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I'm going to share something that you probably didn't know about me -- I love to sleep and it's probably my favorite thing to do. But it has to be in a comfortable bed which is why I really enjoy some of the nicer hotels I've stayed at such as the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel where both comfort and luxury are priorities. With the DownLinens down pillows I just received, I've discovered I can recreate that sort of luxurious resort feeling without even leaving home.
|DownLinens Deluxe Down Pillow, MommyBlogExpert.com|
Long story short is that both of us slept better that night than we had in a long time because these pillows are as soft and resilient as the freshest marshmallows. To be more descriptive, I'd say it felt like I was sleeping on the fluffiest clouds imaginable.
|Apparently Dexter likes DownLinens pillows too, MommyBlogExpert.com|
The protective cover that comes with the queen and king styles also has a built-in zipper that's easily removeable when it's time to take the pillow in for professional cleaning. In fact, DownLinens recommends doing just that to extend the life of the down filling.
|DownLinens Zipper Detail, MommyBlogExpert.com|
You're probably thinking -- at least for the down pillow in this review that is priced at $99.99 each for the queen size we tried -- that's a lot of money to spend. Keep in mind that mass produced pillows in big box stores may be cheaper when you buy them. My own experience when I've bought lower quality pillows before is that they often go immediately flat and wear out altogether in less than a year and need to be replaced.
DownLinens down pillows, on the other hand, are meant to last for about eight years and retain their puffy shape throughout. So, you end up paying less in the long run while also getting the best quality pillow on the market.
This pillow test and talk experience got me thinking about something I'd never really paid attention to before--How to shop for high quality pillows for my family.
4 Tips When Selecting Pillows
Pillow Fill - Do you want down, feathers or synthetic/polyester fibers? Each type has its unique qualities, it depends on what you're looking for. For example, natural goose down pillows are particularly soft, comfortable and feel very luxurious for sleeping. As a matter of fact you can buy down or synthetic fiber pillows with various "fill powers" or levels of firmness. Another element to think about is loft, referring to the pillow's ability to regain original volume after being compressed.
Fluffiness - Something else to consider is a fluffier pillow will provide better cushioning for you whether you are sleeping or sitting in bed reading. Unlike a deflated and flat pillow that provides little support and doesn't breath well, more fluff actually extends the life of a pillow because fresh air is able to blow through it.
Pillow Cover - When you buy a new pillow, unless it already comes with it, also purchase a pillow cover that zips over it. This inner zippered case will be what minimizes the buildup of natural body oils and dust, making your pillow stay fresh and usable as long as possible.
Pillow Case - The higher the thread count of your pillow case, the more comfortable it will feel and the longer your pillow will last. DownLinens recommends a minimum of 233-thread count for a good sleep experience, however if you want to really feel at the height of luxury a 500-800 threadcount pillow case is optimal.
Most of us invest in a good, supportive mattress that will last years and provide good quality sleep. So why wouldn't we also want to buy for the long run when shopping for the pillows where we lie down our heads each night?
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|Our dog having sweet dreams, now get off my pillow! MommyBlogExpert.com|
About The Brand
DownLinens is a subsidiary of Allied Feather & Down, the world's largest supplier of raw material for the industry. The family-run company is focused on delivering the best possible online consumer shopping experience, offering simliar superior products to those found in high end bedding boutiques and better department stores, but at significantly lower prices.
Find more information at DownLinens.com about the entire line of bedding products which include not only pillows, but also comforters, bed toppers and feather beds, blankets and throws. You can also connect with them on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news and tips.
FTC Disclosure: Information in this blogpost is sourced from Down Linens, online resources and family traditions and the company is providing a discount opportunity for a limited time to my readers. In addition, I received a pair of Deluxe Down Pillows featured to facilitate this review. However, I was not paid for this post and opinions are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.