One of the first things to consider when buying a pillow or duvet is whether to buy a product with a natural (feather/down) filling or a synthetic filling. In order to determine which filling will suit your needs, there are four areas to consider;

  1. Allergies
  2. Washability & Care
  3. Breathability
  4. Durability

 

Allergies

Allergies are widespread and affect approximately one in four of the population in the UK at some time in their lives. Each year the numbers are increasing by 5% with as many as half of all those affected being children. One of the main causes of allergies including asthma, eczema and rhinitis, is the dust mite. House dust mites love warm, cosy areas and for them, just like us, a toasty duvet is an inviting retreat. If you are troubled with allergic reactions to these microscopic creatures, you need to consider the following:

  • If you are allergic to dust mites, choose a duvet and pillow that can be washed easily at 60 degrees centigrade, the temperature that kills dust mites. The Fine Bedding Company Spundown range is designed to fit into a domestic washing machine and can be washed at 60 degrees centigrade.
  • Alternatively, Allersafe Anti Allergy Bedding is a fantastic range that creates an environment where dust mites can not live or breed, this range can be washed at 40 degrees centigrade
  • SlumberSlumber.com shows washability temperatures and non-allergenic properties on each product details page to help you choose the right pillow and duvet.

 

Washability & Care

The second key buying decision to consider is how often do you want to wash your duvet or pillow? The following tips should help you to decide which filling will most suit your wash and care requirements:

Synthetic

  • Most synthetic pillows and duvets can be washed in a large capacity washing machine. We advise that they should be washed occasionally in order to refresh the filling as it accumulates moisture and dust.
  • There are a wide range of synthetic duvets and pillows on the market and their quality varies enormously. SlumberSlumber.com offers a range of synthetic duvets and pillows which are of the highest quality as we aim to ensure that the wash performance of the products we sell, is second to none. Poor quality duvets will not wash well and will quickly become lumpy.
  • The Fine Bedding Company Spundown duvet can be washed at 60 degrees centigrade. The remarkably fine filling compresses easily, ensuring that unlike other duvets all sizes fit into a domestic washing machine.
  • Always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.

Natural

  • Natural duvets and pillows should be washed with extreme care. Specialist cleaning is highly recommended.
  • It is essential that natural duvets be thoroughly dried. Even though a duvet may feel dry to the touch, often moisture remains within and if the duvet is not dried thoroughly then rotting can occur.
  • Always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.

 

Breathability

A breathable product will reduce the build up of excessive body heat and perspiration as it will allow moisture to be absorbed and dispersed. This will ensure that you stay comfortable throughout the night and don’t wake up as a result of being too hot or too cold. This is vital to achieving a good night’s sleep. The breathability of a product is dependent upon the cover fabric and the filling that the product is made from.

Cover Fabric

  • A natural cover fabric such as cotton will have far better breathability than a man made fibre such as polyester.

Filling

  • Duvets and pillows containing natural fillings are more breathable than those which contain synthetic fillings as natural fillings possess the ability to absorb and disperse excess moisture. They can be filled with feather and/or down or other natural fibres such as silk and cotton.

 

Durability

Durability relates to duvets (not pillows) and is a measure of tog retention not wear and tear.

Materials Type Life expectency Benefits
Naturals Down 20 years Excellent life expectancy
Feather Blends 10 years The lower the count, the less time the product will last
Synthetic High Quality 5-10 years Vary depending on the quality
Medium Quality 3-5 years Highest quality is silicone coated – soft and lustrous
Low Quality 6 months – 2 years High quality filling will not matt with friction and compression

 

Pillows

Choosing the right pillow is important. The best pillow is the one that gives you the perfect combination of comfort and support. There are two key questions you should ask yourself to determine which pillow would be right for you:

Q. What level of support do I need: Soft, medium or firm?

If you are not sure about this, consider which position you normally sleep in;

  • If you sleep on your back, a medium-firm pillow is best.
  • If you sleep on your side, choose a firm style that supports the neck.
  • If you sleep on your stomach, a soft pillow will provide cushioning and comfort.
  • If you suffer with neck problems, a memory foam pillow is perfect as they mould to the shape of the head and neck, relieving pressure on the area.

 

Q. What type of filling do you prefer, natural or synthetic?

Natural Pillows:

  • Down is the softest and finest pillow filling and offers soft-medium support.
  • Adding feather to the pillow adds more support.

Synthetic Pillows:

  • The majority of pillows available from SlumberSlumber.com are filled with polyester clusters or microfibre that can be easily re-plumped and moulds to the shape of your head.
  • Synthetic pillows can be washed in a domestic machine up to 60 degrees centigrade.

Visit our full range of Pillows and Duvets.

We hope that this guide helps you to choose the duvet and pillow that’s right for you. If you’re still unsure about which of our products can best meet your needs, please give our Customer Service Team a call on 0800 121 4110, who will be happy to help.

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