Best Feather Mattress Toppers

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Based on 4,365 customer experiences from 18 verified sources.

 

What Is a Feather Topper?

The term ‘topper’ refers to an individual cushioning layer that can be added to a mattress for extra comfort, softness, and — in some cases — improved support. Depending on their design, toppers may be tucked beneath top sheets or rest freely on the comfort layer of the mattress. Toppers are available in corresponding sizes for all standard mattress dimensions; toppers are slightly smaller, which allows them to fit more easily beneath sheets without clumping.

Feather toppers, or ‘featherbeds,’ are typically made from the plumage of ducks or geese. Most featherbeds are filled with coarser, exterior feathers. However, some models may contain a combination of outer feathers and softer, underside plumage known as ‘down.’ Down can be measured using ‘fill power,’ which refers to how soft it feels and how effectively it insulates.

The feathers/down in these toppers are typically encased in a cover made of cotton and/or polyester. Featherbed covers are often quilted, or baffled, in order to keep the feathers contained and prevent clumping. Featherbed covers are measured using thread count, which refers to the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch. Higher thread counts mean that the cover is less susceptible to wear and more likely to contain the feathers.

According to customer reviews and feedback, featherbeds have a customer satisfaction rating of 83%.

 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Feather Toppers?

Benefits of using a feather topper include the following:

  • Enhanced Comfort: Featherbeds are exceptionally soft, and will improve the feel and comfort of most sleep surfaces.
  • Easy Movement: Feather toppers provide little to no resistance, making them easier to move on that other toppers that sink deeply beneath a sleeper’s body.
  • Good for Sex: Featherbeds are responsive, somewhat bouncy, and low-resistance — and all three of these factors make them fairly suitable for sex.
  • Lightweight: As the name ‘featherbed’ suggests, these toppers are exceptionally lightweight. Most models weigh 20 pounds or less.
  • Sleeping Cool: Featherbeds retain minimal body heat, allowing them to sleep fairly cool compared to other toppers (particularly memory foam models) that tend to sleep hot.
  • Low Price-point: Featherbeds are fairly inexpensive ($100 to $150 on average)  and have lower price-points that many competing topper types. And because they usually perform for two to three years, they offer more ‘bang for your buck’ than memory foam toppers, which have similar lifespans and higher price-points.

Some drawbacks associated with featherbeds include the following:

  • Minimal Motion Isolation: Featherbeds do not absorb and isolate motion to the same extent as foam or latex models. This can be problematic for people who share their bed with another person and awaken easily due to motion.
  • Poor Shape Retention: Many featherbed owners claim that their topper becomes lumpy and misshapen after limited use. For most, the only solution is constant fluffing and shaking.
  • Odor Potential: Feather toppers often emit unpleasant smells when they are removed from their packaging, and these odors may persist over time.
  • Below-average Conforming: Featherbeds do not conform as closely as memory foam or latex toppers, and may not be suitable for sleepers who experience pain or pressure in sensitive areas of their body.
  • Expensive to Clean: Most feather toppers should only be dry cleaned, and never machine washed. These expenses can accumulate over time.
  • Allergy Risk: Feathers carry higher allergy potential that other topper materials.
  • Protruding Feathers: This issue is unique to featherbeds: some owners complain of feathers poking or protruding through the cover, which can cause discomfort and — in extreme cases — pose an injury risk.
 

Who Should Use a Feather Topper?

Feather toppers are considered most suitable for the following groups:

  • People who own hard or overly firm mattresses. Featherbeds are usually thick and soft enough to improve the comfort and feel of most sleep surfaces.
  • People who tend to sleep hot. Feather toppers absorb minimal body heat, allowing them to sleep relatively cool throughout the night.
  • People who have a hard time lifting heavy objects. Feather toppers are fairly lightweight, making them easy to adjust and maneuver for most sleepers.
  • People who prefer less restrictive mattresses. Featherbeds do not restrict movement to a significant extent, making them fairly easy to move on.

However, featherbeds may not be suitable for the following groups:

  • People who awaken easily due to motion or noise. Featherbeds do not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent, and most models make crunching or squeaking sounds when bearing weight.
  • People who are sensitive to smell. Featherbeds may produce unpleasant odors that linger long after the topper has been unpackaged.
  • People who prefer a closely conforming sleep surface. Featherbeds do not conform closely, and those seeking a contoured fit may want to explore other topper options.
  • People who are prone to allergies, as feathers and down tend to accumulate dust and microbes, triggering allergies in the process.
 

