Best Down Alternative Comforters 2024

Best Down Alternative Comforters 2024


Scouting out the very best down alternative comforters and duvet inserts for your bed can significantly enhance your overall sleep experience. These hypoallergenic, cruelty-free bedding options are far less expensive than their real down counterparts, and the feather-free construction means they aren’t going to collect as many common allergens. What’s more, many of our favorite down alternative comforters are machine-washable. Our top pick for 2024, Brooklinen’s Down Alternative Comforter, is a particularly soft, sustainable option that offers a choice of three weights.

While the terms “comforters” and “duvet inserts” are often used interchangeably, they actually describe wholly different products. Duvet inserts are designed to go inside of duvet covers, offering easier cleaning and the opportunity to change out the look of your bedding every so often. Comforters, meanwhile, are typically used on their own. Ahead, find our recommendations for the best down alternative comforters and duvet inserts available in 2024, each of which can assist you in your quest for cozier nights.

Material: 100% cotton sateen shell, recycled fiber fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Density: Lightweight, all-season or ultra-warm | Care: Spot cleaning recommended for small stains; otherwise, dry clean only

Pros:

  • Comes in three different weights
  • Has loops to attach to duvet
  • Eco-conscious and made with sustainable materials

Cons:

  • Dry clean only
  • Sateen can easily look wrinkled

Brooklinen is the gold standard in the direct-to-consumer linens game. It’s known for producing responsibly manufactured textiles of exceptional quality for reasonable prices and providing standout customer service if you need to return anything. Believe it or not, the fill is made from recycled plastic bottles, but rest assured: These down alternative comforters are some of the softest versions out there.

What our editors say: “The Brooklinen Down Alternative Comforter has a really solid blend of fluffiness and coziness,” says senior sleep editor Bridget Chapman. “I have it in the all-season weight and haven’t felt the need to swap it out with something different as the weather changes—which is great since sometimes I feel like my sleep body temperature is all over the place. It’s also pretty lightweight overall, so you can move around with ease at night.”


Material: 100% luxury cotton shell, polyester and rayon fiber fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Density: All-season | Care: Machine wash cold gentle cycle, tumble dry low

Pros:

  • Machine washable
  • Has duvet loops
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons:

The Purple TempBalance Duvet is an all-season down alternative comforter that’s made with a polyester and rayon filling. It’s perfect for keeping you cozy all year round, and customers rave about its ability to help regulate temperature. The quilting around the edge and across the top helps the fiber stay in place, and prevents it from bunching up at the bottom or sides. It includes Velcro fastenings so it stays neatly inside the PerfectStay Duvet Cover (sold separately). There’s also a 30-day return policy in case it’s not the right duvet for you.

What the reviews say: One reviewer, who has a Purple mattress, pillows and bedding, calls the duvet “definitely a must.” According to another, “It is a good balance of being warm, but not too heavy. I did not expect to completely love every product, but I can find no fault with anything.”

Material: 100% combed cotton sateen shell, recycled polyester fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full, queen, king/California king | Density: Light, medium, extra, ultra | Care: Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, tumble dry low

Pros:

  • Available in four different warmth levels
  • Has duvet loops
  • Baffled construction prevents fill from shifting

Cons:

  • Some reviewers don’t think it’s substantial enough

The Company Store has an excellent reputation for all things bedding. Made with an exclusive recycled polyester fill that’s designed to imitate the feel of actual down, the brand’s ultra-warm down alternative comforter option is made for “I-run-cold-all-the-time” sleepers. Four warmth levels make it easy to find an option that suits the temperature in your bedroom: light (69 to 74 degrees), medium (65 to 69 degrees), extra-warm (62 to 65 degrees) and ultra-warm (62 degrees or colder).

What the reviews say: “We love this down alternative duvet for our bed,” writes one reviewer. “It’s not too heavy and provides the right level of warmth (which is great ,as my husband tends to sleep hot, and I tend to sleep cool).” Another says, “I was hesitant about down alternative because of, well, polyester. But I absolutely love these. They feel soft, nothing ‘floating’ out of the shell, they are quiet, and in general, feel lovely.”


