10 Best Down Alternative Comforters
Whether it’s after work, partying, or just a plain old bad day (Mondays, you feel me?), we all have that same aching desire to dive into the safety of our warm beds.
And if you’re a survivor of allergies like me, you won’t want a typical Down comforter. You literally can’t want it. But, you still want the comfort that a Down comforter provides.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 10 Down Alternative Comforters that I’ve reviewed for my fellow allergy sufferers and sympathizers alike!
The Top 10 Down Alternative Comforters that you’d be DOWN to try!
These 10 on my list won’t only provide you with comfort, warmth, but also the security that you won’t end up looking like a crying puffer fish the very next morning.
This luxurious-looking comforter is priced at under $30. LineSpa here offers the best allergy-prone sufferers like myself a pretty, machine-friendly, plush microfiber filled comforter with corner duvet tabs.
It also happens to be reversible, which helps when I want to switch up the look a bit. I find that the quilted design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also smartly constructed.
The bedding comes with corner loops to properly secure a duvet cover, and the box stitching ensures that the super soft synthetic filling inside won’t swim near the edges.
This makes the comforter feel equally warm across, but not too warm. Even my partner’s picky cat likes the even temperature. It is also very lightweight, a big step-up from the actual down comforters I’ve tried in the past which are more like mini-saunas.
I also found that after letting it dry after a wash, it gets even fluffier! Considering the overall quality stitching, lightness, and warmth, it’s the best bang for my buck!
Pros and cons
- Quality stitching for the pric
- Very lightweight, yet toasty for all seasons
- Best price offered for the quality
- Too light for some people who prefer more weight
Memory foam! The solution for problematic sleepers and pregnant women everywhere, as well as allergy sufferers like me. This is where Lucid Gel’s Memory Foam Mattress Topper comes in, with a price tag of under $80.
It’s not a Down-impersonator, but it is allergen and dust-mite resistant, as well as very plush.
The set up was simple enough – air-compressed packaging only requires that you cut it open slowly and allow the topper to come alive and take shape. The instructions say to let it rest for a full 48 hours, which I didn’t wait for because I got too impatient.
There is a faint scent to it, which I found annoying but it does disappear easily especially under fresh new sheets.
This mattress topper is made of high-quality gel memory foam. It is 4 inches thick, which makes it very soft. I didn’t find g that awful “sinking” sensation that I typically hate in memory foam. It also remained cool all night. Though I was scared of the price tag, I can say that I definitely got what I paid for!
Pros and cons
- Durable! Springs back to its original shape in no time
- Excellent heat distribution
- Very easy to set up
- Has a scent to it, which some may find bothersome
- May be too soft for some, softness is subjective
3. Best in White
Utopia Bedding’s Twin Comforter Duvet Insert White – Quilted Comforter
This is a very puffy white Down Alternative Comforter, that is washer and dryer-safe and made of siliconized fiberfill and comes with square corners with corner tabs.
It looks a bit flat when it first arrived because it was vacuum-sealed. Washing it then drying afterward solves that problem. It did take a while to dry completely.
Fully dried, it is not as big and marshmallow-like as the pictures make it seem. It is still very fluffy, however. This thing is rather huge to fit into my normal-sized washer. The bright white color of the comforter gives my bed a nice clean look. However, with my partner’s cat, it did not stay white for very long, so I had to throw a duvet over it. I felt around for the stitching and found no clumps of the synthetic fillings whatsoever.
I find that this generates perfect heat for those chilly nights. On other nights, however, it can get too warm. I found myself kicking it off to let my feet breathe. For the price tag of under $30, it’s still very good for its stitching, warmth, and crazy fluffiness!
Pros and cons
- Evenly warm across
- Very full, fluffy, and comfortable
- Very nice stark white, clean looking
- Takes a while to dry
- Gets uncomfortably warm in hotter temperatures
My fourth on the list is the kind of comforter that just does the job it’s supposed to. Made of 100% Polyester Microfiber, this silky comforter is resistant to shrinking and wrinkles.
It also comes with 4 corner tabs for an anchored position on your bed. AmazonBasics has got us covered for under $30.
Right out of the package, this comforter has a nice smell. It is also very white, which needs a cover especially if you have pets. It takes a bit of manual fluffing to get it to puff out as much as I like.
The build of this comforter’s body has box-stitching all throughout, with piping on the edges as well as insert tabs. I’m particular about the fillings moving around, so I am happy when this did not happen. There was no clumping even after washing. It is, however, not as filled out as I would have liked.
