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September 11, 2013

Pillow Talk


For over a month, Hubby and I tested out some new pillows.  You know I'm a little throw pillow-nutty and have, since we bought the townhouse, bought three decorative down pillows and shams for our bed, had my Mom sew no fewer than six silk pillows covers and six cotton pillow covers for the bedrooms, living room and even the basement, plus I painstakingly embroidered my own pillow and even brought felted wool ones back from Hungary!  Despite the pillow frenzy, the pillows we have relied on for a good night's rest were cheap, bargain bin synthetic pillows that had been getting flatter and flatter and flatter for years.  I'd finally decided to buy new ones (yay, more pillows!), but couldn't decide between down and synthetic.  Down is comfy, until it gets squashed flat from the weight of my (presumably giant) noggin, but synthetic can feel stiff.  When Down Linens asked if I'd be interested in reviewing two Plush Perfect Gel Fiber Pillows - with the softness of down, but with more firmness - I was thrilled. 



Tanya's Take
When they first arrived, whoa did they feel HUGE and pouffy compared to our pancake pillows.  At first I spent a few evenings trying to punch my new gel fiber pillow into submission, overwhelmed by its girth.  But it wouldn't quit, and I quickly grew to love it.  It has the softness of down but more firmness and substance, exactly as promised, which really is a dreamy combination.  It doesn't shift or bunch either, and is hypo-allergenic and easy to wash.  Although it's designed for tummy sleepers, I sleep on my back, side and stomach at various times throughout the night and it always offers great support.  My old pillow now feels like a lumpy sweater shoved into a cloth sack by comparison and, minus a few sleepless nights due to external factors, I've been sleeping much more soundly thanks to Down Linens.

 
Hubby's Take
I quizzed Hubby the other day about his opinion, and he had this to say: the pillows are "consistent" (no soft, squooshy areas near the edges), "thicker than our old pillows," "fairly firm," "kinda thick" (when prompted to not compare the thickness to our old pillows, as that's of no use to readers), and "they don't flatten during night".  Does Hubby pine for our old pillows?  Nope.  Would Hubby have forked over $49.99 for a pair, if they had not been provided for review?  Yup.  Let's ponder that a moment, because that's a huge compliment, coming from a miserly pillow-hater like Hubby.  I was actually a little floored - he answered so quickly and definitively.  He really loves his new pillow!

We were provided a pair of Plush Perfect Gel Fiber pillows for review, but these reviews are our own and we were not prompted or paid to describe them favorably.  Hubby, in particular, was in no way obligated to say anything nice, but he was so keen to partake in reviewing these pillows that he even agreed to model their squishiness above.  And yes, Hubby has a bit of a mohawk.

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  1. I have the same problem with our pillows too. I can only buy synthetic because we are both allergic and they allways flatten. I'm glad to see there are choices out there!

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    1. These definitely have a bouncier feel than synthetic - not so flat - and I am allergic to everything in the world (it feels like), but not these!!

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  2. Oooh - I've been looking for new sleeping pillows for our bed. Pillows are so hard to shop for. I feel like I've brought them home and after a week they're flat and lumpy. Even some pricey ones I've sprung for. Super helpful review (and I love the fauxhawk!).

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    1. Haha, it's even Mohawkier now with totally shaved sides and a narrow and taller strip in the middle. Its quite shocking!!

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  3. those must be some good pillows if hes willing to spend that much! i shouldnt talk though, i have a nice memory foam pillow that i love. if i forget it when i'm staying somewhere else i would be the same!

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    1. I was SO surprised he would be willing to spend the money. I loved them and wouldn't think twice about $25.00 per pillow (they are sold in pairs) but for Hubs that's a lot.

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  4. These sound awesome, and I think I'm sold... but quick question. With their fluffiness and size, do they fit in regular pillow cases (like the ones that come with the sheets one purchases?)

    Thanks for the review!

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    1. Great question!! I got the king size and they fit my king sized pillow cases perfectly, but it's a snug fit. I can't vouch for the other available size, but they do have measurements online that should help. Also, they have a good refund policy, just in case.

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  5. That's cool. I've been dealing with synthetic pillows that as you say turn into pancakes. My kids'pillows, especially, doesn't seem to be fluffy for long. It's good to know they've come up with a new option.

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