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Down Comforter Buying Guide

WHICH DOWN COMFORTER IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Down comforters vary in warmth, so there are several factors you need to keep in mind when shopping. The warmth level you need is determined by your personal sleep profile, average room temperature and time of year the comforter will be used.

  • Your Sleep Profile
    Are you frequently cold at night? Are you constantly kicking the covers off because you’re too hot? Or do you find it relatively easy to get comfortable? Taking your “sleep temperature” will help you choose bedding that will help you get a good night’s sleep. “Cold sleepers” will require a warmer comforter than “hot sleepers.”

  • Average Room Temperature
    How cold or warm to you prefer to keep your bedroom at night? Cooler temperatures will require a warmer comforter, especially if you get cold at night.

  • Time Of Year
    A comforter used year-round will need to be lighter than one used exclusively in the winter months. Once you have an idea of the level of warmth you need, you can begin to look at fill power, which measures the density of down in the comforter and ultimately, the warmth. The higher the fill power, the warmer the comforter. A good, light warmth comforter has a fill between 500 and 550, while a medium warmth one will run between 600-650. Seven hundred or more is a good winter weight fill. The quality of the down comforter will also determine the warmth.

    CLEANING DOWN COMFORTERS

    Once you’ve invested in a down comforter, it’s important to take care of it so that it lasts for years to come. Keeping the comforter clean by properly covering it with a duvet cover is only part of what you can do. You also have to wash them once in a while.

    Most down manufacturers recommend that their comforters be laundered with a cleaning solution that is made specifically for cleaning down. The suggested intervals between cleanings will vary widely. The theory is that too-frequent washing will damage the down and that laundering can shrink your comforter somewhat. Once every year or so is probably a good idea if you’ve protected it with a cover.

    To launder a comforter, check first to make sure there are no holes or tears. If there are, fix them. Next, spot clean the cover if necessary. Wash on the delicate setting and be sure it gets rinsed well. Use the extra rinse setting on your machine or just send it through the rinse cycle a second time.

    To dry your comforter, make sure a good portion of the water has been extracted by the spin cycle (or you can do it by hand). Dry it on the lowest heat setting to avoid burning the cover. You can add a couple of tennis balls stuck inside a plain white sock to help fluff and redistribute the down as it dries. You’ll need to remove the comforter several times during the drying process to make sure it dries evenly.
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