Pillows are an important part of getting great sleep. So when I went on the pillow hunt, I didn’t realize all the different types of pillows, what sleeping position they are best used for, the fluctuation in prices, etc. Down a rabbit hole I went learning about different pillows. I landed on a few I really wanted to try, so after a lot of thought and opinions from others, I decided I would try the Layla Kapok Pillow.
What is Kapok?
You may or may not be wondering what Kapok is. It is a huge tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, northern South America. The fibers are harvested from the seeds of the tree. It’s super light and airy, which gives a high end down-like feel.
The Layla Kapok pillow is a mix of Kapok and reactive memory foam. The cover is a polyester/viscose blend. Its hexagon pattern is breathable and allows airflow. I can definitely say I have never had to flip the pillow over to the other side for coolness. This pillow costs $106 plus tax, but they often have BOGO deals going on.
The pillow arrives in a box compressed, similar to the mattresses in a box. It must be taken out and allowed to fluff up and the smell to go away before usage. I let it sit out for about 5 plus hours before throwing a pillow case on it and using it on the first night. I have also seen recommendations to throw it in the dryer for fluff purposes.
You are able to adjust the loft (height) of your pillow to meet your needs based on how you sleep. Thus allowing your spine to align. All you have to do is unzip it and remove some of the Kapok fibers and shredded memory foam out of the pillow. It comes with a bag to store it in the event you want to put some back in.
For awhile I was content with the loft. I could definitely feel the alignment when I slept on my side. Sleeping on my back however showed that the pillow was too high and so I took some of the stuffing out. I still haven’t gotten the perfect amount yet, but I am working on it. I also find that I have to keep fluffing the pillow every other day or so to give me that close to desirable comfort. This pillow is great for side sleeping for sure.
I was debating on if I wanted to keep it. You have to keep it for at least 4 weeks because they want you to adjust to it. When I inquired, they said if I wanted a refund I either needed to donate it and get paperwork saying I did or cut it up into 3 pieces and send them a photo. It was during the height of COVID so I didn’t want to give someone a pillow I was using or go to an establishment and try and get paperwork for it. I definitely couldn’t cut up an expensive pillow, so I decided to keep it and see if I can get it adjusted for myself.
The jury is still out for me on this pillow, but I do like it overall, I am just not sure it is the perfect fit for me, even after having it for several months. If you know I love to try out pillows, I even purchased pillows that were similar to the ones at a hotel I stayed at in Cleveland, Ohio.
If you are interested in learning more about the Layla Kapok Pillow head on over to their site. I am hoping to try out some other brands of pillows soon and report back!
Have you ever tried this pillow? What pillow do you recommend?