The 13 Best Comforters and Duvet Inserts of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

The 13 Best Comforters and Duvet Inserts of 2024, Tested and Reviewed


While the terms are often used interchangeably, duvet inserts and comforters technically aren’t the same. The main difference is that a duvet insert is meant to be used with a cover, while a comforter is meant to be used alone. However, many products marketed as comforters are designed to be used the same way as a duvet insert and come with loops to attach a cover.

One of the best reasons for going with a duvet over a comforter is it allows you to swap out your bedding, whether for seasonal shifts or decor preferences, says Toussaint Derby, lead designer at Havenly. Duvet covers are easy to store with the rest of your linens as they fold neatly and take up little to no space, while comforters are more costly to swap and take up extra closet real estate.

To come up with the best duvet inserts and comforters, we tested 34 popular options in our Des Moines lab and evaluated them on quality, texture, durability, breathability, and value. For expert tips, we tapped Kelly Murray, certified pediatric and adult sleep coach, as well as Derby. 

Amazon Buffy Breeze Comforter

Amazon


The Buffy Breeze Comforter was a standout in our testing, earning it the title of our overall best comforter. Crafted with a soft Tencel eucalyptus lyocell fill and shell, the comforter is 100% biodegradable and compostable. We found it to strike the perfect balance between warmth and breathability—it wasn’t too thin nor too heavy, providing a comfortable fabric embrace. Despite the duvet insert’s large baffles, the fill didn’t shift at all and was noiseless when we tossed and turned, so we think this is a good choice for those who reposition often throughout the night. 

We could tell the duvet was well-constructed, as it had solid seams, uniform filling, and no clumps. It was also easy to put into the duvet cover, featuring corner loops to tie the duvet cover’s ribbons around. The insert didn’t completely fill the cover, so there was a bit of loose material, though we wouldn’t say this was noticeable when lying beneath it. Within a minute of lying beneath the comforter, we could feel ourselves warming up quickly. Though we found this warmth to be hug-like and cozy, those who sleep hot may want to explore other options. Still, this pick’s cloud-like feel, high quality, and durability make it our top pick.

Cover Material: Tencel eucalyptus lyocell shell | Fill: Tencel eucalyptus lyocell fiber Construction: Not listed | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Care: Spot clean or dry clean

Utopia Bedding Down-Alternative Comforter

Amazon


What Stands Out

  • The alternative down fibers mimic the feel of real down, making it soft, light, breathable, and great for hot sleepers.

This affordable comforter from Utopia Bedding is made with siliconized down alternative fibers that mimic the feel of real down. The fill weight is 250 grams per square meter (GSM), meaning this pick is well-suited for hot sleepers. We found this to be true during our evaluations, observing that the comforter was soft, light, and breathable. 

The shell is made from easy-to-clean microfiber, so the coffee stain lifted with ease in our testing. But if you have particularly stubborn messes, the comforter is entirely machine-washable. The box-stitch construction ensures the fill does not shift throughout the night, although it’s not as lofty as a baffle-box comforter—a trade-off that comes with lower-priced comforters. After six months of use, we didn’t notice any changes in quality.

The Utopia Bedding Down Alternative Comforter is available in seven different colors, so you can forego a duvet cover (although it does come with corner loops to tie one on). Most impressive of all, this pick was one of the least expensive out of the 34 duvet inserts we tested.

Cover Material: Microfiber | Fill: Siliconized hollow fiber | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king | Care: Machine-washable

Cozy Earth Silk / Bamboo Comforter

Cozy Earth


Cozy Earth, the Oprah-approved bedding and loungewear brand, specializes in all things bamboo. Both the fill and the shell of this comforter are made from viscose derived from bamboo, which has natural temperature-regulating properties and a silky smooth feel. We found the comforter to be luxurious, soft, and breathable. However, it does have some significant weight to it—we recorded 7 pounds for the version with a standard amount of fill—so keep this in mind if you prefer a lightweight comforter. 

