Down Pillows vs. Feather Pillows


Down and feathers are both used to fill pillows. You can have a pillow with all down, all feather, or a blend of feather and down. What your pillow is filled with can make a big difference in the feel and comfort of one of the most important items that affects the quality of your sleep, your pillow.


A Down Pillow

A down pillow is resilient yet supportive with it's soft and "bouncy" clusters. Down pillows come in different firmness levels - choosing the right firmness, based on your sleeping style, is important to help assure a comfortable sleep.


The down in a good down pillow does not have quills like feathers have. A down pillow will mold to your every curve, providing gentle yet complete support. A good down pillow can be expected to last about 5 years or so, perhaps longer with proper care.


Down is a soft 3 dimensional cluster that comes in different sizes, or fill powers. There are no quills to worry about. Just soft cushiony goodness. Learn about goose down and fill power.


image of a goose down cluster
A Goose Down Cluster


A Feather Pillow

A feather filled pillow, or a pillow filled with a blend of down and feather, is going to be relatively flatter and have a harder packed feel, compared to a down pillow.


Feathers have quills that may try to poke you. Better quality feather pillows will use the curved body feathers that have a bit of spring. Lesser quality feather pillows will use very inexpensive chopped flight feathers. A quality feather pillow can also last for years with proper care.


image of a body feather
A Curved Springy Body Feather

image of a chopped flight feather
A Chopped Flight Feather



Which is Better, a Down Pillow or a Feather Pillow?

For someone looking for a softer, more luxurious sleeping experience, a down pillow is something you should consider. A down pillow will be softer, or more "cushiony" compared to a feather pillow. A down pillow will mold to your head, neck and shoulders, providing cloud like support.


A feather or feather blend pillow will be flatter and harder compared to a good down pillow. A feather pillow will not mold to your head but rather give you a sturdier place to lay your head. Feather pillows are less expensive compared to down pillows, and if you prefer a firmer more hard packed feel, a feather pillow might just be the best choice for you. 



“In a heartbeat, I would and will order again !!!!”
“The very best I've encountered...”
“My grandmother... simply loves her Plumeria Bay pillows.”
“It doesn't get better than this”
“Great customer service and an amazing product. We will be return customers.”
“ is a gross understatement to say that we love it.”
“....a very high-quality product that lives up to its description...”
“The featherbed is fabulous.”
“Great Value, Great Quality”
“The comforter is absolutely perfect in every way!”
View More Of What Our Customers Are Saying!
Please Wait... processing