When it is time to choose a new pillow or two, do you go for a feather pillow, a pillow stuffed with down, a memory foam pillow or an alternative? There are pros and cons to each.
Down pillows are filled with the soft breast feathers of geese, or duck feathers, the latter being less expensive but also less soft. Down is fluffy, yet resilient, and it allows air to circulate for maximum comfort. Down pillows tend to be the priciest of pillows, and some of the down may escape the pillow over time.
When choosing a down pillow, look for a fill power of approximately 600. The greater the number of the fill power, the greater loft the pillow will have, and the fuller it will be.
Made with the larger features of geese or duck, feature pillows are much less expensive than down. They are fluffy, but not as resilient. Feather pillows offer a lot of support.
There are a number of down alternative products available for purchase in a pillow. One of the more popular brands is called Primaloft. It mimics the properties of down, but is both easily washable and hypoallergenic. The downside to these materials is that they are not as resilient as the real thing.
Manufactured foam is temperature sensitive, allowing it to mold and create the perfect support for the neck. Memory foam pillows come in a variety of price points, depending on size and quality. Because the firmness changes with temperature, some people find them too firm or too soft.
Although they are harder to find, there are pillows that are made with a combination of materials, such as part down and part feather, or a pillow that has a feather core, which is surrounded by down. These can offer some of the benefits of a particular material while keeping the price down.
The ticking is the case around the pillow. The thread count is important here. The higher the thread count, the less likely down and features will escape, and the softer it will feel.
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