Duck Feather Pillows vs. Down Pillows

Feather pillows have been around for a long time. Many people like feather pillows because they retain their shape well, are durable and very comfortable. Some of the most popular feather pillows are duck feather pillows and down pillows. They have a similar feel but are very different at the same time. If you’re confused between the two, check out some vital information you need to know before purchasing a duck feather pillow or down pillow.

Down Pillow

Down pillow users describe their experience as sleeping with their heads on a cloud. Down pillows are extra soft and lofty; they are made from the finest, quill-less feathers from the chest and underbelly of a duck. They do not have quills like feathers on the wings and back, so there’s no need to worry about annoying quills poking you. That is why down pillows are more expensive than duck feather pillows.

Down pillows are the softest feather pillows you will find. They are the best option for those who want their pillows to mould into the shape of their head, no matter their sleeping position. Down pillows easily adjust their bounce when you move or shift positions while sleeping. Down pillows are also very durable and can last up to 20 years. To help extend their lifespan, use pillow protectors to prevent sweat, saliva and other fluids from seeping into the pillow.

Duck Feather Pillows

Duck feather pillows are generally more affordable than down pillows. True down pillows retail for £100+ in most stores. Duck feather pillows are also durable and can be maintained easily. One of the easiest ways of doing so is by using a pillow protector. Another way is by running it through your washing machine around once a year. When washing your duck feather pillow, make sure to add an extra rinse to remove all detergent residue. It is also best to ensure that your duck feather pillow is completely dry before using it to prevent mould or mildew infestation.

Just like down pillows, duck feather pillows are also great for people who move around in their sleep because they can easily conform to different shapes and positions of the head. The only downside to owning a duck feather pillow is that the quills tend to poke you, especially if the cover becomes thin or weak. To prevent this, make sure to purchase a quilted pillow protector for extra comfort and protection.


If you’re still having a hard time deciding between a down pillow and a duck feather pillow, choose one that is best suited to your budget. Duck feather pillows are essentially the same as down pillows, except for the quills. They are just as comfortable as down pillows, and there are ways to get around poking quills. If you have the extra cash to spare, go for down pillows. They are incomparably soft and lofty and will give you the best sleep experience.

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