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unbiased Feather Pillow Review, Ratings & Comparisons

Based on 989 Consumer Experiences

October 17, 2016

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Often soft and moldable • lightweight • above-average durability / longevity.

THE BAD: Can lack adequate support and loft • feather quills may poke through cover • some potential for noise and odor • may need to be fluffed and shaken to maintain loft / comfort.

THE PILLOWS: They are filled mostly or entirely with feathers from geese and duck. Usually about 5-10% of a feather pillow contains down (the plumage under feathers) to provide additional softness.

THE COMPETITION: Down pillows and down alternative pillows. See how feather pillows compare to these and other types in the pillow reviews summary.

Feather Pillow Ratings: As a Group

Ratings below show how the pillows as a group compare to the average pillow as evaluated by owners. For information on top-rated models, see the following section.

Affordable B+ They are priced $22-$90 with the average price being about $38.
Durability / longevity b They tend to have at least a 25% greater lifespan than the average pillow.
Less pain c Feather pillows perform about average overall in regard to providing relief from pain, including neck pain, compared to other pillow types. Feather quills may poke through the cover which can cause discomfort.
Supportive c+ For a significant number of owners, feather pillows flatten excessively when compressed.
Moldable b A moldable pillow is one whose shape can be easily altered or scrunched to increase comfort and support.
Cuddly b A cuddly pillow is one that is soft and huggable, as opposed to hard, rigid, stiff and or heavy.
Firmness options C- Firmness is almost always considered to be between medium-soft and medium-firm.
Loft options c- Both thicker and thinner feather pillows are available. However, when the pillows are compressed they tend to have no more than medium loft, regardless of fill quantity.
Contents won't shift C- Feathers may shift to one side resulting in a hollow spot(s).
Back sleep friendly b- Back sleepers are generally pleased overall, but loft / support may be inadequate for some.
Side sleep friendly b- They tend to be soft on ears, but loft / support may not be adequate for some.
Stomach sleep friendly c+ They tend to be soft on one's face, but one's face and or upper body may sink in too far to allow for easy breathing. And too high of loft may result in neck or back pain.
No initial odor d+ At least 12% of owners report a lingering and unpleasant odor.
Not a heat trap b Less than 3% of owners report excessive heat retention.
No noise d About 15% of owners say that feather pillows make a crunching noise when compressed because feathers can have hard parts or because the pillow has a plastic layer to prevent feathers from poking through.
Fewer allergies c A feather pillow can be allergy causing unless the feathers have been cleaned by having all dander and microbes removed. In regard to dust mites, the pillows may be susceptible to large populations.
Easy to maintain d Fluffing or shaking is often necessary to return the pillow to its desired loft and or to combat lumpiness. As the pillow ages, increased fluffing or shaking may become necessary.
Ease of cleaning c Some are machine washable. For others, dry cleaning is best.
Not too heavy b+ Average weight is about 1.7 pounds which is at least 50% less than the average pillow.

Top-Rated Feather Pillows

The table evaluates feather pillows that have at least 80% owner satisfaction based on 100 or more owner experiences. Important: Information below regarding firmness, loft and sleep position shows what tends to be true for owners. Your own personal evaluation may differ.

Old Fashion Style Granny Ticking Feather Pillow JCPenney Home Classic Feather Pillow Circle of Down Soft-medium Support Pillows
Owner Satisfaction (sample)    
83% (173) 81% (158) 80% (466)
Price    
$30-$41 $40-$50 2 for $47-$54
Sizes Available    
std, qn, king std/qn, king std, qn, king
Firmness    
medium medium medium-soft
Loft*    
medium-high medium medium
Person Size Best Suited For    
avg, large avg avg, small
Sleeping Position(s) Best Suited For*    
back, side back, side back, side, perhaps stomach
Scrunchable / Moldable    
good to fair good good
Ounces of Fill    
39 qn
47 king
42 std/qn
48 king
28 std
33 qn
34 king
Return Policy    
30 days 30+ days 30 days
Retailer    
overstock.com jcpenney.com overstock.com

* See the pillow loft guide and loft calculators.


About our feather pillow reviews and research

Our research is based on over 980 feather pillow owner reviews and experiences that were collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology.

Remember

– About 15% of owners say their feather pillow makes a crunching noise when compressed. This is caused by the fact that feathers can have hard parts or because the pillow has a plastic layer to prevent feathers from poking through.

– At least 12% of owners report a lingering and unpleasant odor (often described as a barnyard-like smell) which may come from the feathers or chemicals used to clean them.

– Fluffing or shaking is often required to maintain pillow loft / height which makes the pillow fairly high maintenance.

– The clear majority of feather pillow owners describe their pillow as medium or soft. Less than 12% describe it as firm.

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