by April Sanders
Thick, warm, and luxurious, down comforters will keep you warm on even the coldest winter nights. They are an investment, so it's important to choose one that best fits your preferences and sleeping style. They come in a variety of styles, and what's best for one person may not be best for another. Take the time to determine exactly what you are looking for in a down comforter before you choose one.
Set a budget. Determine how many down comforters you need for your home and how much you want to spend on each one. Keep in mind that, the more you spend, the longer your comforter will probably last.
Select a filling. Pure down comforters are 100 percent goose down feathers. Some have down that is treated to be hypoallergenic. Others have a blend of down and polyester for a lighter comforter. The filling you choose will probably depend in large part on your budget.
Choose a fabric. Some down comforters are made with linen while others are made with cotton. Consider the thread count as well. The thread count will determine how smooth the comforter fabric is. The higher the thread count, the softer and smoother your comforter fabric will be. Higher thread count does mean the weave is tighter, however. If you get hot when you sleep, you may prefer the air flow that comes with a lower thread count.
Choose a thickness. Down comforters are rated with a fill power, a number that indicates the amount of filling in the comforter, usually ranging from 525 fill power to 700 fill power. The higher the number, the fluffier the comforter will be. For a lighter weight comforter, choose one with a lower fill-power rating. Choose a higher fill power if you need extra warmth during the night.
Find a well-stitched comforter. The filling in a down comforter can shift and bunch, causing it to become unevenly distributed. Higher quality comforters have stitching that prevents the filling from shifting, called baffle box stitching. With baffle box construction, there is stitching up and down as well as side to side on the comforter, created squares that contain the feathers.