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Spinaleze Pillow Review — Is it worth the hype?
From the non-stop ads on Ben Fordham 2GB morning radio show to endorsements from the likes of cricket legends Greg Chappell, Deborah knight, and Ray Hadley, the Australian-made Spinaleze pillow has certainly got its marketing right! But the real questions remain: Is Spinaleze pillow worth the hype and $220 price tag? Does it help with back pain? Is it suitable for all kinds of sleepers, as the brand claims?
As a lead reviewer and a certified sleep coach, I slept on the Spinaleze pillow for several nights to see how it holds up. What did I find? Well, my experience was a mixed one.
You can read my full review of the Spinaleze pillow below. Or jump to the section ‘Review summary‘ if you’re in a rush.
- Price: $199.00 (children); $219.00 (adults)
- Multiple height (or loft) options: Low, Medium, High, Children’s
- Dimensions: 55 x 36 x (10 to 15) cm (LxWxH)
- Filling: Aerated visco-elastic memory foam
- Cover: 100% cotton sateen casing
- Compatible: With standard pillowcases
- Filling: Lab-tested hypoallergenic and antibacterial material
- Return policy: Unopened and unused pillows can be returned within 7 days of delivery. Buyers need to send back the pillows at their own cost and 39.5% re-stocking fee may apply.
- Warranty: 12 months (against manufacturing defects)
- Designed and produced: In Australia.
Spinaleze has a line-up of four pillows. They are constructed similarly and have same firmness but they vary in height (or loft) from each other. The option to choose the pillow with desirable height is one of its biggest draws and makes it a product for all sleeper groups. It allows it to fill the gap between your head and shoulders for a healthy spine and neck alignment. Add to this, the contouring memory foam is supportive and offers good pressure relief.
However, I think some of its goodness is undone by its price. Alternatively speaking, you can find reasonably good contour memory foam pillows for less than half its price. Yes, I love the fact that it’s made in Australia and it has all the good certifications but with a $220 price tag, fixed height, and no trial option, you may want to look elsewhere.
I think the Ecosa contour pillow is a good substitute. You can adjust its height, trial it for 120 nights, return it for free at a better $120 deal.
Here are a few things I liked about the Spinaleze pillow:
Here are some shortcomings to consider before deciding on the pillow:
Tl;dr: If you want to support the local economy and sustainable practices, then Aussie-made Spinaleze pillow is good. Otherwise, the Ecosa contour pillow is more value for money.
I’m 5’10” (178cm). I primarily sleep on the side but sometimes I roll to my back. So based on my height and sleep preferences, the Spinaleze team recommended that I go for a medium-profile pillow.
The delivery was a bit slow — the pillow reached my home address (Sydney) in four days. The pillow came vacuum-sealed and took some time to regain its shape fully. But the good thing was, I didn’t notice any off-gassing or foul odour when I tore open the seal.
Wrapped in a thin 100% cotton casing, the pillow looks deceptively simple but a lot of thought has gone into designing it. The solid foam core is surrounded by a coagulated surface on the top and bottom to promote airflow. The Spinaleze pillow may resemble an average contour pillow but what sets it apart is the cut out that’s placed exactly where the back of your neck rests on the pillow. The cut out keeps the head steady in the dip and offers continuous neck support.
I found the pillow medium-soft (6/10) when I would have liked it to be a bit firmer. In terms of feel, I sank in quite a bit but also felt adequately supported. The memory foam cradles you like the quicksand and doesn’t respond to movements in bed swiftly. Which means, you could ‘feel stuck’. And so, I feel this pillow would work well for sleepers who tend to sleep in one position through the night. Further, I feel stomach sleepers would find the pillow tall for their liking even if they get a low-profile pillow.
All in all, I feel the Spinaleze pillow’s unique contour helps to promote neutral spine alignment and support your head in the right places.
So do I recommend buying the Spinaleze pillow? ‘Yes’ if you want a homegrown product. ‘No’ because I find the Ecosa pillow much better in terms of overall support, comfort and price point.
That said, if something works for me, there is no guarantee it would work for you too. So it’s best to try a pillow before committing to a purchase, which is one of my complaints against Spinaleze. I just wish they offered a sleep trial.
