These feel soft and comfortable - what I'd hope they'd be. I did couple them with some allergy free pillows that were too small for the cases (not the cases fault) so I thought it would be hard to gauge - but they appear to work just fine. As far as the dust mite / allergy situation, I've seen moderate improvement. Tough call - cause I was having pretty bad allergies - but it's also environmental (beyond pillows). If you want decent allergy helping slip covers at a decent cost - these will probably be more than satisfactory for the non-picky types.