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 is perfect for a primary comforter in the fall, winter, and spring. This model is reliably warm thanks to the baffle box construction and 90 in x 90 in size. The baffles mitigate the shifting of insulation. The larger size helps provides 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 provides an upscale appearance, thanks to its loft and pinch pleat. We kept a duvet cover on top to prevent having to clean it often.
The Pinch Pleat needs to be dry cleaned, which can be expensive and time-consuming, and the 1200 thread count cotton cover is louder than average when rolling around in the bed. A duvet cover should help both of these complaints, as it can reduce the noise and cleaning frequency. Despite these minor drawbacks, it's 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 with a soft hand feel. It feels great next to the skin, and we were happy to sleep in it sans duvet cover. It boasts a light and airy feel when wrapped around your body, and 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 as it is reversible and offered in many colors.It competes with the best in a variety of metrics. However, it falls in short overall construction quality in the seams and fabric. Over time, it could be prone to fraying and pilling more than the others in our fleet.
The COSYBAY Cotton Quilted Down is excellent if you're after 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 based on the price and maintenance requirement, this model is our recommendation.
This product is mostly comprised of feather as opposed to down. Feathers behave differently and have a quill that may gently poke you. 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 have seen a loft difference between the down and feathered products; this is due to the difference in fill and construction. The cover is a cotton shell that is quite crinkly when moving around under the covers, yet its exceptional price allowed us to overlook these minor drawbacks.
The Superior Solid White Down Alternative is a stand out down alternative model. It feels great next to the skin; almost like being wrapped in a cloud when sleeping. It's lofty and fluffy, thanks to its baffle box construction. Baffle construction is seldomly featured on a model at this price range. It outperforms its price class in warmth as it can obtain additional loft. We were appreciative of the storage bag that requires fewer WWE moves to get it back inside. Hot sleepers will appreciate this, as 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 requires 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 notice numerous loose threads hanging from the hems, which instantly provokes thoughts of 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 far from a starch-like texture found on 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 come from its loft, as it actually lacks a lofty appearance. If you're looking for that cloud-like and lofty feel, 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, hand feel, color options, and increased resistance to allergens. It is soft to the touch and has a higher quality feel then you would expect for its price. This model is offered in a variety of colors and is reversible to match any color scheme. Utopia has used a siliconized fiberfill, which coats the fiber to increase the product's resistance to dust mites and common allergens.
If you plan on frequent cleaning of the duvet cover, it is worth knowing that the duvet loops are small. This provided a challenge when going 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 supported by its baffle box construction, and it feels 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 has a thicker feel to it. Because of this, the cover is quite crinkly when you move around under the blankets. If you are a sensitive sleeper, this may prove loud enough to disrupt your sleep.
The Tekamon All Season is a well-rounded product that is breathable enough for summer use but provides enough warmth to be used alone in milder 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 and has a synthetic, yet silky feel to it.
The main drawback to this product is that the checkered Jacquard colorway is derived from the fabric texture and weave. When brushing our hand down sections of the cover, it 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. The degree of maintenance makes it perfect for those apprehensive to 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 doesn't feel as heavy on your body as some.
In the middle of summer nights, 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 as it is soft, easy to maintain, affordable, and aesthetically versatile. The polyester fabric is soft to the touch, which provides a light, and airy feel. The soft material can also be spot cleaned and machine washed when needed, which keeps your room looking fresh. The product is offered in many reversible colors, which will match most rooms.
The AmazonBasics model lacks overall warmth, and 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, leading to cold spots. For the price, it's a fair option, but it can be seen in the construction. Based on the textile quality, we would expect this fabric could 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 and has a particular knack for attention to detail. His expertise lies in fabric differentiating and finding the perfect fabric for whatever the occasion.
Every piece has its place. During our selection process, we spent a great deal of time researching a variety of models. We then purchased each one in our fleet, and put them through a series of extensive side-by-side testing, measuring 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 comforter for specific applications.
Analysis and Test Results
To test comforters, you need to sleep with them. Unfortunately, to make critical observations, you have to be awake. We blended sleeping experience notes with more formal observations to provide an objective and calculated assessments on the performance of each product.
To find the best comforter, you'll need a high level of comfort. Considering we spend a quarter of our lives asleep, it's essential that our bedding will promote 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 from common positions, and swaddled ourselves up to describe the experience.
The most comfortable products came in a mix of cover types, but all had one thing in common: a lofty and plush presentation. The Three Geese Goose Down Pinch Pleat and Superior Solid White Down Alternative were standouts in comfort due to the cloud-like sleeping experience, particularly when you're nestled up. These are made of different fabrics, but the degree of loft provides a spectacular feel.
An exceptional next to skin feel is derived from the fabric selection of the weave of the product. 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 then 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 when it's from your comforter. We rewarded items that were quiet and lacked that crinkly sound of a paper bag. The Tekamon All Season uses a double brushed fabric to provide the quietest experience when tossing and turning.
Few things are worse than shivering through a cold winter night because your comforter lacked sufficient warmth. 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 over 15 minutes; this allowed us to 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 of 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 the most amount of loft possible. 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 enough. If the 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 alternative options.
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 for be stored relatively compact and can be machine washable.
For those seeking down products but have strayed away based on 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. These can be large for smaller washers, but the compressibility of down will 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 weighted polyfills like the AmazonBasics and Linenspa model boasts the highest rates of breathability in the synthetic category.
Down can breathe better due to the lower density nature of the material. The Egyptian Cotton and Three Geese are entirely down, and are more breathable than the mostly feathered Decroom and Cosybay. We found ourselves sweating in all of these models during these late May nights in the Sierra Nevada. They are quite warm relative to their breathability and environmental temperature.
Aesthetics are almost entirely subjective but is a significant driving factor in most purchasing decisions. For the metric, we looked at the quality of materials, available colors, and our overall impression; this allowed us to determine a 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 AmazonBasic 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 aesthetic 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.
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— Isaac Laredo