A Knee Pillow –the first thing to do to rest your sore knee(s)

One of the basics of knee pain relief is the so called “R.I.C.E” plan. What that stands for is

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

So let’s take a look at dealing with your painful knee from the point of view of REST, as well, possibly, as ELEVATION.

If you’re an athlete, REST may well be the best medicine. Take a look at this story about Patriots’ Quarterback, Tom Brady.

Tom Brady as healthy as he’s been after resting knee. I was on the injury report for I think three or four weeks with a knee, but I’ve been practicing every day since I came off that, and I feel great. I really do. Everyone has little bumps and bruises”.

For a sneak preview of the top favorite knee pillows selling on Amazon, see these: (Full reviews below)

Last update on 2020-03-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Fact is, our bodies do have a great capacity to heal themselves if we just lay off the stress and give them a chance.

Here is another fact:

Sleep and Healing Injuries


We all know that if you are sick, the best thing you can do for yourself is to just go to bed, get some rest, and SLEEP. But the same is true for injuries, and even for heavy duty workouts. Bodybuilders put a lot of stress on their muscles and joints, and the first step in many muscle building plans is the micro tears due to heavy lifting. That’s why muscle builders get a lot of sleep, which is when the effort they made in the gym works out to repairing muscles built during sleep.

Likewise, getting a good night’s rest can make all the difference. Just the other day, after doing a lot of leg exercises, I noticed my knee acting up. I got a good night’s sleep and my knee feels a lot better. Try it yourself.

When you sleep, your body restores and repairs various functions and replenishes hormones to a healthy level.

“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood,” says Dr. Merrill Mitler, a sleep expert and neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in a story on the NIH website.

In other words, late nights and disrupted sleep interfere with the body’s ability to repair damage and rejuvenate itself.  Getting quality shut-eye, as it turns out, becomes more challenging as we age. At least 50 percent of people age 65 and older report having sleep problems, according to The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

via How Your Body Heals When You Sleep

Using a Leg Pillow for Sleeping

Have ever noticed how sometimes you will feel pain in your knee after sleeping, or even that your knees ache at night? It may be that while you’re sleeping, your leg goes into some awkward stressful position. Let’s also remember that as we get older, the cushion in our joints, the cartilage and meniscus deteriorates, which makes the knee more susceptible to pain.

So an obvious solution to knee pain, and in fact other types of joint and nerve issues, such as back pain, sciatica, hip pain and so on can benefit from using a knee pillow. This can either be a pillow between the knees, under the knees or even a pillow that elevates the knees and legs.

The Top 5 Knee Pillows on Amazon

It is very common to use the purely subject approach to deciding what product works. Of course, only you, after using a product can decide if it’s worth it or not. We often depend on expert opinions to help us make a decision. That can be very useful, as well. However, what if you had the benefit of hundreds or even THOUSANDS of product testers giving you an evaluation of a product.

In this study, we’re going to look at the top 5 knee pillows on Amazon. How to determine the top 5?

We used these criteria:

  • The (approximate) number of monthly sales
  • The number of reviews
  • The rating on a scale of 1 to 5
  • The overall rank according to Amazon’s own internal criteria

These figures are taken from a software program called Jungle Scout, which goes into Amazon’s data base and extracts this information. While not exact, it does give a good idea of what is going on inside Amazon.

Let’s dig a little deeper into these measures.

The (approximate) number of monthly sales

This is a direct reflection of the overall popularity of a product. While it is true that markets and people’s opinions change, at least we have general idea of what the Amazon buying public thinks at least in the current (May 2019) period.

The number of reviews

The more people who review a product, the better case can be made what the overall opinion of the public is. So generally it is best to stick with products that have a minimum of 200 reviews.

The rating on a scale of 1 to 5

Most of us have seen how many products and services are rated on the basis of the ‘Star System’. Products rated between 4-5 stars are more likely to have high customer satisfaction.

