There is no feeling quite so luxurious as sinking down into your bed at the end of a long and tiring day, and what could be more cozy or comfortable than a bed that has a wonderful goose down comforter all ready to keep you warm and comforted?
Although there are many options of bed covering from blankets to quilts, goose down comforters are arguably the best option for anyone who is looking for the ultimate in luxury and comfort.
What Are The Benefits Of A Goose Down Comforter?
When compared with other types of comforter or with blankets and quilts, goose down comforters offer a host of advantages:
- Low maintenance – thanks to the lightweight materials used in the manufacture of these comforters, you can simply shake your bedding and it looks perfect in an instant.
- Exceptional warmth – as a goose down comforter traps the body heat perfectly in the filling, it allows for even greater warmth than any other kind of blanket or quilt.
- No overheating – although a goose down comforter is exceptionally warm, you won’t need to worry that you’ll overheat during the night. Goose down comforters are very breathable and therefore all moisture and sweat will easily pass through its filling for a cool night.
- Easy décor change – you can easily change the look of your room by simply putting on a new and colorful cover to match your style.
- No need for frequent washing – as a goose down comforter is very durable it won’t need to be replaced frequently and won’t need to be washed very often.
Our Top Tips For Buying A Goose Down Comforter
If you’re ready to buy a goose down comforter, you need to check a few key elements before making your final decision. Here are your top tips:
- Fill power – the fill power relates to how good the down feathers are which were used to make the comforter. A higher fill power will indicate that the down is better quality as well as indicating that the comforter will be warmer, more breathable, lighter and fluffier. In general, you should look for a goose down comforter which has a fill power that is more than 700 cubic inches.
- Feather quality – the highest quality down comes from a mature goose’s underbelly although color doesn’t matter.
- Thread count – the thread count is referring to how many threads there are per each square inch of fabric. If your comforter has a higher thread count it will be finer, cozier and softer. You are looking for a thread count of more than 400.
- Barrier weave – this will prevent the down from slipping from the comforter and will also mute the sound made by feathers moving in the comforter.
- Design and construction – you need a comforter which prevents the down from slipping to the edges and keeping the warmth away from your body. Look for a box, diamond box or baffle box design which will ensure smoothness and consistency of warmth.
- Weight and size – you need to choose the right weight of comforter so that it suits the temperature experienced in your room. You also need to pick the best size to suit your bed.
- Allergies – if you have allergies, you will need a hypoallergenic comforter. Down is hypoallergenic since the feathers are clean and therefore the comforter will be safe for you to use.
- Maintenance – as washing too frequently will cause the clusters of down to become separated, always use a cover so that the comforter doesn’t become too dirty. Although you can machine wash a down comforter, you should have it cleaned professionally since it will probably not fit into your home washing machine.
Our Top Tips For Caring For Your Down Comforter
If you buy a goose down comforter, you need to take care of it properly to prolong its lifespan. Here are some tips and tricks to try to make sure you maximize your investment.
- Cleaning – only launder your down comforter when required and no more than twice per year as the process of washing will strip the features of all their natural oil and this can affect the comforter’s loft. If necessary, take your comforter to a commercial laundromat since the machines will be larger and more capable of accommodating a bulky comforter than your home machine.
- Drying – drying your down comforter should only be done of the lowest heat setting. Use a wool dryer ball too as this will keep the feathers evenly distributed in the comforter.
- Airing – keep your down comforter fresh between washes by hanging it out on your washing line on sunny days. You can do this whenever you like to maintain a fresh aroma.
- Spot cleaning – if there is a small stain on your comforter, there’s no need to put the whole thing in the wash. Instead use dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water and spot treat it, dabbing it gently with a damp, clean cloth to take away the soap residue and the stain itself.
The Best Goose Down Comforters (2018)
This superior quality comforter has a patented PermaBaffle construction to lock its filling firmly into place. This flatter and sleeker comforter is stylish and offers a medium level of warmth for all year round use. It is also very durable and will retain its form even after numerous washes. It has a 75% goose down filling with 25% down fiber and has a fill power of 600. It also has a soft 100% cotton shell, and while it is expensive, you can enjoy high end features with this quality comforter.
One of the lightest yet warmest comforters on the market today, this 650 fill power USA made goose down comforter features an Egyptian cotton 500 thread count cover. Its filling is luxurious imported white goose down and its design features baffle boxes ensuring it expands to over three inches in thickness when properly fluffed up. This is a highly durable comforter with a lifetime guarantee for complete peace of mind, and extra stitching ensures that the down will never shift to the comforter’s edges. Oversized and made to the highest possible standards, this is a top choice for anyone looking for comfort and luxury.
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