Best Down Comforters 2024 – Forbes Vetted

Best Down Comforters 2024 – Forbes Vetted


If you want your bedroom to feel like a 5-star hotel, one of the easiest upgrades is to top your bed with a plush, lofty down comforter. After evaluating several options from popular bedding brands, we crowned The Company Store’s Legends Luxury Royal Down Comforter the best down comforter overall. It’s made with top-quality materials and comes in four weights and an extended size range, making it a worthy contender for most sleepers (and climates).

While heavyweight down comforters are ideal for cold climates, there are also options that can be used year-round. Lightweight and all-season comforters contain less down fill, making them more breathable in warm weather. Another thing to consider is certifications, such as the Responsible Down Standard, that ensure humane sourcing of down. Whether you’re looking for thick, extra-warm bedding or a lightweight option to use through the warmer months, the following are the best down comforters to add to your bedroom. Or, for more animal- and allergy-friendly options, check out our recommendations for the best down alternative comforters instead.

Cover material: 430 thread count combed cotton | Fill power: 700 to 750 | Certification: Responsible Down Standard | Weight: Light, medium, extra and ultra

Pros:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Different weight options
  • Lifetime return policy

Cons:

The Company Store’s ultra-weight comforter is our top choice for most types of sleepers, thanks to high-quality materials, ethical certification, thoughtful design and range of weight options.

The cotton comforter is filled with responsibly sourced Hungarian white goose down, which is known for being super warm. Featuring a baffle box construction and inner loops, this pick won’t slide around inside a duvet cover (if you decide to put it in one). It’s also slightly oversized, giving you that “I-might-just-work-in-bed-forever” feel. Plus, it comes in four weights to tailor to your climate and sleep preferences, and the brand backs it with a lifetime guarantee; The Company Store Legends accepts returns at any time and offer you an exchange or merchandise credit.

What the reviews say: “It’s so fluffy and comfortable. I feel like I’m sleeping in a lush hotel bed every night,” writes one customer, who rated it 5 stars. “My new down comforter from the Company Store has met all my expectations for the perfect night’s sleep,” says another happy buyer. “It is fluffy, it fits in my duvet cover perfectly, the down does not shift, and the warmth level is perfect for my climate.”


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Cover material: 230 thread count cotton | Fill Power: 600 fill power | Certification: Responsible Down Standard, Oeko-Tex | Weight: Light warmth

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Filling is only 5% down (and 95% feathers)
  • Average Amazon rating could be better at 4 stars out of 5
  • Dry clean only

You don’t have to break the bank to sleep under a luxe down comforter at night. Lightweight yet still warm, this one is made of 95% goose feather and 5% down. Baffle box stitching looks nice and keeps the fill from clumping too much and the duvet corner loops are essential for keeping it in place under a cover. It has a 230 thread count cover, and you can choose between lightweight and medium weight fill for a more customized experience. It’s comparable to so many other expensive options, yet it’s a fraction of the cost. It’s a true steal for anyone looking for something that feels high quality that is still affordable.

What the reviews say: “The amount of fluff is perfect,” writes one buyer who gave this comforter a 5-star rating on Amazon. “The filling isn’t wadding up anywhere. It didn’t have a bad smell out of the packaging.” Some people even compare its quality to that of hotel comforters: “I’ve been on the hunt for a duvet that feels similar to the Hilton duvets,” explains one reviewer. “This one finally hit the spot. It has enough weight to feel comforting without feeling like you’re being smothered.”


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Cover material: 400 thread count Cambric cotton | Fill power: 700 plus | Certification: Responsible Down Standard, Oeko-Tex | Weight: Summer, light, medium and Arctic

Pros:

  • Multiple weight options
  • Lightweight, yet warm and fluffy
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Some reviews claim sizing is off

If you’re searching for a comforter with a cloud-like feel, Feathered Friends Bavarian 700 Down Comforts is a fluffy and luxurious option. Its cotton shell is filled with 100% European goose down, and it comes in four different weights—summer, light, medium and Arctic—to accommodate hot sleepers, cold sleepers and everyone in between. Feathered Friends’ down is also Responsible Down Standard certified, plus you get a tracker tag with your purchase, so you can see exactly where the down comes from and its full composition. 

What the reviews say: “It’s plush, warm and, as promised, light as a feather,” writes one buyer, as another adds it’s “warm and comfortable, even with temperatures around zero.” This is the type of bedding that makes you look forward to going to bed: “Just the most wonderful feeling crawling under the covers—so light and yet cozy. My only regret is not replacing my old comforter ages ago,” writes another reviewer.