The fabric is very silky, but I don’t like that it’s not very breathable and doesn’t feel like down. It is light yet provides the right amount of warmth. It’s not too heavy to haul around and does the job as it should. A great basic comforter for the allergy sufferer!
Pros and cons
- Soft and keeps you warm as it should
- Well-stitched seems
- Doesn’t feel like down, more like cotton
- Not very breathable
If we’re talking about breathable fabric, the Microfiber shell in this entry on our list is what we want. With its attractive classic design, Superior’s Solid White Down Alternative Comforter comes in at under $60.
Straight out of the package, it fluffed up on its own. The comforter also has a nice weight to it, making it feel expensive, but not too heavy. The excellent stitching has the filling all even, and the loft is ideal.
During chillier nights, this is an absolute Godsend if you’re sensitive to the cold. Perfect for fall and winter. I don’t mind the cold, as I’m sensitive to heat. And boy, does this generate lots! This gets you feeling burnt during summer.
Pretty glowing, huh? Why isn’t it on top of the list, then? As great as this comforter is, it’s more than double the price of my number one pick. And if you’re frugal like me, you won’t want to have to shell out that much. However, Superior’s Down Alternative Comforter is still pretty…superior.
Pros and cons
- Perfect warmth for cold nights
- Fantastic quality
- No crinkles, no noise
- Definitely not an “All seasons” kind of comforter
Another nice, soft, and thick hypoallergenic comforter for under $40. This little number from Beckham Luxury Linens can be used as a duvet-insert or a comforter by itself.
The allergen, mold, and mildew-resistant material, and the precise stitching tells me that this was carefully designed.
It is machine-washable, so follow how it’s supposed to be washed, and you won’t regret it. It fluffed up very nicely after the wash. The fabric is very soft, and heavier than I expected. While carrying it, the comforter may feel rather hefty but it’s comfy after being covered in it.
As I expected from the nice weight, and great stitching for even fillings, it’s very warm, but also gets too warm when the room is warm or not properly ventilated.
Another thing that I didn’t like that I ordered the “Sage” color but it’s really more of a ferny green. Not as vibrant, and not as attractive.
Does it feel like “Luxury Goose Down”? Not quite, but it’s still very soft and plush.
Pros and cons
- Very soft and thick
- Nice comfortable, medium-weight
- Warmth evenly distributed because of great stitching
- Too hot for summer months, not an “All Seasons” kind of comforter
- Color is lackluster
7. Best in Reversable
Bare Home’s Ultra-Soft Premium 1800 Series Goose Down Alternative Reversible Comforter
This baby features piped edges and box stitching, securing the all-season weight filling. The fabric is double brushed and, living up to its name, is actually Ultra-Soft! It is also allergen-free, wrinkle resistant, and fade resistant.
I find that it is also very easy to care for as it washes and dries easily.
The fabric, being 100% Microfiber Filling, makes it super soft. It has a nice medium-weight to it, which I like. I also like that it’s more plush and warmer than I had anticipated. I also like that it’s reversible, so it’s almost as if I bought two comforters instead of one. I had ordered it in Blue, and it’s very true to color! Very rich, very attractive, and remains vibrant even after a few washes.
What I don’t like about this is that although it is soft, it doesn’t quite “feel” like down, more like silk. And it does have a “cheap” vibe to it, but nonetheless rather great for the price for under $40.
Pros and cons
- A breeze to clean, very little lint and no pilling
- True to color
- Very soft, isn’t stiff and doesn’t crinkle
- Synthetic feel rather than actual down
- May feel too heavy and too warm during hotter nights
8. Best in Cotton
Royal Hotel’s 300 Thread Count King Size Goose Down Alternative Comforter
Unlike my other picks for this list, Royal Hotel’s Down Alternative Comforter is 100% cotton as opposed to Polyester or Memory Foam. It has a 300 thread count Cotton Shell, that is allergen-free, and is washer and dryer-friendly for under $90.
The 1-inch gussets on the sides are to ensure maximum warmth throughout the entire comforter, and it really doe stay warm all around. It does make a bit of a crinkly noise, especially in the dead silence of the night.
This is designed as a “medium warmth” comforter and I find that it does get very warm. It eats you up alive like a super soft oven. The weight is also a bit hefty, and I noticed the sides of the comforter sliding off to the sides of my bed at night. I also didn’t like how the weight doubles when its wet.
For under $90, this cotton comforter kept me extra warm and toasty during the chilliest nights, but I had to kick it off when it got too warm. It is comfy and also feels like the real thing! Obviously, because of the price, it’s not higher on the list.
Pros and cons
- Retains heat like nobody’s business!
