In which, no shit, I review a pillow

lightning_1.jpgThis is not a joke: I spent $170 on a pillow yesterday.  And, while I probably wouldn’t have done it had I not just had a birthday and received surplus money from it, I do not feel bad about my purchase.

I have slept on it once.  It is possible that I’ll update this after I’ve put it through its paces for a couple of weeks, but I figure one night is probably enough to have an idea of whether the pillow is a pillow or not.  And when I woke up at 6:30 this morning, before my alarm went off, I woke up fucking refreshed.  Which qualifies as a minor miracle, as I’ve been having a hell of a time getting out of bed lately.

Here is the deal, guys: I have no idea what this pillow is made of, and the description on this website is not super helpful.  What I can tell you is that I wish to hell right now that I had access to an infrared camera, because this goddamned thing is made of magic and violates the laws of physics.  As far as I have ever understood, cool things that are not being actively refrigerated somehow or pumping out heat are going to assume the ambient temperature of whatever space they’re in sooner or later.

This pillow’s made of foam.  There’s nothing in there to disperse heat.  And yet it’s cool.  It’s always cool.  It’s in my bedroom right now, and while I’m no better than you are at determining temperatures by touch I’d bet it’s a good ten degrees cooler than anything else in the room.  And when you lay on it?  It stays that way.

Yes, I know that’s impossible.  And yet I tell you that I slept on this fucker last night and that if I laid in the exact same position for a while the pillow might assume the same temperature as my face eventually, but that if I rolled over the “warm” part would be back to being cool again within a minute.  It was surprising.  You should see the looks on people’s faces when they touch this thing.  I don’t know how it works.  It shouldn’t work.  And yet somehow it does.

I’m itching to buy another one so I can cut it in half and see what’s going on in there.  But right now this is literally the best pillow I’ve ever seen/touched/slept on, bar none, ever.  It’s magic.  Y’all have been around here for a while. Do I seem like the type to handwave stuff away like this?  I have no fucking idea how it works.  It shouldn’t work.  But it does.  So, until I find out otherwise, magic.

Some minor drawbacks:

  • While I’ve found it online for less than I paid (wtvr), one way or another it’s expensive as hell.  Absolutely worth it, but expensive as hell.
  • That said my aunt went out and bought one today after touching mine yesterday and getting a text from me about it this morning.
  • There is, right now, a slight chemical smell.  I assume the pillow is offgassing a bit and this will go away.  It wasn’t annoying enough that I even considered not using the pillow but it was there.  It might bother others more than me.
  • Right now I don’t have it in a pillowcase. The outside is very quilted and comfortable, as you can see from the picture, but my best guess is that airflow has something to do with how this pillow works and I can imagine a universe in which putting it in the wrong kind of pillowcase screws up the magic somehow.  I plan to follow up on this with my Pillow Guy in the near future.  I’ll report back.
  • I have a Pillow Guy now.

Regarding the airflow thing, actually: notably, the pillow was not noticeably cool to the touch when I first removed it from its packaging: a sealed plastic bag inside a cardboard box.  I am betting that, in an airtight environment, the cooling effects won’t work.  It took no more than a couple of minutes outside the box before its temperature dropped.  Speaking of reasons to use an IR camera… There’s not, like, an app for that, is there?

Find this pillow and buy it, guys.  You will evangelize for it too.  I swear.  More later if I’m able to science this shit out somehow.

12 thoughts on “In which, no shit, I review a pillow

    1. Don’t you need a special camera for that too, though? I saw some apps that claimed to be IR apps but what it looks like they do is just apply a filter over the regular camera image. Anything to recommend?

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  1. Oh my goodness! I thought my $20 pillow was expensive, but you are seriously making me consider this magical pillow!

    Also… pillow guy? I didn’t know that was something that existed!

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  2. Oh god man you make me laugh! Congratulations on having a pillow guy! Surly everyone needs one?
    We bought a crazy expensive mattress and a super dooper protector so I guess we have a mattress chick too! Yay!

    Ps that pillow sounds awesome!

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  3. J.R.Bee

    Well I just read a review of a pillow that I’ll never buy. Man you write compelling shit. Since I ‘have’ read the review, is is memory foam?

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  4. Have you ever had those cool touch Kleenex tissues? They are AMAZING and I swear by them for colds cuz they don’t make your nose angry when you have to blow it every 5 seconds. I wonder if it’s the same technology in the pillow.

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