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The Best Down Comforters – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Overview

If you’re looking for a top-notch comforter, it’s hard to do better than down. This material is known for its impressive performance, delivering considerable warmth while remaining soft and lightweight. For people who want the best in a comforter, down is a natural place to start.

Best Comforters

At the same time, not all down comforters are created equal. It can also be confusing to start shopping for a down comforter because of the confusion that can arise around types of down and other factors that separate one option from another.

In this guide, we’ll present our choices for the best down comforters as well as a guide that will walk you through what you need to know to make the best possible purchase.

Our Top 6 Picks

The Best Down Comforters – Reviewed

Editor's Pick – Brooklinen Down Comforter

Editor's Pick – Brooklinen Down Comforter

Highlights

  • Breathable 100% cotton shell
  • Baffle box construction for superior loft and distribution
  • Down feathers humanely sourced in North America
  • Medium fill power for all-season comfort and warmth
  • 100-night trial with a 2-year limited warranty
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Editor’s Pick Overview

A classic down comforter with quality in every detail, the Brooklinen Down comforter was an easy choice for Editors Pick. This comforter comes in two versions: all-season and lightweight, The comforter’s fill consists of ethically sourced down clusters, featuring a fill power of 600 for the lightweight version and 700 for the all-season. On the outside is a 100% cotton cover in a sateen weave, giving it a nice silky-soft feel. With quality down providing warmth, and a shell that matches the quality of the finest sheets, this comforter is uniquely comfortable and is a huge upgrade to most beds.

Best of all, this Canadian made comforter comes at a below average price point. Further, it comes with a full 365-day sleep trial, allowing you to try in all year-round before committing to it.

Runner-Up – Casper Down Duvet

Runner-Up – Casper Down Duvet

Highlights

  • Ethically-sourced down fill
  • 600 fill power
  • All-season warmth
  • 100% cotton shell
  • 100-day sleep trial
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Runner-Up Overview

Casper uses a minimalist design with high quality materials, resulting in a cool and cosy comforter that works for all seasons. On the inside is ethically sourced down of 600 fill power, a ‘just right’ fill that ensures a warm blanket that’s still viable during warmer seasons. On the outside is a 100% cotton shell, a material known for its soft feel and moderate breathability. With a combination of warm down and a lightweight, breathable construction, the Casper Down Duvet is perfect for those looking for a reliable, all-season blanket.

This Casper Duvet falls at around an average price point for down duvet covers. Additionally, it comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 1-year limited warranty, so you can try it with the option of a full refund.

Best Value – Topsleepy Luxurious Comforter

Best Value – Topsleepy Luxurious Comforter

Highlights

  • Entry-level price point that fits most budgets
  • 50% down and 50% feather preserves lightness and softness
  • 500+ fill power for good warmth for the price
  • 100% cotton shell
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Best Value Overview

This comforter from Topsleepy takes our top spot for most affordable because it is available at a price point that is much less intimidating to most customers but without making huge sacrifices in terms of warmth.

This comforter uses a mixture of down feathers and other feathers, and those other feathers won’t provide the same robust amount of insulation as down. For this reason, the fill power is only 500+, but this is still enough for most seasons.

In the coldest of winter, it may need to be supplemented with another blanket, but given its price, this option represents a great choice for those who can’t spring for a 100% down comforter and don’t want a down alternative (synthetic) fill.

Best Luxury – Parachute Down Duvet Insert

Best Luxury – Parachute Down Duvet Insert

Highlights

  • Can choose between a Lightweight or All-Season version
  • 100% goose down with 750 fill power
  • 100% cotton shell with sateen for smoother and cooler feel
  • 60-day no-risk return window
  • Certified to meet Responsible Down Standard
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Best Luxury Overview

Our choice for best luxury is the Parachute Down Duvet Insert. This comforter has all the fundamentals necessary to deliver great performance and has several other excellent features as well. First and foremost, it is made with 100% down that has a fill power of 750. This is plenty of loft to get you through the coldest winter nights. For people who sleep hotter or live in warmer climates, there’s a Lightweight version available alongside the All-Season version.

The fill meets the requirements of the Responsible Down Standard that puts a focus on the material’s production. The softness of the down is enhanced by the 100% cotton sateen shell, and for people who are nervous about trying out a down comforter, there’s a 60-day no-risk return option to help you sleep easy after buying this comforter.

Best All-Season – Snowman Goose Down Comforter

Best All-Season – Snowman Goose Down Comforter

Highlights

  • Stuffed with 700 fill power white goose down
  • Fill stays in place with plenty of loft thanks to baffle-box stitching
  • Smooth shell composed of 600 thread count 100% cotton
  • Has 8 loops to help keep comforter in place inside duvet cover
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Best All-Season Overview

Our favorite all-season comforter is the Snowman Goose Down Comforter. It has the warmth that’s needed for winter with 700 fill power white goose down, but it’s not so overpowering in warmth to make it unusable in the summer.

