Among organic stuffing materials in pillow production, buckwheat is of the most popular one. In recent year, when people tend to live as much “organic” as they can, an organic buckwheat pillow becomes an alternative form for bedding pillow, instead of latex or a memory foam pillow. Although bearing certain environmental friendly and healthy features, the buckwheat pillow also has its own limitations, which we will discuss fairly in detail here so you can make the best decision.

The Best Organic Buckwheat Neck Pillows of 2017

Before diving down into in-depth reviews, let’s take a quick look at top of the charts:

Product NameEditor Rating 
ComfySleep Buckwheat Pillow
(Editor's Choice)
10/10buy now amazon
Hullo Buckwheat Pillow10/10buy now amazon
Beans72 Buckwheat Hulls Pillow9/10buy now amazon
Zen Chi Buckwheat Pillow9/10buy now amazon
ComfyNeck Organic Neck Pillow8/10buy now amazon

Reviews of the Best Buckwheat Pillows

We have done the homework for you in order to help you find the best buckwheat pillow. Read our Japanese buckwheat pillow reviews to find out more.

1. ComfySleep Buckwheat Pillow

ComfySleep Buckwheat PillowBased on traditional Japanese design, this pillow from ComfyComfy is the best buckwheat pillow available in the market. The buckwheat hulls used for filling are of high-quality and USA-grown that are cleaned without the use of any kind of chemicals or fumigants. Best thing about this pillow is that it’s handmade by a USA based family owned business who have been doing it for years. This buckwheat hull pillow is perfect for children and smaller adults as well. Due to it’s light weight, you can also use it during travel to give yourself a restful sleep.

Key Features

  • Made of durable organic cotton twill that is grown and woven in the USA
  • USA grown buckwheat hulls filling
  • Invisible Zipper
  • Easily customize your pillow by adding/removing hulls
  • Available in 4 sizes
This pillow is a perfect choice to give yourself a perfect support for a good night’s sleep. Highly recommended if you suffer neck pain during sleep. The organically grown hulls continue to allow the air flow through the pillow, hence keeping pillow dry and fresh.

2. Hullo Buckwheat Pillow

Hullo Buckwheat PillowPriced at a higher end, this buckwheat pillow contours to your sleeping posture and gives your neck the perfect support all night long. From the pillow to the hulls used for filling, Hullo pillows are carefully manufactured in the USA so you can be sure about the quality. The buckwheat hulls filling ensures that your pillow is adjustable as well as breathable keeping your head cool while you sleep.

Key Features

  • Made in USA
  • Stimulates Airflow keeping your head cool during sleep
  • Organic cotton twill pillow case
  • High quality invisible zipper
  • Standard Size 20×26″
Despite bearing a high price tag, people still love it because of the quality and comfort it delivers. This pillow offers great relief if you are suffering neck or shoulder pain. You are never going to regret your hard-earned money spent on Hullo pillows.

3. Beans72 Organic Buckwheat Pillow

Beans72 buckwheat organic pillowWhile most of organic buckwheat pillow brands are imported, this Beans72 buckwheat pillow is 100% made in the USA. Both the buckwheat hulls and the cotton cover are made locally, ensuring the pillow to reach and controlled by the US standards. Therefore, you will never need to worry about the origin and authenticity of the pillow and its materials.

Key Features

  • 100% unbleached cotton and 100% US-grown hulls filling
  • Weights only 10-12 lbs.
  • Comes in 5 sizes:
    • Travel size 11’’ x 16’’
    • Japanese size: 14’’ x 20’’
    • Twin size: 20’’ x 26’’
    • Queen size: 20’’ x 30’’
    • King size: 20’’ x 36’’
Bearing all the great features, you will find this pillow as one of the best buckwheat pillows to relieve sleeping aches, such as muscle pain, stiff neck, headache and tension. It’s firmness requires you to adjust the loft when you use it for the first time. It has also got more air circulation, so it won’t build up the heat during the night.

