Goose Down Comforter - Feather Down Comforter
Snuggle up under a down comforter at night and you will see why getting out of bed in the morning is such a challenge.
The adage, "quality not quantity," is certainly applicable to a down comforter or quilt. The type and caliber of the down filling itself (fill power); preparation of the down (cleansing); and comforter thread count and construction are the three most important factors in selecting a quality comforter.
Discount down comforters are available through retail stores and the internet, but be sure to check the manufacturer's warranty, construction technique and fill power rating before cutting costs on a discounted down comforter.
Where do you get down, and what is it
The old joke is true: "How do you get down off an elephant? You don't – you get down off a duck!" ... And a goose! Down is not feathers – it is the baby-soft hair that grows right next to a goose or duck's skin; it insulates the bird by trapping air next to the skin, allowing moisture to pass freely, much as a down quilt works on humans. Down is collected when waterfowl naturally molt. A mature goose down is considered the best fill, followed by duck down.
A goose down comforter can advertise its fill as 100 percent pure goose (or duck) down, but may contain a tiny percentage of goose or duck feathers. Consult the manufacturer for a specific breakdown of type and percentage of down and feathers in the comforter you are considering.
"Fill Power" is the term used to measure down fill quality. It's perhaps the most important characteristic of down because it determines the amount of loft (ability to fluff up) of the down, thus its capacity to retain warmth. The number of cubic inches one ounce of down will fill is the fill power. The higher the number, the better the down is at trapping air, lofting and insulating. A typical fill power range for quality bedding is 550 to 650+ cubic inches, going as high as 800+ cubic inches.
The best fill is thoroughly cleansed, not only to eliminate natural odor, but also to reduce allergens. The more thoroughly and carefully the fill is cleansed, the more hypoallergenic your comforter will be.
Construction / thread count :
Your comforter shell should be high thread count cotton with baffle construction (sewn-in walls to keep the down from shifting and clumping). Baffle construction reduces cold spots and traps the down, allowing it to fluff up readily, maintaining loft.
Encase your down comforter in a protective comforter cover that will keep it from absorbing body oils and dirt. A protective cover will remove easily for laundering, increasing the life of your bedding.