Basically the miniature version of your mattress, your pillow is just as crucial to restful sleep, spinal health, and overall comfort. Your pillow can be made from a variety of different fabrics, and today, we’re talking about down pillows.
But what is a down pillow?
A down pillow is a quill-less pillow that contains feathers from the underbelly of geese, swans, and ducks. Read on to learn more about this pillow material to decide if it may be right for you.
What is a down pillow made of? The answer to this may surprise some sleepers.
Down refers to the feathers of geese, swans, and ducks. Although similar in nature, a down pillow is not to be confused with a feather pillow. Down is extracted from the soft underbelly of these animals, while “feathers” are taken from their wings.
To the average pillow buyer, down and feathers could seem interchangeable—but there are some distinct differences. For example: a feather pillow is stuffed with material that contains quills—much like the old-fashioned writing quills they used in Hamilton.
Imagine that pointy feather filling poking through a thin pillow cover and scratching your face.
It’s not an ideal situation.
Down, on the other hand, has swan, duck, or goose feathers completely free of quills. Instead, down pillows are filled entirely with soft, gentle material that’s perfect for an uninterrupted night’s rest.
Now that we’ve got feathers off the mind (and out of the pillow), it’s time to talk about the ups and downs of down pillows. People purchase down pillows for a number of reasons, but here are a few of the material’s biggest benefits:
As with any type of pillow, down may not be the right pillow type for every kind of sleeper. Consider these factors when deciding between down and an alternative pillow filling:
Many pillow buyers opt for an affordable down alternative. While some alternative fiber fillings, like the Original Casper Pillow, offer support and breathability, not all alternatives are created equal. When looking for a down alternative pillow, you want to keep an eye out for certain characteristics:
While some down alternatives offer a comfortable night’s sleep, they may not be quite as soft as the real thing. On the other hand, those who have allergies or need additional neck support may find a down alternative is right for them.
If you’ve concluded your research and decided this soft, elegant material is the right choice, we have the right pillow for you.
The Casper Down Pillow is filled with 100% ethically sourced materials, making it a great choice for those who dream of a more eco-friendly world. The five-chamber structure creates a breathable, supportive pillow for side, back, and even stomach sleepers.
Whether you’re down with the down or interested in a down alternative, Casper pillows can help you get a better night’s rest on your terms.