Best Wedge Pillow [Review] in 2021
Last Updated on November 27, 2020
written by sleep expert Lauren Hall
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Wedge Pillows are a simple and effective solution for anyone who suffers with acid reflux or GERD. While common treatments can give you some relief the wedge pillow works by elevating the head slightly so that gravity can prevent the acid getting into the esophagus in the first place. The pillows work for back and side sleepers and have an angle between 30-45 degrees. They usually last a couple of years and have been shown to be effective as treatment. In fact, the Mayo Clinic suggests them to be used from the waist up if you can’t elevate the bed itself. 15 years ago these were impossible to find outside of medical websites and they were basic. Now consumers want more and you can get a plush, comfortable version that’s so much more than a foam block. You want to have one that supports your entire torso (24-30” long) so which is comfortable will be particularly dependent on your height and torso length. You might also find that small wedges are great for breastfeeding and pregnancy as these can keep baby in place and give you some comfort by relieving pressure on your lower back by supporting your bump.
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Our Selection of The Best Wedge Pillows
InteVision Foam Bed Wedge Pillow
A solid foam pillow that’s made with a 1” memory foam layer on top to provide softer comfort. It provides a firm base with a cushioned top so you don’t feel like you’re sleeping on a big block. This is designed to help with acid reflux and snoring but has enough support to be good for pregnancy too. It’s got a simple machine washable cover but you can also buy a 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton cover as well. The memory foam layer is designed with channels into it to provide ventilation and to stop you getting too hot.
This is a gentle sloping pillow and not as extreme of an angle as an ortho pillow and is the only 27º incline. It does arrive compressed and will need a day to reform. It works for side sleepers as well, though it can be a little stiff as this is a firm pillow.
– 27º Angle
– 1” Memory Foam
– Removable/Washable Cover
- Ideal if you want to be able to add a plush or soft standard pillow on top
- Does not cost you as much as the orthopedic pillows
- Can be rolled back up into a small size
- It takes a while to get used to and get comfortable
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InteVision Ortho Bed Wedge Pillow
With a similar design to the simple foam wedge, this is a firm foam block covered in a 1” memory foam layer for comfort. It’s firm but has less of an incline with a flat top so you can put your own pillow to determine just how soft or how comfortable you want to be. This shape also helps prevent you from slipping down while sleeping. The cover is removable, washable and there’s also a 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton cover as well. It’s wide enough to put both feet up on and to sleep comfortably.
There’s enough foam support that it feels cushioned without feeling soft and this helps it to be more supportive. It’s not expensive either, despite being orthopedic.
– Flat on top for pillow or feet
– Removable/Washable cover
- Solid and stable for raising your feed
- It’s ideal for elevating the thighs and feet and wide enough for both
- No gassing-off from memory foam
- Needs to expand for a few hours
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Drive Medical Folding Bed Wedge
This is a convertible wedge that combines both the ortho design and a simple slope. It’s ideal to elevate the upper body and support the head and folds into a block shape for easier storage. It comes in three sizes (7,10,12”) so you can choose your comfortable height and is convenient for traveling. This is a small wedge that is wide enough to sleep on and alleviate GERD symptoms and is very firm. This is a foam wedge but it’s missing the memory foam cover that the Intevision ones offer.
The cover is removable too.
– 30/45º slope
– different configurations
– 3 different sizes available
– removable/washable cover
- Does not retain body heat
- Great for taller sleepers
- Medical grade
- Sturdier than the Intevision versions
- Stores easily when folded
- Feels harder without the memory foam
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Boppy Pregnancy Wedge, Scallop Trellis Gray and White with Removable Jersey Cover
Also known as mommy’s best friend, this is an ideal way to alleviate the stretch on your skin and the stress on your back from baby belly when you’re trying to get comfortable. The wedge shape slides under your belly to provide support, between your legs to alleviate pressure and can be used when sitting up to support your lower back. It’s very versatile. It has a removable and washable slipcover and is small enough to travel with you anywhere.
It’s firm and foamy so you won’t feel pressure spots when using it. This is firmer than memory foam so it won’t compress and provides better support even though it’s also polyurethane. It’s also ideal to dress in an infant bed which helps relieve acid reflux issues.
– Solid Foam
– Removable/washable cover
- Prevents heat retention
- Ideal for later in pregnancy
- Doesn’t take up as much space as a full-sized pillow
- The size is great for travelling
- May be too firm for some
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Brentwood Home Zuma Therapeutic Wedge Pillow
This is similar to the Intevision wedge, only it’s got three different heights available for maximum comfort. It has a soft, knit cover which is washable/removable and comes in three size options. It’s firm and works for both feet and legs, though you’ll want something to support your feet. It’s made of a slightly smushy viscoelastic foam that’s similar to memory foam. The foam is CertiPUR foam which is made without many of the toxic additives used in memory foam which create the gassing off so you don’t have to worry about “airing it out” before use.
It holds its shape well and is great for reading in bed or sleeping upright. The wedge it pretty wide which makes it comfortable for most sleepers and there’s also a version with a gel memory foam layer which is softer than the foam alone.
– USA Made
– Latex Coated 7,10,12” heights
– CertiPUR foam
- No gassing off odor that
- The angle is comfortable without putting pressure on your hips
- Removable cover helps to reduce allergens
- No additional pillowcase needed
- Takes a while to spring back into shape after opening
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Best Wedge Pillow Buyers Guide
The best wedge pillow for you depends a lot on what you plan on using it for. Obviously, something as big as the Drive Medical isn’t going to work as a pregnancy pillow as well as the Boppy would. The Drive Medical is the most versatile as far as shape but the Brentwood Home certainly has the most customizations available even if you can’t get cases for it.
The best wedge pillow overall is the Brentwood because you can choose sizes based on exactly what you need and add things like memory foam or gel. It’s also the only one that uses the CertiPur foam which isn’t as toxic as the others.
Head of Content at Sleepedia
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.