Buyer's Guide

The Best Comforters for Winter: Top 7 Picks

Down comforters can be rewarding for sleep. They might not be as popular as microfiber filling, but they do offer a natural feel compared to synthetic fillings.

Down is also generally lighter in weight than silk and wool alternatives. With proper construction and quality design, you can get the proper insulation you need to stay warm during the coldest weather.

Buyer’s Guide to Warm Comforters For Winter

It’s that time of the year, huh? Brrrr! It’s freezing in bed and we need a toasty comforter!.

Both goose or duck down works

If you want the absolute best in terms of warmth, goose down, though more expensive, is generally the better choice. However, a duck down with higher fill power would invariably be better than a goose down with low fill power. For this reason, it’s why we say both goose or duck down works.

Between the popular microfiber “down alternative” fillings and actual down, there are a few distinctions we should note:

  • Down is loftier and fluffier naturally, which means down is better at insulation and warmth
  • Down alternative does last longer because of its synthetic composition (polyester)
  • Down is the more expensive between the two because it must be retrieved from birds

What about feather filling?

Feather filling although not as dense as down, is also part of a bird’s biology as a protective cover insulating the body.

It’s difficult to say what exact mixture is best in a comforter because both down and feathers vary in size based on a bird’s age and gender (not something that is accounted for precisely).


Comforters with feather fillings work, but are not as well as down because feathers are not dense. Down clusters are round, fluffier, and better at insulating you during colder weathers.

If you had to pick between two down comforters, and one had a higher percentage of down than the other, opting for the down is the better choice.

Feathers do also have a downside of quills poking through the comforter’s shell. Unless a comforter uses a decently weaved shell, you might feel uncomfortable pricks during sleep. Decent comforters don’t have this problem.

Feathers are also much cheaper than down, so if you are working with a small budget, then having a mix of feathers might be within your choices for selection.

Fill power is important

Regardless of the percentages of downs and feathers in a comforter’s mix, fill power is an essential number. Fill power is essentially the measure of the fluffiness. The number ranges between 300 with most feathers to as high as 900 for quality down.

For a decent down during the winter season, you will want a down comforter that has a fill power of 600 or greater for a good quality comforter.

Total ounces play less of a roll when it comes to warmth because we want reliably dense filling. The higher the fill power, the better!

Designed to last

Baffle box-stitch quilting is something you should look for!

The shells of comforters not only provide comfort through touch, but also must be made to be durable. With poorly stitched shells, seams can burst and fillings can fall out either along the edges of the comforter or in-between box-stitch quiltings.

This is a difficult one to point out. There are two features you should look out for when it comes to quality down comforters:

  1. Baffle boxes sewing
  2. Piped edges

Most low quality comforters use sewn-through boxes, where the box patterns are sewn from one end to another. Baffle boxes, on the other hand, have walls between each other. The benefit of baffle boxes speak out as a quality comforter, allowing fillings to hug the walls and prevent gaps in the comforter. Sewn-through boxes leave gaps where fillings cannot reach the sewn areas.


Sewn-through boxes can be good for summer, hot weathers or hot sleepers, but it leaves little to be appreciated when it comes to sleeping with a consistent temperature.

Piped edges are also signs of quality sewing. Most comforters use knife edges, which is a simple way for cutting the ends of comforters. They don’t offer any real benefit. Piped edges add a bit of style and more important durability along the edges of the comforter. The worst thing that can happen to a comforter is for the seams of the shell to come loose. Piped edges, especially when double stitched, can make your comforter last longer.

Thread count and fabric feel

Most down comforters live up to natural fabrics by using cotton for their shell. Although there are different qualities to cotton, we can consider the thread count of the comforter we are interested in for deciding whether it’s right for us.

The measure of thread count is how many horizontal and vertical threads there are per square inch of a fabric. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric feels as the thread must be fine to fit so many within a square inch.

Comforters typically have a thread count between 100 to 600. Occasionally, you might find a comforter that is over 1,000 in thread count which feels incredibly soft and silk-like.

  • 100 to 200 is the low end with thread count
  • Most comforters range between 200 to 300 in quality threading
  • 400 to 600 is considered luxury

Most model comforters, and including duvet covers, have 200 to 300 in thread count. We find this common with models sold in popular furniture and bedding stores such as Walmart and Ikea.

