Table of Contents
- The Best Comforters – 2020 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide
- Buying Guide – How to Shop for a Comforter
- Oversized Comforters
- Oversized King Comforters, Queen Comforters & More
- Oversized Comforters in Countless Styles
- King Comforters
- How to Choose the Best Down Comforter For You
- Why is down the best choice for comforters?
- Find the best comforter for your sleeping environment
- How Hot Do You Sleep? Take Our Quiz
- The deal about quantity vs. quality
- What makes one down comforter warmer than another ?
- How to get the most luxury for your money
- Why do you get down coming out of down comforters?
- Taking the baffle out of baffle box
- Sizing for success
- Looking for an alternative to a down-filled pillow, duvet, or comforter? Let us tell you about the wonders of wool-filled bedding.
- The lowdown on down bedding
- You’re not a duck (right?)
- What to know about wool
- Price difference of down vs. wool bedding
- Why we love and recommend wool bedding
- Wool’s the winner
The Best Comforters – 2020 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide
Buying Guide – How to Shop for a Comforter
In this buying guide, we’ll discuss some of the most important factors for choosing and buying a comforter. These include size, construction, fill-power, thread count, and stitching styles. Read on to learn more.
Comforter Sizes and Materials
A comforter should cover the entire bed, so checking the size is an important first step. However, there are some size variations in terms of exact dimensions for comforters. Not surprisingly, larger comforters tend to be more expensive than smaller ones.
The exterior of a comforter may be referred to as the shell or the cover. The most common shell materials include the following:
- Cotton: This natural textile is known for softness, and exceptionally soft types of cotton are commonly used for comforter covers. Cotton is also fairly breathable and cool, making it suitable for warmer weather.
- Silk: Shells made with silk have a sleek, soft feel and tend to be breathable and cool to the touch. However, silk can be difficult to wash and is often more expensive.
- Wool: Wool is known for its ability to wick away moisture, resist smells and bacteria, and for its ability to provide both softness and warmth. However, comforters with wool covers can be expensive.
- Cotton-Polyester blends: These shells combine cotton and polyester generally to provide a stretchier and more breathable material than cotton while still offering plenty of softness.
The material found in the interior of a comforter is known as the fill. The type of the fill is what will most directly influence how warm a comforter is, and each type of fill has certain benefits and downsides. Common fill materials include:
- Goose down: Goose down comes from plumage found on the underside of geese, which tends to be softer and lighter than feathers. Because geese are bigger birds, their down can be bigger and fluffier, although this is only the case when taken from mature geese. This material is known for a luxurious feel and serious warmth. However, some people have allergies to goose down.
- Duck down: Like goose down, duck down comes from underside plumage. Duck down tends to be smaller and less fluffy than goose down. However, duck down still offers considerable warmth and loft while remaining lightweight, and it is often more affordable. Duck down may also trigger allergies.
- Down alternative: Down alternative is derived from polyester microfibers, but it offers the same softness and loft as authentic down. Down alternative has the benefit of not posing allergy issues and of being much less expensive. However, there is a range of quality for these synthetic materials. The higher-quality options, such as Primaloft and gel-fiber, cost more but also tend to be more durable.
- Cotton: Cotton fill is a relatively low-cost option that provides moderate warmth.
- Wool: Wool fill can provide plenty of warmth during the winter, but in hotter seasons it is breathable and moisture-wicking. It does not have the same amount of loft as down. As a result, wool comforters are usually heavier in order to provide adequate warmth.
- Silk: Silk is extremely light and soft, but it does not have the loft or provide the warmth that comes from down or most down alternatives. For this reason, silk is usually better for summer comforters.
Understanding Fill Power, Thread Count, and Stitching Styles
Next we’ll discuss three key comforter specifications: fill power, thread count, and stitching.
Fill power exclusively pertains to down and down alternative comforters. Technically speaking, fill power is how much volume one ounce of down has. More fill power means more volume and more warmth. Fill power can vary based on several factors including whether it’s from a goose or duck, the maturity of the animal, and whether the down is a feather or cluster. Warmth levels vary significantly based on the fill power.
