The best down comforters of 2024, tried and tested

The best down comforters of 2024, tried and tested

The best down comforters we tested:

In a time when many are finding it harder to get quality sleep, the right bedding — including the perfect down comforter — can truly make a difference in your sleep schedule. It’s the difference between experiencing a great night’s sleep and a tossy-turny night.

To find the best down comforter that will give you an ideal night’s sleep, we tested 12 of the most popular, highly rated options. All the comforters we tested had a similar fill power (basically a warmth rating, which you can read more about below in our buyer’s guide section) and either a sewn-through or baffle box construction (more on this below too). After a few frigid months of testing, evaluating everything from warmth to softness, we found three dreamworthy comforters that can upgrade anyone’s sleep.

Best down comforter

With the Brooklinen Down Comforter, we truly felt like we were sleeping on a cloud and never wanted to get out of bed. Between the softness of the outer material and the fluffiness of the fill, it’s one of those comforters that makes you want to stay in bed all day.

Best down comforter for warmth

If you’re looking for a down comforter to give you that extra warmth, The Company Store Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter is on the heavier end and can give you the extra weight you need during colder months.

Best down-alternative comforter

Not a fan of down and feathers in your comforter? Then the Buffy Cloud Comforter is the best down-alternative option. This quality-made comforter will give you a great night’s sleep, thanks to its soft, lightweight build that provides plenty of warmth.

Have you ever wished you could sleep on the clouds? Well, the Brooklinen Down Comforter is the closest thing to that. From the moment we took it out of the packaging, we had a hunch that this would be a favorite. And we were right.

The comforter comes in three different weight options: lightweight, all-season and ultra warm. We tested the all-season comforter, and despite it being the middle of winter with temperatures dropping indoors and out, we found it to perfectly balance snuggly warmth with breathability. Though on the heavier end of the spectrum (it boasts a 700-fill power and baffle box design), we never found the comforter to trap too much heat or cause nighttime sweating. The comforter, with its 100% cotton sateen shell, was one of the softest we tested — and the one we kept coming back to cuddle into most nights.

We also found this machine-washable comforter to be one of the easiest to wash and dry. Since the comforter is lightweight, it fits into a washing machine better than some others and air-dries much quicker.

Brooklinen offers some of the best return policies too. You have an incredibly long 365 days to return or exchange your item if you’re unhappy with it. On top of that, there’s an additional one-year warranty. Compared to all the other comforters we tested, this is one of the best sleep trial periods we saw. With such an expensive purchase, you’ll want to love your comforter, so the fact that you have a full year to try it out with no strings attached is great.

If your budget allows, then this is a comforter not to miss, especially if you want to snuggle up with the clouds.

When it comes to warmth and coziness, the Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter from The Company Store is unrivaled.

Full disclosure: This comforter is for truly frosty climates or especially cold sleepers. Though available in three different weights — light, medium and extra, all of which sport a baffle box construction — we tested and recommend the extra-warm option (which has a 650-fill power). While our main tester, who tends to sleep hot, found this lofty comforter slightly too heavy to sleep with throughout the night, a cold-sleeping family member absolutely loved the warmth the Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter provided.

Aside from the weight, we found that the comforter didn’t crinkle at all when moving around in bed (an annoyance we found with others we tested). Since it’s made with a cotton sateen cover, it is incredibly soft. In fact, it was one of the comfiest we tested, in a way that might have you hitting that snooze button one more time.

This comforter can also easily be used with or without a duvet cover. As for colors, it just comes in white like most of the others we tested and, from a design element, looks rich on its own. But we still added a duvet cover to this comforter to make sure one would fit, and it worked perfectly.

The Company Store also offers a 30-day Rest Easy Guarantee. This lets you fully use the product — including sleeping with it and washing it — and if it doesn’t work for you, you can return it. On top of that, the company also offers a lifetime guarantee for select products, including the Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter. This lets you exchange or receive merchandise credit toward a new product if something happens to your comforter. This doesn’t let you simply one day decide you no longer like the comforter, but if the seams are coming undone or if the down feathers are clumping together, for example, you can return the product.

The heavy filling does have a drawback; it was on the larger size for our washing machine. We have a top-loading washing machine, and in the directions, it does state “for best wash and dry, use a front-loading commercial washer and dryer.” While this didn’t cause any damage to the comforter or to our machine, we did feel like our washing machine was working harder than normal. If you have a small washing machine, in which bulky items could damage the machine, you might want to steer away from this comforter — and, in fact, any other bulkier comforters. Either that or be prepared to go the laundromat every time you need to clean it.

