This post was most recently updated on March 21st, 2019
If you’ve vacationed at 4 or 5-star hotels like Sheraton, Marriott, Plaza, Four Seasons, SLS, etc., you’ve probably experienced the 50/50 pillows from Downlite.
If the tag on the pillow said HOS100PI0110, followed by a few letters and numbers, you were sleeping on the 50/50 pillow. (50/50 means that it’s filled with 50% down, and 50% feather).
Since you’re here, chances are you’re trying to find out where you can buy one – or a pair. You’re in luck, I do have that answer for you.
Downlite’s 50/50 pillows used to be sold on sites like Amazon and eBay. However; In 2016, Downlite stopped selling these to those reselling online.
With that said, you can purchase these 50/50 pillows directly from Downlite’s store on Amazon. Click on the blue link to see for yourself!
A quick note regarding the SKU numbers for this pillow. Depending on where you stayed, they may have used 1 of 4 different options available, which include white goose, grey goose, white duck, or grey goose. Regardless of type or color, all 4 of these pillows are exactly the same. Based on which type, and color used, the individual SKU’s will be different.
If the pillows that you slept on had one of the following SKU numbers, then it was definitely a 50/50 pillow: HOS100PI0100, MIL200PI0000, SWD100PI0020, SWD100PI0060, TRU200PI0000, UNI100PI0000, SOB100PI0000, or STT100PI0000.
Why you won’t find them anywhere else
The 50/50 pillow is made for hospitality use only. Simply put – you can only purchase Downlite 50/50 pillows if you own some type of hospitality property (hotels, motels, rentals, etc.)
If you’re able to find Downlite 50/50 pillows for sale on any website, you’ll have to buy them in bulk quantities. That means buying 10 of them at a time. Which can be quite expensive – not to mention you’ll have to find a way to store ten pillows. The website in question might not even sell to you unless you have a business license, and/or a commercial address.
Fortunately, Downlite sells these pillows directly on Amazon!
What makes them so great
What makes the Downlite 50/50 pillow so plush, yet supportive is the blend of fill used. They combine down and feather – one provides softness, the other maintains the overall lofty structure. You get the best of both worlds. This makes for the perfect medium density pillow, that back sleeper will love.
Traditional pillows can provide soft, or loft, but rarely both. Most just feel dry, or stiff.
If a pillow feels plush, or soft on the outside, it will generally compress and provide little support – your head will sink too deep into it.
If the pillow is firm to the touch, your head will tilt up – which can feel downright uncomfortable.
The 50/50 pillow offers a plush sleeping surface, which yields just enough from the weight of you head, while the feather fill offers the support you need, throughout the night.
These pillows are offered in the following sizes and fill weights:
- Standard – 20″ x 26″ – 22 oz.
- Queen – 20″ x 30″ – 26 oz.
- King – 20″ x 36″ – 30 oz.
The outer shell is made of a crisp 230 thread count, 100% cambric cotton fabric. They are rated as medium density – very popular among back sleepers, but are also suitable for stomach and side sleepers who are also petite in size.
It’s only natural to compare 50/50 pillows to either 100% down pillows, or 5/95 pillows, since they are a hybrid of those two options. Let’s take a quick look:
Compared to 100% down pillows
100% down pillows are the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to pillows – and for good reason. They are soft and plush – not to mention expensive.
The majority of people love down pillows, and sleep very well on them. That said, they aren’t for everyone, and 50/50 pillows are a great option if down isn’t for you.
Down fill is fluffier than feather fill, and as a result, down will compress with the slightest amount of weight. What a down pillow offers in plushness is offset by a lack of support – unless you opt for a firm version (which can be costly).
50/50 pillows because of their feather fill offer a level of support that a down pillow of equal density can’t match.
Compared to 5/95 pillows
If you’re relatively new to pillow shopping, 5/95 is a down and feather blend pillow. They contain 5% down, and 95% feather fill, which is why they are referred to as 5/95.
5/95 pillows are great when you’re looking for a firm pillow, but they have drawbacks as well. For one thing, the substantial amount of feather fill results in a noisy pillow. When you move or shift, the feathers rub against one another – which tends to be a bit disruptive.
And while they do provide a great level of support, they tend to be a bit too firm for most people. They offer little to no flexibility.
A 50/50 pillow in comparison will be less firm, but more plush. If you prefer a pillow that flexes as you move, and offers some give, a 50/50 pillow is a great option.
Compared to down alternative pillows
Since 50/50 pillows are generally similar in both price, and density to the average down alternative pillow, let’s quickly compare the two options as well.
Down alternative pillows are a great option for people who are light in the budget, or have allergy issues. While they can be comfortable, they do have limitations.
Down alternative pillows are generally one big cotton ball, stuffed in a pillowcase. While they can be plush, there is a uniformity within the fiber fill given that it is one big mass of fill.
The individual nature of down and feather fill offers more flexibility. A pillow containing natural fill like feathers or down will not permanently clump like a polyester pillow will. If you pillow is lumpy in the morning, just give it a good fluff, and it will be restored back to its original shape!
As far as allergy issues are concerned – Downlite down and feather fill is actually hypoallergenic. The down and feathers used in their pillows go through a strenuous cleaning and sterilizing process which removes the dust and contaminants that are actually responsible for causing the allergy symptoms.
If you’d like to buy the 50/50 pillows made by Downlite, hopefully we addressed the issue above. The official Downlite store on Amazon usually has these in stock year round, so you shouldn’t have a problem buying one (or a pair) today.
Downlite 50/50 pillows are not found in retail stores. And you’ll probably struggle to find 50/50 pillows from any brand at your local department store like Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s.
And yet 50/50 pillows are featured among the best 4 and 5-star hotels throughout the country – which is a testament to both their luxurious feel, and their performance.
If you were lucky enough to enjoy these pillows during your last hotel visit, then you most likely agree with that statement!