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Cough Pillows, aka Heart Pillows, are post-op recovery aids that are used by heart, lung, kidney, and other surgery patients in hundreds of varieties of medical facilities across the USA. Most heart pillows on the market, however, are traditional cloth-surfaced pillows filled with polyester fiber filling. The surface and fiberfill can easily cause infection problems in vulnerable post-op patients since germs and viruses have an easy time breeding, multiplying, and spreading on the cloth surface and inside. At the request of top heart hospitals and with their participation since 2016, we successfully developed the EZ-Clean™ Recovery Heart Pillows, a new generation of therapeutic pillows designed to reduce the risk of infections and improve overall patient safety. We encourage you to read the side-to-side comparison between the cloth-surfaced pillows and our vinyl-covered pillows. We are sure you will love ours. 

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          1) Ours: Our EZ-Clean™ Recovery Heart Pillows

          2)Competitors: Any cloth heart pillows on the market



1) Piece Included

  • Ours: two pieces, an inner pillow, and an outer cover work hand in hand but are removable from each other

  • Competitors: one bulky piece

  • Compared: two-removable-pieces VS one-bulky-piece

2) Surface Material

  • Ours: one-of-a-kind reinforced vinyl

  • Competitors: cloth

  • Comparison #1 Waterproof: Yes for ours; No, competitors are porous

  • Comparison #2 Smooth: Yes for ours; No, competitors are rough or uneven

  • Comparison #3 Durable: Yes for ours; No, competitors are is much less durable

  • Comparison #4 Soft: Yes for both

  • COmparison #5 Thermal Sensitive: Yes for ours; No for competitors

  • Comparison #6 Removable: Yes for ours; Not applicable for competitors.

3) Stuffing Material

  • Ours: microbeads filling

  • Competitors: polyester fiberfill

  • Compared: When hugged, the microbeads filling are able to move inside the inner pillow to contour to a patient’s body. This contouring provides maximum comfort and more effective recovery support. So the user can adjust the firmness by adjusting the hugging force. The competitor pillow’s fiberfill does not move. Our microbead-filled pillows offer customized support that is more comfortable and effective. Review details.

4) Opening System

  • Ours: yes, a secure opening system is in place.

  • Competitors: not applicable

  • Notes: Built on the back of the cover, a zipper-controlled opening is concealed under an attractive protective flap. This allows the user or hospital staff member to remove the cover from the inner pillow, making our heart pillow more user friendly as well as helping improve patient safety. Particularly, you can wash the removable cove without the inner pillow.

5) Summary

  • Ours: A waterproof vinyl cover wraps the microbeads filled inner pillow.  The two pieces work hand in hand but are removable from each other through an innovative opening

  • Competitors: It’s simply a cloth pillowcase filled with polyester fiberfill.

  • Review more about the design and construction.​


1) Leak

  • Ours: leak-proof. Any liquid including blood or other bodily fluids and drinks can not penetrate through the waterproof vinyl cover and leak inside the inner pillow. All mess including liquids has to stay on the surface. The inner pillow stays dry.

  • Competitors: messes can leak inside. Any mess or liquid is sure to seep inside or run between the stitches before anyone can react. Outside germs are likely to breed on the surface and inside the fiberfill which can be dangerous for any patient, especially for the weak patients whose immune system may be temporarily compromised.

2) Inner Pillow Gets Wet

  • Ours: No. The outer cover may get temporarily wet and messy but the inner pillow stays dry.

  • Competitors: the whole pillow could easily get wet (messy or contaminated), inside and out.

3) Mess Removal

  • Ours: wipe it from the smooth surface with a piece of cloth or tissue and then spray with disinfectant for prompt reuse. It’s a breeze to clean.

