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To find out what makes an excellent comforter, we spoke with down expert Jack Sukalac on two different occasions when writing and updating this guide. Sukalac is an engineer who started repairing down comforters more than 40 years ago. And he turned it into a business, All About Down, making and repairing down comforters in his Seattle basement. We also consulted David Sweet, then-president of the American Down and Feather Council; Gary Peterson, a longtime manager at famed outdoor-gear maker Western Mountaineering; Daniel Uretsky, president of down and down-alternative supplier Allied Feather + Down; and Shannon Maher, interim dean at the Fashion Institute of Technology and former product designer for The Company Store.

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Wirecutter senior staff writer Jackie Reeve, who worked on the latest update of this guide, has written almost all of our bedding guides, including those for sheets, blankets, and pillows. She built on the excellent work of Alex Arpaia, who wrote about comforters from 2017 to 2019, when she was a staff writer at Wirecutter.

All comforters consist of two outer layers of fabric with an insulating material (like down) sandwiched between them. Most are stuffed with clumps of fill (like down, feathers, or polyfil) that are evenly distributed in channels throughout the entire comforter. There are two ways to do this: the sewn-through method and the baffle-box method, illustrated by the comforter cross-sections below.

Duvet or comforter: Technically, a comforter is a bed covering that is filled with some kind of insulation and sewn shut; it usually features a color or pattern and does not require a cover. A duvet typically contains down or down-alternative fill and is made to be inserted into a duvet cover. However, according to Shannon Maher, the interim dean at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in the US these terms have become interchangeable.

In past years we have also tested the following now-discontinued comforters: the Target Fieldcrest Comforters (the mid-weight was a former budget pick), the IKEA Hönsbär and Sötvedel comforters, the Balichun Goose Down Comforter, and the Downlite Hotel & Resort European Down Comforter.

A comforter can add warmth and coziness to a bed and a down comforter is often sought after for its insulating feel. Having high-quality bedding is beneficial for sleepers, as it can help create a relaxing bedroom environment and regulate temperature at night.

A down comforter is filled with the soft clusters found underneath the feathers of ducks and geese that provide insulation. Down is durable, warm, and ideal for a range of climates and sleeping preferences. But there is a wide variety of down comforters on the market today and it can be easy to become overwhelmed as a shopper.

The 100% cotton shell has a sateen weave with a light sheen. Cotton is highly breathable and encourages air circulation throughout the comforter, which helps dissipate heat and keep sleepers comfortable.

Additional maintenance is required to keep the Brooklinen Down Comforter looking its best, and airing it outside can help the down clusters maintain their loft. Purchasers can also fluff the comforter in the dryer with no heat. Any small spills or stains should be spot cleaned. Larger stains will require professional dry cleaning, which can reduce the lifespan of the down comforter. A duvet cover is recommended to protect the comforter and the Brooklinen Down Comforter is designed with corner loops that help keep the comforter in place inside of the cover.

The Brooklinen Down Comforter is produced in sizes twin/twin XL, full/queen, and king/California king. Brooklinen offers a 365-day sleep trial, so purchasers can put the Down Comforter to the test for all four seasons. The comforter is covered by a lifetime warranty.

All versions of the comforter are constructed with 75/25 down and feather fill encased in a shell of cotton twill. A certification from the Responsible Down Standard ensures the ducks are treated humanely during each step of the plumage extraction process. The shell fabric is fairly durable compared to other cotton weaves like percale or sateen, and its smooth hand-feel should feel comfortable for people with sensitive skin. Perimeter piping and sewn-through baffle boxes keep the fill evenly distributed and help prevent it from escaping.

The entire comforter can be washed and dried in household machines, though The Company Store recommends using a front-loading washer to avoid damaging both the comforter and the machine. Five sizes are available, all of which correspond with standard mattress dimensions. You can also choose from more than 20 different colors, ranging from whites and neutrals to earth tones and bright shades.

Corner loops enable you to secure the comforter to a duvet cover. While technically machine-washable, you may need commercial-grade appliances to accommodate the comforter. You also have the option to dry clean. Twin, full/queen, and king/California king comforters are available, all of which are oversized to ensure plenty of coverage.

