Especially the elderly among us usually still understand the good, old down pillow or feather pillow under a pillow. We all know it from our youth: a fluffy and soft pillow filled either with down only or with a mixture of down and feathers.
Most of the models have a cotton pillowcase and are usually available in the size 80 x 80 cm.
For the fillings it varies from a pure down filling to mixtures with feathers. The higher the proportion of feathers in the cushion, the higher the supporting force. The higher the down content, the softer and more comfortable the pillow.
In times of modern neck support pillows with viscoelastic memory foam, a classic down pillow seems to be less in demand. But far from it. The classic stays vehemently in German bedrooms. This is due to the many advantages of such a pillow.
The main advantages are:
the material is 100% natural (nowadays only goose and duck feathers and down are used for good models. These are not obtained from living animals, but from dead animals. Especially according to our extra firm pillow certified fillings are preferable here. Click here to find out more about our pillow of the year.
Firm pillows are very comfortable and fluffy
You have a very good lying feeling, because you almost sink into these cushionsDown and feather are naturally breathable and therefore ideal for people who sweat a lot.
The models are machine washable and very suitable for allergy sufferers.
Depending on the spring component, they also have a certain supporting force to support an optimal sleeping position. Make sure you buy 3-chamber cushions with one feather component. The quality of these is often almost comparable to neck cushions, while at the same time offering much more pleasant comfort.
Firm pillows are very hygienic and easy to clean
Another important advantage for this cushion filling is the fact that the down and feather fillings are sterile. This would be achieved by washing them during the production process and then heating them to over 100° C. This makes them absolutely sterile at the time of purchase.
The right care of a down pillow
For care, a morning shake and airing is enough for these problem-free models. The shaking up serves to loosen the down and feathers in the pillow. The loosening creates an air space in the cushion between the filling materials, so that the moisture absorbed overnight can be better released. As a result, down cushions dry very quickly.
Another decisive advantage of the care is the fact that it can be washed easily in the washing machine.
What you should be aware of when buying
Before you decide to buy a pillow with a filling of down and feathers, you should look at the qualities. Here you should pay attention to a 100% cotton cover and the quality of the filling material.
When purchasing, you can rely on certification according to Öko-Text Standard 100. This is only awarded to cotton in the covers that has been tested for harmful substances.
Down pillows in different sizes for different sleeping positions
The standard size is still the very popular 80 x 80 cm pillow. For this size we have written a separate article with our recommendations.
This size is particularly suitable for back sleepers and abdominal sleepers. However, you should then pay attention to a flat model. Because the cervical spine should not be overstretched. In the case of side sleepers, a higher proportion of feathers in the filling would be advisable to increase the support force.
However, if you are a side sleeper, we recommend a 40 x 80 cm pillow.
Suitable for allergy sufferers
Down and feather cushions are especially suitable for the very common house dust mite allergy. Down cushions are not a good basis for house dust mites. Due to the very high-quality cotton pillow cases, the mites cannot penetrate into the pillow. Special cushions with very high-quality pillowcases for people allergic to house dust are separately marked by the manufacturers.