LL Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter, Warm
- First, it’s important to distinguish between a duvet and a duvet insert. The Equinox All-Season Quilted Comforter and Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter are made to be inserts, which means you’ll purchase a duvet cover separately. The Royal Hotel Queen Size Light Down-Comforter and LL Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter are designed to be used without a cover. However, you can still use inserts as duvets. The Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter is made from a material that is soft enough that you can use it without a cover.
- Several factors contribute to a comforter’s level of comfort. It starts with the material on the outside, which is what your skin experiences the most. The Royal Hotel Queen Size Light Down-Comforter is made from Egyptian cotton, known for its unique softness. However, if you’re planning to use your duvet as an insert, the exterior material won’t be as important as the overall construction.
- Filler also plays an important role in how comfortable you’ll be while you sleep. Traditionally, down was used for sleep items like pillows and comforters. But down brings its own issues, especially for those who are allergic to it. Today’s comforters have advanced far beyond down to include materials that help with temperature and weight. The Equinox All-Season Quilted Comforter uses silicone gel filling to hold its shape and provide a lightweight yet insulating build. However, you may find it’s not as thick and fluffy as you’d get with a traditional down comforter. The Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter has a silicone fiber filling that ensures it maintains its shape.
- It’s important to look for a comforter that is lightweight enough for summertime use but still keeps you warm in the winter. The Royal Hotel Queen Size Light Down-Comforter and Equinox All-Season Quilted Comforter are both lightweight, but they also keep you warm when you need it. If you’re on the cold-natured side, though, you may want to skip the Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter for your main bedroom.
- As important as comfort is, it’s crucial to consider how you’ll clean your duvet when you need it. This is especially true if your duvet is your only cover, as is the case for many people today. Experts recommend washing your bedding at least once every two weeks and more often if you sweat while you sleep. The Royal Hotel Queen Size Light Down-Comforter is too large for most commercial washers, and its care instructions are to dry clean only. The Equinox All-Season Quilted Comforter and Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter can be washed on the gentle cycle, but you’ll need a machine with the capacity to handle it, plus you’ll have to air-dry it. The LL Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter can be both washed and dried, but you’ll need a large commercial machine to do so.
- Comforters can vary widely in price, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough value if you pay more. The Royal Hotel Queen Size Light Down-Comforter costs more than $100, while you can get both the Equinox All-Season Quilted Comforter and Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter for under $30. However, the lower-priced two are designed to be used as inserts, and duvet covers can be pricey as well, so you may save money by getting everything in one.
- Spending so much time under your comforter makes it especially important to find one that doesn’t aggravate any allergies you have. The Utopia Bedding Quilted Comforter is best for those with allergies, thanks to a 100-percent hypoallergenic build. The silicone fiber filling keeps dust mites and mold spores at bay. Both the cover and fill on this comforter are irritant-free.
When most people are in the market for a new comforter for their bed, they often only make their decision based on how a certain comforter looks. While it is important to like the way your bedding will look in cohesion with the rest of your bedroom, there are other things you should be taking into consideration.
The most important thing to understand when you are buying a new comforter is that there are two ways comforters are constructed. They can either be made with baffle box construction or sewn through construction.
Baffle Box Construction
When a duvet is made with baffle box construction this means that there have been thin strips of material sewn between the top and the bottom cover. This is done in a checkered pattern in order to keep an even amount of down distributed throughout the comforter. This is the ideal construction, and while they tend to be a bit more expensive than the alternative, they are also likely to last you a lot longer.
Sewn Through Construction
On the other hand, sewn through construction is not sewn with small strips but rather (as the name suggests) sewn completely through the fabric. This creates a very secure stitch that ensures down will stay exactly where they were intended to be. However, due to the lack of baffles creating an even distribution of down over the entire comforter, cold spots are created. With cold spots the comforter has a difficult time regulating temperature due to heat escaping where there is no down. This is why baffle box construction is considered still today to be superior to a sewn through construction.
Overall, if you truly want to invest in a new comforter, we would suggest purchasing one made with baffle box construction. You can find a large selection of these kind of comforters at Warm Things online. Start shopping right now!