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Comforter Buying Guide
What is Down?

Down is the soft, fluffy clusters which grow under the outer layer of breast feathers of geese and ducks to protect them from the extremely cold temperatures. Down is lighter and more flexible than feathers.

What factors determine the quality of a down comforter?

Type of Down: The best down is large cluster white goose down. Goose down is stronger, lasts longer, and has more fill power than duck down. White goose down does not show through the most commonly used white cover.

Fill Power and Weight:
Down warmth is rated by both fill power and the amount of fill. Better quality down with high fill power will loft higher requiring less ounces of down to create insulating warmth. Fill power is the measurement in which an ounce of down will loft and expand to fill an empty space. The higher the fill power, the better the down will insulate.

A down comforter should be covered with a 100 cotton fabric of 200 thread count or more. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave, and the more "down proof" (minimal to no leakage) the comforter will be.

Different stitching patterns regulate the shifting of down. Sewn-through design keeps lighter weights of down stable for consistent warmth. Baffled construction is when fabric "walls" are sewn between the top and bottom cover. They keep the down from shifting while allowing it to fully loft. Fluffy, full down insulates you better.

How do I care for my down comforter?

Use a duvet cover, also called a comforter cover, over your down comforter to protect the fabric from dirt and shield the seams from wear. "Fluff" or shake out your down comforter periodically. This lofts the fill, preventing matting and providing better insulation. "Air out" your comforter occasionally. Your down comforter should be dry cleaned every three to five years if a comforter cover (duvet) is used to protect it.


Use a duvet cover, also called a comforter cover, over your down comforter to protect the fabric from dirt and shield the seams from wear. A comforter is two pieces of fabric stitched along all four sides and filled with synthetic or natural filling to provide warmth to the bed. A comforter covers the top and sides of a mattress, but does not cover the bed pillows or box spring. The cost of the comforter depends on the type of fabric used, the detail of the quilting pattern, and the embellishments and other details that are added to the design.

Comforter Sets & Beds-in-a-bag:

A comforter set is a pre-assembled matching set consisting of a comforter, bed ruffle, and shams packaged together. A bed-in-the-bag consists of a comforter, bed ruffle, shams and a set of sheets. Twin comforter sets and bed-in-a-bags come with only one standard sham.

Duvet Cover:

A duvet cover, also called a comforter cover, is basically two pieces of fabric sewn together with an opening at one end through which a down or synthetic filled comforter is inserted and enclosed inside.

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