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Mattress Topper Reviews > Featherbed Topper Reviews
Based on 3,392 Actual Consumer Experiences
THE GOOD: Featherbeds (also known as feather mattress toppers) are often effective at softening a firm mattress.
THE BAD: Thickness may be inadequate for some people. Fluffing / shaking is often needed to maintain loft and comfort. Feathers can poke through the cover, potentially causing pain. Unlike some other types of toppers, featherbeds provide no motion isolation. Dry cleaning is often required.
Learn how featherbeds compare to these and other topper types in the mattress topper comparison.
The ratings below show how featherbeds overall as a group are evaluated by owners. For ratings on specific brands, see the section following this one.
|Owner satisfaction||b+||Featherbeds overall as a group have 86% owner satisfaction. ( ) Their high satisfaction is mainly due to their ability to effectively soften a mattress.|
|Durability / longevity||c||They have similar longevity/durability as other mattress topper types. About 20% of owners complain that some feathers escape the topper, especially during shaking / fluffing. In addition, the product will lose at least some of its loft and softness over time.|
|Price||c||Prices range from $50-$200. On average, owners pay around $112. The more expensive brands/models usually have more fill power, which tends to mean more softness / thickness. Owner experience data suggests, however, that paying more for a featherbed does not tend to result in higher overall satisfaction.|
|Less pain||b-||Featherbeds can minimize pressure points effectively. But they tend to not contour strongly to the body and, as a result, are generally not effective in lessening back pain. Feathers poking through the cover can cause pain.|
|Motion isolation||d-||Unlike memory foam and latex toppers, featherbeds do not reduce your motion from reaching and disturbing your partner.|
|Easy to move on||a-||Difficulty moving on / getting up off the topper is generally not 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||No more than 2% of owners report heat trap issues.|
|No noise||c||The feathers or lining inside may make a crunching / crackling noise when compressed.|
|Good for sex||a||No complaints by owners reported.|
|Fewer allergies||c-||Traditionally, people with allergies / asthma were encouraged to avoid featherbeds because they may aggravate allergies more than the synthetic "hypoallergenic" options. However, some studies show that more dust mite allergen can be found in synthetic bedding than in feather bedding.|
|Proper fit / secure||c||Some brands may be smaller than advertised, and some stay put (won't slide around / bunch up) better than others. See product comparison below for details.|
|Appearance||c||When bed is made, product may cause bed to appear lumpy and uneven.|
|No need to fluff / shake||d||Regular shaking / fluffing is usually needed to maintain loft / comfort.|
|Ease of cleaning||d||Dry cleaning is often recommended.|
The following table compares featherbeds with at least 85% owner satisfaction based on a significant sample of consumer experiences.
|Luxurious Baffle Box||Luxury Down on Top||Natural 100 Percent Cotton Baffle||Super Snooze||White Goose Feather & Down|
|No Clumping / Lumpiness||C-||C||C||C+||B-|
|No Poking Feathers||D+||B||C+||B-||C|
|Return Policy||30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Available Sizes||twin, full, queen, king||twin, full, queen||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, full, queen, king, CA king||twin, queen|
|Comment||--||includes removable cover for added protection||removable, zippered cover||likely best for those seeking minimal to moderate softening||value potential|
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.
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 or no correlation between the thread count and owner satisfaction. However, a higher thread count may be somewhat more likely to prevent feathers from escaping.
Our featherbed research is based on thousands of featherbed owner reviews which were gathered from credible sources, namely review sections on retailer web sites.
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.
– A featherbed is often considered high maintenance. Regular shaking / fluffing is usually 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 2 percent of owners report a heat problem.
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