Fairly unknown in the UK but very popular in Asia and gaining fans in the US, Buckwheat pillows are filled with Buckwheat husks. Oddly, Buckwheat isn’t actually wheat at all but a fruit, the husk of which us considered as more valuable than the kernel. The main characteristics of a Buckwheat pillow are similar to microbead pillows in that they are very conforming, moldable and supportive. It’s possible to shape the pillow or even add / remove husks to fit your pillow height requirements. These pillows are recommended for people who need extra support, who are looking for neck, back and shoulder pain relief or suffer from sleep apnea.
- Pros: Supporting, moldable and will fit the countours of your body, height is adjustable, durable natural materials, airy
- Cons: Quite heavy and a bit noisy as the husks will rustle as you move, can be more expensive (but not by much), can be too firm for some people and will take some adjusting to get the correct height
Pillow advisor summary: Only really worth trying if you are after something supporting which can help with pain relief and if you’re after something a little different.