- Up to 400: At this level of fill power, you can expect only limited warmth due to the lack of loft.
- 400-599: The comforter hold in heat better and provide more warmth. However, there is still limited loft and the comforter may not provide enough warmth in exceptionally cold temperatures
- 600-799: This range is generally suitable for all-season comforters and higher-end winter comforters. This amount of loft allows the fill to trap a substantial amount of heat and create a cozy sleep environment.
- 800+: A down comforter of this fill power features the denses down clusters and feathers and offers the highest levels of warmth, loft, and durability. Expect high prices with this fill power.
Thread count is a term that is based on the density of yarns within a square inch of fabric. A higher thread count is normally associated with durability and softness. A denser weave can also help prevent down from escaping out of a comforter.
- 300-400: For most shells, this level of thread count is sufficient. This thread count should be smooth and capable of containing the fill.
- 400-500: With a slightly tighter weave, thread counts of this amount can add extra durability.
- 500-800: Generally, a thread count in this range does not offer a perceptible difference from those that are lower. In some cases the higher count comes two-ply yarns that are used in the weaving, rather than more threads.
- 800+: As with the 500-800 level, this thread count level normally comes from double counting two-ply yarns; in most cases, this does not substantially improve durability or feel.
Lastly, stitching is important because it can affect the comforter’s quality, insulating abilities, and maintenance. Some of the most common stitching styles in comforters include:
- Gusseted: When the stitching of a comforter is described as gusseted, it means that the top and bottom of the comforter are connected around the edge with an additional strip of fabric. This gives the fill room to expand upward, which provides even fill distribution and higher, more consistent loft.
- Sewn-Through: The top and bottom of the comforter are sewn together to create chambers that secure the fill in place. Because there is very little space for the fill to move, this stitching requires less fluffing but also does not maintain loft as well.
- Diamond-Quilted: This stitching takes a diamond shape and holds the top and bottom of the comforter together. In the process, this design creates compartments that prevent the fill from bunching or moving.
- Baffle Stitching: Baffle stitching means that the compartments holding the fill in place are made using a separate piece of fabric that connects the top and bottom of the comforter. This provides more space for the fill to move within the compartments, requiring somewhat more frequent fluffing, but it also retains more loft.
How Much Does a Comforter Cost?
The type of comforter that you can get is strongly related to your budget for this purchase.
- Budget ($35-$70): At this price range, your fill materials will be highly limited, mostly to cotton and to synthetics (including down alternatives). The loft and warmth will be reduced, but some high-quality comforters can be found in this range.
- Average ($70-$150): In this price range, you can get a 100% down comforter, although it will often have a lower fill power and lack extra features. That said, this price range is a suitable for people who want an entry-level down comforter or an all-season comforter made from different materials.
- High-End ($250-$400): At this price point, you can expect to get extremely high quality down that offers substantial loft and years, if not decades, of use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lastly, we’ll answer three common questions from comforter shoppers.
What’s the Difference Between a Comforter and a Duvet?
In the USA, there is no practical difference between a comforter and a duvet. However, technically speaking, a comforter is stitched in such a way that it is not meant to require a cover while a duvet is designed to be put into a duvet cover.
Can I Put My Comforter in the Washing Machine?
Unless the manufacturer specifically says so, don’t machine wash a comforter. If it is machine-washable, wash it on a delicate setting with cold water and a mild detergent. Use a front-loading washing machine to prevent excessive bunching during the washing process.
How Do I Store a Down Comforter in the Summer?
If you have a down comforter that’s too warm to use during the summer, store it carefully away without over compressing it. This means it shouldn’t be stuffed in a box or put in a vacuum-sealed bag. Instead, fold it neatly and place it on a shelf in a dry closet or keep it in a cotton storage bag.
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Oversized comforters offer a fashionable bedding solution for thicker mattresses; choose from a multitude of colors, styles and sizes to find a comforter that will drape elegantly over your bed.
