How to Choose a Comforter

Down Duvet or Down Comforter?

A 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.

We offer the highest quality in natural down fills, high thread count and traditional European quality construction. The following guide will illustrate the things to look for when you have made the decision to invest in a high quality down comforter.

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. We have put together the following guide to assist you in your purchasing process of a down duvet or comforter.

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.


Most Popular Down Comforter


Shop Classic Comforter

Voted #1 by our customers! The Classic Comforter is filled with a 525 fill power down and is covered in a 230 thread count, 100% cotton cover that is completely sewn through to minimize shifting and cold spots.



  • 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.

Hotel Quality White Goose Down Comforter


Shop Hotel White Goose Down Comforter

Do you want the same quality sleep and bedding from that boutique hotel in your own home? Our Hotel Collection White Goose Down Comforter will offer that to you. Fluffy luxury and enveloping warmth to make you feel at home... in your home.



  • 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.

Highest Thread Count Down Comforter


Shop Luxury Comforter

Using the highest quality materials comes naturally to us. Our Luxury Comforter stands out from the crowd. With a supple 680 Thread Count, 100% cotton fabric and the best 700 Fill Power White Goose Down, this comforter provides sumptuous luxry and warmth.


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.

Our Most Innovative Down Comforter


Shop Double Down Around Medium Pillows

Throughout our history, we have always been innovators in what we do. Our SuperLoft® Comforter is the pinnicle of that innovation. Each of the sewn through squares are pleated to allow the down inside to fully loft up and give the comforter an extra-fluffy appearance.



  • 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.

Most Comfortable Down Comforter


Shop Lunesse Comforter

Wonderfully light weight and wonderfully warm. Our Lunesse™ Comforter with lightweight Batiste fabric is irresistable. The fabric is very smooth and the high down fill really fills our each sewn through square.



  • 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.

Machine Washable Down Blanket


Shop AllerRest Down Blanket

Our AllerRest® Down Blanket is the perfect choice for anyone who wants an easy care blanket, for someone who sleeps warm or for someone who has allergies and is looking to minimize those allergies in their sleeping environment.


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.

Best Comforter for Personal Warmth


Shop Embrace Down Comforter

Our Embrace® Comforter, rated "Best in Down Comforters" from the Good Housekeeping™ Research Institute, is designed in such a way to envelop each sleeper in their own warmth "coccoon", ensuring that each sleeper is comfortable and the perfect temperature.



  • 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."

Best All Around Down Comforter


Shop Premier Down Comforter

Our Premier Down Comforter is the best of all worlds. With its 300 Thread Count, 100% cotton fabic and 550 fill power down is the perfect comforter for a wide range of sleepers in a wide range of climates.


Looking for the Best Down Comforter?

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