• Linenspa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter

  • The Company Store Alberta European Down Baffled Comforter

  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About Comforters

  • Other Comforters We Tested

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Linen Spa
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Don’t worry about getting the Linenspa comforter dirty—stains come out quite easily with a little bit of scrubbing, and you can always throw it in the washing machine for a more thorough wash.

Best Overall
Linenspa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter

It might seem a little strange that the least expensive comforter in our testing roundup beat out its competition, especially when several are more than 10 times its cost—we were surprised, too. However, our testing scores don’t lie. The Linenspa Comforter edged out the other comforters in a few key areas.

For one, the Linenspa blanket has a microfiber exterior, which is incredibly soft and feels great to sleep under even without a duvet cover. In comparison, other comforters, like our "Best Luxury" pick, the Company Store's Alberta Euro Down Comforter, is a little bit rough to the touch. We also found the Linenspa blanket was easier to remove stains from—they came out quickly with minimal scrubbing.

Where the Linenspa lacks, however, is its construction. It doesn’t have the best stitching quality, so it might be more prone to fraying in the long run. But at its current price, replacing it every few years will still cost you less than some of our other picks.

This Linenspa Comforter comes in every size you could want, from Twin XL to California King, and there are several basic colors and patterns to choose from as well. With the exception of the white option, these comforters are reversible, giving you two styling options, and they’re super soft thanks to their microfiber fabric. Plus, the comforter is incredibly warm, as it’s filled with a hypoallergenic down alternative.

Don’t worry about getting this comforter dirty—stains come out quite easily with a little bit of scrubbing, and you can always throw it in the washing machine for a more thorough wash. Its microfiber exterior doesn’t hold too many wrinkles, and it boasts box stitching to keep its fill evenly distributed throughout the blanket.

The only downside of this budget-friendly comforter is that the color doesn’t exactly match what is shown online. In real life, the gray has a noticeably blue undertone, while it looks more neutral in its online pictures. However, you can choose to put a duvet over this comforter, as it comes with eight fastening loops on the corners and sides. Did we mention it's super affordable, too?

Best Luxury
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This comforter from The Company Store comes in light warmth, medium warmth, and extra warmth options—we opted to test the medium warmth version as a middle ground.

Best Luxury
The Company Store Alberta European Down Baffled Comforter

If you want to feel like you’re sleeping under a luxurious cloud, the Alberta Euro Down Comforter will make all your dreams come true. This high-end blanket is amazingly comfortable and luxurious, and we think it’s worth every penny of its high price tag.

This comforter from The Company Store comes in light warmth, medium warmth, and extra warmth options—we opted to test the medium warmth version as a middle ground. The exterior of the blanket is a 300-thread count combed cotton sateen that’s silky smooth and the interior is filled with 600 fill power duck down, so it’s incredibly lofty and cushy to wrap up in. There are five muted color options to choose from and the blanket has baffle-box stitching to keep its fill evenly distributed.

The Alberta Euro Down Comforter aced all our tests. It kept us the perfect temperature on cool fall nights and the weight was spot-on as well. The medium warmth seems like it would be ideal for all-season use, as it’s not too heavy or too light. The only complaint we had about the construction of the blanket is that it’s not the softest to touch. However, you can always put a duvet cover over this comforter via its corner loops.

The comforter does get a little wrinkly when scrunched up, but it does a great job repelling liquids. It's also machine-washable, which is quite rare for down comforters. Overall, we think just about everyone would be happy with this high-end blanket, especially since it comes in a variety of warmth options.

How We Tested

The Tester

I’m Camryn Rabideau, a freelance contributor here at Reviewed. After I tested and reviewed the best sheet sets, it was a natural progression to move on to comforters. (More sleeping for work—score!) Personally, I usually spring for comforters based on looks alone, so I was curious to see if high-quality bedding was really that much better than what I usually buy at the discount store. (Spoiler alert: It is.)

The Tests

I put each of these comforters through the wringer—figuratively and literally—to see how well they perform in a few key areas.

First, and perhaps most importantly, was the sleep test. I took a one-hour nap under each blanket, then slept with them overnight, evaluating whether they kept me warm, how soft they felt, and if they were noisy when I rolled over.