While this comforter doesn’t come cheap, if you have the budget, we believe it’s worth it for the sheer warmth it provides.

The Buffy Cloud Comforter was like no other comforter we tested. This down-alternative comforter was the best alternative version we tested — and one of the only ones we’d recommend, as most of the other down alternatives we tested lacked in both quality of construction and comfort.

The Buffy comforter prides itself on being very environmentally friendly as well. The shell is made from 100% eucalyptus, and the fill is made from 100% recycled PET bottles (BPA-free). On the Buffy site, the brand states that “this keeps 50 plastic bottles out of landfills and protects 12 geese from live plucking.”

Although this was a new type of material for us — as we typically sleep with a down comforter in our nontesting days — we thought the fabric was very soft and lightweight but still heavy enough to keep us warm throughout the night. The comforter was also very quiet, emitting no crinkling sounds when shifting sleeping positions.

Buffy also offers a seven-day trial so you can fully test out the comforter before committing to such a large purchase. While this might be on the shorter side when compared to some of the other comforters, seven days should give you a good sense as to whether or not this comforter works for you.

If you’re looking for a down alternative, then this is your best bet, especially since the price point is much more reasonable than some of the other luxury comforters on our list. The comforter is well made with quality stitching, is soft to sleep with and has the right warmth to it.

A comforter (or duvet) is two pieces of fabric — a bottom layer and a top layer — sewn together with a certain type of filling material in the middle (most often down, feathers or synthetic materials, known as down alternative) to provide warmth while sleeping.

While the words “comforter” and “duvet insert” are typically used interchangeably, there are some differences between the two. Typically, a duvet is used with a duvet cover, adding a design element to your overall bedding, whereas a comforter is used on its own, providing both aesthetic appeal and comfort to your bed. Duvets usually have loops on all four corners (some offer even more loops on the sides), letting you tie the comforter to the duvet cover. This ensures all materials are secured easily to one another and that the insert won’t shift while you’re sleeping.

A numerical representation of a comforter’s insulation abilities, fill power is the amount of space that 1 ounce of down occupies (in cubic inches). Therefore, the higher the number, the warmer the comforter. Fill power can range from around 500 (considered lightweight and ideal for warmer climates) to more than 700 (usually the fluffiest, warmest comforters).

The way in which a comforter is constructed is another important aspect to consider when shopping. Two common terms you’ll see: baffle box and sewn-through. While they both work to hold the filling in place, there are minute differences. A baffle box design features thin strips of fabric that connect the top and bottom layers and form box shapes that keep the filing in place while also giving them a bit more room to stretch out. Therefore, comforters with a baffle box construction tend to be fluffier and trap more heat. With a sewn-through construction, the bottom and top layers are sewn together to form down-filled pockets. Though you won’t have any worry about down shifting around with a sewn-through design, it can lead to some increased airflow (and therefore less insulation than baffle box) between the seams.

After scouring editorial and user reviews, we picked 12 of the most highly reviewed comforters to put to the test. To truly figure out which one was the best, we slept with each one for three nights. Similar to our duvet cover testing, we slept with the comforter right out of the packaging on the first night. The next day, we washed the comforter and then slept with it again for the next two nights. With so many different options, this meant we got some great sleeps along with some not-so-great shut-eye.

We compared everything from performance to quality, making notes on what we liked and disliked. We also tested comforters in every price bracket to see if price is actually a driving factor to getting a good night’s sleep. We were sure to test a wide range of price points, with our testing pool spanning from $35 to more than $600. While a high-end price didn’t necessarily mean it was our favorite, we did find that the budget options fall into the “you get what you pay for” bracket.

