Nothing makes a cozy bed more inviting than a plush down comforter. Its soft, fluffy plumage provides a lush, lightweight layer that traps warm air and keeps you comfortable throughout the night. While down-alternative options and other fillings have grown in popularity, many still prefer the natural luxury and body-regulating warmth of down.
Over the past few years, we've extensively tested and reviewed the world’s best comforters. That includes plenty of down comforters, like our top pick, The Company Store Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter(available at The Company Store).
These are the best down comforters we tested ranked, in order:
The Company Store Legends Hotel Alberta
Pottery Barn Supreme
Lands' End Essential
The Company Store LaCrosse
The Company Store Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter (Medium)
Sleeping under the The Legends Hotel Alberta Comforter will make all your dreams come true. It's like being underneath a luxurious cloud. It's amazingly comfortable, and we think it’s worth every penny of its price tag.
This comforter from The Company Store is perfect for anyone, even for hot sleepers. It's available in light, medium, and extra warmth options—we tested the medium-warmth version as a middle ground. The exterior shell material is a 300-thread-count combed cotton sateen that’s silky smooth and the interior is filled with 600 fill power duck down, ethically sourced as certified by Reponsible Down Standard, 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 construction to keep its fill weight evenly distributed so you don't experience any cold spots.
The Legends Hotel Alberta aced all our tests. It kept us the perfect temperature on cool 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.
Our only complaint is that the comforter's construction was not the softest to touch. However, you can always wrap a duvet cover over it via the comforter's 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. Overall, this is a high-end comforter with a variety of warmth options that just about anyone could be happy with.
The Pottery Barn Supreme Goose Down Duvet Insert is very similar to The Company Store's Legends Hotel Alberta in both construction and performance. The comforter is 100 percent cotton, filled with European white goose down. The exterior shell is made from 300-thread-count sateen fabric and it boasts a 650 fill power making it very cozy.
The Supreme Goose Down Duvet was the perfect weight and temperature. Its baffle box stitching keeps the fill weight in place, and we enjoyed sleeping under it. However, we'd recommend using a duvet cover, as the cotton cover wasn't as soft as we'd like.
In our other tests, this Pottery Barn comforter repelled liquids, and stains came out easily. You can machine-wash and dry this blanket, assuming your washing machine is large enough. While 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 simply because of personal preference. These two blankets performed the same in every test, so you can’t go wrong.
This product doesn't appear to be anything special at first—it looks like every other comforter on the market. However, it’s really soft, comfortable, and warm to sleep under. It would be great for cold winter nights.
Like similar down comforters, the Lands' End Essential can be washed in the washing machine, saving you from having to drag it to the dry cleaner. It features box-stitching, which keeps everything evenly dispersed. The company also claims the down is washed so thoroughly that it’s hypoallergenic, but we were unable to test that detail.
Our biggest complaints included difficulty removing stains, and we found it wrinkles easily.
While the Brooklinen Comforter delivered in warmth, its exterior felt almost like plastic to the touch. It’s supposed to be a “cotton sateen shell,” but it was significantly less soft than the many other options we tested. However, it uses “clusters” instead of standard feathers, so you avoid getting accidentally poked in the middle of the night.
Overall, we recommend this comforter only if you plan to use it with a duvet cover.
The Company Store provided our top pick, but its LaCrosse Down Comforter was just OK. It wasn't very soft, and it was one of the few comforters that was actually too heavy. This is especially strange considering we tested its 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 a room. It may be better suited for a guest room.
On paper, the Casper Duvet seems like it'd be a good comforter, but it fell flat in several of our tests.
First, the material felt strange. Although the exterior is 100 percent cotton, it feels like plastic. It makes a lot of noise any time you shift under it, as if you're sleeping under a tarp. Even if you added a duvet cover, you’d still probably hear the crinkling as you move around.
This duvet performed OK during nap testing, but overnight we found ourselves a little chilly underneath it. It 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, there are much better options for the money.
I’m Camryn Rabideau, a freelance contributor here at Reviewed. After I tested and reviewed bed sheets, 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.)
I put each of these products 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 on my queen size bed under each blanket, then slept with them overnight, evaluating whether they kept me warm and cozy, 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, food, 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 Down Comforters
What makes these comforters coveted is the material that's sewn inside the bedding. Down references the ultra-soft filaments on the undercoat of waterfowl, usually geese or ducks. Feathers, which include the quill, are also usually included in the filling. Down is known for temperature regulation that responds to your body temperatures.
The American Down and Feather Council, an industry trade group, explains that this is because "down and feathers trap air while allowing moisture to escape, allowing products such as comforters to adjust to the amount of heat released by the body."
Down-alternative comforters use synthetic materials intended to emulate down. Their performance can often be just as good at down comforters, as we found during our comforter testing, and are recommended for those with allergies or those looking to spend less. However, as the council notes, down is more generally more comfortable, easy to care for, and lasts longer.
If you're concerned about the treatment of birds used to create duck and goose down comforters, look for products certified by the Responsible Down Standard, which ensures humane treatment of the animals.
How Heavy and What Fill-Power Should the Comforter Be?
When choosing a comforter, be sure to consider its weight and fill power. Weight options can affect the coziness, in addition to warmth. A lightweight or summer-weight comforter is great for hot sleepers, whereas comforters with high fill power are better for those who need more warmth. It all depends on how warm you want to be at night.
Down is prized because it's one of the most insulating materials. The higher the fill power, the more effective that insulation will be. A 750 fill power will trap more warmth than a 700 or 400 fill power.
What is the Best Thread Count for a Comforter?
Thread count refers to the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch on the outside of the bedding. Simply put, the higher the thread count of the exterior shell, the softer the comforter. If you're using a duvet cover, the thread count won't be as important as if you're using the comforter on its own.
A thread count between 200 and 800 is considered good. However, a high thread count will wear faster than a low thread count. Finally, look for barrier weaves, which stop the stuffing from coming out of your comforter.
How to Wash a Down Comforter
Like any textile you buy, always read the label to make sure your comforter doesn't require dry cleaning. Typically, one advantage to having a down-filled comforter is that the natural material is generally safe in your washing machine.
First, make sure your washer and dryer are big enough that your comforter has enough room to thoroughly get clean and genuinely dry. If you have a compact washer and dryer set, consider going to a laundromat to use an extra-large machine—especially if you have a king-size comforter.
For better drying results, use dryer balls. They're not made to soften the comforter, but they may help to keep the stuffing inside the comforter from bunching up as it dries. We also recommend opening the dryer a few times during the cycle to help fluff it up manually.
Lastly, make sure to allow ample time for drying. Depending on your dryer and the setting used, it may take several hours to dry.
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Camryn Rabideau is a full-time freelance writer and product tester with eight years of experience. She's been lucky enough to test hundreds of products firsthand, and her specialties include bedding and pet products, which often require help from her two dogs, three cats, and flock of rambunctious chickens.
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