The Best Comforter – 13 Steps Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

bedroom with bed and comforter

If you would like to buy the best comforter you imagined, no time you will realize that purchasing new bedding online is almost as complicated as a space journey. Once you go online and start to search for a comforter, you can easily get lost between tons of offers of numerous brands, the features of high-tech fillings, and the endless world of colors and patterns. Try to get it easy, and follow a few steps to find the comforter of your dreams.

1. Define the budget

First of all, you should know how much you can or would like to spend to be a proud owner of the best comforter or comforter set. Keep in mind that you will most likely have other expenses, such as a new color matching fitted and flat sheet or new throws and throw pillows that match your new comforter’s design. When you decide on your budget, calculate the cost of these elements too. Stick to your budget and find the combination of the features that fit your needs within your funds.

2. Know which sleeping type you are

Your decision of which comforter will be the best for you will depend on your sleeping type. You can be one of the following types. Find out which one:

Warm sleeper – You often kick off your bedding and get quickly hot while sleeping. Most likely, you like to keep your home cool as well.

Normal sleeper – You don’t have any special needs. Usually, you sleep well under any condition; only extreme weather conditions can bother you. You are the one who even doesn’t know where the thermostat is in the house, rarely touching it.

Cold sleeper – Layers are never enough, and there is always a little hole where cold air can attack you. You like to keep your home warm and never leave open the window at night.

3. What warmth do you need?

What is the tog?

Tog is a measure of thermal resistance and meaning how much warmth it can keep based on the outside temperature. Low tog value items are trapping less heat than higher tog value ones.

Based on your sleeper type, it is much easier to decide what warmth you will need. A basic rule that the higher the tog number and the fill power, the warmer the comforter is. 

Different seasons require different tog numbers. The thumb rule is the following:

  • for summer: 4 tog one will work correctly (but less than 7 tog)
  • for spring/autumn: 9 tog duvet will be ideal (more than 7 tog, but less than 10.5 tog)
  • for winter: 13 tog one will provide enough warmth (more than 10.5 tog)
  • all-season ones: all-season comforters are slightly different. They are two separate comforters that can be tightened together. You will get two blankets, one around 4 tog for summer, and a second one around 9 tog for autumn/spring. Just put them together and will get 13tog, which will be ideal for winter use.

Remember, these rules are made for normal sleepers, so if you are a warm or cold sleeper, it is good to choose a category up or down for a perfect sleeping experience.

4. How heavy should it be?

If it is heavy, it won’t mean it is warm too. Fill weight is the down weight simply measured in ounces; higher fill weight means heavier item. Don’t make the mistake of buying a too heavy comforter. The warmth of it will depend mainly on its fill power than the fill weight. 

Again, your sleeping type can guide you in what weight would be ideal for you. Cold sleepers usually prefer more weighted options such as wool or hollow fiber, while warm sleepers can find more comfortable a lighter filling such as silk, down, down alternative, or bamboo.

What fill power is?

Fill power can describe how much air your duvet can trap. The more air it traps, the more comfortable and softer you will find it. Air is a perfect heat insulator, so a higher ability to trap air provides a warm feeling since it keeps your body’s warmth under the blanket.

5. Decide on the preferred filling

The filling can be natural or synthetic. Both types of fillings have their own advantages and disadvantages. You should keep something in your mind, find that filling option that fits your needs, and match your requirements to fill power and fill weight. 

If you prefer a natural duck or goose down or feather one, check if it got a hypoallergenic treatment or go for wool or silk; they are hypoallergenic and natural at the same time.

Synthetic comforters have the advantage that they are hypoallergenic for sure, and the alternative fillings usually are cheaper than the natural ones.

If you are unsure about different fillings’ features, Check out our detailed buyer’s guide about duvets.

6. Pick the perfect size

Which size will be best? The size of your mattress is an excellent starting point to decide. Keep in mind that it is best if you buy a dedicated size duvet. I mean, buy a queen-size duvet for a queen bed or a full-sized one for a full bed. Queen/Full option will be small to a queen bed but maybe too large for a full bed.

