“ Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Pillow „
I love my pillows as I like to 'dress' my bed to make it look a bit more inviting and stylish. My major problem is that I don't have the funds to buy more of my favourite feather and down ones so went on a trek around our local shops and market to find some cheaper ones.
I found myself becoming more and more spoiled for choice finding hollowfibre, polyester, down and mixed fibres. The range of sizes was confusing too - ranging from quite thin to remarkably fat - plus the prices varied so much and I found myself looking at packs of pillows from £5 up to £30.
Eventually I traipsed back to my first shop, Wilkinsons, and bought the anti-allergy pillows which ticked all my boxes. The two pillows were packaged in a plastic bag and only cost me £6. Each pillow measures 74' x 48" which I believe is standard. Once unwrapped I was surprised at how plump they are and the 'bounce' I got when I pushed them down yet they fitted well into my pillowcases and I have to say look good on my bed.
I had not intended to actually sleep with my head on the pillows as I wanted them for decoration and to use when visitors stay overnight, but during the hot weather I found my feather and down ones a bit too hot, so used these for the purpose intended. They are quite firm yet you can 'shape' them to your needs. They are comfortable and give a good deal of support too.
I like the way that these are ant-allergy because we have probably all seen TV programmes about bed bugs and mites which personally freak me out. These Wilko pillows are filled with anti-allergy polyester - not sure exactly how it is done or whether it works) but gives me peace of mind. They are covered in polyester too and having given them the 'once over' I found they have been well stitched with no loose strands of cotton.
I have to say I am pleased with these pillows and think they are extremely good value at £3 each.
Anti-Allergy Pillows from Wilkinson's come in packs of 2 for £6 made from 100% polyester. There is a separate polyester microfibre cover. These are designed for sensitive skin or people with allergies. I bought the medium hardness ones but I think they do soft and hard as well.
They are good value working out at £3 each, I bought them as a bit of a gamble at Wilkinson as I like buying new pillows when my old ones are going flat. The Anti-Allergy part was attractive as I also tend to get irritated by some materials, like woollen jumpers, or products with to many chemicals, so I am just careful when buying anything and tend to buy the one with least added colours etc.
I did have a foam pillow that kept shape and was machine washable, (as are these Wilkinson's Anti-Allergy Pillows), but that had to be thrown after 10 years or more. I have bought others from Tesco and Silentnight one of them (Silentnight) was rock hard as it was another foam one and designed to keep shape which it has, but it is to high to sleep on for me.
The Wilkinson's Pillows have some give in then as they are polyester and not foam, this means that they will sag after a while but what I have done is put another pillow under one of them to give extra height. I have slept as well with these pillows as with any others , after an initial phase of trying different combinations of other pillows I have.
These pillows have given me as good a nights sleep as I will get where I am living, the Anti-Allergy element is supposed to reduce dustmites and bacteria levels and help you sleep better. \it helps if you don't knock them on to the floor every morning of course.
I haven't washed these pillows although it says that they are machine washable at 40 degrees as I do not want to risk flattening them even more, they have lasted maybe 1 year or just over but will last a lot longer with support from other pillows. I find that buying cheaper pillows is better or foam pillows that are the right height as otherwise they will just go flat.
Buying pillows is always difficult - by the time I get around to replacing my pillows, the ones I've been using have become truly mine - they are battered down a bit, shaped a bit, toughened up a bit, worn a bit and basically nothing like the day they were bought. This means two things - firstly, the ones in the shop feel and look nothing like them and secondly, when I start using them I'll be convinced that I hate them and I'll never have a decent night's sleep again.
Wandering along the rows of pillows for sale in Wilko I was bemused by the choices available - quality, softness, price etc and I was also beginning to get funny looks, I'm sure, as I must have gone up and down the rows four or five times having a squeeze of them all!
I was starting to feel like Goldilocks by the time I got to these "Anti Allergy" pillows for the third or fourth time... Too cheap, too expensive, too fat, too thin, too hard, too soft, hmm this one feels "just right!". The Anti-Allergy aspect was secondary to me as it's not something I suffer with, for me it was all about the firmness! These were labelled "medium" firmness, and whilst I know I don't like anything too soft, I'm also pretty put off by the concept of something labelled a hard pillow. In the packaging I could detect that they were indeed more firm than some, but also much softer than the firmer ones, so my decision was made.
When I put them on the bed, they immediately set my alarm bells ringing - they stood about twice the height of my old pillows! When I put my head on them the bells got louder - my head sank into it much, much easier than I'd imagined it would into my "medium" pillow - I thought my head must be flat on the bed. However, immediately the bells then stopped - it was actually amazingly comfy. Whilst my head had indeed sunk right into the pillow, it had done so deceptively - the pillow really did have some decent support and turned out to be perfect for me. My head hadn't dropped to the bed and in fact was nicely positioned at a gentle angle (not measured) perfect for me to sleep. That night I dropped off to sleep as usual and slept without any discomfort I might have expected from a change in my trusty old pillows.
The vital statistics for the pillows are 74x48cm (standard), the cover is 100% polyester and the filling is 100% anti allergy treated polyester. The feel of the surface is slightly shiny, being polyester, but obviously there is a pillowcase on top so it's not that surface against your head. The seams around the edge are all neatly stitched, no pulling or bits of loose cotton, and at a cost of £6 for the pair I'm really pleased with this purchase.