I’m a bit of a down snob. I already had a light summer weight down comforter from a Danish brand, but I needed something medium weight and I needed it to match the quality of my other duvet. German down products have an excellent reputation so I decided to give this Puredown comforter a try — and I’m so glad I did!
The down is fluffy and has plenty of loft — for a medium weight, this comforter is downright voluminous. For me, it’s the perfect amount of warmth for a 63-68° F room. I purchased a king size to use with a queen duvet cover, which gives it a more fluffy look, and I do not use it with a top sheet.
I was worried about what the shell would be like — I prefer cotton cambric or batiste, which is the fabric used for the shells of most European down comforters, as opposed to sateen which seems to be more of an American approach. Cambric has a tight but highly breathable weave that keeps the down inside the blanket but allows for plenty of airflow. It also has that crisp, crinkly quality, which I love. I don’t like sateen shells because they don’t allow for as much airflow and they don’t provide enough friction to prevent the duvet from slipping around inside the cover. The website only stated cotton for the shell with no other detail — but I’m happy to report that the shell of this comforter is indeed cotton cambric.
I give high marks to the construction as well — great baffle box technique and all the down stays evenly distributed throughout the comforter.
And lastly, I will say that if you think you don’t like down because you don’t like being poked by quills — down doesn’t have quills. Feathers do. Feathers are most of what fills more budget “down” comforter options. This is a true down comforter, so there are no pokey bits.
I have not tried washing it yet, so I can’t comment on that. But based on how it’s made I think it will fare well in the wash. I recommend washing down comforters on cold, no bleach, and dry on lowest setting until it’s not quite completely dry, then let it air dry the rest of the way. I would not machine wash at home if your washing machine has an agitator in the center.