Updated: June 8, 2015
Down Comforter Reviews:Living in the Pacific Northwest we get our fair share of cold nights during the winter with temperatures regularly in the low 30's. Instead of heating the whole house at night with our furnace, I decided to purchase a bunch of down comforters for the family to use. A down comforter is the best bedding insulation available and makes for a warm and cozy bed at night. You can purchase down comforter sets in stores like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart and Sears as well as online at our personal favorite - Amazon.com. The cheaper down comforters will sell for about $60 while the high end, luxury comforters made with Hungarian goose down are close to $300. Keep in mind that not all comforters are the same and don't let a salesperson tell you that a feather comforter is the same as a down comforter. The feathers are tougher than down and have a shaft or quill attached in many cases. Just feel the comforter and you will instantly see that the soft inner plumage (down) from a goose or duck is both lightweight fluffy.
Buying Guide - In our down comforter guide we want to point out all the quality features to look for when buying one. A goose down comforter is the best type to buy - don't be swayed by the synthetic down comforters as they will not perform the same as authentic goose down. The synthetic filling doesn't "wick" up perspiration or moisture as well as the real down. Fill power and fill weight are two things you'll hear about as well. Fill power is how the quality of the down is defined. The higher the fill power rating the better the quality - some down comforters have a fill power of 750 cubic inches per ounce while the cheaper ones have 300 per ounce. The standard is about 500 fill power, but experts recommend going with something 600 or higher. The fill weight is just the # associated with the quantity of the down in the comforter. Hypoallergenic down comforters are big sellers for those people that are allergic to dust, allergens, and pollens found on feathers or down. A special process eliminates those allergens and creates an allergy free comforter. Down bedding should have a high thread count - we found some that go as high as 1000, but really 500 to 600 should be just fine in keeping the down from leaking out. In our search we found that queen down comforters are the most popular, but they are available in all sizes - twin, double, king, california king, and of course queen. Colors - although people like to color coordinate rooms, don't expect to find anything but a white down comforter in stores. The good news is that you can put a duvet cover over it with a pattern, color, or design and instantly transform the room. Looking for down comforter reviews - perhaps the best source online is at Amazon.com with independent consumer feedback listed for dozens of products. The allergy related websites also provide plenty of owner opinions and comments, but we feel that they try to upsell you to the more expensive down comforters on their own website. RECOMMENDED - We suggest shopping online at Amazon.com where they carry a huge inventory of all the top brands and often have the lowest prices on the internet. You can browse the top selling down comforters online here.