How to Choose a Down Comforter

When handcrafting your down comforters, our down is carefully
washed four times and de-dusted to be hypoallergenic — less apt
to cause an allergic reaction. This special process costs more,
but we want our comforters to be the very best.

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A down comforter is the epitome of cozy and often the essential component to a warm and cozy bed. However, choosing the right down comforter for your needs can be a bit confusing due to the wide variety of styles and prices. Below you can find some helpful advice to choosing the best comforter for your night's sleep.

Step 1. Choose a Down Comforter Warmth Level
Step 2. Choose a Down Comforter Fabric Style
Step 3. Choose a Down Comforter Size
Step 4. Choose a Down Comforter Fill

Cuddledown has been designing and handcrafting down comforters for nearly 40 years. Since 1973 we have made the finest comforters available anywhere. Cuddledown uses seven types of down – each is far superior to the more common down found in mass produced down comforters. Our down is carefully selected then thoroughly sanitized to reduce allergy-causing impurities. So, it's not only the best, it's hypoallergenic too!


How to Choose a Down Comforter

To make choosing a down comforter easier, consider these questions:

  • Are you a warm sleeper or a cold sleeper?
  • Is your bedroom warm or drafty? What is the average temperature?
  • What is your climate? Will you use your comforter year-round or seasonally?

We also provide an easy to use tool to choose the best comforter for your needs. Try our Perfect Comforter Picker.

Step 1. Choose a Down Comforter Warmth Level

Line up the temperature of your bedroom with how you usually feel while you are sleeping. Where the two meet is the warmth level that you should choose.

Temperature of your bedroom: Type of sleeper you are:
Always warm Normal to warm Normal to cold Always cold
over 70º Down Blanket Down Blanket Down Blanket Down Blanket or Summer Comforter
65º-70º Down Blanket Down Blanket or Summer Comforter Summer Comforter Summer Comforter or Level 1
60º-65º Down Blanket or Summer Comforter Summer Comforter or Level 1 Level 1 or Level 2 Level 2
55º-60º Summer Comforter or Level 1 Level 1 or Level 2 Level 2 or Level 3 Level 3
below 55º Level 1 or Level 2 Level 2 or Level 3 Level 3 or Level 4 Level 4

Dual Warmth Down Comforter

Do you sleep warm and your spouse prefers to sleep cool? Or vice versa? Our Dual Warmth Comforter is the perfect solution - it's a single comforter with two separate warmth levels. Just choose a warmth level for each side – from a lighter weight summer level, to a warmer Level 1, to our warm and cozy Level 2. It's as simple as that. Read more in: What is a Dual Warmth Comforter?

Down Blanket

Equivalent warmth to a medium-weight blanket, but softer and loftier – comfort you only get from a down comforter.

Summer Comforter

All the warmth of a thick blanket, yet light and puffy. Ideal for warm bedrooms or warm sleepers and can be used year round.

Warmth Level 1

The warmth of one or two thick blankets, without the weight. Our most popular warmth level, typically used fall through spring.

Warmth Level 2

Provides the warmth of two to three thick blankets. Suitable for cold sleepers in cool bedrooms or warm sleepers in cold climates.

Warmth Level 3

Created specifically for cold bedrooms in winter. Interior fabric baffles add extra warmth, so you stay warm all winter long.

Warmth Level 4

Originally used in the unheated bedrooms of European farmhouses. Overfilled with baffle interior walls. Provides ultimate warmth for cold sleepers in cold climates or normal sleepers in very cold bedrooms.

Unsure of the exact warmth level?

If you are still unsure which comforter is right for you, we suggest you choose the lower of the two warmth levels that most closely matches your sleep habits. A flannel comforter cover will add warmth in the colder months. Feel free to call us at 800-323-6793 for additional help.

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Step 2. Choose a Down Comforter Fabric Style

Once you have decided on your desired Warmth Level, you'll also need to choose which fabric quality you prefer. There are several different fabric qualities to choose from in 100% cotton. Certified Safe Fabric

  • Batiste
     is extremely light in weight with excellent durability
  • Sateen
     offers a wonderfully soft feel and high sheen
  • Damask
     is an excellent quality at a great price
  • Cambric
     is a basic weave with an excellent value

All Cuddledown comforter fabrics are down proof — guaranteed not to leak down or feathers and certified by Oeko-Tex® to be free from harmful chemicals.