Here’s how we evaluated each duvet cover to find our winning picks:

  • Sleep feel: We wanted to gauge how each comforter felt while sleeping. Was it soft or stiff? Light or heavy?
  • Initial feel: Immediately after taking each product out of the packaging, we wanted to see how the comforter felt. Is it super stiff and scratchy, or is it already soft and bouncy?
  • Warmth check: Does the comforter provide the right amount of warmth? Or is it too hot or cold while sleeping? We also wanted to determine if the comforter was breathable.
  • Weight: Is the comforter too heavy to maneuver, either while sleeping or storing?
  • Post-wash: After washing each comforter, we slept with the comforter again to see how it felt.
  • Noise: Even before getting in bed, we rolled the comforter around to see if the comforter was loud and crinkly. Then, when sleeping with the comforter, we noted when the comforter was noisy to sleep with.
  • Washing: We washed every single comforter to see how easy (or difficult) it was to wash.
  • Storability: After using each comforter, we folded each comforter to see how cumbersome it was to store. We also considered if it came with a bag for easy storage.
  • Materials: We analyzed each comforter based on the quality of the materials and the workmanship.
  • Filling: After sleeping and washing each comforter, we noted whether or not the filling stayed in place.
  • Size options: We wanted to make sure that the comforter came in sizes for all bed types.
  • Replacement: Is there a generous return policy or warranty?

If we had to pick a fourth favorite, then the Riley Home Down Comforter was the best goose-down comforter we tested. The comforter offers two different weight options: All Season and Extra Warm. We tested the All Season option and thought it was perfect for our sleep needs. The comforter is high-quality, with evenly distributed fill and no crinkling noise. It was also extremely comfortable to sleep with.

The comforter came with a perfectly fitting plastic bag for storage purposes too. And instead of opening up on the top, which would make it difficult to try to squish the comforter into, it opened on the side, giving you more space to fold up the comforter and just plop it in.

Although we preferred the Brooklinen, thanks to its slightly lighter build, for an all-purpose down comforter, this one was a close second. In fact, if you prefer one with slightly more weight, then the Riley Goose Down Comforter might be a better option for you. You also have 60 days to try out the comforter, and it has a five-year warranty.

Another alternative to a traditional down, the UltraCool Comforter from Slumber Cloud is a pleasure to sleep in. With a super-soft, silk-like feel, thanks to nylon and spandex fabric, this comforter scored high marks for overall feel and lack of noisy rustling. Ideal for temperature-sensitive sleepers, this comforter uses temperature-regulating fiberfill to help retain heat to keep you snuggly warm while still staying cool to the touch.

Lightweight, warm and easy to wash, the UltraCool Comforter might even be better than a down comforter, especially if you tend to run hot during the night. Where it loses us a bit is the price. At $229 for a twin, it’s almost $85 more than a Buffy comforter of the same size. So, while it’s no doubt an excellent comforter that makes use of temperature technology, it might not be the best option for everyone. Though, if you do want to give it a try, then Slumber Cloud offers a 60-night trial on all their bedding, which means you can return your comforter for a full refund if you don’t love it.

This Pottery Barn temperature-regulating duvet insert states that its Sleepsmart 37.5 technology “continuously adjusts to help maintain a climate of personal comfort at the ideal 37.5 degrees Celsius all night long, so you can wake up rested and refreshed.” Even though we didn’t test this comforter during all four seasons — just during the winter months — we felt like this comforter maintained the perfect temperature throughout the night, as we never got overheated, making it a great down comforter for hot sleepers.

With that being said, the comforter is loud and rigid. Sleeping with a comforter that crinkles all night is never ideal, and there’s no softness to the comforter, which didn’t give us that cozy feel while in bed.

Even though we like the technology behind the comforter, the lack of softness and the crinkles throughout the night were deal breakers for us. The comforter also only comes in two sizes: full/queen and king/California king.

This is the second comforter we tried from The Comforter Store. For this particular comforter, the LaCrosse Down Comforter, we tried the Ultra Warm weight. This is the brand’s heaviest weight — of four different weight options — and, you guessed it, we found this one to be too heavy for our liking. And we even tested it in the middle of winter in the Northeast.

Although we did find this comforter to be a little noisy, especially compared to the other The Company Store comforter we tested, it by no means kept us up at night. But if crinkly noises are something you’re looking to avoid altogether, this is one you’ll want to be cautious of.

The comforter comes in a rainbow of color options — 18 to be exact. This lets you use the comforter on its own without a duvet cover. Unlike many of the other comforters and duvet inserts we tested, this comforter looks complete on its own. It also comes in every size — twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king — so it’s a comforter you can get for every bed in your house.

We really wanted to love the lightweight Casper Down Duvet, especially since its duvet cover was our favorite of the ones we tested, but this down comforter didn’t do it for us.

