Feather Pillows versus Fibre Pillows
There is an indispensable partner at bedtime that can interfere with the quality of your sleep: your pillow! The choice will depend on several factors, from the filling to the cover, shape, size and, essentially, the position in which you sleep. In this Learning Zone article, we'll focus on the filling and the main doubt many users have: is a fibre filling better than the beloved feathers?
Feather or down pillows
Feather pillows are a classic. For many years, they have been the comfortable choice of the pickiest pillow consumers for their well-deserved rest.
Feather pillows are light, soft, and obviously biodegradable due to their biological filling. Goose and duck feathers are the most recommended as they allow for better air circulation and moisture absorption. Another great advantage of this type of filling is that it dries quickly after washing.
However, if you are prone to allergies, you can forget this alternative. Feather pillows stimulate dust mite proliferation and can cause respiratory problems in the long term. It is also common for feather pillow users to report persistent unpleasant odours. Another problem with feathers is that they lose volume and consistency after repeated use.
Needless to say, that if you are an animal lover, feather pillows are certainly not the best choice (poor birds!).
Polyester fibre pillows are designed as a synthetic alternative to feather pillows. One of their big advantages is that they are much more hygienic. Synthetic fibre-based fillings can be treated with antibacterial additives to help prevent the growth of bacteria, dust mites and fungi. The fact that they are machine washable also contributes to this hypoallergenic characteristic.
Although any fibre, synthetic or natural, loses some volume over time, synthetic fibres are more resistant to wear and tear.
Fibre fillings are soft and malleable, so they adapt to the different positions in which we sleep, ensuring comfortable sleep.
If you choose a pillow with hollow fibres, you can also count on greater air circulation, making this filling very breathable and promoting a feeling of freshness during sleep.
Fibre pillows are therefore a few points ahead in this competition. Still, we must not forget to ensure that the product is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Find out more here.