According to the Sleep Health Foundation, one in three people suffers from at least mild insomnia. If you are one of the millions of people who struggle to get a decent night's sleep, or even if you find you are just a little uncomfortable at night, a whole new mattress might not be necessary. Many people find that merely switching their pillow to one like a selection from Brookstone pillows makes all the difference. And if that wasn't enough, changing pillows is just better for your health.
According to scientists at the University of Manchester, your pillows, unless they are brand new, are probably the dirtiest things on your bed. Indeed, the study found that on average, a pillow may contain up to 16 different fungal spores. These dangerous spores include Aspergillus Fumigatus. Aspergillus Fumigatus is a common fungus that causes respiratory infections in people with immunodeficiency or a compromised immune system. So, even if you are sleeping as well as a hibernating bear, it's still a good idea to switch those pillows out now and again; that is where Brookstone pillows come in.
Brookstone: A Retailer Ahead Of Its Time
Back in 1965, an engineer trained at Harvard (who later spent some time as an executive for an auto company) decided to do things a little differently. Pierre de Beaumont placed an ad in the back of Popular Mechanics magazine. In that tiny ad, Beaumont offered hobbyists and other people interested in the latest innovations a way to get their hands on "hard-to-find tools" as well as the latest "smart new inventions." Beaumont and his wife, Mary Deland, ran the mail-order business from their farm named Brookstone.
The company quickly expanded and opened the doors of its first store in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Since then, the company has grown nationwide. Brookstone now offers both products designed in-house as well as launching exciting offers from other companies. The Brookstone company even won several Red Dot awards for product excellence.
All About Brookstone's Most Popular Pillows
On the company's website, there are currently 26 different Brookstone pillows available for sale. Obviously, we won't talk about each of those items. However, we will talk about the most popular selections. Brookstone pillows come in many different styles including wedge pillows, traditional bed pillows, memory foam, pillows for side-sleepers, knee pillows, lumbar support, bed rest pillows with cupholders, a Build-A-Bed Wedge set, a plush pillow with lights inside, and many more.
Some Of Brookstone Pillows Most Popular Styles
Brookstone has quite an eclectic collection of pillows for sale. At the time of this writing, the top three Brookstone pillows according to the company's website are the Build-A-Bed Rest customizable bed wedge, the BioSense Classic Memory Foam Pillow with Better Than Down® Cover, and the 4-in-1 Bed Wedge Pillow. Let's take a closer look at those products.
Build-A-Bed Rest Customizable Bed Wedge
The Build-A-Bed wedge set is ideal for people who can't sleep laying down for whatever reason. Or, just anyone who wants a little extra cushion for some late-night television viewing. This item is a six-piece set that allows the user to create a bed rest in whatever position they need to get comfortable. It's convertible and easy to place in just the right spot for ultimate comfort.
This set includes:
- One large foam wedge
- Two smaller wedges
- Two armrests
- One headrest
BioSense Classic Memory Foam Pillow With Better
Than Down® Cover
The BioSense Classic Memory Foam Pillow is the second of the Brookstone pillows on our list. This top-seller has that supportive foam we all know and love. Brookstone's memory foam is called BioSense. This pillow comes with a super-soft "Better Than Down" cover, as well.
The company designed this pillow to both help circulation and alleviate pressure points. The cover is removable and machine washable. Brookstone even thought about all that nasty fungus. The cover for this pillow includes anti-microbial protection that keeps the inner pillow cleaner night after night. This selection is available in both queen and king sizes.
4-in-1 Bed Wedge Pillow
Finally, the 4-in-1 Bed Wedge Pillow is another popular selection from Brookstone pillows. Like the wedge set we spoke about earlier, this support pillow works in several different ways. You can use it to prop up your back, lay down, or under your knees. This item is a convertible triangle made out of plush memory foam. You can use it at either a 30-degree or 60-degree angle.
The cover of the 4-in-1 Bed Wedge is the super-popular uber-soft fabric that Brookstone calls "NapSoft®." This pillow comes in either beige or grey. The measurements for this item are 22 inches long by 12 inches wide by 22 inches in height.
How The Most Popular Brookstone Pillows Compare To The Competition
Next, we are going to do a little comparison shopping. Let's see how they stack up to comparable items from other retailers.
