Looking to upgrade your pillow? You’ve come to the right place. Have a look at our selection of the best down-filled luxury pillows. Whether it is to enhance the look of your room or simply need one to sleep? Let’s have a look!
I finally got eight hours of sleep. Took me four days, but whatever!! (chuckles)
Don’t be this person, but a comfortable pillow, so you can sleep peacefully throughout the night every day!
Well, first things first- always know your options and do your research! So, are you looking for a firm pillow or a soft one? An easy to clean option with good insulation, or just a decorative option to add to enhance the look of your room? It’s always good to yourself these questions while scrolling through the best down pillows.
There is an option for everyone!!
So, what should you look for when buying a down pillow??
A good quality down pillow should be able to support your neck and head properly while also adapting to the shape of your head. Imagine tossing and turning throughout the night just because your pillow is not comfortable! Duh!
We get it, there are so many varieties of pillows to choose from, which can be perplexing. Which is why we have decided to break them down into simple categories for a better understanding!
So, what are the pros and cons of a down pillow and why should you buy one!
What should you keep in mind when making the best down pillow purchase?
Down Pillow Pros:
Down pillows are known to be softer, fluffier, and easily moldable than any other pillow fill material out there, making them a great option for people who like to snuggle with a soft fluffy pillow.
They are extremely lightweight; we all know down is renowned for being super lightweight!
Down pillows are great for all sleepers- whether you are a side sleeper, back or stomach sleeper, down pillows could be the option for you.
Down pillow Cons:
They are expensive!! Yes, you might get goosebumps checking the price!
But once you have them, it’s worth every penny. I love my soft fluffy down pillow.
Since they are supposed to be fluffy, they tend to lack adequate loft- which means it is not a good option if you are looking to buy a firm pillow.
They also tend to get flat, with the weight of your head, so you might have to fluff it up every morning.
Most down pillows are not hypoallergenic, so they may be a trigger for some sleepers.
Down pillows are the perfect option for people who like to sleep on soft surfaces.
They can make you feel like you are sleeping in a cloud! Already dreaming ah!
What is down pillows made of?
Down pillows are mostly filled with down feathers or clusters of goose, duck, or waterfowl. These feathers are super soft and the pillows filled with pure down often tends to be more expensive since it is taken from the under-feathers of these birds as compared to regular feather-filled pillows.
Down is the light, airy and fluffy coating of small feathers that is found under the visible layer of feathers in birds such as; geese, ducks, and waterfowl. Down can be understood as dimensional clusters that are made up of fluffy filaments and have an undetectable quill. Pure Down is a lot lighter since they don't have the long stems like that of feathers. Canadian Goose and feathers from Duck or geese are perfect for providing you with warmth and proper insulation if that is what you are looking for.
What is the best down for pillows?
Since they are considered to provide more warmth than regular feathers, its one of the more reasons to find that most all good quality winter comforters/ duvets and jackets have this type of down filling. The composition of down feathers makes them lighter and fluffier than others, which adds to an airy and soft texture. Because of their light and fluffy, properties, pure down is also considered to be one of the best fillings for your quilt and fluffy pillows.
There are various kinds of down pillows available in the market such as pure down pillows, hybrid pillows, and down alternative pillows.
“Goose Down is preferred since it tends to have less odor”
Pure Down Pillows
Down-filled pillows are known to be super soft and fluffy. Perfect choice for those who value all-natural support and softness of this down fill.
Make sure you fluff them up every morning….does it while making your bed for a fresh look and feel?
Pure down pillows are generally higher priced because they offer great softness and support. As these pillows are filled with pure down fill and no additional bird feathers, they tend to have a higher loft.
Down pillows are known for being super soft and can easily be compared to a flat pancake. Yes, a pancake……lol
This could be a disadvantage for some people who don’t like to lay their bed every morning! Count me in.
But yes, down pillows are something which should be fluffed up every morning
Not a good option for big people, as down-filled pillows, can easily sink. Which would not be a comfortable choice as you are sleeping. A hybrid pillow or down alternative pillow should be the go-to option for heavy people or those who like to toss and turn around a lot at night.
I remember Casper was my favorite movie as a kid, it was a cute little ghost, which gave me the assurance that all ghosts don’t have to be scary! And of course, I did hug my pillow whenever I felt scared.
Hybrid pillows are a mix of down fill and feathers. The positive side to buying This is that they feel soft and snugly as a regular down pillow, but are less expensive than a pure down-filled pillow.
This is another advantage of a hybrid pillow, they are much cheaper than a pure down-filled pillow.