In terms of care, Cozy Earth recommends spot cleaning, dry cleaning, or machine washing its comforter on the delicate cycle in a commercial-sized washing machine. During our tests, most of the coffee we spilled came out with a little water and stain remover, although there was still a faint stain afterward. The comforter comes with anchor loops to attach to a duvet cover, or it can be used as a stand-alone cover. It’s on the pricier side of those we tested, but it does come with the brand’s generous 100-day sleep trial and 10-year warranty.

Cover Material: Viscose from bamboo | Fill: Viscose from bamboo | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin, queen/full, king | Care: Machine-washable on delicate in commercial-sized washer

Amazon Rest Evercool Cooling Comforter

Amazon


Hot sleepers are familiar with the struggle of overheating at night, and Rest Evercool’s Cooling Comforter will help them say goodbye to night sweats. The manufacturer boasts that its signature fabric “absorbs and disperses heat 10 times faster than cotton.” After testing the comforter ourselves, we can confirm that the impressive temperature-regulating technology works. 

It’s crafted from a blend of ultra-thin yarn and spandex, giving it a smooth yet sturdy feel. We found the texture to be unlike any comforter we’ve ever used—it has the stretchiness of spandex with an added fluffiness that we didn’t expect. Not only was this comforter cool to the touch, but it also remained cool in our testing. The washing and drying process was quick and easy, as well, and the comforter maintained its shape.   

We appreciated the heft, as many cooling comforters are often very thin. It contoured nicely to our body’s curves, comfortably draping over us as we lay beneath. The fill, which is sewn into the comforter, didn’t shift at all as we tossed and turned. According to the manufacturer, the cooling technology works best without a duvet cover or top sheet, which may be a stylistic deterrent for some. Still, since the comforter is available in three colors, it can tie a room together on its own. 

Cover Material: 90% nylon, 10% spandex | Fill: Proprietary synthetic | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin, queen, king | Care: Machine-washable

feathered-friends-bavarian-700-down-comforter

Feathered Friends


Made from ethically sourced white goose down, the Feathered Friends Bavarian 700 Down Comforter is a great choice for year-round use thanks to its 700-fill power that provides superior insulation while remaining lightweight.​​​​ This incredibly plush and lofty comforter had a hotel-quality feel, rested very lightly on our bodies, and provided warmth without making us overheat.

We found the fill to be evenly distributed and quick to return to its original loft after being compressed for several minutes, which is a testament to the high quality of the down. The shell is made from a satiny smooth 400-thread-count cotton, and because the fill is made from 100% down, there are no quills to poke through the shell. It’s also worth noting that it comes with sewn-in fabric loops for attaching a duvet cover. 

Most of the coffee stain came out with a damp cloth during our testing, but the comforter may be machine-washed using a down-specific detergent in a large, front-loading washer, according to the manufacturer. After six months of use, this comforter was just as fluffy and cozy as it had been when we first opened it. Although this is one of the more expensive comforters we tested, we think its price is justified because it uses the highest-quality materials available and will last a long time.

Cover Material: Cotton | Fill: Down | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: 700 | Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, California king | Care: Machine-washable in front-loading washer

Kassatex European White Goose Down Comforter

Kassatex


If you’re seeking a plush comforter made with real down, we recommend the White Goose Down Comforter from Kassatex. We were impressed by the comforter’s high-quality construction and evenly distributed fill. The fill didn’t move at all as we tossed and turned, nor did it clump at the edges like other comforters we’ve tested. When we pinched the fabric, there were no gaps. Much of this consistency can be attributed to the comforter’s thick seams and baffle-box construction, which keep the fill securely in place. There were no feathers poking out, either. It maintained this same quality after running it through the washing machine, looking even fuller than it had before. 

The comforter felt fluffy without being too heavy in our testing, allowing us to move freely beneath it. After lying beneath it for five minutes, our body temperature remained consistent. The comforter is available in two warmth levels, light and all-season. While it’s a bit pricier than other comforters, the high-quality materials may make it worth the splurge.