For most people, cotton sheets with 300 thread count is good enough. Thread count is more important if you choose to use a duvet cover. If you don’t want to use a duvet cover, then a 1000 thread count comforter will feel better than a 300.

Loops for duvet covers

Corner tabs for duvet covers (and gold trim piped edges). 

Comforters are large, and so are accompanying duvet covers. You naturally toss and turn at night so it’s important to secure your comforter inside the duvet covers. Preventing your comforter from shifting around inside the duvet cover can also prevent disrupting your sleep.

The average comforter does not have duvet tabs or ties, so you want to be on the lookout for this feature. The better comforters will have duvet tabs or ties at least on the corners (4 in total). Some comforters also have them in the center of each side (8 in total).

It’s highly recommended that you use a duvet cover for your comforter. It does mean thread count isn’t nearly as important, but it does extend the lifespan and reduce the stress of keeping your down comforter clean. Down comforters generally need to be dry cleaned once every 1 to 2 years, and can be a nuisance when it’s that time to do so.


If you have a pet, then owning a duvet cover and a comforter with duvet loops is necessary! It cuts down on the fuss and cost of cleaning your comforter while protecting it from your pet for as long as possible.

Maintenance and care

Down comforters generally need to be dry cleaned. Alternatively, hand washing is also great. If your comforter smells or is dirty, it’s usually just the shell that needs cleaning.

Down and feather filling loses loft as they are washed in a washing machine. They can come out looking terrible, which is why most comforter have care labels suggesting dry cleaning. The shell of comforters are also fragile and shouldn’t be spun in a high speed washing machine at home either.

Reviews of the Best Winter Comforter

1. Best Extra Warm Comforter – Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter

Egyptian Bedding is one of the top selling bedsheets and comforters vendors on Amazon. Although there isn’t much information about them, it seems they have been around since 2011 as far as we can tell! Many of their top selling comforters are made with siberian goose down or hungarian goose down. They also have also sold many sheet sets (bed sheets and pillow cases). If you want a vendor that has a track history of proven down comforters, then keep on reading!

Specs

The Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter is made with 100% goose down. The fill power is a high 750, making it ideal for insulating in colder climates or weather. To give you a better idea of whether this is good, you can compare it to lightweight summer comforters have 200 to 300 fill power.

The shell is made with 100% cotton with a luscious thread count of 1200. Thread counts for comforters range between 100 to as high as 800. A thread count of 1000 or greater means the shell uses very fine threads for a smooth, silky quality touch.

The comforter also uses a baffle box design, with double needle stitch with braided edges, and sewn corner loops and duvet loops along the side for securing with duvet covers.

True baffle box design

Baffle boxes are how comforters should be made. Typical comforters use sewn-through box stitching which isn’t nearly as effective for cold weather as true baffle box design. The Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter uses baffle boxes to evenly distribute filling and prevent them from shifting and clumping to one side of your comforter.

Baffle boxes, sewn with walls between each box, allow the filling to distribute evenly throughout the comforter, preventing any air gaps between each of the box patterns. This gives sleepers consistent, regulated temperature ideal for sleep.

Double needle stitch with braided edges

Although there isn’t a selection of styles or color schemes, what distinguishes the Egyptian Bedding Comforter is the double needle stitching and quality braided edges to keep the comforter together.


Double needle stitch is extra work when producing the comforter that ensures the sewing along the edges doesn’t come undone. Most affordable or cheap comforters use single stitching with knife edges, which doesn’t leave much to say in terms of durability. This is fine if you avoid wrestling in bed on top of your comforter, if you know what we mean. The braided edges add a touch of classy luxury if you find simple white comforters of poor style.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensions
Twin68 inches x 90 inches
Queen90 inches x 90 inches
King106 inches x 90 inches
California King106 inches x 94 inches*

* We couldn’t get any confirmation of the true dimensions of the California King. One shopper claimed the California King is 4 inches longer in length.

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2. Downright Toasty Comforter – Puredown Goose Down Comforter

The Puredown Goose Down Comforter has had some confusion in the past with regards to their name. So we want to say right off the bat this comforter model is not 100% down. Puredown is the brand’s name, and this comforter is 75% goose down and 25% goose feather fill.

This goose down comforter is however well made. It has a high fill power, feels nice, is fluffy, and can keep you warm through cold times. Some colder reviewers use the comforter year round without complaints. It breathes well and feels just as natural as 100% goose down.

