November 12, 2018

At Warm Things, we often get asked, “What’s the difference between down and feather?” and “Which one is better?” Well, to answer that question it all comes down to the bird itself. Before we begin, we encourage you to first read about how we produce our down and feather products by clicking here.

Choosing between down and feather

The feathers on geese or ducks are found on the outside of the bird and consist of quills. Down lies beneath, usually on the bird’s belly, and is light and fluffy. Unlike quills, a down cluster has a round center called a plumule, which produces a soft and airy material.

Due to their individualized structural design, down and feather work differently inside bedding products. Feathers tend to line up, making them more supportive. With feather fillings, you sleep on the pillow, whereas with down you sleep in due to its fluffy clusters. When it comes to comfort, down tends to lead to a super soft-cloud like slumber, whereas feathers are more compacted and firm.

down, feather

What is fill power?

When it comes to shopping around for the best pillow or duvet products, one must consider fill power, a measurement of fluffiness. Only down has a fill power rating, while feathers do not. The higher the fill power, the more air the down can trap, producing a greater insulating ability. This becomes especially helpful during the winter months. Additionally, the down clusters are larger, making it last longer so you get more bang for your buck. Fill power most commonly ranges from 400-850, with 850 being the finest and most consistent.

down, fill power

Now that you know the difference between down and feather, make sure to take advantage of our current sale at Warm Things to save 50% off select down comforters! Visit us online to see our selection of down pillows, down comforters, and feather pillows. Happy shopping!


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