Best Comforters of 2020
The Three Geese Goose Down Pinch Pleat is an incredible value in the world of down. This model is warm, cozy, and aesthetically pleasing. It's generously packed with 750-fill power down and perfect as a primary comforter in the fall, winter, and spring. This model is reliably warm thanks to the baffle box construction that minimizes the shifting of insulation. Its 90" x 90" size ensures there is more than enough room to share. If you enjoy the feeling of a heavier blanket, then this is a good option for you. Its weight resembles the feeling of a lighter weighted blanket, which is meant to be quite cozy, especially for deep winter sleep. When you're not asleep, it supplies an upscale appearance, thanks to its loft and pinch pleat. We kept a duvet cover on top to avoid having to clean it too often.
The Pinch Pleat needs to be dry cleaned, which can be expensive and time-consuming. The 1200-thread count cotton cover is also louder than average when rolling around in the bed. A duvet cover should help with both of these issues because it can reduce the noise and cleaning frequency. Despite these minor drawbacks, this model is comfortable, well-made, and a great value.
The Linenspa All Season Down Alternative is capable of pleasing everyone, especially at this price tag. If you're looking for a soft, warm, and low maintenance model for a low price, this might be the option for you. The model was instantly impressive out of the storage bag. It feels great next to the skin, and we were happy to sleep in it without a duvet cover. It boasts a light and airy feel when wrapped around your body, yet it doesn't sacrifice warmth. Our testers found themselves warm and sleeping soundly in a 62-degree room. This product can fit a wide array of room needs because it is reversible and available in many colors.It competes with the best in a variety of metrics. However, it falls short in overall construction quality in the seams and fabric. Over time, it seems more prone to fraying and pilling than the others in the field.
The COSYBAY Cotton Quilted Down is excellent if you're searching for a down option that won't break the bank. This product gives you the warmth and breathability of down without the traditional hassle of dry cleaning. If you have been interested in down options but strayed away because of the price and maintenance demands, this model is our recommendation.
This product is mostly comprised of feathers rather than down. Feathers behave differently and have a quill that can poke you if it escapes out of the fabric. Feather products tend to have a shorter life span, and less loft than true down. In our testing, we have yet to notice any pokes, but we did notice a difference in loft between the down and feathered products; this is probably due to a difference in fill and construction. The cover is also a cotton shell that is quite crinkly when moving around under the covers, yet the exceptional price allowed us to overlook these minor drawbacks.
The Superior Solid White Down Alternative is a standout alternative to expensive down. It feels great next to the skin; almost like being wrapped in a cloud when sleeping. It's lofty and fluffy, thanks to the baffle box construction that keeps its insulation in place. Baffle construction is also seldomly featured on a model at this price range. It outperforms its price class in warmth as it supplies additional loft. We appreciated the storage bag that requires minimal wrestling to get it back inside. Hot sleepers will appreciate this because they may want to store in the summer.
The loft makes for a tight fit in most traditional sized washing machines — our top-loading machine required strategic stuffing, but it laundered well. If you have a smaller machine, this may send you to the laundry mat. When we open the bag, we noticed numerous loose threads hanging from the hems, which instantly provoked worries about longevity. Luckily, loose threads were isolated to the one hemmed edge.
The Easeland All Season boasts a unique, silky smooth next-to-skin feel. Its hand-feel exceeds the price tag and it has a texture that's far from the starch-like sensation of cheaper polyester. Its polyester filling folds up relatively small, which makes storing easy but doesn't sacrifice warmth. Despite its thin appearance, it insulates well and will keep warmer sleepers comfortable on cold winter nights.
Its thermal efficiency doesn't seem to come from its loft, because it actually offers limited loft. If you're looking for the cloud-like feel of a lofty material, we suggest you look at other models in this review.
The Utopia All Season Down Alternative is great for guest bedrooms based on its price, feel, color options, and low likelihood of triggering allergies. It is soft to the touch and has a higher quality feel then you would expect for the price. This model is offered in a variety of colors and is reversible to match any color scheme. Utopia uses a siliconized fiberfill, which coats the fibers to increase their resistance to dust mites and common allergens.
