Questions about our European down pillows


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What are down pillows? How are they different from other types of pillows?

Down pillows are filled with the soft and fluffy clusters which are found under the feathers of geese or ducks. Down pillows offer a luxurious feel and are known for being exceptionally soft and fluffy. They are different from synthetic pillows, which are filled with man-made materials such as polyester.

What is the difference between goose and duck down pillows?

The main difference between goose and duck down pillows is the size of the down clusters. Goose down clusters are typically larger than those of duck down, which means that they provide better loft and insulation. For this reason, goose down pillows are generally considered to be of superior quality to duck down pillows. That said, the choice between goose and duck down pillows ultimately depends on your own preference and needs. For example, if you're after a pillow that offers maximum support and loft, a goose down pillow is probably right for you.

If, on the other hand, you prefer a softer and lighter pillow, then a duck down pillow may be a better fit. It's also worth noting that some people may be allergic to down, regardless of whether it comes from geese or ducks. If you are allergic or sensitive to down, you may want to consider alternative options, such as wool.

Whom are down pillows best suited for?

Down pillows are best suited for those who prefer soft and luxurious pillows which offer exceptional loft and insulation. Down is a natural and lightweight material that provides a high level of loft, which means that they offer excellent support and comfort without feeling heavy or bulky. Down pillows are also known for their ability to fit the sleeper's head and neck, thereby providing a customized and comfortable sleeping environment.

However, down pillows may not be the best option for people with allergies, as they can contain small amounts of allergens such as dust and feathers. Additionally, down pillows require regular fluffing to maintain their loft. Finally, they may not be the best option for people who tend to sleep hot, as down insulates and traps heat.

At Zizzz, our down pillows are NoMite certified. The cotton case our pillow comes in is woven so densely that it is difficult for mites to enter it, making it great for asthma and dust allergy sufferers.

Where does high-quality down come from?

High-quality down typically comes from the underbelly of geese or ducks, where the down clusters are the largest and the most insulating. The best down is usually sourced from mature birds, which naturally have larger and more mature down clusters.

The country of origin can also be an important factor in determining the quality of the down. For example, down from countries with colder climates, such as Canada, Iceland, and Eastern Europe, is generally considered to be of higher quality, as the birds are exposed to harsher conditions. This leads the animals to grow denser and more insulating down clusters.

Finally, the quality of down also depends on the processing methods used, such as how the down is washed and sterilized. The standards set by industry certifications, such as DownPass or the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), also play an important role. These certifications ensure that the down is ethically and sustainably sourced, and that the birds are treated humanely throughout the entire supply chain.

Our goose and duck down is sourced from Eastern Europe. All of our down pillows and duvets are DownPass certified.

What are the benefits of using a down pillow?

The benefits of using a down pillow include its softness, loft, and ability to conform to the shape of the user's neck and head. Down pillows also provide a luxurious and comfortable sleeping experience.

Are down pillows hypoallergenic?

While some people with allergies may tolerate down pillows well, they are not considered hypoallergenic as they can contain small amounts of allergens such as dust and feathers. For those with severe allergies, it may be best to avoid down pillows.

As stated above, our down pillows are NoMite certified, so they're ok for asthma and dust allergy sufferers.

How do I keep my down pillow in good condition?

You should fluff it daily to help maintain its loft and shape. Down pillows can be washed in a front-loading machine on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, and dried on a low heat setting with a few clean tennis balls to help fluff the filling.

Are down pillows hot to sleep on?

Down pillows can provide a cozy and warm sleeping experience, which may not be ideal for those who tend to sleep hot. Hot sleepers should try our breathable Swisswool pillows, which keep your head and neck at an even temperature.

How do I choose the right size of down pillow for my sleeping position?

To choose the right size of down pillow for your sleeping position, consider the level of support and loft you need.

At Zizzz, we have down pillows in the following sizes:

  • 40x60 cm
  • 50x70 cm
  • 60x60 cm
  • 60x90 cm
  • 65x65 cm
  • 65x100 cm

Are down pillows more expensive than other types of pillows?

Down pillows are generally more expensive than synthetic pillows due to the higher cost of the materials and manufacturing process. However, the higher quality and greater durability of a down pillow can make it a worthwhile investment.

At Zizzz, we sell our down pillows online to cut out middlemen and wholesalers, thereby keeping a Swiss or German-made product affordable for our customers.

Can down pillows be used with a pillowcase?

Yes, you should absolutely use a pillowcase to protect your down pillow from dirt, stains and general wear and tear.

How long do down pillows typically last?

The lifespan of a down pillow can vary depending on the quality of the materials and how well you care for it. On average, a high-quality down pillow can last for 5-10 years or more.

Do down pillows have a smell?

Some down pillows may have a slight odor when they are first opened due to the natural oils present in the down. However, this odor should dissipate quickly and can be reduced by airing out the pillow and using a pillow protector.

Where are your down pillows made?

Our goose down products are made in Switzerland, while our duck down products are made in the Black Forest region of Germany.