Cover material: 400 thread count cotton | Fill power: 650 to 750 | Certification: Downmark | Weight: Lightweight, all-season and ultra-warm

Pros:

  • Features corner loops for duvet covers
  • Three densities to suit your insulation needs
  • Shell uses high-quality long-staple cotton

Cons:

If you’re shopping for a down insert to tie inside your favorite duvet cover, this comforter from Brooklinen is an unbeatable value (it’s also on our list of the best duvet inserts). The 400 thread count cotton cover is filled with ethically sourced down clusters that have been finished with an antimicrobial treatment, plus it has a luxurious cotton sateen shell. There are loops on each corner to tie on a duvet cover, and it comes in three different weights to suit your insulation needs. All that being said, this is one attractive (and soft) comforter, so you might not even want to hide it inside a cover.

What reviews say: “This down comforter is fluffy and warm. It doesn’t weigh down on me and it’s so cozy. Feels like I’m enveloped in a warm cloud,” writes one customer. Many also note this comforter is ideal for warmer climates and say, “This is exactly what we were looking for because of the warm temperatures of south Florida. Have tried a few from different places that claim to be lightweight, but this one truly is while still feeling like there is some ‘weight’ on you.”


Cover material: Cotton | Fill power: 750 | Certification: Responsible Down Standard | Weight: Lightweight and all-season

Pros:

  • Features corner loops for duvet covers
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons:

  • Heavier than other options

This duvet insert, with its European white down construction, 750 fill power and duvet loop ties, is worth the extra cash. It has double-stitched seams and a baffle box construction that keeps the fill evenly distributed, and its mid-weight design makes it ideal for year-round use. If that’s not enough to convince you of its greatness, this pick comes with a five-year warranty to protect your purchase.

What the reviews say: “It’s super luxurious, not heavy, just the right weight for year-round comfort,” says one buyer. “Makes me never want to leave my bed,” writes another. Some buyers are actually confused at how the comforter can be so lofty yet perfectly warm: “The duvet has the puzzling impact of both being light and fluffy while at the same time the appropriate temperature to keep me warm at night.”


Casper Lightweight Humidity-Fighting Duvet Insert (Full/Queen)

Cover material: Cotton, merino wool | Fill power: 750 | Certification: Responsible Down Standard | Weight: Midweight

Pros:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Features moisture-wicking merino wool
  • Machine-washable

Cons:

  • Not as fluffy as other options

If you tend to be a sweaty sleeper who runs hot, then this duvet insert from Casper, dubbed the “Humidity Fighting Duvet,” might be a good fit for you. It stands out due to the layer of merino wool it’s made with, which naturally wicks away moisture to help keep you cool and dry. The shell is made of 100% cotton, which is naturally breathable, and the down is ethically sourced. Channeled stitching throughout prevents any unwanted clumps. The lightweight option is particularly great for warm sleepers.

What the reviews say: “I ordered this because my spouse and I live in Florida and it can get pretty humid and sweaty,” writes one shopper. “Since ordering this blanket, we have not had a sweaty night’s sleep since.” Reviewers also like the size of this comforter: “The dimensions are favorable for a king size mattress and it allows us to each have enough to hold throughout the night.”


Sustainable

Cover material: Organic cotton | Fill power: 750 | Certification: International Down Standard, Oeko-Tex, Global Organic Textile Standard | Weight: Lightweight, mid-weight and ultra-weight

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Different weight options

Cons:

While down can irritate those with allergies or asthma, as dander and other allergens can easily get trapped in the feathers, this comforter shouldn’t cause many problems with to its long-staple cotton shell that’s woven to keep feathers in according to the company. People who are sensitive to chemicals sometimes found in textiles may also feel more comfortable, thanks to robust material safety certifications. It’s filled with white down that’s been treated with Purdown, an antimicrobial treatment, and the materials have been washed with an eco-friendly, Bluesign-certified detergent that’s cleaner and more sustainable than many other options.

What the reviews say: “Exceptionally well made, high-quality craftsmanship and extremely durable,” writes one reviewer. “This is like the cast iron of duvet inserts—it’s heirloom quality good.” These comforters are so well-made, in fact, that they’re used at high-end hotels. One customer says, “This bedding was on my bed at a very nice hotel. I wanted exact same for my home, and it’s even better than I could have imagined.”


