The Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, is the first water pillow released by the company. For this reason, it is often referred to as the Mediflow Original Water Pillow.
While Mediflow has since expanded their range to include memory foam and down water pillows, among others, the original remains the most popular.
Fast Pillow Facts:
|Dimensions||20” x 28”|
|Warranty||12 months manufacturers warranty|
Mediflow Original Waterbase Pillow
At first glance, the Mediflow Water Pillow looks like any other standard polyester fiulled pillow. Looking at the different sides of the pillow, you would be hard pressed to notice the difference.
One thing I did notice, while going over the pillow, is that the polyester filling is not spread out to the very corners of the pillow. While the corners may appear full, pressing on them reveals there is nothing there but air.
Even my best attempts at fluffing the pillow in an attempt to move some of the filling to these empty areas failed. But this is a pretty minor flaw, I mean how often do you find yourself sleeping on then very corner of your pillow?
One of the advantages of the polyester filling is that the pillow does not give off any annoyingly strong odors.
If you look closely at the cover you will notice that Mediflow has printed their brandname across it in a repeating pattern.
Running my hand over the pillow, the texture of the print didn’t feel noticeably different to the rest of the cotton cover.
The water pillow is abundantly stuffed with polyester fiber fill, giving the pillow a high loft. At just over 7” tall, when empty, the Mediflow original Water Pillow is unsuitable for stomach sleepers and most back sleepers, since it angles the neck awkwardly when sleeping in these positions.
But for side sleepers, the high loft nicely wedges between your head and mattress, filling the gap that your shoulder makes.
As for firmness, that is entirely up to you. When unfilled the Mediflow Original Water Pillow feels overly plush and unsupportive. But you won’t be using the pillow like this. Otherwise you wouldn’t have dropped the extra cash for a water pillow.
To fill the pillow you must first flip it over.
It is here that you have the first clue that this is something more than your standard bed pillow.
Located at the bottom of the pillow is the valve, covered by a screw in cap.
Unscrewing the cap allows you to pour water directly into the water pouch that is sewn into the bottom of the pillow. As you might have guessed, this is why Mediflow refers to the pillow as a Waterbase Pillow.
I personally loved that Mediflow includes a funnel in the packaging. This funnel is actually a dual-purpose tool. It can both be used to unscrew the valve-cap and help guide water into the pillow without making a mess.
Even better, the funnel is threaded, allowing you to screw it into the pillow. This keeps the funnel straight and gives you a free hand to support the pillow while your other hand pours.
The funnel also doubles as a spout, allowing you to easily remove the water from the water pouch without spilling.
The pillows firmness entirely depends on the amount of water you add to the water pouch.
- Soft: 60 – 80 oz
- Medium: 80-100 oz
- Firm: – 100 -130 oz
Too firm? Remove some of the water.
Too plush? Add more water.
The entire beauty of a water pillow is that the firmness is entirely up to you.
But I would like to add a word of warning. Besides maybe buckwheat pillows, water pillows are one of the heaviest types of pillows around.
It may seem light to begin with, but it soon gets heavier. Filling it to the firmest level will see the pillow weigh over 8 pounds!
If you are elderly, injured or disabled, you may have problems hauling the pillow back to your bed. It is for this reason that I recommend you fill your pillow with a pitcher of water at the location you intend to sleep with it.
This way you won’t have to carry your pillow back to your bed. The screw in funnel will make sure that you don’t spill water all over your bed.
Once the water pouch if filled to your desired level, be sure to remove any air pockets that are trapped in the water pouch.
If you don’t you will hear the water inside the pillow splashing back and forth each time you change position in your sleep.
Overall the Mediflow Original Water Pillow is a great choice for side sleepers who are looking for a pillow with adjustable firmness.There is a reason it took out our best water pillow for side sleepers award.
Do you own a Mediflow Original Water pillow? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!