Specs

The cotton shell is one of the more important parts of any comforter. Poorly designed ones can shed feathers over time or be too noisy and crunchy to sleep in peace.

The Puredown Comforter has a solid feel to it and doesn’t make much noise. It uses 100% cotton with a stripe dobby fabric pattern that gives it a modern appeal. The thread count of the shell is a high 500 for a soft feel.

Along the edges, we also find golden satin piped edge trims that give it a nice touch of luxury appeal. The edges also use double needle stitching for sturdier and more durable design. There are also four corner tabs for securing within duvet covers for longer-lasting use.

The comforter has 75% goose down with 25% goose feather fill. It has a fill weight of 28 ounces for their smallest size (twin) to 44 ounces for their largest size (king/California king), classifying this model as a light to medium-weight comforter. Fill power is a high 600 which is great for the cold weather.

Medium weight feel for the cold times

The comforter is a medium weight comforter with a high fill power. The model has 75% goose down with 25% goose feather fill which might seem like a bad thing because why not 100% goose down?

Both can accomplish the same with keeping you warm, but the pricing will be different. 75% down is on the higher end and won’t have a noticeable feel difference when contrasted with 100% down. The feather quills poking is a concern, but that’s only if a comforter uses and stitches a poorly made shell. The Puredown Comforter stitching is done well and uses a great shell.

Durability stitching

The hallmarks of a quality stitch work for comforters are the double needle stitching. Double needle stitching along the edges of a comforter ensures that the stuffing never falls out or sheds in any way. Coupled with piped edges, or gold trimmings in the case with this model comforter, the comforter ensures longer use, surviving natural wear and tear over time.

The Puredown Comforter also uses true baffle box design. Compared to sewn-through box stitching, baffle boxes have walls (vertical strips of fabric separating the top and bottom of the shell) within each box pattern on the comforter that allows down to spread evenly throughout.

With sewn-through, down filling has trouble getting close to the stitching because there isn’t much space. If you want a comforter because you are cold, then avoiding sewn-through and choosing baffle box will make a huge difference. There will be less air gaps, more loftiness to the filling (when shaked occasionally), and trap and retain more heat. Baffle-box construction is more labor-intensive and higher cost, so it is regarded as a higher quality design feature.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensionsFilling weight
Twin68 inches x 90 inches28 ounces
Full/Queen90 inches x 90 inches37 ounces
King/California King106 inches x 90 inches44 ounces
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3. Best Value Pick – WhatsBedding Goose Down Comforter

WhatsBedding has been selling this model comforter since the start of 2018, and has been a great hit. This is one of the top no-shed comforters on the market. WhatsBedding takes it a step further by putting their money where their mouth is and staking a claim their Goose Down Comforter is the best no-shed comforters on the market.

Compensation for defects

As of November 8th, 2018, they publicly announced a policy of compensating shoppers $300 if their comforter turns out proven to be defective. The comforters only cost one-fifth of this price, meaning they are willing to pay you 5x the amount for any defective comforters.

There are no other comforter brands or companies willing to overcompensate you if their model comforter quality doesn’t live up to high standards.

This policy is also backed by the design and construct of the comforter. They use double needle stitching to prevent shedding with piped edges to make the comforter much more sturdy and durable against wear and tear. For sleepers who toss and turn at night, having these two features is important for the longevity of the comforter.

Specs

The WhatsBedding Comforter is made with 100% cotton shell with a thread count of 233. Silk thread count tends to be 400 or greater, so if you don’t enjoy this sensation, 200-300 is a good range. Cotton as a natural fabric also feels nice against the skin.

The comforter has a fill power of 280 with its 100% duck feathers filling. 275 grams per square meter (GSM) which is on the warmer end. Popular comforters have between 200 to 300 GSM.

The edges are double needle stitched with piped edges. The corners have sewn loops. The model also comes with three solid color selections: white, blue, and grey.

Feather fillings instead of down

There is a large debate between using down and feathers for warmth. Although down is generally the better choice, it isn’t as simple as that. When a comforter is well designed, even polyester microfibers (down alternatives) can keep you warm throughout the winter.

Feathers are no different as a protective cover ducks and goose use to keep warm from freezing waters and temperature.

Feathers are also the less expensive option because they are less labor-intensive to farm, and aren’t as dense as regular down. Quills from feathers can also prick sleepers through the shells if the shells are of poor quality.

