Down Alternative Pillows

Down Alternative Pillows

Down alternative pillows are filled with synthetic materials, expertly crafted to imitate the softness of natural down. Down alternative pillows are naturally hypoallergenic, easy to clean, and less expensive than down fills. This may be a good choice for anyone with feather allergies or those who prefer to avoid natural products. Premium quality down alternative pillows offer the support and loft of natural down and are available in soft, medium, and firm density models.

Types of down alternative pillow fill

PrimaLoft® is the closest down alternative to white goose down. This silky-smooth polyester blend mimics the billowy softness of down. Primaloft® is also hydrophobic, meaning it does not absorb water, making drying quick and easy.

EnviroLoft® is a DOWNLITE-exclusive fiber comprised of thick polyester strands for exceptional fluffiness. This fill provides added support and rigidity and is famous for hospitality bedding due to its durability and price point.

Spira™ is a fiber made of EcoCluster Polyester puff balls, often called Cluster Puff. This unique fill offers excellent volume and durability and is used in many hotel bed pillows.

LiquiLoft™ is a premium gel-like fiber that molds every movement for ultimate support and comfort. This squishy and adjustable fill is ideal for all-night toss-and-turn sleepers.

Continuous polyester fiber is a type of polyester batting that is sent through a machine to merge the loose filling. This process creates a seamless sheet that is cut and rolled, resulting in a pillow with more consistent density at a lower price point. 

Down alternative vs. down pillows

Down alternative pillows are naturally hypoallergenic, easy to clean, and less expensive than down fills. They are a great choice for anyone with allergies or those who prefer to avoid natural products.  We also recommend down alternative pillows for vacation rental bedding.

While more expensive than their down alternative counterparts, high-quality down pillows are durable, retain their shape well, and last for years.

Down alternative vs. feather pillows

Feathers pillows are similar to down pillows, but are more rigid and provide firmer support. 

Feathers may occasionally poke through the pillow fabric, have a tendency to flatten, and may need to be replaced more often.

Feather pillows and down alternative pillows are both typically less expensive than down pillows. Compared to feather pillows, down alternatives may be the better choice for anyone with allergies or those who prefer to avoid natural products.

Choose the right pillow density for your sleep position

A pillow’s density and loft, or height, are determined by the type and amount of fill. While down, feather, and down alternative pillows each have distinct characteristics that affect the shape and feel of the pillow, they can all be made in a variety of densities. 

Because pillow loft and density affect the alignment of your body while you sleep, different types of pillows are recommended for each sleep position. For maximum comfort, we recommend soft pillows for stomach sleepers, medium pillows for back sleepers, and firm pillows for side sleepers.

Choose the right pillow size for your bed

Pillow sizes refer to the length and width of the pillow, or the amount of space it will take up on your bed. They correspond with mattress sizes. For example, a queen size pillow is 30 inches wide and a queen size mattress is 60 inches wide, meaning that two pillows will fit perfectly. However, you can easily pair a single larger pillow with a smaller mattress size or smaller pillows with a larger mattress.

Our pillows are available in all sizes: 

Pillow Sizes

Pillow Dimensions


20 x 26 inches

Jumbo (Standard/Queen)

20 x 28 inches


20 x 30 inches


20 x 36 inches

DOWNLITE sells hotel down alternative pillows at manufacturer-direct prices so you can save money without compromising on quality.

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