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A comforter is a large pouch of fabric filled with the soft fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, or polyester. Comforters tend to be flatter and less fluffy than the European counterpart, the duvet. While duvets are typically filled with down, the comforters can be made with several different fillings. When you crawl into the bed at the end of the day, your bedding should feel cozy and soft. To help you find the perfect comforter for your needs, we suggest a few helpful points to consider.

Thread Count: When selecting a comforter, it is important to consider the material’s thread count—it describes the number of threads in the material per square inch. This number will only apply to the comforter’s shell and determines its softness and durability. However, a higher thread count does not necessarily mean that it is high quality. A comforter may feature 800 thread counts cotton but if the threads are thinner or shorter, the bedding will deteriorate quickly.

Materials and Breathability:

Shell: The comforter’s shell can be made of different materials, including cotton, silk, polyester, or a blend of the fabrics. The natural materials such as cotton tend to work best in the cover. These materials are soft to the touch and they are breathable.

Filling: The filling of a comforter is often made of the cotton, wool, or a down alternative, a poly-blend that feels similar to real down. Down alternative comforters is a good option if you want the softness of a down at a more budget-friendly price.

Colors and Patterns: While traditional duvets are sold primarily in white, the comforters are available in a variety of colors and prints. By choosing one that fits your style, you can completely change the look of your bed. Although the duvet covers are traditionally reserved for down-filled duvets, these removable covers can also be used on a comforter. The duvet cover is a large bag of fabric, similar to a pillowcase.