Questions about our pillows
What is the right pillow size for an adult?
To sleep comfortably, the pillow must be the right fit for your body type. All Zizzz pillows are square or rectangular in size.
The standard size of a square pillow for adults is 60x60 cm. A square-size pillow is ideal for bed readers or people who rarely move while they sleep, but should be avoided if you frequently toss and turn at night. You may eventually lay your head too high or too far to one side on the pillow, which can cause back or neck pain over the long term.
The rectangular pillow will suit most sleepers, whether you sleep on your back, stomach or side. Even if you move a lot, the width of the pillow will allow your head to stay on it. In addition, it takes up less space than the square pillow and you will not have to fold or lower it under your neck. We have several sizes of rectangular pillows at Zizzz:
In the German-speaking part of Switzerland, the standard sizes are 50x70cm, 65x100cm and 65x65cm. In the French-speaking Switzerland, they are 50x70cm, 60x90cm, and 60x60cm. In the Italian-speaking part, they are 50x70cm and 50x90cm. We advise you to choose a pillow size which corresponds to your geographical area, as this will make it easier for you to find the size of your corresponding pillowcase. We of course offer pillow cases in various sizes and colour patterns.
In addition to these criteria, take the size of your bed into account, so that your room setting is harmonious and that your duvet and sheets aren't too big for your bed.
How often do you recommend changing your Zizzz pillow?
Ideally, we advise you to change your pillow every 3 years. To extend their life, it is important to maintain them well. The Swiss Association of Bedding Manufacturers (VSB) advises to regularly ventilate your room and shake your pillows to distribute their padding well. In addition, it advises washing the pillows at least once a year with a special program.
I'm not sure whether to order a wool or down pillow ... What are the main differences?
The Zizzz wool pillow is naturally hypoallergenic, so we recommend this model if you suffer from any allergies or respiratory problems. In addition, our wool pillow is adjustable, which means that you can open it up and add or remove the amount of wool you wish.
Compared with our wool pillow, the Zizzz down pillow is softer and lighter. It is also NoMite certified. Among its other qualities, it regains its shape more easily if you fluff it a bit. Composed of 85% feathers and 15% down, this hybrid model is perfect if you are looking for the right blend of softness and support.
Where does your down come from?
Due to its superior quality and environmental-friendliness, we've chosen to use goose and duck down from Eastern Europe.
According to such sources as the Swiss Bedding Manufacturer’s Association, the down clusters taken from European geese and ducks down are larger than those taken from animals raised in China, where the majority of down used in clothing and bedding originates. The larger the down clusters, the higher its insulation capacity and and quality. In the textile industry, Eastern European down is especially valued, as the animals raised in that region tend to be equipped with thicker, more insulating down and feathers due to the region's particularly cold climate.
At Zizzz, we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The fact that we are able to obtain our down from sources right here in Europe, as opposed to Asia, leads to drastically shorter transport routes, which in turn mean lower CO2 emissions.
The other advantage to using European down is that we can ensure the humane treatment of the animals from which our down is sourced, which is obviously much more difficult to enforce in China. Our down pillows and duvets are DownPass certified, which ensures that the down contained therein does not come from live plucked or force fed animals. In addition, DownPass regularly performs unannounced spot checks on our farms to ensure that our geese and ducks have adequate access to food, water, shelter and veterinary care.
You can read more about our down here.
How do I wash my wool or down pillow?
Most down and feather pillows can be machine washed at 60 degrees using the wool or delicates settings. Pillows take up quite a bit of space in the washer, so don't overload the machine by placing too many other items in it with your pillow. Also be sure to avoid heavy duty detergents, as these can damage the delicate down clusters or feathers.
If you have a dryer, you can use it to dry your down or feather pillows. Place a tennis ball in the dryer with your pillow to prevent the down from clumping together. If you don't have a dryer, dry your pillow outside, but avoid excess heat or too much direct sunlight. Make sure that your down pillow is completely dry before bringing it inside and putting your pillowcase on it.
Our wool pillows can also be washed in the washing machine. Just be sure too choose the wool program and to use a wool detergent. Under no circumstances should our wool pillows be tumble dried, however. The dryer damages wool and can destroy your wool pillow.
You can read more detailed instructions on how to wash our pillows in this blog article.
Which pillow is best for a child?
To avoid putting the spine in a bad position, we recommend you to avoid pillows that are too thick. Flat pillows are better for children.