When it comes to cuddling up for a comfy night's sleep, the right comforter is essential. Getting the best comforter for yourself is like finding the ideal pair of shoes. Have a bunch of questions? That’s why we’re here! Pull up a blanket and let’s talk 3 comforter options which we know you’re going to love: down comforters, down alternative comforters and ultra feather comforters.
As Mother Nature’s insulator, natural down provides warmth without weight. Compared with synthetic materials, down has an unparalleled advantage when it comes to regulating body temperature. It is highly breathable, able to "wick away” body sweat and moisture and keeps you warm and dry when you need to be. If you tend to be a warm sleeper or feel clammy at night, a down comforter helps maintain a more even body temperature throughout the night.
However, down isn't recommended for people who are allergic to certain animals (geese and ducks, for example), though some fills that have gone through special washing (like our comforters at Puredown) which can help alleviate certain allergy triggers.
Types of Down
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. 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 easier to source for manufacturers and therefore provides a more affordable price to the consumer. Another plus about duck down is that it fares much better than goose down when wet.
When it comes to compression and durability, for the same fill power, there isn’t much difference between the two. They are quite similar in these areas and, with proper care, will last you many years.
Down Fill Power
Fill power is the measurement that defines the amount of space one ounce of down takes up. You can typically find fill power listed on more premium quality comforters. The higher the fill power, the higher quality the comforter. 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 comforters are filled with quill-free natural feather and down. It is different from normal down feather comforters because these are processed with an extra step to remove the solid feather quill thus giving each feather comforter a down-like feel and makes sure that no quills will poke through the cover. They provide the softness of pure down without the potential discomfort of feathers. If you are on a tight budget but looking for a comforter with natural stuffing and the comfort of real down, purchasing an ultra feather comforter could be the best option for you.
Down alternative can be made from polyester, rayon, or cotton. These filling materials are cheaper and more common, so a down alternative comforter might be a good choice for those on a tighter budget. 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 may be allergic to down feathers. On the down side, to reach the level of warmth as real down, down alternative comforters have to use more stuffing, which also leads to more weight. Although down alternative does not regulate temperature as well as real down, it can be easier to maintain and clean.
There’s a lot to consider when purchasing a new comforter, so sometimes it can be hard to choose the “best” one. There are a bunch of factors to think about: your physical requirements (I.e., your back, spine, neck, etc), the season or climate, budget concerns and personal taste or preference. Here at Puredown, there’s a clear reason why our customers consider us experts in down textiles, and that reason is trust. We supply hundreds of different comforters of different varieties and we’d love to help out when it comes to making the choice of which one you’d like! Feel free to come and let us know your thoughts, ideas, or just to say “Hi!”, on our FB or IG channel (Link).