Gel vs Poly fiber Pillows. Pros and Cons

There’s a lot of information out there regarding gel pillows. The same goes for Poly Fiber Pillows too. Here, we hope to sift through all those information and give you the bottom line to help you make an informed decision on your next pillow purchase.

Polyester Fiber Pillows (Synthetic Pillows)

Poly Fiber pillows, also known as synthetic pillows, are the most versatile and most widely used around the world. Chances are that you already have one at home. This is because they are a decent and inexpensive choice for most people. They are suited to many different sleeping styles. If you choose to go this route, do yourself a favor though and get yourself a decent one.


  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Great for those with allergies
  • Easy to care for
  • Easy to bend and shape to required height


  • Have the shortest life-span (6 months to 2 years)
  • Flatten quickly (or not at all)
  • Filling clumps
  • Heavy or repeated washing can quickly damage
  • Lose shape easily
  • Can be noisy

Polyester pillows are best for back and side sleepers. Stomach sleepers might also appreciate a polyester-filled pillow if it isn’t too thick.

Gel Pillows

You’ve probably heard of memory foam pillows. While they can offer great support for your head and neck, they’re not particularly well-known for their ability to keep you cool due to a lack of breathability. Memory foam can be quite dense, restricting the ability of air to move freely throughout the pillow. They tend to absorb and retain your body heat.

The gel pillow, on the other hand, comes with a layer of “cooling gel.” The effectiveness of such pillows varies from pillow to pillow, though.

Cooling Gel Pillows come in a variety of models, with different materials, covers and contouring designs. So, it can be tricky to know which is the best for you.

Overall, their pros and cons can be summarized below:


  • Easy to Clean
  • Cooling effect (depends on pillow material)
  • Machine washable
  • Dust mite resistant


  • Gives off odors (fresh paint smell)
  • Not all pillows ‘cool’
  • More expensive than synthetic pillows



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