When it comes to cuddling up for a comfy night's sleep, the right comforter can really make a difference. Finding yourself a right comforter is as important as choosing a pair of suitable shoes. So what do you need to know before making a purchase? This blog aims to help you know the three basic types of comforters: down comforter, down alternative comforter and ultra feather comforter.
As Mother Nature’s insulator, down provided warmth without weight, Compared with man-made fill, down has unparalleled advantage at regulating temperature. It is highly breathable, able to "wick away” body sweat and moisture and will keep the user warm and dry. If you tend to be a warm sleeper or feel clammy at night, a down comforter helps you maintain a more even body temperature through the night.
However, down isn't recommended for people who are allergic to certain animals(geese and ducks),though some fills have gone through special washing that may help alleviate allergy triggers.
The two types of birds that are used for down filling are geese and ducks.
Goose: Goose down is the most commonly used type of down for down comforters. It is available in both white and gray goose down, and the color has no effect on the quality. White goose down is usually used because it doesn't show through white comforter shells.
Duck: Duck down, on the other hand, has the advantage of being more available for manufacturers and therefore more affordable. Another plus about duck down is that it fares much better than goose down when wet.
When it comes to compressing and durability, for the same fill power, there isn’t much difference among the two. They are quite similar in that regard and tend to last for many years, with proper care of course.
Down Fill Power
Fill power is the measure for the amount of space one ounce of down takes up. You can typically find fill power listed on higher end comforters. The higher the fill power, the higher quality your comforter will have. The higher fill power, the higher your comforter will loft.
When you bring your new comforter home, keep in mind it can take up to 72 hours after unpacking for it to expand and achieve maximum loft and fluffiness.
Ultra feather or Nano Comforter
Ultra feather comforter is filled with quill-free natural feather and down. It is different from normal down feather comforters because it is processed an extra step to remove the solid feather quill thus giving a feather comforter a down like feel. No quills will poke through the cover. It provides softness of pure down without the inconsistency of feathers. If you are on a tight budget but looking for a comforter with natural stuffing and comfort of real down, ultra feather comforter could be the best option.
Down alternative can be made from polyester, rayon, or cotton. These filling materials are cheaper and more available, so down alternative comforter is also more affordable. Engineered to perform like real down fill but with a soft, silky feel that is lightweight and hypoallergenic, down alternative is a great option for those who are allergic to down feathers. However, to reach the same warm level of real down, down alternative comforter has to use more stuffing, which also leads to more weight. Although down alternative does not regulate temperature as well as real down, it is much easier to maintain and clean.
Since there are many varied aspects when choosing a comforter, it’s hard to choose the “best” ones. You can only choose the one that is the most suitable for you according to your needs, the season, your budget and your taste in look. Here in Puredown, we provide hundreds of different comforters, so have fun choosing the right one to suit your taste and decor!