Down Alternative Comforter - Down Alternative Bedding
A down alternative comforter offers many of the benefits of its traditional down counterpart, and depending on the fill selected, can be easier on the budget. Several choices other than goose or duck down are available as comforter fill, including synthetic fiber clusters, wool and wool.
Consider a down alternative comforter if you have budget restrictions, allergy concerns or just want to try something new! Below are some alternative fill materials.
What are the alternatives to traditional goose and duck down?
Synthetic fibers: Among many synthetic fiber fill blankets, a Primaloft comforter will feel like nearest thing to a quality goose down quilt. Developed for the U.S. military for use in its sleeping bags and insulated clothing, Primaloft is a down-like insulation that imitates the loft and warmth of down, but continues to insulate even when wet.
Ounce for ounce as warm as down, Primaloft microfibers are similar in size and shape to down clusters, resulting in nearly equal insulating capacity when dry and even better when wet, since its individual fibers are water repellent. A Primaloft comforter is soft and supple as down, and is hypoallergenic and machine washable. Primaloft comforters may cost close to the same as down, but ease of cleaning and minimum maintenance makes it a practical buy for your home.
Wool fibers: It may not be the first thing you think of to top your bed, but consider a wool-filled comforter - a longstanding, healthy choice internationally and gaining in popularity in the United States. A wool comforter is dust mite repellent, naturally hypoallergenic, and flame-retardant.
Depending on the type or combination of wool used as fill (i.e. llama, alpaca, sheep), your wool comforter may feel nearly as light as one filled with goose down. The crimps in wool fibers makes wool fill particularly versatile, forming a cohesive batting without chemical binders. A comforter made of pure wool fill won't lose its shape, separate into clumps or shift.
Resilient wool filling will not shift into corners and bunch up when wet, staying evenly fluffed. Scientific tests have shown that wool will restore itself to 95 percent of its original thickness when compressed, compared to synthetic substitutes that achieved between 67 and 79 percent loft. No matter how it is crushed, pulled or twisted, pure wool fill will spring back to its original thickness. A wool comforter will wick moisture from the body and allow for a comfortable and dry night's rest.
Other than down, Primaloft polyester fiberfill and wool are two high quality choices that won't disappoint. Other fill options include natural fibers of silk and cotton, and various synthetic fiberfills, usually produced from polyester.
Down alternative comforters are sized like any bedroom comforter and will easily fit into duvet covers. Definitely use a comforter cover with any natural fiber comforter, to protect your investment and lower the upkeep!