There are times when getting a good night’s rest is a pain in the neck — literally. If you often find yourself waking up with neck pain, your pillow may be the culprit. Sleep accessories like the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow claim to be ergonomically designed to relieve neck pain more effectively.
ZAMAT’s founder, Cindy Chen, experienced chronic neck pain that disrupted her sleep. After not finding a suitable cervical pillow, Chen worked with a manufacturer to develop a prototype. She was so happy with the results that she started her own company.
As someone who has experienced my share of neck pain, I was excited to test out the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow. I’ll break down how this pillow performed for me and give you the ins and outs of its materials and construction. I’ll also share how I think it will work for those with different preferred sleep positions.
Who Is the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow Best for?
Who Might Like the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow:
- People who experience neck pain – This pillow was ergonomically designed to help alleviate neck pain that either disrupts or is caused by how you sleep.
- Memory foam fans – People who enjoy the slow-moving feel of memory foam should appreciate this pillow.
- Those who want a long trial period – If you want to be absolutely certain that a pillow works for you before being committed to it, the ZAMAT is a great option because you will have over three months to try it.
Who Might Not Like the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow:
- People who enjoy more traditionally-shaped pillows – The ZAMAT Butterfly Cervical pillow has a unique design that may make it difficult to put in a pillowcase or incorporate with other pillows on your bed.
- Stomach sleepers – As a combination stomach/side sleeper, I found that it was a little tricky to get comfortable and keep my head from craning when sleeping on my side.
- Hot sleepers – I don’t sleep particularly hot, but I could definitely see where if you did, this pillow could heat you up because of its use of memory foam. Read more about cooling pillows here.
Sleep Advisor’s Testing Methodology
To ensure that we are giving you a comprehensive overview of mattresses, pillows, and other sleep accessories, we put them through multiple tests, including, in this case, incorporating the product into our nightly sleep routine. Additionally, we will break down tangible characteristics, as well as those that are more subjective like cooling and comfort.
What is the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow Made of?
The quilted cover is made from 100 percent polyester. It has a silky-like feel when you run your hand over it and provides soft comfort with the subtle patterned stitching. There is a small zipper on the back side of the pillow, and while the zipper didn’t present any problems, you may notice the zipper pull if you tend to slide a hand under your pillow.
The core is made entirely of memory foam — or polyurethane non-temperature sensitive memory foam, to be exact. It is soft and supportive, and the adjustable contouring, which is achieved by sleeping on different areas of the pillow, follows the natural curves of your body.
ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow Firmness & Feel
Although firmness, or how hard or soft a product is, is a rather subjective field, there are some characteristics of products that can be applied when determining how most people will respond to a given product. With that being said, I found that this pillow landed slightly softer than a medium firmness. Therefore, if you are someone who likes a really soft or a truly firm pillow, this may not be the best fit for you, but a vast majority of sleepers should appreciate the feel of the ZAMAT Butterfly Cervical pillow.
The cover is soft and smooth to the touch. When I first took this out of the box, I was a little shocked by how dense this pillow felt. However, I think that is more so because its nontraditional shape felt so much different than traditional pillows. Once I had it on the bed, I noticed how responsive the memory foam was and that the ergonomic design contoured around the shape of my head, neck, and shoulders in a cozy way.
The loft, which refers to how tall a pillow is, comes in at a little over 5 inches tall. Generally, this is a great height for folks who prefer to sleep on their back and sides. As a part-time side sleeper, I definitely found this to be the case.
Weight (Density of the Pillow)
This pillow weighs in at just 2.5 pounds. This is on the lighter side, but the density of the pillow creates some heft.
Sleeping on the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow
When lying on my side, I loved how I could turn the pillow to the higher side to keep my head elevated. This put my spine in good alignment, and I enjoyed how it felt to put my arms around the side wings.
Although I am not typically a back sleeper, I tried it out on my back and really enjoyed how the lower side that is recommended for back sleepers allowed me to experience a gentle hug around my neck and back while feeling very supported.
Although I experienced some strain when sleeping on my stomach on both the low and high sides, I can see where larger bodies may not have the same issue.
After sleeping on my side on this pillow for several nights, I think that most people who prefer this position will benefit from the ergonomic design of the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow. This could be especially true for those who, like me, tend to hold a lot of tension in their shoulders and necks.
