One of the first things to consider when buying a pillow or duvet is which filling to choose. In order to find a filling to suit your needs, there are four areas to consider;
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 allergic to dust mites, choose a duvet and pillow that can be washed easily at 60°C, 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°C.
2. Washability & Care
The second key buying decision to consider is; how often do you want to wash your duvet or pillow?
- Most synthetic pillows and duvets can be washed in a large capacity washing machine.
- There are a wide range of synthetic duvets and pillows on the market, and their quality varies enormously. Poor quality duvets will not wash well and will quickly become lumpy.
- The Fine Bedding Company Spundown duvet can be washed at 60°C. The remarkably fine filling compresses easily, ensuring that, unlike other duvets all sizes fit into a domestic washing machine.
- Remember to always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.
- Natural duvets and pillows should be washed with extreme care.
- Specialist cleaning for natural duvets and pillows 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.
A breathable product 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. The breathability of a product is dependent upon the cover fabric and the filling that the product is made from.
A natural cover fabric, such as cotton, will have far better breathability than a man made fibre, such as polyester.
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 relates to duvets (not pillows) and is a measure of tog retention, not wear and tear.
|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|
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:
1. 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;
- For those who sleep on their back, a medium-firm pillow is best.
- If you sleep on your side, choose a firm style that supports the neck.
- Front sleepers, a soft pillow will provide cushioning and comfort.
- If you suffer from neck problems, a memory foam pillow is perfect as they mould to the shape of the head and neck, relieving pressure on the area.
2. What type of filling do you prefer, natural or synthetic?
- Down is the softest and finest pillow filling and offers soft-medium support.
- Adding feather to the pillow adds more support.
- The majority of pillows available from SlumberSlumber 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°C.