  • Competitors: It is definitely unsafe to let the patient continue using a messy pillow. You can’t wipe the mess that has already leaked inside. You can’t even wipe the mess that is sticky on the top, the liquid seeping into the weaves, or the mess that has sunken between the weaves or soaked into the threads. It is a bad idea to put the messy cloth pillow aside and let it dry by itself for later reuse because germs can breed inside the pillow very quickly.  The cloth pillows must be sent to the laundry room (so backup pillows are required) for washing and drying before being reused. This time-consuming process is extremely inefficient compared to ours which is a breeze. 

4) Reusable

  • Ours: It is safe to reuse our pillows immediately after being wiped and disinfected in the patient room or at home. No backup pillow is needed.

  • Competitors: The messy cloth pillow should only be reused after being washed and dried. Several backup pillows are needed for a single patient, particularly during the early stages of recovery from a vital operation. These weak patients usually have a hard time controlling the messes they cause, which can often involve bodily fluids including blood, vomit, and mucus.


1) What to Wash

  • Ours: the removable outer covers. The inner pillows are not recommended to be washed since they are well protected by the waterproof covers and stay dry and clean all the time.

  • Competitors: the whole bulky pillow

2) The Sizing

  • Ours: 0.25” tall (outer cover).

  • Competitors: 5” tall (the whole pillow).

  • Compared: 20 stacked covers are for 13” tall vs stack of 20 cloth pillows is for 8’ (8 feet) tall. The difference is over 7 times.​

3) How to Wash and Dry​

  • Ours: wash by hand or machine; hang to dry or dry by a low heat setting.

  • Competitors: It is very hard to wash by hand; can not hang to dry.

4) The Efficiency

  • Ours: 20 covers per load in a regular washing machine

  • Competitors: 2 to 3 bulky pillows per load

  • Compare: Washing outer covers is approximately 7-10 times faster than washing cloth pillows

4) Damage to Items

  • Ours: Stays intact for at least 15 washing and drying cycles

  • Competitors: The fiberfill filling usually gets hardened and stacked in the 3rd washing cycle. A hardened or stacked pillow loses its supportive functionality and must, therefore, be retired from service

5) Ink Fading

Typically a heart pillow will be printed with a facility logo and signed by nurses, doctors, family, and friends.

  • Ours: the ink stays fresh and clear for years even with washing and drying.

  • Competitors: the ink fades quickly and disappears over time.


As an important aid to a patient who has undergone a vital operation, doctors, nurses, patient’s family, and friends can all send the patient a lot of warmth, courage, love, faith, and hope by singing their names, writing a message or drawing a small, memorable design on the pillow. This emotional and mental support can be a key contributor to any patient’s ability and desire to stay positive during the operation and recovery, the hardest journey of one's life.

1) Write with a Sharpie Marker or Skin Marker

  • Ours: It’s very easy to write on the smooth vinyl cover with a regular marker.

  • Competitor: It’s very hard to write on an uneven rough fabric surface.

2) Ink Show Clearly

  • Ours: Yes, the ink shows clear and vibrant.

  • Competitors: Much less than ours.

3) Stay Fresh for Long

  • Ours: Yes. The ink stays fresh and clear for years to come. The smooth surface does not absorb the ink over time.

  • Competitors: No. The ink soaks into the threads quickly, fades fast, and disappears soon.

4) Withstand Washing and Drying

  • Ours: Yes.

  • Competitors: Much less.

5) Mental and Emotional Support

  • Our vinyl heart pillows provide a stronger emotional comfort and mental support during the operation and recovery when the patient sees the clear and more legible (not fuzzy) signatures, names, and messages on our vinyl cover.

  • Competitors: Names and signatures are often unclear and hard to read, emotional messages can be lost.

6) Long-Term Heartfelt Keepsake

When patients check out, most facilities let the patients take the heart pillow with them. A heart pillow printed with a logo, containing signatures, names, or message holds a lot of memories of the lifesaving care and experience and can easily become the patient’s keepsake.  

