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What should I look for in a pillow?

Choosing a pillow is a very personal and often confusing decision to make. I encourage you to shop around and look at other buckwheat pillow sites because compared to the cheap pillows from the giant discount department store (and I have quite a stack of those pillows!), buckwheat pillows are more expensive. Here's what to look for, and what makes Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillows such a great deal:

Fabric: Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillows are made with 100% cotton fabric, not a cotton/polyester blend. Cotton breathes better and keeps the pillow temperature regulated.

Organic Hulls: I'm not a farmer, but from what I've read, buckwheat hulls do a terrific job of protecting the seed inside without the use of pesticides. So is the organic thing just a marketing gimmick? Not exactly. In order to import buckwheat hulls from overseas (much cheaper to purchase wholesale), they must be roasted (a.k.a. heat treated) to kill off any bugs. There probably aren't any bugs, but it's a general requirement that covers a lot of products and unfortunately no exception is made for buckwheat hulls. Kuseno uses organic buckwheat hulls that are grown in Canada, not overseas. They are dried naturally, not roasted, so they won't break down as quick. It is possible to buy non-organic buckwheat hulls that are grown in Canada or the United States, but I purchase and sell the organic ones so you know for sure where the product comes from.

Some farmers may use pesticides or other chemicals anyway, even if it's not needed. Or, as buckwheat is often grown as a cover crop (in between seasons for the regular crop), the regular crop may require pesticides that would leech into the ground. You don't have to worry about that with organic buckwheat hulls.

Rolled Hulls: Mulch-grade hulls are lower quality because they are mostly broken during the dehulling process. You will see these advertised by some sellers as being "rolled" as if it's a good thing. Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillows are filled with pillow-grade hulls. Most of the hulls have two or three sides attached, giving more springiness to the pillow and they will hold their form better.

Weight: How much fill do they use? Use my chart on the page, Are they all the same size?, to compare pillow fill (by weight) to how thick it ends up being. All too often I see pillows offered with no choice of how much fill you want. Upon closer inspection, I see that their pillow has less fill than a Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillow, for a higher price! If you want more fill, they sell it in bulk but it's even more expensive. At Kuseno, our buckwheat hulls are the same price per pound whether it's inside a pillow or not. You can buy a pillow with 6 pounds inside the pillow, then buy 1 pound on the side already in a bag so you don't have to empty it out of the pillow yourself, and the price is the same as buying a pillow with 7 pounds.

Sizes: Comparing sizes can be difficult, especially since some places carry really weird sizes. Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillows come in 4 sizes, from the Standard Japanese pillow size to the Standard North American pillow size. Each size is 2 inches wider and 2 inches longer than the previous size, so it's easy to picture what size you're ordering.

Return Policy: If you don't like the pillow, or if you ordered the wrong size, what is their return policy? Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillows come with a satisfaction guarantee. If you're not happy, contact us so we can make it right. That might be an exchange or a return. You have more than a month to sleep on it (6 weeks from the date of purchase). Shipping costs are not covered by the return policy unless we made a mistake and shipped the wrong size to you. See our Return Policy for more details. 

Warranty: Kuseno Buckwheat Hull Pillows come with a 1 year limited warranty. If the fabric tears, zipper breaks or seam splits, through normal use, you're covered! What's not covered? Shipping and the hulls, so be sure to collect any loose hulls and put them somewhere safe. See our Warranty for more details. 

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