Our Pillow Talk series continues with an explanation of synthetic down and fiberfill pillows, along with some positives and negatives of each. Choosing the right pillow is subjective only in the sense of wants: you want to be comfortable. But, it’s also objective in the sense of needs: the proper pillow needs to properly support the neck, head and shoulders or it could cause discomfort, or worse, sleep injuries. Use this Pillow Talk Series to learn about the different types of pillows, how they’re made and to help find the one that works for you.
Down alternative, or synthetic down is made with thin, polyester threads molded together into short and long strands that mimic down. The longer threads make the pillow airy, while the shorter threads create bulk and support. Some down alternative is made with eco friendly materials, like recycled plastic bottles. With so many advances in this market, not just for pillows but also for outdoor gear, down alternative feels almost like the real thing, without all of the sneezing and wheezing that usually accompanies down and feathers.
Fiberfill is blown polyester fibers. This is the least expensive pillow option on the market. Support from these pillows is inconsistent. The odds of finding a fiberfill pillow that offers just-right support for your neck, head and shoulders is slim, as they vary so much in thickness and lose any support they offer after limited use.
In part 2 of my Pillow Talk Series I hope you gained some insight into synthetic down and fiberfill pillows. With so many pillow options on the market, it’s important that you make an informed decision when choosing the right pillow for you. Remember: a good pillow needs to support your neck, head and shoulders. Everything else is subjective.
Next week, in Part 3 of my Pillow Talk Series I will talk about natural materials, specifically latex and wool pillows.