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Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow
starting at $29.99
- Neck Pain
- Standard - ($29.99)
The Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow is filled with 100 percent buckwheat hulls, a tradition that goes back centuries in Japan. The hulls are small, so the pillow contours closely, designed for support and pressure relief. And because air can move freely between the hulls, this pillow also stays cool and comfortable.
Who is this best for?
What people with neck pain need in a mattress:
Zoned support that may offer pressure point relief at your shoulders, back, and hips. Side sleepers may need more give at the shoulders.
Supportive materials such as latex foam and innersprings found in many hybrid mattresses.
Why We Like It
very well-reviewed and has a low price point
therapeutic benefits and naturally adjusts to support your head and neck
Who It May Not Be For
anyone who prefers the size and firmness of traditional pillows
people who prefer softer, squishier pillows
people who might be put off by the noise the hulls make when they shift
Buckwheat pillows have been used for centuries and remain popular in Japan. Each Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow is filled with 100 percent buckwheat hulls and wrapped in 100 percent muslin cotton. The firmness of a buckwheat pillow is similar to a very firm beanbag, and you can expect it to be noisier than traditional pillows. The hulls are small, so the pillow contours closely, designed for support and pressure relief to prevent stiffness. When you lie down, the hulls shift and rise, allowing your head to sink into alignment.
One of the big advantages is temperature neutrality — buckwheat pillows truly stay cool because air can move freely between the husks. Plus, the Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow doesn’t need to be flipped or fluffed like down, memory foam, and microfiber pillows.
The Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow measures 15 inches by 19 inches, making it a little smaller than a standard pillow size. Most reviewers found that it’s the perfect size. Note that it can take a few days to adjust to sleeping on a buckwheat pillow, so give your body time to recalibrate.