The 4 Best Down-Alternative Comforters
In the vast world of bedding, goose and duck down comforters are superstars. They're known for being insulating but breathable, comfortable, and soft as the feathers they contain — but they're also triggers for allergy sufferers (not to mention, all those feathers can literally poke you). The best down-alternative comforters offer nearly all the same benefits you'd find in duck or goose down, but with none of the downsides — and, they typically cost much less money.
So, where to start? There are a few things to keep in mind before you make your purchase, because different fillings offer different benefits.
One important thing to consider when purchasing a down-alternative comforter is warmth — as in, how much of it do you need to get a good night's rest? Most down-alternative comforters are filled with natural materials like bamboo, silk, and even goose without the quills, or hypoallergenic synthetic polyester fibers that won't cause you to sneeze and cough all night long. The higher the number of fill power, the lighter and plusher your comforter will be.
Many down-alternative comforters are all-season comforters that can be used year round. But if your neck of the woods tends to stay hotter or colder than most places, it pays to search for an option that's especially heavy or lightweight to accommodate your specific needs.
This list of the best down-alternative comforters features a pick for everyone — from options for cold and hot sleepers to the very best one you can buy on a budget.
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1. The Overall Best Down-Alternative Comforter
This is the overall best down-alternative comforter because its price is fair (you'll spend between $65 and $85, depending on the mattress size you select) and the 750-fill power is warm, but lightweight enough to still qualify as a great all-season choice. Designed with a quality 300-thread-count cotton shell, it's described as “medium warmth," and a with all of the comforters on this list, it's an ideal hypoallergenic choice for anyone who suffers from allergies. It has a boxed design to prevent the filling from shifting, as well as a 1-inch side gusset that helps trap heat.
Reviewers say this comforter is durable, easy to clean in the washing machine, heavy but still breathable, and not at all hot. If you’re searching for a top-notch fluffy goose down-alternative comforter that'll keep you comfortable all year round, this is the one.
Enthusiastic Amazon review: "This is a wonderful blanket. It is soft, cozy, plush and comforting. It is better than a real feather blanket [...] It feels like being wrapped in a cloud. I will purchase this blanket before buying a real feather blanket from now on."
- Sizes: twin/twin XL, queen, king
2. The Best Lightweight Comforter For Hot Sleepers
This all-seasons down-alternative comforter has a light 300-fill power and a box-stitch design. You can secure it to your bed with its eight built-in corner and side loops, and thousands of reviewers (more than 7,000 in fact) rave about how soft and fluffy it is. Even though it's designed to keep you comfortable during any season, an overwhelming number of reviewers who hail from hot, humid places, like Miami, say it’s the perfect lightweight comforter for hot nights. It may keep you warm enough to feel snuggly, but it's not the type that takes the chill out of extremely cold nights. It comes in a ton of colors, too, including plain white, cloudy sky, grey/white stripes, navy/graphite, sand/mocha, and stone/charcoal.
Enthusiastic Amazon review: "This comforter is amazing! I was getting too warm with my down comforter but still wanted something soft, and this was the answer. It's very light, yet still provides enough warmth that I'm only using this with a flat sheet."
- Sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, oversized queen, king, oversized king, California king
3. The Best Heavyweight Comforter For Cold Sleepers
Described as a true heavyweight “winter” comforter, this pick provides optimum insulation so that you feel warm and toasty throughout the night. It has a hypoallergenic polyfiber fill that’s perfect for anyone with allergies, plus baffle box stitching to keep the fill in place. The queen-sized comforter has 74 ounces of down alternative fill and is made of a soft 100% microfiber exterior. Even better? This comforter is machine-washable. While this is one of the pricier options on this list, reviewers swear it feels like sleeping on a cloud.
Enthusiastic Amazon review: "Definitely for winter use. My toes are no longer cold when I am in bed! I thought it felt lighter weight than I expected when I pulled it out of the box, but it surprised me and is very warm compared to my old duvet insert."
- Sizes: twin, queen, king, California king
4. The Most Affordable, But Still High-Quality, Down-Alternative Comforter
This is an all-seasons polyester down-alternative comforter that scratches off a few must-have features, including box stitching that prevents the filling from shifting when you move. Another hypoallergenic choice that'll be great for allergy-sufferers, it also has a microfiber shell, piped edges, and four corner tabs to keep the comforter steady and in place.
Reviewers are, of course, impressed by the affordable price tag — it’s nearly impossible to find a down-alternative comforter with similar quality for this price. Although the manufacture doesn't note the fill power, reviewers mention the fact that it retains heat really well as a major selling point. And it’s worth mentioning that reviewers who have used this comforter on hot summer nights say it won’t make you overheat, either.
Enthusiastic Amazon review: "Only negative - I can't get out of bed! This was one of my best purchases.. Soft, durable, lightweight yet warm, keeps [its] fluffy quality and last, but certainly not least, exactly what I was looking for under a duvet to add a beautiful, classy look to my master bed"
- Sizes: twin, full/queen, king
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