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Picking the Perfect Pillow

September 13, 2019 by

While a fantastic mattress and high quality bed linens are important in making a comfortable bed, the right pillow plays just as important of a role. You might be able to fall asleep without the perfect pillow, but to get a truly great night of sleep – every night, you will need the support of a pillow that is just right for you. 

Start by identifying what kind of sleeper you are: side, stomach, or back

We all know how important good posture is when standing or sitting, and the same goes for sleeping. A pillow should allow your head to align squarely with your shoulders, and ensure that it is not too far forward, or too far back.

If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll want a pillow with minimal thickness, as any additional loft will tilt your head backwards, creating neck pain. Cuddledown offers a “stomach” fill for every pillow – this option has the least amount of fill, and as the name suggests, is perfect for stomach sleepers. Many of our customers who are stomach sleepers swear by our 800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow!

Side sleepers usually find the most comfort with a pillow that fills the space between your ear and shoulder. Our gusseted pillows should do the trick, as they are made to provide loft and support.

For back sleepers, a pillow with too little fill won’t provide enough support. A medium filled pillow should be perfect, but those looking for a little extra support may want to go with overfill. For starters try our signature 700 Fill Power European White Goose Down!

Now, lets discuss some of the different components of a pillow

Fill: Down vs. Synthetic

True down pillows are filled with clusters that are fluffy, soft, and quill-free. A common misconception is that down and down/feather blends are one and the same. While feathers can provide firmness, their hard quills can interrupt the blissful sleep you crave.  

We offer 600 through 1000 fill power, duck and goose down pillows at Cuddledown – the higher the fill power, the more luxurious a pillow is considered to be. 

Hypoallergenic and irritant-free down alternative fill is the next best thing to down itself.

Our down alternative is made with fibers that loft, cluster, and even look like 500 fill power down.

Fabrics: Twill, Sateen, Batiste, Silk

All Cuddledown pillow fabrics are double-stitched, downproof, and made from 100% cotton. Our basic cotton twill fabric is excellent quality at a great price. We also have patterned pillows, such as damask stripe and dobby square fabrics with simple, elegant style.

If you desire a little more decadence, our sateen fabric is silky smooth and also provides an incredibly soft feel.

For total luxury, our batiste is lightweight, breathable, and is the lightest downproof fabric in the world. We use this special fabric for our Luxury pillows!

And if you’re in the mood for something even more indulgent, our heirloom German silk is used for our Ultimate pillows, which will have you sleeping like royalty.

Support: Gusseted or non-gusseted?

A gusset is an extra piece of fabric that allows for higher loft, often used in pillows and featherbeds. Stick with a traditional pillow if you want your head to sink in more when you lay down at night, but choose gusseted if you’re looking for the best pillow to alleviate neck pain, or want a firmer pillow that will hold its shape.

If you need targeted relief that the aforementioned pillows can’t provide, maybe it’s time to try one our sleep solution pillows – designed to relieve sore neck muscles and more.

Still don’t know which pillow is best for you? Let our precise pillow picker help you choose!


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