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Putting the Blackroll Recovery Pillow under the microscope

What do you need to know about a little pillow by Blackroll? This question has given me a few sleepless nights. Nevertheless, the «Recovery Pillow» gave me a pretty comfortable place to think while I let 2018's poisonous plant of the year go to my head.

It's difficult to sleep on a to-do list. I've sunk my head into the «Blackroll Recovery Pillow» for over two months and thought: «Damn it, I'm supposed to write a review for this!» Not exactly favourable conditions for switching off. But the pillow can't do anything about that. On the contrary, it did me good. Let's start at the beginning.

«As if the foam rollers weren't enough, they've made a pillow too» was my first thought when I got my hands on it. A Blackroll pillow. The brand came by its name because it took the fitness world by storm with its black rolls. In the German-speaking world at least, the term «Blackroll» has become synonymous with fascia rolls. But the company hasn't rested on its laurels, instead creating a small empire centring on fitness and regeneration. It's therefore only logical that they've branched out into sleep-related products.

The package includes a genuine Blackroll: it's easy to take the pillow with you in the travel bag.
The memory foam unfolds in seconds, then the pillow measures 50 cm x 30 cm x 11 cm.

From Blackroll to pillow in 20 seconds

The package includes a genuine Blackroll. The pillow comes rolled up in a super-light black travel bag, so it doesn't just live up to its name, it also fits perfectly in the bag. As soon as you release the fastening on the bag, the memory foam activates and the pillow expands to its full size within a few seconds. It's 5 cm wide, 30 cm long and 11 cm high. The grey cover with green edges can be opened and removed via a zip fastening. It can be washed at 40 degrees, but the foam core can't. I'd like to wash it, though, as the smell bothers me.

What's that smell?

The pillow doesn't smell chemical, rather...ethereal. It must be intentional, as high-tech memory foam doesn't have a strong smell. I soon found out the reason behind it.

«Around 30% natural oils are added when the foam is made, ensuring more sustainable, environmentally-friendly production compared to standard chemical methods.»

Somewhere in this foam core with ventilation channels, the smell still lingers.

I'm not one of those people who's into aromatic oils. But when it helps the environment, I certainly won't turn my nose up at it. And the smell didn't affect my sleep. The Blackroll pillow is «made by Centa-Star», a Stuttgart-based bedding manufacturer. Their website informed me that the source of the odour is verenda oil, also known as castor oil. You might know it as a laxative.

Ricinus was also named as the 2018 «poisonous plant of the year» and the botanical name comes from the Latin, meaning «tick». Great! Have I been lying on a louse-ridden, poisonous, diarrhoea-inducing pillow? Of course not. It's only the seeds that are poisonous. The pillow fulfils STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® product class I, making it completely harmless. By the way: Ricinus is also known as the «miracle tree» because it grows so quickly. That sounds a lot better.

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One long side of the pillow is straight, whereas the three other sides are slightly concave. There's a recess in the centre and the reverse is even. This creates a number of options for placing the pillow under your head. If you lie on your back, your head will rest in the recess, supporting your cervical spine. If you sleep on your side, it fills the area between your neck, shoulders and head well. As a front sleeper, I expected the relatively high pillow to be somewhat uncomfortable, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's softer that I expected. The memory foam adapts well, so much so that I even find this position comfortable.

There's a recess under the cover.

In use: how did it benefit me?

At first, I thought: «Well, I'll try it for a few weeks and then maybe use it as a travel pillow.» Now it's the only thing I sleep on. The small Recovery Pillow easily outperformed my large down pillows. There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that I feel fundamentally good on it. The cover is pleasantly soft. It's comprised of 60% polyester and 40% viscose and is fast-drying after washing. The core adapts well and the pillow stays cool. I didn't sweat.

What's more, I thought long and hard about buying a side sleeper pillow. I thought I'd sleep well, but I've never found one that's comfortable enough for me to stay in that position. Either my arms go to sleep because I've put them under my pillow to support my head or I get neck pain. This got better with the Recovery Pillow. I can lie comfortably on my side, toss and turn less and wake less often.

Who is the pillow for?

A pillow is a kind of insole for a mattress that doesn't fit properly. Those aren't my words, but the well-publicised ones of sport sleep coach Nick Littlehales. He optimises the sleep habits of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and, for him, there's only one recommended sleep position: on your side. If you lie on your side and your spine creates a horizontal line, your head and mattress shouldn't be more than 6 cm apart. Your pillow has to fill this space. No more and no less. The Recovery Pillow does this job well for me. And as, according to Blackroll, almost 60% of people sleep on their sides, I assume that the needs of this majority were specifically addressed during product development.

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Pillow on tour: yay or nay?

If you've found «your» pillow, it makes sense to take it with you when you travel. After all, it's likely that the mattress at your hotel won't be the perfect fit. While specialists including Littlehales create entire «Sleep Kits» and send them all over the world, if you at least have one personal thing with you, it can help to find a good sleeping position. I've thrown some hotel pillows off the bed in recent months and never begrudged the small additional effort. The approximately 800g Recovery Pillow is easy to unroll and roll up and the travel bag is breathable. Even if you roll it up shortly after waking, it still springs back the next time you unpack it with no stale smell. Mine still smells faintly of its natural oils.

