Selecting the Best Comforter (part 2)
This article is the second part of a trilogy. You can find the first part here.
The deal about quantity vs. quality
We can all agree that there's nothing more rewarding at the end of a day than a puffy, welcoming down comforter waiting patiently for us. It is hard to determine with precision what accounts for the quality of a quilt. The overall quality of a down comforter is in the details of its construction: it is not a factor of the amount of feather, cotton or wool down, measured in ounces, which it contains. Too often, customers tend to believe that their light warmth comforter is not top quality because it is too thin. This belief is mistaken.
We also get feedback from customers who love their big fluffy comforter but find that they are too hot at night. Feather and wool down is an adamant insulator, which means that doesn’t take a lot to warm you. The primary goal selecting a down is to get the right amount for you; it is not about fixing your comforter with a lot of down just to make it fun to dive in. The result may, in fact, make you miserable when you realize that you've been sweating all night.
What makes one down comforter warmer than another?
A lot of people mistake "fill weight" with "fill power." In short, they think that a bigger fill power down will immediately equate to a warmer comforter. To a large extent, this is true, but there is also more to the story. Fill power describes the measure of fluff or loft. It is the primary measure of the quality of a comforter, as it accounts for the amount of space 1 oz that a down requires. The more space it needs, the bigger the fill power. Greater fill power will provide a lighter, fluffier comforter which will give a certain warmth level.
Fill weight, on the other hand, is the original driver of warmness. It is some ounces of down that are in a comforter. The amount of down in the comforter relates to the higher heat level. A lot of down is not required to do this job even though it can be deceiving. The result of the fill weight and fill power is a warm comforter. The good part is comforters, will enable you to focus on the warmth level; you don’t have to worry taking care of the fill power or fill weight. The heat level is the main issue which will make you satisfied with your new comforter.
Types of Feather Down: Species and Origin
There is no difference between goose vs. duck feather down to the eye. The lack of visible difference is why our scientists make use of a microscope to different each species on every shipment. Goose down is a lot more expensive because it is hard to find. Feather down is a commercial product and thus follows the same laws of supply and demand as any other product on the market, so the fact that duck feathers down is common means it is cheaper than geese.
Fill power is the first equalizer between goose and duck down. A down cluster of a particular size will be, for instance, 500 more fill power regardless of its source (duck or a goose). The fill power will give you information on how it will perform better than the species.
Why do you get down coming out of our suppliers?
Natural and organic comforters made of wool or silk is woven tightly to stop tiny gaps from showing in the fabric. That’s why you might hear some crinkle in the fabric, which reduces over a period after washings. There are various levels of down-proofness, and the consumers are not informed of these measurements by the manufacturers. The major way to know if the down-proofs that you are getting will fit a comforter is to buy it from a brand or company that you can trust. Not every down-proof fabrics meet the required standards that qualify them as organic or natural. We have gone a step further with our distinct processing which adds, even more, a layer of security.