When it comes to buckwheat hull pillows there is certainly a difference in quality depending on how they are made. Buckwheat pillows are filled with the hulls from buckwheat which is not actually a grain (like wheat) but is a fruit (fagopyrum esculentum).
Pillows filled with buckwheat hulls have many advantages over pillows filled with other materials like foam, fiberfill or feathers that compress. When those materials compress they want to "spring back" to their original positions which puts stress on the neck. That's why the even support of buckwheat pillows is recommended by health care professionals.
The Makura Pillow, buckwheat hull pillows are made using an exclusive "double-cleaning" process with orgnically grown buckwheat.
Conditions such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, muscle tension, snoring, TMJ syndrome, cervical and lumbar subluxations, etc. lead to difficulty sleeping and can be alleviated with proper support provided by buckwheat hull pillows.
Another advantage of the buckwheat pillow is that due to it's insulation properties it tends to stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
They are also long lasting. A high quality buckwheat pillow such as those manufactured by Makura can last 10 years. With use the buckwheat hulls in the pillow become polished and works even better as it then conforms even more easily to your contours.
A word about allergies... Cheaper quality manufacturers and some imported brands cut corners and do not properly clean the hulls which leaves a residue of buckwheat flour. This can result in allergic reactions.
Makura is a US manufacturer that uses an exclusive "double-cleaning" process that removes virtually all buckwheat flour residue and dramatically reduces the chances of problems due to allergies. Makura manufactures the original "Makura Miracle Pillow"™ and they stand behind the quality of all their products. Even though only about 1 in 6000 people have any allergic reaction they offer a full refund for those who have any problems.
There is no point in saving a couple of bucks and buying cheap imitation buckwheat hull pillows since you will be using them every night for years to come. A real Makura pillow uses organically grown buckwheat from sources in the United States that do not use fertilizers or pesticides.
There are many imitators but only one "Makura Miracle Pillow"™. Makura was founded in 1984 and has been producing the highest quality buckwheat hull pillows since.
If you have been suffering from headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, muscle tension, snoring and other problems associated with improper neck support during sleep you may benefit from using a buckwheat hull pillow.
You can find the real Makura Pillow and other Makura products at the Official Makura Pillow Website.