They say nothing beats a good night’s sleep, but it takes a special kind of pillow that makes me sleep so well I almost miss all my morning alarms! It’s heaven. But how can I get my hands on the pillow of my dreams? Simple! Get yourself a down pillow.
For those in the know, down pillows are the first choice in comfort, versatility, and quality. They come in all shapes and sizes, with some being more soft and cushioned and others offering more in terms of structure, firmness, and shape. One of the things I love most about down pillows is being able to adjust the positioning of the fill in the pillow to give me the exact support I need when trying to get cozy before sleeping. Just a little tip; the more down clusters the pillow has, the softer it should be. But of course, there is no “one size fits all” pillow. If you really want to know the best types of down pillow to suit you, so we at Puredown have prepared a handy 4 step guide to getting the perfect pillow:
1. Soft vs. Firm
Soft Pillows with less feather filling and density have a flat-lining that inches you closer to your mattress, which helps diminish the slant of your neck. It allows for a natural alignment of the chest, shoulders, and neck without arching the lower back for stomach sleepers or those who toss and turn a lot.
Medium Firmness packs more filling of feather and density giving your head and neck proper support, in keeping with the correct alignment and curvature of your upper spine and back.
Firm pillows have the highest filling volume of feather and density to increase pillow depth for a more expanded shoulder room and provide an excellent horizontal alignment along the neck and spine. They create an extra layer of support for your head and neck.
2. What Kind of Sleeper Are You?
If you are a back sleeper who can’t drift off unless you’re staring up at the night sky or your bedroom ceiling, then you may want a medium-firm pillow that slightly raises your head for a more balanced spine alignment. It will cradle your head during sleep with ample support and comfort. Here are a few recommendations for you, free of charge!
25% down and 75% feather
30% down and 70% feather
If you sleep on your side, a firmer high-height pillow will cozily fill the gap between your head and shoulders while still providing for natural spine alignment and support. We recommend some of the following options:
5% down and 95% feather
10% down and 90% feather
15% down and 85% feather
But, if you sleep on your stomach, a down pillow is an ideal choice for you because it is softer and easier to shape compared to memory foam pillows or other regular pillows. Most importantly, it is breathable and natural, unlike fiber pillows, which can get quite stuffy and trap heat (if you have a tendency to sweat). So here are choices for you to consider.
50% down and 50% feather
75% down and 25% feather
Pillow covers help to extend the life of the pillow, protecting it against potential sweat and dust. The three most common fabrics are 100% cotton, Cotton & Polyester combination and Ice Silk – Cool Texture.
100% cotton fabric is not only breathable, but also easy to maintain. Compared with 100% cotton, cotton & polyester combination is cheaper, but both of them provide enough comfort. As for Ice silk fabric, it is perfect for summer. A pillow with special design cool-down ice silk cover can help feel comfortable during hot summer.
4. Your Verdict
Now you’ve got the scoop on what really makes a down pillow, you can strike the perfect balance between comfort and support. One more thing you need to consider is the manufacturer, as a good manufacturer can ensure both the best quality and a fair price. That’s where we come in! At Puredown, we’ve spent the last 20 years dedicated to providing comfortable, natural, certified-quality down & feather goods for families across the United States and we pride ourselves on providing the last word in premium-quality down textiles, dedicated customer service, and the utmost satisfaction. After all, it’s one small step for you, one giant leap for your sleep. We’re here to make sure you have the best night’s sleep that even your alarm might not be able to interrupt!