Next, I evaluated how easy each comforter was to wash. In addition to researching care instructions for each product, I stained them with fruit juice and Diet Coke, then attempted to spot clean them with regular detergent—no pre-treating or stain removers.

Finally, I used my background in textile science to evaluate the overall construction of the comforter, determining whether it would stand up to years of use. I also considered how easy or hard it would be to store each item, based on how much space it took up when folded.

What You Should Know About Comforters

Should I Get a Duvet or a Comforter?

Whether you're looking at a duvet or barrier weave, comforters are surprisingly complex. With words like thread count and fill power, it's easy to get lost in the terminology. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry, from different kinds of insulation materials to comforter weight, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

The first thing you should decide is if you want a duvet or a regular comforter. A duvet is a protective cover that slips over the comforter like a pillowcase whereas a comforter is just a single piece of fabric. Duvets are easier to clean and you can swap them out to change the look of your bedroom. Comforters, on the other hand, rarely shift on the bed.

How Heavy Should my Comforter be?

Another thing to consider is comforter weight. A light-weight comforter is great for those who feel a little warm at night whereas a regular-weight comforter is perfect for those who want to feel very warm. Summer-weight comforters are excellent for warmer climates, especially if your bedroom is hot. It all depends on how warm you want to be at night.

The insulating material inside regular comforters is usually made of cotton, wool, polyester, silk, or down. The coolest material is cotton or silk and the warmest is down or fleece. If you're allergic to goose feathers, you may want to invest in a down alternative comforter, which typically has a hypoallergenic microfiber cover.

What is the Best Thread Count?

Thread count refers to the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch. Simply put, the higher the thread count the softer the comforter. A thread count between 200 to 800 is considered good. However, a high thread count will wear faster than a low thread count. Finally, there's the barrier weave, which stops the down feathers from coming out of your comforter.


Other Comforters We Tested

Pottery Barn Supreme Goose Down Comforter

The Pottery Barn Supreme Goose Down Comforter is very similar to the Alberta Euro Down Comforter in both construction and performance. This blanket sports a 100 percent cotton shell with European white down fill. The exterior is 300-thread count sateen fabric and it boasts 650 fill power for impressive loft and coziness. The comforter has baffle box stitching to keep the fill in place and we enjoyed sleeping under it. The Supreme Goose Down Comforter was the perfect weight and temperature, but it’s fabric wasn’t the softest to touch, so you may want to put a duvet cover over it.

In our other tests, this comforter from Pottery Barn repelled liquids and stains came out easily. You can machine wash and dry this blanket, assuming your washing machine is large enough and, though it retained some wrinkles after being bunched up, they weren’t too bad. It came out of testing neck-in-neck with its rival from The Company Store. Ultimately, it was edged out by the Alberta Euro Down Comforter simply because of personal preference. These two blankets performed the same in every test, so you can’t go wrong with either one.

Buffy Comforter

If you’ve ever come across an ad for Buffy, you know they call it the “Most Comfortable Comforter Ever Made.” That’s a pretty big claim to live up to, but I was pleasantly surprised at what this product had to offer. I really enjoyed sleeping under this blanket—in my testing notes, I wrote, “It’s so, so soft and fluffy, yet very light. I was the perfect temperature all night.” I’m only now noticing that could be a poem.

There are a few other perks that make me like this comforter, as well. For one, each Buffy comforter restores 50 recycled bottles to use as fill, making it an eco-friendly option. Plus, its eucalyptus fabric is supposed to be resistant to allergens, mites, and other microbes.

Despite being eco-friendly, soft, fluffy, and warm, there are a few downsides to this product that kept it from clinching the top spot. For one, it doesn’t have box stitching, so there’s a good chance the down-alternative fill will settle to the bottom of the comforter after extended use. Plus, it gets pretty wrinkled, and the Diet Coke stain was hard to get out. You can’t put Buffy in the washing machine, which is a bummer if you’re opposed to having your comforters dry cleaned like I am.

However, if you’re looking for a down alternative comforter that’s lightweight and warm, I would definitely recommend Buffy.

Lands' End Essential Down Comforter

This comforter isn’t anything special to behold—it looks like every other down comforter out there. However, it’s really soft, comfortable, and warm to sleep under, and I can imagine it is great for cold winter nights. Plus, you can always dress it up with a duvet if you want it to be more interesting (though the cost of a duvet on top of this premium price is a bit much, in my opinion).

