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Buyer's Guide to Scandia Down and Down Alternative Pillows

  • by Mary Babinski
  • 8 min read
Scandia Home is famous for its vast collection of down comforters, featherbeds, and pillows. Use this buyer’s guide to compare Scandia’s down and down alternative pillows to find the style that suits your needs and budget.

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Scandia Down Pillows: Luxury, Comfort, Indulgence

When it comes to sleep pillows, Scandia Home is truly the last word in luxury and comfort. Scandia down and down alternative pillows are the perfect finishing touch and an essential element of an indulgent, welcoming bed. These luxury pillows use only the finest, premium down-proof fabrics and top-grade European down, meticulously cleaned, to offer hypoallergenic comfort. Every Scandia down sleep pillow is made in the company’s Wisconsin workrooms and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and Scandia Down's Limited Warranty.

Choose Your Perfect Pillow: Fill, Fabric, Density, and Size

Fine Linen and Bath is pleased to offer a range of Scandia Home pillows to suit your taste, sleeping style, and budget. Choosing your ideal Scandia pillow comes down to four variables: 

Pillow Fill

Scandia Home pillows are filled with various types of goose down including Siberian, Hungarian, Polish, and European at a range of fill powers. Down is the fluffy layer underneath the feathers of geese; it is nearly weightless and adjusts well to body temperature; different types of down come at different price points. Fill power is used to describe the loft of down (its ability of the down clusters to regain their original volume after being compressed) with higher fill power being loftier and more comfortable.

Scandia down pillows are certified hypoallergenic and Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified, an independent designation verifying that the down comes from animals who have not been subjected to unnecessary harm. Scandia Home also produces a down-alternative fill that is completely hypoallergenic. 

 

What is Down, Down Clusters and Fill Power?

Down

Down is the fluffy layer underneath the feathers of geese; it is nature's finest insulator. Down keeps you cozy in winter and also provides a light breathable layer in warmer weather.

Down Clusters

Down clusters are structured somewhat like snowflakes with dozens of soft, fine filaments. As down filaments "loft" (expand and fluff), they create thousands of tiny warmth pockets, trapping air and body heat, keeping you comfortable and making the down luxuriously lightweight.

Fill Power

Fill Power is a guide to measure the loft of the down clusters (their ability to regain their original volume after being compressed). High fill power down provides more warmth with much less weight, and so is more costly.

What Types of Down Fill does Scandia use in their Pillows?

Scandia Home pillows are filled with various types of goose down, including Siberian, Hungarian, Polish, and European, with different types of down coming at different price points. Scandia Home uses only premium down from mature birds that have superior down clusters.

Scandia down is certified hypoallergenic, and Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified, an independent designation verifying that the down comes from animals who have not been subjected to unnecessary harm. Scandia Home also produces a down-alternative fill comforter that is completely hypoallergenic.

Pillows Fabric

Scandia Home down and down alternative pillows come in a range of fabric options, from cotton twill ticking to cotton sateen to lightweight silk jacquard. They are all hand-tailored to the highest standards of craftsmanship in the Scandia Home workrooms in Wisconsin. Some fabrics are more expensive than others, which will be reflected in the price of the pillow.

Density of the Pillow 

Scandia Down sleep pillows are generally offered in three firmness levels -- Soft, Medium, and Firm -- with two style offerings in Ultra-Soft. A higher-density pillow will be more costly as it contains more fill. Everyone has their own preferences based on what type of sleeper they are and their preferred sleep position. A general guideline is as follows:

  • SOFT is a plush pillow best for stomach sleepers.
  • MEDIUM preferred by back sleepers.
  • FIRM is a firmer pillow that offers neck support and is best suited for side sleepers.

Pillow Sizes

Scandia down and down alternative pillows come in three sizes:

  • Standard (20” x 26”)
  • Queen (20” x 30”)
  • King (20” x 36”)

With these factors in mind, let’s preview the wonderful collection of pillows from Scandia Home and help you choose your perfect style:

Supreme Pillow Offerings: St. Petersburg and Chamonix

The St. Petersburg and Chamonix pillow styles are for those who require the absolute best. With RDS 800 - 900 fill power Siberian white goose down, sumptuous fabric covers of pure silk or nano-sateen, and hand stitching, these are simply the finest the world has to offer. They are lofty, soft to the touch, and the ultimate refinement for the home.

St. Petersburg Siberian White Goose Down Pillow

The St. Petersburg pillow is Scandia Home’s most luxurious and regal offering. Only the finest Siberian white goose down from Scandia Home's leading partner is sourced for this finest of sleep pillows. Covered in superior German silk damask Jacquard pattern with an 850-900 fill-power, this pillow delivers a sublime ratio of supreme fluff and loft. Heirloom-quality comfort. Handcrafted in the United States, the St. Petersburg Down pillow is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and service for a lifetime. Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

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Chamonix Siberian White Goose Down Pillow

Inspired by its historic namesake in the valley beneath Mont Blanc, Scandia Home's Chamonix pillow merges lighter-than-air comfort with optimal thermal performance. This pillow offers pure luxury in down bedding. With an 800-850 fill-power, goose down clusters provide ideal loft for warmth and volume, while the 100% cotton Austrian nano-sateen shell ensures a soft, silky touch at a whisper weight. Handcrafted in the United States, the Chamonix pillow is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and service for a lifetime. Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

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Luxurious Pillow Styles: Vienna and Salzburg

Vienna and Salzburg are simply the best in their class. With RDS 720-750 fill power Polish white goose down, these elegant pillows bring a sense of luxury to everyday life. Enveloped in elegant, German ticking fabrics, the Vienna and Salzburg styles are sumptuous accompaniments to any master bedroom.

