One of the most important considerations for the quality of your sleep is the type of pillow that you’re using. A good pillow keeps your neck and spine aligned properly and can help you sleep more soundly, and feel better when you wake up in the morning. If you wake up with a sore or stiff neck, it’s likely that you aren’t sleeping with the best pillow for your specific needs. To address this problem, we looked at all the pillows made in the USA that are made using quality American-sourced materials. Below are our findings.
Full List of Pillow Brands Made in the USA
Authenticity50 manufactures custom comfort pillows, which are “Seed-to-Stitch” 100% made in the USA. They are designed to be super comfortable and it’s easy to take out filling if you like a flatter pillow versus a full one. These pillows are also big – the standard set of 2 easily will easily fill up a queen-size bed. These pillows ensure your head sinks in nicely, and they provide good support for folks who have neck pain issues when they sleep. They ship the pillows in air-tight plastic, ideal for rainy-day deliveries. We did an exclusive interview with Authenticity50 as well, so be sure to check that out too.
Hullo offers a pillow that’s highly moldable yet remains cool during use. This unique product is formed from a 100% organic cotton sleeve filled with buckwheat hull filler. You can adjust the thickness and even the shape of the pillow by adjusting the filler that it has. This product is animal-free and is designed to compress minimally, ensuring that you have a nice plush surface to rest your head on at night. The pillow is filled with buckwheat hulls that maintain space, ensuring optimal airflow while you’re sleeping, and is designed to give a long-lasting performance.
MyPillow was started relatively recently in 2009 by Mike Lindell and makes all of its pillows in Chaska, Minnesota. What’s really unique about this pillow is the adjustable fill inside the pillow. It’s made of shredded foam, so you can adjust it to get just the right height depending on how you sleep. For stomach or back sleepers, you likely want a flatter pillow. But for side sleepers, you need taller pillows to give you good neck support. MyPillow has been created to be super comfortable and supportive, although some folks have said to find it lumpy. It’s also designed to be well-suited for hot sleepers, and keep you cool at night. It’s also machine washable and available in a few different sizes.
Lifekind is an American brand that’s known for producing organic high-quality products. Their personal sleeping pillows are no different and have a variety of filler materials available. You can choose from natural rubber, cotton, wool, buckwheat hull, or goose down as your pillow filler. Lifekind pillows offer different lengths, thicknesses, and fluff levels. There are more than a dozen different style options to choose from, making it easy to get a perfect pillow for your specific needs as everyone’s sleep needs are different.
Malpaca offers high-grade hypoallergenic pillows handcrafted in the United States, giving you a sleep product that you can feel proud about owning. These pillows are made from high-quality materials and they are built to last as well. Each pillow is stuffed with 100% Alpaca, and uses organic bamboo and cotton covers, offering a luxuriously soft sleeping surface. All of the Alpaca is sourced from U.S. ranchers, which is part of the reason why Malpaca loves to manufacture in America. We had the pleasure of speaking to Mary, their founder, over the phone recently, who had this to say: “I prefer to support our Farmers/Ranchers here in the U.S. first, and purchase the alpaca fiber from them. This all gets sent to my manufacturing plant in Minnesota, where I have much more quality control than if it was all outsourced in another country.” As Mary pointed out, quality is super important when dealing with animal fibers, to make sure it is washed and processed correctly. Be sure to check out our full interview with Malpaca.
These pillows also wick moisture away effectively for comfortable sleeping conditions, and the pillows are all free from pesticides and chemicals. These pillows are made to offer long-lasting performance and give you a good sleeping surface that will remain fluffy and comfortable through years of use. On top of that, Malpaca is known for its customer service – Mary is always available by email or phone.
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How To Find Pillows Made in the USA
Getting the right pillow for your bed will do wonders for your sleep. A pillow is a very personal thing – some people want hard pillows, and others may want something softer. The perfect pillow can provide endless comfort in the bed, making it difficult for you to get up in the morning!