First, the pros: It’s extremely well made with quality stitching. It also comes with smaller sewn-in boxes to keep the fill from shifting.

But now, the cons: It’s extremely crinkly, by far the worst we experienced. It was noisy not only while sleeping with it but while laying it out and putting on the duvet cover — to the point where it didn’t let us get a good night’s sleep. The entire night we were too focused on not moving so the comforter wouldn’t wake us or our partner. And even after washing this comforter, it didn’t get better. We also found this comforter to be very heavy; thus, we were quite warm throughout the night.

This duvet did come in the nicest bag of the bunch, allowing it to be stored quite easily. Instead of a plastic bag (which was the case for the others, if the comforter even came with a bag), the Casper comforter came in an extremely durable cloth bag. There was no plastic smell after taking the comforter out of the bag — if stored for a long time — and no chance of the bag breaking. If you do want to try it out, then Casper offers a 30-night risk-free trial. So if you end up disliking it, you can always return it for a full refund.

Lands’ End Essential Down Comforter

$235 $141 (queen) at Lands’ End

The Lands’ End Essential Down Comforter is perfect for most seasons, although we’d probably steer away from it during those warm summer nights. We tested this comforter in the middle of winter and appreciated the weight it provided. The downside is that it’s slightly crinkly and noisy (though nowhere near as bad as what we experienced with the Casper comforter), but that said, it didn’t negatively impact our sleep. The comforter is filled with 75% down and 25% feathers, which made the comforter nice and fluffy.

One component that really set this comforter apart is its eight “corner” tabs. Instead of loops on just the four corners as with most of the comforters we tested, this one offers four additional loops in the middle of each side of the comforter. This means on the top and bottom, along with the right and left side, there are more loops to keep your duvet insert even more secure. While this is great in theory, when we tested several popular duvet covers, none of them offered these extra ties to secure everything together.

The Egyptian Bedding Siberian Goose Down Comforter arrived in a vacuum-sealed bag. While this was perfect for shipping purposes, it meant we had to let the comforter sit out for a few hours to revert back to its normal fluffiness. If you have an immediate usage, keep this in mind. And even though the packaging came airtight, it came with a larger bag big enough to store the comforter later on.

This comforter is very lightweight in feel and quite thin. If you’re looking for a comforter during the summer months, then this will do, but if you’re looking for something for those cold winter nights, this one most likely won’t give you the warmth you’re looking for.

The comforter was also very lumpy compared to others. The fill within each box bunched up quite a bit and left some areas with absolutely no fill at all.

Similar to the Lands’ End comforter, there are four extra ties to keep your duvet cover secure, although these ties were much smaller loops, which would make them difficult to use.

The hypoallergenic Utopia Bedding Down-Alternative Comforter is made from 100% microfiber on the face and 100% polyester in the filling. Like most of the down alternatives we tested, this comforter didn’t really make us want to snuggle up with it, and it didn’t have the same soft and fluffy feel that many of the other comforters provided.

The comforter came in a vacuum-sealed bag, and it was impossible to get it back in after it was taken out. So, even though it arrived in a small package on our front door, there’s no bag included for storage purposes.

The biggest con with this comforter were its corner loops. They were the smallest of all the comforters we tested, which caused frustration when trying to tie the duvet cover to the insert. This comforter comes in nine solid colors so, while we would definitely recommend using a duvet cover with the white color option, if purchasing one of the other color options, then you might not need a cover from an aesthetic perspective; just keep in mind that the material is sheen.

As the most budget comforter of the bunch, the quality unfortunately shows. This comforter is a down alternative and is 100% polyester. Similar to the Utopia comforter that we tested, we really don’t love the feel of polyester for sleeping purposes.

This comforter also has very small loop holes at all four corners, making it very difficult to secure the duvet cover ties. And while the holes are slightly bigger than the Utopia comforter, they were still too small and caused frustration. With that being said, the brand did offer extra ties on each side of the comforter, but those were also small too — and, truthfully, unnecessary.

One of the pros to this comforter is that it folds extremely compact. It comes with a smaller-size plastic bag, which makes storing the comforter easy and takes up less space in your closet.

The comforter also comes in a good variety of sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, oversized queen, king, oversized king and California king. This means if you have a unique bed size, this comforter could provide you with the necessary solution. There are also six different color options, some with reversible designs.

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