- Two Layer Design with EXTRA LARGE SIZE (33" x 30.5" x 12") plus an adjustable memory foam headrest pillow in one...
- Its EXTRA WIDTH allows you to place both of your arms comfortably on the wedge pillow while its EXTRA LENGTH gives you...
- This extra-large verison also comes with a silky-smooth, 400 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton cover that is removable...
First, we compared the InteVision Extra Large Bed Wedge Pillow to Brookstone's 4-in-1 Wedge Pillow. Right off, we can tell you that the offering from InteVision is not convertible. However, the Bed Wedge is a little larger than the Brookstone 4-in-1 and measures 33 inches long by 30.5 inches wide by 12 inches in height. The InteVision item has a 400-count Egyptian cotton cover, so that's comparable to Brookstone's NapSoft.
- The Wellness Wedge goes underneath your mattress, so you can sleep on your own pillow instead of an uncomfortable foam...
- The Wellness Wedges are interlockable, so they can be stacked or placed side by side.
- They offer approximately two and a half inches of elevation when placed side by side, or five inches when stacked.
Next up, we have the Wellness Wedge. This item is a little different because it doesn't go on top of the mattress, but underneath. This Wellness Wedge comes with two wedges, each one with a rise of 2.5 inches. You can slide the two wedges underneath your mattress together or separately. If you stack them together, the resulting rise will be five inches. The measurements for this item are 22 inches wide by 15 inches long by 2 inches in height.
Using this product, instead of sleeping directly on an unfamiliar wedge, you are still on your mattress. One significant benefit is that you will never have to wash The Wellness Wedge. For the rest of the foam wedges on the list, that is not the case. You can clean the cover, but not the pillows themselves.
- ☽☽ Dual-sided feature: The Soft side of the pillow is Air Flow Pattern with Bamboo Charcoal, while the medium-firm...
- ☽☽ Ultimate Sleep Experience: Cloud-like softness and therapeutic pressure-relieving support. Proper spine and neck...
- ☆☆Cooling Properties: Unique Open Air Cell foam, Lighter, Cooler feeling, Breathability, VOC less, Non temperature...
Now, for comparison to the Brookstone BioSense Memory Foam pillow, we have the Polar Sleep Memory Foam Pillow. This selection is two-sided. The soft side features an air-flow pattern that uses bamboo charcoal. A foam unique to the Polar Sleep brand comprises the medium-firm side. So, if the firmness of the selection from Brookstone pillows might be a problem, the Polar Sleep might be for you. Additionally, unlike the Brookstone pillows, this selection comes with a 90-night 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
- The Kind Bed System offers four pieces that work together in harmony to bolster and support your body while sitting...
- Curved back wedge pillow follows natural curvature of spine for proper alignment and full upper body and back support....
- Leg wedge provides adjustable support and elevation to help with aching pressure points for hips, legs and feet
Finally, for comparison to the Brookstone Build-A-Bed Wedge System, we have the Avana Kind Orthopedic Support Pillow Comfort System. First, we can tell you that the Avana product does not come with the armrest pieces included with the selection from Brookstone pillows. Depending on your needs, those pieces could play a vital part in your setup. Secondly, the Avana set has a curved section that goes behind a person's back. That curve may be preferable to the straight lines of the Brookstone wedges for some people. Additionally, the Avana comes in four color selections (cloud/camel, grey/black, mocha/sage, and thunder grey/navy) and the Brookstone set does not.
Pros And Cons Of Brookstone Pillows
In this section, we do a final tally of everything we learned about Brookstone pillows. Instead of breaking it down between products, we will include the pros and cons of each product in one final list.
Comfort, Style, And A Good Night's Sleep
And there you have it. The truth about Brookstone pillows and what everyone has to say about them. Whether you have medical needs or you simply want to stay comfy in your bed while you read or work on your laptop, these pillows are a great idea. As we said, Brookstone has a broad selection, and we only talked about a few of them today. Check out the company's website for the full lineup.
There are also quite a few competitor pillows on the market that rate pretty high by customers. So, Brookstone pillows are definitely not your only option. In fact, you may want to go to a store and feel a variety of pillows before you decide.
No matter which pillow you choose, it's always a good idea to get a fresh one. Now it's time to settle in and get that rest you have been craving.