What makes a comforter extremely comfortable is the quality of the filling inside each cluster of material dispersed throughout the length and breadth of the material. Yes, quality does matter here, just like in every other thing in life. What you need to know is how to choose a comforter that best suits your comfort needs and allows sleep to be the beautiful experience you never dreamed you could have.
Down Comforter vs. Down Alternative Comforter (Synthetic):
Down comforters are known for their ability to trap air and keep you warm. Down is the name for the tiny fluffy undercoatings (fibers or filaments) found beneath the feathers in the underbelly of water-fowls such as ducks and geese. Down fibers have a three-dimensional structure which allows them to interlock easily with each other. They also possess a light-weight feature which causes them to "loft" and trap air under their filaments, even though air has a larger weight than they do. This trapping of air underneath their light-weight is what ultimately produces warmth for the body. You should note that there is no proven difference in quality between down fibers found in geese or ducks, they produce the same level of trusted warmth.
Down Alternative Comforters produce a similar effect to down comforters with regards to warmth and durability. The difference is that down alternative comforters do not utilize natural feather fibers from birds. Their fibers are synthetic (hand-made or machine-made) and created from materials such as rayon or polyester. Some manufacturers also use wool since it is resistant to dust and allergens. One strong advantage of down alternative comforters that might aid your decision is that they offer benefits to allergy sufferers. During the processing of some of these down alternative comforters, manufacturers can decide to make the product hypoallergenic for the benefit of future users.
Note: the exterior fabrics on both down comforters and down alternative comforters may be made from silk, cotton, or synthetic blends. The major differences are found in the actual materials contained inside the clusters of the comforters.
How to Choose a Down Comforter or Down Alternative Comforter:
Because each of us is unique, and not all down comforters and down alternative comforters are alike, choosing a comforter can be confusing. To make it easier, consider these questions:
1 - Are you a warm sleeper or a cold sleeper?
2 - Is your bedroom warm or drafty? What is the average temperature?
3 - What is your climate? Will you use your comforter year-round or seasonally?
Line up the temperature of your bedroom with how you usually feel while you are sleeping. Where the two meet is the warmth level that you should choose.
Equivalent warmth to a medium-weight blanket, but softer and loftier – comfort you only get from a down comforter.
All the warmth of a thick blanket, yet light and puffy. Ideal for warm bedrooms or warm sleepers and can be used year round.
Level 1 (Medium Warmth)
The warmth of one or two thick blankets, without the weight. Our most popular warmth level, typically used fall through spring.
Level 2 (Medium Warmth)
Provides the warmth of two to three thick blankets. Suitable for cold sleepers in cool bedrooms or warm sleepers in cold climates.
Level 3 (Extra Warmth)
Created specifically for cold bedrooms in winter. Interior fabric baffles add extra warmth, so you stay warm all winter long.
Level 4 (Extra Warmth)
Originally used in the unheated bedrooms of European farmhouses. Overfilled with baffle interior walls. Provides ultimate warmth for cold sleepers in cold climates or normal sleepers in very cold bedrooms.
Unsure of the exact warmth level?
If you are still unsure which comforter is right for you, we suggest you choose the lower of the two warmth levels that most closely matches your sleep habits.