To keep the down in place it uses baffle-box construction, and 8 individual loops keep the comforter in place inside a duvet cover. A 100% cotton shell is made with a thread count of 600 to give plenty of smoothness and durability while containing all the down within the comforter.

Best Heavyweight (Winter) – Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter

Best Heavyweight (Winter) – Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter

Highlights

  • Ideal for winter with 750+ fill power goose down
  • Down stays lofted thanks to baffle-box sewing
  • Smooth shell made of 600 thread count Egyptian cotton
  • Tremendous value based on performance and reasonable cost
  • 30-day return window
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Best Heavyweight (Winter) Overview

For a heavy-duty down comforter, the Egyptian Bedding Goose Down comforter is our pick. It packs a serious punch with 100% down from Siberian geese. It has a fill power of 750 and a fill weight of 70 ounces. This down material can better maintain loft thanks to baffle-box stitching, and all together, it makes this a powerhouse when it comes to warmth.

In addition, the shell is made with high-end material, in specific, 100% Egyptian cotton with a thread count of 600 that helps to prevent down from coming out of the shell. It comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so you have an opportunity to test it out in your own home.

Buying Guide – How to Shop for a Down Comforter

Considering how often we use comforters, it can come as a surprise when purchasing one seems to require a whole new vocabulary. In our guide to buying a down comforter, we’ll walk you through all the crucial details. By the end, you should understand the subject better and feel confident choosing the right comforter for you.

Fill Material

Goose Down vs Duck Down

Down can be derived from either ducks or geese. Goose down tends to be somewhat warmer than duck down and may be more expensive. This is because geese are larger than ducks and thus tend have bigger, fluffier down that offers more loft.

However, not all goose down is from large, mature geese, so the down fill is not inherently larger in goose down than duck down. In addition, down clusters offer more warmth, so a duck down comforter with a high percentage of clusters may be as warm or warmer than a goose down comforter made with a lower percentage of clusters.

Sometimes down materials will specify where the goose or duck was raised. While there are trends in terms of the down that comes from certain places (such as duck down from China, which tends to be made up of smaller feathers), the geographic origin of the down is not a guarantee of its size or quality.

The bottom line, though, is that despite the differences, both types of down can be very effective at insulating you and keeping you warm.

Other Materials

Besides just general duck and goose down, there are other types of fill materials that may be used in down comforters and other terminology that can be useful to know when selecting one.

Down Cluster

While both the cluster and feather are down, they are distinct. The cluster is underneath the feathers and is puffier and has more loft. As a result, if a down comforter has more fill derived from clusters, it generally is warmer.

Down Alternative

These are synthetic materials that try to mimic the feel and warmth of down but without any allergenic issues and with lower cost. Some are very low-cost and offer minimal warmth while others, like gel-fiber and Primaloft, are softer and loftier.

Other Feathers

There are feathers from ducks and geese that can be used that are not down (e.g, not from the underside of the plumage). These feathers are still light but are not warm like down. Sometimes they are mixed in with down in the fill.

Cotton

To help make a comforter more affordable, occasionally cotton may be mixed in as part of the fill. While soft, cotton does not offer warmth like down, so don’t expect a blend like this to perform like 100% down.

Wool

This material can retain warmth well while at the same time wicking moisture. However, it is heavier and also expensive to produce. As a result it is rare to find it blended with down in the fill.

Silk

Given its airy composition, silk has the lightness of down but nowhere near its warmth. It is more commonly used in comforters intended for summer or warm weather use.

 

Fill Power

Fill power is determined by measuring how much space (volume) is taken up by 1 ounce of a type of down. If it takes up more space, then it will have more loft and warmth. The fill power has a direct impact on expected heat provided by a comforter.

  • Up to 400: Comforters below 400 fill power will lack the ability to deliver real warmth. They can help some, but they won’t be hefty enough to really trap heat and are better as a summer blanket.
  • 400-599: Comforters in this range of fill power are still usually best for summer, but those that are near 600 can work in winter as well. The fill power is better, but it still won’t be the source of substantial warmth.
  • 600-799: Comforters in this range are ideal for people who want serious warmth without having to break the bank. Comforters between 600-700 may be better suited for hot sleepers or places that aren’t quite as cold, while those between 700-799 are great in winter.
  • 800+: If the fill power is 800 or more, it’s a serious blanket. This amount of loft goes a long way in insulating heat and can be expected to keep you warm and to last for many years.

Shell Material

The outside of a comforter is known as its shell, and it can be made from a range of different materials.

  • Cotton: This is the most common shell material thanks to its softness and blend of durability and affordability. Some people prefer this feel while others find that cotton sleeps hot and is not breathable.
  • Silk: Silk has long been known for its smoothness, and it also tends to guard against overheating. However, it is more expensive and harder to maintain, so it is not used as frequently.
  • Wool: Wool is an all-purpose textile thanks to its softness and warmth combined with moisture-wicking properties. But it is also heavy and expensive and thus less commonly found as the shell for down comforters.
  • Blends of Cotton and Synthetics: To give cotton more breathability and less moisture retention, some shells blend it with polyester or other synthetics.

