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Comparing Feather & Down Pillows for Home Bedding August 21, 2017

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Comparing Feather & Down Pillows for Home Bedding, Mason, Ohio

There are few things more invigorating than an excellent night's sleep, and nothing enhances the experience like a comfortable, high-quality feather or down pillow. Both offer exceptional comfort, but which is right for you? DOWNLITE, one of North America's most respected manufacturers of hotel bedding, discusses the differences between feather and down pillows, as well as the pros and cons of each, to help you make an informed purchase. 

Feather vs. Down Pillows


Down pillowsContrary to what some may think, down and feathers are not the same materials. The former is the soft, fluffy undercoat that lies beneath the feathers on geese, ducks, and other waterfowl. It traps air, and thus acts as insulation and helps with buoyancy. Because they’re quill-free, down pillows are also softer and more comfortable than feather ones. They are extremely durable, which helps offset their price. Note that the higher the fill number you choose, the larger and firmer the pillow.


Feather pillows contain a mix of down and outer feathers. Because the quills are included, feather pillows are stiffer, less susceptible to compression, and provide more support than down does alone. However, the quills can poke through the fabric, and feathers can even escape from within. Because they are slightly less durable, they are also more affordable. Moisture will cause both feather and down pillows to deteriorate, so going to bed with wet hair and nighttime perspiration will shorten their lifespan. If they get damp, you can fluff them up again in a high-heat dryer.

DOWNLITE, an experienced manufacturer of hotel bedding and pillows, offers a wide selection of down and feather pillows to help your slumber come easily. Visit their website to read answers to frequently asked questions, or call (866) 931-3696 to speak to a friendly, helpful representative.

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