Best round pillows

By Katie Dyal

Pillows just make life better! It’s hard to believe that the first pillows in ancient civilization were made of stone and the more you had, the wealthier you probably were. Today, pillows are all about comfort and esthetics. They help us rest, support our bodies, dress up a room and even make a fun family fight (pillow fight) safe. So, in the vast sea of square and rectangular pillows, how do we add to it, the much more elusive but intriguing round pillow?

What makes the best round pillow? How and why do you choose from the many options available? Read below to get our reviews for the best round pillows to layer into your rooms. 

The best round pillows

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Total pillow round pillow

Best overall

Unique, ergonomic but contouring 

This pillow has so few competitors in the supportive, functional round pillow category that it is clearly not your average “round.”

Constructed with innovative, conforming microbeads, this pillow custom contours to whatever shape you fold or twist it. You can use it as a headrest, neck support, a seat cushion, a travel pillow, a backrest or even lumbar support. Its uses are only limited by your imagination. It measures 12 inches in diameter, is shaped like a daisy and weights just over nine ounces. The fleece cover provides a soft cozy cushion if you’re using it near your face and neck, and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Just remember that the microbeads are not intended to be machine washed.

Why we love it: 

  • Body contouring
  • Innovative technology
  • Multi-functional
  • Economic
  • Variety of colors and patterns
Foamily round pillow

Best pet or kid 

Add floor seating or lounging your pets or kids 

The Foamily round floor pillow is a must-have for additional floor seating, decoration or even a personalized dog bed solution.

With a diameter of 32 inches, this white, hypoallergenic, polyester foam-filled round pillow option is a convenient way to bring comfort, support, style and versatility to your room. Without adding an extra pillow cover, you can simply use this selection as a back or leg support in bed or while sitting on a couch. Fold it in half and use it as a body pillow. Add a stylish, color-coordinating pillow cover that reflects your room decor and instantly you have a splash of design AND an extra spot to sit. Interested in taking up meditation? This round pillow, measuring just under three feet across makes a perfect meditation mat. But don’t forget about the extra floor lounging opportunities this choice provides for young kids and pets that just like to flop.

Why we love it: 

  • Simple white design 
  • Flexible size for multiple uses
  • Durable, hypoallergenic foam
  • Fits easily into 32-inch pillow covers 
Newpoint round pillow

Best function

Portable, multitasker that transforms into a stylish accessory

Get more than double duty with the Newpoint neckroll insert pillow.

This selection is the perfect, size for portability in a decorative or support pillow. Technically classified as a neck roll, the six-inch by 16-inch round pillow is a multitasker. Constructed of 100 percent, 233 TC cotton and filled with hypoallergenic poly fiber, this pillow adds support for your back, neck, shoulders, knees . . . literally you can put it anywhere you need support. Add a decorative cover and your bed, couch or chair get an infusion of style. Plus, with its compact size, it can travel in the car or airplane easily. The only thing that makes this choice any better is that it comes in a two-pack, so you always have an extra to share!

Why we love it: 

  • Two-pack
  • Hypoallergenic  
  • 233 TC cotton shell
  • Machine washable

Best nontoxic

Chemical-free, washable construction

This MoonRest round pillow insert delivers the natural benefits of a foam experience but with the non-toxic, chemical-free benefits of poly fiber.

This selection gets our vote for hardworking comfort. The 12-inch round pillow looks like a simple, convenient sleeping disk but think about it; you can also use it for back, neck, hip or leg support. Take it on a car or plane as a sleep aid or just add a beautiful, coordinating fabric cover to turn it into a functional décor accessory. If those jobs aren’t enough, constructed of 100 percent soft polyester fiberfill and lined with a protective cover made of durable 70 percent polyester and 30 percent cotton, this option is fully machine washable. And if you’re worried about wear, don’t be. This choice doesn’t produce lint or fray.

Why we love it: 

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Portable size
  • Machine washable
  • Durable materials
  • Nontoxic
Homesjun round pillow

Best alternative

Traditional down luxury

Every good pillow list needs a down feather option like the Homesjun down feather throw pillow, even if that pillow is rectangular.

This triangular-shaped two-pack down feather alternative comes in five different sizes, is constructed of 100 percent white cotton fabric with 95 percent duck feathers and five percent down fill. They are down-proof stitched for comfort, to prevent those pesky feathers from poking through. They also boast a solid, supportive two pounds of weight to them and can be used for both decoration and sleep support. Just customize by adding a pillowcase or zippered, decorative pillow cover to this selection and place it where you need it. 

Why we love it: 

  • Two-pack
  • Customizable
  • Multiple sizes
  • Down feather fill

How to find the best round pillows

Who knew that round pillows could rival their square and rectangular counterparts with such support and function? And if you’re a “clean” freak and just love washable accessories, they have that too. So, how do you make sure you bring the best round pillow choice into your home or out on your travel adventures? Check the boxes on function, materials, and cleaning capabilities to help you score the round that’s right for you. 

Function: Pillows no longer need to be square or rectangular to have a great function. Round pillows, depending on the size, can serve contouring and body support needs even better than their traditionally shaped counterparts. However, if you’re just looking for round pillows as décor accessories or seating, there’s no need to waste time looking for the most supportive rounds in the mix.

Materials: Ask yourself how important fabrics and fibers are before you start purchasing your round pillows. If you’re going to be sleeping on them or have them near your face, you may consider the non-toxic and hypoallergic materials. If you’re sleeping against them AND taking them on trips, you might consider washable fabrics. But most importantly you need to think about how much use these pillows will see. If you’re just looking for chic décor, purchase any round that looks great. If you’re going to put this pillow to work, look for fabrics and filling that will hold up to a lot of use.  

Cleaning: Pillow covers can save you a lot of time and worry around the topic of cleaning. If you’re planning to use covers, you don’t need to verify that your pillow choices are machine washable. If you’re not using covers or just want to make sure you can sanitize your pillows regularly, don’t forget to check the label for the words, “machine washable.”


Pillows are a lot like shoes. They certainly can provide comfort and support, but some are way better than others at doing that. They also can add style and beauty. But conversely, they can also swiftly make a look go sadly wrong. Purchasing the best round pillow could be attacked much the same way you look for a great pair of shoes. Start your search by deciding if design or function is the most important. You can have both, but one is usually more important than the other. So, whichever category wins, be sure to only compose your purchasing list from round pillows that fit the category. Then, picking from that list will insulate you from buyer’s remorse.

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