Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing which type of down comforter is best for many consumers, they become somewhat confused because of the many selections that are available. The following are some tips on how to go about selecting the finest down comforter for the best night’s sleep possible.
First of all, down comforters that are massed produced as opposed to those that are made by hand offer better quality and also tend to be thoroughly sanitized, further reducing impurities that result in allergies. So purchasing a down comforter that is hypoallergenic is a indicator that you are getting one that has been carefully sanitized.
Choosing a Down Comforter Based on Size
When choosing a down comforter, the size of the comforter is a very important and obvious factor. It should be large enough to cover the entire bed in most all cases. In fact some down comforters are also oversized to ensure that the entire bed is covered. The common sizes that down comforters are made in come in the following sizes: ·
The Down Throw – 53″ x 67″ ·
The Twin – 68″ x 86″ ·
The Full – 81″ x 86″ ·
The Queen – 92″ x 88″ ·
The Oversized Queen – 98″ x 98″ ·
The King Sized – 107″ x 92″ ·
The Oversized King – 116″ x 98″
Those who require a more oddly sized down comforter can seek out manufacturers who make customized sizes.
Choosing a Down Comforter Based on the Type of Fabric
In addition to different sizes, down comforters also come in a wide variety of fabrics too. Which makes it more challenging to make a selection. The fabric is based on different fabric qualities, most all are made out 100% cotton.
Some common fabric qualities consist of the following:
- Cambric, which come in a very basic weave. It is a great value however. ·
Damask is a very excellent quality down comforter for the price. ·
Batiste is a very light weight down comforter yet is very durable. ·
Sateen is a very soft down comforter and is made with a high sheen.
Selecting a Down Comforter Based on the Desired Warmth Level
Most consumers decide to purchase a down comforter because of the comfort it provides, but the main reason is because of the warmth that it provides. Thus decisions in the following section should be based on how cold you get at night and whether or not your room gets really cold.
The following are types of comforters to consider based on your warmth level, which include the following: ·
The Dual Warmth Down Comforter, which is designed for those who sleep with their spouse, where one sleeps warm and the other sleeps cool. These come with separate warmth levels to accommodate each person. ·
The Down Blanket, which is equivalent to the warmth of a medium weight blanket, just softer and more lofty ·
The Summer Comforter is the equivalent of a very thick warm blanket, but is very puffy and very light. These can be used all year round and are great for warm sleepers. ·
The Warmth Level 1 Down Comforter is as warm as one to two very thick blankets, but are much lighter. These are great between the fall through spring months. ·
The Warmth Level 2 Down Comforter is as warm as two to three very thick blankets, but are much lighter. These are more suitable for those who sleep in colder bedrooms. ·
The Warmth Level 3 Down Comforter is specifically designed for very cold bedrooms during the winter months. Made of interior fabric baffles to enhance the warmth during the winter’s cold nights. ·
The Warmth Level 4 Down Comforter was initially used in bedrooms that contained no heat. They are overfilled with the baffles interior walls. The level 4 is designed for the very cold sleepers in cold climates.
So basically, there are comforters based on whether or not your room normally is over or below 70°. If it is above 70°, then you may want to consider a blanket level comforter or a summer level.
If your room temperature is normally below 55°, then consider a level 1 or level 2 if you are always warm, a level 2 or level 3 if you are normal to warm while you are sleeping, a level 3 or level 4 if you are normal to cold and a level 4 if you are always cold.
Selecting a Down Comforter Based on the Comforter’s Fill
Down comforters are typically filled with either of the following: ·
600 U.S. White Duck Down. This consist of 100% Duck Down
600 White Goose Down. This is a much better grade of White Goose Down. It is light and fluffy. ·
700 European White Goose Down. This is softer and lighter than some of the best downs on the market.
800 European White Goose Down. This is a very special yet rare down made of the highest quality. ·
900 European White Goose Down. This is a very high level and luxurious goose down that is often rare and difficult to find. In most cases, it must be ordered ahead of time, as it is based on availability. ·
1,000 European White Goose Down. This is the finest down available and is an exceptionally rare down .
Rare Eiderdown Fill. Collected by hand in Iceland and Scandinavia this down is of the highest quality.
You may also make selection based on the fill power, which is the total number of cubic inches within one ounce of down that is being filled. The larger the number, the higher the quality, and the lighter the comforter will be.
Lastly, consider ensuring that fabrics are down proof, that will not leak any down or feathers and are free from harmful chemicals.