Pillows: How to choose
All pillows are not created equal. The average person spends around one third
of his or her life in bed. Choosing the right pillow is important so that you
can always get a good night's rest. Few items you'll purchase require as much
care and thought as a pillow. When buying a bed pillow, many things should be
taken into consideration, including size, shape, firmness, and materials. There's
a pillow firmness just right for each person. We can help you find the pillow
that best fits your needs.
The following are the most important factors to look for:
Natural or Synthetic?
Natural Fill Pillow: If you want to go natural, down should be your first choice.
A down bed pillow is extremely soft, and tends to work better for stomach sleepers
or those who prefer soft cushiony bed pillows instead of firm ones. Natural
fill is feather, down, or a combination of both. Down is not a feather. It's
the fluffy insulation under the feathers that keep ducks and geese warm and
protected from the elements. These natural fills are best for conforming to
your head and neck
Synthetic Fill Pillow: This is a man-made fill and is, usually, polyester. Synthetic
pillows don’t have a long life span and will not conform to the head and
neck as well as a natural fill pillow. Some polyester pillows are made to resist
bacteria and microbe growth which make them hypo-allergenic. Polyester bed pillows
are usually inexpensive, and come in a variety of sizes and firmnesses.
Other Pillow Types
Memory Foam Pillow: These are dense, sponge-like pillows that mold around the
head and neck for extra support. Memory foam pillows have become very popular
in recent years.
Poly Cluster Fill Pillow: This is a type of synthetic fill in which polyester
clusters are coated with silicone to feel and move like down. It gives the softness
and appeal of a true down pillow without the cost. Great for allergy sufferers
who prefer synthetic fill but want down-like comfort.
What is fill power?
Fill power measures the volume one ounce of down takes up. It's a good indicator
of the puffiness and resilience of down. The higher the fill power, the more
loft the pillow will have and the longer it will last. Fill power will be listed
on better down pillows.
- Standard Pillow: 20" x 26". Standard size pillows.
- Queen Pillow: 20" x 30". Slightly bigger then the standard.
- King Pillow: 20" x 36". These are extra long pillows.
- European Pillow: 26" x 26". These large, square pillows add a
decorative accent to a bed.
- Body Pillow: 20" x 54". Perfect for sleeping or relaxing.