Bambillo Memory Foam Pillow from Tristar Products (aka just the Bambillo) is a pillow that they claim adjusts 8 ways and supports back, side, or stomach sleepers. The “Bam” part of the Bambillo name refers to the casing, which they state “contains viscose made from bamboo.” Bamboo is currently a very “hot” material and many pillows on the market claim its fibers help keep you cool and comfortable all night.
How Bambillo Pillow Works
Bambillo is of unknown dimensions. A call to customer service said it is available in King or Queen size but had no further details. Its main claims to fame are the memory foam filling and its bamboo casing. Bambillo Foam Pillow states you can shape the memory foam in a variety of ways, which they promise will result in less pressure on your neck. In addition, they promise the bamboo fibers are soft and let heat escape, so you won’t wake up in a pool of sweat.
Bambillo Memory Pillow claims it’s a “sensation” that’s sweeping Australia by storm. The infomercial has a spokesperson as well as testimonials from people with thick Aussie accents perhaps in an attempt to convince you this is true.
What Is Memory Foam?
Memory foam was invented by NASA in the 1960s for seat cushioning for their astronauts. It wasn’t until the 1980s, however, until it became commercialized with Tempur-Pedic mattresses. The key to memory foam is that it reacts to body heat, and conforms to your shape, only to “bounce” back to its original contour. Shredded memory foam, like the kind used in Bambillo and other brands is essentially left over memory foam pieces, which tends to be cheaper to use in mass manufacturing.
The downside to these pillows and mattresses is that they tend to retain heat, although subsequent generations of memory foam have attempted to address this problem. And although millions swear by their comfort saying the foam cradles them in comfort, according to WebMD, there are not enough unbiased case studies to show whether or not memory foam actually gives you a better night’s sleep.
What is Bamboo Fabric?
To counter the heat retained by memory foam, some manufacturers like Bambillo Memory Pillow use a bamboo casing. Bamboo textile is soft, feeling akin to cashmere, and known for its breathability and moisture wicking. Bamboo is also thought to be more eco-friendly because it grows quickly and also has ant-bacterial properties.
Bambillo Memory Pillow Costs
$39.98 – this is pitched on the website as $29.99 plus $7.99 P&H. You can add another Bambillo for an additional $7.99 – it should also be noted, that, while this second Bambillo Pillow is optional, the radio box is checked “Yes” by default. That means, unless you switch it to “No” you will pay $47.97 and get 2 pillows.
Bambillo Memory Foam Pillow comes with both a 60-day money back guarantee as well as a 60-day limited warranty. To get your money back, return within 60 days for your initial $29.99 but they will keep all P&H fees and you must pay to ship it back.
If your Bambillo is defective, you can exchange it within 60 days for another one, but you must also pay $7.99 for the return shipping and pay postage to send it to them.
Bottom Line: Is Bambillo a Scam?
Fact: we spend 26 years of our lives sleeping. We also spend 7 years lying awake. Therefore, it’s crucial you have a good pillow to cradle your head. As such, there are a lot of “pillow fights” between companies as to who has the best one for the job.
Bambillo may live up to its claims, but there are some other things we think we should point out that they don’t.
First, the size is not listed; as we mentioned above there is a King or Queen, but no way to select between the two on the website.
Second, Bambillo Memory Foam Pillow is hardly the only pillow touting a bamboo covering on the market. In fact, a company called My Pillow claims that people confuse its product with Bambillo. My Pillow claims that the Bambillo is made in China while its pillows are made in the USA (Bambillo customer service could not provide their country of manufacture).
Third, we would also like to point out that although it’s called the Bambillo and touts the breathable fiber feature of bamboo, it doesn’t mention its eco-friendly or anti-bacterial properties. This makes us think it’s actually made of rayon, a heavily-processed fabric that is sometimes made from bamboo cellulose. (Customer service was unable to elaborate.)
Finally, remember that people have different sleeping habits. What may be comfy to you may be too soft or too hard for your spouse, or vice versa. Therefore, before settling on Bambillo Memory Pillow you might want to:
- Read this article from Forbes as to how to choose the perfect bed pillow.
- Shop and compare various pillows online. While Bambillo touts a 60-day warranty, other pillows may offer longer ones.
- Bambillo does not claim to be hypoallergenic, organic, or eco-friendly – if that’s a concern, you might want to consider a pillow that lists these elements as a selling point.
- Also check out some of these YouTube videos comparing various bamboo pillows.
- Order via telephone (800) 649-7702 so you can choose between a King or Queen size Bambillo.
Let us know if this helped you make an informed about whether Bambillo Pillow is right for you!