Best Husband Pillow of 2017

After many hours of research, consultation and testing, here are the best husband pillows on the market. Also known as Reading pillows or Bed Rest Pillows, hopefully our guide can help you make an educated decision on the best option for you!

Top Husband Pillow Comparison Table:

LinenSpa Reading Pillow15" Long x 26" Wide x 18" HighPlush fabric

Good Airflow

Good back support
4.4/5View Price
Arlee Suede Oversized Bedrest Lounger 19" Long by 36" Wide by 24" HighRecycled polyester fill

Oversize (if you're after a bigger option)
4.4/5View Price
Microsuede Bedrest Pillow16" Long x 26 Wide" x 18" HighSoft Microfiber cover

Removable cover

Very Comfortable
4.0/5View Price
Brentwood Shagalicious Bedrest18" Long x 26 Wide" x 18" HighCozy fluffy cover

Ideal for kids or teenagers

Funky design
4.4/5View Price
Brentwood Originals Plush Bed Rest18" Long x 26 Wide" x 18" HighBeautiful color

Easy to clean

Good support
4.4/5View Price

LinenSpa Reading Pillow

  • Very well made
  • Soft velour cover
  • One of the top choices on Amazon

The Linenspa is a high quality pillow that I’m sure you will be happy with if you choose to purchase it. It is one of the most popular options, and for good reason.

This model is 26″ wide and 18″ high, which makes it a medium size, and is a good fit if you are of average size/height. This size makes it a multipurpose pillow as it is small enough to fit on most sofas, but still provides enough support for the arms and back to be very good on the bed or floor. It also has a handle which makes moving it around the house very easy, especially if you have stairs.

My experience with this pillow was pleasant. When I received it the pillow was very compact and did take a while to decompress, but when it did I found it very comfortable. The arms were a good height for resting on while reading a book, and the back support was good.

From my experience using it, and from all of the research I’ve done, this is an excellent product which I highly recommend.

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Recently when I bought a husband pillow I found it really difficult to narrow down the options as there are so many that are highly rated. That’s why I created a list with reviews of the best pillows around whether you need it for reading in bed, gaming, relaxing or whatever else you want to do!

Hopefully this list can show you the top options and help you make an educated decision because nobody wants to be uncomfortable.

Just choosing the option that looks the best, cheapest or highest rated may not get you a product that works for you. Just like my top recommendation will not be for everybody.

These are my recommendations on what to think about before making your purchase:

  • What will you use the pillow for? Do you want a Reading Pillow or Bed Rest? Or will you be using your laptop or watching movies? In my short reviews I include information about what the pillow would be ideal for based on the back rest angle, the size, shape and intention of the design
  • Is it for your kids? There are a lot of designs targeted at children as they are more fun, and also practical as you can remove the cover for cleaning
  • Environmentally Friendly – Yes there are even environmentally friendly pillows. Look for the Certipur-US logo. Click here for more info!

Check out our Bed Rest pillow buyers guide below for more information.


Arlee Suede Oversized Bedrest Lounger Pillow

  • Oversize with high back and wide body
  • Soft suede cover
  • High enough to support your back and head
  • Reputable brand with a long history

The Suede Arlee is huge! At 24″ high and 19″ wide, it is one of the biggest on the market and is hard to beat. This husband pillow is suitable for adults of all sizes.

It is made from a soft microfiber suede material which is cozy and easy to clean. It has a convenient pocket on one of the arm rests which you can use for your phone or a TV remote. It also has a handle on it to allow simple movement around the home.

As it comes in 4 different neutral colors, you are sure to find one to match your home.

At this size it may be too large for some sofas. If you are considering it for use on a sofa, I only recommend it if you have a deep sofa or if the pillows on the sofa are removable. If it is shallow, you may be better off with the LinenSpa, or one of the other options below.

Overall this is a large, well made and stylish product which will suit anyone from children, to those of you who are used to needing larger goods!

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Microsuede Bedrest Pillow

  • Range of colours
  • Firm support
  • Soft polyester suede cover
  • Pocket in the arm to hold your phone or remote

This is the smallest option in our top 4 at just 16″ high, but don’t let that put you off!

This is a well designed product that provides solid lumbar support, pockets on the sides and very soft material. As it is compact it is easy to move around the house, and would be ideal for children or smaller adults. The cover is soft polyester microfiber (not suede), so you shouldn’t have any allergy issues.

As it is a smaller option it won’t be for everybody. It won’t provide support for your head so you will need to use another pillow on top of it if you do need it. I still rate this quite highly, and the reviews show that a lot of people are happy with it.

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Brentwood Shagalicious Bedrest

Brentwood Shagalicious Pillow

  • Fluffy cover that is soft and cozy
  • Rated 4.4/5 on Amazon!

What a design! This would be great for those of you who are looking to add a bit of colour to your house, or as a present for a child. The bright colours are really exciting and it was a lot of fun opening up the box.

The cover is a fluffy material which is very soft, and after initially shedding a bit seemed to hold together well (I didn’t notice much on my clothes after about a week of use). It is well made, soft but still provides a good level of support. I wouldn’t say it gives as much support as the LinenSpa but it is good enough for general use. If you are looking for Lumbar support I don’t recommend this option.

The pillow is of an average size, is light and has a handle so it wasn’t difficult to move around the house. I was able to use it on the bed or the sofa, and found both very comfortable.

If you are looking for a cheaper pillow, this is definitely a very comfy option, and should give you years of relaxing times!

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Brentwood Originals Plush Bed Rest

Brentwood Plush Bed Rest Pillow

Another great husband pillow from Brentwood. This isn’t quite as extravagant as the Shagalicious, but what it lacks in boldness, it makes up for by being practical.

