Ok, so “Hotel Beckham” is not a real hotel, let alone a real place. And in the interest of managing expectations, these are not the kind of pillows you’d sleep with at, say, the Four Seasons. They are, however, the platonic idea of what a hotel pillow should be: crisp-white, plush, and not one bit offensive. Our testing group of side and back sleepers agreed: we’d happily rest our heads anywhere there’s a Beckham Hotel Collection gel pillow, and that’s why it’s our favorite low-budget pick.
Pillows at this price point typically feel like someone smushed a cardigan into the shape of a headrest, especially after a couple weeks of use. Our team tested a wide range of budget pillows for the lion’s share of 2018, and, unsurprisingly, found that their loft (the height of the pillow as it lays flat on the bed) was highly inconsistent. Not so with Beckham.
Beckham pillows are sold in packs of two and filled with polyester gel-infused fibers, which is more or less the tops for this price point. Meant to be an alternative to down feathers, gel fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic because of its synthetic makeup. So folks susceptible to allergens (bless you!) can breath easy.
Needless to say, this thing is comfortable. Almost all of our testers pegged this pillow as being at a higher price point. During testing, it was the best for all sleeping positions. Side sleepers, who benefit from a high loft (thicker pillow), loved it, while back sleepers, who need a slightly lower loft, didn’t want to part with it. Even our designated stomach sleeper (combination stomach and side, to be exact), gave it two relaxed thumbs up.
Fiber gel gives the support of memory foam with a down-like softness, and the Beckham pillow does not disappoint. This pillow is moderately soft with a bit of resistance, and it took minimal fluffing to get it back to tip-top shape. While you can’t expect too much temperature regulation at this price point, none of our testers commented about overheating, sweating, or the pillow running too hot.
If you’re familiar with BuzzFeed Reviews, then you know we pay attention to user reviews. And it would be remiss not to address the obvious: the flurry of one-star reviews these pillows received recently on Amazon for arriving to customers’ homes moldy AF. Like, literal mold. While that’s totally unacceptable, we never had this issue, even after ordering the pillows four different times in a span of a year. Since these pillows have garnered thousands of five-star reviews across the internet and were universally loved by our testers, we’re giving Beckham the benefit of the doubt and praying to the sleep gods that the mold problem was an isolated factory issue.
The point remains the same: If you are looking for a pillow that will provide comfort and support without breaking the bank, you can’t top the Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow. It’ll help give you — and your bank account — some seriously sweet dreams.