Cover Material: Cotton | Fill: White goose down | Construction: Baffle-box | Fill Power: 650 | Sizes: Twin, queen, king | Care: Machine-washable on delicate, tumble dry on low heat

Amazon Egyptian Bedding Luxurious Queen Size Goose Down Feather Comforter

Amazon


While real down can be expensive, this Egyptian Bedding Goose Feather Comforter offers the luxurious down feel without the price tag. It’s made with a blend of down fiber and waterfowl feather fiber and topped with a cotton cover, which we found buttery smooth to the touch. We were impressed by the comforter’s high-quality construction, as the stitching was even with no visible loose threads. The fill shifted around a bit within the pockets, leaving occasional bare spots, but the fluffiness made up for it. We found the comforter to be extremely plush, providing the ideal lightweight coziness. Despite its loftiness, the comforter didn’t restrict our movement at all, and we felt comfortably warm beneath it. 

The duvet cover fit so perfectly on the insert that it looked like we had inserted it just by straightening the cover on top of it. It also features a baffle-box construction and eight corner loops to keep it in place. The comforter is available in a wide range of sizes, from twin to palatial king, so it will fit comfortably on any bed. It falls about $100 below the median price, which we think is a steal given its high quality.

Cover Material: Cotton | Fill: 80% down fiber, 20% waterfowl feather fiber | Construction: Baffle-box | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, California king, palatial king | Care: Not specified

Brooklinen Down Alternative Comforter

Amazon


We found this comforter to be lighter than standard down options and fluffier than other down alternative comforters we’ve tested, making it the best of both worlds. The sustainable comforter is crafted with 100% hypoallergenic recycled PET microfiber, repurposed from plastic bottles, and a cotton sateen cover. The cover felt soft yet sturdy in our testing, and we appreciated its cozy fluffiness. 

Thanks to the lightweight design, we were able to easily snap the duvet cover and insert in place with the four corner loops. The pockets are sewn shut, ensuring that the fill remains consistent and doesn’t shift too much. After pinching the comforter in our testing, there were many areas where we felt fabric to fabric. While the fill appears to fill out the cover evenly, those seeking a more cloud-like feel may want to go with a different, more filled option. 

It’s available in three warmth levels, lightweight, all-season, and ultra-warm, making it suitable for any time of year. We tested the lightweight option and found it to be warming without making us overheat. Just keep in mind that the comforter is not machine-washable, which may be a dealbreaker for some.

Cover Material: 100% cotton sateen | Fill: Recycled PET microfiber | Construction: Baffle-box | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Care: Spot clean or dry clean

White Noise All Season Cotton Down Alternative Comforter

Wayfair


We were impressed by the durability and breathability of this comforter. Crafted with a cotton cover and cotton filling, this pick is designed to have natural, temperature-regulating properties, providing warmth in colder settings and a cooling effect in warmer climates. After five minutes of lying under the comforter, we felt warm and cozy without overheating.

The fill was evenly distributed in the pockets with medium thickness, not thin but not too fluffy. After tossing and turning beneath the comforter, the fill didn’t shift at all. Even after shaking the comforter vigorously, it remained perfectly in place. The comforter fit well into the duvet cover, overfilling it slightly. We found the weight to be just right, as the comforter didn’t restrict us at all as we repositioned. Bonus: It held up so well after washing it, we couldn’t even tell it had been washed.

Cover Material: Cotton | Fill: Cotton | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill power: Not specified  | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king | Care: Machine-washable

Wayfair Alwyn Home All Season Down Comforter

Wayfair


A good comforter can withstand any temperature, and this down comforter from Alwyn Home is the perfect choice for every season. The comforter had the right amount of thickness in our testing and stayed in place as we tossed and turned without restricting us. The fill didn’t shift at all as we repositioned, though it did move a bit when we shook the comforter. Overall, we think that its medium weight and mid-level fluff makes it versatile enough to use all year round. 

The duvet insert warmed us up within five minutes in our testing. The cotton cover promotes breathability, ensuring that the comforter is warm without causing overheating. We did find the cotton shell to be a bit stiff, though, which may not be ideal for those who prefer a buttery soft texture. 

Note that the comforter does have a gold stitching on the borders, which may be an acquired taste for some. Still, we think this is a solid option for those seeking a comforter to keep them cozy in every season.

