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Originally published Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Furry pillows put to the blindfold test

Faux fur wins informal survey.

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Fur, real and faux, was the hot holiday seller this year. In search of the softest, plushest, most huggable pillow, the Los Angeles Times convened a blindfolded panel to conduct a touch test.

The reviews were surprising. Though many of the designs in our informal survey were authentic lambskin, the nearly unanimous favorite was an inexpensive Restoration Hardware pillow made of modacrylic and polyester.

The 22-square-inch short-piled pillow is made of 74 percent modacrylic and 26 percent polyester. The judges cited it as the coziest and most luxurious — an effect enhanced by the fact that faux fur covers both sides. Size also was a plus. “This would feel great under my head or (under) feet on the coffee table,” said one judge, no doubt to the chagrin of his wife.

One astute reviewer said the pillow felt so silky, “I’m guessing it’s fake. That’s probably good as that means that I can wash it!” (She was right. It is machine washable.) No one, in fact, wanted to let this one go.

Regularly $39, plus $16 to $20 for feather insert.

— Los Angeles Times