Have you ever been shopping for a pillow and been unsure what down means? You know it’s a filler, like feathers, or memory foam, but what exactly is it you wonder? The short and simple answer is; it is the undercoat of the bird’s feather. The fluffy part of a feather is very soft, and keeps its loft nearly 3 times longer compared to synthetic alternatives.
When it comes to down pillows, the Hungarian goose down or more popularly known as the European white goose down. They are clusters of pure white down, and often times larger than your other options of down filler.
When it comes to shopping for quality down pillows, you want to make sure that it only contains down and not the feathers, otherwise it’s not a 100% down pillow. However, it is common to find the combination of the two being used as a filler. While feathers provide a more economical method of filling pillows, they also stick out sometimes and you don’t want that while sleeping, right?
Many celebrities are fond of down style pillows, including Martha Stewart, who has suggested people only use high quality down pillows because they last so long. It is a little more expensive up front, but lasts much longer than other types of pillows. It holds the shape well, supports the head and neck, while being light and fluffy.