Better Sleep

My New Pillow Pick: The Coop Original

We spend a lot of time with our pillow and for me, a bad pillow pretty much guarantees a bad night’s sleep. I carry a lot of stress in my neck and back and I’ve found my pillow needs have changed over the years. I used to love a memory foam pillow that was molded to be higher where your neck needs to be supported and lower where the head sits but now I find it aggravates my headaches. I’ve also tried a down pillow but those don’t offer enough support for my neck. Hence, it was time to try something new.

My body has always been sensitive but since my Crohn’s diagnosis, my body is extra sensitive. For this reason I lean towards organic products and I was close to purchasing an organic buckwheat pillow. After reading lots of reviews, I came to the conclusion that I’d be giving up comfort which didn’t seem to fit my mission of a better night’s sleep. The Coop adjustable pillow was coming up everywhere so I figured I’d check it out. It is hypoallergenic option that markets itself as the best of soft and supportive. While all that sounds nice, what sold me was the adjustability. You can remove filling or add filling for a “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” type experience. The 17K+ reviews with a 4.3 star rating on Amazon didn’t hurt either. At a price tag of $64.99 for the king size version, while not cheap, Coop offers a 100 night guarantee which I hoped I wouldn’t have to test. 

Pros

  • As I expected, the adjustability is a major pro. I am 5 feet tall with a petite stature so I removed about ¼ of the filling that comes with the pillow to suit my needs.
  • Comfort. Coop’s marketing promise of a balance between softness and support is true. I’ve never slept on a pillow that did both as well as this one! I am a side sleeper so I went with the Original which is a medium firmness but if you are a stomach or back sleeper you may want to try their Eden pillow which offers an even softer firmness.
  • The option to make one side of the pillow fuller than the other and it stays that way through the night. Some may see this a con but I liked it. I put more filling on one side and less on the other so in the middle of the night when my neck was feeling a little stiff, I could switch from one side of the pillow to the other.
  • Value for money. I’m typically a Target sale type shopper and $65 for the king size felt like a lot to spend on a pillow but it has helped me sleep better and $65 is a small price to pay for better sleep. For this reason, I give the value for money a thumbs up.

Cons

  • The smell. With a hyper sensitive nose, I am not a fan of chemical smells. It is not nearly as bad as when you pull out a memory foam mattress topper but there is definitely a smell for at least the first two weeks.
  • The zipper. This is not a big deal and especially because you likely won’t be opening the pillow too many times to adjust the filling but the zipper on both the pillow and the cover are cheap and requires some TLC.

Will I keep using it?

Yes! While I can’t say it revolutionized my sleep, I do like it. Taking author James Clear, 1% better tactic, it definitely did improve my sleep by at least 1%. The only aspect that I can’t comment on is the longevity of the material. As I’ve only used the product for 2 weeks, I’m not sure how it will feel a year or two down the road.

With love,

Annelise Bretthauer

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