By now, most of us know that having the right mattress is essential to a good night’s sleep. However, it’s important to remember that your bedding plays an important role as well, and snoozing with the perfect comforter can transform your bedroom into a cozy oasis of calm. Of course, comforters come in a wide variety of materials and designs, so how do you know which one is ideal for you?
Well, it’s all about finding the comforter that matches your unique sleep needs. Some comforters are designed to keep you warm in the winter, while others are built to keep you feeling fresh and cool in the summertime. Some comforters are crafted to be fluffy and feathery, while others are made to feel thick and cushiony. Yes, the world of comforters is wide, but I’m going to detail my top five favorites (all of which I’ve personally tested) to help guide you in your search for the perfect comforter!
Buffy Cloud Comforter
Crafted entirely from plant-based and recycled materials, the Buffy Cloud is ideal for eco-friendly folks looking to sleep green. Its cover fabric is made from eucalyptus-based lyocell, while the internal fill is a fluffy down-alternative spun from recycled plastic bottles.
- This is one of the most eco-friendly sleep accessories I’ve ever tested. The cover fabric is woven from sustainably sourced eucalyptus fiber, while the internal fill is spun from recycled plastic bottles.
- Sleepers who love the feel of down, but don’t want to sleep on animal products, might just love the Buffy Cloud. It provides a fluffy, feathery feel, but no ducks or geese were bothered in the making of this comforter!
- The cover fabric is made from eucalyptus, a material known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. So the Buffy Cloud is not only uniquely soothing on the skin, but it’s designed to be resistant to mold and mildew as well.
- This is a matter of personal preference, but I found myself wishing that the Buffy Cloud were a bit loftier. Sleepers who prefer a very fluffy, lofty comforter might feel that this one is a little on the thin side.
- Between the cool eucalyptus cover fabric and the breathable down-alternative, the Buffy Cloud is a great pick for warm weather. However, you might want to break out a thicker, more warming comforter when the cold climate rolls in!
Crafted entirely from plant-based and recycled materials, the Buffy Cloud is ideal for eco-friendly folks looking to sleep green.
Utopia Bedding Comforter
Stuffed full of siliconized fiberfill, this fluffy comforter is ideal for sleepers looking for a soft and feathery feel. Additionally, the polyester cover fabric is naturally moisture-wicking and impeccably smooth to the touch.
- While I found the cover fabric to be perfectly soft on its own, this comforter does feature corner loops which makes it easy to dress with a duvet cover.
- The siliconized fiberfill feels very similar to down but, of course, doesn’t consist of any animal products. Sleepers looking for an eco-friendly alternative to down will be most compatible with this comforter!
- The Utopia Bedding comforter is completely machine washable and dryable, which makes maintenance nice and easy.
- Sleepers looking for a very lofty comforter might be disappointed as I found this one to be on the thin side.
- This comforter is white on both sides, so those looking for something more colorful might want to dress it with a duvet cover!
Stuffed full of siliconized fiberfill, the Utopia Bedding comforter is ideal for sleepers looking for a soft and feathery feel.
AmazonBasics Reversible Microfiber Comforter
Covered in microfiber and filled with fluffy polyester, this comforter brings a classically cozy quality to the bedding game. Additionally, its two-toned reversible construction makes it easy to switch up the style of your bedroom.
- One of my favorite features of this comforter is its reversible construction; when you want to experiment with the style of your bedding, just flip it over!
- This comforter is plush, fluffy, and OEKO-Tex certified, which means it’s been tested for harsh chemicals. Not to mention, it’s machine washable!
- The diamond stitching sewn through this comforter ensures that its internal fill is evenly distributed, making for a balanced and cozy feel.
- Unfortunately, this comforter does not feature corner loops which makes it more difficult to dress with a duvet cover.
- I found the loft to be a little low for my liking, so sleepers looking for a very fluffy comforter might want to look elsewhere.
Covered in microfiber and filled with fluffy polyester, the AmazonBasics comforter brings a classically cozy quality to the bedding game.
Linenspa Down Alternative Microfiber Comforter
The Linenspa down-alternative comforter is covered in microfiber, and offers a luxuriously plush feel that’s suitable for all seasons. It’s lofty, fluffy, and features gridded stitching for balanced and cozy feel.
- This comforter features eight loops on the corners and sides to ensure that your duvet cover stays securely in place.
- I found the down-alternative in this comforter to adapt to my body heat quite well, which makes it great for year-round use.
- The gridded stitching sewn through this comforter helps it maintain its fluffy, tufted look, and keep an even distribution of stuffing.
- Sleepers who run hot year-round might find this comforter to be a bit too warming, in which case I’d suggest picking a comforter with a fill power of less than 300.
- When I first unpackaged it, the cover fabric of this comforter was quite wrinkly. I recommend washing and drying it in the machine before snoozing with it!
The Linenspa down-alternative comforter is covered in microfiber, and offers a luxuriously plush feel that’s suitable for all seasons.
Best Reversible Comforter
Beckham Hotel Collection Comforter
Filled with synthetic goose feathers and covered in polyester, this down-alternative comforter is ideal for sleepers who don’t want to sleep on real down. It’s diamond-stitched pattern and reversible construction give it a unique aesthetic flare.
- This comforter is offered in a wide variety of color combinations, and each one features a reversible construction which allows sleepers to get creative with the look of their bedding!
- Sewn-on loops adorn all four corners of this comforter which makes it particularly compatible with those looking to use a duvet cover.