OVERSIZED BEDSPREADS Comforter Buying Guide
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Oversized King Comforters, Queen Comforters & More
Oversized comforters are designed to enhance thick, modern mattresses. With enough fabric for a generous overhang, these comforters will look fashionable atop tall beds. Find a comforter flaunting flowery patterns, coastal designs, rustic plaids or scroll medallions; after all, a deep mattress deserves a quality bed covering, and an oversized comforter will portray true luxury at a glance.
A wide variety of sizes, colors and styles awaits you with these ample comforters. Start small with oversized twin or full comforters, and dip into our oversized queen comforter selection as well. Browse our oversized king comforters for bed coverings as lavish as they are large, or pinpoint an oversized California king comforter for your tall mattress needs.
Oversized Comforters in Countless Styles
Your new oversize comforter should do more than simply fit your bed; choose a comforter that accentuates your style. Enrich your floral theme with prints depicting soft roses or Jacobean-style flowers. Bring blooms and foliage indoors with an oversized tropical comforter, or let a Tuscan-Italian pattern foster mystique with damask and paisley designs.
Choose bedding that will emphasize your color scheme with our oversized comforters. Evoke a peaceful, coastal setting with shades of aqua mist, pale blue or teal; bring beauty to your bedroom with Southwestern colors, including ember glow, chocolate and camel. Even if your decor does not follow a strict theme, you’re bound to find the perfect comforter with such extensive color options.
Build a complete bedding ensemble with our comforter sets, which include elements like matching bedskirts and shams. Find oversized king comforter sets for your master bedroom or even oversized twin comforters for the spare. If your mattress happens to be especially thick, complement it with a beautiful oversized comforter.
Go on and get ready to revive, rejuvenate and restore your room with a new comforter. Simple and classic, patterned and pretty or comfy, cozy and billowy, a great comforter is just what you need to help freshen up your bed and enhance your comfort in style. Get ready to rest easy as your bedded bliss begins now with our huge selection of bed comforters. Whatever you are looking for, we’ve got you covered with a big variety of queen comforters, king comforters, twin comforters, and even XL twin comforters. Browse our fill comforters in so many different color and design schemes to match your bedroom decor to the season or your mood. More or a minimalist? Check out our all white comforters. All of our comforters are designed to bring you comfort, warmth and make every night’s sleep cozy and relaxing. You can choose from an assortment of comforters and find the one that is totally perfect for you. Whether you like being warm or cool in bed, we’ve got you covered. Now ‘It’s so snuggly’, ‘I don’t want to get of the bed’ are going to be heard a lot around the house, and at Target we have everything you need to create a stylish bed and sleep well!
Snuggle up in warmth and comfort with king comforter sets from Kohl’s! These bedspreads are called king comforters for a reason—they’re the largest and most luxurious comforters you can find! Our wide variety of king comforter sets offers many options to choose from, so you’ll find just the bedding you need to wrap up in every night. Shop the selection of home essentials and other decor at Kohl’s, and find all the items you need to create a unique living space!
Kohl’s has a wide variety ofkingcomforter sets to choose from, with many different options and designs available. Choose from a plethora of different king comforterfill options including down comforter king styles plus down alternative, nylon fill, fiberfill, natural fill and feathers, which are comparable to down but traditionally less expensive.
If you’re looking to shop for king comforter sets by brand name, know that Kohl’s offers some of the best brands in the business when it comes to king bedspreads. You’ll be able to sleep soundly under any number of these gorgeous comforters from brands like 37 West, True North by Sleep Philosophy, The Big One, Laura Ashley Lifestyles and Pacific Coast Textiles. You will also want to consider the age level of those you’re buying for as king beds aren’t just for grownups anymore! Kohl’s offers king comforter styles for teens and even some for kids, including some with designs from beloved kids movies like Star Wars!
