Buying Guide: Duvet and Comforter
A bed is not complete without its duvet or comforter to match that can keep you warm and comfortable as you sleep — but which is the better option? In this article, we’ll break down the difference between the two and which you should be adding to your bedroom.
Duvet can be confused with comforter, but they are different. Duvets are usually white and are filled with a down alternative. It adds to the warmth and comfort. It can also be referred to as “down comforters”.
A duvet cover is something that surrounds a duvet like an envelope around it. These covers can come in a multitude of different colors and designs. It is often closed with zipper for easy insertion of the duvet. While a duvet cover is not entirely needed, most people opt to have them as a way to help add to the design of their room and to keep the duvet clean.
Duvet fills: Down and down alternatives
- Down — Down is a popular filling of choice due to the fact that it is lightweight and extremely breathable. As a buying guide, it is best to check for labels such as “100% down” to get the best experience. Those labeled with only “down” could contain as little as 30% of down mixed with mostly feathers. The downside to feathers is that while they are cheaper they do not have the same insulating properties as down. For those with allergies, looking for duvets with a sterilized down is a way to keep allergies at bay.
- Down alternatives — For those allergic to feathers, down alternative is the best option to get a similar feel of down as they are hypoallergenic. They can come in polyester, cotton, or wool. These are cheaper than the usual down but they are often less breathable.
Duvet: The right fill power
Duvet is built differently with fill power or measure of fluffiness. The rule of thumb is that a down that has a higher fill power has better quality and more insulating properties. For a lightweight or summer use getting fill power of 400 and below is ideal. A fill power that can be great at any time of the year ranges from 400 to 600, while those in colder temperatures or need that extra warmth can go for fill power above 600.
A comforter is a large fabric filled with down but is usually filled with synthetic material such as wool, silk, cotton, or polyester. These are flatter and have less volume than the duvet. Comforters can also be filled with down or down alternatives like the duvet, but they usually have less filling. Comforters are quilted in a way to keep the fillings inside in place.
Comforter: Thread count
A thread count is important when choosing the right one for your sleep. Thread count is the number of threads present in the material per square inch. Note that this only applies to the shell of the comforter. A common misconception is that a higher thread count equates to better quality, as any thread count with threads that are thinner or shorter than normal have less durability in the long run. Going for thread count between 300 to 500 is a safe option for most, and finding a strong weave can all add to the durability of your comforters.
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