For More Information: Best Pillows for Side Sleepers
Back sleepers are likely to appreciate how supported their head is and how the contouring elevation allows them to keep their airways open, which can cut down on snoring.
For More Information: Best Pillows for Back Sleepers
Although this pillow claims that it is a great fit for stomach sleepers, I didn’t find this to be the case. The loft of this pillow made it feel like my neck was craning. Further, the density felt claustrophobic in this posture.
However, stomach sleepers with larger bodies may do just fine with this pillow and not feel as if they are sleeping as far down into the pillow.
For More Information: Best Pillows for Stomach Sleepers
ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow Sizing Options & Pricing
Sleep Advisor’s Performance Ratings for the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow
The ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow is made from dense memory foam, a material that is known to sleep hot, especially if countermeasures aren’t taken to combat its penchant for retaining heat. The polyester cover on this pillow is cool and didn’t seem to trap heat, but other than that, there wasn’t much when it came to cooling properties.
The slow-moving memory foam core of this pillow provides plenty of support. This is especially true for back and side sleepers, who should find that this pillow supports their head and neck while also providing gentle contouring. However, those who sleep on their stomach may find that this pillow is actually a bit too supportive and may make their head and neck feel as if it is craning.
If you’re looking for a solid, long-lasting cervical pillow, this one should fit your bill. The dense block of memory foam is durable and responsive. Therefore, it should serve you well through the years and keep its shape.
Comfort is, of course, subjective, and given the unique features of cervical pillows, it may take some a little longer to decide if they think this pillow is comfortable. This was the case for me, but after I got used to it, I thought it provided quite a bit of comfort, especially when I was sleeping on my side or back. The cover is soft and has a silky feel to it and it felt soothing against my face and arms.
Although memory foam is often associated with a chemical odor known as off-gassing, I didn’t notice any smell when I unpackaged this pillow.
Memory foam is generally accepted as hypoallergenic, and the polyester cover should do a good job of repelling some allergens. Additionally, the cover can be removed and washed to rid it of dust mites and other substances that can cause allergy symptoms.
Cleaning & Care
The ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow’s cover is removable and machine washable. The company recommends removing the cover often to vent the pillow, but you should not wash the interior of the pillow.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
ZAMAT offers a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty, both of which are well above the industry standard.
ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow Frequently Asked Questions
Should I use a pillowcase with the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow?
This pillow comes with a soft and durable pillow cover. However, you can slip a pillowcase over it if you would like as this will add an extra layer of protection. With this said, the unique shape of this pillow should be noted, and traditional pillowcases aren’t likely to contour around it.
Is the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow made in America?
No, the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow is made in China.
Does the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical pillow ship for free?
Yes, orders over 35 dollars ship for free.
How Does the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow Compare to Other Pillows?
ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow vs Eli & Elm Side Sleeper Pillow
Eli & Elm Side-Sleeper Pillow
A contoured designed pillow for side and back sleepers.
Sleep Advisor Score
4.30 / 5
Who Should Get the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow?
- Those trying to alleviate neck pain
- Fans of slow-moving memory foam
- Back sleepers
Who Should Get the Eli & Elm Side Sleeper Pillow?
- Folks who are prone to allergies
- Hot sleepers
- People sensitive to scents
If you think the Eli & Elm is right for you, check out our Eli & Elm Side Sleeper pillow review.
ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow vs Brooklinen Marlow Pillow
Who Should Get the ZAMAT Butterfly Button Cervical Pillow?
- Folks who snore
- Those who want a long sleep trial and warranty
- Side sleepers
Who Should Get the Brooklinen Marlow Pillow?
- Sleepers who warm up throughout the night
- Folks who want to eliminate allergens
- Those who like denser pillows
If you think the Brooklinen Marlow is right for you, check out our Brooklinen Marlow pillow review.
Many people may not be familiar with cervical pillows. However, if you are someone who experiences neck pain or you keep your partner up with snoring, it is definitely something you may want to explore.
This is a durable, ergonomic pillow that should provide plenty of support, especially if you prefer to sleep on your side or back. This pillow is ready to go to work as soon as you’re ready to go to sleep, and you will have 100 nights to decide if you like it or not. Although it may trend toward the hot side, we don’t think it is enough to keep you from trying it out. Our overall score for this product is 4.2 out of 5.
Sosha Lewis is a staff writer for Sleep Advisor. Lewis is happy that she is able to combine her love of sleep with her love of writing.