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What is the difference between Down and Down Alternative?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Apr 27, 2022

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C. Bernthal

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C. Bernthal
C. Bernthal, Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Answered Oct 08, 2020

There are some people who would love to have down pillows because they feel that this is still the most comfortable that they can get. Aside from pillows, it is also quite common to have down comforters and so much more. The filling that you will get is obviously different.

When you say down feathers, you are getting the feathers that come from the belly portion of the bird. For the down filling, you would get some possible alternatives to the feathers that are also soft and comfortable.

Most fillings would be composed of cotton or polyester. Take note that when it comes to breathability, down is definitely better. It is also warmer which is something that you should consider when you are trying to make a choice.

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A. Samuel

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A. Samuel, Content Manager, Masters in Marketing and accounting, Florida

Answered May 19, 2020

Down is the stratum of fine feathers that are constructed under a bird’s outmost features. They deliver insulation for birds and are used in ancient and religious rituals as symbols. Today it is utilized as an insulator and padding for bedding, pillow, and sleeping bags. It is procured from a fair that acts as a thermal barrier.

Natural down that is acquired from birds is soft and warm, and some people are allergic to it, so down alternatives were established to fill this need. Products filled with real down are heavier than the poor man’s substitute. However, synthetic down can be produced to resemble real down, which has a definite characteristic and quality.

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