pillow that is adjustable for personalized comfort
  • You prefer an exceptionally firm pillow
  • You have a history of neck, spine and/or back issues
  • You’ve exhausted all your pillow options that have not worked for you -- Latex, Memory foam, Down alternative and Feathers -- and you want to try an unconventional alternative


USER FEEDBACK

This section of my review is intended to provide you with an idea of how other users responded to the Slumbr pillows. In this way, you have an all-round and a balanced picture of both the pros and cons on which to base your purchase decision.

The following results were based on 17 verified reviews on the Slumbr website. I was unable to find additional reviews from credible sources such as Amazon, because Slumbr sells its pillows exclusively on its website.

Note that the 0% percentage rating for "Users who highly recommend the pillow to others"  is not reflective of bad reviews, rather the users focused specifically on value and quality of sleep in their overall feedback. There was also some overlap in percentages with 4% of users providing feedback for both value and quality of sleep in a single review, which was counted as 2 separate reviews in the final percentage total.

Users who expressed that they experienced the best and most improved sleep in a long time

89 %
Positive

Users who highly recommend the pillow(s) to others

0 %
No Feedback

Users who believe that their pillow purchase is good value for money

15 %
Positive

SUMMARIZED PILLOW COMPARISON CHART

Slumbr

Type of Pillow

Description

Rating

Price

ORION
Down Alternative
Polyester Gel Microfiber Fill.
Hypo-allergenic.
Medium firmness.
A+
$60

LYRA

Latex
Talalay-processed latex with a great balance of bounce + resiliency. Firm.
A
$75
ARA
Buckwheat
Adjustable for personalized comfort. Does not shift. Exceptionally firm.

A+
$65

STAR RATING

Construction + Cover
Firmness

Support

Resiliency

Durability + Quality 

Temperature

Off Gassing (Smell)

4.6 ABOVE AVERAGE

BRAND REPUTATION

Slumbr started its journey in 2016, so at this time of my review (January 2017), it's still a bit too soon to get an accurate benchmark for the brand's reputation. Nonetheless, judging from all the positive reviews on Slumbr's website, it appears that the company is making sleepers everywhere
incredibly happy, including me.

CONCLUSION

Slumbr's focus is on promoting quality sleep as part of an overall wellness plan. This approach makes perfect sense when you consider that you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping. Slumbr's pillows are of a high quality and the founders undoubtedly take sleep seriously. 

In addition to the 3 pillows reviewed, Slumbr also offers 2 other down as well as a down/feather option. My experience with sleeping on all 3 Slumbr pillows has been positive and I feel comfortable recommending them. What I like about Slumbr is that no matter what your sleeping position may be, there's a pillow option for you.

A $5 flat shipping fee ensures delivery of your pillow directly to your door within 2-5 days. Slumbr also offers a "30 Moons" trial, so that you can try out your pillow in the comfort of your home.

To find your ideal pillow on Slumbr, Take the Pillow Quiz and start your journey to experiencing better sleep.