How to Choose Down Comforters


Choosing your down comforter by Sleep Temp™

by David Smith

Sleep Temp™ System is based on the temperature range of your bedroom while you sleep. Sleep Temp ranges can also vary based on your weight. Generally speaking; Lightweight 72 - 82 degrees, Year-round 62 - 72 degrees and Winter weight below 62 degrees which are graphically represented within the Sleep Temp™ Guide listed below. Men typically sleep warmer than women and these are just recommendations listed within the guide below.

Match your bedroom's Sleep Temp™

The temperature ranges are listed along the bottom of the Sleep Temp™ guide listed below. For Example, a 70 Degrees room temperature matches the range of temperatures of our "Year-round" down comforter.

Each down comforter or duvet has a Sleep Temp™ range that is graphically represented along the bottom for each down comforter weight we sell. Our down comforters and duvets are designed around the "Sleep Temperature" of your bedroom while you sleep and NOT the temperature outside or where you live.

Sleep Temp Guide

Still not sure what your Sleep Temp™ is? Let the "Sleep Temp Guide" below help you determine which comforter is right for you.

how to choose year-round down comforters and duvets

Winter Weight Down Comforter

Made-to-order heirloom quality material at its finest. Combining the most luxurious long-staple Egyptian cotton fabric with our baffle box design allows our hand-selected Hungarian white goose down reach its maximum loft. Double row stitched perimeter and satin corded edge for both durability and longevity reflect our attention to detail and quality. Our exclusive designed duvet hooks at the corners and mid-seam help keep your down comforter from sliding while you sleep ensuring you are always covered in comfort. 

Year-Round Down Comforter

Our most popular weight down comforter helps keep female sleepers warm while preventing male sleepers from sleeping too hot. Recommended and designed for those that keep their bedroom temperature approximately between 62 - 72 degrees this baffle box designed down comforter allows our hand-selected Hungarian white goose down to reach its maximum loft. Double row stitching and elegant satin piping around the perimeter increase the longevity and durability of our luxurious down comforters. Year Around Down Comforters

Light Weight Comforter

Made of soft long-staple Egyptian cotton, our lightweight down comforter is recommended for those that like to keep their bedroom on the warmer side or those that like to sleep with additional layers. Baffle box design ensures our hand-selected Hungarian white goose down won't shift creating cold spots. This same design allows our Hungarian white goose down to reach its maximum loft. 

What is the best down comforter design? Baffle box!

the best down comforter baffle box design

A true baffle box is the most difficult and expensive design for a down comforter shell. The baffles, which are the vertical interior walls in the middle of the comforter (see 'baffle box' arrow) are usually 1" to 2" inches tall. The outer shell, the top, and bottom attach to these vertical walls creating a three (3) dimensional square or baffle box. This design allows the down to reach its maximum loft without being compressed by the stitching of a sewn-thru design. Baffle box design prevents the 'cool spots' normally associated with sewn-thru design.

What is a box-stitch or sewn-thru down comforter?

the best down comforter box stitch design

Twelve to fifteen years ago, down comforters were made using a single thread sewn-thru or box stitch design. Manufacturers used a single thread to sew together the top sheet and the bottom sheet of the down comforter shell into the classic boxes that define the way down comforters look today.

Unfortunately, to save time and money during the manufacturing process, manufacturers also used the same single thread to bind the edge of the down comforter. The edge of the down comforter is the weakest part of the comforter and requires special attention or it will slowly wear out and allow the down to escape.

A sewn-thru design down comforter tends to sleep cooler than a baffle box design down comforter. The sewn-thru design of the box stitch prevents the down from reaching the intersection point of the top and bottom pieces of fabric. (see 'sewn thru' arrow). Once the down comforter is placed inside a Duvet Cover, or protector, the cooler spots at the intersection points of the fabric become less apparent.

Sewn-thru is not necessarily an inferior design but was instead an initial design technique. A solution for sewn-thru issues is the employment of a double row stitch around the perimeter and the addition of elegant piping to enhance both the look and durability of the design.

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Additional down comforter elements to consider

On your down comforter, there are duvet hooks to attach to your duvet protector and our legendary Goose Down logo only from Down & Feather Company.

Down comforter draped over bed
Care label attached to down comforter
our unique duvet hooks are on all our down comforters

All of our luxurious Quality Rest™ down comforters have a beautiful drape and are made using a baffle box design* to optimize the loft of our hand-harvested Hungarian goose down. Each comforter also has specific care instructions attached for easy care and cleaning whether you do it yourself or send it out for professional dry cleaning. Unique to our down comforters are duvet hooks which are used to help keep your down comforter from shifting or moving while inside its down comforter protector. They are very convenient. And of course, our legendary Goose Down Logo is attached so you know it's an original product brought to you by Down & Feather Company. Sleep Well.