Pillows feature more often than you would expect during your guests’ stay, whether it’s pillow fights or pillow talk or simply used for a good night’s sleep. Thanks to innovation, there’s also a wide range of high-quality pillows available on the market.
For example, if you prefer a firmer pillow, there are latex pillows. On the other hand, if you’re a firm advocate of sustainability, you can consider a more eco-friendly choice like a bamboo pillow. Whatever your preference, you’re bound to find a comfortable pillow for a reasonable price.
Here are eight of the best pillows for Airbnb and vacation rentals for maximum comfort.
For soft pillows, you can check out the Beckham Hotel Collection Pillows. Stomach sleepers in particular will find pillows in this range comfortable, but it can also accommodate side and back sleepers. Not only are these pillows soft, but also breathable for extra comfort during those hot summer nights.
While you might find that it can do with more fill material, its overall construction is durable. Double-stitched seams mean that you won’t have to replace pillows too soon.
Plus, they’re also easy to clean. You can simply pop them into the washing machine and tumble dryer afterwards. It’s this easy-to-clean quality that’s the highest-rated feature on Amazon.
Another pillow that stomach sleepers will love is Boll & Branch’s Soft Down Alternative Pillow. Voted by the Wall Street Journal as the best overall pillow for stomach sleepers, it’s a soft, supportive pillow. That said, some guests might find it to be too soft.
It’s breathable, ensuring your guests will sleep cool. It also uses a hypoallergenic PrimaLoft fill for extra comfort.
Just like the Beckham Collection, these pillows are also easy to keep clean. They’re machine washable and tumble-dryer friendly.
If you’re specifically looking for a memory foam filling, this one will create happy guest memories. It’s hypoallergenic and offers protection against dust mites.
One of its standout features is it’s customizable. It comes with a zippered inner liner and additional stuffing, allowing you to adjust the firmness.
While it doesn’t have any down, there are still a few downsides to keep in mind. It can get messy customizing the pillow. Also, as you would expect, it’s more expensive.
If you’re set on investing in a customizable pillow, you can also check out the Simba range. In fact, The Telegraph voted the Simba Hybrid as the best overall pillow in 2024.
All in all, it’s best for side and back sleepers. It uses Stratos fabric technology, helping to keep guests cool. Add to that the fact that its Nanocube inner core is free from TCPP, a flame retardant that has shown levels of toxicity to the environment, and it becomes even a cooler pillow.
As you would expect, this cool innovation bumps up the price. On Amazon, customers have complained about the value for money. However, if you can afford it, you can look forward to great sleep quality.
For that hotel finish, try the Utopia Bedding range. It boasts a plush feel for that added level of luxury associated with hotel rooms.
Another feature that must be highlighted is its no-shift construction. The pillow won’t go flat and offers enough stability, irrespective of your guest’s sleeping position.
One noteworthy con, though, is that you can’t pop these pillows into the washing machine. Spot cleaning and handwashing are the only cleaning options recommended.
Bed pillows in the COZSINOOR range are known for their softness. It will feel as if your guests are drifting on a cloud.
That said, it still offers enough support to help keep your guests’ spines aligned and reduce the chances that they’ll wake up with neck pain the next morning. It also boasts no-shift construction, helping to accommodate various sleeping positions.
It comes with an organic cotton cover to help keep it clean. Then, when it’s time for regular cleaning, you can use the washing machine and tumble dry it on low. Thanks to the double-edges sewing design, you can look forward to many washes before it shows signs of needing to be replaced.
As you know, there’s no such thing as a perfect pillow. One potential issue with buying COZSINOOR is that you’ll need to wait 24 hours before the pillow is ready to use. This can possibly cause logistical problems if you need to replace one of your pillows last minute.
Aside from material, you’ll also need to keep pillow size in mind when shopping for Airbnb bedding. If you operate a family-friendly Airbnb or vacation rental, choosing a more playful pillow for the kids’ bedroom will ensure all guests enjoy their stay.
This pillow is made from organic bamboo and includes a cute pillowcase for restful sleep in a strange bed. As it doesn’t include any zippers in the design, Airbnb hosts can also rest assured that the new pillow doesn’t present a choking hazard.
Knowing that kids are more prone to accidents, it’s completely machine washable for easy care.
Rated by Good Housekeeping as the best overall latex pillow, this pillow provides great comfort and versatility, with the latter being one of its standout features.
It offers a two-sided design. One side has a plush quilted batting made from plant-based fiber. The other side is filled with shredded latex.
Airbnb hosts are spoilt for choice when it comes to pillow shopping. However, in the case of pillows, it’s not the more the better.
Too many pillows will make the bed look cluttered. Guests will also find it frustrating to remove the excess pillows each time before bed.
Then, there’s also the issue of cleaning. More pillows mean more pillow protectors and pillow covers that need to be washed (not to mention the actual pillows that require regular cleaning too).
The general feel is that you should add four pillows per bed. As for firmness, choose two soft pillows and two firm pillows. This way, you can accommodate different sleeping positions.
In addition to these standard pillows, you can also add one or two decorative throw pillows for a dash of color. Though, no more than two.
You don’t necessarily need to buy brand-new pillows for your rental property. Some Airbnb hosts decide to use previously used pillows. As long as they’re still in good condition, this is an option.
When going this route, just keep in mind that guests might remove the bed linen. Any stained pillow will create an unsavory impression. So, look and feel are equally important.
If you’re thinking about buying pillows new, here’s what to keep in mind:
Many of pillows come with pillow protectors. This is a great benefit.
If pillow protectors aren’t included, choose a cheaper brand of pillow so that you still have enough money left for this essential item. You’ll save in the long run. Not only will it extend the lifespan, but it’s also much easier simply to replace a protector instead of a pillow.
If you don’t want to buy hypoallergenic pillows for your bedrooms, at least have one or two that you keep on standby in a cupboard. From time to time, you’ll host guests with allergies to dust mites or pet dander. A pillow that offers some allergen resistance will make these guests feel that they too are welcome and will ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.
You can, for example, inquire beforehand about any allergens and make the bed accordingly. Alternatively, you can include in your house manual or welcome book where hypoallergenic pillows are stored, should they prefer these.
Aside from keeping your guests’ comfort in mind, also think about the impact that your new purchase will have on the environment. In fact, increasingly more guests are becoming eco-conscious.
Compared to other types of pillows like memory foam pillows, bamboo pillows are considered more environmentally friendly. Bamboo grows very fast, making it more sustainable.
While down pillows are also considered more sustainable than synthetic pillows, there are ethical considerations. Some guests might feel uncomfortable with the manufacturing process and don’t want to support industries linked with animal cruelty.
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