Does the Chillow Really Work?


Does the Chillow work?The Chillow is a cool pad that is placed between your head and the pillow and promises to keep things nice and cool for you while you’re sleeping. We’ve seen other pillows that promise not to get hot, but this is the first one that we’ve seen that has a cooling effect to it. So how does this pan out in real world tests?

Overview
Some may be familiar with the popular catchphrase of ESPN’s Stuart Scott “cool as the other side of the pillow”. They seem to be trying to take that to a whole new level here by making the pillow stay cool without you having to flip it.

It’s easy to see why pillows get hot, they prop up our heads and during the night it’s possible to heat up before the body finally cools down during its later sleep phases. This can become almost unbearable if the room is already hot, as it’s hard to get to sleep when you’re sweating and miserable.

The Claim
They say that ordinary pillows end up trapping your body heat, leading to an increased chance of perspiration. They say that the Chillow helps to keep your head cool and therefore dry by using a special memory foam that can has water inside it that is supposed to circulate while you’re sleeping so that the heat dissipates and you never get that hot feeling that can even lead to waking you up. They say it can help with all sorts of problems including insect bites, migraines, muscle aches, and hot flashes. They also say it can help settle disputes between bedmates that like the room at different temperatures.

The Hype
This is a common problem experienced by many, which is why so many will resonate with it and wonder if this could work as a way to keep cool at night and get better sleep. With all of the different conditions out there that can lead to a hot head while you slumber, such as night sweats, fevers, and sunburns, it’s no wonder that a product like this has emerged promising to help with all of them. It’s best to set reasonable expectations for it, and then see how it performs under direct testing.

The Cost
This is the kind of offer we like to see, because they give you the option of getting the second one free. Many companies force you into getting two so that they can inflate the order total. But with the Chillow you can opt to get one for $20 including shipping, or two for $27 including shipping. This means that if you just can’t see yourself using two of them you can just order one and it’s still less than buying it through Amazon.

The Commitment
All that you are required to do is switch out your current pillow with this one. If you want it to be really cold they say you can put it in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes, but aside from that it should be a set-and-forget style pillow. This may actually end up being a reduction in the amount of time you spend fussing over your pillow if you spend less time tossing and turning and readjusting your pillow so that you can sleep on the cool side.

Evaluation
The Chillow has gotten mixed reviews, with some saying it was exactly what they were looking for and others saying that it didn’t live up to their expectations. Some have said that it only stays cool for a little while and then loses its cool and returns to a regular temperature. But overall most people are happy with it, and say that it performs as they expected. Sleep is a very subjective thing, and everyone has their own special ritual before they finally zonk out for the night, so it’s not easy to put a finger on whether this will work great for everyone that tries it.

The biggest complaint people have is that it’s heavy, which makes it a bit cumbersome and this is not very conducive to trying to get to sleep and finding a comfortable position. It seems they could have made it a bit lighter, and the above video demonstrates the proper way to fill it, so perhaps some of those complaints are from those that overfilled it.

Final Chillow Review

The Chillow is getting our Solid Try rating. If you are bent on trying it out you can because it’s covered by a 30 day money back guarantee and the price point is not so high, but with all of the spotty feedback we’re not quite sure it will live up to your expectations, but it stands a chance. If a larger majority of users gave it the green light with no asterisks we might be more comfortable giving it our Thumbs Up rating.

Our Recommendation
There are plenty of pillow out there that don’t heat up when you use them, such as the Sobakawa pillow, or the Watanabe Pillow. Instead of using cotton or down they are filled with special material that doesn’t absorb or retain heat, and promises to keep your head cool throughout the night. They are both claiming to use Japanese style sleeping techniques whereby you keep the rest of the body warm but have a cool head. It’s good to check out all that’s available before making your final purchasing decision.

What do you think? Does the Chillow work or not?


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Kaila Braley July 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I would be afraid of this pillow leaking on me in the middle of the night. I don’t think I would like a pillow that has water in it, because even if it keeps me cool at night, I would worry about getting a leak throughout the night, and I wouldn’t totally relax. Plus, I’m not totally into the idea of making a big deal of having to fill up my pillow with water. It seems like a bit of a hassle to set up.

Plus, you wouldn’t be able to mush it around or anything. You would just have to sleep on it straight, but that’s not how I sleep. I like the idea of staying cool, but that’s the only thing I really like about this. Well, I also appreciate that they don’t trick you into paying more money by forcing you to buy one get one free. But still, I don’t think this chillow is for me.

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Rebecca January 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

The Chillow does work as far as staying cool. But if you are a fitful sleeper, the Chillow can become bunched up and it is impossible to flatten back out. Now I am stuck with an uneven Chillow that is uncomfortable to sleep on. I followed the instructions included to flatten it back out but never could get it back flat.

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Vicky January 7, 2014 at 2:02 am

This is the real deal, I about froze my face off last night, can’t wait until it gets warm in the Summer, it was -38 last night in MN! It was so very cold!

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