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Down Comforter Buying Guide

It's a common myth that down comforters are just for cold weather. Though they do keep you nice and warm in the winter, down is a natural, lightweight and breathable material that makes it ideal for year-round use. Down comforters are available in many options, fabrications, and price ranges. You can find a high end hypoallergenic comforter or a more modestly priced polyester filled option. Whichever option you choose, it's best to know what to look for before you make a purchase. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a new comforter. 
Down Comforter

Types of Down:

Down is the undercoat of the bird. Unlike actual feathers, down does not have a hard quill or flat stiff shape.

  • Goose. Goose down is the most commonly used type of down for down comforters. It is available in both white and gray goose down, and the color has no effect on the quality. White goose down is usually used because it doesn't show through white comforter shells.
  • Duck. While most manufacturers use goose down, duck down is also used. Duck down is most often found in lower end comforters.
  • Synthetic. For those who don't want a down-filled comforter, there are many alternative materials available.These options have the same properties to provide comfort and can also be hypo-allergenic, such as polyester, rayon, or even wool filling. 


There are three main construction techniques to consider: box-stitch, baffle-box, and gusset.
  • A box-stitch shell is a box-stitched pattern used in comforters and featherbeds. The stitching helps keep the down in place so it won't shift and become uneven. 
  • Baffle-box construction features an internal fabric wall that separates the top and bottom layers. Baffle walls enable down to expand fully for its highest loft (which gives maximum fluff and cushiness to the comforter) and creates more strength in the bedding. 
  • Gusset edges add height around outer edge of the down covering to maximize loft, allowing the comforter to have the maximum amount of fluffiness.
Think thread count is only important for your sheets? Think again!
Just as with other bedding, a higher thread count means a tighter weave to the fabric making it softer. In a down comforter, a higher thread count and a tighter weave will determine how well it contains the down fill, making it last longer.

Down Fill Power:

Fill power is the measure for the amount of space one ounce of down takes up. You can typically find fill power listed on higher end comforters. The higher the fill power, the better the insulating ability and loft (fluffiness) a down comforter will have. Fill power is a good indicator of warmth and quality.

When you bring your new comforter home remember it can take up to 72 hours for it to expand and acheive maximum loft.