Down Alternative Comforters Buyers Guide

A down alternative comforter isn’t for everyone, but sometimes neither is a solid goose down comforter. It becomes a matter of personal snuggly choice. Down alternative comforters are made of a synthetic fill which is meant to mimic the lofty down cluster.

One of the main benefits of a down alternative comforter is for allergies. While down doesn’t necessary cause the allergies, the lower quality down comforters often are filled with dust particles, or other non-down materials, all capable of triggering an allergic reaction in sensitive people.

Any alternative comforters are going to require much more synthetic fill to equal the same warmth a genuine down comforter provides. Regardless of how well the down alternative comforter is cared for, they eventually break down because of the synthetic fibers. They need to be replaced way more often than a goose down comforter.

Another great advantage to owning a down alternative comforter is they are less expensive and much easier to clean.

What fill is inside, if not goose down?

Technology is inside of that luxurious comforter. In ways of synthetic fiber blends most people haven’t heard of. Some of the latest fills can include gel fiber which is not to be confused with jello. The gel simply refers to cushy, scrunch ability properties which is almost identical to the feel of down.

There are synthetic polyester fibers blends created, all of which are made with the hypoallergenic content in mind. And finally, you can select a natural fill of bamboo, silk, cotton or even a filling like a buckwheat hull.

The Appreciation of Fabrics and Weaves

You can easily find a bountiful selection of intriguing colors and fabrics in these types of comforters. The fabrics that have longer fiber weaving methods are ideal because of the strength. The weave is equally important, as this affects how your comforter is going to feel, the way it looks, and how long it will last. A balanced weave is a crisper feel whereas a sateen weave has a softer texture. Some of the most popular fabrics include.

  • Batiste: This is a lightweight, semi-sheer cotton fabric know to be very gentle. It has a gorgeous sheen and is commonly used for lingerie and baby clothing.
  • Sateen: Similar to a satin weave, sateen doesn’t have quite the luster like satin but is revered for its softness. Made with spun yarns, it is typically done from cotton.
  • Damask: Damask can be a glossy fabric. Damask is more representative of a type of weave that is reversible. It is an old type of weaving originating from ancient Middle East cultures.
  • Cambric: This is soft, white, closely woven cotton, similar to linen. It is a delicate, fine fabric which takes its name from Cambrai, France.

Numbers are not everything

Maybe you only have heard thread count referred to in quality of bed sheets. Thread count is a measure of the amount of threads that are sewn per square inch in the comforter. The higher the thread count, the softer the comforter will be. This is a matter of personal comfort, most people purchase sheets and bed comforters at around 80-350 thread count. Remember though, numbers are not everything.

How warm do you want to be?

There are no agreements on the perfect temperatures of a bedroom; everybody has their own idea on the warmth needed. The chart below may help define your special comfort zone:

Type of sleeper

Temperature of bedroom:Always warmNormal to warmNormal to coldAlways cold
over 70ºSynthetic BlanketSynthetic BlanketSynthetic BlanketSynthetic Blanket or Summer Comforter
65º-70ºSynthetic BlanketSynthetic Blanket or Summer ComforterSummer ComforterSummer Comforter or Level 1
60º-65ºSynthetic Blanket or Summer ComforterSummer Comforter or Level 1Level 1 or Level 2Level 2
55º-60ºSummer Comforter or Level 1Level 1 or Level 2Level 2Level 2
below 55ºLevel 1 or Level 2Level 2 Level 2Level 2
  • Synthetic Blanket: This is equal to medium weight, softer and comfort like a down comforter.
  • Summer Comforter: Think of a fluffy but light and thick blanket. Typically it is the go-to blanket that can be used all year long.
  • Level 1 warmth: This is the perfect blanket for the winter. Compare two blankets with little weight and this is level 1 warmth.
  • Level 2 warmth: If you are sleeping in a cooler bedroom, or live in colder climates, this is equal to the warm and heavier effect you receive from combining two or three blankets.

Comforters are an appreciated and necessary part of getting a good night’s sleep, indulge.