Cover Material: Cotton | Fill: White goose down | Construction: Baffle-box | Fill Power: 600 | Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king | Care: Dry clean

Target Casaluna Premium Down Comforter

Target


This heavy-duty comforter is perfect for those looking to cuddle up on a cold night. The duvet insert felt thick and well-made in our testing, with plush, poofy squares that kept us cozy. Our hands sunk into the squishy fabric when we pushed down on it, leaving a brief handprint. In addition to the puffy texture, we think the subtle pattern also gives the comforter a luxurious feel to it. The fill was evenly distributed, and we couldn’t feel the feathers at all through the outer material. 

It comes in three versions: lightweight, heavyweight, and all-season. Despite its heaviness, we found the oversized comforter to be surprisingly breathable. While temperature wasn’t an issue, we struggled a bit to move around beneath it. The comforter felt a bit restrictive as we tossed and turned, and it was too heavy to manipulate. Once we were situated, though, the weight was evenly distributed and comfortable.

Cover Material: Cotton sateen | Fill: 75% white duck down, 25% white duck feather | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: 600 | Sizes: Twin, full/queen/ king Care: Machine-washable, tumble dry

IKEA STJÄRNSTARR Cool Duvet

IKEA 


For the times when we crave the comfort of having something over us without the warmth, this lightweight option from IKEA checks all the boxes. This was one of the thinnest comforters we’ve ever seen, feeling more like a blanket than a true comforter. When we pinched the fabric, we could hardly feel the fill within it. The texture fell somewhere between feeling stiff and soft—it wasn’t so soft that it seemed like it would pill, but it wasn’t stiff to the point of starchiness. 

The comforter’s shell is made of lyocell and cotton, both of which are breathable materials. It definitely lacks the fluffiness of other options we tested, and we felt a bit cold lying beneath it. That said, the comforter’s affordable price is less expensive than most throw blankets. Considering how lightweight it is, we think this comforter is best suited for hot summer nights and those who often overheat as they sleep.

Cover Material: 55% lyocell, 45% cotton | Fill: 90% polyester (min. 80% recycled), 10% viscose | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: Not specified | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king | Care: Machine-washable, tumble dry

Garnet Hill Essential Down Comforter

Garnet Hill


If you’re tired of plain white bedding, this down comforter from Garnet Hill will add a pop of color to your space. The comforter comes in 12 colors, ranging from neutral birch to celestial blue, able to tie any colorful room together. The seams were all solid, and there were no gaps in the fill. As we tossed and turned, the fill stayed securely in place, thanks to its box-stitch construction. The cotton cover felt smooth but not particularly soft, feeling a bit more like a sheet than a fluffy comforter. 

The design was super lightweight, allowing us to toss and turn without feeling much bulk. We found the fabric to be cool to the touch. It retained our body heat well in our testing, providing comfort without causing us to overheat. After laundering it, the comforter had no clumps or feathers poking out. While we admit it’s a bit expensive given how thin it is, we appreciate that the wide range of color options eliminate the need for a duvet cover. We recommend this pick for hot sleepers seeking a vibrant accent in their bedroom or guest room.

Cover Material: Cotton | Fill: White down | Construction: Box-stitch | Fill Power: 550 | Sizes: Twin, double/queen, king/California king | Care: Machine-washable

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Buffy Breeze Comforter due to its soft Tencel eucalyptus lyocell material, impressive breathability, and cozy weight. For a more budget-friendly option, the Utopia Bedding Down Alternative Comforter is made from a siliconized down-alternative fiber that we found to be breathable and lightweight.

Our Testing Process

We tested 34 duvet inserts and comforters in our lab and scored them based on quality, texture, durability, breathability, and value. We began by spreading the duvets out on a bed and performing a visual check for any loose threads or other flaws. Then, we measured the length, width, and weight of each comforter. We ran our hands over each duvet insert to assess its feel and evaluate how evenly the fill was distributed. For down duvet inserts, we checked for any feathers poking through the shell and for any obvious odor coming from the product. 

