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- Full body pillows are excellent for side and stomach sleepers who want to balance comfort with good posture.
- Snuggle-Pedic has built a reputation for producing high-quality, US-made memory foam products, including mattresses and mattress toppers.
- I appreciated how tucking the Snuggle-Pedic body pillow between my knees kept them from knocking together, which helped with my lower back pain.
- Though it costs more than your average body pillow (currently $69.99 on Amazon), the Snuggle-Pedic Shredded Memory Foam Full Body Pillow comes with a 120-night risk-free trial and 20-year warranty.
Recently, I wrote an article detailing the top body pillows currently available. The article was based on expert and buyer experiences. While our guides definitely provide excellent value to readers who are comparison shopping, I wanted to go a little deeper and perform a firsthand review of some of the top options, especially since, as an athlete and side sleeper, I’ve tried countless body pillows over the past few decades.
This led me to Snuggle-Pedic, a subsidiary of Relief-Mart, which produces an array of health products. Snuggle-Pedic’s body pillow is currently one of the most highly rated on Amazon with a 4.7-star average customer rating based on nearly 4,000 reviews. The company sent me the pillow for free to test it out. Below are my experiences and recommendations.
My first experiences with the Snuggle-Pedic Body Pillow
The Snuggle-Pedic full body pillow arrived in a box that was closer to standard pillow-size. But, with a few cuts – careful to avoid poking a hole in the fabric cover – the memory foam was free from the packaging and slowly began to expand.
Most memory foam items let off an odor when you first remove them from their vacuum packaging. The stench is harmless and typically dissipates in a few days if aired out correctly. This body pillow didn’t have any odors. I asked Jennie Katz, who handles public relations for Snuggle-Pedic, what their secret was for avoiding the “off-gassing” smell. Katz said, “We use a very high-quality foam that uses a process that is far cleaner than the foam used by competitors.”
Within 10 hours of the unboxing, the pillow had reached its full size. But, if you don’t feel like waiting that long, you can toss the pillow in the dryer with high heat, and it should fluff up in under 20 minutes.
How the Snuggle-Pedic Body Pillow performed
I’m a side and stomach sleeper who has a history of lower back pain. If my body isn’t aligned just right during the night, I pay for it the next day. I particularly liked tucking the Snuggle-Pedic body pillow between my arms and knees. This position provided comfort, support, and allowed for good circulation. I didn’t wake up with the pins and needles feeling in any of my extremities during the testing period.
The pillow is filled with eco-friendly Biogreen- and CertiPUR-US-certified shredded memory foam. Shredded memory foam has a couple of benefits. First, it breathes better than a single memory foam pad, which tends to trap heat. Secondly, you can move the foam around within the pillow to get support where you need it most. I found the body pillow was incredibly breathable and malleable.
I would often fold the pillow in half to provide cushioning for my back while watching TV in bed. Or, if reading in bed on my stomach, I could easily readjust the filling to support my chest and arms. And, if the pillow gets uncomfortably clumped up, you can get back to a more uniform shape by putting it in the dryer on high heat for 10 to 20 minutes.
The cover of the Snuggle-Pedic body pillow also breathed well and felt incredibly soft. It is 43% viscose of bamboo, 56.4% polyester, and .6% lycra. All of the materials are machine washable. I washed the pillow once, and I did not have any trouble. However, it does take up most of the washer and dryer space.
Since a pillowcase is much easier to clean than a giant pillow, I recommend buying a body pillowcase with a zipper. I used a 20″ by 54″ non-zipper pillowcase, and the pillow would try to make an escape each night. A zipper will prevent this.
Some concerns about the body pillow
What struck me about the Snuggle-Pedic body pillow is its weight. At over seven pounds, it can be a bit much to casually move around during the night when I want to switch the side I’m sleeping on. However, I was surprised to find that some nights I did not change sides. I was so comfortable that there was no need to move.
Another issue was just the sheer size of the pillow. When first testing this, I was sharing a queen-sized bed with my wife. There was barely enough room for the three of us. Our situation improved once we switched to a king-sized mattress, but with this body pillow in the mix, it’s like having another person in the bed.
Lastly, I want to touch on the customization process. The Snuggle-Pedic body pillow comes fairly firm, but the company will adjust the filling based on your needs. This is how Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C., vice president of product development for Relief-Mart, described the pillow customization process to me:
“If you need any type of customization, whether it is addition or removal of foam, as well as needing a change in the actual foam mix to produce a different type of feel, we would send you a small questionnaire to fill out and you would send it in with the body pillow shipping label we give you that will help us determine the corrections needed and there are no shipping costs whatsoever to get this done. We would open the pillow and change the foam, then re-sew it back up, and this does get done in a special area that is solely devoted to customizations.”
To me, this sounds like a bit of a hassle, especially since there are brands out there that allow self-customization. Yet, self-customizing pillows feature zippers, which may scratch you as you sleep or could corrode in a washing machine.
Overall, if you sleep on your side or stomach, I would recommend using a body pillow to keep your spine properly aligned. And, you will have a hard time finding a better solution than the Snuggle-Pedic full body pillow. It’s comfortable, breathable, malleable, and it comes with a 120-night trial so you can try it risk-free. Plus, with its 20-year-warranty, you get decades of comfortable sleep for just $70.