4. Zen Chi Organic Buckwheat Pillow

Zen Chi buckwheat pillow reviewsOne of the best thing about Zen Chi buckwheat pillow is that it is not pricey as other similar products from different brands. This is made of 100% organic natural hulls (Queen size) and is moderately priced. Other than the fact that this is an affordable item, users find it very durable, supportive and report that it helps relieve the neck pain effectively.

Key Features

  • Hulls are more breathable than synthetic material
  • Case is cotton made, which is machine washable
  • The zip allows you to adjust the loft when you use it for the first time
  • Comes in 4 different sizes:
    • Japanese size: 14’’ x 20’’
    • Twin size: 20’’ x 26’’
    • Queen size: 20’’ x 30’’
    • King size: 20’’ x 36’’
After years, the hull can loose its shape a bit and you need to fill the pillow with more hulls. Zen Chi has a small hull package that you can order just a few dollars to fill in the pillow. Having this option will save you from buying a new one, and this one can be easily used for a decade.

5. Buckwheat Neck Pillow With Case by ComfyNeck

comfyneck buckwheat neck pillow with caseThis one is made and shipped from USA by ComfyNeck and comes with a case. This buckwheat neck pillow is designed as a cylindrical shape which makes it easy to adjust under neck. What makes this pillow stand out is its light weight, the quality of hulls and the custom-made pillowcase with an invisible zipper. The design of this pillow adds to the beauty and perfection.

Key Features

  • Made and shipped from the USA
  • Stuffed organic buckwheat hulls
  • Weighs only 3.5 lbs.
  • Comes in 3 sizes; small, large and regular
This one is a little expensive than other brands available in the market but there is no doubt about it’s quality. Totally pays off when you spend some bucks on it. If you suffer from neck pain or back pain, I would highly recommend you go for it. It just gives so much support to your neck that you will forget all pains.

Who is it for?

The buckwheat pillow is mostly suitable to a side sleeper, due to its ability to remain the support (does not go flat during the whole night) and to contour accordingly. For a back sleeper, the users often need to find the suitable loft and adjust the amount of hulls at first using time, but this is not a big deal at all.

The buckwheat pillow is not ideal for a stomach sleeper. Since the hull is firm, the stomach sleepers won’t find it as comfortable as the synthetic material stuffed pillows.

Buckwheat Pillow Benefits

The buckwheat pillow is a cotton bag, containing buckwheat hulls as main stuffing material. The loft of this pillow can be adjusted based on your personal preference. You can add more hulls, or remove to have the best support you want.

The buckwheat hulls are well known for their durable shape, the pillow therefore will not be flattened out over time, which is the case of polyester pillow.

As it is organic, you will not need to suffer from allergies, which a memory foam pillow can be the case to some people.

The built-up heat during the night is also very limited.

A worthy pillow to buy if you are into buying a durable pillow for over years. Normally, a synthetic material stuffing pillow can last for 2-5 years whereas a buckwheat pillow can easily last a decade, which turns out into a very valuable investment, even if its price is higher than others.

What’s Bad?

Using buckwheat hulls as the main stuffing material, the pillow can be firm to some people, even they tried to adjust the loft. Besides, it can be a noisy pillow, comparable to styroballs pillow. When you shift your position, the hulls can cause unpleasant noise.

When buying an organic pillow, the size of pillow matters. You should notice that normal pillows have 2 sizes: Queen and King, but a buckwheat may have Tiny, Small Standard, Queen and King size. Therefore, be sure of what you need and order the correct size.

It is a bit pricey. As mentioned above, this pillow generally costs higher than memory foam, latex and polyester pillows, yet it is durable. In case your are price conscious, a memory foam pillow or a polyester pillow will be your best bet.

Cleaning a Buckwheat Pillow

It is advised not to clean the hulls, but instead you can clean the case. Just open the zip, store the buckwheat hulls in another bag and the pillow case will be ready for machine cleaning.

Let me know which one did you choose 🙂