How Much Does a Feather Topper Cost?

The average featherbed costs between $100 and $150. Toppers that supplement the feather fill with down for added softness tend to be more expensive, as do models with luxury covers made of materials like organic cotton. Compared to other toppers, featherbeds tend to cost less than memory foam, latex, and wool models. The graph below compares average price-points for the six most common topper types.

 

Feather Topper Price Comparison

Feather Topper Customer Ratings

CriteriaFeather Topper RatingExplanation
Thickness SelectionGood to Very GoodFeatherbeds are on the thicker side, and generally range in thickness between two and five inches.
DurabilityFair to GoodFeatherbeds typically perform for at least two to three years, which is on par with the average topper lifespan.
SupportFair to GoodWhile featherbeds can usually improve the comfort of a sleep surface, these toppers are not as effective at making a mattress feel more supportive.
ConformingPoor to FairFeatherbeds provide little to no conforming or contouring.
Pain/Pressure ReliefFair to GoodDespite minimal conforming, some featherbed owners say these toppers can reduce pain and pressure in the neck, shoulders, lumbar region, and hips.
Motion IsolationPoor to FairFeatherbeds do not isolate very much motion, which can lead to nighttime disruptions for couples who share a bed.
NoiseFair to GoodCrunching and squeaking sounds are frequently reported from featherbed owners, and these noises may not lessen over time. Fewer complaints are associated with down-and-feather toppers.
Temperature NeutralityVery Good to ExcellentAbsorbing minimal body heat and sleeping cool are considered key strengths of feather toppers.
OdorPoor to FairFeatherbeds carry high odor potential, and the smells may linger.
SexGood to Very GoodFeatherbeds are response and offer little resistance to movement, making them suitable for sex.
Ease of MovingGood to Very GoodMost feather toppers weigh less than 20 pounds, making them fairly easy to move and maneuver for most sleepers.
Ease of CleaningPoor to FairFeatherbeds typically need to be dry cleaned, and should not be washed in a machine unless explicitly stated on the tag.
MaintenancePoor to FairRegular fluffing and shaking is required to maintain the shape and loft of feather toppers.
AvailabilityFair to GoodFeatherbeds are not as widely available as other topper types, but shoppers should encounter a fairly broad selection in terms of thickness and price-point.
Average Price$100 to $150Featherbeds have a below-average price-point, although models with down components tend to be much more expensive.
Customer Satisfaction Rating83% (4,365 Customer Reviews)Featherbeds have a customer satisfaction rating that is roughly on par with the average rating for all toppers (83.5%).
 

Best Feather Toppers: Brands and Models

The table below features prices, dimensions and other information for five leading feather topper brands.

BrandCanadian Down & Feather CompanyMillsavePacific Coast BeddingParachuteSweet Jojo Designs
ModelsDown Perfect Feather BedGoose Down Mattress Topper FeatherbedDown on Top Feather BedDown Top Feather BedWhite Goose Topper
Fill92% White Goose Feather
8% 550+ Fill Power Down
95% Goose Feather
5% 550 Fill Power Down
Hyperclean Resilia Feather
525 Fill Power Down
Top: 85% Down, 15% Feather
Bottom: 95% Feather, 5% Down
95% White Goose Feather
5% Down
Cover100% Cotton
Baffled
Synthetic Nanofiber
Baffled
100% Cotton
Baffled
100% Cambric Cotton100%
Thread Count255300230Not Disclosed240
Thickness Range3″2″
4″
5″
3″3″2″
Price (Queen)$171.55$74.99 (2″)
$99.99 (4″)
$129.99 (5″)
(Amazon.com)
$279.99$349.00$79.99
Average Topper Weight 8.6 to 18.2 lbs11 to 22 lbs (2″)
14 to 29 lbs (4″)
16 to 34 lbs (5″)
15 to 25 lbsQueried10 to 15 lbs
Owner Satisfaction Rating86% (89 Customer Reviews)84% (245 Customer Reviews)80% (96 Customer Reviews)92% (77 Customer Reviews)82% (309 Customer Reviews)
 

Conclusion

For more information about different topper types, please visit our Best Mattress Toppers page. You may also find more information on our pages for convoluted polyfoam, fiber, memory foam, latex, and wool mattress toppers.

 
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