While doing some research on buckwheat pillows, we came across a very popular YouTube video called the Buckwheat Pillow Buyers Guide posted by Toucan DIY (it's actually the first video that pops up when you search buckwheat pillows on YouTube.) He tells us that he used to make and sell tens of thousands of buckwheat pillows across North America, but doesn't anymore. Based on this, we can rely on him to be a knowledgeable, independent, and unbiased source of information on what to look for in a good buckwheat pillow.
Curious as to whether or not our ComfyComfy buckwheat pillows meet Toucan DIY's outlines for a good buckwheat pillow, we went through each of the points made in the video and were extremely pleased with our results. Have a look at the list below to see how ComfyComfy buckwheat pillows make the grade with flying colours!
Hooray! A+ for ComfyComfy Buckwheat Pillows!
1. A good buckwheat pillow needs a zipper! According to Mr. Toucan DIY, “If it doesn’t have a zipper, you’re not buying a quality buckwheat hull pillow...”
All ComfyComfy buckwheat pillows have a sturdy YKK zipper sewn carefully onto the side. The zipper is extra long making it easy to scoop buckwheat hulls into or out of the pillow for adjustment. Also, because it is a hidden zipper, it stays flush on the pillow seam, and doesn't cause any discomfort. You hardly even notice it's there!
2. The liner needs to be a nice heavy fabric, similar to denim found in blue jeans. This helps the pillow to maintain some form, so it doesn’t become “a blob of pillow”.
Our pillow cover is made from heavy cotton twill (7 oz. per square yard) to make sure your pillow doesn’t flatten out when you rest your head on it. It holds it's shape so that your head is cradled and your neck is supported throughout the night, thereby keeping your spine properly aligned.
100% cotton twill so your pillow is able to keep its shape.
3. “If it doesn’t say organic, it isn’t organic.” Certified organic hulls means you can be sure the hulls were grown in North America, and they were properly processed, cleaned, handled, and stored.
We have searched high and low to find a producer of certified organic buckwheat hulls grown right here in Canada, and we have! Our Ecocert certified hulls are clean, pesticide-free, and organic.
It is of utmost importance to us that we provide our customers with the best hulls possible.
4. The hulls can lose some volume after a few months, so make sure you have some extra to add in once they settle.
All our ComfyComfy buckwheat pillows arrive filled with extra hulls exactly for this purpose. Make sure that you remove a pound or so of hulls before you start using the pillow, and save those extra hulls to freshen up your pillow down the road. If you sleep on a pillow that’s too full, you may feel that the pillow is too stiff and heavy, or even worse, you may wake up with a stiff neck since sleeping on a pillow that’s too high isn’t ergonomically correct.
Save those extra hulls to freshen up your pillow later on!
5. Check the return policy. A reputable company will give you a full refund.
That’s very true! Although we put a lot of pride into our work and are confident that you will be happy with your purchase, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your pillow, send it back within 30 days and we will provide you with a full refund.
Mel and Dan
The best way to wash the case would be to machine wash in cold and tumble dry on low. If your dryer doesn’t have a lot setting, then hanging to dry would be recommended.
Sleep well and be healthy!
What is the recommended method for washing the pillow case?
How do you store the extra hulls?
Sorry for the late reply. Because our pillows have a zipper, you can refresh the pillow with new hulls whenever the need arises so they can actually last up to 10 years or even more! You can empty the cover and pop it in the wash if you feel the need to. Meanwhile, you can put the hulls in the sun to disinfect. Some people like to do it once or twice a year, while others don’t do it at all. Have a look at our blog post for more information on that: https://comfycomfy.ca/blogs/news/15319773-how-to-clean-a-buckwheat-pillow We don’t recommend putting the hulls in the oven because the would cause them to become brittle and lose their springy texture.
Hi, yes your video is very informative . I am trying to find out how long to keep a buckwheat pillow. Can these pillows harbour dust mites. How to clean or can you clean them . How often should you change your pillow? I have not seen this anywhere on any sites how long to keep your pillow. My husband said to put it in the oven at 250 degrees for 5 to 6 hrs. to kill anything that may be in the husks.
Thank you Micheline