Chillow Review: Making Bedtime Cool & Comfortable

Posted on Nov 29 2013 - 8:47pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review . The opinions in my review are honest and my own.

If there is one thing my husband is known for, it’s his ability to feel warm in the middle of a blizzard. When everyone else is bundled up outside, he is happily going around in a t-shirt in the middle of November. This sometimes makes bedtime a bit difficult because I love to bundle under lots of blankets and he would prefer anything to help him feel cooler. Since I am always looking for things to make him feel comfortable, I was pretty excited when I was asked to review the Chillow – a pillow designed to stay cool naturally.

Chillow: What is It

Chillow: Overview

From first glance, the Chillow really doesn’t seem like anything special. It looks like a thin, blue foamed pillow that feels slightly soft and squishy. To make it work, you fill it with 8 cups of water and let the water soak in for 4 hours. After that, you smooth it (twice, once with the cap on, and then off), and then seal it carefully with the cap again to create a vacuum. Even though they really don’t talk about it in the instruction, this step is a bit of a mess. I personally had water spill a few times during filling, but it didn’t seem to effect the cover or function of the pillow at all. The worst was that after sitting, the water was a bit on the cold side! From there, you can use the pillow as is or put it in the fridge for 15 – 30 minutes (never the freezer).

As for laying on the pillow itself, my husband seemed fairly impressed and compared it to resting his head on a water bed due to the floating water in the pillow itself. While this was odd at first, it did exactly as advertised – it helped him feel cooler and more comfortable. Based on this assessment, we are very happy to give the pillow an A rating!

Chillow 2

Chillow: Where to Purchase

Would you like to try this cooling pillow for yourself? Currently, you can purchase the Chillow for $12.99 + shipping and handling.  Learn more at the Chillow website or see if they carry it in the ‘As Seen on TV’ section in your local big box retailer!


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

21 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ronda Walton November 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I keep looking at these, since I seem to turn my pillow over and over, trying to find a cooler side.

  2. Noor November 30, 2013 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Seems comfy, I want this

  3. Vicky November 30, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

    This looks so ace – I have heard great things about it

    Love Vicky @

  4. Rebecca Parsons November 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    These look amazing and would love to get for Christmas..  Going to have to let my hubby know 🙂

  5. Tamarae Ellis November 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I struggle with sleeping through the night without overheating and this might be a great solution! Thanks for an awesome, honest review.

  6. Amanda Armstrong (Cherry Mama) November 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Hmm, I would like something like this. But I am already a pillow stacker and a side sleeper. Did he lay it ontop of the pillow or in the case? I would get 10 of these and sleep on them, I like it frosty!!!

  7. Michelle Turner December 1, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

    My 10 year old got a chillow, he loves it!

  8. Maria Iemma December 1, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    As a woman of a certain age I need this pillow!!  Thank you for pointing out that this is available.  Maybe I will get a good night sleep at last,

  9. Amy December 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I want one!!

  10. Wendy T December 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I've seen these around and always think they seem like a good idea, especially in the summer. Sometimes it's just too hot to sleep well so anything that will help is good. 

  11. Marlyce Hammen-Suter December 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I would like to try one of these. I'm just not sure about the way it works.  Seems as though there should be a way to make a cooling pillow without having to fill it with water.

  12. The Frugal Exerciser December 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I wonder would this really help if I'm having night sweats?  I might try it out because you can use it for a ice pack, if you injure my back.

  13. amanda whitley December 2, 2013 at 11:36 am - Reply

    my husband is the same! it annoys the crap outta me that his body produces so much heat we both wake up sweating! this would be too perfect

  14. lisa December 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    That's a good idea. I get so tired of turning my pillow to find a cool spot to lie on.

  15. lisa lo December 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Needed for Texas in the summertime.  It is so hot/humid here then the smart people go somewhere else…winter texans.   Of course, I'm not smart.

  16. Nena Sinclair December 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    This is so cool! (No pun intended! lol) I would love to try this product, I'm always too hot!!

  17. Jodi Shaw December 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I've been wondering about this for the longest time… Night sweats are a killer!

  18. Caitlyn S December 4, 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I really need one of these. I get so hott and uncomfortable at night~! Thanks for the review!

  19. Michelle Garrity December 5, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

    This would be great for menopausal women

  20. Jennifer December 5, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    I need one of these I get SO darn HOT! My husband needs one of these too!

  21. JanD December 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info that the initial set up can be messy.

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