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Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow review

 Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow.
Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow.

Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow: two-minute review

The Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow is the cheapest pillow of the two that Panda makes, but it doesn’t skimp on quality. It’s one of TechRadar’s best pillow selections and offers a luxurious feel with its soft bamboo cover. I’m a huge fan of the Panda London Hybrid Bamboo mattress, which is rated by TechRadar as one of the best mattresses currently on sale in the UK. But how did the pillow match up?

Like most memory foam pillows, the Panda isn’t going to win any design awards. It’s a lump of memory foam (three layers, to be exact), covered with a mesh polyester internal pillow protector and finished with a bamboo/polyester cover. Pick the pillow up and feel it, and it’s a different story. The bamboo cover feels luxurious to the touch and is really soft – this is a pillow you’ll want to lay your head on. I love the little panda face in the corner as well.

The Panda logo on the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow
The Panda logo on the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

Not everyone is a fan of memory foam and, as someone who loves a soft pillow, I did initially find the Panda way too solid. But over time, I appreciated the neck support. As a lightweight side and back sleeper, the loft suited me perfectly. However, both my husband and I found it difficult to change positions on the pillow and neither of us particularly enjoyed the moulding sensation of the memory foam. However, if you are a fan of the memory foam ‘hug’, the Panda is a great pillow to go for. At under £50 it’s also very good value for a high-quality memory foam pillow.

Panda Bamboo Pillow review: price & value for money

  • Mid-range pricing, but a premium feel

  • 30-day trial and 10-year warranty

  • Rarely discounted

The Panda pillow retails at £44.95 and comes in one size, fitting neatly into the mid-range pricing bracket. With its high-quality bamboo cover, it feels like a premium pillow and looks extremely smart (or, at least, as smart as a lump of foam can look). There’s a 30-day trial period, which is a real godsend if you’re not used to the feel of memory foam and need time to decide if it suits your sleeping style.

The 10-year warranty is particularly generous for a pillow – none of the other pillows in our best pillow round-up have longer than three years. And if you decide during the 30-day trial period that the pillow isn’t for you, you can return it for a full refund. Next day delivery and returns are also both free.

Panda discounts aren’t common. I’ve seen the occasional 10% off, but this is generally only around major sales events. I'd recommend bookmarking our mattress deals page, as it will keep you up to date with when the brand is having a sale.

Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow review: design & materials

  • Removable and washable cover

  • Three layers of visco memory foam

  • Internal mesh polyester inner cover

Like most memory foam pillows, the Panda is essentially just a lump of memory foam and not particularly enticing shape-wise. At 12cm deep, 40cm wide and 60cm long, it’s slightly shorter than a standard pillow at 70cm, but it still fits neatly into a pillow case. The 40% bamboo cover is the winning touch here – it feels soft and luxurious, and really adds a premium touch to the pillow.

The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow with its cover pulled back to show the fill
The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow with its cover pulled back to show the fill

I also really liked the inclusion of the inner mesh polyester cover, which acts as a natural pillow protector. This is stitched around the pillow to help protect the foam. Speaking of the memory foam, it’s Reach-certified, meaning no harmful chemical were used during manufacturing. And the bamboo cover is naturally breathable, antibacterial and hypoallergenic, making this a great choice for allergy sufferers.

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The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow in its delivery box
The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow in its delivery box

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The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow in plastic wrap
The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow in plastic wrap

The pillow arrived wrapped in a reusable bamboo bag and a 100% biodegradable box, made from recycled paper that can obviously be recycled again. It was ready to sleep on straight out of the box and, somewhat unusually for memory foam, I didn’t notice any off-gassing at all.

Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow review: care & allergies

The bamboo cover is removable and can be washed on a cool wash of up to 40 degrees before being hung to dry. The memory foam can only be spot cleaned but, with the two covers in place, it should be well protected.

The memory foam in the pillow is Reach-certified and the pillow conforms to the OEKO-TEX standard, meaning that the whole pillow is free from harmful chemicals that could cause skin irritation. As I already mentioned, the bamboo cover is also naturally breathable, antibacterial and hypoallergenic, making this a great choice for allergy sufferers.