The WhatsBedding Comforter barely has any feathers poking out or reviewers complaining about uncomfortable poking. Although it’s expected there will be a case or two, the WhatsBedding stays ahead of their game as the comforter provides a nice warmth and fluffiness for cold weathers. If you need a lighter weight comforter, this model is for you.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensions
Twin68 inches x 90 inches
Full/Queen90 inches x 90 inches
King106 inches x 90 inches
California King104 inches x 96 inches
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4. Top Rated Comforter – Cocoon Goose Down Comforter

Cocoon is a new brand on the block with a great hit with its down comforter. The comforter has a very high positive rating, and has received the Amazon’s Choice label for being a top rated comforter with the lowest returns. And the returns are low for good reasons!

Specs

The Cocoon Goose Down is designed to be an all-season down comforter and duvet insert. It uses a 100% egyptian cotton shell with luxury soft touch. The model is filled with 75% goose down and 25% goose feather filling, a quality mix of down and feathers, in their true baffle-box design. The fill power is a high 750+ so you can expect decent warmth and fluffiness. The comforter is on the medium-weight to mildly heavier side.

It has well-stitched edges with double needle stitching and piped edges for preventing tearing. There are also 8 duvet ribbons, one on each corner and one in the middle of each side for tying to duvet covers. Most comforters use sewn-through tabs, so if you prefer having ties to secure your comforter instead, the Cocoon Down Comforter is for you.

There is also a money-back guarantee, no questions asked, in case you are ever dissatisfied with your comforter.

All-season warmth

This comforter model is slightly heavier and denser than most popular comforters. This is great for colder climates, but might not be the best for summer weather. Reviewers have found it to be great nevertheless, especially for those who tend to sleep cold at night.

Fill power helps us determine how dense each cubic inch is, and the higher the number, the more quality the comforter is. High fill power means reliable temperature regulation as the density helps insulate you from the cold temperature and keep you warm during cold times. The Cocoon Down Comforter has a fill power of 750+ which is a high grade standard for most affordable models.

The insulation of both down and feathers work well for breathability and the shell fabric is tight-weave for a soft and breathing touch. If you aren’t happy with the comforter, there is always a money-back guarantee from Cocoon.

Down and feather is also natural material that is both antibacterial and highly breathable. The high fill power and loftiness of the Cocoon Down Comforter helps it breathe well and retain heat well.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensions
Twin68 inches x 88 inches
Queen90 inches x 90 inches
King106 inches x 90 inches
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5. Natural and Synthetic Blend – Globon Fusion Goose Down Comforter

The Globon Bedding company has been making down bedding products since 1998. Their goal is to produce environmentally sustainable down products that are natural, healthy, and fit to the trending tastes of consumers. This is reflected in their comforter model built with strong and soft cotton stitching with an interesting blend of fill that’s fluffy and long-lasting.

Specs

The Globon Fusion Comforter is a 51/49 blend fill of goose down and feather with something called a Suprelle Cocoon. This blend gives the comfortable easy refluffing for decent loftiness, better moisture absorption, and better breathability. The fill power is 650+.

The comforter uses 100% cotton shell that is light brushed finish for softness and stitched well for durability. It uses a baffle box design where interior walls between boxes of the comforter give space for filling to cover, preventing air gaps and temperature leaks. The edges are piped and there are corner tabs for securing in duvet covers.

The comforter is on the heavier side relative to other models. If you need lighter models, the Globon Fusion Comforter might not be right for you. However, you might be interested in the unique filling blend tech, which we’ll talk about more in the next section.

Suprelle Fusion filling blend

The Globon Fusion isn’t just a single type of material filling. It has both down and feather and a unique tech polyester filling known as the Suprelle Cocoon.

Suprelle Fusion is a european-sourced polyester from a company called ADVANSA which has been involved in the development of polyester fibers for more than 50 years.

ADVANSA provides different polyester fiberfill depending on use cases and needs. From independent testing authorities, the Suprelle Fusion is found to have an extra 20% loftiness above regular down filling. This high-tech polyester combines the feeling of natural down with the durability of polyester, mimicking the volume and support of down fill without its typical drawbacks (shorter lifespan, need for constant fluffing, etc.).

Contrast with down, the fiberfill retains greater heat with greater moisture absorbing. This makes the comforter ideal for sleepers who find their sleep disturbed from being hot at night or waking up with nighttime sweating.

