I bought these pillows to replace some down pillows I had bought in Germany that wouldn't survive another washing. They arrived fully plump, as they are slightly overstuffed with feathers, and had something of a stale smell. I aired them out for several hours, and we were able to sleep on them the same night. For the first couple of nights, the pillows were downright stiff, but after a week or so, have softened up to be as comfortable as my pair from Germany.
I think that the natural feathers need time to breathe and fluff out. When these pillows arrived, I thought they were a little thin, but over time and plenty of plumping, they've fluffed up and look great. Don't be afraid to really shake and plump them: it'll make the feathers hold more air and fill out the pillows.
Some of these reviews are way over stated that it would be great for a sham pillow, so I ordered a set. I'm not too happy about it because the manufacture indicated that the fillers is stuffed with ducks feathers lol. If I wanted ducks feathers I could have gone to the park nearby. In addition, It was not firm enough to use as a sham pillow as one of the reviews said it was. Unfortunately, I would not recommend these products to my friends because they have high end taste and this pillows will not do for them. This is my first time ordering pillows online and this will be my last. It taught me a lesson not to really go by any review.
My pillow was defective. It was filled with duck feathers, the odor was intense, just like live duck. Overall, they were quite heavy, apprx 5lb. The surface was not smooth, I can actually feel the feather beneath the case. If it didn't have strong odor like my defective one, I think the quality matched with money spend. It was bad experience I have with duck feathers fill.
Absolutely the best pillow I have ever had. Sleeps like a dream. So fluffy and comfortable. Some may see as a decorative pillow; but once it's on your bed the sleeping pillows will be pushed aside and these will become your favorites. Buying 4 more asap. High quality. And the price can not be beat.