It is 20 inches wide x 14 inches high, so the back is not very high. This would be a pillow suitable for lounging on, or if you don’t need a high back. It has piping along the seams which makes it more sturdy, and gives good support.

The arms are at a good height to be supportive when reading, and have a pocket on the side for storing a remote, or your phone.

The cover is a polyester suede type of material. It is soft and easy to clean – they recommend just using a soft cloth. The cover cannot be removed – if you try to remove it you will probably end up with stuffing everywhere!

It has a hand on the top of the pillow which helps when moving it around. At 3.5 pounds it is reasonably light, so it is unlikely that you will struggle anyway.

The only negative point I can make about this is the height of the back. If you are looking for good back support, you may want to look at getting the LinenSpa or the Arlee Pillows.

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Razaban Reading Pillow from the Cheer Collection

No longer available, I’m currently researching alternatives to see if any are worthy of the list!

Cheer Collection Reading Pillow

The Razaban is a reasonably new product on Amazon, but don’t let that put you off. The big difference with this husband pillow is that it has a removable cover.

It is a simple, no frills design that would be great for kids. It comes in a range of colours from dark grey to green, so it should suit most decors.

As I said earlier, the main reason to purchase this pillow is the removable cover for easy washing. That is the main issue with the rest of the pillows on the market – they aren’t easy to keep clean.

The pillows dimensions are 26“(L) x 16“(W) x 20“(H) which is about average in the range. There is also a smaller option which is 21“(L) x 12.5“(W) x 13“(H)It is filled with shredded memory foam which gives good firm support, but still molds to the shape of your body.

The only cons about this product is that it does appear to be made of cheaper materials, and it doesn’t have a solid sales record. What you are getting for the price should negate this point, but as it is one of the only options with a removable cover, it is well worth considering.

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Special Mentions

PillowDimensionsFun FactsRatingPrice
Colormate Reading Pillow19.5"L x 5"W x 22"H100% Cotton
Handy Handle 🙂
Greendale Bedrest Pillow28-Inch w by 17-Inch h by 21-Inch DWater/Stain Resistant
Recycled Polyester Fill
Select from 4 colors
Cheer Collection Reading Pillow26“(L) x 16“(W) x 20“(H)Soft velvet-feel fabric
Great support
Extra high back
Malouf Z Foam Reading PillowWidth: 35" Lenght: 22" Height: 17"Velour breathable cover
Memory foam blend provides good back support
Soft foam fill
WalterDrake Reading Pillow20" x 31" x 14"Firm supportive fill
Comfy Faux-suede cover
Holds it's shape very well


Husband Pillow Buyers Guide

When you are relaxing at home, make sure you are comfortable. I created this Bed Rest Pillow Buyers Guide after weeks of researching a pillow to use at home. The materials and quality of the pillows varies greatly, unfortunately it isn’t just as easy as picking on that looks good.

I have collated all the information I could into this website, based on searching stores, trying pillows, and contacting manufacturers to find out about the materials they use in their pillows (yes, I do have a bit of OCD when it comes to my purchases).

I hope that you find the information you are looking for. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions and I’ll do my best to answer you.

Picking a Bed Rest Pillow design

When selecting a style of bed rest pillow it is best to start by considering what you will be using it for. There is a large range of styles, and if you just choose the highest rated or one for the right price you may not end up with the right product.

If the Husband Pillow is for your child, then you may want to look at buying a themed pillow. These are generally cheaper and lower quality than others. But your child will be much more appreciative when they receive an animal that they can snuggle up against, than something plain and boring (leave that for us adults!).

If you are looking for something to rest on while reading or using your laptop, I recommend looking at the range of ergonomic bedrest pillows. These are a little more expensive than the standard range, but you won’t regret it when you are relaxing on the bed or couch. They are designed to hold your back in a healthy position that wont tire it out. When I eventually made my purchase it was after reading many reviews of the ergonomic options. I knew that I would get the best experience from a pillow designed to give the body good support.

Other features to look for:

  • Handle – If you have mobility issues or just want to be able to move it easily
  • Head rest – For taller folk, or if you are planning to use it to watch TV (think of a movie theater style chair where you can put your head back)
  • Size – Average height men/women will be fine with most options, but if you are over 6″2′ you may want to look at the larger options
  • Removable cover – Some don’t have removable covers, which makes cleaning a pain. If you are buying a pillow for your child, removable covers are a must.
  • Wedge pillow – These are part of the same range. They can either be used to prop up your back when sleeping, or can be used as an angled Bed Chair Pillow (these do not have arms)
  • Size of the arms – Bed rest pillows with arms do vary in size. You will want to choose one that suits you. If you have long arms, or like to rest your full arm length, make sure you keep this in mind when making your purchase

Reading Pillow Fill

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of different options to choose from with the fill. This effects the longevity and comfort level of the pillow. There are also environmentally friendly options, including recycled materials and Certipur-US certified materials.

In my opinion the best bed rest pillows are firm. This gives you more support, and means the pillow will last longer. When the foam is compressed frequently, it does eventually stay that way. So the softer foams will end up more compressed, and will will happen quicker than the firm pillows.

If you like to purchase products with the environment in mind, take a look at the LinenSpa or Ergonomic Sleep Ranges.


A common question about bed rest pillows is whether they can be used for injuries. It is always best to ask your doctor first about whether you should be propped up in bed. But I will do my best to give you recommendations on the products with the best support and ergonomic design.

When selecting a pillow with injury rehabilitation in mind, a firm, supportive pillow are what you should be looking for. Unfortunately the cheaper options will not provide the level of support needed because they generally aren’t filled as tightly as the higher end products.

Alternative Options

Wedge Pillows – Find a Wedge Pillow
Body Pillows – Find a Body Pillow


Reading Pillows are the Best!