The Ultimate Debate: Down Comforters Vs Down Alternative Comforters

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 You might have been sleeping with the same bedding for years. Your bedding could be all torn up from long wear or not as comfy as it used to be. It’s time for you to get new bedding to get a better sleep. 

You may have no idea where to start when it comes to getting a down comforter vs a down alternative comforter. Don’t worry too much, because you’re in the right place. Just worry about getting the sheets and we’ll give you everything you need to know about the difference between down and down alternative comforters. Let’s get started! 

Down Comforters 

We’re going to start by giving you all the facts about down comforters. Here we go! 

What are Down Comforters Made of?

Down comforters are made from down goose feathers to protect you from cold temperatures. These feathers are the lightest and warmest, making them the most efficient insulator. This creates unparalleled softness and comfort while making it light enough to breathe. This comforter will have a fluffy look because it has more fill power. Down material is a loftier material to give it that extra poof everybody loves. 

Allergies with Down Comforters 

A major drawback of down comforters is that the fluffiness can trap allergens, like dust mites and pollen. This can exacerbate your allergies making it very uncomfortable to sleep and could make you feel unwell for the next day. Some down comforters come with the promise that they are “down proof” to prevent allergies from spiking, but that can’t always be reliable. 

Caring Instructions for Down Comforters 

With the use of real down feathers, it is best to take your down comforter to the dry cleaner for proper cleaning. They typically aren’t machine washable because it’s too thick and you don’t want to lose the fluffiness of the comforter. There are some that are machine washable. 

If you are going to wash it yourself, you should use a small amount of gentle laundry detergent to not tarnish the softness of the comforter. Put your washing machine on a gentle or delicate setting with cold or hot water. Luckily, you don’t need to wash your down comforter often. It is recommended that you wash your down comforter once every 5 to 7 months if you take care of it. 

Down Alternative Comforters

Now that you know everything you need about down comforters, here’s a rundown on down alternative comforters. 

What are Down Alternative Comforters Made of?

Down alternative comforters aren’t filled with down goose feathers. These comforters use the finest synthetic goose feathers while offering the same level of warmth, comfort, and durability as a down comforter. This causes down alternatives, like Beckham Hotel Collection’s Down Alternatives, to have more material to achieve the same amount of warmth as down comforters. Down Alternative Comforters will still be fluffy, but it will not look as full as a down comforter because it has less fill power. 

Allergies with Down Alternative Comforters 

Since down alternatives aren’t filled with real down feathers, they don’t trap allergens, like pollen and dust mites. They are considered hypoallergenic as they can keep you asleep without having an allergy attack. This is the best choice for people who struggle with serious allergies or want to find some relief. 

Caring Instructions for Down Alternative Comforters 

Down Alternative Comforters are much easier to clean compared to down comforters. They can easily be thrown into your washing machine and you don’t have to worry about bringing it into the cleaners. When washing, make sure you use a small amount of gentle soap, so then you don’t strip the softness from the synthetic materials making it lumpy. Check out our complete guide on how to wash your down alternative comforter

Final Thoughts 

When it comes to choosing between a down and down alternative comforter, it really depends on what works best for you. Even though a down comforter is great with real down feathers inside, it can attract more allergens. This makes down alternative comforters a better option for you to get a good night's sleep. Beckham Hotel Collection offers down alternative comforters that are gorgeous, hypoallergenic, and soft to make you feel like you’re sleeping surrounded by a cloud. Check them out online today!

Contributing Writer: Madeline Collins