Never less than 300 Thread Count. Â You can find 300-1000 TC for very reasonable prices on ebay, Overstock.com, SmartBargains.com or at Tuesday Morning. Â I literally have trouble sleeping on anything else. Â I know, I know. Â Sound very "princess-ish", but once you get accustomed to them, it's true. Â If I don't have access to a 100% goose down pillow, then I usually just do without. Â It's not that others are terrible, I just prefer a pillow that is VERY soft and flattens out. Â Most are too big / hard. I spend 100-150 nite/yr in hotel beds, so I can highly recommend Westin's "Heavenly Bed", although many others are beginning to copy it. Â Sheraton and W have comparable setups. Â Hilton and Priorty Club chains are introducing similar beds in their higher-end properties as well.
Jill, I agree with your assessment of thread count. Â This is one area where bigger is better (and I'm not getting into the other areas). Â And you're absolutely correct; you can purchase 1000 TC nowadays at real good prices. Â Once you go 'high count' you can never go back. Try this place for down pillows; I'm a BIG fan and I've been using their products for quite a while now. Â For traveling, they even make a small down "carry pillow" with its own cotton carry case; I have one and don't travel without it. Good luck. http://www.scandiadown.com/