How to Choose a Down Pillow - Plumeria Bay®

How To Choose A Comfortable Down Pillow

A quality down pillow will cushion your head and neck with gentle support while being very adaptable to the specific shape and weight of your head, neck and shoulders.


The correct firmness for your pillow will help to give you a comfortable, restful sleep. It will keep your head, neck and spine aligned while sleeping, reducing stress and unwanted aches and pains.


The firmness you choose should be based on your sleeping style.  For example, if you sleep on your stomach, a soft pillow, with less down, will let your head and neck rest closer to the bed.  If you sleep on your side, a firm pillow, with more down, will keep your head and neck elevated and aligned with your spine.


Our Down Pillows are Available in Extra Soft, Soft, Medium, Firm & Extra Firm


image depicting a stomach sleeper, a back sleeper and a side sleeper


  • Stomach Sleepers - Choose a Soft pillow 
  • Back Sleepers - Choose A Medium pillow
  • Side Sleepers - Choose a Firm pillow


We also offer Extra Soft and Extra Firm down pillows. You can see videos of each of pillow firmness here.  Our dog, Omi, loves a Soft down pillow.


Other Considerations

  • If you are petite with smaller shoulders and sleep on your side, or if your sleeping position changes throughout the night, a Medium firmness would be a good choice.
  • If you sleep on a very soft bed, you may sink into the bed more than your pillow does. If so, you may want to consider a softer pillow.
  • A Standard Size pillow is the best size choice for a sleeping pillow, for most people.
  • How many pillows should you use? Can you have too many?


The Fill Power (or quality of down) you choose will effect the feel, and perhaps the longevity, of your pillow.  Here's some things to keep in mind when choosing the Fill Power of your down pillow, this includes a video of pillows with our 700, 800 and 900 fill power goose down.


Our Perfect Fill™ Service

All Plumeria Bay® down pillows come with our Perfect Fill™ service. If you decide you would like to add more down, or maybe take some out, anytime within the 1st year of your purchase, just send it to us and we'll add or remove as much down as you'd like.


We charge only for any down added (the price between the firmness you have and the firmness you'd like), and return shipping. Any down removed will be returned to you in a separate cotton storage bag. Please read about our Perfect Fill™ service for more information.


Down Pillows Get Softer With Use

Down pillows will "break in" with use, becoming softer with time.  How much softer will depend on how clean the pillow is kept, how the pillow is used (some people use their pillow like a punching bag, others are more gentle), etc. Following our simple pillow care pointers will help your keep pillow fluffy and supportive for a long and restful life.


Feather Pillows Compared to Down Pillows

Some people prefer a harder feeling pillow, with less "cush" compared to a down pillow.  Feather pillows, or pillows filled with a blend of feathers and down, are firmer with more of a "hard packed" feeling compared to a down pillow.  Feathers do not have a fill power measurement. 


Gussets and Down Pillows


We're seeing a lot more pillows, especially feather pillows but also down pillows, made with Gussets.  We feel that the sidewalls created by the gussets do not add any functional support or loft to a down pillow, and that the extra seams provide another point of potential failure and places for the down to leak from.  Here's more about gussets and down pillows.


Other choices for a firmer harder packed pillow include Latex, or solid memory foams like Tempurpedic®. Pillows can also be filled with cotton, pieces of cut foam, microbeads, kapok...   the list does go on.  We think a good goose down pillow is without compare for sleeping comfort.




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