Do you love soaking in a relaxing bathtub only to be annoyed by the hard, comfortable straight back on your tub? Let’s face it, unless you have a good bath pillow, the hard back of the bathtub – especially the straight variety (compared to more ergonomic and comfortable rounded tub backs) can ruin the experience.
I know in my old tub, I’d light candles and get a good book out but after about 10-15 minutes of soaking, I finally had to cut the pleasure short and get out due to the uncomfortable back of the tub. Luckily I finally did some research and realized what a huge difference a comfy bath pillow can make!
There are a bunch of these on the market, everything from cheap to luxury quality pillows, the important thing is to find one that fits your tub style – and will stay put and in place (good suction). After trying several, our top pick is the Luxury Bath Pillow and Spa Cushion by Bath Haven but continue reading below for other good options.
What to look for in a good bath pillow:
Extra-Strength Suction Cups: This is especially important if you have a straight back tub, gravity will pull the pill down and it’s much more likely to slip or completely fall off on these types of tubs. Cheap suction cups will pop off or eventually lose their effectiveness. The hassle of poor quality suction can put a real damper on your enjoyment and relaxation in the bathtub.
Size: Head pillow vs. full-length bath cushion: there are simple, compact bath pillows that just support your head, sectioned pillows that support your neck and shoulders as well as pillow headrest and full body cushioned pads that provide cushioning along your whole back and tailbone and buttocks. Much of it is a question of personal preference: headrest or full body comfort?
Anti-mildew: Mold and mildew are major enemies in the bathroom and anything that maintains moisture and bacteria can be a breeding ground for smelly mildew or dangerous mold spores. Check to see if the materials are naturally breathable.
Machine Washable: Along with breathability, ideally you’ll be able to toss the pillow in the washing machine and dryer to get it clean without a lot of hassle and hand washing.
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This full body cushion by Bath Haven is designed to give you full back support and comfort from your head to tailbone. The bath pillow and back cushion are designed to take the pressure of your entire backside, its made of what the company refers to as “3D air mesh technology” rather than the thicker foam used on some competitors bath pillows. The cushion has a total of eleven quality suction cups to make sure that it stays secured to the bathtub and prevent it from slipping.
One of the main benefits of this cushion is that it is one single piece compared to buying a pillow and cushion separately.
The material used on this bath cushion is breathable, the quick-dry quilted material is mildew resistant by nature and can safely be machine washed and tumble dried. As a nice bonus, the cushion comes with a complimentary mesh laundry bag.
The cushion measures 16 inches wide by 50 inches long. The pad is slightly less than an inch thick, thick enough to provide plenty of comfort and is thick enough that we could not feel the suction cups like we have seen with some thinner, cheaper pillows.
- Long enough to cushion from head to tail.
- One-piece design
- Machine washable
- Mildew resistant
- 11 suction cups
- Not the luxury feel of thicker more expensive models
- Pillow is thinner than others
- Not a support pillow if that’s what you’re looking for
The Harrison House Luxurious Bath Pillow is a great option if you are looking for a pillow for your head and neck and shoulders without the full body support like the previously reviewed model. It also retails for less than the previous pillow.
The pillow is designed with a contoured shape that supports your head, neck and upper back. It’s designed to work all tub shapes so whether you have a round or straight back tub it should be compatible.
The bath pillow by Harrison House is made of antibacterial mesh material that lets air and water flow naturally through the material, making it quick to dry and much less likely to foster mildew, mold or foul odors. The pillow is BPA free and made of non-toxic fabric.
Although from the photos is may appear that the pillow is two separate pieces (the cylindrical head pillow section and the back pillow), it is actually one connected piece and cannot be separated. The small round roll of the pillow (on the top in the photo on the left) is about 3.5 inches thick. The larger pillow section that supports your back is just under 3 inches thick at the thickest spot but provides plenty of support and comfort. The 4 suction cups are all on the lower pillow section.
The pillow is mildew resistant, it can easily be hand washed and air dried although it can be also machine washed although it should be air dried and ideally not put in a clothes dryer.
- Comfortable round pillow for neck/head
- Thick pillow for upper back.
- 4 strong suction cups keep it in place
- Compatible with all tub shapes
- Several complaints about suction cups not sticking
- Takes quite a while to air dry
- Made in China
- Some complaint about suction cups not working, see note at bottom of this page
Note on suction cups:
There have been several complains written up about suction cups not holding up the pillow but we do think some of these problems could be prevented. First of all, the pillow is over 3 inches thick. If it is submerged it will absorb a large amount of water and will take a long time to dry.
One solution is to keep it above the water line of the bath, although realistically you don’t don’t want to be stressing about the thing getting wet. So, if it does get soaked, just remove it from the bath tub, squeeze excess water out and hang it to dry (it has a hook) in a well-ventilated area. If it is not dried completely between baths and left in the tub wet it will acquire some funky smell, just like a wet towel that is not properly dried will.
The complaints of suction cups not working- the could be the quality of the suction cups provided although this is a common problem in bathtubs and often due to the surface of the tub. Any thin layer of mildew or soap film can prevent even high-quality suction cups from sticking.
The best thing to try before giving up on the product: Scrub the surface area of the tub where the suction cups will go with a good household cleaner designed to get rid of soap scum, like this one from Bucko. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely. Rinse the inside of the suction cup with water and shake off the excess water. Press the suction cup firmly in place.