While you’re perusing Kohl’s robust selection of king comforter sets, you’ll find you can shopby color and explore pink, green and blue king comforter set selections. Whether you’re looking for your favorite color are trying to make sure your new king comforter set doesn’t clash with your décor,you canbe sure you’ll find the right comforter sets you need with Kohl’s selection. At Kohl’s, you know that you can find all the bedding necessary to ensure a good night’s sleep. Be sure to shop our full line of home decor and essentials for even more items that fit your style!
Kohl’s also has a wide variety of great California king comforters available, designed to be a perfect fit for California king beds. Dubbed ‘California kings’ because of their origin on the west coast in the mid-20thcentury, California king beds were originally designed for the rich and famous in L.A. who needed beds big enough to accommodate their Hollywood mansions. Today, of course, they can be found anywhere and you’ll needa beautiful California king comforter sets to complete the full experience.
California kings aresimilar to traditional king mattresses (that’s why the California King is still a king, and not an Ace or a Jack),but it’s important to understand the difference so you can find the best comforter and bedspread for your particularbed. A standard king size mattress is 76 inches by 80 inches, the widest of all standard bed sizes while staying the same length as a queen. Much like the state that shares itsname, the California king is a little longer and a little less wide —72 inches by 78 inches.
Both California king beds and traditional king beds have their advantages. For instance, California kings are better for the very tall and might make more sensefor single sleepers while traditional kings might serve those who have a little one or puppy crawling into bed with them. Choose your favorite and know thatthe differences in mattress sizes means a difference in size for an ideal bedspread or comforter too. A general rule of thumb is to add at least 20 inches to the width of a mattress size and 10 inches to the length,but you may find you want a larger king bedspread for greater comfort and luxury. The right king comforter is out there for you and you can find it at Kohl’s!
Comforter sets from Kohl’s are sure to match any home’s decor. Find all your bedding must-haves at Kohl’s, and enjoy all the sweet dreams you’ll be having, night after night!
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California King Comforters
It’s time to buy a comforter. You can’t wait to dive into that warm, cozy cloud of bedding, but you first have to make a major decision. Will it be a down or down alternative comforter? There are benefits and drawbacks to each, but we’re here to help make your choice an easy one.
The Basic Difference
“Down” refers to the layer of insulation found under the feathers of ducks and geese. Down comforters are stuffed with this light, fluffy, and insulating substance.
Down alternative comforters are stuffed with synthetic materials like rayon or polyester. They may also include natural materials like cotton.
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Fill Power and Warmth
“Fill power” is a measure of how many cubic inches one ounce of down or synthetic material expands to. A comforter with 550-750 fill is good, and anything with over 750 is fantastic. The higher the number, the better the insulation quality.
Down has naturally higher fill power, so a down comforter will be warmer while requiring less stuffing to do so. They can be a light in weight while still maintaining warmth.
To reach the same warmth level, down alternative comforters must use more synthetic stuffing. This makes down alternative the heavier of the two options.
Down is also more breathable, compared to the denser fills found in down alternative comforters. Because of the added weight and limited breathability, some complain that sleeping under a down alternative leaves them feeling sweaty.
Though it does breathe more, one downside to down is that it very easily traps dust mites and other particles. Because of this, sleepers suffering from allergies sometimes react poorly to down.
While some high quality down comforters feature “down-proofed” outer fabric and/or heavily cleaned down, the synthetic fibers used in down alternative comforters are classically hypoallergenic. When a high quality down comforter is maybe too expensive, allergy sufferers should consider a down alternative.
Down alternative is much easier to clean and can often be machine washed. While a down comforter can be machine washed in some cases, dry cleaning is often recommended. If you’re looking for easy upkeep, a down alternative comforter is a solid choice.
Despite its ability to be easily cleaned at home, you may come across longevity issues with a down comforter. A down alternative filling is considered weaker than traditional down and may lead down alternative comforters to fray and break down faster. The life of your comforter may suffer if you go with down alternative.
All of this is, of course, reflected in the pricing for the down and down alternative comforters. Down comforters are usually the more expensive of the two because they are made from limited, natural resources.