Vienna Polish White Goose Down Pillow

One of Scandia Home's best sellers, Vienna Down Pillow is a lavish offering where old-world artistry meets ultimate comfort. The Vienna pillow is filled with 750 fill-power pure Polish white goose down and enveloped in a Scandia crest-patterned cotton batiste from one of Germany's finest mills. The result is a finish that is soft, fine, and light to the touch. Handcrafted in the United States, the Vienna pillow is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and service for a lifetime. Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

 

 

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Salzburg Polish White Goose Down Pillow

The Salzburg Down Pillow combines the extraordinary loft of Scandia Home's 720 fill-power Polish white goose down nestled in an exquisite 400 thread count German sateen shell. Handcrafted in the United States, the Salzburg pillow is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and service for a lifetime. Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

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Classic Pillow Styles: Lucerne and Copenhagen

These Scandia Down classic pillows are luxurious, versatile offerings appropriate for any bedroom in the house and offer a warm welcome to guests. Beautifully appointed, these styles are created with RDS 600-650 fill power European or Hungarian white down, enveloped in sumptuous ticking. 

Lucerne Hungarian White Goose Down Pillow

The Scandia Lucerne Down Pillow is a classic filled with 650 fill-power Hungarian white goose down and finished in silky-soft cotton damask stripe ticking. Handcrafted in the United States, the Lucerne pillow is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and service for a lifetime. Ultra-Soft, Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

 

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Copenhagen European White Down Pillow

The Scandia Home Copenhagen Down pillow is filled with 600 fill-power European white down and covered with soft, durable cotton cambric ticking. Handcrafted in the United States, the Copenhagen Down pillow is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and service for a lifetime. Four densities: Ultra-Soft, Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

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The Scandia Home Down-Free Pillow: Bergen

With an all-cotton outside shell and fill made to mimic the long fibers of down, Bergen is hypoallergenic, washable, and affordably priced.

Bergen Down-Free Pillow

Even Scandia Home's down experts are impressed by how closely the Bergen Down-Free Pillows mimic the luxury and cushioning support of the highest-grade natural goose down filling. This down alternative pillow is filled with Scandia Supra-cluster© hypoallergenic microfiber and wrapped in our finely woven 245 thread-count cotton twill ticking with cotton piping. Soft, Medium, and Firm in Standard, Queen, and King sizes.

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Note: All Scandia down and down alternative pillows styles have matching comforter styles. Click here for a buyer’s guide to Scandia Home comforters.

*Responsible Down Standard Certified (RDS)

Caring for Your Scandia Home Pillows

Follow care guidelines on the label of your Scandia Home pillow. Always use a pillow protector and a cover/pillowcase and clean these as often as necessary. 

When it comes time to clean your Scandia down pillow itself, professional cleaning is recommended and may be required to maintain Scandia Home’s lifetime limited warranty coverage. Improper cleaning, or the accumulation of soiling and stains, may cause premature wear and void the warranty coverage. Depending on the habits of the household, we recommend cleaning your down products every 2-4 years.

Scandia Home pillows are not returnable due to hygiene guidelines; however, our design team is available to answer questions and offer guidance to help you find the best pillow for you.

About Scandia Home

The origins of Scandia Home date back to 1971 when a catalog company in Seattle introduced a comforter-and-linens set called the "Scandia Down® Ensemble". It helped introduce the European way of dressing the bed to the American market.

Since then, Scandia Home has been bringing the best of European-style comfort into discerning homes for 50 years. Exceptional materials and outstanding workmanship have made the Scandia name synonymous with fine bedding the world around. A commitment to superior comfort, uncompromised quality, enduring style and a total white glove experience, has made Scandia Down products the luxury standard.

Fine Linen and Bath: An In-Store Shopping Experience Delivered to You Online 

At Fine Linen and Bath, our mission is to deliver a concierge luxury linen shopping experience with online convenience. When you need answers, consultation, or help to narrow your choices, our team of expert design consultants is here to assist. We offer individualized recommendations, personal consultation, and even complimentary swatch samples for your review. We'll help you make the right buying decisions for your style, budget, and design goals. Please connect with us online or -- even better -- give us a call at (866) 352-4522. We would love to get to know you!

Fine Linen and Bath: An In-Store Shopping Experience Delivered to You Online 

At Fine Linen and Bath, our mission is to deliver a concierge luxury linen shopping experience with online convenience. Browse our website to access an expansive collection of bedding, bath, table linens, and accessories from the world's premier brands.

When you need answers, consultation, or help to narrow your choices, our team of expert design consultants is here to assist you. We offer individualized recommendations, personal consultation, and even complimentary swatch samples for your review. We'll help you make the right buying decisions for your style, budget, and design goals.

Please connect with us online or -- even better -- give us a call at (866) 352-4522. We'd love to get to know you!

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