Inside your bedroom sanctuary is the most magical inanimate object ever, your bed. Your bed, coupled with a plush, soft, and luxurious comforter, is probably the best end to your day. With so many different bedding options on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the plethora of choices. There are four main types of bedspreads: comforters, duvets, quilts, and coverlets. Our personal favorite, the comforter.
Read on for the ultimate guide to picking the best comforter:
What is a Comforter?
A comforter is much like a quilted blanket, but thicker and stuffed with a plush material. They are typically used over a top sheet and sometimes even used as a second layer of warmth. In comparison, a duvet is a casing filled with down or a synthetic material. A duvet is placed inside a duvet cover to protect the material for our oils and sweat during the night.
Down is the Way to Go
When shopping for the perfect comforter, down is always the best option. It comfortable, lightweight, luxurious, and most importantly, it keeps the ultimate temperature. Down, the material used to fill comforters and duvets, is made from the softest breast feathers of ducks and geese. The feathers create a warm, yet breathable sleeping environment by trapping air between each other. The end result, a comforter that is fluffy, cool, and beautiful.
Alternatives to Down
Down, for vegans and people with allergies, is a big no. In the past, down alternatives have been lumpy and cheap-feeling. Now, the dow alternative has greatly improved into what feels almost identical to the feathers. Using fine material that mimics the job of duck or geese feathers, we now have an option that is very similar to the cooling and fluffy effect of down. We still believe down is the best, but if you had to go for a different option, this will be your best bet.
Wool comforters are also a great alternative to down. The material is made of only the softest, purest, and finest wool. Our go-to wool comforter is the Merino. It’s made of Merino wool, natural Shropshire wool, and organic and natural cotton. This certified organic comforter is tested to be free of arsenic, VOC’s and other carcinogenic chemicals that can be found in other conventional bedding, such as polyester and silk.
Fill power is the volume, or fluffiness, of the comforter. It’s measured in buccan inches of down per ounce and ranges from 300 to 800. We say get the perfect in-between and go with about 500 fill power. If you’re looking for something extremely plush and pillow-like, go all out and get 800.
Comforters are so specific and personalizable that they even come in various weights. This way, you are guaranteed to find your perfect comfortable and sleep amazing every single night. Whether you sleep in a chilly room or you like a more warn environment, there is a weight available for you. Here’s how we break it down:
- Lightweight – A lightweight comforter is thinner, more like a blanket, and is best for people who just need a little warmth during the night.
- Medium weight – A medium weight comforter is right in between light and heavy. For ideal sleeping conditions, we recommend a medium for the perfect year-round comforter.
- Heavyweight – A heavyweight comforter is meant for cold winter months when a medium weight comforter just won’t cut it. It’ll keep your super warm all night and is meant for those who are always cold or sleep in a cold environment.
That wraps up the ultimate guide to the best comforters! If you’re on the market for the best bedding, check out our sleep accessories now. The perfect bedroom setup isn’t complete without the ultimate mattress! Purchase a new mattress today for the ideal sleep environment.