Hamvay Lang goose down tips

Which type of down? Tips and tricks

You can take a lot of options in consideration when you want to buy a new pillow or comforter. Décor and fabrics matching colors are important but it’s also relevant what type of filling was used by the production of said beddings. Many types of fills exist you can choose from when you are about to buy a pillow or blanket. There are people who prefer synthetic materials and many would like to have feather or down filled linens.

When it comes to efficient and luxurious bedding fill alternatives, down is oftentimes among the most considered ones. We’ll offer you below a bit of an insight why it is crucial to understand the importance of down fills and what type to choose if you want to enjoy your bedding for a long time.

Down — but goose or duck?

Down is the soft material which can be found below the exterior feathers of birds like geese and ducks and both types have been in use for centuries as insulating fillings. Both of them are very effective at maintaining their loft and thermal capabilities even yearslong but the ultimate winner is goose down when fill power and keeping you extra warm are within your priorities.

Fill power refers basically to the essential amount of space the down uses up. The termal qualities increase with the fill power of the down. A high fill power can be achieved when the down holds a higher number of large plumules (soft parts of the down that are noticable to the eye). Goose down is larger than duck down therefore it contains a bigger number of larger feathers that are responsible for an excellent thermal insulation. That’s why high-quality linens contain mostly goose down because as you can see it has better lofting and higher filling capabilities, not to mention the longer lasting qualities in resilience.

Goose and duck down differ in odor as well. Customers but also experts claim that there is a detectable difference between products that contain goose down vs. duck down. One of the reasons for that might be that ducks are smaller animals than geese so their bodies are lower to the ground and when their feather drag they can collect more environmental smells. Also, generally ducks eat a more varied diet which can cause different odors regarding their feathers. This smell can be less noticable in case of geese because they are larger and have more ground clearance. Of course not all people will notice a difference when it comes to the odor of these fowls but considering the possibility of a difference might be important, especially when you have a sensitive nose.

Do you have any allergies?

If so, goose down is a better choice for you than duck down. As written above, goose down carries less odor and environmental matter because of the diet and body structure of the animal. On the contrary, duck down can worsen (or evoke) allergies, even after the feathers were cleaned up.

The more you know..

the better choices you can make when you purchase bedding items. Many people don’t pay attention which type of filling their linens have although bedding plays a big part of a restful sleep and thereby of your health. When the latter is important to you, down (especially goose down) is one of the best options because it beats synthetic fillers and provides a sound sleeping thanks to its excellent thermal qualities, softness and outstanding characteristics to maintain its form and function for a long time.