Amazon’s Rank for the product

Amazon has something called the Best Seller Rank. It ranks products by both broad category as well as narrow category. For example, if you do a search for ‘Knee Pillow’, in Amazon, you will find the following:

Knee Pillows are categorized first in “Home and Kitchen”. You won’t find “auto tires” in home and kitchen but of course we do use pillows in the home. So knee pillows are ranked in Home and Kitchen (ranks change constantly) in this snapshot. And then in the  Bedding > Bed Pillows & Positioners > Leg Positioner Pillows categories.

Based on these measures, here is what are the best rated, most popular knee pillows on Amazon in 2019 (month of May).

See below for my comments.

Cushy Form Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers - Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Leg Pillow - Best for Sciatica, Pregnancy, Hip, Back and Spine Alignment - Memory Foam Orthopedic Contour Wedge with Washable Cover
3,607 Reviews
Cushy Form Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers - Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Leg Pillow - Best for Sciatica, Pregnancy, Hip, Back and Spine Alignment - Memory Foam Orthopedic Contour Wedge with Washable Cover
  • CONTOUR KNEE PILLOW - This contoured superior memory foam knee pillow with washable cover allows for a comfortable all night's sleep by elevating your upper knee while placed between your knees. The therapeutic side sleeper body positioner - encourages the correct posture. No more restless nights!
  • SCIATICA PAIN RELIEF - Eases back, leg, knee, ankle and hip joint pain by providing proper spinal alignment and reducing pressure while sleeping. Just insert the bolster inbetween your knees and sleep on the side most comfortable for you. Customers report great comfort when using our premium knee pillow for sleeping on their side
  • ESSENTIAL CUSHION - Improves circulation for side sleepers, use as knee spacer during pregnancy or post surgery recovery, assists with restless leg syndrome. Includes a free storage and travel bag! The Cushy Form knee pillow will feel softer in warm and firmer in cold temperatures. The pillow will also react to your body heat by yielding and softening throughout the night
  • TRUSTED - Recommended by Physical Therapists, Doctors, Sports Trainers and Chiropractors. Can be used as an abductor pilow, and provides relief for hip bursitis and scoliosis. Cushy Form is 100% Visco-elastic memory foam
  • GUARANTEE - We have a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, NO CATCHES! If you're not thrilled with your purchase for any reason, just tell us and we'll refund 100% of your purchase price - anytime! IDEAL GIFT for Mother's Day, Labor Day Sale, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Prime Deal Day, Easter or Christmas
Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow with Adjustable and Removable Strap - Ear Plugs Included - Leg Pillow for Sleeping
1,618 Reviews
Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow with Adjustable and Removable Strap - Ear Plugs Included - Leg Pillow for Sleeping
  • MEMORY FOAM KNEE PILLOW - Our memory foam cushion is pure with no additives and is made from the exact same material as the world's best memory foam manufacturers.
  • ERGONOMIC CURVED DESIGN - The orthopedic contour keeps your knees separated with ideal spacing and support to align your legs, hips and spine. Relief and treatment for knee, hip, leg and thigh area, pelvis, lower back, lumbar and spine, arthritis, bursitis, and sciatic nerve pain aka sciatica. Perfect for side sleepers and use during pregnancy.
  • REMOVABLE STRAP - Our knee pillows are equipped with a removable and adjustable hook-and-loop strap that keeps the knee pillow in perfect alignment between your legs when you roll over while sleeping. No more hassles with readjusting the knee pillow in bed, giving you an undisturbed night's rest.
  • FREE BONUS: MEMORY FOAM EARPLUGS -Comes with 2 pairs of premium quality memory foam ear plugs with an industry leading NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 33, packed conveniently into a travel case
  • LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE -Your knee pillow is protected under our lifetime replacement guarantee and if anything happens we will send you a new knee pillow at absolutely no cost. You can sleep well from night til morning knowing you can rely on the help of Everlasting Comfort.