Cover material: Cotton | Fill power: N/A | Certification: Oeko-Tex | Weight: Lightweight, all-season and ultra-warm

Pros:

  • Vegan-friendly
  • Different weight options
  • Loops to hold comforter in place

Cons:

Unlike other comforters on our list, this pick from Brooklinen is a down alternative comforter, meaning it’s feather-free—and in turn, a little friendlier on your wallet too. Instead of a duck or goose feather-based construction, it’s filled with recycled fibers from repurposed plastic bottles. This vegan-friendly design doesn’t compromise on comfort, though: it’s one of the softest comforters available. It comes in three different weights (lightweight, all-season and ultra-weight), and three sizes (twin/twin XL, full/queen and king/California king) to fit a variety of sleepers, mattresses and climates.

What the reviews say: “I run cold at night but require a plush, hefty comforter without down feathers as I have allergies,” explains one reviewer. “This definitely delivers. I got the linen cover to keep it temperature regulating, and I absolutely love it.” Others describe the blanket as soft, yet breathable: “The down alternative comforter is the best comforter I’ve ever had. It just seems to hold warm and yet be extremely breathable. The result is just warm coziness.”


Cover material: Cotton | Fill power: Not listed | Certification: None | Weight: Lightweight, all-season, ultra-warm

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • Different weight options

Cons:

  • Some customers say the filling can become lopsided

Quince is known for offering high-quality essentials at wallet-friendly prices, from clothing to suitcases to bedding. Its Premium Down Alternative Cover is stuffed with microfiber that emulates the weight and insulation of down without any of the associated allergens (or the hefty price tag). The comforter is designed with corner loops to tie a cover in place, and its baffle box construction ensures it remains lofty as you sleep.

What our testers say: “I currently own the Quince Premium Down Alternative Comforter (All-Season) and I love it,” says senior e-commerce partnerships account manager Blaire Tiernan. “It keeps me the perfect temperature throughout the night and feels lofty as a down comforter while also being the perfect weight for a cozy, luxurious feel.”


Cover material: 300 thread count cotton | Fill power: 700 | Certification: None | Weight: All-season

Pros:

  • Vegan-friendly
  • Unique fill mimics the look and feel of down
  • Machine washable

Cons:

If you want the fluffy feel of down without the actual feathers, the Layla Down Alternative Comforter is a lightweight option for summertime or anyone prone to night sweats and overheating. It’s filled with the brand’s unique down alternative called Cluster-Loft, which mimics the look and feel of down, and it provides the same warmth as a 700 fill power comforter. Covered in a soft 300 thread count cotton fabric with hexagon-shaped baffle box construction, the best part is that the whole thing is machine-washable, saving you a trip to the dry cleaner. 

What our editors say: Sleep and mattress editor McKenzie Dillon says, “I keep this comforter on my guest bed and continuously get asked where I got it from. It’s ultra fluffy and lofty, has a medium weight and looks luxurious over my mattress. It started off a little stiff out of the package, but gets softer after you wash it.”


Why Trust Forbes Vetted

We’ve published dozens of mattress and bedding stories over the years that include thoroughly researched and tested products from brands we know and love.

  • Sleep and mattress editors Bridget Chapman and McKenzie Dillon are certified sleep science coaches and have collectively tested hundreds of mattresses, pillows and other sleep accessories.
  • We tapped Forbes Vetted team members Dillon and senior account manager Blaire Tiernan for more insight on the down alternative comforters they personally use.
  • Author of this story and Forbes contributor Camryn Rabideau is a commerce journalist who’s tested and reviewed hundreds of products, including a variety of bedding essentials like the best bed sheets and duvet covers.
  • This story is regularly updated for accuracy and to make sure all of our product picks are still the best. It was last refreshed by updates writer Claire Epting in April 2024.

How We Chose The Best Down Comforters

When picking the best down comforters, we included a wide variety of options to accommodate different comfort preferences and budgets.

  • We researched best-selling picks from reputable brands, such as The Company Store, Brooklinen, Parachute, Casper, Boll & Branch and others.
  • We prioritized density, fill power, weight, washability and whether or not it has a stamp of approval from a down certification program such as the Responsible Down Standard.
  • We asked our internal team of experts to share their personal recommendations; Dillon loves the Layla Down Alternative Comforter while Tiernan uses the Quince Down Alternative Comforter.
  • We pored over dozens of reviews and excluded any picks without an average rating of 4 stars or higher.