The synthetic or cotton filling of a down alternative comforter is much cheaper to harvest and to produce, making the comforters more affordable. If you are on a tighter budget, the down alternative could be best for you.
There are many points to consider when choosing between a down and down alternative comforter. A down comforter can be more of an investment, but you will be repaid with longer use of your comforter and a light, warm sleep.
If you are working with a smaller budget, there are some amazing down alternative comforters available within most budgets. If you suffer from allergies, the hypoallergenic filling is also a big selling point.
It’s also worth looking to see if there are any down or down alternative comforter retailers that offer free trial periods of generous return policies so you can check it out for yourself before committing.
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How to Choose the Best Down Comforter For You
Finding the right duvet or comforter is often like finding a great pair of shoes – people prefer styles that fit both their personality and their needs. When investing in the quality of natural down, finding the right comforter to fit your personal style can depend on making a few key choices. Let us help you navigate the most important considerations to get the right fit for you.
Why is down the best choice for comforters?
At Pacific Coast®, we love down. It’s the best fill for bedding because nature created this unequaled material that is ultra-lightweight and provides a consistent temperature, year-round. No synthetic can compete with the warmth-to-weight ratio of down. This is important because most people find that the less weight they have on top of them, the more relaxing their sleep. Down also works well in a summer comforter because its natural properties provide a more consistent temperature than synthetic fills. We want our customers to sleep well, they deserve it.
Find the best comforter for your sleeping environment
Matching your comforter weight to the warmth of your environment is the most important step in selecting the best comforter for you. Many of us sleep in warm environments because of foam mattresses, warm climates, increased body temperatures due to age, or even that glass of wine with dinner. When faced with a warm environment, a light weight down comforter or down blanket would be the best choice. When in doubt, go lighter. You can always add a blanket, but a hot comforter can’t be cooled. On the other hand, people who live in cold climates need a thick comforter when the outside temperatures dip below zero and the house just can’t stay warm.
Quality comes in all warmth levels and should not be confused with fluffiness or thickness. With this in mind, let’s determine what kind of sleeping environment you have by finding out what kind of sleeper you are:
How Hot Do You Sleep? Take Our Quiz
Find out if you are hot, or not (And what that means to a good night’s sleep) 1. Where I Live: Warm weather all year Often warm outside but the AC can be on high We have chilly nights and sometimes snow It gets way below freezing in the winter 2. I sleep: Hot, hot, hot With somebody who is hot Pretty regular, neither hot or cold It’s hard for me to get warm and stay warm 3. At night, my room temperature is: 70 and up 65-70 60-64 Under 60You’re a Hot Potato(or You Sleep with One) Recommendation:Keepin’ the Chill Off. Recommendation:Cold Feet, Warm Heart. Recommendation:Like Sleeping in a Cooler Recommendation: PREV
The deal about quantity vs. quality
Quality in a comforter comes from the details in how it’s made, not how many ounces of down it contains. Sometimes we hear from customers who think that their light warmth comforter is not high quality because it is too thin. Yet, we also hear from customers who love their big, fluffy comforter but are just too hot at night. Down is such a powerful insulator that it doesn’t take much of it to warm you. The key here is getting the right amount of down for you, not packing your comforter with so much down that it’s fun to dive into but you are miserable from sweating through the night.
What makes one down comforter warmer than another ?
Some people confuse ‘fill power’ with ‘fill weight’ by thinking that a higher fill power down will automatically equal a warmer comforter. To some extent, this is true but there is more to the story.
Fill power refers to the measurement of loft, or fluff. It is the true measure of quality and it is tested by measuring the amount of space 1 oz of down takes up. The more space it takes; the higher the fill power. A higher fill power will give you a lighter, more fluffy comforter for a given warmth level.
Fill weight is the main driver of warmth. It is simply the number of ounces of down in a comforter. As more down is put into the comforter the warmth level increases. It doesn’t take a lot of down to do its work so looks can be deceiving.
