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When it comes to making your bed, a down comforter might just be the most luxurious (and otherworldly comfortable) topper you can go with. Whether you live in a warm-weather state or have to keep cozy on below zero evenings, it’s an investment worth making. The best down comforters are lightweight but warm and are filled with goose feathers that are both breathable and won’t clump like other fillers.
Puredown Lightweight Duvet
There are a few things to keep in mind when trying to find the best down fill comforter for you. You’ll definitely want to look for a comforter with a baffle box construction, which ensures the feathers won’t all clump in a corner. Duvet loops are a bonus if you plan to use a duvet cover—they’ll keep the down insert from bunching up at the bottom, leaving you with a shapeless mess up top.
If purchasing a comforter with responsibly sourced down is important to you, look for brands that have a Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certification. And if you come across the term “fill power” know that it just refers to the amount of down inside your blanket. Typically, all-season comforters have roughly 600 down fill. Lightweight ones will be in the 500 range, and warmer comforters have 700 fill and up.
No matter what kind of sleeper you are, we found the best down comforters on the market for you. They’re all backed by enthusiastic reviewers who have slept soundly underneath them (and slept in most likely).
Known for the still ubiquitous Bean Boot and that quintessential mom tote, L.L. Bean has always been top-notch at delivering the kind of gear that can stand up to any cold New England winter. The brand’s all-season “medium” down comforter is also a classic when it comes to warm, comfort-for-the-soul type bedding. This particular down comforter’s “permabaffle” construction prevents the 600-fill down—which is responsibly sourced—from shifting and clumping. As one seriously happy customer put it, “It’s the best comforter I have ever owned.”
More than 1,100 reviewers give this bargain of a comforter an average of 4.5 stars. And with 600 fill responsibly sourced down (75% white down and 25% white feather down), a 230-thread count cover with baffle box stitching, and duvet corner loops, you can’t beat the price.
“I’d give it more stars if I could,” said one enthusiastic reviewer. “It is very well made with excellent stitching. Each square remains puffy, even after 2 months of use with 2 dogs laying on top. It has the feel of plenty of down, as opposed to too many feathers, with that delightfully crisp airiness that down comforters possess. As for warmth, we’re very pleased, it’s a wonderful weight to keep the chill off year-round”
THE COMPANY STORE
Hungarian white goose down is known for being super-warm—and that’s what you’ll find in The Company Store’s ultra-weight comforter. The comforter’s down is responsibly sourced and has baffle box construction and inner loops to keep it from sliding around inside the duvet cover. It’s also slightly oversized, for an extra-fluffy-I-might-just-work-in-bed-forever look. Says one reviewer: “The loft is great and it’s just perfect. I hate to have to get out of bed in the morning! It’s so light but so warm!”
Reviewers love this comforter from the original DTC linens brand Brooklinen for its superb warmth and effortless loft. Its 750 fill is Hutterite Goose Down, made in Canada, and looks sharp enough you can go without a duvet cover (though it’s so easy to buy a stylish duvet cover at Brooklinen, you might as well add that to the shopping cart too).
“I’ve been searching for a good comforter because I always get cold,” says one reviewer. “This one is excellent. I can sleep with my window open in January and not feel the temperature drop under this. It’s not bulky either”
Riley Home works with family-owned textile mills in Portugal and, like Brooklinen, wants to be your one stop shop for all things bedding-related. This particular comforter is one of the brand’s most popular items and has embroidered “Rs” on the corners as sort of a design wink. Most importantly? People love Riley Home for the quality and reasonable prices and this comforter isn’t any exception. As one reviewer put it: “Get it. It feels like we are sleeping amongst fluffy clouds every night. It’s both extremely comfortable and great quality. I love that it’s also machine washable.”
Customers love Parachute for its minimalist, lux bedding that reads Pinterest-ready, whether your bed is made or unmade. But is this comforter, with baffle box construction and duvet loop ties, worth the extra cash? “While sometimes I struggle with the pricey-ness of sustainable options, this purchase couldn’t have been more worth it,” says one happy customer. “It’s not just fluffy and beautiful, but definitely the warmest comforter I’ve slept under in a long time. I bought the burnt orange duvet to pair with it and they’re a great match for the new place.”
Sol Organics goal is to create textiles with integrity. And while we love this organic down comforter because its 100% Canadian white goose down is responsibly sourced, and the cover is GOTS-certified organic cotton, which refers to textiles with low-impact organic dyes, it’s also preposterously comfy. As one reviewer put it: “Best purchase and investment. It’s super fluffy and warm. Feels like we are staying at a luxury hotel every night.”
Some people like the feel of a down comforter but run hot once they drift off and are throwing it to the ground in fear of waking up in a puddle. This comforter from Casper has a layer of merino wool, which wicks away moisture to help keep you cool and dry. The shell is made of 100% cotton and the down is ethically sourced. Channeled stitching ensures the down doesn’t sink to the bottom either.
“I’m amazed at how light this duvet is yet it keeps me warm without sweating like I did with my old duvet,” says one customer. “The Casper duvet doesn’t make me feel weighed down and restricted like I did with my old cover. Just a great product that I am very happy with!”
Pacific Coast “hypercleans” their down, which works well for people who are allergic to goose feathers, and want the feel and loft of a real down comforter rather than a down-alternative comforter. If you run hot or live in a warm-weather-all-year-round type of place but still want that enviable fluffiness of a higher fill duvet, this comforter is for you. “So very cozy,” says one recent five-star reviewer. “Lightweight. I truly relish going to sleep. It is extremely high quality and I barely ever see a truant feather. Looks beautiful under my duvet cover. So happy with this purchase.”