Down Comforter Terms To Know

As you’re shopping for a down comforter, you’re likely to run into a few words and phrases more than once. Here’s a breakdown of common terms you should know when buying a one:

Fill power: This refers to the overall warmth that your down comforter will provide. Simply put, it’s how much space one ounce of down or down alternative occupies in cubic inches. The scale typically ranges from 400 to 900, and the higher the number, the more insulating the comforter is.

Responsbible Down Standard (RDS): If a down comforter carries a reputable certification, like those from Responsible Down Standard (RDS), the International Down Standard, Downmark or the less common Downpass, that means the brand adheres to a high-quality and ethical approach to down sourcing throughout the entire supply chain. This can refer to avoiding practices that subject birds to unnecessary suffering, like force feeding, or ensuring the down meets global standards at large.

Baffle box construction: A down comforter with baffle box construction has thin strips of fabric sewn like walls between its top and bottom layer. This creates more room in each chamber for the filling to expand, resulting in a fluffier, thicker look and feel.

Down alternative: While down is harvested from ducks and geese, down alternative is made from synthetic materials like polyester, cotton and rayon. This type of filling mimics the warmth and loftiness of down with the added benefit of being hypoallergenic, as dust mites and dander can easily get trapped in waterfowl down.

Thread count: This refers to the number of fibers used to create a single square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the denser, smoother and more durable the fabric is. Some brands list the thread count of their comforter shells, which gives you a better idea of its surface texture.


What To Consider In A Down Comforter

From weight to warmth to certifications, these are the most important factors to consider when shopping for a down comforter.

Size

Most comforters come in standard mattress sizes, such as twin, full, queen and king, but some brands offer bedding that fit two bed sizes, such as full/queen. In these instances, it’s a good idea to look at the actual dimensions of the comforter and compare it to the size of your mattress to ensure it provides adequate coverage. To avoid wrestling for blanket real estate during the night, some people prefer to size up their comforter—for example, putting a king-size comforter on a queen-size bed.

If you have a less-common bed size, such as a California king, you may have a harder time finding down comforters. The good news is that many of our top picks, including The Company Store Legends Luxury Royal Down Comforter, come in extended size ranges to accommodate different mattresses.

Warmth

If you often wake up hot, live in a warm climate or simply want something lightweight and breathable, look for a fill power of 400 or lower. If you’re in the market for an all-season comforter that’s slightly more insulating, aim for a fill power between 400 and 600. Once you get into the 600 to 800 range (or even higher), you’re looking at bedding that’s ideal for cooler temperatures.

Weight

Lightweight down comforters, like the Casper Humidity Fighting Duvet Insert, are best suited for people who sleep hot or live in warmer climates. A heavy down comforter is ideal for those who sleep cold or live in cooler areas. All-season comforters fall somewhere in the middle; they’re warm enough to use during chilly nights, but lightweight enough to keep you comfortable in the summer.

Maintenance And Care

Down comforters often require more meticulous care than classic fiber-filled ones, as the down filling can be damaged in a conventional wash cycle. For this reason, many of the comforters on this list need to be dry cleaned. If you don’t want to spend extra on dry cleaning, you may want to look for a machine-washable down comforter, like the Casper Humidity Fighting Duvet Insert.


What Is The Best Thread Count For A Down Comforter?

The best thread count for an all-season down comforter shell is between 250 and 500. This ensures that the cotton fabric is durable enough to keep the down filling from poking out, while also remaining soft enough to feel comfortable on your body when you’re sleeping. However, keep in mind that thread count shouldn’t be a dealbreaker when shopping for a down comforter; it’s just as important to prioritize high-quality materials, such as long-staple or organic cotton.

How Much Should You Spend On A Down Comforter?

Down comforters can cost anywhere from $100 to $600, depending on the size, weight and materials. More expensive options tend to include more down filling, which is often gathered from sustainable sources, and they may also be covered with high-end fabric with a higher thread count. Lightweight comforters like the Puredown Duvet are more affordable, while thick, lofty options such as the The Company Store Legends Luxury Royal Down Comforter cost more.

What Is The Difference Between A Down Comforter And A Duvet?

While down comforters and duvets serve similar purposes, there are a few subtle differences between the two. A duvet, also known as a duvet insert, is designed for use with a duvet cover—it will have loops at the edges that keep it securely in place. Down comforters, on the other hand, are single pieces of bedding that can be used on their own. However, some comforters, such as the Brooklinen Lightweight Down Comforter, also feature loops in case you want to add an optional cover.


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