Warmth level is the end result of the fill power and fill weight working together to make a warm – or not so warm – comforter.
How to get the most luxury for your money
In down comforters, a luxury experience comes from the lightness, fluffiness and rarity of the down. There is no better feeling than snuggling into cloudlike comfort to start off a good night’s sleep. We have already talked about how a higher fill power will get you more fluff and less weight but there are two more considerations when choosing a luxury comforter: thread count and type of down.
Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the finer and more tightly woven the fabric – to certain point. Many people use thread count as their sole measure but more isn’t always better. It’s possible for very high thread count fabrics to be stiff and dense because of the way they are woven and the fiber quality. A good rule of thumb is to not buy anything over 800 or under 200.
- The lowest thread count is between 100 and 180 (referred to as muslin)
- A thread count higher than 200 is considered high quality
- Thread count between 400 and 600 is considered luxury
However, a fabric’s feel and performance over time depends on more than just thread count – particularly when it comes to down-proof fabrics. Different than what you would find in duvets or sheets, down-proof fabrics are tightly woven to do the job of keeping the down inside your comforter. The most important factors in down-proof fabrics are durability and light weight, which is optimized between 230 and 500 thread count. Contrast this with a 1000 thread count fabric, which will feel heavy and have smaller and weaker threads while compromising on down-proofness.
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Types of Down: Species and Origin
There isn’t a difference to the eye between duck vs. goose down. In fact, our scientists have to use a microscope to check the species for each shipment. Goose down is more expensive because it is more rare. Down is a commodity and therefore follows the laws of supply and demand. There is more down available on the market from ducks, than geese, so duck down is more affordable.
Fill power is the equalizer between duck and goose down. A down cluster of a certain size will be, for example, 500 fill power whether it is from a duck or a goose. The fill power tells you more about how it will perform than the species.
The difference between the two types of down comes in at the very high fill powers – above 600 fill power. Goose down is typically available in higher fill powers than duck down.
And, our last distinction comes from origin. Down coming from colder regions of the world will be larger and fluffier. Therefore, the European down from Hungary and France is often higher fill power.
Why do you get down coming out of down comforters?
Down-proof fabric is tightly woven to keep tiny gaps from occurring in the fabric. That’s why you may hear a little crinkle to the fabric, which decreases over time and with washings. There are different levels of down-proofness and these measurements are not reported by the manufacturer to the consumer. The only way to know if you are getting good down-proofness in a comforter is to purchase from a brand that you can trust. Pacific Coast has developed a fabric standard we call Barrier Weave®. Not all down-proof fabrics meet the high standards to qualify to be called Barrier Weave®. We even take it a step further with our unique finishing process that adds even more security.
Taking the baffle out of baffle box
There are two main types of construction in down comforters, the sewn-through box and the baffle box.
The comforter is stitched through both layers of fabric in a sewn-through box construction. We often use this construction method in lightweight comforters and blankets since there isn’t a lot of down to loft and a sewn-through box will keep the down more evenly distributed. The sewn-through construction is more economical as well. Its downside is that cold spots can occur at the stitch lines because the down will move away from that area.
A Baffle Box design refers to three-dimensional fabric-walled boxes that allow the down to loft to its fullest while maintaining even distribution within the boxes – without cold spots. Baffle boxes have a small opening in the corner of each box so they can be filled with down. This construction creates a smooth look to the top of the comforter.
At Pacific Coast, we have gone a step further and developed what we call the Comfort Lock® border. This is a channel that runs around three sides of the comforter to keep the down on the edges separate from the down on top.
This way you can stay warm and cozy because the down is concentrated where you need it and you aren’t paying for down that is only hanging on the edges.
Sizing for success
When choosing a comforter, size is our last consideration. There are many sizes to choose from: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full/Queen, Queen, Oversized Queen, King, and Oversized King sized down comforters.