If you join Panda’s mailing list, the brand protects five trees. And the pillow is vegan- and bird-friendly, as well as only using bamboo from FSC approved forests where wildlife habitats are protected and monitored.

Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow review: comfort & support

  • Medium-firm feel

  • 12cm loft

  • Best suited to back and side sleepers

As I mentioned at the top of this article, I had some quite differing feedback on this pillow from people I asked to test it. Both my husband and I struggled with the ‘hug’ of the memory foam, although it’s clearly not as pronounced as with some memory foam pillows. Despite this, I could see and feel how supportive it was around the neck and do think it would be an excellent choice for those prone to neck pain.

The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow on a bed
The Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow on a bed

I would describe this pillow as medium-firm, with a medium loft of 12cm. It’s pretty lightweight for a memory foam pillow and overall it retained its shape well after getting up in the morning. But my husband, who weighs more than I do, found it quite difficult to change position during the night, feeling that the memory foam had a tendency to settle in one place, which then made his head just want to fall back into that ‘groove’.

Side and back sleepers should enjoy the feel of this pillow, which is nicely supportive but doesn’t throw the spine out of alignment. But a friend who sleeps on her stomach who tried the pillow felt that her head was being raised too high to keep the spine aligned.

A person lying on the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow
A person lying on the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

I also gave the pillow to another friend who usually sleeps on a Tempur memory foam pillow. He had quite a different experience. As someone who is used to the heavier Tempur pillow and the more pronounced ‘hug’, he felt that the Panda wasn’t supportive enough for side sleeping. He also felt that the Panda compressed far more than a Tempur pillow and offered less resistance to a sleeper’s head. My feeling is that this makes the Panda pillow an excellent choice for memory foam novices, combining the best of memory foam along with a lighter feel.

Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow review: temperature regulation

Memory foam is notorious for trapping heat, which can make for an unpleasantly hot sleeping experience. But Panda has been clever here with the inclusion of a bamboo cover.

A hand pressing down on the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow
A hand pressing down on the Panda Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

Bamboo is naturally breathable and helps to encourage airflow. This, combined with the inner mesh cover, meant that I never felt warm on the pillow. Neither did my husband, which is perhaps of more relevance, as he has a tendency to sleep warm. The pillow doesn’t feel cool to the touch but does feel fairly neutral. For context, we were sleeping in a room that was around 14-15C overnight.

Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow review: specs

Should you buy the Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow?

Buy it if...

✅ You sleep on your side or back: The Panda pillow is nicely supportive and does a good job of keeping the spine aligned in both these sleeping positions. And while there is a distinctive memory foam ‘hug’ to the pillow, you won’t sink in too far.

✅ You sleep hot: Memory foam is notorious for trapping heat, but the Panda’s bamboo cover did an excellent job of keeping my husband (a hot sleeper) cool and comfortable through the night.

✅ You suffer from neck pain: Once you get used to the feel of the Panda pillow, you will start to see how supportive it is around the neck. If you suffer with neck pain, this pillow could help to alleviate it.

Don't buy it if...

❌ You’re a stomach sleeper: This pillow’s loft is too high for a stomach sleeper and is likely to throw the spine out of alignment if you’re lying on your front. Instead, consider a low loft foam pillow such as the 8cm Levitex Sleep Posture Pillow.

❌ You change positions a lot: The Panda pillow wasn’t always easy to change sleeping positions on, with the foam wanting to push a sleeper’s head back to their original sleeping position. A more traditional pillow, such as the Simba Stratos Pillow that's filled with down-like fibre clusters, might be a better alternative.

❌ You’re not a fan of the memory foam ‘hug’: Even though the Panda has quite a light memory foam ‘hug’, it still contours and wraps itself around your head to a certain degree. For some people, this will just be a feeling that they can’t get used to; for more bounce and less hug, try the Origin Coolmax Latex Pillow.

How I tested the Panda London Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

I slept on the Panda pillow for two weeks and also asked my husband and other friends to try the pillow out for differing opinions. There’s only one style and loft of pillow available. I tested the pillow during both a slightly chilly spell and an unseasonably warm patch, which gave a great indication of how the pillow performed in different temperatures. I also tested the pillow in a variety of sleeping positions to see which were most comfortable and supportive.