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Royal Hotel
Down w/650 Fill Power
Pinzon by Amazon
Hypoallergenic White Goose Down
Natural Comfort
Soft and Luxurious Down Alternative
Chezmoi Collection
White Goose Down Alternative
Superior
All Season Down Alternative
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Good

Egyptian cotton provides unparalleled comfort. Filled with natural goose down. Terrific insulation.

Can be machine washed. High thread count and fill rating. Lightweight yet warm.

Hypoallergenic filling (polyester). Retains loft after a machine wash. Comfortable and warm.

Includes duvet straps. Hypoallergenic. Extremely low price.

Hypoallergenic and comfortable. Machine washable.

Bad

Too large for most commercial washers.

Dimensions are slightly smaller than some other products.

Larger dimensions may prove difficult for home washing machines.

Dimensions run on the smaller side.

No duvet straps. Can get very warm.

Bottom Line

A well-crafted comforter for the ultimate sleeping experience. The best available.

A high-end comforter that has received some criticism regarding the authenticity its composition.

A well-received, hypoallergenic solution for those who want a top-quality comforter.

A satiny smooth polyester comforter at a desirable price. The best deal on the market.

A smooth microfiber comforter that suits those with allergies. Affordably priced.

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Best Comforters

In the natural order of bedding, a comforter provides protection for top sheets and blankets and a much-appreciated layer of insulation for sleepers. A quality comforter also finishes the look of a made bed, much like a quilt or duvet. We examined dozens of different comforters and created a short list of five top contenders. Here are our selections for the best comforters.

Products we Considered

Royal Hotel
Down w/650 Fill Power
Pinzon by Amazon
Hypoallergenic White Goose Down
Natural Comfort
Soft and Luxurious Down Alternative
Chezmoi Collection
White Goose Down Alternative
Superior
All Season Down Alternative

Considerations

Construction Materials

Like other forms of bedding, comforters can be made from a number of different materials and filled with everything from fiberfill to silk. Better contenders use a comfortable shell material such as 100 percent Egyptian cotton with a 300 (or higher) thread count. The type of filler material used also makes a difference in overall quality. Most of our selections use natural goose down or a down alternative, although other hypoallergenic materials could also be present. One common measurement of a comforter's quality is known in the industry as "fill power " -- the amount of material required to fill a designated number of cubic inches. A fill power measurement of 550 is considered average, while 400 or less would be considered inferior. Fill power measurements over 600 would be considered premium, and a fill power of 700 would put the comforter into luxury territory.

Ease of Maintenance

Manufacturers usually match comforter sizes to equivalent bed sizes, but there is some overlap. This means that larger comforters can be difficult, if not impossible, to launder in household washing machines. Some comforters are designed to be dry cleaned only; others can be machine washed in commercial laundromats. We recommend cleaning a comforter at least once every five years (more often if the user has allergies or indoor pets that shed). We award extra points to comforters that are machine washable or otherwise easy to maintain between cleanings.

Comfort and Design

Comforters can be substantially heavier than sheets or blankets, but they should not feel constrictive. Special stitching patterns create individual pockets of filler material that cannot migrate to the sides or bottom of the comforter. Inferior comforters with shifting filler can create hot or cold spot and uncomfortable lumps. Better comforters also use strapping on the corners to hold them firmly in place against the mattress and box springs. Many owners use a comforter as the top layer of bedding instead of a decorative bed spread, so we also note the use of attractive stitching and other aesthetic elements.

Price

Pure goose down can be very expensive, as can Egyptian cotton with a luxury-level thread count. Comforters with a fill power of 600 or higher also fall into the premier or luxury category, and their retail price usually reflects that status. It is possible, however, to find a quality comforter at a low price through comparison shopping. Less expensive alternatives to goose down do exist, and a lower thread count does not affect the quality of a comforter as much as it does a fitted or top sheet. All of our top contenders provide comfortable insulation for at least three seasons, but their retail prices are noticeably variable.

Considerations

Construction Materials

Royal Hotel's Queen Size Down-Comforter

The Royal Hotel's Down Comforter features a 300 thread count Egyptian cotton shell filled with natural goose down. The manufacturer claims a fill power of at least 650, which puts the comforter into the premium category. The Royal Hotel comforter is exceptionally well-crafted and develops a significant amount of loft after a few days of manual fluffing. Some customers report problems with shedding, but this could be a result of damage caused after purchase. This comforter works very well for warmer seasons, but owners may still require a supplemental blanket during colder months.