As you may have noticed, the price of down has been going up, (Down is going up….hahaha; Jokes apart) for the last five years. But this is where you can experience the similar ultimate comfort of a fluffy pillow for a lesser price.
This down pillow is good for all kinds of sleepers; whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, this would be a go-to choice for everyone. Or simply align them to match with your linen and things, as it works great as an added accessory to enhance the look of your room. Some people like to sleep with two pillows, and this works as a great option for that.
Moreover, since it has added feathers mixed with down fill; it is much firmer than a pure down-filled pillow.
A chamber pillow can be understood as a unique pillow that can offer both softness and support since it is made with a mix of down and feather fill. On the inside, the top and the bottom layer is usually layered with premium down fill, whereas in the middle is the standard fill for support and firmness.
Down Under Bedding Hungarian Chamber Pillow is a great example of this type of hybrid pillow as it comes with both a feather and down together.
The top, as well as the bottom of the chamber pillow, is filled with White Down for ultimate comfort and softness, whereas the middle chamber is filled with feathers for better and firm support.
This mix construction of down and feather fill gives the pillow a supportive, ‘Medium Soft’ feel, which makes it suitable for most sleepers out there, specially those who find the pure down pillow to be too soft. The cover is made from a 260 Thread Count; 100% down-proof combed cotton.
This Hungarian chamber pillow is perfect for people who prefer sleeping on their back and sides.
The feathers and down of this pillow were treated with Anti-Microbial treatment, resists growth of bacteria, molds, mildew & fungus, lasting hygienic freshness & odor protection. Which gives it another advantage of being suitable for allergy sufferers; this pillow is hypoallergenic.
Advantages and disadvantages of a Chamber Pillow:
Pros: Feels and looks just like a regular pure down pillow, since it has premium fillings on the top and bottom layers that give it a fuller look.
Cons: Might sink from the middle easily and requires occasional fluffing up to keep the top and bottom layers separated evenly. If you don’t like to make your bed that often, this may not be a good option for you!
Down Alternative Pillows
Down alternative fill refers to pillows filled with synthetic and man-made polyester microfibers; these also include some natural fills such as wool.
Unlike pure down or chamber pillows with some down filling, down alternative pillows are completely hypoallergenic. They are also priced much lower than regular down pillows, which is a great option for those shopping on a budget.
These pillows are available in a variety of options and are super soft, you will feel like you are sleeping in a cloud. And they also absorb much less heat, which makes them perfect for hot sleepers.
Some are easily moldable, while some are available in more firm options, which make it a great option for those who prefer to twist and turn throughout the night.
Although they feel and look the same as all other regular pillows, down alternative pillows are way more affordable when it comes to soft, fluffy pillows.
Some options for down alternative pillows are:
Bamboo pillows are exceptionally silky soft and designed to meet your eco-friendly lifestyle while providing excellent comfort for many years. They are breathable, lightweight, and great for all seasons. Along with being resistant to dust mites and did I mention, they are also hypoallergenic?
As everybody knows, wool is naturally temperature regulating.
A Wool pillow wicks away moisture and helps the body reach its ideal sleep temperature. Which helps you stay cool during the warm summer months and warm in cold winter nights. A great option for hot sleepers!!
No need to switch sides at night because of too much sweating.
Our Down Under Washable Organic Wool Bed Pillow can be easily washed in your washing machine at home, saving you a ton of money by not having to dry-clean it. However, it is recommended that you Wash these pillows in a commercial size laundromat, as this bedding soaks a lot of water. Delicate cycle wash in cold water, use a small amount of soap and avoid fabric softener.
Are down pillows good for allergy sufferers, aka hypoallergenic??
Well, well, down is not recommended for allergy sufferers as some people might be allergic to the down feathers. However, in some cases, manufacturers tend to provide down-filled hypoallergenic pillows (depends on the cleaning process used for your down fill).
It is always best to check with the manufacturer for details.
How often to wash a down pillow? Is it safe to be washed in a machine??
Down-filled pillows should not be washed in the washing machine.
It is always recommended that you check the manufacturer’s label for cleaning instruction on your pillows, but generally, pillows should not be washed in a laundry machine at home. Some can be dry-cleaned only.
It is also advisable that you clean them every 5-6 months to ensure there are no germs, bacteria, and odors.
So, then, how to care for down pillows?
Use a pillow protector: Regardless of which type of pillow you use, we recommend using a pillow protector and cleaning the pillow every 6 months to avoid dust mites and bacteria from forming.
Wash with care: Always check the label for cleaning instructions for your down-filled or any other pillow.
Pro Tip:It’s best to always use a cotton pillow protector for your down pillows. They are easy to wash and also save your expensive down-filled pillow from dust mites, germs, and mold.