While looking for the perfect pillow, why not take it a step further and invest in one made in the USA? It will not only bolster our domestic economy, but US-made pillows are more likely to be made of better quality fabrics that will last you longer than Chinese-made counterparts. If you’d like to learn more, let’s dive into how to find pillows made in the USA.
What Does “Made In The USA” Mean?
First, let’s define what it means for something to be made in the USA. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects the “made in the USA” label, so we’ll use their definition. For a product to earn the “made in the USA” label, it must be “all or virtually all” made in the United States. “Virtually all” can be a bit of a vague statement, so it’s worth doing some additional research to find products that are truly made in the USA.
Check out our entire made in the USA labeling research to learn more.
To find pillows made in the USA, you should look at the materials used. The first step to finding US-made pillows is researching the materials used and knowing whether these materials can be sourced in the United States.
The three main types of pillow fillings are made from polyester, feathers, and down. And the most common pillow case is made from cotton.
A polyester filling makes the pillow soft, comfortable, and easily moldable. As you can easily adjust the polyester filling to fit any sleep position, this is the most commonly available filling on the market today.
China dominates the world’s polyester market. But the USA doesn’t fall too far behind and still produces a sizeable amount of polyester each year – around 1.4 million tons. In fact, a couple of US-based polyester companies are two of the top 10 producers of polyester worldwide. So, while you should double-check the country of origin, finding a polyester-filled pillow made in the USA won’t be too difficult.
Feather and Down
Feathers normally come from the back and wings of a duck or goose. They are a great material for those looking for a softer pillow, though feathers will compress over time.
Down tends to be more expensive as it is both soft and durable. This material comes from the underside of a duck or goose.
China dominates the feather and down market. On the other hand, the United States is one of the biggest importers of this material. But that is not to say that the USA does not produce any feathers and down of its own. For example, the United Feather & Down company is one of the leaders of the down industry. However, since China still produces around 80% of the world’s feather and down, it is worth checking that you are getting a feather or down filling sourced in the USA.
Cotton is an incredibly absorbent material that makes it a perfect and versatile choice for pillowcases.
Thankfully, finding cotton made in the USA shouldn’t be too difficult. While the United States certainly doesn’t lead the pack in cotton production (that honor goes to China and India), it still produces a fair amount. The cotton industry in the United States is worth 21 billion dollars.
The next step to finding pillows made in the USA is to look at the labeling. Title 19, Chapter 4, Section 1304 of the US Code states that any product made abroad must be labeled accordingly with the country of origin. So, to find US-made pillows, you should specifically look for the FTC-protected label “made in the USA.”
Keep an eye out for tricky verbiage that companies may use to confuse consumers into equating their products as “made in the USA.” Phrases like “designed in the USA” or “manufactured in the USA” may be used, but these labels mean that only a portion of the production takes place in the United States. Another well-used phrase is “made in America,” which could refer to the product being made in Canada or Mexico.
A final thing to watch out for is the American flag. The usage of the American flag on the labeling of a product is not regulated, so just because you see a flag does not necessarily mean the product is made in the USA.
Here are some more tips to help you find pillows made in the USA.
Check The Company’s Website
Although companies must label their products with the country of origin on the physical product or packaging, this is not the case for online or promotional materials. So, if you can’t find the country of origin listed anywhere on the website, it’s likely that the product is made elsewhere.
On the other hand, “made in the USA” is a huge selling point, so if this were the case, you would easily be able to find this information on the company’s website. Specifically, check out the website’s “About Us” or “Our Story” page or the product pages.
You should also check out the company’s social media to see if they’ve posted anything about their products being made in the USA.
Online Shopping Sites
Websites like Amazon frequently state the country of origin the in the “Product Information” section. You can also check the FAQ section of the page to see if someone else may have already asked a question regarding the country of origin of the pillow.
Call The Company
If you’re still unsure, kick it old school and call the company. A sales representative should have the relevant knowledge to answer your questions.