A down duvet is a comforter, similar to a blanket or quilt, but is filled with an insulating material such as cotton, wool, silk, polyester or down. You have heard that down comforters or down duvets offer an unparalleled sleep experience - and now you want one of your own.
Choosing the Best Down Comforter
What exactly should you look for as you search for a new down comforter? Advertisements are touting white feathers over grey feathers, goose down versus duck down. Fill power and thread count are foreign, and who knew there was such a thing as warmth preference? Don't let confusion stop you from finding the perfect down comforter. Read on to learn more.
Tips on How to Choose a Comforter
Fill power. The higher the fill power of a down comforter, the larger and better quality the down inside. Big, strong clusters of down are warmer, more breathable and will outlast small, fragile down clusters. Fill power of 400 and below is low-grade down; a high-quality down comforter will start at a fill power of 500. Luxury down comforters will have a fill power of 700 and higher.
With a high fill power, less down is required to fill the same amount of space. Down comforters with a high fill power are lighter, fluffier and plusher.
Down comes from the underbelly of waterfowl like ducks and geese. Down has a three-dimensional structure that allows each cluster of down to trap air and keep you warm - something that synthetic materials cannot duplicate.
High-quality down will come from a mature bird; young down has a poor fill power and breaks down easily. There is no difference in quality between grey and white down or duck and goose 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, and therefore the softer, silkier and cozier your down comforter will be. The lowest thread count is between 100 and 180 (referred to as muslin). A thread count higher than 250 is considered high quality cotton; thread count between 400 and 600 is luxury.
Fabric. A barrier weave is a tightly woven and finished fabric that keeps down in your comforter, and not leaking out. Up to 3 times more leak-proof than other fabrics, a tightly-woven fabric is designed to last and keep your down comforter in mint condition. Sweet dreams will not be interrupted either, as barrier weave mutes the sound of settling feathers.
Construction and Design
Warmth distribution. Down that shifts to the edges of a comforter and away from the body is the plight of cheap down comforters. Look for a comfort lock system, which concentrates down over the "sleep zone" and keeps you warm and comfortable all night long.
Support. Be it a box design, a diamond box design or a baffle box design, down comforters should be constructed to keep down evenly distributed and in place - with no bulky clumps or shifting down. Your down comforter should always lay smooth; a well-designed comforter will not pucker at the stitching over time.
Cleanliness of feathers. People who think they suffer from feather or down allergies are usually reacting to the dust, dirt and allergens in their bedding. Look at a down comforter with an extensive cleaning process like hyperclean. The down and feathers should be washed, rinsed and dried several times before becoming a down comforter.
Warmth. Choosing a warmth level that is right for you is important to a great night's sleep. Down comforters come in different weights designed for different conditions and climates. Fill power can then be used to fine tune the warmth level.
A light warmth comforter will not be as warm as an extra warmth comforter, even if the light warmth comforter has a higher fill power. The amount of down plays a larger role in warmth than fill power. Down comforters are available in all varieties of warmth, from light ones for tropical locations to extra heavy ones for freezing warm months.
Washing your down comforter too frequently will cause the down clusters to break down. Washing once every five years is recommended for a comforter used year round. A duvet or cover will protect a down comforter from getting dirty or damaged.
If washing is necessary, use a dry cleaner or professional laundering service. Most home washers and dryers are not equipped to handle such large items.
Specialty Down Comforters
Multiple warmth levels. A down comforter can be designed to cater to different levels of warmth for couples with different sleeping preferences.
Oversized down comforters. Oversized down comforters drape over the edges of your bed for people who like more down coverage.
Still suffering from allergies? Not the total sleep experience you imagined? No one should be stuck with unfulfilling bedding. Can you return your down comforter if you're not 100% sleep satisfied? The answer should be, "yes."
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