Category Archives for Pillows

The 3 Best Down Pillows 2016

March 27, 2016

Surround’ pillows are the trend for pillows in 2016. It is now possible to spoil yourself completely with a one of these newer bedding industry’s innovations. In case you don’t know what a ‘surround’ pillow is, don’t feel bad most people don’t. Once you try a surround down pillow you will never wish for anything else.

You are going to get the best of both worlds with a surround down pillow. They are perfect for those who love to get extra cozy with the hugging softness of a down pillow, but need the extra support. They are made with an outer layer of loft (surround) filling and have an inner core of a much firmer filling for added support.

A pillow’s average life span is only around two years. They become flattened by the weight of our heads. After awhile, they become very unhygienic. Here are some signs it is time to replace your pillow:

  • Your pillow is discolored.
  • You wake up with a neck ache
  • You wake up wheezy or with a blocked or runny nose
  • You don’t feel well-rested

Down pillows are always the favorite choice in pillows because of their capability to put minimal pressure on the head and neck. They also have a fast break-in time and are well-suited for most people. They tend to be airy and typically weigh no more than 2-3 lbs. Down has a way of giving in to the head and creating a gentle feel so you can sleep comfortably.

Combine the experience of sleeping with a down pillow and new technology, and we are back to those surround pillows. It is the cloud-like softness combined with the firmer core which is getting everybody’s attention. People often discount the importance of a great pillow, compromising for a cheaper brand but counting on it to deliver good quality. A synthetic pillow is only going to last around 6 months. If you are exhausted or achy or wheezing from restless nights, consider the benefits of a surround down pillow. We have our favorites listed here:

Luxurious Anti-Allergy Healthguard White Goose Feather Core & Surround Down Pillow - Mountain Moose Co.

With a luscious puffy loft this is a quality pillow using the surround down pillow concept. It is constructed of 15% down and holds a 240 thread count. This goose down pillow is medium firm providing excellent neck support and comfort. The outer chamber is down, with a sink-in texture, and the cotton case is finished with an elegant piping. For a surround down pillow this is peace of mind, and a promised good night’s rest. This duvet has been treated with a revolutionary product known as Heathguard® which is a premium protection against allergy triggers related to dust mites. Heathguard is an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial treatment scientifically known to eliminate bacteria and mold. While it could hold a little more down filling, this pillow is amazingly comfortable and does what it says in regards to neck support.

Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Standard Pillow Featured in Many RitzCarlton ® Hotels

You can have the same quality as you find in superior hotels, with this surround down pillow. The ‘pillow in a pillow’ design uses 95%feathers and 5% grey duck down to create an inviting sleep experience. The 300 thread count luxury pillow also features ALLEREST fabric which blocks all dust mites for a healthy sleep. The design also includes a feather filled inner pillow for extra neck support. The inner core is made with down wrapped feather of Hyperclean Pacific Coast down and Eurofeather. If you are looking for exquisite materials and absolute quality, this is the pillow to own.

Nimbus White Hungarian Goose Down Surround Pillow - European Size

Another great surround pillow is the Nimbus White Hungarian goose down pillow. The filling is 100% duck feather and the outer chamber is 90% goose down. It doesn’t get any more luxurious than this when it comes to pillows. This fill is certain to guarantee a long-lasting pillow which delivers a magical sleep. It gets better, the jacquard casing is 300 thread counts and tightly woven all while giving an extra softness to the touch. The 100% natural filling makes this surround pillow 100% authentic in way of down bedding products. It is going to mold to the shape of your head and neck because it has a feather core. Don’t miss out on surround pillow, it may just be the answer to restless nights.

How NOT to wash a down pillow plus the right way

March 27, 2016

Some people will not wash their down pillows forever. The up side of this, luckily down feather pillows still retain most of their shape, however, cleaning the feathers should be done at least twice a year.

Yet there is a certain panic which comes from standing in front of your washing machine with down pillow in-hand. The cautious self hesitates to follow-thru based on horror stories of warped, destroyed bedding.

Dry-cleaning thoughts only exasperates the anxiety-producing process for many reasons. One being, it can be expensive hauling in a copious amount of pillows if charged by weight. Add to this the rumors of carcinogenic chemicals leaving an aromatic residue, and you are still, standing in front of your washing machine, wondering what to do.

What Shouldn’t I Do?

Let’s talk about pillow health. What you shouldn’t do is avoid the inevitable task of washing them. Without washing your pillows regularly, a pillow which may weigh only around 10 ounces can weigh two times its weight in two years due to dust mite contamination. Sleeping is one-third of our lives, and bedding which isn’t cleaned retains body oils, bacteria, dust mites, and other undesirable entities.

If you are sensitive to allergies, the tiny carcasses of dust mites are going to trigger an allergic reaction sooner or later. The American College of Asthma, Allergies & Immunology reports that 10% of the population will have an allergic trigger to dust mites.

Symptoms of dust mites include: watery/itching/red eyes, runny nose, wheezing, sneezing, asthma, infantile eczema, nasal congestion, itchy mouth or throat, cough, facial pressure and pain, inability to sleep restfully, blue skin under eyes.