Back Pain Relief Memory Foam Pillow - Half Moon Bolster Knee Pillow for Side, Back, Stomach Sleepers - Semi Roll Round Lumbar Leg Wedge - Reduce Neck Spine Back Hip Ankle Stress - Organic Cotton Cover
916 Reviews
Back Pain Relief Memory Foam Pillow - Half Moon Bolster Knee Pillow for Side, Back, Stomach Sleepers - Semi Roll Round Lumbar Leg Wedge - Reduce Neck Spine Back Hip Ankle Stress - Organic Cotton Cover
  • EFFECTIVE ORTHOPEDIC PAIN RELIEF - Recommended by Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Sports Trainers and Doctors, BeautifulLife Bed Roll Pillow uses 100% premium quality visco-elastic memory foam which is hypo-allergenic and provides excellent comfort and support to different areas of body, such as lower back, knees, hips, legs or ankles, and is best for back, side, or stomach sleepers, knee / hip replacement after surgery recovery, or during pregnancy.
  • LUMBAR PILLOW, KNEE ROLL PILLOW, LEG RAISER or SPACER - Ensure spine / hip alignment and relaxation, positively improve quality of sleep and rejuvenate your body. This memory foam positioning wedge body pillow at size 20.5" x 8" x 4.5" is perfect to provide cushion and lumbar support for sleeping / sitting while relieving lower back and sciatic nerve pains, Scoliosis and Sciatica Relief.
  • MULTI POTISTIONAL BODY SUPPORT - Uses this Half Moon Bolster as under knee support pillow, spacer between legs, lumbar support while sitting on reclining sofa / couch / chair, leg bolster for elevating your legs while sleeping on your back, or position under your ankles to lift your feet for better circulation while reducing varicose veins and accelerating post surgery recovery. Can also be used for car seat back lumbar support while driving
  • TOP RATED PILLOW with BEST MATERIAL - The dual layer firm bolster pillow uses 100% Visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam, which provides excellent back, knee and hip support without flattening out all night, ideal for long term use. Covered by breathable and machine washable organic cotton cover that is easy to clean. IDEAL GIFT for Mother's Day, Father's Day,, Labor Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Christmas.
  • LIFETIME SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - Each BeautifulLife product is backed by our NO HASSLE, 100% LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! If you're not happy with your purchase for any reason, we'll make it right or refund your entire purchase amount with no question asked! WAIT NO MORE. BUY IT NOW TO GET BACK A FULL NIGHT SLEEP AGAIN!
ZIRAKI Memory Foam Wedge Contour Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Nerve Relief, Back, Leg, Hip, and Joint Pain, Leg Support, Spine Alignment, Pregnancy Cushion
756 Reviews
ZIRAKI Memory Foam Wedge Contour Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Nerve Relief, Back, Leg, Hip, and Joint Pain, Leg Support, Spine Alignment, Pregnancy Cushion
  • PAIN RELIEF-LEG SUPPORT- PREGNANCY- Ziraki knee pillow fits comfortably between your knees and provides maximum support and comfort throughout your day and night. It helps relieve sciatica nerve pain, pressure on the lower back, in addition to knee and leg pain . During pregnancy, use the pillow as a knee spacer while lying down, for better comfort and circulation.
  • IMPROVE SPINAL ALIGNMENT- Ziraki knee pillow will help keep your hip, legs and spine properly aligned, while lying down or sleeping, thus allowing for better circulation throughout your body.
  • HIGH QUALITY-MEMORY FOAM PILLOW- Made with premium quality,100% memory foam to provide long lasting comfort for hours, and won't flatten over time. Firmness for all memory foam products changes with temperature. Your cushion will feel softer in warm and firmer in cold temperatures. Room temperature is ideal for optimal performance!
  • EASILY WASHABLE-The convenient zippered cover, allows for easy removal of the machine-washable cover - just throw into the machine for a quick washing, and get your pillow looking clean and brand new.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - If you don't absolutely love your Ziraki memory foam knee pillow, we guarantee you that we will reimburse you for 100% of your order.