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Step 3. Choose a Down Comforter Size

A comforter should be big enough to cover all of you, and that's why we make our down comforters larger, and in more sizes to choose from. Oversized styles are also available.

  • Down Throw
     – 53" x 67"
  • Twin
     – 68" x 86"
  • Full
     – 81" x 86"
  • Queen
     – 92" x 88"
  • Oversized Queen
     – 98" x 98"
  • King
     – 107" x 92"
  • Oversized King
     – 116" x 98"

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Step 4. Choose a Down Comforter Fill

  • 600 U.S White Duck Down.
    100% Duck Down from the USA. Fill power of cubic inches per ounce exceeds the quality of most goose down on the market.
  • 600 White Goose Down.
     A better grade of White Goose Down testing at more than 600 cubic inches per ounce. Light, fluffy, and luxurious — at a value price.
  • 700 European White Goose Down.
     This exceptional down is softer and lighter than the best down sold by most competitors.
  • 800 European White Goose Down.
     The special and rare down we use in our highest quality pillows and comforters.
  • 900 European White Goose Down.
     Simply luxurious goose down. This fill is rare, so we only have a limited amount; we suggest you call us to check availability.
  • 1,000 European White Goose Down.
     Absolutely the finest down we've ever seen. It's so rare that we only have a limited amount – we have the North American bedding exclusive so you will only find this level of comfort at Cuddledown.
  • Rare Eiderdown Fill.
     Prized worldwide and collected by hand in Iceland and Scandinavia.

Choose the warmth level you need, and the ticking you prefer, browse our collection and order the comforter that is right for you. We guarantee a great night's sleep! If you have any additional questions, please let us know, either by email, or by calling our Customer Service Department at 800-323-6793, or use our Live Chat feature (chat by clicking on the Live Chat link found to the left of the shopping basket icon, at the top of your screen.)

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What Is "Fill Power"?

This is the number of cubic inches one ounce of down will fill; the higher the number, the higher the quality for a lighter, softer comforter. We use fill power between 600–1,000, far exceeding our competitors. Our comforters are lighter than blankets, thicker than quilts, and comfortably fat – not flat. And we offer you a choice of lofty down or synthetic.

Learn more about fill power.
Watch our Fill Power video.

Synthetic Comforters

For our customers with allergies or other sensitivities to down, we've used our decades of manufacturing experience to make you a better synthetic comforter. Our lofty synthetic fill is made from specially engineered fibers that cluster just like down, without clumping or matting. Most polyester fill comforters are filled with one piece of fiber that's not nearly as soft.

Our synthetic comforters can be machine washed and dried. Like all of our down filled comforters, our synthetic comforters, pillows, and featherbeds are made in Maine, one at a time, by Cuddledown.

Shop synthetic comforters

Down vs. Synthethic

If you are unsure whether you would prefer a down comforter or a down alternative comforter, read How to Choose a Synthetic Comforter for more information on our down alternative comforters.

Need Help Choosing?

Our "Perfect Comforter Picker" tool is designed to help you find the perfect comforter for your bedroom temperature, body temperature, and fill and fabric prefences. From durable and budget-friendly cotton cambric to luxuriously soft heirloom silk, and from allergy-friendly synthetic, to 600 fill power duck down to rare and valuable eiderdown, we have comforters to meet every need and budget.

Our "Perfect Comforter Picker" can also help you find the best comforter for your sleeping style.

Caring for Your Down Comforter

Proper care can extend the life of your down comforter by years. Learn how to care for your down bedding with our how-to video guide:

How To Care For Down Bedding.

Made in the USA by Cuddledown

Craftsmanship. Heritage. Quality. Experience. Made in Maine. These are some of the words used to describe Cuddledown.

We make our down comforters and synthetic comforters by hand in Maine, and our highly skilled manufacturing team has over 70 years of experience between them! See how it's done in our video, “How We Make Your Comforter.”

Video: How we make our down comforters
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