About Sleepgram Pillow
Claiming to offer a superior sleeping experience, the Sleepgram is a feather pillow crafted to bring perfect balance to the bedroom with its chambered design. Stating that they felt traditional feather pillows were in need of a serious facelift, the creators of the Sleepgram say that they revised the plan for their product over 25 times before finally settling on the end product.
What separates the Sleepgram from other pillows is the way the interior is structured, with the soft, down outer perimeters giving way to a firmer inner chamber that is filled with thicker feathers; something the manufacturer says will help to support your neck and keep the pillow from pancaking.
They also say that the down feathers trap heat in pockets within the pillow, pulling it away from your face, allowing you to sleep cooler and more comfortably overall. The Sleepgram uses premium materials, claiming that the entire product is down-proof, keeping the material inside and allowing it to stand the test of time while also being machine washable.
What’s the Story Behind the Sleepgram?
On the product’s website, we’re told that the Sleepgram pillow started with a series of sleepless nights faced by co-founder Logan Newell’s wife. After trying out several different mattresses, they discovered that the key to a better night’s sleep actually lied in the pillows the couple was using. After sharing their story with co-founder Leo Haury, the initial idea for Sleepgram took root.
On the about us page of the website, we’re told that Sleepgram was born with the mission to make sleep, and pillow shopping, a happy experience. Neither of the founding members appear to have a background in the sleep industry, with the website claiming that their prior experience was in software engineering and data analytics.
What Causes Poor Sleep?
According to Medical News Today, sleep deprivation can be caused by a wide variety of medical problems such as depression, obstructive sleep apnea, hormone imbalances and other chronic illnesses. They list that some steps to take in order to ensure you get the best quality sleep possible include the following:
- “Going to bed when tired
- Following a routine for bed and wake-up times, keeping it consistent every day of the week
- Avoiding eating 2-3 hours before bedtime
- If unable to fall asleep after 20 minutes of trying, going to another room and trying to read until feeling sleepy, then returning to bed
- Engaging in regular exercise during the day
- Keeping the bedroom quiet, dark and a comfortably cool temperature
- Turning off electronic devices when you go to bed.”
There are also other common causes of poor sleep, such as insomnia, which is a disorder that can make falling asleep (and staying that way) very difficult for many. But what about choosing the right pillow? The Sleepgram website claims to help you sleep better at night, but is there any evidence supporting the idea that the right pillow can improve your night’s rest?
In an article from WebMD, Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist and author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep states that "Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how healthfully we rest and recharge."
For instance, if you tend to sleep on your back, you may need a pillow with medium firmness to provide that extra bit of support for your neck. If you’re more of a side sleeper, however, you may find that you need additional firmness to support the gap created by your shoulders. Meanwhile, stomach sleepers need the thinnest pillow possible, or even no pillow at all, depending on what you prefer (we’ll come back to this topic shortly).
In order to understand how well it may suit your individual needs, let’s next take a closer look at how the Sleepgram differs from a conventional feather pillow.
Comparing the Sleepgram to a Standard Feather Pillow
As we mentioned above, the main aspect separating the Sleepgram from traditional feather pillows is the three-chamber design at the product’s core. A standard feather pillow is filled with one large inner “chamber” of feathers, usually from a duck, goose, or similar waterfowl. With the Sleepgram, you have three different layers that work together to provide additional support at the top of the spine
The outer chambers on the top and bottom of the pillow are filled with ultra-soft duck down, which the manufacturer claims feels better and allows for cooler sleeping to boot. The inner chamber, meanwhile, features a thicker white duck feather filling, providing what they describe as a perfect blend of firmness (support) and softness (comfort).
This image shows how the Sleepgram’s three-chamber design is situated within the 280-thread count cotton cover. Credit: Sleepgram.com
Sleepgram Pricing & Return Policy
As of this writing, the Sleepgram pillow was available exclusively from the product’s main website online. It is available in two different sizes, standard/queen and king, and each is available in four different quantities:
- Single pillow: $64.99 ($84.99 for king)
- Two-pack: $79.99 $ (99.99 for king
- Four-pack: $149.99 ($189.99 for king)
- Six-pack: $219.99 ($279.99 for king)
Shipping is based on the number of pillows you order, with standard shipping going for anywhere from $9.99 to free for larger orders, and USPS Priority running anywhere from $60 to $100+.
