The Simba Hybrid pillow was invented with one main purpose in mind. Unlike many other pillows, the Simba pillow was apparently designed to be slept on by anyone – it is the “everyman” of the pillow world. This means it should, in theory, be suitable for all types of sleepers: side, back and stomach sleepers too. But is it? Let’s find out.
The Simba Hybrid Pillow was one of the first ‘specialist’ pillows to launch in the UK by a mattress brand. It it a bit like Marmite to many people: a lot of other reviews mention that it is just expensive cut up bits of foam, but others report having the ‘best night sleep’. Which one these is accurate? Read my review below to find out.
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About Simba “Hybrid Pillow Technology”
The trick behind the Simba Hybrid pillow is the technology that it uses. Small cubes of blue foam – that Simba bizarrely call “nanocubes” – make up the bulk of the inner centre of the pillow. This allows you to adjust the height and firmness of the pillow to suit your needs: you can just take the “nanocubes” out and discard them, if the pillow is too dense.
Out of all the premium pillows that I have reviewed so far, the Simba hybrid pillow and the slightly-cheaper Nectar pillow are the only ones that allow this.
Admittedly, it does sound a bit gimmicky – but it actually is a useful feature.
Another great thing about the Simba Hybrid pillow is the fact that it is of the only vegan-friendly premium pillows that you can currently buy in the UK. This is because unlike other pillows, the filling inside does not contain any animal products. Instead, it is made with recycled materials, among other synthetic substances. This also goes a long way towards making the pillow hypoallergenic.
For those of you who already have read the Simba Hybrid mattress review, there is no need to tell you that when it comes to designing their products, Simba do things differently. The Simba Hybrid pillow is no exception to this rule. The combination of the various layers makes for a very comfortable pillow indeed.
Simba Hybrid Pillow: Composition
When it comes to premium mattresses, most of them are made up of various different layers. The same can be said for a lot of premium pillows. The Simba Hybrid pillow is no exception to this rule.
The outermost layer of the Simba Hybrid pillow is of course the cover. And even with the cover, the ingenuity behind the Simba pillow becomes apparent. Upon closer inspection you will see that the cover made from two separate materials.
The top half of the pillow cover is the half that contains Simba’s very own Stratos technology. This is their technical term for the collection of various materials that are able to absorb, store and release heat at various stages for optimal thermal comfort. In a nutshell, this means that the pillow is able to absorb the excess heat from your body if you get too hot at night so that you cool down. The Simba pillow can simultaneously release heat to keep you warm during colder nights.
The Stratos technology is indicated by a blue stripe or band around the centre of the pillow. If you flip the pillow over, then you will see a grey stripe.
This grey stripe is to indicate the other side of the pillow cover, which is made from cotton. Even the cotton used in the Simba Hybrid pillow is superior to that of other pillows. Not only is the cotton used naturally breathable, but it is also BCI-sourced. BCI-sourced cotton is an initiative that supports and encourages better standards of sustainability when it comes to using cotton. Not only does this mean giving a fairer deal to cotton producers, but it also reduces the impact that the industry has on the environment.
At first glance you can tell that the Simba Hybrid pillow is something special, mainly because of the cover. Not only does it look luxurious, but it also looks modern thanks to the ventilation strip across the centre of the pillow. You would be hard-pressed to find a better-looking pillow cover out there. And the best thing about the cover? It can be removed effortlessly and put into the washing machine at up to 40 degrees. When it comes to pillow covers, the Simba Hybrid doesn’t leave much to be desired. However, the ingenuity doesn’t stop there.
Simba Hybrid Pillow Layers
Underneath the cover there are three layers. Of these layers, one of them can be customised (similarly to the Nectar pillow). The three layers that make up the pillow are:
- The top layer. This is known as the Aerelle layer and it is what gives the Simba pillow it’s extra coolness. The fibre within is mineral enriched which helps to dissipate any excess heat from your body. Not only that, but it also adds to the softness of the pillow. If you’re prone to allergies as a lot of people are, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Aerelle layer is hypoallergenic.