On the other hand, if you or your partner are bigger than average size, or your partner is a real blanket stealer, or you like more extensive coverage on the edges of your bed, it could be worth investing in one size larger comforter.

7. Cover it, or not?

Did you ever use a duvet cover on your comforter? No? Are you asking what that is? A duvet cover is like a pillowcase for a pillow but made for duvets. Are you not familiar with duvet covers and would like to know more about them? Check out our post about duvet covers to get all the answers.

spectacular duvet cover

If you start using a duvet cover, you can save your comforter from too frequent washing. Nothing destroys filling as much as regular washing does. With a duvet cover, you can wash just the shell instead of the full comforter. Your comforter still requires some cleaning but only 2-3 times in a year, and most comforters will be grateful for dry-cleaning instead of machine washing.

8. Does the brand matter?

Brands with big and well-known names sell their duvets very expensive. In that case, you are paying for the brand name rather than the product’s real quality. 

It is best to directly buy a comforter from the manufacturer without any additional costs—manufacturers producing the same duvets for multiple brands, just changing the tag on them as needed.

9. Do fancy features count?

When you are browsing the offers online, you will read the endless marketing description listing the product’s fancy features. Do they have any real importance? They have some importance but not as big as they are pushing them.

Some examples: stitching pattern, it is good to know that go for a baffle box construction if possible. In which direction is the stitching placed? It is just a design. If we are at the design? Brands love to list design as a feature. But if you are ready to accept my advice, you will start to use a cover on your comforter and never see that beautiful design. The situation is somehow similar to thread-count. Over a specific number, you won’t feel any difference, and means nothing when you start to use a duvet cover to protect your comforter. Go for at least 300 thread count to avoid thickening feathers and get a quite durable shell. If you don’t want to use a cover with your comforter, 500-600 thread count fabrics have a more delicate feeling on your skin.

So, fancy features are as important as you need them. Don’t let the seller drive you in a direction that you don’t want.

What is the thread count?

A material’s thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch. For example, the fabric has a thread count of 200, which means there are 100 threads lengthwise and 100 threads widthwise. Thread count indicates the softness and durability of cloth but means nothing if it is made whit short, low-quality thread.

10. Are you ok with the care instructions?

Check the cleaning instructions before buying a new comforter. You should be sure that the clean instructions of the comforter are matching with your lifestyle. The next place where dry clean is available is 100 miles away? You need a machine-washable option for sure. Are you busy all day? Choose a dryer friendly comforter to save as much time as you can. There is no bed cleaning option, just the wrong choice for you.

11. Be careful with listings wording

If you read this post so far, I am sure that you are a conscious shopper. But it can’t be said enough: read over the listing carefully to keep yourself on the safe side. That way, you can be sure that you will receive what you want. For example: “White goose down alternative” does not mean natural goose down filling. The comforter you are watching is made of some synthetic down alternative, not real, natural down.

12. Browse for reviews

Reviews can tell much more about a product than any marketing content does. It already has a message if there is no review, or the item got just a very few one. Try to buy such a product where enough and convincing review is available. If you find some negative opinions, it is not a problem. That way, you can be sure that the reviews are real, not just some fake buyer catching scams.

Personally, I prefer products with real pictures uploaded by buyers much more than a thousand words. You can decide if the actual product looks and works the way you imagined by the listing.

13. Check the warranty and return conditions

As a final confirmation that your decision is perfect, have a look at the conditions of warranty and return. Many manufacturers and sellers provide a trial period – 90 days or 100 days- that means that you can send back the product if it does not match your needs until the end of this period. You have not much to lose if you are not satisfied, just send it back and get another comforter. Warranty can vary from product by product. Go for a comforter that conditions you find fair enough.

To summarize

You are done with the 13 steps that are worth thinking over when you need a new comforter. I hope you are not thinking of it anymore like rocket science and will be confident enough to buy your new comforter. 

Was this Guide complete? Is there any other aspect I forgot? Let me know, and help me to improve my blog!

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