Most of us don’t take enough care of our spines and when sitting reading in bed we tend to slouch, hunch, and rarely have enough support to be comfortable. Normal sleeping pillows are not designed for sitting up and while they support your head great they can’t form properly for your back when reading. If you want a good reading pillow you want something that cradles your back and gives you support so your hips don’t hurt and you can stay comfortable for hours. There are two different types of reading pillows – those that act as a backrest and those that can stand alone and be used as a floor seat backrest as well. Whichever design works for you they’re going to make it much more comfortable.
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Best Pillow for Reading in Bed Individual Reviews
Brentwood Originals Brushed Twill Bedrest
Our Choice Item
Available in four bright colors this provides good support for both your back and arms. There’s a handy carrying handle so you can move it from room to room and the flat base means it can also stand alone for sitting on the floor. It’s easy to spot clean with a damp cloth, though it’s not washable. It’s ideal for adding softer cushioned support that isn’t too firm. It’s not particularly big and more suited for someone who is less than 5’7 in height as this is the smaller size to their Shagalicious. The cover is a soft chenille feel and it’s cute looking in all bright colors.
– 4 Color choices
– Smaller Size
– Flat standalone base
– Arm support
– Carry Handle
It’s so soft and comfortable
It’s cute looking and sturdy
It’s light and easy to move
The fabric is pretty thick and warms quickly to your body temperature
It is very small
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Lavish Home Down Alternative Reading Wedge
Top Quality Item
With a bundle package of up to three, this is a much more grown-up looking pillow. It’s a simple wedge design that can also be turned for sleeping to help with GERD issues. It has a removable and washable cover and is filled with polyester fluff much like standard pillows. The filling is hypoallergenic and it’s soft and cloud like.
– Wedge Shape
– GERD help for sleep
– Removable/Washable Cover
It’s fairly cheap
Armrest shaped pillows
The support is minimal
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Bed Lounge classic
Best Value Item
This is a pricey pillow, but it comes in a huge range of colors and is a good size for adults (you can also get it in a small size too). There are 16 different shades to choose from and it comes with an extendable headrest and supports arms. It has a frame inside it to provide firmer support and still weighs only 6.5lb. The covers are removable and washable and it’s made in the USA. There’s also a matching Leg Lounge to prop your legs up on and you can purchase spare covers in different colors. The arms can also be folded up and the whole thing folds down to be stored or transported. The headrest is also adjustable forwards so you can cradle your head and provide support for your neck as well as your back.
– Removable covers
– 16 Colors
– USA Made
– Matching leg rest
Designed with your back health in mind
Provides the best support.
It’s adjustable to fit just about anyone
t’s quite firm but that’s good for your back
The design is fairly cheaply made
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LinenSpa Shredded Foam Reading Pillow
As the number one best seller you have to wonder what’s so special. This is a similar shape to the poodle pillow but it’s made with shredded memory foam instead which gives it a much firmer and more cradling support. The shredded foam allows for better ventilation than the solid latex version which stops your back getting hot or sweaty. It has a carry handle and is a suitable 18” high so it works for most adults. The cover is soft and plush and while it’s not washable it can be spot cleaned. The foam doesn’t absorb smells as easily as fluff too. It has a 3-year warranty and is free standing so you can also use it on the floor like the Poodle Pillow. It’s not as heavy as the Bed Lounge so it’s easier to move about.
– 100% Viscoelastic Shredded Foam
– Plush Cover
– Carry Handle
– High back
It comes in a nice neutral color
shredded foam returns to shape even after being sat on
It arrives flat so you have to let it air out for a bit and plump up
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Brentwood Home Pismo Therapeutic Latex Foam Wedge Pillow
While not as expensive as the Bed Lounge this is a firmer version of the Lavish Home reading wedge. It’s actually designed for GERD use but it can be flipped up to use as a reading pillow. It’s covered in a soft knit fabric which is removable and washable. It comes in three sizes so you can choose how high you want to sleep or how far back you wish to lean while reading. The design is long enough that it supports most of the back while sitting up (24”). You can also find a more expensive version that has a gel layer and memory foam base if you want a slightly softer pillow that cools. It can also be used to elevate feet and is a firm slope.
– Long Line
– Removable/Washable cover
– Three Sizes
Unlike most foam pillows this has no gassing off
It’s very firm to provide suppor
The cover feels plushy and comfortable
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It’s pretty tough to decide which is the best pillow for reading in bed because the two designs are so obviously different. If you’re looking for a GERD pillow anyway go ahead and get one of the wedges. The Brentwood Home design is much more comfortable and better for sleeping on, plus you have the optional gel and memory foam if you want it softer.As an upright pillow, it’s clear why the LinenSpa beats out the Poodle pillow because the foam and size provide much better support.
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Lauren is Sleepedia's Head of Content and is a certified sleep therapist who loves her sleep. Lauren helps people to get back to those deep, dream-filled nights they once had by helping to identify problems with their routine and sleep setup. Whether it's a mattress or pillow, Lauren researches the best products in the industry to provide you with an in-depth review of everything you need to know to encourage your buying decision.