A down or down alternative comforter can offer a cozy respite in winter, but before
you rush out to buy one, there are some things you need to know. First of all, if you're
confused about what a down comforter is, let me explain. The "down" filling in a
down comforter is the feathers from geese or ducks. Down is a highly desirable
stuffing for a comforter because it is very light, holds in body heat while also allowing
moisture to escape, and is very soft.
Unfortunately, a lot of people have allergies to down and if you are one of these, you
might look for a down alternative comforter. You want to buy only comforters with
purified down. When the down is purified, the dust and dander is removed so even
allergy sufferers may be able to use these types of comforters. However, if that still
does not work for you, you can find alternatives that seem like the real thing.
"Fill power" is a term you need to become familiar with if you are purchasing a
down comforter. Fill power directly relates to the amount of warmth you will get from
a down comforter and is also an indicator of the quality of the down.
One ounce of down with a fill power of 650 means this: one ounce of that down
takes up 650 cubic inches. So if a comforter has a fill power of 450, it means that one
ounce of the down inside that comforter will take up 450 cubic inches. The higher the
fill power, the higher the quality of the down and the more warmth it provides. Also,
the higher the fill power the warmer you get with less weight. So higher fill power
means more warmth, and more fluffiness while also having a comforter that is
You don't really have to have a high fill power though. It's all related to how warm
you want to be. If you live in a cold area a high fill power comforter is nice to have in
the winter. A lower fill power comforter is nice in the summer or if you live in an area
with a warm climate. But I've found that the 550 down comforter I own is
comfortable in both the summer and the winter. And I live in a fairly cool climate.
Another thing to make sure you look for is a comforter that has baffling. When a
comforter is baffled, it has different sections so that the stuffing stays spread evenly
through the product and doesn't move around too much. I made the mistake of buying
one once that did not have sealed baffles. What happens is that, over time, the filling
shifts around and lumps up in one area. To find a down a down comforter that won't
have filling that shifts look for either baffling where the baffles are sewn through all
the way or a comforter that has closed baffles or end-to-end baffles. If a comforter has
closed baffles or end-to-end baffles the package will usually clearly state so.
To keep your down comforter clean, cover it with a duvet cover. A duvet cover is
like a cocoon for your comforter. This will be great for decorating and keep your
comforter clean for a long time.
Another thing to look at is thread count. Generally speaking, the higher the thread
count, the softer and more luxurious the fabric. Also check out outdoor storage
buildings if you are in need of additional storage.
Owning a down comforter is a great little luxury. You don't have to buy the most
expensive down comforter to get a great quality product either. And if you take care of
your comforter it can last for a long time, making it a good investment.