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Cushy, down-filled comforters are a total treat to curl up with at night. There's plenty to love about them, from their lofty look, to the silk-like feathery feel. Beyond the general look and cost of a new down comforter, those who are in the market for making this major bedding upgrade may want to pay special attention to the various fill power options out there, in order to get the most out of your investment.
The fill power in a comforter refers to its down-feather density — the number indicates the amount of space that 1 ounce of down fill takes up in cubic inches. Comforters with low power-fill numbers will be less lofty but more breathable, and those with higher numbers will be weightier and warmer. Most folks who sleep in temperature-controlled bedrooms will want to choose down comforters with a fill power in the 550-700 range, as these are just right for year-round comfort, but those with specific sleep needs may want to consider comforters outside of that middle range. Read on for our favorite down comforter picks across all categories.
This reviewer-favorite comforter is otherworldly fluffy, and the baffle-box stitching ensures that it'll stay that way for a long time. The lofty 90% goose-down fill is evenly dispersed throughout the comforter to avoid unsightly clumping, and it's covered with a lightweight cotton shell that keeps sleepers feeling cozy, yet cool. The corners even have elastic loops around the corners, so you can keep a duvet cover securely in place over it!
Users tout its lightweight but warm feel, though we particularly love that it's Oeko-Tex-certified, meaning that it was constructed without the use of any potentially harmful chemicals. Just note that this comforter is dry-clean only. It's available to buy in a twin, queen, and king size.
Best for Fluffiness
Filled with humanely sourced duck down, the 600-fill-power Casper Down Duvet is every bit as strategically engineered as its famed mattress. A departure from traditional baffle-box quilting, its sewn-through seams create slim, rectangular chambers that hold the down and retain its fluffiness. As a bonus, it even has corner loops to hold a duvet cover in place.
When we tested this duvet insert, we immediately noticed two things: that the material was incredibly crinkly but also very lightweight. Luckily, neither of these factors seemed to affect overall quality of sleep. The duvet's pillowy texture and rectangular quilting was also incredibly adept at facilitating airflow, making the piece feel light and cool, without ever going flat. While this duvet feels as though it perfectly regulates body temperature during the winter, it did feel a bit too bulky for a restful night of sleep on hotter nights.
The Casper duvet can be machine-washed on a gentle cycle and tumble-dried, and it's available to purchase in sizes twin/twin-XL, full/queen, and king/California king.
Best for Warmth
Ethically sourced white goose down and feather fibers puff up this 750-fill-power pick from Parachute to keep you nice and toasty during the months when you need it most. Its sateen cotton cover also provides sublime sleeping comfort. This Oeko-Tex-certified pick was made to feel fluffy but not heavy, helping you maintain the perfect body temperature for sweat-free sleep. Reviewers love the feel and purity of the down, as it makes a huge difference to those who are allergen-sensitive.
The comforter is available in sizes twin/twin-XL, full/queen, and king/California-king, and it can either be dry cleaned or washed on a cold, delicate cycle with mild detergent.
Best for All Seasons
The plush 700 fill power in this Hutterite-goose-down comforter from Brooklinen gives your bed a dreamy cloud-like feeling. The all-season weight is so breathable, you can feel the air push out of it as you move around. Plus, it's covered by a silky-smooth, 400-thread-count, sateen-cotton cover that's baffle-stitched to preserve the longevity of the filling. This Oeko-Tex-certified comforter is also available in a lighter 600-fill-power option, in case you err on the side of hot when you sleep.
Just keep in mind that it may also be one of the higher-maintenance picks out there, as Brooklinen doesn't recommend machine-washing or dry cleaning this comforter. It should periodically be shaken out outdoors, spot-cleaned in the event of a spill, or dry-cleaned as a last resort. It can also be fluffed in the dryer to revive its loftiness. The comforter is available to buy in twin, full/queen, and king/California king sizes.
Best Budget Buy
This duck-down comforter from Target has a fill power of 600, providing medium-weight warmth that its users tout as being comparably warm and cozy to more premium brands. It's covered with a baffle-box-stitched cotton-polyester cover with subtle piping details that the user could even display without a duvet cover if needed in the hottest months.
The comforter is available in a queen or king size, and it can be machine washed-and-dried. If you're looking to make a bedding upgrade without spending top dollar, this one fits the bill beautifully.
For the discerning folks out there who can tell the difference in feel between a pure goose versus duck-down comforter, don't settle for anything less. The Geneva comforter from Legends offers users an impressive variety of warmth and size options to make it feel like a custom-made piece.
It has four different warmth options to choose from (super light, light, medium, and extra), as well as an option for a standard or oversized comforter. What remains constant across all varieties is the hypoallergenic-tested Hungarian-goose-down fill, an incredibly fluffy feel, a 430-thread-count combed cotton sateen cover, and 15-inch baffle-box stitching that keeps the loft in place. It's available in all sizes from twin to king, and it does require professional dry cleaning to keep it in its peak condition.
Best Lightweight Feel
Whether it's summer weather all year round, or your bedroom just feels like it, this lightweight 550-fill-power comforter from Pottery Barn helps keep you feeling pleasantly cool. Lower-fill-power comforters can feel flimsy next to denser types, but because of its quality white-down and feather fiber fill and end-to-end box-stitching, this one maintains its loft, while holding the feathers in place. This piece is also Oeko-Tex-certified, and its 300-thread-count cotton cover increases breathability, even when slipped inside of a duvet cover.
It's available in a twin, full/queen, and king/California king, and it can be conveniently machine washed.