While the pillow is available in four profiles — Low, Medium, High and Children’s — the materials used, firmness and its construction remains consistent regardless of which one you pick.
Made from aerated visco-elastic foam (that’s memory foam, for us regular folks), the Spinaleze Pillow is designed to offer plush comfort while still being comfortable. It’s also approved by Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to be used as a piece of therapeutic equipment.
The pillow’s patented foam is designed to respond to your body heat, moulding itself around your head, neck and shoulders. The memory foam used in the pillow is a bit on the softer side when compared to the Ecosa and Koala pillows, which make use of a more responsive memory foam filling.
The memory foam block tries to keep the body aligned with the spine, preventing inadvertent twisting through the night, which is a leading cause of aches, pains and spine-related ailments. Moreover, you’ll find the pillow top slanting up. This design tries to support your head without pushing your neck or shoulders up with it.
Additionally, it has ridges running along the length of the pillow’s surface to encourage airflow. This prevents the buildup of heat, which is often a complaint with memory foam products.
Coming to its durability, the company recommends replacing the pillow every 18 months, which is a standard practice in the world of memory foam pillows. The foam tends to soften and lose its characteristics over time.
Sleep Position Ratings
Your experience with the Spinaleze Pillow, however, will vary dramatically based on which of the four loft varieties you opt for.
- The low-profile pillow is designed for back sleepers, who don’t need much elevation to keep their head and neck straight.
- The medium-profile pillow is better for shorter (less than 6 feet) or narrow-shouldered side sleepers, who need slightly more loft to keep their head in line with their spine.
- The high-profile pillow is also designed for side sleepers, albeit those who are taller or who have broad shoulders and who need additional loft to keep their head and neck straight.
- Finally — and rather self-explanatorily — the children’s pillow is designed for kids who sleep on their back or on the side.
Stomach sleeping is considered the least healthy position, especially for those who suffer from back pain. But if you’re a habitual stomach sleeper, like 32% of Aussies are, choose the low-profile pillow.
Is the Spinaleze Pillow good for neck pain?
As per Dr Ritesh Jain, MBBS, FRACP:
Contour-shape pillows, in general, support the alignment of the cervical curvature of the neck quite well, which is often the cause of neck or shoulder pain. So the Spinaleze pillow may help alleviate neck pain and it can be considered a supplementary therapeutic product. However, it’s always best to seek medical advice if you’re experiencing ongoing pain issues.
The length and breadth of the pillow remains the same. Only the front and rear height varies.
|Low Profile||55cm x 36cm x height 10cm (front) – 11.5cm (rear)|
|Medium Profile||55cm x 36cm x height 12.5cm (front) – 14cm (rear)|
|High Profile||55cm x 36cm x height 15cm (front) – 16.5cm (rear)|
All of the Spinaleze pillows fit the standard pillowcase (48 x 73 cm) commonly available in Australia.
Warranty, Terms of Sale & Pricing
|Price||$199 for children’s; $219 for adults|
|Delivery||Free Australian shipping in three working days.|
|Trial Period||Due to COVID-19, the company is not accepting return of opened products. Unopened products may be returned within seven days of delivery.|
|Warranty||12-month warranty covering manufacturing defects|
All Spinaleze pillows come with a complimentary 100% cotton sateen pillowcase, custom-fitted for the size you opt.
Finally, is the Spinaleze pillow worth buying?
Personally speaking, I didn’t find the Spinaleze pillow drastically different from some of the contour pillows I’ve tried before. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand the hype behind the product. So if you ask my recommendation, here is what I think:
If you’re looking for an Australian-made pillow that is both comfortable and supportive and the price isn’t a concern for you, go for Spinaleze.
However, if it’s your first time trying contour pillows or memory foam pillows, I feel it’s better to start with cheaper options, which also come with a sleep trial (like the Ecosa pillow). If these don’t work out, order a Spinaleze. You see, the premise of how contour pillows work is pretty much the same — achieve correct spine alignment while offering support.
I hope you found this review helpful. If you have comments or queries, please feel free to write them in the comment section below.