Sleeping at optimal temperature means you are not too warm and neither are you cold. You are just warm and toasty enough for sleep to envelope you and whisk you away to slumber land.
This can be hard to achieve because the seasons are always changing and therefore what bedding you may have to create the optimal temperatures for sleep during summer may not work during the winter season.
Comforters can play a big role in ensuring a good night’s sleep. But because we all sleep different, some materials used on the shell of a comforter may work for some while not so much for others.
The stuffing used on a comforter also often plays a role in the comfort level it offers.
Down comforter fill material
Linen verbiage can be a bit confusing at first before you get a handle on what certain words mean. When speaking of comforters and the material used to stuff comforters, you will often come across terms such as down comforters and alternative down comforters. Is there any difference you might ask? Well, the answer is yes, there is a difference.
Down comforter are stuffed with goose down. This are the soft fur found underneath the belly of a goose.
Interestingly, goose down has been used for centuries in clothing and bedding to help keep warm in the harsh winters. Russian trades men would sell down to Dutch merchants as far back as the 1600s. Even then it was a valuable commodity for making warm bedding and clothing with amazing comfort and impressive insulation.
Down fill is more expensive than other down materials such as poly-fiber, bamboo and cotton to name a few.
While what is considered best in the stuffing material used in a comforter boils down to an individual’s likes and dislikes, the yard stick for measuring comfort and luxury of stuffing has always been goose down.
Why is that? Goose down has been proven over the centuries to be reliable in delivering exquisite warmth, breathability and can be used all year round in most cases.
However, that is often dependent on the amount of stuffing used in the comforter. The measurement unit for that is known as gams per square meter or GSM. The higher the GSM the denser and warmer the comforter will be and vice versa.
The stuffing is lightweight and has no quills. That’s why down comforters are extremely light and incredibly fluffy.
Alternative down on the hand is classified as any comforter filling material that is not goose down. Examples of alternative comforter stuffing material can include synthetic as well as natural options such poly-fiber or bamboo respectively.
Goose down stuffing is coveted and enjoyed by most people, however some can be allergic to down fill.
In such cases, the wide range of alternative down options comes in handy to save the day and still deliver an impressive level of comfort.
Comforter Shell Material
The shell material of a comforter is the one that engulfs the stuffing material mentioned above such goose down and alternative down. Numerous materials can be used for this purpose. Like down, comforter shell materials that are considered the best are also relative to the consumer’s preferences.
For instance, some consumers will appreciate cotton more as a better shell cover while others may prefer a polyester cover and others still will love a combination or blend of the cotton and polyester. That’s simply because we all sleep differently and one material may be more suited to you personally more than other comforter shell materials
Shell materials such as cotton, polyester, silk, wool and bamboo all have different properties.
Also, a combination of the either material with down stuffing will produce a variety of experiences suitable to a wide range of tastes.
What can help guide in choosing the best option for you, would be whether you are a hot sleeper, cold sleeper or allergic to any materials.
Depending on how hot you sleep, you will want a shell cover that effectively dissipates heat is highly breathable and absorbent.
High quality cotton ticks all the mentioned points with flying colors. Cold sleepers may not mind a material that retains heat more readily such as wool which works very well in harsh winters but may not be the best option in summer because the material is not as breathable.
Cotton can tend to wrinkle which is an aspect that some consumers love because it present a live in look. Other consumers who love their beds wrinkle free may opt for a material like polyester which is wrinkle free and often fade resistant.
For consumers who are allergic to some shell materials, they will appreciate shell materials that are hypoallergenic such as bamboo.
You are also likely to come across some comforter shells that are for instance 80% cotton and 20% polyester. These blends combine the best of both worlds. Such a material will be breathable, absorbent with better color retention in addition to faster dry time and with minimal wrinkles if any.
Comforters come in many finishes and designs irrespective of the shell and stuffing material used.
Baffle boxed comforters are quite popular and with good reason. They present a fluffy cloud like vibe which looks inviting and aesthetic in most bedroom décors. The comforter can also have a quilted finish which also presents an exquisite display.
These types of finishes serve two purposes; an aesthetic and decorative one as well as holding the stuffing evenly in place for uniform distribution of warmth.
Choose wisely when getting a comforter. Consider whether you want it for all year round use of just for the winter or summer only.
This should help you settle on the correct shell material, stuffing as well as the appropriate GSM.
If you are allergic to some stuffing or shell materials, you now know that there are plenty of alternatives to work with in ensuring that you make the best purchase possible that best meets your sleeping needs.