We can’t live without pillows. They’re on our beds, couches, and sometimes, even at random places on the ground. We sleep on them, and we might even attack one another with them (or at least we did when we were 7). In any case, pillow inserts are important.

So, if pillow inserts are important, then it stands to reason that we’ll do a bit of research prior to buying a fresh batch. If you’re doing that, then you’re on the right track. In time, you’ll eventually come across the fascinating world of pillow inserts.

Think of the insert as basically what makes a pillow a worthwhile commodity. It’s the thing that makes the pillow soft (or soft enough for each of our unique needs, which in some cases may be on the firmer side). However, they’re also what matter from a quality or longevity standpoint.

In general, you’ll come across the following pillow insert types:


You can look at down pillow inserts as the Mercedes of pillow inserts. Down is not only comfortable and durable, but it’s also really lightweight. It’s also green-friendly in that it’s biodegradable. 

But it’s also the most expensive pillow insert option. It also involves the use of animals, so some may consider that inhumane or against their lifestyle.


Polyster is the common, everyday pillow insert type. You’ll find it practically everywhere and it’s generally the most affordable. It also gets the job done in terms of comfort and weight. And if by chance you love sleeping in warmth, then polyster pillow inserts will also heat-up quicker. 

But polyster or polyfill pillow inserts also wear out quicker, and it can also be a health risk to some due to the fact that it involves a number of chemicals, such as benzene and others.

There are other types as well. But in general, select the pillow insert that really does line up with your preferences, lifestyle choices, and, certainly not least, budget.