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unbiased Featherbed Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 3,100+ Actual Consumer Experiences

December 30, 2014

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Featherbeds (also known as feather mattress toppers) are often effective at softening a firm mattress. They typically weigh less than the average mattress topper.

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 discomfort. Unlike some other types of toppers, featherbeds provide no motion isolation. Dry cleaning is often required.

THE COMPETITION: Fiberbeds and wool toppers are the main competitors to featherbeds.

Learn how featherbeds compare to these and other topper types in the mattress topper comparison.

Featherbed Ratings: As a Group

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 85% owner satisfaction. (85 out of 100 based on 3198 reviews.) 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 $55-$400. On average, owners pay around $116. Owner experience data suggests 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 B+ No significant complaints by owners reported.
Weight B- They tend to weigh 10-20 lbs. Heavier featherbeds tend to provide more softening and cushion.
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.
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.

Top-Rated Featherbeds

The following table compares featherbeds with at least 80% owner satisfaction based on 50 or more consumer experiences.

Cluster Top Baffle Box Luxurious Baffle Box Luxury Down on Top Super Snooze White Goose Feather & Down Pacific Coast
Owner Satisfaction (sample)          
90% (318) 87% (768) 86% (342)
86% (1454) 82% (129)
80% (219)
$62- $96 $75- $105 $135- $185
$105- $155 $54- $74
$96- $168
Contains down (for added softness)          
yes no yes
no yes no
Weight (queen)          
14 lbs 11 lbs 11.5 lbs
19 lbs 16 lbs 19 lbs
Sizes Available          
twin, full, queen, king twin, full, queen, king twin, full, queen, king, CA king twin, full, queen, king, CA king twin, queen twin, full, queen, king
Return Policy          
90 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days 30+ days
walmart .com over stock .com over stock .com over stock .com amazon amazon, Macy's

Sensation of Lying on a Featherbed

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

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.

At Amazon: A Top-Rated Featherbed

About our featherbed topper review and research

Our featherbed research is based on thousands of featherbed owner reviews which were gathered from credible sources, namely review sections on retailer web sites.

What is a featherbed?

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.

At Amazon: A Top-Rated Featherbed

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