Down pillows will withstand more, while synthetic pillows need to be washed or replaced more often. The lifespan of a synthetic pillow is only around six months. The best way to extend this in either down or synthetic pillows is to encase them in a durable cover, then a pillowcase. An auto-locking zipper system and a fabric shield beneath the zipper serves as an additional barrier.

Carefree Clean-Up

A down pillow requires some attention, like regular plumping and shaking. When cared for properly, they will last a long time. Proper care of your feather pillows includes:

Be sure to read the cleaning label on your pillows and follow the recommended directions.

  • Always use a zippered pillow protector over the pillow, which is under the pillow case.
  • Before washing, check the pillow for tears along the seams, or any loose seams.
  • When washing, wash two at a time, and use a mild detergent. No bleach.
  • If you can, use a front-loading, non-agitating washer. Coin-operated Laundromats offer these as well.
  • Select warm water option and an extra rinse cycle.
  • When drying your down pillow, the heat should be set to medium or low. If you use a commercial Laundromat, always double check the dryer settings.
  • The drying process requires stopping the dryer a few times to fluff up the pillow and spread the feathers with your hands.
  • Down feather pillows take at least an hour to dry per pillow.
  • It is not recommended to air-dry down pillows due to the lack of adequate time for the pillows to dry. This encourages mold.

During the warmer months, and in-between washings, let your down pillows breathe by placing them out in the fresh air for a couple of hours.

When to Replace Your Pillow

Even the best pillows eventually have to be replaced. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your pillows? If you are unsure about this, grab the pillow and check to see if the form is losing shape. The pillow will feel lumpy and uneven. Does your down pillow require punching or fluffing for support? If you can fold your pillow in half, and it stays folded—replace the pillow. Pillows are relatively inexpensive; getting a new one is worth the peace. Nights spent wondering if you are sharing it with unwanted tenants is more of a frightening concept.

Did you know--

If you throw a couple tennis balls in the dryer with your down pillows, they will not clump or dry unevenly, and they will get super fluffy.

Goose Down Pillows Buyers Guide

March 18, 2016

What is soft, warm, and supportive with the only desire to give you the best rest ever? Gooses down pillows are because no other kind of pillow gives such hypnotizing comfort for sleeping. That fluffy layer of soft down allows for the pillow to be folded, twisted, smashed or anything else required for those who need a ‘certain’ feel for their head.

Now that it is time for you to go out shopping for your bendy, soft down pillow, keep some of these tips in mind.

The characteristics to look for in a down pillow:

The necessary characteristics you should be looking for when buying your down pillows is size, style, and loft. If you concentrate on these three areas, you will inevitably find good value for the money.

When looking at goose down pillows consider the loft. This is the value of the amount of cubic inches which can be filled with an ounce of down. Loft amounts are at 300 to 900. Like down comforters, the higher the loft number is, the more expensive the pillow will be.

For a pillow to be a true goose down pillow it should contain at least 75 percent down. One important factor to look for is the manufacturer. There are many counterfeiters who use feather waste and synthetics and call it a down pillow.

Feather pillows are not down pillows. They are easily mistaken. You can tell the difference because the pillow will become flat relatively easy and lose its overall shape. Feathers will have a tendency to poke out and through the pillowcase. By comparison, the soft down feathers of goose retain their shape.

Check the firmness of the pillow. Some people prefer fluffier pillows while others who need more support for their head and neck will want the firmer goose down pillows.

Get the right size

Take into account your bed size, and the way you like to sleep. Standard pillows are smaller and offer less in the way of size and comfort. They have two dimensions which are length and width. Much of choosing a proper size is dependent on personal choice. Common sense rules in this department, as most people know a single pillow is the option for a twin bed, and so on.

Type of Pillow

Dimensions of the Pillow

Cot Bed

36 cm x 58 cm

Small Square

40 cm x 40 cm

Standard

50 cm x 75 cm

Large Square

65 cm x 65 cm

Super King

50 cm x 90 cm

Most manufacturers are not going to consider adding the third dimension to their pillow sizing information, and that is thickness. This is another personal preference by the user.

The best way to buy a down pillow is to actually go to a store and test them out. Read labels, and learn what your wishes are in this type of product. Once you have a solid idea about what you are looking for, and then jump online to find it cheaper. There is an endless selection online, but if you don’t know what you are looking for, you could end up disappointed.

Care for your goose down pillow

Goose down pillows are expensive, especially if you splurge for one made of 100 percent goose down. They are difficult to care for as well. They have a tendency to become flatter and softer after the break-in time. Still, a great goose down pillow will retain its original characteristics for a long time.

Try not to get the pillow dirty at all. The best way to combat this is double pillow casing. By putting two on you lessen the chance of dirt, make-up, body oils and stains. Shake the pillow regularly to redistribute the down. If you have to clean it, it will require dry cleaning. Some people have successfully washed them at home, but remember this can take several hours, and if the pillow doesn’t completely dry, the dampness will ruin it. High temperatures also destroy down pillows, so use any heat around your down pillow cautiously.

In the long run, investing in a goose down pillow is worth the money. No other pillows quite hold up to that feeling a down pillow gives. And isn’t that a part of the most important quest to sleep well every single night?