- I found the synthetic goose fibers to mimic the feel of real down quite nicely. Not to mention, it’s totally machine washable and dryable (which is often not the case with real down!).
- The cover fabric of this comforter was very wrinkly when I first took it out of its packaging.
- This is nitpicky, but some sleepers prefer the classic look of box-gridded stitching to the diamond-stitched pattern that we see with this comforter.
Filled with synthetic goose feathers and covered in polyester, the Beckham Hotel Collection comforter is ideal for sleepers who don’t want to sleep on real down.
How We Picked
Now that you’ve seen my top five favorite comforters, let’s dive into the methodology behind my decisions. After all, when it comes to finding the perfect comforter, there’s a lot to consider!
While most bedding brands offer comforters in a wide range of sizes, some only come in a “Standard/Queen” size. So, before you make your purchase, scroll through the product description until you reach the “dimensions” section. There, you’ll be able to determine if the comforter is the exact size you’re looking for.
One of the things that I prefer about comforters as compared to duvets is that they are more likely to feature printed patterns. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a comforter in a solid color, but if you’re looking to get a little creative, take some time to pick the style that you like best.
Yes, a comforter’s primary job is to keep you, well, comfortable… But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prioritize a comforter that matches your bedroom decor! Choosing a reversible comforter is a good way to play around with the style of your bedding.
It’s generally a good idea to shop for bedding according to the seasons, and comforters are no exception. For example, the super-insulating comforter that keeps you warm in the winter is probably not the comforter you want to use in the summer. And when it comes to temperature regulation, a comforter’s cover fabric plays an important role.
If you’re looking to sleep cool, I recommend cover fabrics made from breathable, moisture-wicking materials like linen, lightweight polyester, cotton, Tencel, or anything bamboo-based. Meanwhile, cover fabrics made from microfiber, flannel, silk, and fleece are much better at keeping you warm when the weather gets chilly.
Although the cover fabric is what will be in direct contact with your skin, the internal fill goes a long way in determining both the temperature and overall feel of the comforter. Polyester is one of the most common materials you’ll find stuffed inside a comforter, and it typically offers a classic, cushy feeling (similar to what you might find in a sleeping bag!). But comforters can be filled with all kinds of materials, so it’s important to carefully consider what you want your comforter to feel like.
For example, comforters filled with down are ideal for sleepers who prefer a fluffy, feathery feel. Additionally, down comforters are usually pretty good at regulating your body’s temperature, making them a great choice for year-round use. Conversely, folks who love the feel of down but don’t want to sleep on animal products should aim for a down-alternative like polygel fiber or other high-quality synthetic materials.
Polyester, down, and down-alternatives are the three materials you’re likely to see most often when shopping for comforters. However, if your goal is to stay as warm as possible, go with a fill that’s been blended with wool or fleece. These materials are beloved for their insulating ability, making them perfect for cold weather.
When it comes to the construction of your comforter, there are a few key things to look out for:
- Firstly, find out whether or not the comforter comes with loops on its four corners. If it does, that means it was crafted to be compatible with a duvet cover, and is ideal for those looking for a comforter that’s easily covered. Essentially, these corner loops make sure that your duvet cover can be attached to the comforter itself, which will prevent it from bunching up within the cover. If it comes with more than four loops, even better!
- Next, take a close look at the quilted pattern that’s sewn-through the comforter. Unlike duvets, comforters always feature a quilted, sewn-through pattern that ensures an even distribution of the internal fill. Some patterns are smaller and square shaped, while others look like long, vertical lines that span the length of the comforter. Though it may seem like a small detail, the quilted pattern influences the aesthetic of the comforter, and determines how (and where) the stuffing is distributed.
- Finally, if you do opt for a down comforter, pay attention to the “fill power.” Fill power refers to the measure of the loft, and goes a long way in determining how insulating and fluffy a down comforter will be. If you’re in the market for a fluffy, warm down comforter, I suggest aiming for a fill power of 600 or higher.
As with most bedding essentials, price does range quite a bit when it comes to comforters. The brand, materials, size, and design are just a few factors that influence pricing, and cost can often be an indicator of quality. Personally, I stick to the $60-$120 range, depending on what I’m looking for. It’s good to note that real down is almost always more expensive than down-alternative, and polyester tends to come at a lower price point.
But don’t forget: bedding brands frequently offer trial periods wherein you can test a product out before you commit, and I always suggest taking advantage of that when possible.
Before you click the “buy” button, take some time to consider these details:
- Always check the “materials” description before you make your purchase. Sometimes, bedding brands will include phrases like “Egyptian-quality” or “silky” on products that are not made from Egyptian cotton or silk. That’s why I always recommend checking the exact materials used, as advertising can sometimes be misleading.
- Going with a comforter made from hypoallergenic materials is not only beneficial for those with allergies. In fact, comforters made from hypoallergenic or antimicrobial fabrics can often keep dustmites, mold and mildew at bay.
- If you have trouble staying cool through the night, go with moisture-wicking materials like polyester, Tencel, or bamboo-based fabric. These materials offer great breathability, and they serve to wick away sweat as well!
Now that we’ve reached the end of my top five favorite comforters, you’ve probably decided which one is best for you. But if not, don’t worry! Finding the perfect comforter isn’t always easy, but a great night’s sleep is always worth the effort. In the meantime, allow this roundup to guide you in your search. Happy shopping!
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole.
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