Thread Count

You will often find a thread count listed in the description of the shell of the comforter. This is calculated by looking at the density of yarns inside of a square inch of the fabric.

In general, higher thread counts are smoother and last longer, but sometimes thread counts are manipulated to seem higher by double counting two-ply yarns. Look for thread counts of 300-600 as these should deliver plenty of quality and enough strength to hold in the down material. Thread counts higher than this range likely represent double counting.

Stitch Design

One variation among down comforters is how they are stitched as several potential methods may be used.

  • Sewn-Through: This describes a technique of stitching the top and bottom of the comforter together to create tiny compartments to hold the down in place. As a result, the fill won’t move much, but its loft is a bit restricted.
  • Diamond-Quilted: Usually constructed using the sewn-through method, diamond quilting uses a diamond-shaped stitch pattern to connect the top and bottom layers, creating pockets for the fill.
  • Gusseted: This refers to having the top and bottom of the comforter joined together with an additional piece of fabric around the outside of the comforter which helps give it more loft and a fluffy feel.
  • Baffle Box: In this construction technique, the top and bottom layers of the cover are connected by smaller pieces of fabric throughout. This increases the size of the compartments that hold the down, keeping loft levels higher while still holding the down in place. This leads to more warmth and even fill distribution.

Pros and Cons of Down Comforters

  • Excellent Warmth: The nature of down and its loft makes it pound-for-pound the warmest option for a comforter.
  • Lightweight: Because it is derived from feathers, down can provide its warmth without having to weigh a lot. This makes it easier to move around on the bed and to store away if necessary.
  • Softness: Down has a plush, soft feel that is inviting and makes for a cozy blanket for your bed.
  • Durability: If properly maintained, a good down comforter can potentially last for decades.

Cons

  • Allergenic: Some people are allergic to down feathers, which makes using a down comforter or a down pillow impossible.
  • Too Warm: Those who sleep hot might find the warmth of a down comforter stifling. Others might find they work in the winter but are too warm for the summer.
  • Harder to Maintain: In order to protect the down fill, these comforters require more specific and careful maintenance than most synthetic or cotton comforters.
  • Usually Require a Cover: While some cotton or synthetic comforters are designed to be used as-is, most down comforters need a cover (such as duvet cover), and the comforter may move around within the duvet cover.

What Else Should You Consider When Buying a Down Comforter

Price

Down tends to be more expensive than other comforter fillings due to demand and the long process of harvesting, cleaning, and preparing it. However, down also earns its price tag with unparalleled comfort, warmth, and loft. Budget-conscious shoppers should keep an eye out for sales or consider affordable multi-fill options like our value pick above.

Cruelty-Free Supply Chain

Since down is an animal product sourced from geese and ducks, some people may be concerned about ensuring their down has been humanely harvested. The good news is that down is a sustainable byproduct of animals raised for consumption, and as standards in that industry change it has become more common to see down which comes from a cruelty-free supply chain.

If humanely sourced down is important to you, look for down comforters advertising their supply chain (like several of our top picks above). Certification by the Responsible Down Standard is another excellent marker, though the certification is voluntary and not all humane down manufacturers have been certified.

Organic Materials

Choosing organic products is important to some people for a variety of reasons, but the two most common are avoiding irritants and allergens, and supporting sustainable, eco-friendly manufacturers.

Conventional cotton production uses large amounts of pesticides, but organic cotton comforter shells are becoming more common and easier to find every year. The cost is usually higher, but worth it if organic products are important to you.

If you’re choosing an organic comforter for allergy or sensitivity reasons, remember to look for hypoallergenic down which has been carefully cleaned of irritating dander.

Size

Although the general size of down comforters is standardized, the exact dimensions can vary. For example, one brand’s queen-size comforter might be sized to fit a queen-size bed exactly, while another will be made to hang far over the edges. Double-check sizes to ensure your new comforter has the dimensions you’re looking for.

Color/Pattern

Most down comforters are only available in white since they are meant to be used with a separate duvet cover. These covers are available in a wide range of fabrics, colors, and patterns and can easily be switched if you want to change up your bedroom’s look.

Caring for Your Down Comforter

A down comforter is an investment, and with the proper care you can get many years of excellent use from it. Here are three key tips to caring for your down comforter.

First, shake it out regularly. This helps to redistribute the down and maintain the loft of the comforter. If you notice any material coming out of the shell, make sure to repair it quickly.

Second, clean it properly. Follow any instructions from the manufacturer. If it can be washed in a machine, don’t use hot water, and only use a light or mild detergent. Top-loading washing machines should be avoided because they tend to put more twisting pressure on the fill. Dry cleaning is controversial as some manufacturers recommend it, but it can in some cases damage a down comforter.

Third, store it cautiously. Down should never be stuffed tightly in a box or in a plastic bag as this will compress the down and trap in any moisture or dirt. Instead, if you need to store it (such as in the summer), fold it up and keep it in a dry place (such as a closet). Ideally, you can fold it and store it in a cotton bag that keeps it contained but allows airflow through the bag and the comforter to keep it fresh.

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