Three best comforters
There's nothing like snuggling up in bed on a chilly night, but layers of blankets can get heavy and uncomfortable. Instead, a single warm comforter can provide all the insulation you need for a cozy night's rest. But with so many comforters on the market, how do you know what to look for to find the right one for your sweet dreams? We're here to help. We've created this short but thorough guide to help you pick the best comforter, including our recommendations for the three top comforters available.
Considerations when choosing comforters
The most common shell materials for comforters are cotton and polyester or cotton/poly blends. However, you can also find microfiber options and more unusual natural fibers like bamboo. Natural fibers, such as cotton and bamboo, tend to be the strongest (and therefore most long-lasting) and softest against the skin. Plus, they're more breathable, so you don't end up feeling too hot during the night. Polyester and microfiber may not be as high quality, but they are more affordable.
Traditionally, comforters are filled with goose or duck feathers and/or down. Down is warm and fluffy, giving you a comforter with a lot of "loft." But, on the other hand, it can provoke allergies (many asthmatics find their breathing worsens when using down bedding). It's also expensive, and some people prefer to avoid down for animal rights reasons. Comforters filled with synthetic down alternatives are growing in popularity. Not only do they tend to be less expensive, but they're also hypoallergenic.
Make sure you pick the right size comforter for your bed. You may want to look at the actual dimensions of the comforter rather than just the labeled size (king, queen, full, etc.) because some have more overhang than others.
Fill power is a measure of how much filling is inside a comforter and, by extension, how warm it is. Look for comforters with lower fill powers for use in spring, summer, or fall and higher fill powers for winter use.
Comforters are stitched in particular ways to keep the filling evenly distributed. Box stitching or baffle box construction are generally best for keeping filling even. Gusseted comforters or channel stitching are also good, but they allow for more vertical movement of the filling, so it can bunch in one spot or become lumpy.
Average comforter prices vary depending on size and quality. Basic options start at around $30 to $50, whereas high-end comforters can cost as much as $500. You should expect to spend about $60 to $100 on a decent mid-range comforter.
Q. Does thread count matter?
A. Despite what some manufacturers would have you believe, a higher thread count doesn't always equal softer, stronger, or more luxurious-feeling sheets. In fact, the quality of the fibers makes more of a difference than the thread count.
Q. How should I make my bed with a comforter in the mix?
A. Most people make their beds with a fitted sheet over the mattress, a flat sheet over that, and a comforter on top of the flat sheet. You then sleep between the fitted sheet and the flat sheet, to help keep the comforter clean. You can, however, put a duvet cover on your comforter to protect it, which eliminates the need for a flat sheet. Duvet covers can also add a pop of color to your room, as most comforters are plain white.
Comforters we recommend
Best of the best: Royal Hotel Light Down Comforter with 650 Fill Power
Our take: A quality, medium-warmth comforter with excellent insulation.
What we like: Box stitching keeps the filling in place. The outer shell is made from soft Egyptian cotton.
What we dislike: It's too large for an average home washing machine, and the price may be prohibitive for some.
Best bang for your buck: Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter
Our take: An extremely affordable comforter with a polyester outer shell and more features than you might expect at this price point.
What we like: This comforter stands out for its corner tabs, which fix it in place inside a duvet cover, and its box stitching, which makes for even filling distribution.
What we dislike: The sizes run a bit small, so check the exact dimensions.
Our take: This hypoallergenic microfiber comforter is warm and cozy and comes at a reasonable price.
What we like: Baffle box stitching allows for extra loft. It's machine-washable and has a soft outer cover.
What we dislike: Some users find it too warm.
Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.
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