Savvy Rest Wool Pillow Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


Savvy Rest’s Wool Pillow is a great option for anyone who sleeps hot or likes a slightly firmer, less responsive pillow. Wool is a wonderful temperature-regulator, making it a good choice for a pillow that works all year round.

Savvy Rest Wool Pillow

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Highlights: A slightly firmer, less responsive pillow. Good choice for a pillow that works all year round. Intentionally overstuffed, so you can remove the fill as needed to get the loft you desire.

Savvy Rest Wool Pillow at a glance:

Country of Origin:USA
Materials:Organic wool and organic cotton
B Corporation
Table of Contents
  1. Savvy Rest Wool Pillow
  2. Our Review
  3. Savvy Rest vs. Rawganique

Our Review

What we like

  • Certified organic wool
  • Organic cotton pillowcases
  • Pillow donation program to local domestic violence shelters
  • Trustworthy brand

What could be better

  • No returns accepted

This pillow is available in Mini, Standard, Queen, and King sizes measuring as follows:

Mini: Length 12″, Width 12″ (not customizable)

Standard: Length 25″, Width 17″

Queen: Length 28″, Width 18″

King: Length 35″, Width 18″

The Standard, Queen, and King options are intentionally overstuffed, so you can remove the fill as needed to get the loft you desire. The outer organic cotton flannel pillow case can be washed in cold water and line dried.

Through personal communications, Savvy Rest confirmed that the wool in their pillows is mostly sourced from New Zealand by way of their supplier, Woolgatherers, based out of California. They source the certified organic wool wherever they can get it. This wool does not, however, necessarily carry kfB certification (so cannot be considered cruelty-free), but the pillows are GOTS certified, meaning that they are organic and adhere to significant social and environmental standards. 

Savvy Rest do not accept returns on pillows, claiming that this would require them to spray their products with chemicals, so they could resell them. Some other companies donate returned products, so it’s a shame Savvy Rest don’t have a similar policy. That said, Savvy Rest do donate new pillows through their Safe Sleep Pillows Program. This program works to donate new pillows for women and children who arrive at domestic violence shelters across the US. When the new arrivals at these emergency shelters move on to find more permanent housing, they can take their new Savvy Rest pillow with them. 

Savvy Rest are also employee owned (as of 2012), meaning that staff are more invested in the company’s growth and in customer satisfaction. Employee owned companies tend to create a better experience for employees and for customers.

Savvy Rest use certified organic cotton for their pillow cases. This cotton is free from pesticides, herbicides, and toxic finishing chemicals, as certified by GOTS. They are also a certified B Corporation, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and good working conditions, and they donate a portion of profits to American Forests, the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the US, which helps help restore and maintain threatened forest ecosystems across the country and around the globe. Savvy Rest is also a member of the Carbon Fund, through which they support reforestation along the Mississippi River, a vital habitat for migratory birds. Reforestation is a key part of efforts to mitigate climate change.

Savvy Rest vs. Rawganique

If you’re looking for a supportive, natural, eco-friendly wool pillow, this one from Savvy Rest is a great choice. That said, Rawganique clearly have a more personal relationship with the supplier of their wool, allowing them to feel comfortable that the sheep are well treated. If animal ethics are a factor in your choice of wool pillow, Rawganique are the better option hands-down.

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