“ Brand: Fogarty / Available in soft/medium or medium/firm / Type: Pillow „
I have had the same Pillows for years now and although they were still doing a good job they had went a little flat in places and they looked a bit past it these days.I've had Feather Pillows for years so knew that I wanted to replace them with Feather ones again.
I bought these from e-bay from an e-bay shop. I got a Pair of these for £18 and postage was included in that price.
The Feathers that are in here are Curled Duck Feathers. I think my last Pillows were Goose Feather. I can't tell the difference between both kinds of Feathers.
When I first opened the pack these smelt a bit funny, but I find that Feather Pillows sometimes can smell a bit musty smelling. I always think they smell a bit like Playdoh, and I opened this pack and left them to air for a couple of days in my spare room before putting the Pillow Case on them.
I bought the medium-firm ones as I like a firmer Pillow and these are quite firm and seem to be well filled. The Feathers seem to be evenly distributed through the pillow - as I would expect them to be anyway, but i've been using these for about a month and they seem to be comfy and plump. So far I haven't noticed any bits of Feather poking out from the Pillows which is something I hate!
I wouldn't necessary say that brand named Pillows are any better than cheaper pillows, but I did buy a pair of cheaper Feather Pillows from Argos before I bought these and I didn't like them. They were thin and full of flat bits so I do notice the difference with these ones.
I would recommend these Pillows as they are good value, well stuffed with Feathers and nice and comfy. They are available in a softer Pillow too if you don't quite like more Firm Pillows so there should be 1 suitable for everyone.
I was looking for some comfy pillows to replace the flattened out ones I've had for the past few years. I've had a few different types before and wasn't sure whether to go for synthetic or feather, and reading reviews only confused matters because opinions seem to be very divided. I've found that it doesn't matter what it's made from or whether it's a brand name, all pillows vary, so I guess I was quite lucky when I ordered these because they're lovely!
Fogarty, the 'master quilt and pillow makers', are very well known and a popular choice for these items, so their products are fairly easy to come across. The company dates back to 1877 and so with their good reputation and years of knowledge and experience, you'd expect quality products.
Their Medium to firm feather pillows appealed to me because I wanted something that was supportive and plump, without being too hard. It's a difficult balance to get between having something plump that's not rock hard, and having something plump that's so soft your head sinks straight down into it!
These measure 48 x 74cm and weigh 2.7kg, which is a very good size as they're nice and plump too. Getting a pillow cover on them can be a bit of a tight fit, but I've actually decided to leave the cover off mine and just use the pillow protectors they came with. I think the covers I have are a bit rough and so they're much softer without them.
According to the label, the cover is 50% cotton, 50% polyester and is suitable for sponge cleaning.
The filling is curled duck feather, something I hadn't bought before. With the 100% feather filling, I half expected to find hundreds of feathers sticking out, but so far they're all still inside and not poking out to scratch me in my sleep!
I did a bit of research before buying these and felt confident that Fogarty was a good brand, even though that doesn't necessarily mean the pillows will be any good. Curled feathers, especially duck, are generally thought to be softer and retain shape better than regular feathers. I have found, however, that most duck feathered pillows that are curled also come with a very pricey tag, so these looked like a good buy.
You should plump up your pillows once you get them out of the packaging and do that whenever you make the bed to keep them in shape. I find these actually retain their fullness quite well, and I've had them for a few months now with no bad word to say about them.
They have a slight smell to them, slightly musty, but that's expected with feather pillows. It's not overpowering, and I no longer notice it so that hasn't been an issue for me.
I used to use 2 pillows and found that wasn't enough because they were still too hard and flat. With these, just the one is perfect. They're soft but still firm, meaning you can rest your head on something soft without sinking right down it in. Because they're a good size, they support your head and neck well, meaning they're generally very comfortable and I don't wake up with a pain in my neck anymore!
I bought these from Amazon at £14.28, with free delivery. I've also seen them on the Freemans website for £18. In comparison, other products that claim to be soft but firm and keep their plump shape are often a disappointment, even though they can be over £30.
Price-wise, 2 very comfortable pillows with pillow protectors for just under £15 is a good buy. I don't know how long they will last at being the shape & plumpness they are, but I've had them a few months now and they're still comfy and in good condition. I was aiming for something cheap, but knew I wanted something that would last for a while and retain shape, so these were definitely a worthwhile investment.