DownLinens Deluxe Down Pillows Review, Pillow Options and Care Tips . . .
When talking about getting a good night’s sleep, there’s one thing many people overlook – their pillows. A bad or old pillow can cause a world of pain in your neck, shoulders, and even your back. I know – been there, done that. The worst part about trying to shop for a new one, though, is deciding which one(s) to buy. DownLinens saved me that task by sending a pair of their Deluxe Down Pillows to review.
The pillows arrived VERY flat. That was no problem as they just needed a bit of air put back in. So, the first thing we had to do was fluff them up a bit:
My husband and I couldn’t wait to try them out. I grew up using regular foam pillows, especially since I was allergic to down/feathers. My husband, on the other hand, grew up using feather pillows. We struck a compromise by using hypo-allergenic down pillows. The good ones were too expensive and what we could afford would go flat too quickly. The DownLinens Deluxe Down Pillows, however, are supposedly built to retain their fullness for many years.
Each pillow comes with it’s own washable cover, making it easier to keep clean and lessen dust allergens. It’s also down proof – meaning there’s no leakage of your precious fill. These retail for $89 each and professional cleaning is recommended.
Unfortunately, thanks to our building’s unorganized office staff (who forgot to tell us they received our packages TWO weeks ago), we haven’t had much time to test them out yet. So far, it’s been apparent that they are good quality, are soft, and that they regain their shape quickly. However, the support is lacking. Bunching one pillow up can help with temporary relief but the minute you move, the fill will disperse everywhere but under your head/neck. Two pillows are really needed for sufficient support. Right now I’m continuing to try out the two while my husband has gone back to using his previous pillow.
DownLinens created a basic bedding line back in 2001. This was in response to seeing a gap between inflated retail prices and how much it would actually cost to produce the same products. Same quality, lower prices? Now that’s a winning combination. On top of these low prices, DownLinens is offering an extra 25% off during July. From July 15th to 29th, just use code PILLOWS4ALL25 to apply the discount. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee on all their products online, which includes free return shipping.
You might also want to check out a new product addition at DownLinens – the Best Pillow Ever. Quite an ambitious name, isn’t it? This new DownLinens Gel Fiber Pillow feels much like a down pillow but was specifically designed for Side Sleepers. It has the perfect fill amount, comes in two sizes (King and Jumbo), and allows for varying firmness.
With such a full selection, the buying process and research might be a bit overwhelming if you’re not sure what features to look for. Here are some suggestions from the company itself:
Identify the sleeping position:
- Back-sleeper – Fluffier. Lifts head and chin off mattress and helps with breathing. This may even aid in reducing snoring.
- Side-sleeper – Thick but soft. Can be bunched up to support neck but soft enough to not lift the head too much.
- Child – Soft, low fill. Should provide support without elevating the head. Pillows should not be given to children until they move from a baby bed to a normal one.
Other things to consider:
- Fill – Down (softest), feather (combine with down for more firmness), synthetic/polyester (less expensive), gel (new with adjustable firmness but similar to down), alternate fill (lower prices but doesn’t last as long).
- Fluffiness – More fluff means more cushion and ability to trap air for support. If pillow does not easily fluff up after being folded in half, it needs to be replaced.
- Pillow Cover – Immediately put on a cover with a zipper, under the pillow case. Prevents body oils and adds some protection from dust. A down-proof pillow cover can minimize leakage of down pillows.
- Pillow Case – Higher thread count means material is softer and more durable. Recommended minimum is 233 thread count but a more luxurious case would have a 500-800 thread count.
Once you’ve purchased your ideal pillows, you’ll want to keep them good for as long as possible, right? Here are some ways of how to do just that:
- Keeping Clean – Wash pillow cases once a week, pillow covers (remove pillow first) once a month, pillows should be washed or dry cleaned once a year.
- Removing Stains – Use common stain removals. Don’t get the pillow too wet or allow remover to fully dry.
- Washing at Home – Use cold water, gentle cycle, half the detergent you’d normally use, use two rinse cycles and spin-dry twice.
- Drying at Home – Use mild temperature, stop mid-cycle to fluff by hand, return to dryer. 1-3 dryer cycles will be needed. Place a clean tennis ball to keep the filling loose. Hang dry for 1-2 days.
Great tips, right? More will be on the way in the next couple of months. I can also update you on the pillows at that time.
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The product(s) reviewed and the content for this post was sourced from DownLinens, online resources and family traditions. All opinions are my own.