Another reason the Land’s End Essential down comforter ranks so highly is because you can wash it in the washing machine, saving you from having to drag it down to the dry cleaner. It features that box-stitching we love to keep the down evenly dispersed, and the company claims the down is washed so thoroughly that it’s hypoallergenic.

The downside is that stains don’t come out of this comforter readily, so you’ll have to be careful not to get it dirty. It also gets pretty wrinkled as well.

L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Cotton Comforter

Despite its name, the L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Cotton Comforter fell squarely in the middle of the pack when it came to softness. It wasn’t scratchy or anything, but it also wasn’t one I wanted to burrito myself up in. That said, it kept me warm throughout the night with its polyester fiberfill and is relatively lightweight. It also repels liquids fairly well, which is definitely a bonus if you’re prone to spilling.

I didn’t particularly like the “cream” color of this comforter (obviously a personal preference), but there are several other colors available. The box stitching it actually a lot smaller than that on other products, making it a less puffy option. It also makes a fair bit of noise when you shift around during the night.

Cozy Earth Bamboo Comforter - All Season

While super soft and silky, the Cozy Earth All-Season Bamboo Comforter is shockingly thin. It feels more like a throw blanket than a comforter! Both the exterior and fill are 100 percent viscose from bamboo, making it a more eco-friendly option, and the fabric was one of the softest we tested—it feels like silk and is super smooth to the touch.

However, due to its thin nature, this comforter failed to keep us warm at night. I sleep warm and I was still freezing! We ended up putting another throw blanket on top of it. We tested the “All-Season” option, but we think it would only really be sufficient in the summer or if you live in a temperate climate.

Brooklinen Lightweight Down Comforter

While the Brooklinen Down Comforter delivered in terms of warmth, I found that its exterior felt almost like plastic to the touch. It’s supposed to be a “cotton sateen shell,” but I thought it was significantly less soft than many other options. However, I do like that it uses down “clusters” instead of standard feathers to avoid them poking into you during the night. Overall, I’d only recommend this comforter if you plan to use it with a duvet cover.

The Company Store LaCrosse Light Down Comforter

This comforter was just OK. I mean, do you really want to pay a lot for just an “OK” product? I didn’t find the LaCrosse Down Comforter to be soft, and it was one of the few products I thought was actually too heavy. This is especially strange considering it’s their lightest option—there are also medium, heavy, and extra heavy styles available.

That said, this comforter did keep me warm, and it comes in a variety of bright colors to add interest to your bedroom.

Snowe Down Alternative Comforter

One of the most important testing areas for these comforters was warmth. So although the Snowe Home Down Alternative Comforter was soft and cozy, it ranks far down because I was cold while sleeping under it—and that says something, as I’m typically a warm sleeper! I ended up putting a heavy throw blanket over myself during the night to get to a comfortable temperature.

However, it’s worth noting Snowe also has an All-Season option that has 40 percent more fill, which would likely be a bit warmer and heavier.

Casper Down Duvet

On paper, the Casper Duvet seems like it'd be a good comforter, but it fell flat in a number of areas. The first thing we noticed when taking it out of the box was its strange material. The exterior is 100 percent cotton, but the fabric feels like plastic. It makes a lot of noise any time you shift under it‚ so it feels like you're sleeping under a tarp. You’d definitely need to put a duvet cover over this blanket, but even then, you’d still probably be able to hear the crinkling as you move around.

This duvet performed okay when we napped during the day, but overnight we found ourselves a little chilly underneath it. The duvet is filled with down and has an extra layer of merino wool inside, so we were surprised that it wasn’t as warm as other down comforters. At the end of the day, we didn’t enjoy using this comforter at all. There are much better options, especially at this high price point.

AmazonBasics Reversible Microfiber Comforter

The AmazonBasics Reversible Microfiber Comforter simply isn’t worth your money, even if it is the least expensive option we tested. It’s so thin that you’ll wonder if there’s any batting inside it, and I had to put another blanket over it to stay warm. Plus, it’s not well constructed and soaks up liquids greedily.

Meet the testers

Camryn Rabideau

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