Best Comforter Overall:
Comforters are made of many different fabrics, however, down comforters offer the most versatility. The contribution of our 'goose feathered friend', is what makes Down Comforters more versatile than other types of comforters. Down is actually, by way of definition, the under feathers of a goose or duck. Down accomplishes for humans what it does for foul. It acts as a warm insulator and is useful in both warm and cool weather.
A contributing factor to the versatility of down is its availability in different weights and fills. This is why it is a good choice for cooler or warmer weather and for persons with specific sleep habits. In other-words, purchasers can decide on a weight of down in accordance to what they find more comfortable. ‘Cold blooded’ people choose heavier weights, while a person who tends to be more warm blooded will choose a lighter weight and fill.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a comforter;
Fill Power: I will not bore you with the scientific definition. Suffice it to say – the higher the fill, the fluffier, lighter and more airy the comforter. A suggested fill power which is between 500- 650 will retain heat and is more breathable and durable.
Fill weight: Measured in ounces. A higher weight in ounces means a heavier comforter, but this is does not indicate how warm the comforter will be. A high fill weight, combined with a low fill power, will indicate a comfortably 'heavy' comforter which is not too hot.
Construction: Baffling, gusseting, channels, and boxes are sewing techniques used to hole down filling and to keep the down from 'bunching up' or shifting.
Additionally, thread count was a consideration when compiling this Best Comforter List. Thread count is the number of woven threads within a square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave of fabric, which contributes to the quality of the comforter.
If you aren't limited by your budget, then this down comforter is for you. The Hotel Collection Bedding, Heavy Down Comforter is very expensive. It retails between $900 and $960. Despite its daunting price, it isan extremely fine comforter. Buyers consistently awarded five stars to this comforter, citing its 'quality and warmth' as strong points.The comforter is undeniably comfortable and perfect for frigid weather.
This bedding has a fairly high thread count of 500 (highest possible thread count for bedding is 1500). It measures 90 x 98, which isappropriate for afull or queen-sizebed.The fill power is 700 and the fill weight is 48 ounces. The comforter is made of 100% cotton which makes this comforter airy and durable. Read Full Review
The Company Store White Bay Goose Down Comforter is a good pick because of its above average fill power, which is between 600 and 650. Secondly, it is a great choice for persons who want a change from the basicwhite down comforter. This comforter is available in a variety of colors. Additionally, the manufacturer will monogram the covering for the consumer who desires a personal touch. A contributor to making this a best pick is the affordable price. It retails between $169 and $249. The comforter comes in all sizes. The comforter is machine washable. Independent testing proved the comforter to be durable, with little or no shrinking or pilling after washing. However, some consumers considered the fabric of the comforter as weak and possibly susceptible to snags and tears, and some consumers found the comforter to be unattractive. The latter of course depends solely on personal taste. Read Full Review
This comforter isa best pick, due in part to its availability in all mattress sizes. Also, it is a proven hypoallergenic, which is a huge advantage. The comforter was tested and proven free of 100 chemicals. It also stood up well after multiple washings and has a fill power of 600. It is also an extremely warm comforter. Read Full Review
This is definitely a best pick because of its loft. The comforter has a fill power of 650, which is above average. It is made with baffle box construction which means the down stays where it is supposed to, ensuring the comforter remains lofty and airy. The comforter must be dry cleaned and retails between $200 and $300. A huge plus for this comforter is its performance in tests conducted by Good Housekeeping. It is suggested that this comforter be protected by a duvet, since it did not fair quite as well as other comforters in regards to abrasion. Consumers report minimal shrinkage and a slightly different appearance after dry cleaning. Read Full Review
The Target Fieldcrest Luxury Goose Down Comforter was chosen as a best pick primarily for its affordable price. It retails between $100 and $110. However, this was not the only reason it was chosen as a best pick. The comforter was tested for strength and durability and stood up well after machine washing. It retained its good appearance and though the thread count is a bit lower than more expensive comforters, its 400 count thread count is nothing to sneeze at. However, it did show some signs of wear with moderate piling and a duvet is recommended. The outer cover is made of 100% cotton. Purchasers will want to consider that testers also found the comforter to be lacking in warmth, despite its heaviness. Read Full Review
Best Down Comforter:
Down comforters offer the best in comfort, both in terms of softness and in terms of breathability. And these days, allergies aren't even an issue, as the best down comforters are certified hypo-allergenic. There is a wide range of down comforters out there, and depending on exactly what you're looking for, you can find something suitable no matter what your price range or requirements. Here are the five most luxurious, durable, warm, and easy to care for down comforters on the market.
This is, hands-down, the most luxurious down comforter ever. If 1200 thread count Egyptian cotton isn't enough to convince you, then the 750-fill power will certainly win you over. This 100% goose down comforter is super fluffy and soft, yet it's not so overpoweringly warm as to be uncomfortable. Box stitching keeps the down from shifting around, and both the contents and the cover are hypo-allergenic. This is a great comforter in nearly every season, except perhaps in the heat of the summer if you live in an extremely hot climate. Read Full Review
This is one of the nicer looking comforters available, and it holds up well even after numerous washes. Dry cleaning is recommended (as with all down comforters), but even in the washing machine this comforter holds up remarkably well. The cotton cover is strong and durable, and this is a perfect comforter even in kids' rooms where it might see a little more wear and tear. This comforter features a box stitch to help keep the down in place. Read Full Review
For those who are looking for a more lightweight comforter without sacrificing warmth, Bed Bath & Beyond's Seasons Year Round comforter is an excellent choice. The 500 thread count fabric is downproof, which means no escaping down. The 600-fill power white goose down is lofty without being too overwhelming. This comforter is slightly oversized, which is great if it's luxury you're looking for, but of course, an appropriate cover will also have to be oversized. Read Full Review
Kohl's makes choosing a down comforter easy with this dual-color reversible down comforter. It's as warm and fluffy as the other comforters in this list, but the great thing about this comforter is that it doesn't require a separate cover. The brown-or-mint reversible cover can go with a variety of warm or cool-colored sheet sets, and you really can't beat this comforter in terms of thickness versus warmth. It's a surprisingly cozy comforter for the thickness and does well in the washing machine as well as at the dry cleaners. Read Full Review
Target might not be the first place you think of to buy a quality goose down comforter, but this Fieldcrest Luxury comforter is surprisingly well-crafted, and the price is excellent considering the sturdy construction and impressive warmth. It is a great all-seasons comforter that is remarkably fluffy and machine washable. It is extremely breathable in the summer, and yet provides fantastic warmth even on the coldest winter nights. Excellent choice for a budget down comforter. Read Full Review