The decision really is whether to get the size corresponding to your bed or an oversized comforter that drapes off the bed. The European style of comforter is sized to sit on top of the bed with little drape. But, in the US, we tend to like our comforters to hang over the bed, more like a bedspread. If you are looking for more drape, an oversized comforter will fit your style better.
Also consider your preference for the fit of the comforter inside the duvet cover, or down comforter cover.
- Some people like to match the size of the duvet cover as best they can, given there is no industry standard
- Some like their comforter to be slightly larger so that it fluffs up more inside the duvet
- Others buy a larger duvet cover with a regular sized comforter to get the draped look without the cost of a larger comforter.
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Lastly, there is the old tug-of-war problem between couples. Some people take the covers with them when they roll over, leaving their partner out in the cold. Their unfortunate partners really appreciate an oversized comforter so they can keep warm at night too!
While there are several considerations when choosing a down comforter, warmth level is the most important to get right. The rest of the considerations – fill power, thread count, down type, fabric type, construction and size – will help you hone in on your ultimate down happiness and give you confidence in your decision. Buying a down comforter isn’t something you do often since they last so long. Therefore, you want to get it right the first time and choose the right comforter that suits your style. Our customer service team is always here to help you make the right choice. If you aren’t sure, give us a call and we’ll talk you through it.
Looking for an alternative to a down-filled pillow, duvet, or comforter? Let us tell you about the wonders of wool-filled bedding.
When you think of a truly luxurious sleep environment, what comes to mind? If you said “a fluffy down comforter,” that’s not surprising. Down is a good product. But savvy marketers have sold consumers on the story that down bedding creates a heavenly sleep environment beyond compare.
As bedding retailers since 1972, our experience with customers has taught us that down isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.
The reality is, wool bedding performs better than down bedding for most people. It’s not just our opinion or our experience: it’s science. To understand how wool bedding performs better than down-filled bedding, let’s look at the science of down vs. wool.
The lowdown on down bedding
What is down? Down is a layer of fine feathers that grows under the tougher exterior feathers of a bird. Baby birds have down first before they have feathers. Down used in commercial products (bedding, clothing, etc.) can come from geese or ducks, and it can be white or mixed with feathers. Short story: all down is not alike.
What does down do for a duck? The loose structure of down feathers traps air, insulating the duck’s body against heat loss. Down traps warmth (including perspiration and wetness) in against the duck’s skin in an effort to maintain stable body temperature. Ducks find this very useful, being outside creatures who live in and near cold water.
You’re not a duck (right?)
What’s an advantage for the duck is a disadvantage for people sleeping on, with, or underneath down bedding. Down bedding makes people sleep ‘hot.’
Fact: as humans sleep, we give off a pint of liquid (i.e. perspiration or sweat) a night. That’s normal and healthy and doesn’t change much based on gender, age, body size, or body conditioning. A pint for all!
Once expelled from your skin, this perspiration has to go somewhere. With down bedding, the moisture traps against your skin – just like if you were a duck.
This leaves you hot, sweaty, cold, clammy, and maybe smelly. That doesn’t sound like ideal sleeping conditions, and we doubt you (and any sleep partner you may have) will find that restful or romantic.
Down bedding has two mortal enemies: moisture and oil. Moisture means body perspiration and/or humidity from the environment. Oil means natural oils that transfer from the skin on to bedding, or bath/body oils you might topically apply as a moisturizer that then transfers to your bedding as your body warms up through the night.
More sobering news about down from Wikipedia: “…when is wet, the thermal properties of are virtually eliminated. Down clumps, if exposed to dampness or moisture, and will mildew if left damp. In addition, it will absorb and retain odors. Down feathers tend to become more allergenic as they age, as they become contaminated with molds and dust mites.” Not very comforting news, is it?
Ever launder a down duvet, comforter, or pillow, only to find it’s lost its original shape and loft and never feels as fluffy and comfortable again? Cleaning down requires special care, very mild detergents, and air drying only — which, admittedly, can be a bit of a hassle when you’ve got a busy lifestyle, or live in very close quarters where line-drying isn’t feasible.