For our next test, we used an infrared thermometer to take the surface temperature from underneath the duvet insert. After lying under the duvet for five minutes, we took another surface temperature reading and compared it to the original. While under the duvet, we also took note of its comfort, loft, and breathability. 

To evaluate how easy it is to maneuver the duvet, we pushed it off the bed and pulled it back up, noting whether the fill shifted around or not. We then lied on top of the comforter for two minutes to compress the loft, taking note of how quickly it restored its original loft. (We found the Feathered Friends Bavarian 700 Down Comforter to be exceptionally lofty and quick to go back to its original loft after being compressed.) Next, we put covers on the duvet inserts (when applicable) and repeated the above tests, noting whether there was any bunching. 

Finally, we evaluated the cleanup process for each duvet by pouring 1 tablespoon of coffee on it and letting it sit for 30 seconds. We then spot-treated the stain and ran the machine-washable duvets through a wash and dry cycle, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After laundering, we inspected the duvets for any change in loft, threading, snags, and pilling. We measured each duvet again and compared it to the original numbers to check for any shrinkage. Once finished, we received the retail price of the product and scored its value based on its price and performance in our tests. Each winner was tested at home for six months, and we updated our findings accordingly.

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How to Shop for Duvet Inserts Like a Pro

Material

Down: Down duvet inserts and comforters are made from the soft, quill-less feathers that come from the underbelly of a goose or duck. Down is prized for its light and plush feel as well as its insulation. “Down feathers expand, allowing air to circulate, which helps with thermoregulation—and it’s also very cozy and comfy,” Murray says.

You can also find down-and-feather combos (such as the Casaluna Premium Down Comforter) that contain down feathers and the feathers from the back and wings of the bird, which contain quills. This combination makes for a less-expensive duvet, although down-and-feather duvets are more prone to flattening, and the quills may poke through the cover. 

Should you choose to go with a down duvet insert or comforter, be sure it comes with a certification for quality and ethical animal practices. Common certifications include the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), Downmark, and the IDFL Down Standard (IDS). You should also be aware that for some people, real down may trigger an allergic reaction. 

Down Alternative: Down alternative duvets, such as those made from polyester and other synthetic materials, are designed to mimic the feel of real down, making them a great option for allergy sufferers or those who want to avoid animal-sourced materials. They’re also less expensive than genuine down. However, down alternatives often require more fill to attain similar insulation to that of real down. This means that some down-alternative duvets can be less breathable, so keep this in mind if you typically sleep warm. 

Wool and Silk: Silk is a great lightweight material for warmer months, while wool provides warmth but is denser and less lofty than down. Both of these materials are natural fibers and make great alternatives to down. Murray says wool is naturally moisture-wicking, fire-resistant, mold-resistant, and dust mite-resistant, while silk—long-strand mulberry silk, to be specific— is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, breathable, non-irritating, mold-resistant, and mite-resistant.

Shell Material: Even though your duvet insert will be enclosed in a cover, the shell material is still crucial to its feel and performance, so it’s important to take note of what the duvet insert is actually covered in, Murray says. Cotton and polyester are the most common. Cotton tends to be more breathable, while polyester is more durable. However, you can find other breathable alternatives, such as those made from eucalyptus-derived Tencel lyocell, bamboo viscose, linen, and more. 

Fill Power

A down duvet’s “fill power” simply refers to the amount of space that the filling takes up—aka how fluffy it is. A higher fill power (700 and above) will be lighter in weight because a fluffier fill takes up more space and requires less down to fill the same amount of space. Down with a higher fill power will also have superior insulation, making it well-suited for the winter months. Note that this measurement is only used for genuine down products, not down-alternative materials.

Box Construction

Duvet inserts and comforters are stitched in ways that keep the filling in place, and the most common styles are baffle-box and box-stitch (aka sewn-through). A baffle-box duvet insert groups wads of the filling into squares, creating a checkerboard design. To do this, strips of fabric are inserted between the top and bottom layers of the shell, which help keep the filling in place. A box-stitch duvet insert also creates boxes to contain the fill, however, it doesn’t feature the strip of fabric between the top and bottom layers of the shell. Instead, the layers are sewn directly together to create a chamber for the filling.