- 100% Cotton that feels like down
- Comfortable fluff and thickness
- Noisy crinkly sound
9. Best for Cold Nights
Equinox Comforter – (350 GSM) White Alternative Goose Down Duvet
Equinox’s plush comforter is resistant to allergens and dust mites. Its soft brushed microfiber cover is also ideal for sensitive skin.
The square stitching keeps the siliconized gel fill from moving about, so the comforter stays in its designed form. Forget the duvet if you want for the maximum experience of this comforter. With the duvet, it can get a bit warmer.
It does become somewhat of a heat-trap for hotter nights, and I had to kick it off for my feet to breathe. In spite of the warmth, it does look a bit thinner than expected. It’s not as poofy as I would have liked, but it is still fluffy, especially after a good wash.
It is easy to wash, and doesn’t require stuffing it in the washer. I experienced no shrinkage or warping. It does take a while to dry, though. Still very good for being under $40.
Pros and cons
- Evenly Warm
- Easy to clean
- No crinkling, shrinkage, or warping
- Takes a while to dry
- Thinner than expected
10. Best in Polyester
Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter
The last but not the least on my list is Chezmoi Collection’s White Goose Down Alternative Comforter. Its box stitching design has large squares for a thicker filling. It has piped edges and four corner tabs for a secure placing for a duvet cover.
This comforter was very easy to wash. Straight out of the dryer, it gets even fluffier! I did experience some clumping after washing, and I can tell that it’s because the filling is a lot thicker.
I find that this comforter has some weight to it, but it isn’t dense. It’s not as thick as hotel comforters, but it is rather soft. Although thinner than the down comforters I’ve had in the past, the softness is at least similar.
For the warmth, this is the warmest of all ten on this list. It is ideal for the coldest nights, but forget about it when you live in a tropical climate, or if your room temperature is generally warm. For under $40, it’s heaven for cold days and nights.
Pros and cons
- The warmest comforter, great for winter
- Polyester almost as soft as Down
- Prone to clumps
- Lacks density, heavier than medium-weight
Factors to consider when picking the right Down Alternative Comforter for you
We allergy sufferers and allergy sympathizers alike are limited in our choices in cozy comforters. And although we all have our own personal preferences, I’ve named three factors to consider so that your wallet won’t suffer for the price of clear sinuses.
The word “synthetic” doesn’t normally make us think of anything warm and fuzzy, right? It is often a word akin to cheap material, something that isn’t as good as the real thing. The “real thing” in this case, is Goose Down. Goose Down comforters are lightweight, very soft, provides lots of warmth, and that’s exactly the kind of comfort that I’m talking about here.
You’ll want a comforter that generates just enough heat to keep you warm, as well as being lightweight enough that you won’t feel like your drowning under it. You’ll also want a soft, plush material that makes it easy to sleep.
There are loads of Down Alternative Comforters in the market today that range from around $25 upwards to under $100. What makes price a factor here is that we have to make sure that we’re getting the best deal possible.
Sure, that $90 Cotton comforter looks and feels great, but a Polyester comforter worth $30 could work similarly for much less! It also goes the other way around; we opted for a $20 comforter that completely loosened and tore apart in three days instead of getting the $80 Memory Foam mattress topper that would have lasted us years!
This is why we need to be careful in sifting through what’s available in the market and to make sure that what we’re paying for is actually worth the price.
3. Quality of Materials and Construction
Now, we can’t settle for just any synthetic material to keep us comfy at night. We need something that is just as good as an actual proper Goose Down Comforter. That means we need to look at how the product is designed and constructed. We need to check that the stitching is good enough that the fillings won’t lump together. It has to be quiet, lump-free, very soft, and easy to wash.
We also want good material, whether that be Polyester, Cotton, or Memory Foam. How well these materials were constructed will determine its performance in the long run.
LineSpa’s White Down Alternative Comforter is the absolute best quality comforter on the list. Being under $30, this attractive comforter truly does have an “All-Season” functionality. It stays evenly warm because of the excellent box stitching and doesn’t get too hot even during hotter days. That’s something that not all comforters can prove, even with an “All-Season” claim!
Of all in the list, this one truly serves the functions of Down that we’re looking for, minus the itchy throat and sore eyes factor.
Whether you have allergies, live with a person with allergies, or just simply prefer ethically-friendly comforters, you’ll want to invest in a good one. A more affordable price doesn’t always mean cheaper quality, and a higher price doesn’t always deliver luxury.
The list I’ve compiled is one that gives you everything that considers the price, comfort, and material and construction to help you put your hard-earned money on the pick of the Best Down Alternative Comforters out there.
Writer for Homefaith.com