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Down Vs Down Alternative: Which Comforter is Best For You?

There are a lot of choices out there for comforters but most every decision comes back to one thing – choosing a down comforter or a down alternative comforter. While in many respects they are similar, it’s the differences that make these comforters stand out.

It’s important to understand these subtle differences. Due to allergies, your sleep style, or laundry habits, it could be crucial to go with a down alternative comforter. Or, you might sleep just as comfortably with a down comforter. Let’s take a look at the differences.

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What is a down comforter?

A down comforter is made up of a mix of feathers (typically from geese and ducks) and the soft and fluffy coating found underneath those feathers. The ratio between feathers and down inside the comforter can make the cost vary, with more down than feathers costing more.

Down is lighter, more breathable, and a better insulator. A down comforter can keep you warmer without feeling like a weighted blanket.

Who Should Buy a Down Comforter?

  • Sleepers who want a warm comforter but don’t want to sleep hot
  • Those who want a fluffier comforter
  • People who are seeking a more durable, longer-lasting comforter

What is a down alternative comforter?

While a down comforter might be a good fit for some, it might not be the best choice for others. Some people have allergies to down and bird feathers, while others have an issue with the using parts of an animal in their bedding.

Thankfully, there is a solution. A down alternative comforter is stuffed with material that feels similar to down, but is made from cotton or polyester; since these materials aren't sourced from animals and are often hypoallergenic, they can be a better option for customers with allergies to dust or dander.

Who Should Buy a Down Alternative Comforter?

  • People who suffer from allergies
  • Those who find down to be unethical
  • People who want to save some money on their purchase

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How to wash a down and down alternative comforters

It is much easier to wash a down alternative comforter than a down comforter. For a down comforter, use a tiny bit of soap or down wash — never detergent, which can coat the fibers. You will need to pretreat stains on the comforter with an oily soap and a brush.

Down alternatives, on the other hand, can go into the washer without much issue. Be careful, though, as you can’t put down alternatives in a hot dryer. The air fluff cycle on your dryer must be used. You can also throw in a few tennis balls to help re-fluff your comforters.

Shop down alternatives

When it comes to both down comforters and down alternative comforters, Mattress Warehouse has you covered.

Be sure to check out our collection of Tempur-Pedic comforters and other bedding online as well as in stores. Let us help you find the right comforter for you!

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