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The Pillow Guide: Memory Foam, Fibre Filled or Feather Pillow?

Posted on by Sleep Expert

Getting a great night of sleep can often come down to having the right pillow. If it doesn’t feel comfortable, isn’t at the right level of firmness or leaves you with an aching neck, that’s not going to equate to a restful sleep.

So, how do you know what’s the best pillow for you? Fortunately, Fine Bedding have been experts in this field for over 100 years. They really understand the science of sleep and what their customers need to enjoy the ultimate peaceful slumber. Read on to get the low-down on all things pillow. Which pillow is best? You decide!

How to Choose the Right Pillow

We use pillows to support the neck and upper back whilst we’re resting. Most of us have a preference, whether that’s sleeping on our back, front, or side and how you sleep is an important factor when it comes to choosing a suitable pillow. Front sleepers often prefer a thinner, softer pillow because it feels more comfortable for the neck, whilst those that sleep on their back or side, need to have the natural curve of their neck supported.

To recreate hotel quality sleep at home, factor in the firmness of the pillow too. Some of us simply love a soft, fluffy pillow that feels like it's enveloping you, while others much prefer a firm, supportive one. Get it wrong and as sure as Larry, you’ll spend the night tossing and turning.

Memory Foam Pillows

The ever-popular memory foam pillow uses a polyurethane material that’s sensitive to pressure and temperature and which also moulds to the shape of an individual’s head and neck.

Memory foam is well-known for relieving pain so it’s a good choice for those with general aches and pains or arthritis. It also ensures that the neck is properly aligned and takes pressure off certain points in the body, preventing you from waking up with aching and stiffness.

These pillows are suitable for all sleeping positions and especially good for those people that like to sleep in a variety of positions during the night. Another benefit is that memory foam is antimicrobial, which makes it a less inviting place for dust mites so if you’re an allergy sufferer, this will come as welcome relief.

Fine Bedding’s Choice: Head and Neck Pillow

 head and neck pillowShop Head and Neck Pillow


Fibre Filled Pillows

In the past, fibre filled pillows were often made of polyester and didn’t always have a good name. This was mainly because fibres would clump together making the pillow flat and lumpy. Not the recipe for a great pillow huh? Fast forward to today and things have changed. A lot.

Fine Bedding uses an advanced fibre technology to produce Smartfil®, an innovative, finer fibre filling that originates from recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles. You really did hear that right!

The amazing thing with this science led fibre filling is that it achieves the same thermal efficiency as premium down. Not forgetting that the unique manufacturing process also allows more air to flow through these pillows, which results in a super soft, light, fluffy, warm, and breathable filling.

The highly compressible fibres also means that you can wash these pillows repeatedly and they’ll always return to their original plump shape. How convenient is that!

So, if you want to feel as if your head is floating on a cloud, a sumptuous Smartfil® pillow will be right up your street. Together with the fact that Smartfil® is a sustainable and eco-conscious material, preventing even more plastic from going to landfill, this is definitely one that ticks all of the boxes.

Fine Bedding’s Choice: Boutique Silk Pillow

 silk pillowShop Boutique Silk Pillow

Feather Pillows

Most people think of feather down pillows when they think of something luxurious. That’s because feather down is incredibly soft and snuggly as well as providing insulating warmth during the colder months of the year.

Feather down is pliable and can accommodate the needs of back and side sleepers. They are supportive and reinforce the spine, neck, and shoulders. Front sleepers may find them especially comfortable however because of how soft they feel on the face and neck.

It probably hasn’t gone unnoticed that in recent years, there has been some controversy around feather pillows. At the heart of the issue is the fact that some brands have used suppliers with unethical practices including cruel live plucking.

Here at Fine Bedding, we firmly believe that animal welfare is paramount and are advocates of compassionate farming. That’s why all of our suppliers are independently audited to ensure they do not use live plucking and strictly adhere to high standards. Our gorgeous down pillows can be fully enjoyed with a guilt-free conscience.

Fine Bedding’s Choice: Hotel Collection Supreme Down Pillow

feather pillowShop Hotel Collection Supreme Down Pillow