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Puredown All-Seasons Dobby Square Down Alternative Comforter (Full/Queen)

Material: 100% polyester, polyester fill | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king | Density: All-season | Care: Machine wash on cold

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly option
  • Available in two different quilting patterns
  • OEKO-TEX certified

Cons:

  • Only available in one warmth level

Puredown makes both down and down alternative bedding at accessible prices. The brand has succeeded with this all-season comforter that’s under $100, perfect for anyone trying to stay on a budget. It’s constructed of 100% polyester fill wrapped in a 100% polyester cover for ultimate coziness. Plus, it’s machine washable on cold and available in two different quilting patterns. It’s also Standard 100 OEKO-TEX certified, indicating a high level of safety.

What the reviews say: “This comforter is perfect enough to use all year round,” says one reviewer. Another writes, “I am very pleased with this comforter. It is well-made and looks good. It’s the perfect weight for coastal North Carolina fall and winter.”


Sijo Clima Tech TempTune All Season Comforter (Full/Queen)

Material: Tencel lyocell fiber and mica nylon shell, Tencel lyocell and recycled polyester fill | Sizes: Full/queen, king/California king | Density: All-season | Care: Dry clean recommended

Pros:

  • Temperature regulating
  • Hidden snaps and ties for a tidy finish

Cons:

  • Should be dry cleaned instead of machine washed

Sijo’s down alternative comforter is made with a patented blend of fibers that absorbs and distributes body heat to maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature. That means it’s cooling when you’re too warm and warming when you’re cold, making it ideal for year-round use. Interior snaps and ties keep this comforter secure if you’re using it with a duvet cover. The brand’s TempTune collection has FSC and OEKO-TEX certifications, so it’s also an eco-friendly pick. One drawback—the brand recommends dry cleaning.

What the reviews say: “This blanket is light, not heavy, but it keeps me so warm,” writes one reviewer. “The blanket is just right—warm but not too hot. My partner and I are both warm bodies when we sleep, but we didn’t sweat under this cover.” Another says, “I am typically a hot sleeper, and this is the perfect weighted duvet for all seasons. The area I am in recently had the coldest day on record, and this duvet still kept me warm during the cold nights.”


Material: 100% polyester cover, Primaloft fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Density: Lightweight, midweight, ultraweight | Care: Machine wash cold on gentle cycle

Pros:

  • Available in three different weights
  • Has duvet loops
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Some reviewers mentioned a distinct odor

The Boll & Branch Down Alternative Duvet Insert is filled with Primaloft—an allergy-friendly fiber made from recycled bottles that feels just like down minus the feathers. The baffle-box construction keeps the fill from shifting and it’s available in three weights—lightweight, midweight and ultraweight—so you stay comfortable whether you sleep hot or cold. We also like that the cotton shell is certified by OEKO-TEX. Boll & Branch recommends washing this duvet just once per season and using dryer balls to help keep it fluffy.

What the reviews say: One 5-star review says it’s “lightweight and made very well. The price was worth it—quality is incomparable.” Another writes, “[I] highly recommend this duvet insert. It’s the perfect weight for all seasons.”


Material: 100% cotton sateen shell, microfiber fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Density: Lightweight, all-season | Care: Dry clean or machine wash on delicate cycle with mild liquid detergent, tumble dry low

Pros:

  • Available in two different warmth levels
  • OEKO-TEX certified

Cons:

  • Some reviewers find it’s too insulating

Parachute is our go-to for luxe bedding that channels a minimalist vibe. An all-season warmth option is also available, but we particularly love that Parachute’s lightweight down alternative comforter doesn’t skimp on coziness. It’s filled with fine microfiber that mimics the insulation and fluffiness of down, and it’s OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified—meaning it’s passed a third-party evaluation to show that it’s free from harmful substances.

What the reviews say: One 5-star review says it’s “light and fluffy and [makes me] feel like I’m at a luxury hotel.” Another writes, “I was really torn between the lightweight and all-weather. I went with the lightweight and am really pleased. Our bedroom is cold, but we both sleep warm and we found this to be perfect for both of us. It’s a cozy cover but still breathable. It’s surprisingly lofty for a lightweight duvet, so it looks nice and plush on top of our bed.”


Material: Tencel eucalyptus shell, recycled PET fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Density: All-season | Care: Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, hang dry

Pros:

  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Cool-to-the-touch fabric

Cons:

  • The hottest sleepers may find this comforter warm

Buffy’s Cloud Comforter is particularly cooling thanks to a Tencel cover, which has a cool-to-the-touch feel and wicks sweat away faster than many other types of materials. It’s also sustainably produced using fibers derived from eucalyptus. The filling is just as eco-friendly edge, thanks to recycled fibers made from BPA-free plastic bottles. Its fluffy and lightweight qualities have earned it an impressive rating of 4.8 out of five stars from over 23,000 reviews on Buffy’s website.

