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Down Comforters

Down comforters are lightweight covers that offer exceptional warmth. Down itself is the very fine, soft feathers from young birds, especially geese. Down comforters come in the standard bedding sizes-twin, full, queen and king. The price of a comforter depends both on the thickness of the down and the size of the comforter, generally $100 to $300. These comforters are easy to purchase online or through a catalog since they are easy and inexpensive to ship.

The following should be considered when buying a down comforter:

  • Look to see how many ounces of down the comforter contains. A good quality twin size comforter should have between 20 to 40 ounces, depending on how warm you want it to be. Full comforters should have between 24 and 48 ounces; queens 26 to 58 ounces and kings 35 to 68 ounces. A lightweight comforter may be more appropriate in warmer climates or if you will use it year round. The thickest weights are best used in colder climates.
  • The stitching on the comforter will determine how the down shifts inside the cover. Box type stitching will help prevent the down from clumping in parts of the comforter. Some people prefer a design that allows the down to shift with you, molding to your body. This type of comforter will usually require frequent shaking to maintain its loft.
  • Comforter covers should be made from a sturdy, dense fabric that does not allow the interior feathers to escape. High quality cotton that is at least 250 thread count is the most popular choice. Traditional colors for the covers are white and cream, but down comforters can be purchases in a wide variety of colors.
  • Better comforters are made from premium quality white goose down that has been repeatedly washed to make it hypoallergenic.

Most down comforters can be washed; but because of their size, it is best to use large commercial type machines.

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