Pinzon Signature Pyrenees Hypoallergenic Medium Warmth

The Pinzon Signature Pyrenees Comforter's shell is advertised as 100 percent cotton with a 400 thread count and a Dobby weave, but we are not certain that the cotton is Egyptian. Similarly, the filling is white goose down according to the manufacturer, but other sources call it a "hypoallergenic down alternative." We recommend that customers seeking a truly hypoallergenic comforter with down alternative contact the manufacturer before ordering. The 600+ fill power does put this comforter in the premium category, but some users have concerns about the percentage of actual goose or duck down contained in the filling.

Natural Comfort Soft and Luxurious 300TC Sateen White Down Alternative

Some consumers have sensitivities to natural goose down that prompt them to seek hypoallergenic comforters with alternative fillings. The Natural Comfort Sateen is one such comforter/duvet. The shell is 100 percent cotton twill (not necessarily Egyptian) with a 300 thread count. Instead of down or feathers, the filling is completely polyester -- a material often used in less expensive pillows and bedding. The polyester filling provides the same level of loft as down, but it does not need to be sewn into chambers to prevent drift.

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter

Much like the Natural Comfort Sateen, the Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter uses a polyester fiberfill down alternative. It also uses a polyester microfiber for the shell. Some users report finding other down alternative materials -- usually cotton batting -- inside their Chezmoi comforters. However, the official label lists only 100 percent polyester. Similarly, the shell material is occasionally identified as cotton, but it is actually a polyester material with a slick, satin-like quality. Some customers have expressed concerns about loose strings and material leaks, but these issues can be easily addressed with the purchase of a duvet cover. The dimensions of each Chezmoi comforter size tend to run on the smaller side. For example, the Queen size is 88 by 88 inches, which means the edges will not reach the floor on a bed of standard height. The edges of the Chezmoi comforter are hemmed, and there are straps on each corner to accommodate a duvet cover.

Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Full/Queen Comforter

The Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Comforter is comparable to our other hypoallergenic contender, the Chezmoi, in both construction and materials. The Grand Down's outer shell is a polyester microfiber, which gives it a slicker texture than regular cotton. This is a good choice for users who are sensitive to cotton or goose down. The filling is 100 percent polyester fiberfill, a down alternative that is naturally hypoallergenic. We could not determine the comforter's fill power, but that is not unusual for comforters that use down alternatives. Satisfied customers report the Grand Down's loft is similar to its cotton and goose down competitors. We have a few concerns about excessive shifting, but the comforter does feature box-stitching that should keep the filling in place.

The Royal Hotel's Queen Size Comforter features a 300 thread count Egyptian cotton shell filled with natural goose down.
Considerations

Ease of Maintenance

Royal Hotel's Queen Size Down-Comforter

The dimensions of the Queen Size Royal Hotel comforter are 90 by 90 inches. This larger size is difficult for owners to launder in a household washer. The manufacturer has designated this comforter as "dry clean only," although some owners claim to have laundered their comforter in commercial washing machine with the addition of tennis balls for agitation. We strongly recommend having the comforter professionally dry cleaned at least once every five years -- more often if allergies or pet dander become problematic. Comforters containing natural down tend to develop clumps and possible tears after machine washing, so users should proceed with caution if the cost of dry cleaning is prohibitive.

Pinzon Signature Pyrenees Hypoallergenic Medium Warmth

The Pinzon Signature Pyrenees Full/Queen comforter measures 90 by 96 inches, which is a little smaller than some other contenders. Although dry cleaning is still the recommended maintenance path to follow, the Pinzon is also machine washable under the right conditions. Some users are reluctant to launder down-filled comforters because of the filler's tendency to form clumps, but it can be done. Spot cleaning is also possible with the Pinzon comforter, as the outer shell has a very tight weave and a 400 thread count. If a stain is treated quickly enough, it should not be absorbed into the comforter's inner lining. The comforter can also be kept clean through the use of a duvet cover, which provides protection similar to that of a pillow case.

Natural Comfort Soft and Luxurious 300TC Sateen White Down Alternative

The dimensions of a Natural Comfort Sateen comforter, especially the over-sized version, will present a challenge to most home washing machines. However, the item is still machine washable. Commercial laundromats can perform this service, or the comforter can be dry-cleaned. Because the filling is polyester, it retains much of its loft even after a machine wash and air drying. This comforter will fit easily in most duvet covers, although the over-sized versions may be a tight fit. Owners tell us that many spills and other accidents can be fixed through spot cleaning and/or a brushing.