Finally, down is not hypoallergenic (people with sensitive skin and/or allergies, beware) and can be significantly more expensive than other fills (cha-ching).
What to know about wool
Now let’s talk about wool.
Wool bedding is tried & true
Wool bedding has been a favorite for generations & it’s still popular today. Learn more about wool bedding by exploring our product selection.
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Here’s why people who love the great outdoors LOVE wool: wool is water resistant, which means it wicks moisture away from the skin and allows it to evaporate quickly without becoming wet to the touch. (Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without you ever noticing!)
Wool dries faster than cotton, meaning it outperforms cotton for activities in which body temperature rises, like jogging, hiking, and (yep) sleeping. This is why you’ll encounter wool in products designed for use in the great outdoors — namely in camping or hiking gear. Wool is naturally temperature-regulating.
Another bonus: wool is naturally odor-resistant. If you sleep with a pet, then you’ll appreciate this feature! (As good as Fido’s or Fluffy’s natural pet odor smells to you, you may not love the bouquet of odors he or she leaves on your bedding when you come back to it later.)
Wool is naturally fire-resistant (way to go, sheep!). And lastly, wool is biodegradable. Gotta love eco-friendly bedding!
Price difference of down vs. wool bedding
In a price comparison, you’ll quickly find that not all down is equal. Down filling is harvested from geese, duck, or other birds. ‘Down’ bedding can be comprised of only white down, or it can be mixed with feathers. Different fill compositions, different quality, and different retailers’ markups mean wildly varying price points across down products. Unless the tag says 100% down, you can’t be sure.
The same is true of wool. Wool can be harvested ethically and sustainably from alpaca, angora rabbits, camels, and (of course) sheep. Wool can be mixed with other fibers or it can perform beautifully alone.
There’s not a clear comparison to make between the price of wool bedding and the price of down bedding, given all the variables. The true test is your comfort.
Why we love and recommend wool bedding
At Bedrooms & More, we’ve been in business in Seattle, WA for over four decades. We’ve cultivated a reputation for selling only the best products we can find. Products that will last the longest and be the most comfortable for sleeping, no matter your price range. We like to sell wool bedding because it performs well over time for our customers — we’d dare say, better than most other bedding materials out there.
We have many different wool or wool-filled bedding items in-store and online:
- Wool Comforter – warm and snuggly, made with Minnesota soft wool
- Washable Wool Comforter – made with 100% Belgian lamb’s wool
- Washable Wool Comforter Light – a lighter version of the above, made with 100% Belgian lamb’s wool
- Deluxe Topper with Minnesota Wool – maximum loft for pressure-relieving comfort
- Washable Wool Mattress Pad – all the benefits of wool plus stay-taut construction
- Minnesota Wool Comforter – moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating
- Washable Wool Pillow – breathable, hypoallergenic support for your head, neck, and shoulders
- Washable Wool Pillow Cover – antimicrobial and dust mite-resistant
- Pillow with Minnesota Soft Wool – pliable, supportive, breathable with high-loft virgin wool
- Washable Wool-Filled Topper – ample comfort all-year round
- Deluxe Topper with Australian Wool – all natural and cloud-like
- Washable Wool Blanket – perfect middle layer in your bedding or lovely on its own
Full disclosure: we also occasionally sell down pillows for those people who absolutely have to have them (you know who you are). We can special order down-filled comforters for customers as requested. But time after time, we’ve found wool and other better-performing alternatives that make more of our customers’ investment.
Wool’s the winner
In the market for either down or wool bedding? We hope we’ve given you some good information to shop with, and we hope you’ll agree with us that wool is the clear winner.
Wool is moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, and a soft, comfortable fill fiber. It stays drier much longer than cotton or down when exposed to similar levels of natural body moisture or environmental humidity. It dries faster. It’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial (resists bacteria growth). It’s both odor-resistant and fire-resistant.
Sounds to us like the makings of a great night’s sleep!
When it’s time to replace your bedding, we hope you’ll consider wool.
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