In-depth Comparison (2023): Wondersleep 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 Wondersleep Pillow and Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow.
At a Glance
|Brand Name||Wondersleep||Pacific Coast|
|Pillow Name||Pillow||Double DownAround Pillow|
|Overall Rank||#11 out of 14||#13 out of 14|
|Fill Type||Shredded Memory Foam and Polyfiber Mix||Down and Feather|
|Firmness / Softness||Soft||Extra Soft|
|Starting Loft||6 inches||7 inches|
|Body Types||Petite, Average||Petite|
|Score Out of 10||6.5||5.3|
#11. Wondersleep Pillow
Shredded Memory Foam and Polyfiber Mix
- Affordable price
- Foam is certified by CertiPUR-US
- Removable cover
- Doesn't come with enough filling for me to consider it adjustable
- Stiff memory foam chunks
- Dominated by polyester fiber fill
On paper, the Wondersleep Premium Adjustable Pillow should be similar to the Saybrook and Coop pillows: it has shredded memory foam and polyester filling. However, that's where the similarities end. I selected this candidate because it was much cheaper than the other pillows while sporting the same reported features. I wanted to see what the difference was in person. Unfortunately, the pillow case quality, the adjustability, and the filling comfort level don't match up in my opinion.
Immediately upon unpacking, I notice the pillow has much less filling compared to other pillows and is very thin. The thinness of the pillow defeats the purpose of the adjustability because it won't be in the loft range many people need. The loft might be okay for stomach sleepers who appreciate a thinner pillow. Though the initial loft measures at 6 inches, the pillow compresses a third of the way down for me when I lie down due to the softness.
The sensation of the Wondersleep pillow fill is dominated by polyester fiber for me, with pieces of shredded memory foam buried throughout. The memory foam feels stiff, not just firm, as if it had been left out in the sun too long. The pillow reminds me of clumps of cattail fluff in the wild: mostly soft and fluffy but with random bits of hard seeds (or in this case, memory foam) inside.
Though many shredded memory foam pillows under $50 can look similar to the Saybrook and Coop pillows on paper, I recommend investing more to get the higher quality construction and better filling found in the top picks.
#13. Pacific Coast Double DownAround Pillow
Down and Feather
- 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
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.
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.
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.