What the reviews say: “This comforter felt wonderful even without a duvet cover,” writes one reviewer. Another says, “I’ve always struggled finding the right comforter that doesn’t overheat me at night. This is perfect. Plus, it’s quiet and works so perfectly with my linen duvet cover. [I] love it.”


Material: 100% organic cotton shell, Climate Beneficial cotton fill | Sizes: Full/queen, king | Density: Medium-weight | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry on low

Pros:

  • Sustainably made with organic cotton
  • All-natural and vegan materials
  • Hand-me-down quality

Cons:

Coyuchi makes some of the most sustainable bedding on the market, and this exceptional blanket illustrates the company’s commitment to making exceptional and ethical products. Instead of a synthetic filling, this all-natural duvet insert is filled with cotton batting and covered with a certified organic cotton shell. The fibers used in the fill are grown in California and Climate Beneficial, a designation that means the farms are helping to sequester carbon—a necessary step toward slowing climate change. We love that it’s made in the US and tufted by hand. The undyed fabric is the natural color of the cotton fibers, while loops in the corners allow you to secure it a duvet cover.

What the reviews say: “I wanted to have something made in America, something pure and without chemicals,” says one reviewer. “This duvet insert fits the requirements, and it is just awesome.” Another writes, “So far we love this insert. It’s a perfect weight and not too hot or cold.”


Layla Down Alternative Comforter (Full/Queen)

Material: 100% cotton shell, 100% down alternative Cluster Loft fill | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, and king/California king | Density: Lightweight | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry on low

Pros:

  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • Light, fluffy and breathable

 Cons:

  • Only one weight available

Designed to be used in all seasons, this down alternative comforter has a nice weight that’s not too heavy and not too light. The cotton shell is soft and breathable, while the Cluster Loft fill mimics the characteristics of down, from fill power to the light, fluffy feel. The stylish hexagonal stitching keeps the fill from shifting and bunching, and it has corner loops if you want to use it with a duvet cover. It also holds up to washes well, according to reviewers. It’s Standard 100 OEKO-TEX certified, too.

What our editors say: Forbes Vetted sleep editor McKenzie Dillon owns the Layla. “With how soft, fluffy and inviting the Layla Down Alternative Comforter is, you’d think its price tag is well over $250,” she says. “But its Cluster Loft fill is a more affordable, animal-friendly substitute that feels exactly like real down. I keep the comforter in my spare bedroom, which gives the mattress a luxuriously comfortable look and feel that gets compliments from almost every overnight guest who stays.”


Why Trust Forbes Vetted

The Forbes Vetted team members who have helped write, edit and update this list have extensive experience covering mattresses and bedding. From down comforters and duvet covers to our ever-popular best mattresses guide, we’ve researched and tested our way through dozens of sleep stories.

  • The co-author of this story, Rachel Klein, is a commerce editor and writer specializing in the home and shelter space. She’s covered Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales for Forbes Vetted, as well as shopping topics such as Amazon furniture and womens slippers.
  • The other co-author, Arricca SanSone, has been testing home and garden products for more than a decade and has written pillow reviews, mattress reviews and covered a sanity-saving blanket for Forbes Vetted. Some of her other bylines are MSN, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and Good Housekeeping.
  • This story was assigned and overseen by mattress and sleep editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon. Both are certified sleep science coaches with extensive sleep product testing experience.
  • To ensure accuracy and continued quality, we review the recommendations in this story regularly. It was last updated in June 2024 with the addition of the Layla Down Alternative Comforter and information comparing down alternative and down comforters.

How We Chose The Best Down Alternative Comforters

To find the very best down alternative comforters, we began by researching top brands and polling members of the Forbes Vetted team for recommendations.

  • After eliminating products with less-than-stellar ratings, we focused on the materials being used for both the shell and the fill, making note of options that are durable and comfortable.
  • We made a point of including a variety of density options and prioritized down alternative comforters and duvet inserts that are easy to clean.
  • We included options that have been personally tested by Forbes Vetted editors, who endorse their quality.
  • The final selections are from reputable companies, made with quality materials and cater to a variety of sleep needs and budgets.