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter

The dimensions of a Chezmoi Collection comforter tend to run smaller than average, so fitting one into a large-capacity washer and dryer should not pose a problem. Unlike comforters filled with natural goose down, the Chezmoi comforter does not require special dry cleaning. Many incidental stains and spills can be treated with simple spot cleaning or vacuuming. We recommend airing out the Chezmoi occasionally to freshen up the loft and allow household dust and other irritants to escape into the air. The polyester shell can be vulnerable to staining, but it can be chemically treated with stain removers.

Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Full/Queen Comforter

The Grand Down All Season omforter is absolutely machine washable and dryable, although we recommend placing a few tennis balls in the dryer to help maintain loft. The manufacturer recommends gentle machine washing without bleach, but some users report being more aggressive without causing damage. Because a comforter is often the top layer of a bed, pets and humans alike tend to congregate on it. An occasional vacuuming session with the proper brush attachment should keep the Grand Down comforter in good shape. Many users store their comforters in duvet covers for extra protection from the elements.

Unlike comforters filled with natural goose down, the Chezmoi comforter does not require special dry cleaning.
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Considerations

Comfort and Design

Royal Hotel's Queen Size Down-Comforter

Owners find the Royal Hotel Down Comforter to be extremely comfortable and lightweight. A good comforter provides additional insulation during sleep, but it shouldn't be as heavy as a quilt or other decorative bed spread. The Royal Hotel's Queen-size comforter uses only 36 ounces of 100 percent goose down to fill out a 90 by 90-inch shell. The manufacturer uses a special box stitch that creates individual pockets of down in all directions. This box stitching prevents the down from migrating to the edges of the comforter over time. It also prevents hot and cold spots from forming as down levels shift within the shell.

Pinzon Signature Pyrenees Hypoallergenic Medium Warmth

The Pinzon comforter's high thread count and fill-power make it exceptionally comfortable and warm. Although described as a medium-weight comforter, some users praise it for being lightweight enough to prevent overheating during sleep. We are aware of some reports of shedding, but this is an inherent problem with comforters at all price points. If shedding becomes problematic, a good duvet cover should help contain the loose filling. The Pinzon comforter uses a patented box stitch called PermaBaffle to contain the filling in 14-inch sections from top to bottom.

Natural Comfort Soft and Luxurious 300TC Sateen White Down Alternative

Many satisfied owners say the Natural Comfort Sateen comforter is warm enough for all seasons, and it is surprisingly light for its size. The 300 thread count puts the comforter into premium territory, but it may not feel quite as luxurious as its 400+ thread count competitors with 700 fill power. This is a decent hypoallergenic comforter for the price, and people with ethical or health concerns about natural goose down should find it to be just as comfortable and insulating as higher-end bed covers.

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter

The Chezmoi Collection comforter may not have the loft of higher-end comforters with goose down, but many owners have had success fluffing the blanket by running it through a "delicate" drying cycle on low heat. The polyester fiberfill creates a comforter that we would describe as "dense" but not "heavy." The Chezmoi is suitable for all seasons, but it may become too hot during summer and spring for certain users. The comforter's polyester microfiber does not have the luxury-level thread count of some other top contenders we examined, but it does provides the slicker texture that some users prefer. We find that the Chezmoi comforter has a tendency to migrate on its own during use, especially when paired with equally slick bedding materials such as silk or polyester.

Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Full/Queen Comforter

Although the Grand Down is promoted as an "all season" comforter, we would recommend treating it as more of a cold weather blanket. Some users say the Grand Down can become very hot very quickly at night, and they feel obligated to remove it. This is not an unusual problem with comforters in general. The polyester microfiber shell does feel slicker than Egyptian cotton, but it will not slide off the bed during use. Satisfied customers say the Grand Down is surprisingly comfortable for its size and thickness. The box stitching keeps the polyester filling from shifting to the sides or bottom, which is a plus for those who dread hot and cold spots. There are not straps for duvet cover attachment, however. We recommend ordering one bed size higher than the mattress if you prefer the comforter layer to drape over the sides of the bed.

The Royal Hotel Comforter's box stitching prevents hot and cold spots from forming as down levels shift within the shell.
Considerations

Price

Royal Hotel's Queen Size Down-Comforter

At $129, the Royal Hotel Down-Comforter is one of the more expensive of our top contenders, but it should be considered an investment in quality. The 300 thread count Egyptian cotton shell and the 650 fill power natural down filling are designed for maximum comfort and durability and should last for years under normal use. More expensive comforters on the market don't necessarily offer higher thread counts or fill power than the Royal Hotel's Down Comforter, and less expensive comforters are prone to shedding and often use inferior down substitutes as filler.