The insert has a shell made from 100% organic cotton, which is naturally breathable and soft to the touch. Down tends to trap heat more than other fill materials, but the cotton helps reduce heat buildup to regulate temperature. The corners of the shell have small loops to secure the insert to a duvet cover and prevent shifting. The fill consists of lofty, 650 fill-power white down. Baffle-box stitching keeps the fill evenly distributed, resulting in a plush feel across the surface that resists bunching at the feet.

Lightweight, midweight, and ultraweight options are available. Hot sleepers or those living in warmer climates may prefer the lightweight option. The midweight option is ideal for those seeking an all-season comforter. People who tend to run cold at night or live in a colder climate may opt for the ultraweight.

The duvet insert is filled with 600-fill power Canadian duck down for a luxuriously plush feel. It insulates efficiently during colder months, while the cotton in the cover helps regulate temperature during warmer months. The cotton is smooth to the touch and should be comfortable for those with sensitive skin. Customers wanting a heavier insert to stay warm during the winter may opt for the all-season option. Hot sleepers or those living in warmer climates may prefer the lightweight option for minimal insulation.

Goose down has been prized as a bedding material for centuries due to its natural softness and insulating properties. Shoppers seeking maximum coziness from their bed covering should consider the All Year 700 Fill Power Down Comforter from Down Cotton. The high fill power makes the comforter feel exceptionally lofty, a quality enhanced by large 15-inch baffles and an oversize design.

Customers can choose from five sizes: twin/twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. Solid and stripe designs are also available. The comforter is machine-washable, though a commercial machine may be needed and dry cleaning might be the more convenient option for some owners.

The comforter is reasonably priced given its high-end materials and Down Cotton offers low flat shipping rates for all U.S. orders. Returns and exchanges are permitted within 30 days of the original purchase date.

Royal Egyptian Bedding produces the Goose Down Comforter in several variations, each of which is reasonably priced and well-constructed. While goose down can be pricey, the Royal Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter offers great value for shoppers.

The 100 percent Egyptian cotton shell is breathable and soft, due to the long-staple cotton fibers used. The smooth weave allows air to flow throughout the comforter, while preventing down fill from escaping.

Royal Egyptian Bedding offers its Goose Down Comforter in multiple fill power levels, including 600, 650, 700, and 750. The higher the fill power, the more warm and insulating the comforter will be. The lower fill power options are more suitable for use in the summer months, or year-round in moderate climates.

Purchasers have 30 days to try out the Royal Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter, and the company encourages purchasers to give the comforter several hours to fluff up completely and reach its maximum loft once it has been removed from its packaging. The comforter is available in twin/twin XL, full/queen, and king/California king sizes, with each being slightly oversized to hang more over the edges of the mattress. There are multiple color options for shoppers.

Unlike traditionally quilted comforters, this model is constructed with thin vertical channels to contain and equally distribute the down. This means less fluffing to restore its full shape after each use. The down is luxuriously plush and lofty. You can also rest easy knowing the comforter is certified by the Responsible Down Standard, indicating ethical and humane animal treatment. You may wash and dry the comforter in any household machine whenever a cleaning is needed.

A down comforter is a popular bedding piece that has a high loft and fluffy, cozy feel. It is filled with down for exceptional warmth. Down is the plumage underneath the feathers of birds, and duck and goose down is commonly used for luxury bedding. Duck down is soft, lightweight, and insulating. Goose down tends to form in larger clusters for better insulation. Since down forms in clusters and does not have sharp quills, the result is a soft comforter.

There are various construction methods used for down comforters, which we will break down in depth later on. In addition to the type of down used, shoppers should also consider the fill power, construction, and design of the down comforter.

Down comforters differ from down alternative and other comforters when it comes to price, warmth, and quality. Down comforters are typically made with natural materials and tend to be more expensive than other options. Down alternative comforters are filled with synthetic fiber fill to imitate the feel of down at a more affordable price-point. 041b061a72


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