Bamboo Pillow Cons
Washing a bamboo pillow can be more time-consuming compared to dealing with other types of pillows. As memory foam can be damaged by machine washing, the safest way to clean the bamboo pillow is to take out all the shredded memory foam filling before washing the bamboo cover. Some pillow brands have filling materials that can be washed in the machine, but this should carefully be checked first as memory foam can easily break down when not handled properly during the washing procedure. After washing, the pillow should be thoroughly dried to avoid fungal growth and a musty smell from developing.
Filling Adjustment Can be Messy
While the pillow’s filling adjustability is a distinct advantage, completing the task can be a bit tricky. When taking out the shredded memory foam, you will need to have a dedicated container close by to avoid making a mess of the scattered memory foam pieces. Also, you will need to be diligent in keeping the unused shredded memory foam for future use because you may need it to adjust the feel of the pillow.
New bamboo pillows may come with a strong chemical smell that can be bothersome, especially for people who are extra sensitive to such odors. The chemical smell may prevent you from sleeping peacefully throughout the night and may be truly irritating for some. However, the strong smell is expected to last for only a few days, and will soon disappear completely so you can look forward to enjoying the bamboo pillow’s features more positively.
May Need an Adjustment Period
A bamboo pillow may need some getting used to, especially if this is the first time that you will use an adjustable pillow. Depending on the amount of filling you use, the pillow can also become heavier compared to other pillows, so it may be a challenge at first to hold or maneuver the pillow as you would normally. The adjustable filling will also feel different compared to a single block of memory foam or other filling materials, and your body may go through an adjustment period before you can feel completely comfortable with using the bamboo pillow for sleeping.