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Based on 925+ Consumer Experiences
THE GOOD: Affordable • soft, moldable and cuddly • fairly durable / long lasting.
THE BAD: Can lack adequate support and loft • feather quills may poke through cover • 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 which is the plumage under the feathers. This down gives the pillow improved softness.
The ratings below discuss how the pillows overall as a group are evaluated by owners. For information on specific brands, see the section following this one.
|Owner satisfaction||c||Feather pillows overall as a group have 74% owner satisfaction. ( ) Satisfaction can differ somewhat by brand and model.
|Durability / longevity||b-||They tend to have an average to above-average lifespan and can last several years.|
|Affordable||a||The price range tends to be $14-$35. They are often sold in pairs. People on average paid $26 a pair. Given their affordability, durability and reasonably good owner satisfaction, feather pillows are viewed as a good value.|
|Less pain||c||Feather pillows provide about average relief from pain, such as neck pain, compared to other pillow types. In addition, feather quills may poke through the cover which can cause pain.|
|Supportive||c+||They tend to offer reasonable support. However, for a significant number of owners, feather pillows tend to become flattened 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.|
|No need to shake / fluff||d||Fluffing or shaking is often necessary to return the pillow to its desired loft. As the pillow ages, increased fluffing or shaking may become necessary.|
|Loft variety||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.|
|Back sleep friendly||b-||Back sleepers are generally pleased overall.|
|Stomach sleep friendly||c+||Loft might be too high for some.|
|Side sleep friendly||b-||Generally good, but loft / support may not be adequate for some.|
|No initial odor||d||At least 15% of owners report a lingering and unpleasant odor.|
|Not a heat trap||b||Less than 3% of owners report the product acting as a heat trap.|
|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 thoroughly cleaned by having all dander and microbes removed. In regard to dust mites, the pillows may be susceptible to large populations.|
|Ease of cleaning||c||Some are machine washable. For others, dry cleaning is best.|
|Lightweight||b||The pillows are fairly light weight compared to most other pillow types.|
The table below evaluates only those feather pillows that have at least 75% owner satisfaction based on significant owner experience data. The pillows are compared on relevant factors that can vary from pillow to pillow.
Important: Information below concerning firmness, loft and sleeping position show only what tends to be true for most owners. Your personal evaluation may differ.
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample Size||Price||Retailer||Sizes||Firmness||Loft||Sleeping Position(s) Best Suited For||Main Complaints (% of owners)||Main Praises (% of owners)||Return Policy||Comment|
|White Goose Feather & Down||80% / 138||2 for $33||amazon
|medium||back, side, perhaps stomach||not enough fill (10%)||soft yet supportive (38%), value (26%)||30 days||100% cotton cover, 95% feather 5% down|
|Deluxe Natural Feather Pillow||78% / 680||2 for $27||overstock
|medium||back, side||noisy (30%), lacks support (15%), feathers poke (10%)||soft yet supportive (40%), value (35%)||30 days||machine washable|
|White Goose Feather||78% / 110||2 for $26||amazon
|medium||back, stomach, perhaps side||noisy (20%), feathers poke (10%), lacks support (7%)||soft (42%), moldable (18%), value (18%)||30 days||fill weight - 32 oz|
Our research is based on over 900 feather pillow owner reviews and experiences that were collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology.
– 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 15% 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 soft. Less than 10% describe it as firm.
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