Buying a down comforter can be an investment since depending on what you buy they can run on the spendy side, so it’s important to make sure you know exactly what you are looking for and what you will be using it for.
A down comforter for some is a luxurious extra while others buy them because they need the extra warmth and it’s more of a utility item that needs to be durable. Things to consider when buying a down comforter include how much warmth is needed, fabric type, durability, how often the comforter will be used, who will be using the comforter and size needed.
Down comforters are known for being very warm and even light weight versions can be too warm if you sleep warm or live somewhere that never gets cold. Many customers in warmer areas purchase down versions of bedding to use only in the winter to give them the added warmth, and this means their bedding can be used for many years as it’s only out for a few months a year. In that case you can probably buy a lower priced comforter since it isn’t used every day. Starting at a lower price point for your first down comforter is also a good idea to kind of give it a test run, again even a light weight down comforter can be too warm if you prefer to sleep cool.
Depending on how warm you want the comforter to be, you will need to look into how much down you really need. You can purchase different weights and this will influence how dense the filling is and of course how warm it is.
When looking at different price points for down comforters, you will probably notice they come in a variety of fabric choices as well. Some people buy the down pieces to go inside a duvet cover so things like whether or not the fabric is soft is less important than something durable since you don’t sleep with the blanket actually in contact with skin.
Buying light weight batiste that is durable without adding extra weight to the blanket is best if you think the down alone is enough warmth and will be covering it with a decorative duvet. If you prefer something a little more durable, cambric is a solid weave that will last. For comforters that will not be inside a duvet, investing in a fabric with some sheen or finish will make it softer against the skin and look nicer.
Durability may or may not be a priority for you, but it can influence your choice in comforters. If this is going to be something you use every day because you need the warmth, it is probably better to focus on comforters that are made of a higher quality fabric.
The quality of the stitching and the size of the down pockets can also play into how long the comforter lasts. A well-made blanket with heavy stitching and smaller squares of down pockets will be less likely to allow the down to clump and wear out. Even the type of down you buy can influence how long it lasts, down typically comes from either a duck or goose. Duck feathers tend to be smaller and the goose down forms larger clusters that hold up better over time.
The next thing to consider is choosing a down comforter is the end user and how hard they are on the item. For example, if you are buying it for a child or teenager who is prone to stain things and a heavy user, it might not be as important to buy something that lasts forever since it will probably be stained and in need of replacing for quicker than one just used by adults.
The size of the comforter required is also tied to the end user since you can either use the comforter as your main blanket which means it needs to be at least the size of the bed if not over-sized versus buying a smaller version to be used just in the winter months as an extra layer.
With all these factors in mind it is also a good idea to start with a general price point you would like to stay around so you can get the best fit within your budget without spending too much on options you do not really need. Buying a higher quality goose down comforter is a larger purchase but well worth the investment for someone looking for the highest level of warmth and durability.