How to Buy a Good Down Comforter

by L. Sefcik

Without a doubt, a down comforter is the "piece de resistance" of any comfortable bed. Not only do they have a deliciously old-world appeal for modern-day bed dwellers; they also make chilly nights and leisurely weekend mornings something to look forward to. To buy a good down comforter, there are only a few pertinent details you need to have at your disposal before you make your final selection. Below, you'll learn how to buy a good down comforter.

Buying a Down Comforter:

How to Buy a Good Down Comforter

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  1. Pick a size.

    When it comes to choosing a good down comforter, you don't have to stick to the rules of mattress dimension. Down comforters are sized to fit all types of beds: twins, doubles, queens, kings and California kings. But if you want a down comforter that does more than sit on top of your mattress or if your partner has a bad habit of grabbing your half of the bedding during sleep, pick a down comforter that's one size larger than your mattress size.

  2. Think about warmth.

    Select a down comforter according to your desired level of warmth. Down comforters are sold in various weights, from extra light to ultra heavy. These are largely determined by the comforter's fill power. A lighter down comforter with a fill power of 500 or 550 may be more appropriate if you live in a warm climate that rarely sees a cold snap. Down comforters with a fill power of 700 or more are desirable if you live in a region with a lot of nippy early-spring and late-autumn nights and long, cold winters.

  3. Pay attention to the thread count.

    Thread counts start in the low 200s, but a good down comforter may have a thread count of 400 or more. Because down comforters generally require a cover to protect them from stains, opting for a high thread count might not make much sense, as thread count is typically equated with the softness of the fabric against your skin. However, the tighter the weave on your down comforter, the less likely small pieces of goose down are to escape between small gaps in the fabric, regardless if you choose to cover it or not.

  4. Buy a baffled down comforter.

    Baffles look like boxes, channels or other decorative stitching. Slim pieces of vertical fabric inside the comforter's shell prevent the down from migrating from one side of the comforter to another and maximize the comforter's overall loft. Baffled comforters are more desirable than sewn-through comforters, which have a similar appearance and simply consist of surface stitching. Sewn-through comforters can be high in quality, but they don't allow the loft to expand to its fullest potential.

  5. Cover it.

    Choose an attractive, protective cover for your down comforter. Although it's possible to wash a down comforter yourself, this entails a great deal of care during the laundering process. Most people prefer to have a down comforter professionally dry-cleaned instead.