I’m 31 now and sleep is more vital to me then ever. I run my own business and I’m usually awake at 4 AM to tackle as much work as I possibly can each day. That means I’ve got to make the hours when I’m in bed really count.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you might have already read my review of the Leesa foam mattress which I called “super freaking awesome.” It’s a super comfortable mattress and I’ve now found the perfect pillows to match from a company called HIBR. Needless to say, I feel like I’ve got all of my bases covered when it comes to trying to get a good night’s sleep.
So the HIBR pillows are packed full of technology, which is why I agreed to review them as a tech writer/influencer. No, they aren’t packed with high-tech chips and RAM, artificial intelligence or virtual reality. But they are rocking some low-tech innovations that you won’t find in other pillows.
So what’s inside a HIBR pillow? Viscoelastic foam, bidirectional thermoregulating capsules and a layer of gel. Together these materials are supposed to allow your pillow to absorb and release heat; this “maintains the bedding microclimate at optimal sleeping temperatures through infinitely reversible molecular transformation.” If you’re confused by all the marketing jargon, let me break it down for you in simple terms: these pillows are supposed to be more comfortable to sleep on because they won’t make your head either too hot or too cold. But the question is, how do they work in the real world?
Well our team’s been testing each of the three pillows offered by HIBR for several weeks now; the Simple Pillow, the Side Pillow and the Silhouette Pillow. The different between the three doesn’t have to do with what’s inside (that’s the same between them all) but rather the shaping. One’s a “normal” rectangle, one’s got a curve in the bottom edge where you’r shoulder can settle in and one’s got a half circle valley on the top side to cradle your head. We’ve got a few observations.
The pillows are, in fact, cooler to the touch than normal pillows. That’s not just hype. They’re not cold; just noticeably cooler than room temperature.
These pillows are also really dense. I wouldn’t exactly call them heavy, but they aren’t quite light either. But they’re more light than heavy.
When you put your head down on a HIBR pillow, the pillow feels both soft and hard. It’s weird, but not in a bad way. Maybe I should say it’s interesting. If 0 represented soft and 10 represented hard, I’d rate this pillow a 6.5 to 7. Personally, I’m almost like to see it be a 5 to 5.5. That said, I don’t find these pillows uncomfortable.
In fact, I find them quite comfortable.
It did take me one, and only one, night to adjust to these pillows however. The pillow I was sleeping on previously was quite a bit softer than the HIBR (I’d rate it a 3 on the softness scale I mentioned above). The morning after my first night with a HIBR pillow I woke up with a headache. I do get headaches sometimes, but I do feel like the HIBR contributed in this instance. However, the next night (and from then on) I have not had any issues. I simple chalk it up to my body needing a night to get used to a new setup.
From the second night on I’ve slept great on the HIBR pillows. I have no issues to complain of. And there are plenty of times when I am laying in bed and think to myself, “These pillows are really very nice.”
As it stands, I’d call them my favorite pillows; the best I’ve ever owned. But that’s also not saying a ton coming from me (it’s not like I’m some sort of pillow connoisseur). But, as a regular average sleeping human, I do really like these pillows.
In the future, I hope to see HIBR come out with different levels of hardness/softness rather than a one-size fits all approach. Not sure how possible that is given their technology. I guess we’ll wait and see.
If you’re on the fence about buying a HIBR I’d say go for it. After trying them I’d certainly buy them for myself (had review units not been provided gratis).