Comforter comparison shopping can be a tad overwhelming – there are tons of options and a lot of jargon used by sellers that create this confusion. Fortunately, if you narrow the options to the following five areas it will make your shopping event much more pleasant while incorporating the needs or styles effectively. Those five features are listed below.
- Fill type
- Fill power
- Fill weight
- Thread count
Comforter Fill Type
Not all comforters are stuffed with the same material. There are various varieties of fill type available on the market that range from down to down alternatives.
- Allergy sufferers can choose hypoallergenic comforters filled with either natural or synthetic fibers.
- Down comforters – are filled with the soft fluff from ducks and geese and tend to be higher in price than other alternatives.
- Some very affordable options use a blend of down and feathers this making a lower price overall.
- Down alternative comforters mimic the soft and snuggly feeling of down without the allergens that are often caused or created by the bird fluffs.
Comforter Fill Power
Down is measured in ounces. Fill power measures how many cubic inches are filled with an ounce of down. (For example, a comforter with 500 Fill Power occupies 500 cubic inches of space.)
- Comforters with higher fill powers have greater loft, meaning they are fluffier.
- The additional thickness creates additional warmth.
- If you’re always freezing cold and want to stay toasty warm, select a higher fill power.
Comforter Fill Weight
Fill weight is how many ounces of down are actually in the comforter.
- Fill power but it explains the comforter’s heaviness, not its warmth.
- Comforters can have a high fill weight and a low fill power.
- A high fill weight makes the comforter heavy.
- A low fill power prevents it from being uncomfortably warm.
Different sewing techniques are used to prevent bunching and keep the down evenly distributed throughout the comforter. The primarily used techniques follow.
- Box-stitch comforters– use stitched grid patterns to trap the down into a box
- Baffle-box stitch comforters– use strips of fabric (called baffles) to connect the front and back of the comforter on the sides and keep them at their fullest loft
- Sewn-through comforters– do not have a baffle and are less expensive than baffle-box stitch comforters
- Channel stitch comforters –
Comforter Thread Count
Like bed sheets, a comforter’s thread count is the number of thread woven into a square inch.
- The finer the thread, the higher the thread count, and the smoother and lighter the fabric will feel.
- A comforter’s thread count indicates its quality and texture.
- Luxury comforters have high thread counts so their weaves are tighter and stronger.
- High thread count protects the filler from escaping the comforter and prevents dust from entering.