  • Ours: Yes.  Patients love to keep our durable pillows that are designed to last and easy to clean. The print even stays fresh for years to come. For these reasons, many hospital gift stores like to carry our vinyl heart pillows as a popular stock item for surgical and non-surgical patients.

  • Competitors: Patients also like to keep cloth heart pillows but are often disappointed when they don’t last, are hard to clean, and become faded sooner than expected. No hospital gift store will continue carrying any cloth pillows after discovering our EZ-Clean™ Vinyl Heart Pillows.


A facility’s logo, educational diagram, or general message can be printed on a pillow by the factory before the pillow is used by a patient.

1) Clean Crispy

  • Ours: Printing is very clear and colorful. The surface is smooth, shiny, and very ink friendly.

  • Competitors: Print is less clear. The surface is uneven, rough, and soft. The ink has a hard time sinking into the threads without running.

2) Stay Clear for Long

  • Ours: Yes. The ink stays fresh and clear for years. The smooth surface does not absorb the ink.

  • Competitors: No. The ink sinks into the weaves quickly and gets faded over time.

3) Withstand Washing and Drying

  • Ours: Yes.

  • Competitors: Becomes damaged, does not stand up to washing as well.

4) Promotional Impact

  • Ours: Bright logos can last for a long time, offering increased brand awareness and a wide impact. People are proud to keep and use our pillows, providing a longer period of brand exposure. Many medical facilities like to use our pillows for their branding promotion because of the print-friendly surface.

  • Competitors: Dim logo, often fades soon, which could lead to poor brand representation. The interest and desire to keep a cloth pillow is much weak which means the period of brand exposure is shorter.



  • Ours: 20% less expensive. Yes, we can offer the lowest price since we are a manufacturer and our designs are innovative and original.

  • Competitors: 20% more expensive.

2) Service Life

  • Ours: Designed to last. Particularly, the waterproof vinyl cover is very durable, able to withstand disinfectant spray, washing, and drying. It sufficiently protects the inner pillow from being contaminated and extends the service life of the entire recovery heart pillow.  

  • Competitors: A good solution for a shorter period of time. Unfortunately, the cloth surface is much less durable, difficult to clean and the whole pillows are vulnerable to damage when washed or dried.

       ​    3) Time Consumption

  • Ours: Timesaving, very convenient to use.

  • Competitors: Time-consuming to wash, dry, transport, and clean.

  • Compare cleaning:

    1. Ours: Wipe it onsite and disinfect for prompt reuse

    2. Competitors: Must be sent to the laundry room to be washed and dried before reuse.

  • Compare washing and drying:

    1. Ours: 20 pieces (vinyl covers) per load.

    2. Competitors: 2 to 3 pieces (bulky pillows) per load, 7-10 times slower.

4) Back-up Pillow

  • Ours: No backup pillow is needed since a messy pillow can be cleaned onsite for prompt reuse.

  • Competitors: One patient needs one or more backup pillows since a messy pillow cannot be reused before it is washed and dried in the laundry room. A patient in the early recovery stage could have an accident at any time and will need several backup cloth pillows.

  • Cost: Our pillows prevent facilities from having to purchase back-up pillows.

  • Space: Patient rooms are jammed full. A couple of bulky pillows occupy precious space/storage room. If no space is available onsite, the nurse has to spend time running back and forth to retrieve backup pillows.

Our Pillow Design and Construction

Our Pillow Design and Construction

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Liquid and Grime Kept on the Top for Easy Removal.

Inner Pillows Stay Dry


Remove the Mess Onsite

For Prompt Safe Reuse

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Washing and Drying Friendly

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Ink Friendly

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It’s clear and easy to see that our EZ-Clean™ Vinyl Heart Pillows are in a superior class when it comes to infection control and prevention especially when compared to traditional cloth pillows. Our EZ-Clean™ Recovery Heart Pillows are much safer for patients, more cost-effective, and more user-friendly. Our innovative design sets a bar that no cloth pillow can reach. Contact us for a free sample today.

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