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What To Look For In A Warm Down Comforter

By Edited Sep 9, 2015 0 0

Goose down bedding is widely known to be both expensive and luxurious and also very practical. Many high-end products are definitely fancy but in many cases they doesn’t actually deliver any tangible benefits above mid-range products other than quality, durability, and prestige.  In the case of comforters however the difference between a moderately priced down comforter and a high end comforter is very apparent.

If you are looking for a truly warm down comforter then there are a few things you need to look for. Many comforters are labeled as warm, warmer, and warmest but these tips will help you understand why they are warm while others are warmer. It may be in your best interest to buy only the best down bedding but in many cases the lower quality down is just fine and in some cases the better choice.

Why Are Some Down Comforters Warmer Than Others

If research feather down fill power to any extent you will know that comforters in this category can be really warm regardless if they are particularly thick or thin. The difference between the warmest thin comforter and a not-so-warm thin comforter is that the goosedown filling is a lower quality in the less warm option. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however. Some beds, comforters, articles of clothing, and products require more padding but not necessarily more insulation.

One example of this is a pillow. You probably have a fabric or microsuede throw pillow on your living room couch. This pillow needs to be firm and stuffed thick but insulation is hardly a concern at all. Many throw pillows are not stuffed with down but some of the more expensive pillows are. Down is notoriously soft and comfortable but without the need for insulation a lower fill power is required.

In the case of an outdoorsman sleeping bag a hiker may need significant insulation and warmth but desire less volume. In this case the highest quality down is required. As the fill power increases the down can be smaller in volume while still retaining its insulative qualities. The smaller volume makes these types of sleeping bags easier to pack and carry.

For the average person wanting a feather down comforter for their bedspread the decision has to be made on what temperature is needed or wanted as well as what thickness is preferred. Some people simply do not like overstuffed comforters while others love them.  If your home isn’t very cold and you want a thick fluffy blanket then a low fill power thick down comforter may be best for you.

Conversely if your home is cold and you don’t like gigantic fluffy blankets then you will want to shop for a less thick feather down comforter with the highest fill power available.

Feather Down Bedspreads – Keep These Tips In Mind While Shopping

Duvets Vs. High Thread Count Bedspreads

Another significant point to remember when shopping for down bedding is that the highest end bedspreads are often far more expensive than some ultra high quality feather bedding. The difference in price is often one of two things: the brand and the thread count of the comforter.

If you are looking to buy the highest quality goosedown in your comforter you need to distinguish between high price tags and medium range price tags. Most down comforters are basically a large pillow case stuffed full of feathers of different quality. You may want the highest quality feathers but the sheet housing the feathers needn’t be the highest quality materials.  This is simply because everyone using a comforter such as this should be using a duvet cover.  The duvet can be high quality material but the bedspread itself needn’t be.

Having said that there are some features to the spread which may be better than others. These are completely optional but they are worth considering at the very least.

Down Comforter Maintenance Made Easy

Down stuffing has a tendency to redistribute itself throughout your bedding. When you use a feather pillow you surely have noticed that eventually you are laying in the middle of the pillow and the majority of the stuffing is on either side of your head. Once you fluff the pillow and redistribute the stuffing evenly across the pillow everything is better again. With comforters the same thing holds true.

Routinely fluffing and redistributing the feathers throughout the comforter evenly can help the blanket remain adequately and evenly warn from all areas. Nobody wants the bulk of their stuffing to ball up in one area. When this happens that one area can get much warmer than everywhere else which can be uncomfortable.

Some high end comforters can rid you of this problem with a little stitching. Much like a quilted pattern if the down stuffing is added to a bed spread in sections which are quarantined from other sections through the stitching and construction of the spread then the blanket should always remain quite evenly distributed and warm in all areas.

In any event buying a feather down comforter doesn’t have to break the bank. If you determine that an inexpensive down comforter in a basic low thread count cover is all you need then by shopping sales you can easily get excellent deals without breaking the bank.  You will however need a good duvet to keep your comforter in top form and to rid you of the need for laundering it very often.

This article goes into a lot more detail on cleaning down bedding and pillows. It’s worth a read especially if you are planning on buying an expensive bedspread. Protecting your purchase with good maintenance is always a good practice.

You should also seek out feather down bedding reviews for the specific bedspread or pillow you are considering buying. No matter what the label says about a product the use and comments from past customers is invaluable. They can point out issues both bad and good about particular products that you wouldn’t uncover yourself without buying. This alone can save you a bunch of money and heartache in the long run.



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