John Krauss
Obsessive tester. Avid dreamer.
I'm passionate about good quality sleep. I tried fourteen pillows over the course of six months. I am reader-supported through purchases on Amazon.

In-depth Comparison (2023): Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow vs. Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow

I tested 14 different pillows over the course of six months. I slept on each pillow for at least five nights each. I rated each pillow based on how comfortable it was to sleep on over an extended period of time, whether or not the construction seemed high quality to me, and my take on suitability for different body types and sleep positions. Here is an in-depth comparison of the Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow and Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow.

At a Glance

Brand Name Weekender Pacific Coast
Pillow Name Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow Double DownAround Pillow
Overall Rank #8 out of 14 #13 out of 14
Fill Type Solid Memory Foam Down and Feather
Firmness / Softness Extra Firm Extra Soft
Starting Loft 5 inches 7 inches
Sleep Positions Back Stomach
Body Types Petite, Average, Big-and-tall Petite
Filling Comfort
Construction Quality
Score Out of 10 7.0 5.3

Detailed Reviews

#8. Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow

Solid Memory Foam

#8 out of 14
An affordable pillow that works for back-sleepers who want a firm pillow
  • Affordable price
  • Extra firm support
  • Foam is certified by CertiPUR-US
  • Ventilation in memory foam
  • Not adjustable
  • May be too firm for stomach-sleepers and side-sleepers
  • Materials seem lower quality
Firmness / Softness: Extra Firm
Starting Loft: 5 inches
Sleep Positions: Back
Body Types: Petite, Average, Big-and-tall
Filling Comfort:
Construction Quality:

The Weekender Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow is a good option for back-sleepers who want a firm pillow instead of a soft pillow, though I consider the pillow too firm to be comfortable for stomach-sleeping and side-sleeping. Like the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud, the Weekender is a solid memory foam pillow, but the contrast in materials is noticeable. The Weekender also isn't adjustable, unlike the Saybrook and Coop memory foam pillows.

The Weekender pillow uses extra firm memory foam. The pillow barely compresses when I lay my head down.

I measure the loft at 5 inches, and the pillow barely compresses when I lay my head down passively. Though it compresses slightly more than the Pillow Cube, which is also a solid memory foam pillow, there is almost no compression compared to the Tempur-Pedic. I'd say the Tempur-Pedic is extra soft memory foam, the Weekender is extra firm, and the Pillow Cube is beyond-too-firm-for-my-taste. The firm support from the Weekender pillow feels pretty good when I sleep on my back, but the angle isn't quite right when I sleep on my side. Because the loft can't be adjusted, I don't recommend this pillow for side-sleepers. The firmness can also apply too much pressure against my face when sleeping on my side or stomach. This is uncomfortable for my jaw.

The memory foam comes with holes throughout the pillow, which provide ventilation. Solid memory foam pillows are in general the least breathable category of pillows, so the ventilation is meant to address that issue. Personally, I still feel heat trapped against my face, so the ventilation doesn't completely solve the problem.

The Weekender memory foam is ventilated for extra airflow. I find that solid memory foam pillows provide the least airflow in general, and the ventilation helps but doesn't completely solve the problem.

Like the Tempur-Pedic, the Weekender pillow comes with a removable cover, but the cover is much thinner, which leads me to give it a lower score on perceived quality of construction. In combination with the pressure it applies against my face, the lower perceived quality of the materials leads me to recommend investing in a higher quality pillow since this is a purchase that will see regular use. However, for back-sleepers who are looking specifically for an extra firm pillow, the Weekender can be a great option.

#13. Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow

Down and Feather

#9 out of 14
A down and feather pillow for stomach-sleepers who don't mind feeling quills
  • Satisfying down-pillow puffiness
  • Good for stomach-sleepers
  • Not adjustable
  • Quality seems lacking despite price point
  • Premium price
  • Can feel quills
  • Requires fluffing
  • Can hear inner chamber rustling
Firmness / Softness: Extra Soft
Starting Loft: 7 inches
Sleep Positions: Stomach
Body Types: Petite
Filling Comfort:
Construction Quality:

The Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow is a down and feather pillow that uses a double-chamber design like the Chamberlain Down Dual-Chamber Pillow. However, I see a huge difference in quality.

Though the Pacific Coast Double DownAround pillow has an outer chamber of down, I can feel the quills inside the pillow I have when I lay my head down.

Most notably, even though the Pacific Coast pillow uses a dual-chamber design that keeps feathers in the inner chamber and down in the outer layer, I can still feel the quills from the feathers when I lie down. In contrast, the Chamberlain Down pillow feels like sleeping on air because the down layer feels more robust. I suspect this is because of a difference in the size of down clusters used by each pillow. The Pacific Coast website lists the down fill power, which measures the size of the down clusters, at 550 in the Double DownAround Pillow. The Chamberlain website lists the fill power at 600+, which means that the down clusters are larger in the Chamberlan Down Dual-Chamber Pillow. Larger clusters tend to be better at trapping air and providing loft.

In the Pacific Coast pillow I have, feathers are sticking out of the stitching along the seams, as shown in the picture below. This gives me low confidence in the construction quality of the pillow.

The Pacific Coast pillow I received has feathers sticking out of the seams.

Another consideration is that I can hear a rustling noise inside the Pacific Coast pillow I have when I push down on it. The noise is relatively loud, and I'd compare it to the crinkling of a plastic grocery bag in terms of loudness and nature. The sound appears to originate from the inner chamber. Since a pillow is something I put my ear against when I sleep, the last adjective I'd want to use to describe it is "noisy." I can hear a crinkling in the Puredown pillow and Chamberlain Down pillow fabrics if I rustle them and concentrate on listening, but I wouldn't consider noise to be an issue for those two pillows. The Pacific Coast pillow I have is much louder to my ears and in a completely different league of noise.

The Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow comes in a Soft, Medium, and Firm version on their website as of my time of purchase. I ordered the pillow from Amazon, and I didn't see the firmness specified in the listing when I purchased. I ended up receiving the Soft version, which I prefer to use for stomach-sleeping. It's possible that the Medium and Firm versions can work for back-sleeping and side-sleeping, but based on my experience with the perceived construction quality of the Soft pillow, I don't intend to try the other options.

Finally, it's worth noting that the Pacific Coast pillow, like all down and feather pillows, would require regular fluffing to restore the loft. Because down and feather pillows work by trapping air, which escapes after an extended period of sleeping, down and feather pillows benefit from a fluff that pumps air back in.

Picking the right pillow can be important. I did all the research here to make the process easier. I hope that this blog helps you as you make your decision.