Pinzon Signature Pyrenees Hypoallergenic Medium Warmth

The Pinzon's regular retail price of $244 makes it the most expensive of our top contenders, but the white goose down filler, 400 thread count cotton shell, and PermaBaffle stitching justify much of that initial investment. We do have concerns about the real product matching the product description, however. White goose down is the advertised filler, for example, but some users report finding less expensive duck down and feathers in their comforters. The product is described as hypoallergenic, but we have also heard of some users experiencing allergic reactions to the detergents used to prepare the comforter's filling. We praise the Pinzon for its high-end materials and construction, but we urge customers to ask questions before purchasing any item described as hypoallergenic.

Natural Comfort Soft and Luxurious 300TC Sateen White Down Alternative

When compared side by side with with natural goose down comforters, hypoallergenic models with down alternative are often viewed as inferior. However, we could not find any significant differences between the polyester fill used in the $59 Natural Comfort 300TC and the natural goose down used in higher-end comforters. In fact, some customers report more satisfaction with down alternatives because natural goose down can develop some off-odors over time.

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter

At $40, the Chezmoi Collection comforter is clearly the most budget-friendly of our top contenders. It delivers essentially the same performance as higher-end goose down comforters at a polyester-filled price point. Comforters are designed to provide additional insulation during cold nights, and the Chezmoi definitely delivers on that element. Some budget-priced comforters develop hot and cold spots over time as the down (or down alternative) material shifts within the shell. Because the Chezmoi uses a polyester fiberfill and box stitching, the entire surface area of the comforter remains at the same level of loft. The Chezmoi also works well as a stand-alone blanket for guests sleeping on couches or as an additional blanket on extra-cold nights. At such a low price, investing in several Chezmoi Collection comforters for future use would not be a bad idea at all!

Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Full/Queen Comforter

Much like our other hypoallergenic contender, the Chezmoi, the Grand Down's budget-conscious retail price of $63 makes it very attractive for first-time buyers who need new bedding (or those who are investing in additional bedding for overnight guests). The hypoallergenic qualities alone make the Grand Down an ideal choice for those with sensitivities to natural goose down. Professional dry cleaning can be very expensive, so the comforter's machine washability is also an economic consideration. We recommend purchasing the appropriate size comforter for every bed in the home, because you never know when the air may turn crisp and an extra layer of insulation would be welcome.

The Chezmoi Collection Comforter delivers the same performance as higher-end goose down comforters at a polyester-filled price point.

Best of the Best

Comforters often become the top layer of bedding, so many consumers seek out one that is both functional and decorative. Our Best of the Best contender, the Royal Hotel Queen Size Down Comforter, easily achieves both of these goals.

The Royal Hotel comforter is filled with natural goose down. Its lofty shell, made of 300 thread count Egyptian cotton, is a luxurious plus. The comforter's high fill power rating (650) and strong box stitching (which creates individual pockets of goose down that will not shift over time) round out the list of essentials.

Consumers love the comfortable, lightweight feel of the Royal Hotel comforter. It provides terrific insulation for all seasons. During the coldest months, some owners told us they required an extra blanket. However, most agreed that it's an unbeatable piece of bedding. At a cost of just $129, the Royal Hotel comforter is also quite affordable. For all of these reasons, we declare it to be the Best of the Best on our elite list of contenders.
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The lightweight Royal Hotel Comforter, filled with cozy goose down, is an unbeatable piece of bedding.

Best Bang for your Buck

While goose down and Egyptian cotton may be the trend with comforters, a number of consumers may have allergies or other health issues that put those materials off limits. When it comes to comforters that feature down alternatives and non-cotton shells, our Best Bang for Your Buck award goes to the Chezmoi Collection Down Alternative Comforter.

The shell is a comfortable polyester microfiber with box stitching to prevent filler drift. Many owners like this comforter's slick, satin-like texture because, although made of polyester, it's not abrasive against their skin. The polyester fiberfill is hypoallergenic, which can be an important consideration for people with sensitivities to real goose down. Because it's not made of down and the dimensions run on the smaller side (full/queen dimensions are 88 by 88 inches), the entire blanket can be cleaned in a commercial-sized washer.

During a machine wash cycle, the Chezmoi's polyester filling will not clump or shift like down filling is sometimes known to do. The Chezmoi's incredibly affordable retail price of just $40 is a good reason for consumers to invest in two or more comforters, either for overnight guests or as additional blankets for those chilly winter nights.
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Because the Chezmoi uses a polyester fiberfill and box stitching, the entire surface area of the comforter remains at the same level of loft.
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