Last update on 2020-03-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Commentary of Knee Support Pillows

1. Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers by Cushy Form

This knee pillow is contoured to support your knees and help align your posture throughout the night. Its description says it ‘eases back, leg, knee, ankle and hip joint pain by providing proper spinal alignment.” It has an Amazon rating of #4 in the Leg Positioner Pillows category, and a respectable 4.3 star rating. It is also a top seller with, as of this writing, over 4000 sales per month. Plus, it has over 3000 customer reviews, 64% are 5 stars.

The bad reviews say that it is too small, or too firm, not meant for a petite person, and that it slipped out from between the reviewer’s knees at night, causing more pain. 6% of reviewers gave it a one  star rating. So, ten times more people gave it a 5 star rating than a one star rating. This is a common issue, it is a great product, but not for everyone. As the reviewers point out, it’s a good idea to test something first. However, like most sellers do, you can get a refund if you’re not completely satisfied.

2. Everlasting Comfort  Memory Foam Knee Pillow

This knee pillow has a couple of special attractions: It has a strap, which is removable, but you can use it to keep the pillow in place throughout the night, unlike its competitors. Plus, it comes with a bonus set of ear plugs. If you are sensitive to noise that is a nice little add on.

The Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow has a very high sales volume of over 2000 per month, over 1000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. So it has clearly got a great track record. 75% of the reviews are 5 stars, and only 2% are 1 star. Odds are, you won’t go wrong with this knee pillow.

 3. Back Pain Relief Memory Foam Pillow

Unlike the other pillows, this pillow is shaped like a half moon, so it fits under your knees, giving them a slight bend. So it’s different from knee pillow that fit between the knees, which is good for side sleeping. It also gives some elevation to the knees but not the whole lower leg. You can sleep with it either on your back or on your side.

It sells over 2000 per month, has over 500 reviews, its star rating is 4.4 stars, and ranks #1 for Specialty Medical Pillows

73% of reviewers give it 5 Stars, with just 4% giving it a 1 Star review. What is the issue here? As a reviewer of reviews, I find it kind of funny when 1 one star reviews say the pillow is too soft, and another says it’s too hard. You just can’t please everyone. 86% give it a 4 or 5 star review. It also offers a 100% money back guarantee. What’s not to like about this pillow if you need one for this purpose?

I included this product because it is a different design and approach to dealing with knee and other body pain issues and does offer elevation. The fact that it is a top seller speaks for itself, in its category.

So if you are looking for a knee support pillow that fits under your knees, while allowing you to sleep either on your back or your side, this pillow is certainly worthy of your consideration.

4. ZIRAKI Memory Foam Wedge Contour Orthopedic Knee Pillow

As of May, 2019, this pillow is an ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for Knee Pillow. It has over 400 Reviews and has a 4 Star Rating and over 2000 sales per month. It also comes with a money back guarantee. This pillow is similar in design to the Everlasting Comfort Pillow, (which of this writing is more expensive). However, it doesn’t come with the ear plugs and it has a lower, though respectable, star rating. If price is an issue, this one is certainly worth considering. Check and compare current pricing comparisons for details.

5. Trademark Supplies Knee Pillow Leg Positioner

This knee pillow has a similar design as the Cushy Form, Everlasting Comfort, and ZIRAKI offerings. It has a solid 4.5 Star Rating, and is rated #1 Best Seller for Knee Positioner Pillows. With over 2000 sales per month as of this writing, it is a solid choice, and at a very affordable price (subject to change). So if you want a basic, no frills knee pillow at a great price, this is a good choice.


A simple search in Amazon for knee pillow for knee pain, brings up ‘over 2000 results’.  Imagine going to a store to buy something and you are faced with a shelf with 2000 choices…..how to make a decision? Well, you could rely on a friend or trusted voice, which is best. However, when shopping online, it is much harder to get good advice. For that reason, we need tools that can take advantage of the opinions–how people actually spent their money, as well as their written reviews–to help guide our decisions.

Please remember that this review is a snapshot. Prices, sales volumes and ratings are subject to change daily. However, I think it’s fair to say that since all of these have sales of at least 2000 a month, and all having 4 or higher star ratings, with over 250 reviews, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

That said, if you’re willing to pay a little more to get a few extra perks, like the strap and ear plugs, the Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Pillowis best. But again, any of them are good choices.

I hope this method of identifying products worth your hard earned money helps you. To go straight to Amazon to get more details on this or any other product you are considering, just click on the highlighted links or buttons. By doing so, you support my work to bring you the benefits of my research. Thanks for reading!