The comforter, combined with down and feather, brings the best of both world: hypoallergenic and durable filling that needs less fluffing and improved soft touch. A 650+ fill power also means a greater density in filling that ensures you stay warm when sleeping during the colder seasons.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensionsFilling weight
Twin68 inches x 90 inches40 ounces
Queen90 inches x 90 inches50 ounces
King106 inches x 90 inches60 ounces
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6. Soft Touch Down Comforter – Three Geese Goose Down Comforter

The Three Geese Goose Down Comforter is an Amazon’s Choice comforter with high ratings from reviewers and low returns. The comforter is well-made with an anti-dust cotton cover that feels plush and natural. The filling is also a blend between down and down alternative, with more down than microfiber for a more natural fill without sacrificing loft.

We’re also a huge fan of the gray piping for more modern bedrooms using black, white, and gray color schemes. Although the comforter is crunchy at first, over time, it becomes soft and goes away with use. The comforter is warmth and breathes well.

Three Geese stands behind the quality of their comforter with a 100% money-back guarantee if you find the comforter doesn’t live up to your standards.

Specs

The shell is a 600 thread count cotton fabric that provides breathability and cozy soft touch feel. The comforter uses a true baffle box design that offers space for improved loftiness and warmth while preventing the fillings from clumping together and shifting. The filling is 60% goose down and feather, with a 40% polyester filling mix.

The comforter edges are piped with gray cording giving the comforter a nice accentuation for modern bedrooms using grayscale shading color scheme and added durability to prevent the seams from coming loose along the perimeters. There are also diagonal corner tabs for duvet covers.

High thread count cotton shell

Any thread count for a cotton shell comforter over 400 is considered a luxury feel. On average, we found comforters to be 200 to 300 in thread count, which is a moderately high quality feel. The Three Geese Comforter offers a high 600 thread count which feels amazing without feeling too uncomfortably silky smooth.

As thread count gets higher, the fabric becomes finer giving a very soft and smooth feel. The drawback is that the fabric is not as durable with finer threads, so you should set the comforter aside when wrestling in bed. Otherwise, for sleep, 100% cotton and a high thread count can be a great combination of what can only be called a natural feel. It’s no wonder cotton is often used in both baby clothing and toys; the high thread count feels fit for sleep.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensionsFilling Weight
Twin68 inches x 90 inches45 ounces
Queen90 inches x 90 inches55 ounces
King106 inches x 90 inches65 ounces
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7. Heavyweight Pick – Pinzon Heavyweight Duck Down Comforter

Pinzon is a private labeled brand by Amazon that has been around since 2005. Pinzon has expanded as a brand covering a variety of products such as household goods, clothing, and jewellery. Bedding is also part of the list, as Pinzon establishes itself as a trusted quality bedding brand in the market. The Pinzon Duck Down Comforter is an example of just that.

Specs

First off, the “heavyweight” version of the Pinzon Comforter is not as heavy as you might expect.  Most down comforters are in the 50 ounces range, while the the heavyweight model is 40 ounces. (The Pinzon’s lightweight model is 25 ounces which is great for hot sleepers.) Although there are comforters on the market weighing nearly twice as much, the Pinzon would be a lighter alternative.

The comforter filling is made with 75% duck down and 25% waterfowl feather filling, a high ratio for most comforters. The shell is well-constructed cotton material with a thread count of 300. The shell uses piped edges for an elegant touch and durability. It’s also designed with shed resistance in mind to prevent feathers and down from falling out. Many reviewers agree that the comforter is of quality that hasn’t shed a single feather.

2-way snaps for layering

There are also 2-way snap buttons along the perimeter of the comforter, so if you want to increase the warmth of your comforter, you can order two comforters and attach them together for layered warmth. This is great especially during the winter time or cold climates. If you struggle finding the right warmth level, then this adjustability is useful and ideal for getting your sleep right.

During the warmer seasons, you can detach one and store it away safely (using the snap buttons to maintain a folded shape, too). Removing a second Pinzon Comforter lowers your warmth level and degree of insulation. This helps if you find yourself sweating at night or having your sleep disrupted because you’re too hot.

Sizes and dimensions

SizesDimensions
Twininches x 90 inches
Queen (including Stripe)90 inches x 90 inches
King106 inches x 90 inches

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