Learn about the different kinds of fillings that exist.

Learn about the different kinds of fillings that exist. There are many types of pillows, and each type has different things to offer.

  • Consider any medical issues you have. If you have asthma, allergies, or chronic neck pain, you may need a particular filling.
  • Consider the cost. Some pillow fillings tend to be more expensive than others.

Learn about the different kinds of fillings that exist.

Consider a down or feather pillow. These pillows are typically made from the inner plumage of geese or ducks and can be filled according to your preference.

  • More firmness, or loft, suits side sleepers while less loft is better for back or stomach sleepers.
  • They can last up to 10 years and are resilient and breathable because they are made of a natural material.
  • Be aware that there is a difference between a down pillow and a feather pillow. Down is very light and soft, and is usually located underneath the harder, stronger feathers, which protect the bird from the elements.[3] A feather pillow will likely be harder, and there is a chance that some of the feather quills could poke through the fabric, particularly in cheaper feather pillows.
  • Although there is no scientific evidence that down or feather pillows exacerbate allergies or asthma,[4] some people prefer to avoid them.
  • You might wish to avoid down/feather pillows for ethical reasons, or due to asthma or allergies. In this case, there are synthetic versions available.