Lightweight luggage: my pillow comes with me whenever possible.

Verdict: this is my kind of thing

Blackroll makes products with a sporty look, which are «made in Germany» and well marketed. The pillows come with a small «Sleep Manual» and there are further tips online. The entire package fits together. But I'm not really interested in the extras. I simply sleep better on the Recovery Pillow. It's pretty soft and compact, but it still supports your head well. That's enough for me. And the best part? My pillow isn't a memory foam reminder of my to-do list anymore, now it's just a pillow. What does that mean for you? It's tough to say. Everyone's different and there are lots of factors at play when we sleep. But the customer reviews show that I'm not alone as far as my positive experiences are concerned.

  • Recovery Pillow
  • Recovery Pillow
  • Recovery Pillow
CHF 109.–
BLACKROLL Recovery Pillow
Sleep as regeneration for athletes. Ergonomic cushion for at home and on the go. 100% manufactured in Germany and according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
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Luck is fleeting, so I keep moving. On my bike, on the ball (size and colour are unimportant) and with everything stemming from two kids’ imagination. I love to give into play and give coincidences a chance. After all, if the journey is the reward, we should make it a nice one.

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User Anonymous

Habe seit 2007 Schlafstörungen und schon einiges ausprobiert. Hol mir das Ding heute in der Berner Filiale ab und werde in ein paar Wochen gerne einen Erfahrungsbericht in die Produktebewertung schreiben...

24.04.2019
User Michael Restin

Ich hoffe, es bringt was und bin gespannt auf deine Erfahrungen damit.

24.04.2019
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User jukeboxx

Gibt es extra Bezüge zum kaufen? Wäre super.

24.04.2019
User Michael Restin

Soweit ich weiss, gibt es bislang leider keine extra Bezüge.

24.04.2019
User Sandro.C

Braucht man auch nicht unbedingt - der Bezug ist sehr dünn und trocknet relativ schnell.

10.05.2019
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User ichibansenshi

Dieser Review liest sich eher wie ein bezahlter Werbebeitrag. Na ja.

24.04.2019
User Anonymous

Ist das nicht legitim? Galaxus verdient sein Geld mit dem Verkauf von Ware!? Warum dafür keine Werbung machen?

26.04.2019
User ichibansenshi

Doch, doch. Ich habe nichts gegen Werbung, aber bitte nicht unter dem Deckmantel eines Reviews. Das ist nicht die Definition. Wenn ich ein Testbericht lese, will ich darauf vertrauen können, dass die Ware objektiv getestet wurde. Persönliche Meinungen können gerne mit einfliessen, aber dieser Review liest sich zu sehr wie ein Werbetext welcher in der PR Abteilung von Blackroll entstanden ist und somit als "Review" nicht brauchbar, eigentlich ist es sogar täuschung und vermutlich ein Fall für die Lauterkeitskommission.

26.04.2019
User Waebi

gibt auch zu sagen, dass die meisten Reviews recht objektiv klingen, und auch schlechte oft publiziert werden.

27.04.2019
User Anonymous

Ichibansen digitec galaxus stand schon einige male in der kritik der hersteller und produzenten, dass sie die produkte zu ehrlich bewerten. Ich denke wenn ein produkt wirklich gut ist, dann kann man das auch so schreiben in der kunst wie es micheal tut. Habe viele reviews gelesen, die knallhart ehrlich sind und die produkte nicht immer gut dahstehen lassen. Hab bisschen vertrauen und bei einem kissen für 108.- darf man auch was erwarten. Für mich durchaus plausible der review.

18.05.2019
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User manuel.braun86

Das Kissen besteht gemäss Beschreibung im Bericht aus Viskose und Polyester. Kann man zu 100% davon ausgehen dass kein Latex verwendet wurde?

25.04.2019
User Waebi

zumindest auf der Webseite blackroll.ch/produkte/recov... sagen sie explizit "latex-frei".

27.04.2019
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User 999pat999

Tja, jetzt fehlt noch eine kleinere Version als Reisekissen!

26.04.2019
User jukeboxx

Reisekissen sind fragwürdig. Im schlimmsten Fall holt man sich so Bettwanzen nach Hause oder schleift sie von Hotel zu Hotel.

Oder lässt sich das Kissen bei 60° waschen? Dann wäre es ok.

28.04.2019
User 999pat999

Ich dachte bei „Reisekissen“ eher an ein Kissen für die Reise, also Flugzeug, Bus, Bahn...

29.04.2019
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User CorinneB.

Probiert es mal mit einem Hirsenkissen. Dies hat genau dieselben Eigenschaften, besteht aber aus natürlichen Materialien, was beim schlafen zu empfehlen ist.
Ich bin (auch) Seitenschläferin und schlafe seit mind. 15 Jahren nur noch mit einem Hirsenkissen (auf einem Schafwoll-Kopfkissen).

28.04.2019