If you plan on frequent cleaning the duvet cover, it is worth knowing that the duvet loops are small. This provides an extra challenge when you try to attach the duvet cover.
The Egyptian Bedding Luxurious Siberian Goose Down provides ample loft that you might expect from a 750-fill power down duvet. Its plush presentation is enabled by its baffle box construction, which makes it feel like you've been enveloped in a giant cloud. Both features allow this product to be comfortable enough to swaddle you up completely.
The 1200-thread count cotton cover isn't exceptionally soft and feels a little thick. Because of this, the cover is quite crinkly when you move around under the blankets. If you're a sensitive sleeper, this may prove loud enough to disrupt your sleep.
The Tekamon All Season is a well-rounded product that is light enough for summer use but provides enough warmth to be used alone in mild winter conditions. The model is offered in various different reversible colors; each has a slightly different construction to fit the look you desire. The fabric is quiet when moving around in the bed with a synthetic, yet silky feel to it.
The main drawback to this product is that the checkered Jacquard colorway is derived from the fabric's texture and weave. When brushing our hand down sections of the cover, this pattern would snag on dry skin.
The Decroom Cotton Quilted Down is the answer for those looking for a down piece for a high use room. It's machine washable, which eliminates any trips to the dry cleaner. This lower maintenance requirement makes it perfect for who's worried about the care but allured by the warmth. It provides plenty of warmth and is very cozy to snuggle up with. The product uses a 40-ounce fill weight, which won't feel as heavy on your body as some.
In the middle of summer, our tester woke up sweating and had to toss the blanket off, switching to a model with a better warmth to breathability ratio. The cover of this comfort has a paper bag like sound when rustling around between positions, which could be problematic for light sleepers.
The AmazonBasics Reversible Microfiber is an excellent choice for dorm rooms because it is soft, easy to maintain, affordable, and aesthetically versatile. The polyester fabric is soft to the touch and provides a light, airy feel. The soft material can also be spot cleaned and machine washed when needed, which should help keep your room looking fresh. The product is offered in many reversible colors, which will match most rooms.
The AmazonBasics model lacks overall warmth, so we would be reluctant to use it in the wintertime in most places. It uses a diamond-patterned box stitch that leaves the fill on edges unsecured and vulnerable to shifting around, which can lead to cold spots. For the price, it's a fair option, but the cheapness can be seen in the construction. Based on the textile quality, we suspect this fabric might pill and potentially tear over time.
Why You Should Trust Us
We bring a scientific background and attention to detail to this review. Our lead tester Isaac Laredo spends the better part of his life nestled in bedding. His expertise lies in fabric differentiation and identifying the perfect fabric for whatever the occasion.
Every piece has its place. During our selection process, we spent a great deal of time researching the different comforters that are available on the market. We then purchased the most promising models and put them through a series of extensive side-by-side tests, evaluating comfort, breathability, warmth, aesthetics, and level of care. Our team lounged and slept, then busted out the thermometers and decibel meters to find the best comforters for specific applications.
Analysis and Test Results
To test comforters, we needed to sleep with them, but to make critical observations we needed to be awake. We blended post-sleeping notes with more formal observations to achieve a well-balanced assessment of the performance of each product.
To be the best, a product needs to supply a high level of comfort. Comfort is in the name after all. Considering we spend a quarter of our lives asleep, it's essential that your bedding promotes a good night's rest. To assess comfort, we evaluated the materials and how they felt next to our skin. We also utilized a decibel meter to measure sound when shifting between common positions and swaddled ourselves up so we could describe the experience.
The most comfortable products came in a mix of cover types, but all had one thing in common: a plush loft. The Three Geese Goose Down Pinch Pleat and Superior Solid White Down Alternative were standouts in comfort due to their cloud-like feel, particularly when you're nestled up. These are made of different fabrics, but the degree of loft provides a spectacular sensation.