- Standard/Queen: 18" x 26" + 1.5" gusset
- King: 18" x 30" + 1.5" gusset
The checkout page informs us that each order comes with a 60-night return policy, not including any shipping & handling fees. To initiate a return, you’ll need to reach out to customer service by phone at 877-257-5337 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be required to pay return postage to get the product back to the manufacturer.
Sleepgram vs. Other Similar Pillow Designs
You may not be surprised to discover that there are thousands of different pillows available both online and in-stores today. That said, are there any options out there that utilize a similar three-chamber design to the Sleepgram pillow?
While we didn’t encounter a product that emulated its design outright, we did find several that featured a similar “firmer near the middle” design, including quite a few that were adjustable in terms of resistance. We also came across products with similar chamber “layers” within them, like the WENERSI Premium White Goose down pillows or the Three Geese White Goose Feather bed pillow.
So, while the Sleepgram’s design is still unique, we feel hesitant to call it a true “breakthrough,” as several products–including those mentioned above–feature a similar “layered” filling structure. In addition, many of these pillows could be found for less than the product at hand, ranging from $24.99 to $39.99 and up when we checked during our research.
In terms of brand reception and feedback, several of these products featured hundreds of customer reviews on Amazon, many of which were five-stars. As of this writing, Sleepgram was not listed on Amazon, but we were able to find over 140 reviews on the product’s Facebook page. Of these, just over 100 were five-stars, while 28 left negative, one-star comments.
Common complaints included remarks about the pillow going flat after several uses, as well as some users complaining about a hard and generally uncomfortable experience when sleeping on the product.
Interestingly, though Facebook displayed over 100 five-star reviews as of this writing, when we clicked on them, we were taken to an error page, making it impossible to see what customers were saying.
If you’re searching for the perfect pillow for your specific needs, consider the following:
- What position do you normally sleep in? As we mentioned above, depending on whether you are back sleeper, a side sleeper, or a stomach sleeper, a pillow with a certain type of thickness and shape may be desired. For more information on how your position can affect the pillow you need, be sure to read through our guide to the Top Pillow Picks for Each Position.
- Consider all of your options before deciding on one. Because there are so many different pillows out there, it’s important to slow down and do a bit of research beforehand. Compare several products by price and similar features, and read through what customers are saying about each of them. Just be sure to watch out for fake reviews.
- Understand the return policy going into a purchase. Because pillows are such a personal item when it comes to preferences of style, filling, weight, etc, it can be difficult to nail down the one that’s right for you without trying it out for yourself first. For this reason alone, it’s important to read and understand the product’s return policy before entering in any credit card information.
The Bottom Line: Our Thoughts on Sleepgram
Based on everything that we’ve learned about the Sleepgram pillow, is it safe to assume that the product’s three-chamber design is enough to improve the quality of your sleep? Our honest answer, as of now, is maybe.
As discussed above, we came across several studies illustrating that the wrong pillow could indeed have a tangible impact on the overall quality of your sleep. Also, based on our past research, that one of the primary factors for choosing a pillow is your preferred sleeping position.
With this in mind, we didn’t come across any direct evidence from the manufacturer that the three-chamber system in use in Sleepgram could actually improve the quality of your sleep—which is obviously very personal and will vary by individual. That said, the product did feature several different glowing reviews on its Facebook page, albeit alongside a handful of particularly negative ones.
Ultimately, as consumers ourselves, we feel that simply trying out a pillow and evaluating how well it works for you in practice is the best approach to take here.
If you feel that the Sleepgram represents your ideal vision for a down pillow, you can always jump in and give it a shot. You’ll have the 60-night return policy to fall back on should you decide that it isn’t right for you–as long as you’re willing to lose a bit of cash in return shipping fees in the process.