What To Look For In A Down Alternative Comforter

Material quality, weight and ease of care are important considerations when you’re considering a down alternative comforter. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Shell Material

The material of the shell, or the outer layer, is just as important as the fill. Cotton is a great option because it’s breathable and long-lasting, but polyester is also common and both versatile and durable. You may also see shell materials derived from bamboo or eucalyptus.

Fill Material

Pay close attention to the fill material, which can really change the way your down alternative comforter feels. There are two types of fill available for down alternative comforters: synthetic or natural. Synthetic fills are typically made with:

  • Polyester: A popular, versatile option that can be insulating and hypoallergenic.
  • Microfiber: Lightweight synthetic fiber that’s best for warmer sleepers.
  • Primaloft: An insulating synthetic poly fiber that is moisture-wicking and helps trap heat and provide warmth.

Natural fills typically include:

  • Cotton: Soft, versatile and breathable, this is a more lightweight option.
  • Silk: Lightweight and luxurious, but not as insulating.
  • Wool: Temperature regulating with natural insulation and a heavier feel.

Choose a down alternative comforter made with the fill that fits your needs. For example, if you want something lightweight because you’re a hot sleeper, opt for microfiber or cotton. If you’re looking for something weightier, Primaloft or wool is a better choice.

Weight

Down alternative comforters can vary in heaviness, and many brands offer their comforter in a variety of weights. Lightweight comforters are better for the summer, hot climates or hot sleepers. Medium or all-season comforters are a good middle ground and meant for use at any time of year. For added warmth, there are heavy or plush comforters that add extra warmth.

Care

Down alternative comforters can either be machine washable or dry clean only. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance option that is easy to throw in the wash when it needs to be cleaned, machine washable is the way to go. If you want to avoid dry clean only options, double check the care instructions before purchasing.

Cover

Although duvet inserts can be used alone, a duvet cover adds a layer of protection and is far easier to clean. Duvet covers come in a variety of materials, including cotton, linen and polyester.

Cotton is a popular duvet cover material. Because it can be manufactured with different weaves, the finished cover can offer a range of features. For a crisp, breathable finish, look for a percale duvet cover. If you prefer a smooth, buttery hand feel with more heft, sateen is a better option.

Linen is made from flax, which makes it extremely breathable, but not as smooth as cotton. However, linen duvet covers soften with time and washing. For hot sleepers, cotton and linen are preferred.

Polyester or microfiber are washable fabrics, which is a nice bonus. They also tend to be more affordable if you’re looking for a duvet cover with a low price tag. Some people find both materials sleep hot, and longevity can also be an issue because these materials are prone to pilling.


Down Alternative Vs. Down Comforter

Down is the fluffy coating beneath the feathers of waterfowl like ducks and geese, and it’s been used as a bedding fill for centuries thanks to its insulating properties and airy weight. Unlike feathers, which retain a quill shaft, down is a three dimensional cluster made of fluffy filaments.

Down alternative comforters, however, are filled with hypoallergenic synthetic fill that mimics the properties of down. Synthetic fill may be made from polyester, microfiber or cotton, which makes it less expensive than down and machine washable (many real down comforters must be spot or dry cleaned). On the downside, synthetic fibers often aren’t as fluffy or lightweight as down, and they may not be as breathable. In time, some down alternative comforters and duvet inserts can become matted or lumpy.

If you do choose down, look for certifications from the International Down Standard (IDS) or Responsible Down Standard (RDS) to ensure it’s ethically sourced from responsible farms that respect the welfare of ducks and geese.

What Is The Best Alternative To Down Feathers?

Down alternative mimics the qualities of down, so they’re a good option. These products typically consist of ultra-fine polyester fibers, which are versatile and durable. Some are made from recycled water bottles, which makes them eco-friendly as well.

Is A Down Comforter Or A Down Alternative Better?

It really comes down to personal preference. Both offer a coziness factor to your bed, but down may not be washable, whereas most down alternatives are machine washable and don’t require a trip to the dry cleaner. If you have allergies that require you to wash bedding regularly, a down alternative may be the better choice.

Cost is another factor. Whether you’re buying a pillow or comforter, down tends to be significantly higher in price than down alternatives—sometimes as much as two to three times more than synthetic fill products.



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