A feather pillow is made using a ‘feather-proof’ outer cover (to stop the feather quills poking through) and is filled with wing and back feathers of duck and geese. Feathers alone can be a little rough and so a feather pillow will usually contain a small percentage of down in order to soften it up a little.
- Pros: Usually inexpensive, soft, easy to shape, durable – have a good lifespan
- Cons: The feather quills can quite often poke through even the toughest cover – they’re spiky! Do not offer a lot of support or height – not great for side sleepers, can be a bit noisy, will need regular fluffing and shaking to get back into shape, not great for allergy sufferers
Pillow advisor summary: Used to be popular but not particularly recommended unless you sleep mostly on your back or front and if feather pillows are your thing. We have reviewed some of the best feather pillows in the UK.