What Makes A Great Down Comforter?

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If you are in need of buying a new down comforter there are several things you should consider in your buying decision. We will explore these topics and provide tips to help you make a comfortable decision (pun intended). Things that will make a difference for down comforters:

  • Size
  • Warmth Rating
  • Filling Material
  • Construction Style
  • Fabric
  • Care & Maintenance Recommendations


The size of a down comforter would appear to be a straightforward measurement that would allow a consumer to know if an item is big enough or too big. However most stores will feature a generalized size measurement in the form of a letter or letter series – like F for full or K for king. What gets confusing is when an item is marked F/Q (which would stand for Full/Queen). Some stores will dumb down their bedding sizes and oversimplify the size. For example an oversized queen would measure 90 x 98. However the retailer might state the size as F/Q – which to some consumers may make them leery of buying because they perceive the item as being in between the size of a full and queen comforter – this size is sometimes a 88 x 88. So in this case the consumer may believe they are buying a small or inferior item based on this simplified size marking.

We would always recommend to new buyers that they select a size that is larger than their typical size. This extra coverage not only covers the side of the bed but most importantly provided extra coverage to prevent night time tug of war with the down comforter. In general we advise to buy an oversized queen (90 x 98) for a queen bed and an oversized king for a king bed (108 x 98)

Warmth Rating Most comforters are sold in a store or a catalog with an easy to reference weight or ‘warmth' rating system. This can vary from a series of feathers ( 1 being light to 6 being warm), a series of weather icon's (palm trees for summer, snowflakes for winter) and finally to wording (Warm, Warmer Warmest). Most consumers always buy a comforter too warm for what they need it for and are then stuck with a comforter that is too warm. We advise buying one level lighter in warmth then you think you may need. You can always add a down blanket on top for extra warmth – however it is harder to modify a ‘too warm,' comforter.

Filling Material Down filling is considered the gold standard and you will find that it can cost that much more to enjoy it. Because down filling is a byproduct of the poultry industry in China and Eastern Europe prices will vary be season, and global temperatures and of course supply and demand. In general White Goose Down filling has a fresher smell and when washed properly (like RestAssured fillings) it will last for several years of enjoyment.

Construction Style When it comes to comforter constructions there are two styles – sewn thru and baffle box. Sewn thru comforters feature their filling permanently sewn into squares. The downside is they don't allow super puffy looks but do guarantee the filling to stay in place. The other major style is the baffle box construction – which is when there are 4 pre-sewn sides to a filling chamber and it requires a small filling hole in each box. This small hole allows the manufacturer the ability to fill each chamber separately.

Fabric When it comes to comforter fabrics we always recommend natural fibers like cotton (specifically Supima cotton or Egyptian cotton). Some fabrics that are performance driven like Tencel Lyocell feels cool to the touch buy have and amazing hand that surpasses the best cottons. You should only buy comforter equal to or higher than a 230 TC cambric cotton weave.

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This article was published on 2010/09/11