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Whether in summer or winter, having a great comforter can make a significant difference in sleep quality and duration. Unfortunately, finding the right comforter can be challenging. The price range for comforters is fairly wide – less than $50 to more than $400 – and determining which materials and designs offer the best warmth and comfort can be tricky for first-time buyers.
This guide outlines the different types of comforter materials that are widely available today. Below you’ll find our picks for the best comforters sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick is the Buffy Comforter, an eco-friendly layer that offers all-season comfort and temperature regulation. The fluffy fill derived from recycled plastic provides excellent warmth and insulation in cold conditions, but the eucalyptus-derived cover is cool and breathable enough for hotter periods of the year. Each Buffy Comforter contains the equivalent of roughly 50 recycled plastic bottles.
The smooth cover is also suitable for sleepers with sensitive skin. In addition to the fill material, Buffy Comforters also ship in packaging certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, and King/California King sizes are available. The comforter also comes with a free trial that includes free shipping and returns.
The Down Duvet Insert from Parachute is a luxury option featuring Canadian goose down with 750 fill power. This creates a dense, lofty layer that provides exceptional warmth when the temperatures dip. It can be purchased in two different thicknesses; one is intended as a lightweight option while the other offers all-season comfort..
The Down Duvet Insert has received certification from the Responsible Down Standard, making the product a good pick for customers concerned about ethical and sustainable production. The product is backed by a 60-night sleep trial, as well.
Down alternative – which is made from polyester microfibers – is a popular comforter fill material for several reasons. It offers the same softness and lofty insulation as authentic down, but down alternative is also hypoallergenic and comparatively inexpensive.
Our top pick for this category is the Tuft & Needle Down Alternative Duvet, which is available in light and medium weights to accommodate sleepers with different preferences. The lightweight option is sewn through to create a thinner layer that is especially suitable for hot sleepers, while the medium weight design is baffle-stitched to prevent the material from clumping.
A smooth Cambric cotton shell encases the down alternative fill for added cooling and temperature regulation. The comforter also has corner loops to prevent the layer from slipping off during the night. Tuft & Needle backs the Down Alternative Duvet with a 100-night sleep trial and free returns, along with a three-year warranty.
Most comforters are designed to provide exceptional warmth, but many are not suitable for those who tend to sleep hot. The Silk Camel Comforter is a notable exception; it is filled with 100% mulberry silk, a naturally cool and breathable material, and encased in a smooth, breathable cotton shell. This design makes the comforter a great choice for hot or warm sleepers. The material also wicks away moisture for added sleeper comfort.
At less than four pounds, the Silk Camel Comforter is also exceptionally lightweight. To prevent slippage during the night – a common problem with lightweight layers – the comforter has corner and side clasps that fit around the mattress. The comforter is available in four sizes: Twin, Queen, King, and California King. A handy travel bag is included with purchase.
Although most comforters provide some level of warmth, some offer a cozier, more insulating sleep experience due to the way they are constructed. The Down Alternative Comforter from Sleep Restoration is a prime example.
This oversized comforter is padded with fluffy down alternative fibers and encased in a dense cover with baffled stitching for added shape retention. The comforter is so popular with sleepers that it is often used in hotel rooms.
The Down Alternative Comforter can be washed and dried in conventional machines for easy maintenance. A total of 10 colors are available to match different aesthetic tastes. Its price-point is exceptionally low – less than $40 through most retailers – and Sleep Restoration backs the comforter with a 30-night sleep trial.
Comforters often have price-points in the three-figure range, but higher cost does not necessarily mean higher quality – and by the same token, some inexpensive comforters offer a similar sleep experience as their more expensive competitors.
Our pick for Best Value is the Hanna Kay Down Alternative Quilted Comforter, which is filled with fluffy, hypoallergenic fibers that provide exceptional warmth and insulation from the cold. It is widely available for less than $40.
Baffled stitching helps keep the down alternative fill evenly dispersed throughout the comforter, so clumping is never an issue. Unlike many more expensive comforters, this one can also be washed and dried in conventional machines without losing its shape.
In this buying guide, we’ll discuss some of the most important factors for choosing and buying a comforter. These include size, construction, fill-power, thread count, and stitching styles. Read on to learn more.
A comforter should cover the entire bed, so checking the size is an important first step. However, there are some size variations in terms of exact dimensions for comforters. Not surprisingly, larger comforters tend to be more expensive than smaller ones.
The exterior of a comforter may be referred to as the shell or the cover. The most common shell materials include the following:
The material found in the interior of a comforter is known as the fill. The type of the fill is what will most directly influence how warm a comforter is, and each type of fill has certain benefits and downsides. Common fill materials include:
Next we’ll discuss three key comforter specifications: fill power, thread count, and stitching.
Fill power exclusively pertains to down and down alternative comforters. Technically speaking, fill power is how much volume one ounce of down has. More fill power means more volume and more warmth. Fill power can vary based on several factors including whether it’s from a goose or duck, the maturity of the animal, and whether the down is a feather or cluster. Warmth levels vary significantly based on the fill power.
Thread count is a term that is based on the density of yarns within a square inch of fabric. A higher thread count is normally associated with durability and softness. A denser weave can also help prevent down from escaping out of a comforter.
Lastly, stitching is important because it can affect the comforter’s quality, insulating abilities, and maintenance. Some of the most common stitching styles in comforters include:
The type of comforter that you can get is strongly related to your budget for this purchase.
Lastly, we’ll answer three common questions from comforter shoppers.
In the USA, there is no practical difference between a comforter and a duvet. However, technically speaking, a comforter is stitched in such a way that it is not meant to require a cover while a duvet is designed to be put into a duvet cover.
Unless the manufacturer specifically says so, don’t machine wash a comforter. If it is machine-washable, wash it on a delicate setting with cold water and a mild detergent. Use a front-loading washing machine to prevent excessive bunching during the washing process.
If you have a down comforter that’s too warm to use during the summer, store it carefully away without over compressing it. This means it shouldn’t be stuffed in a box or put in a vacuum-sealed bag. Instead, fold it neatly and place it on a shelf in a dry closet or keep it in a cotton storage bag.
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