- The middle layer. This is the layer that features the nanocube technology. The nanocubes are made from visco-elastic open-cell memory foam. The idea of this is to make the pillow contour perfectly to the shape of your head, in much the same way as many memory foam mattresses When looking at the pillow from the outside, the middle layer is the layer with the ventilation strip across it. This allows extra airflow between the nanocubes, which regulates the temperature within the pillow. The great ting about the nanocube layer in the Simba Hybrid pillow is the fact that it is customisable. By that, we mean that you can open it to add and remove nanocubes to get the pillow at the required height or firmness. The Nectar pillow also has this feature, and it is extremely useful for tailoring the pillow to your own preference.
- The bottom layer. This has been designed specifically for comfort and contains a soft yet durable fill. Like the top layer, it is also hypoallergenic.
Simba Hybrid Pillow Review: Comfort and Firmness
The height and firmness of the Simba Hybrid pillow is completely customisable. This means that you can add or remove nanocubes from the middle layer of the pillow as required to suit your own needs. So, you can rest assured that the pillow will not only give your head the proper support, but also that your spine will be correctly aligned.
A nice touch with the Simba Hybrid pillow is the fact that it comes with a little bag to store any nanocubes that you aren’t using in the pillow. It’s small ideas and features like this that set Simba apart from many other mattress and pillow manufacturers.
The nanocubes themselves do a great job at supporting the head and spine. However, it is worth noting that the nanocube technology is not comparable to some other foam-based pillows. Memory foam pillows tend to be quite firm and sturdy. The Simba Hybrid pillow can be quite firm if you pack it full of nanocubes. However, the fact that there are many different smaller pieces of foam instead of one larger piece, it means that the Simba pillow tends to wrap around your head rather than remain firm. It is a very comfortable pillow, but a different type of comfort compared to that offered by other pillows. Comfort is very subjective, so it depends on the type of support hat you prefer and that you are used to from a pillow.
Simba Hybrid Pillow Price – How Much Is It?
You may need to lie down after hearing the price of the Simba Hybrid pillow. At £99 it certainly isn’t competitively priced. There are other premium pillow reviewed here for considerably less money. However, when you consider the research behind and the materials used within the pillow, the price is a bit more justifiable. Not only that but if you can find a working Simba voucher code then you can save a decent amount of money off the RRP.
Discount codes for Simba Pillow (+ Mattress)
Yes, you can use a discount code with Simba – but only if you can find one 🙂 They are quite rare, unlike say Nectar or Emma who often promote voucher codes. Realistically the kind of discount you can expect to get is -20% off any pillow or mattress, assuming it is not a sale item.
Here is the best working voucher code I can find currently for Simba Pillows:
Simba Hybrid Pillow Conclusion – is it worth it?
Everyone is different and therefore used to different levels of support from their pillow. The Simba Hybrid pillow is a great all-rounder in that it is fully customisable. The main disadvantage is the price if you are on a budget. You need to consider that while £99 is a lot of money for a pillow, The Simba Hybrid pillow is one that:
- Is fully customisable to suit your needs and correctly support your head and spine
- Comes highly rated and recommended by thousands of people
- Contains some of the most innovative technology
If buying one won’t break the bank, then you can’t go far wrong with the Simba pillow. In our opinion it is already good value for money, but if you’re savvy enough to use a discount code when you purchase it then it becomes excellent value for money.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the Simba hybrid pillow (UK)?
The RRP of the Simba Hybrid pillow is quite dear, at £99. That said, the materials used to construct it are of superior quality so it’s reasonably priced. It is also worth checking for a Simba voucher code and see if you can get it a bit cheaper: often it can be available for as little as £75.
Does the Simba Hybrid pillow come with a Trial Period?
Unfortunately there is no trial period for the Simba Hybrid pillow. This is the case for a lot of premium pillows out there. We’ve reviewed several pillows so you can compare our thoughts and decide if the Simba pillow is right for you before you buy. Don’t forget the Simba pillow also comes with a 1 year guarantee to protect you against any problems with the manufacturing process or materials used.
Is the Simba Hybrid pillow good for Side Sleepers?
The fact that you can add or remove nanocubes from the middle layer of the Simba Hybrid pillow means that it is fully customisable. This means the height and firmness of the pillow can be adjusted to suit stomach, back and side sleepers alike.