I have been waiting for a long time to find the ultra-comfortable nice feather pillows that you sink your head in and feel great. I thought I would take a chance that I could find these pillows at such a great price -$20. Since I needed new pillows anyhow I would say that they do the job just fine. But, they are not my dream pillows. I would agree that they are rather "crunchy" and they do make an awful bit of noise. They are not at all uncomfortable but they have alot of room for improvement. If you just want feather pillows at a great price---purchase these. otherwise, keep shopping around.