Pillows fall short in watchdog tests

Local | Sophie Hui 17 Sep 2019

In a test of 15 pillows, the Consumer Council found that the most expensive one priced at HK$1,558 fared the worst when it came to durability.

The watchdog tested the pillows, which cost between HK$139 and HK$1,558, for their durability, support and comfort.

Among the 15 pillows, six of them were made of polyester, six of memory foam and the other three of latex.

The seven models, which all scored four out of five points in overall performance, varied in price by as much as 6.5 times, from HK$145 to HK$1,100.

On a scale of five points, the most expensive Tempur sample, priced at HK$1,558, received 3.5 points for its overall support performance. Although it obtained a high score in the back position tests, it only received 1 to 1.5 points in the lateral position tests, the lowest in all models.

It also scored two points in the durability test, which was the worst among all the pillows.

Two polyester models - A-Fontane's comfort and support pillow and Airland's super pearl comfort pillow - only scored 1.5 to three points in the support performance test as their support height was too high, which caused the testers' heads to tilt.

The Tempur sample was unable to restore to its original shape while all three latex samples - Cherry, Dunlopillo and Suzuranbed - attained the full five points.

"In choosing the product, consumers should consider their body build, weight, sleeping habits, as well as the mattress firmness and pillow material," said Clement Chan Kam-wing, chairman of the council's publicity and community relations committee.


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