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Is there anything more restorative on a Sunday morning than drinking coffee in bed engulfed in a down comforter so preposterously soft you’ll forgo that second cup because life is too good in this fluff cocoon? Unless, that is, you suffer from allergies. Goose feathers, which is what most down comforters are made of, can send some running for Kleenex. Lucky for those of us who are searching for hypoallergenic versions of everything, the best down alternative comforters actually feel like the real deal and will have you hitting the snooze button again and again.
Leesa Organic Cotton All-Season Down Alternative Comforter
Whether you’re looking for something lightweight, ultra-warm, or all season, there are a few things to keep in mind before buying a down alternative comforter. Do you sleep hot or cold? Are you planning to use a duvet cover? If not you might want a comforter with a higher thread count. If you do use a cover, make sure it has duvet ties or loops so the duvet doesn’t slip down near the zipper and leaves you with a shapeless mess. Also think about whether or not you can haul it to the dry cleaner or want to be able to wash it at home.
Trust us when we say we’re in the golden age of down alternative duvets. To take out the guesswork (and get you a better night’s sleep as soon as possible), we’ve rounded up some of the best down alternative comforters on the market, based on enthusiastic customer reviews.
Brooklinen is the gold standard in the direct-to-consumer linens game. It’s known for producing responsibly manufactured textiles of exceptional quality for reasonable prices and provide standout customer service if you need to return anything. (That means a one-stop shop for your comforter as well as stylish duvet covers and sheet sets.) Most importantly, these down alternative comforters are some of the softest versions out there. As one reviewer put it, “Fantastic and huggable. Who wants to get out of bed? Not me!”
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The Company Store has an excellent reputation for all things bedding. The brand’s ultra-warm down alternative comforter option is made for ‘I-run-cold-all-the-time’ sleepers. Bonus? A generous 15-inch drop off the edge of the bed. “My wife and I loved this comforter so much, we bought the same ultra warm version, but full size, for our teenage daughter,” says one customer. “I will not hesitate to purchase a third or fourth one for our other kids.”
Parachute is our go-to shop for luxe organic bedding that channels a minimalist vibe. An all-season warmth option is also available, but we particularly love that Parachute’s lightweight down alternative comforter doesn’t skimp on coziness. “Amazing!” says a five-star reviewer. “It really is a cloud, as promised. I love that that lightweight comforter doesn’t mean sacrificing the cloud-like, fluffy feeling. Highly recommended!”
If you’re used to waking up drenched, this lofty duvet from Pottery Barn will keep you dry as a bone. The duvet insert’s down-alternative fill has moisture-wicking fibers for those that need a little help cooling down. It’s also elegant enough that you can skip the duvet cover all together, if desired.
If allergies are a big concern, consider this comforter from Macy’s Hotel Collection. Its hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill meets the standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification, which means that it’s free of 300 harmful dyes, including formaldehyde. Says one allergic reviewer, “I have allergies so I needed a down alternative comforter and since I live in Florida I wanted it to be light weight. This one is everything I wanted and more. Both my husband and I wished we had bought it sooner.”
Buffy is known for eco-conscious bedding, and its seven-night free trial lets you test products before you commit to buying. The brand’s Cloud Comforter is woven from Oeko-Tex certified, earth-friendly eucalyptus fiber, which takes 10 times less water to produce than cotton. The fill is PET and BPA-free, and the blanket is naturally resistant to dust, mites, and mold. But it hardly skimps on the comfort factor by being green. “One of my most important things to me is that my bedroom is my comfort spot,” says one reviewer. “This bedding is so amazing that I wish I could stay in there all day and never leave.”
Puredown makes eco-friendly bedding at accessible prices. The brand has succeeded with this under-$100-all-season comforter that’s perfect for anyone trying to stay on a budget. “Very soft and fluffy,” says one customer who gave it five stars. “Love the corner ties for securing the duvet cover.”
What do we love about this Leesa option? Besides the fact it’s ridiculously comfortable, it ships free and you can try it for 30 nights and still return it if it’s not the right bed topper for you. Doubtful that will happen according to this five star reviewer though: “This insert will keep you very warm on cold winter nights. Ties in each corner help keep it in place so it doesn’t bunch up in the cover.”
This diamond-quilted, year-round down alternative comforter has a microgel polyester fill to keep your body temperature regulated throughout the night. It’s a smart bet for couples who are comfortable sleeping at different temperatures and for those who suffer from allergies.
“We bought this duvet to replace a heavy, hot expensive down filled duvet and we are so happy we finally did,” says one reviewer. “It’s keeps us at a very comfortable temperature, and is the perfect weight.”