An exceptional next to skin feel is derived from the fabric selection and the weave of the material. Here you want a snag-free experience, which will be smooth, soft, and cool to the touch. Polyester has come a long way to be able to deliver this experience. The Easeland All Season provided a smooth, silky, and consistent next to skin feel that is machine washable, which reduces the need for a cover. With its polyester covering, the Linenspa All Season Down Alternative provides a light and soft touch with low noise.
No one enjoys being woken up in the middle of the night, especially by a noisy blanket. We rewarded items that were quiet and lacked that crinkly sound of a paper bag. The Tekamon All Season uses a double brushed fabric that achieved the quietest experience when tossing and turning.
Few things are worse than shivering through a cold winter night because your comforter wasn't warm enough. Your warmth needs are driven by where you live and how you sleep. Our review team used a thermometer to measure the change of temperature 15 minutes after nestling inside to help us gauge the thermal efficiency of each contender.
The warmest model featured high quality down. The Egyptian Cotton Luxurious Goose Down and Three Geese Pinch Pleat have different fill weights, but similar 750-fill power down. The large degree of loft found in these models creates a cozy feeling of radiational heating.
The loft of the insulation is a significant factor when it comes to warmth. The Superior Solid Down Alternative uses a baffle box construction to ensure its insulation stays evenly distributed and lofty. While the Linenspa lacks in the loft department, this thinner piece offers impressive warmth and is competitive within the field.
Laundering and Storage
How often do you clean your bedding? Considering we spend eight hours a day in our bed, the answer is probably "not often enough." If bedding is harder to clean, then we are likely to do it less often then we should. Clean materials are essential to our health and hygiene. We laundered and stored the products that were machine washable and determined that the easiest items to care for have minimal bulk and are down alternatives.
The AmazonBasics Reversible Microfiber is entirely made from polyester. Its low bulk profile makes it easy to store on shelves or stuff in any sized washer machine. The Utopia is also able to be stored relatively compact and can be machine washable.
For those seeking down products that have strayed away due to the mandatory dry cleaning, meet the Decroom and Cozybay down cotton products. These are mostly feathers, but their blend and construction allow them to be machine washable. They can be large for smaller washers, but the compressibility of down may enable you to squish them in.
Breathability refers to how well a textile can move excess heat and moisture from the inside to the outside. A more breathable product provides an ideal sleep temperature and can prevent sweat or overheating. We looked at breathability in two main ways. The first was through observation from our sleep. The second was introducing humid air into the textile and evaluating the entrance and exiting efficiency. Generally speaking, down is a more breathable insulation type than polyester.
The polyester contenders in this review are impressively breathable. Thinner polyfills like the AmazonBasics and Linenspa models boast the highest rates of breathability in the synthetic category.
Down seems to breathe better due to the lower density of the material. The Egyptian Cotton and Three Geese are entirely down and are more breathable than the mostly feathered Decroom and Cosybay. However, we found ourselves sweating in all these models on 75-degree nights in the Sierra Nevada. They are quite warm relative to their breathability and environmental temperature.
Aesthetics are almost entirely subjective, but they remain a significant factor in most purchasing decisions. For the metric, we looked at the quality of materials, available colors, and our overall impressions to determine each product's aesthetic versatility.
The loft, neutral color, and premium look of down are hard to beat and can pair with most rooms. The Three Geese use a pinch pleat baffle design to provide an upscale look, similar to what you might find in a penthouse suite. If you're looking for a more colorful option for your down, duvet covers come in all types of colors and materials.
Down alternative models often have larger arrays of colors and designs — some are even reversible for a different appearance. The Utopia and AmazonBasics models are offered in many different reversible colors to match most room designs or needs. The Utopia provides more of a quality aesthetic. The Linenspa also has a high-quality look and comes in even more colors, promoting options and versatility. The Tekamon is unique in that each colorway has a unique and slightly different construction.
Purchasing comforters can be quite a time-consuming process. Our expert review team put together this comprehensive review to highlight the distinctions and use of today's most popular models. We hope it helps you select the perfect comforter for your needs and budget.
— Isaac Laredo