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Mattress Topper Reviews > Featherbed Topper Reviews
Based on 3,500+ Actual Consumer Experiences
THE GOOD: Featherbeds (also known as feather mattress toppers) are often effective at softening a firm mattress. They typically weigh less and are easier to handle than the average mattress topper. Reports of bothersome heat retention are limited.
THE BAD: Regular fluffing / shaking is needed to maintain most loft and comfort. Lumpiness / clumping is possible. Thickness and cushioning may be inadequate for some people. Feathers may poke through the cover, causing discomfort. Dry cleaning is often required.
THE TOPPER: Despite its name, a featherbed is not an actual bed or mattress but a mattress topper. The product is filled mostly or entirely with feathers from the wings and backs of geese and duck.
The ratings below show how featherbeds as a group compare to other topper types as evaluated by 3,500+ owners. For ratings on specific brands, see the following section.
|Price||c||Prices range from $55-$300. On average, owners pay around $114. Owner experience data suggests that paying more for a featherbed does not tend to result in higher overall satisfaction.|
|Comfort potential||C||A featherbed tends to be effective at softening a mattress so long as it is fluffed and shaken regularly. Not doing so will result in limited comfort potential.|
|Less pain||C||About 30% of owners with back pain report their featherbed helps to significantly reduce it. Feathers poking through the cover may cause discomfort and even pain.|
|Support||C-||Featherbeds provide limited contouring support especially when not maintained.|
|Durability / longevity||c+||They have similar longevity / durability as other mattress topper types. About 20% of owners report that some feathers escape the topper, especially during shaking / fluffing. The product will lose at least some of its loft and softness over time.|
|Thickness options||C||Heavier featherbeds tend to be thicker (and softer) than lighter ones. Sleepers will sink in and be surrounded more by a thicker topper.|
|Motion isolation||d-||Unlike memory foam and latex toppers, featherbeds do not reduce your motion from reaching and disturbing your partner.|
|No lumpiness / clumping||D+||Lumpiness and clumping of the feathers is possible without regular shaking and fluffing.|
|Easy to move on||B+||Difficulty moving on / getting up off the topper is seldom an issue.|
|No initial odor||c||Better than memory foam and latex, but odor is a problem for about 5% of owners.|
|No sleeping hot||B+||Bothersome heat retention is reported by no more than 3% of owners. Featherbeds tend to sleep warm in winter and cooler in summer.|
|No noise||c||The feathers or lining inside may make a soft crunching / crackling noise when compressed.|
|Good for sex||B||No significant complaints by owners reported based on limited data.|
|Light weight||B||Weight is often 10-20 lbs (queen) which is comparatively light for a topper.|
|Proper fit / secure||c||Most featherbeds simply lie on top of a mattress without corner straps or elastic skirts to fasten them. If placed between the mattress and a fitted sheet, featherbeds tend to stay mostly in place.|
|Low mainten- ance||D-||Regular shaking / fluffing – from every day to every few weeks depending on owner preference – is needed to maintain most loft and comfort.|
|Appearance||c||Product may cause bed to appear somewhat lumpy and uneven.|
|Ease of cleaning||d||Dry cleaning is often recommended.|
The following table compares featherbeds with at least 78% owner satisfaction based on 150 or more consumer experiences.
|Cluster Top Baffle Box||Luxury Natural Down on Top||Luxurious Baffle Box||Super Snooze||White Goose Feather & Down||Pacific Coast|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)|
|90% (339)||89% (365)
||88% (783)||88% (1561)||84% (159)
|$45- $70||$135- $185
||$75- $105||$105- $155||$54- $74
|Contains down (for added softness)|
|12 lbs||11.5 lbs
||11 lbs||19 lbs||16 lbs||19 lbs (avg)|
|twin, full, queen, king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, full, queen, king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, queen||twin, full, queen, king|
|walmart .com||over stock .com||over stock .com||over stock .com||amazon||amazon, Macy's|
|90 days||30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days||30+ days|
* Heavier featherbeds tend to be thicker (and softer) than lighter ones. Sleepers will sink in and be surrounded more by a thicker topper.
Owners often compare sleeping on their featherbed to "sleeping on a cloud," and the words "cozy," "soft" and "fluffy" are often used to describe the topper. Those who say that the product makes no difference in comfort often described the product as "too thin" and that it flattens when lied upon. Those who say the product reduces comfort often say it causes pain due to feather poking or lumpiness.
Featherbed manufacturers often tout that they use baffled channels in their products. Baffling is designed to keep the feathers in place and therefore prevent clumping and the formation of peaks and valleys. The collected owner experience data, however, shows that baffling has limited effectiveness in many cases, and that you should expect some feather clumping whether the product is baffled or not.
Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The collected owner experience data shows that there is little to no correlation between the thread count and owner satisfaction. However, a higher thread count may be somewhat more likely to prevent feathers from escaping.
The featherbed research is based on thousands of owner reviews gathered from credible sources, namely review sections on retailer web sites.
– A featherbed is often considered high maintenance. Regular shaking / fluffing is needed to maintain loft / comfort.
– Featherbeds have little or no ability to limit motion transfer, unlike memory foam and latex toppers.
– Buying a more expensive featherbed does not often result in superior owner satisfaction.
– Featherbeds usually do not trap heat or sleep hot. Less than three percent of owners report a heat problem.
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