A baffle-box construction (like that of our best down duvet insert, the Kassatex European White Goose Down Comforter) is generally considered to be superior because it gives the filling more room to expand, which helps with thermoregulation. The roomier construction provided by baffle-box stitching also ensures that the loft will be higher, creating a fluffier look and feel. The only downside is that baffle-box comforters tend to be more expensive than their box-stitch counterparts.

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Care

The fill and shell materials used in your duvet insert will determine how you should wash it, so be sure to always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. According to Murray, down comforters and duvets only need to be washed once every one to two years, barring any spills. Some down comforters are spot-clean or dry-clean only, but for machine-washable down, you can use a gentle detergent or down wash. Just keep in mind that washing both down and down-alternative duvet inserts will likely require a large-capacity machine. And when it comes to drying, using wool dryer balls can help fluff the interior filling as long as your blanket is dryer-safe. 

More Duvet Inserts to Consider

Bedsure All-Season Down-Alternative Comforter: This pick from Bedsure is another budget-friendly, down-alternative comforter with classic box stitching. At 300 GSM, it’s slightly more dense than our best budget pick, which may make it better suited for those who prefer a warmer duvet. We also like that it comes in several different colors, so it can be used as a duvet insert or stand-alone comforter.

Apsmile Luxurious Goose Duck Feathers and Down Comforter: Made with quill-less down and quilled feather, this comforter offers the warmth and comfort of real down without the high price. Just keep in mind that, due to its fill, you may feel quills poking through the shell.

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Questions You Might Ask

What’s the difference between a duvet insert and a comforter?

Even though you’ll find the terms used interchangeably, duvet inserts and comforters technically refer to different products. The major distinction between the two is that a duvet insert is designed to be used with a duvet cover, which means you can go longer between washes. Murray says duvet inserts also tend to be thinner than comforters and more customizable since you can choose both the duvet insert and the cover to your liking. But you can easily use a duvet cover with a comforter, too—in fact, many products marketed as “comforters” are designed to be used with duvet covers.

How do you keep a duvet insert in place?

Anyone with experience using a duvet insert knows that keeping it from bunching up or shifting within its cover can be quite difficult. The first step is looking for duvet inserts that come with ties or button loops to secure them to a cover. “If you don’t see them on your duvet insert or cover, you can add them yourself pretty easily going the DIY route,” Murray says. “A little needle and thread plus some fabric ribbon [go] a long way.” 

From there, make sure you know how to properly put on a duvet cover for the most secure fit. And if your duvet insert has ties or buttons that simply aren’t cutting it, there’s still hope. “A hack I’m currently using on my duvet is to use large safety pins in the corners, as my duvet cover only has ties in two of the four corners,” Derby says. “Works like a charm, and I don’t feel or notice them at all.”

How often should you wash a duvet insert?

Since they have covers, duvet inserts don’t need to be washed as often as other types of bedding. You should wash your duvet cover according to the manufacturer’s instructions once every one to two weeks. The duvet insert should be washed (or spot- or dry-cleaned) around once a year, assuming there aren’t any major messes. For small spills and stains, you can spot-treat your duvet insert as needed.

Take Our Word for It

This article was written by Melanie Fincher, an associate commerce editor for Real Simple with over three years of experience writing product reviews and lifestyle content, and updated by Jamie Fischer, a commerce writer for Real Simple. To come up with this list, we tested 34 duvet inserts and comforters in our lab and rated them based on quality, texture, durability, breathability, and value. Additionally, we received expert tips on what to look for in a duvet insert from Kelly Murray, certified pediatric and adult sleep coach, as well as Toussaint Derby, lead designer at Havenly.

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Next to each product on this list, you may have noticed a Real Simple Selects seal of approval. Any product appearing alongside that seal has been vetted by our team—put through tests and graded on its performance to earn a spot on our list. Although we buy most of the products we test, sometimes we do get samples from companies if purchasing a product ourselves isn’t an option. If that’s the case, we test the product just like we test anything we buy, but we also disclose that we received it for free to be as transparent with you as possible. 

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