Best pillows UK 2021: Affordable options for a good night’s sleep

Best affordable pillows for a good night’s sleep. (Getty Images)
Best affordable pillows for a good night’s sleep. (Getty Images)

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A good night's sleep is one of those things money can't buy.

However, there are certain products that can help you settle down at night, whether that's a herbal tea, lavender spray, or a good cosy and supportive pillow.

With so many pillow choices out there, finding the one right for you can feel like a bit of a minefield: natural or synthetic filling? Firm or soft?

While we can't make those personal choices for you, we can help you sort out the best budget-friendly pillows around.

We've trawled through the reviews of pillows from all our favourite high street brands, from Marks & Spencer and John Lewis to The White Company to uncover the top-rated and most reasonably priced pillows around.

10 of the best pillows for a good night’s sleep

1 Synthetic Soft Touch Washable Standard Pillow | £10 from John Lewis & Partners

Synthetic Soft Touch Washable Standard Pillow (John Lewis)
Synthetic Soft Touch Washable Standard Pillow (John Lewis)

John Lewis really came through on providing quality at affordable prices with this £10 pillow.

The medium to firm pillow is great for those who sleep on their back or side as this pillow helps keep your spine aligned. How great can a £10 pillow be, you ask? Well it has almost 300 five star reviews, so it has definitely been tried and tested.

2 Hypo-Allergenic Soft & Light Breathable Pillow | From £20 from The White Company

Hypo-Allergenic Soft & Light Breathable Pillow. (The White Company)
Hypo-Allergenic Soft & Light Breathable Pillow. (The White Company)

There's nothing that disturbs a good night's sleep more than sniffling and sneezing due to allergies in the night.

This affordable pillow (yes if you do some digging you can find some great budget-friendly options at The White Company) is one of the best down-like hypoallergenic designs we’ve ever come across, featuring a cotton case and special Modal micro-fibre filling. Plus, it rates an overall 4./5 for both quality and design, which is impressive.

3 Emma Original Pillow | £44.85 (Was £69) from Emma

Emma Original Pillow (Emma)
Emma Original Pillow (Emma)

Though not the cheapest on the list, this sumptuous pillow from Emma is worth the extra pounds - and currently has 35% off.

With three layers of premium foam, adjustable height and firmness and an extra breathable design to keep your temperature regulated, we don't have one bad thing to say about it.

4 2 Pack Cosy & Light Medium Pillows | £25 from Marks & Spencer

2 Pack Cosy & Light Medium Pillows. (Marks & Spencer)
2 Pack Cosy & Light Medium Pillows. (Marks & Spencer)

M&S shoppers rave about this lightweight and cosy pillow 2-pack, with one even confessing that she "made a note" of which pillows were in her staycation property as they were so comfortable and then bought them on her return.

And we think they're a pretty great affordable pillow option, too. The trick is trying to get hold of them when they're still in stock.

5. Synthetic Soft Touch Pillow Collection | £30 (Was £60) from Dusk

Synthetic Soft Touch Pillow Collection. (Dusk)
Synthetic Soft Touch Pillow Collection. (Dusk)

These Synthetic Soft Touch pillows are covered in a soft microfibre casing, so you can sleep soundly and snugly. Available in a range of support options, whichever option you choose will provide optimal support and comfort. Plus, currently with 50% off - we say they're a bargain to snap up ASAP.

6. 2 Pack Simply Soft Medium Pillows | £15 from Marks & Spencer

2 Pack Simply Soft Medium Pillows. (Marks & Spencer)
2 Pack Simply Soft Medium Pillows. (Marks & Spencer)

With the most recent review giving a full five stars, and calling them "the most comfortable pillows I've ever owned", these affordable pillows from M&S were ones we just couldn't scroll past. They spring quickly back into shape, offering support and comfort for years, and couple medium firmness with a cosy softness - the perfect pairing.

7. 2 Pack Silentnight Ultrabounce Pillow | £14.99 from Amazon

2 Pack Silentnight Ultrabounce Pillow
2 Pack Silentnight Ultrabounce Pillow

Say hello to the number one best-selling pillow on Amazon - which is quite an accolade.

The affordable Silent Night currently takes the top slot and has over 20,000 reviews to back up its excellence.

The ultra bounce pillows are filled with bouncy fibres that spring back to shape for ultimate comfort and support night after night - and for under £50 they've an absolute bargain.

8. Slumberdown CBD Infused White Pillow | £16.99 from Amazon

Slumberdown CBD Infused White Pillow
Slumberdown CBD Infused White Pillow

Never heard of a CBD infused pillow? Allow us to explain.

The Slumberdown design is infused with a unique blend of CBD oil, Aloe Vera and lavender to help improve and enhance your sleep.

Designed for back and side sleepers, with a medium firmness, these pillows help to get rid of aches and neck pain by helping to support, and slightly raise, your head to align with your spine - and the claims are backed up by over 21,000 reviews.

9. Specialist Synthetic 2-Way Memory Foam Standard Support Pillow | £45 from John Lewis & Partners

Specialist Synthetic 2-Way Memory Foam Standard Support Pillow. (John Lewis & Partners)
Specialist Synthetic 2-Way Memory Foam Standard Support Pillow. (John Lewis & Partners)

This two-way memory foam pillow is designed to give extra support to your head, neck and shoulders, helping to keep the spine aligned - great for those who sleep on on their back or side.

Plus, the dual-contoured nature of the pillow gives it a pressure-relieving quality to help you enjoy a weightless night's sleep.

10. Synthetic Standard Pillow | £12 from John Lewis & Partners

Synthetic Standard Pillow. (John Lewis & Partners)
Synthetic Standard Pillow. (John Lewis & Partners)

Yes, two John Lewis pillows for just £12 - it's easy to see why these pillows have sold out already numerous times.

With medium firmness, the pillows are designed for those who sleep on their back or side, helping to keep your spine aligned for a comfortable night's sleep.

The soft polyester clusterfibre filling keeps its shape and bounce, while the 100% cotton cover is cool and comfortable - plus, they're machine washable.

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