Down Pillow Buying Guide
Goose Down Pillows Characteristics
There are many characteristics of a down pillow that you will want to make note of. We have listed these below so you will understand as well.
- Down pillows hold their shape better and do not become pancake flat.
- They are warm and soft and are considered the better of the two types between down and feathers.
- Goose down pillows are more expensive than other types of pillows
- There are hypoallergenic versions of down pillows that will work for those allergic to feathers and goose down. The down pillows are covered with special covers that don’t allow particles to escape from the pillow
Loft is the number that refers to the amount of cubic inches that can be filled up with an ounce of down. The range for loft is 300 to 900. More expensive pillows have a higher loft. A super high quality down pillow could have a loft of 800 or higher.
The manufacturer of the down pillows you are considering is important. You want to stick to the well known companies that are known for quality, customer service and integrity. A high quality company will create high quality down pillows. Watch out for the counterfeiters that will use low quality product and not care that it doesn’t live up to standards.
How firm your down pillow is should also be considered when shopping for goose down pillows. Firmness is typically described somewhere in the product description and you can also find additional information in customer reviews, as this is a factor that many customers will more than likely mention.
Your sleep position will also determine the best down pillow for your needs. Stomach sleepers need fluffier pillows and those that sleep on their backs need something less squishy. Down pillows, especially good quality ones, will be the perfect addition to your home.
What Size Pillow is the Right One?
The ideal pillow size will be different for different people. It depends on the size of the bed, the size of the person and the sleep position they prefer. If you have a twin bed, a single pillow will suffice. Most of the time, double, queen and king size beds have two pillows. There are people who love a lot of pillows and may want 2, 3 or even 4 to sleep with. The number of pillows one chooses to sleep with is personal preference.
Another point of importance for choosing the right pillow is thickness. Again this is a matter of personal preference and sleep position. Stomach sleepers don’t want to have a thick pillow because of the unnatural head position this will cause. The same is true for back or side sleepers. A pillow that is too flat will not be comfortable for someone that sleeps on their backs or sides.
Down Pillow Care
Follow these tips and suggestions below to keep your down pillows in great shape and lasting as long as possible.
- Don’t use down pillows for pillow fights. This can affect their longevity and shape.
- Don’t fold down pillows
- Do not wash feather pillows. They are designed to repel water and washing them can cause a huge mess inside the pillow case that won’t be able to be fixed. If you want to “wash” your down or feather pillow, take it to a professional dry cleaners and make sure they have experience with down bedding.
- You can wash a down pillow but the key to getting it back to excellent shape is in the drying process. Any moisture that remains on the down clusters will mildew and mold which can be very dangerous and will ruin your pillow. It can take as long as 4 hours on medium heat to dry a down pillow properly. Drying it for 45 minutes to an hour will not be enough and you will end up having to throw it away.
- Don’t go to bed with wet hair
- Don’t put moisturizing creams on at night
- Always use a pillow protector
- Use a pillow case and wash it once a week along with your sheets
- Oils can ruin a pillow over time. The more you do to minimize the oils that get into the down, the longer your pillow will last and hold its original shape.
- Moisture will destroy your down pillow in days. You need to be very careful to avoid the down from getting damp or moist. The dryer you keep the down pillow the better condition it will be in and the longer it will last.
- If your climate is humid, hanging the pillow on the clothesline can cause moisture to get into the down. Dry climates can be fine for laying the pillow outside to dry and tossing it regularly to fluff up the down but it will need to be in the sun for HOURS before it is considered properly and safely dried.
- If you can smell your pillow, it has already passed the point of you needing to get a new one. You should smell any odor from your pillow. If you do, more than likely it is mildew or mold growing and you don’t want to be sleeping on that and breathing in dangerous spores.
The popularity of goose down pillows is very understandable considering the quality of sleep that one gets from using a high quality down pillow. Down pillows are available in all sizes from standard to King. There are many different grades of down, measured by loft, with the higher loft numbers indicating the higher quality.
Much of what goes into choosing the right down pillow is personal preference but as long as you pay attention to the factors that are not just preference, such as loft, manufacturer’s reputation, and whether the pillow is filled with 100% down or not, then you can add your personal preferences to the mix and come up with a pillow that you will love sleeping on.
The information that you have obtained in this buyer’s guide was designed to help you understand some of the basics of choosing a pure down pillow. With this information you will be able to make an informed decision that will help you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
Researching all of the different down pillows that are available and reading the customer reviews will help you narrow down all the choices and feel confident about making an informed decision about the pillow that you want to use every night.
Some people think that pillows are not that big a deal and just buying any kind is fine. Anyone who has slept on a high quality down pillow will know how false this belief is.
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