October 26, 2016
When buying a duvet or comforter, as it is often referred to in the United States, it is important to ask yourself several questions – what type of sleeper am I? How much warmth do I want my duvet to provide? Do I prefer heavy blankets, or light sheets that don’t weigh me down? All these factors should be taken into consideration when deciding on the type of duvet you want to purchase. Generally speaking, duvets are made with either down or polyester down alternative, but is there really a significant difference between the two?
Down is often regarded as the Cadillac of duvet materials, coveted by many for its softness and ability to keep us warm in even the most frigid of climates. Because of its scarcity and its lengthy developmental processes, down is often a very pricey purchase. It may then be important to note the similarities and differences between down and the microfiber alternative and how both can provide you a wonderful night’s sleep!
Down is a natural material because it comes directly from the plumules of a bird (in most cases either duck or goose). The quality of down is indicated by its loft, or fluffiness, which is calculated by the amount of space one cubic ounce of down can fill. Good quality down comes from birds that have reached their full maturity, and therefore possess down with the highest loft.
Down alternative then, must be of comparable quality. The warmth that down provides with minimal quantity is matched by no other fill, but microfiber does come pretty close. Microfiber, which is a polyester alternative to down, is similar to down in feel, but more of it is needed in order for it to be as warm as down. Numerically speaking, an ounce of down is much warmer than an ounce of microfiber. Therefore, Microfiber duvets are generally heavier than Down duvets. So why entertain the idea of a microfiber duvet at all? For one, it is easier to clean and is machine washable. Also, apart from saving on dry-cleaning costs, you also save on the initial purchase since microfiber is cheaper than natural down.
In the end, the choice is completely based on the individual purchasing the duvet. If you opt for a down duvet, you are certainly getting the more luxurious product, but not necessarily one that is as low maintenance as microfiber. Either choice should result in a restful night’s sleep, cozy covers and endless dreams.
November 09, 2019
What will keep its shape and fluff better for a mattress topper? I don’t want it getting flat. Don’t know if down or microfiber would be better
September 02, 2019
Why do the microfibre and gel microfibre duvets have much shorter warranties (5 years) compared to some of the down duvets (30 years)? Durability?
December 19, 2017
Hi Deb, The name of the product is Microfiber Down Alternative Duvet. It is filled with 100% microfiber polyester (there is no down in the fill). Microfiber is soft and fluffy like down. It is a synthetic ‘down alternative’. In other words, its an alternative option to natural down. I hope this helps clarify :)
December 16, 2017
I was looking at a 35.00, down micro fiber comforter. That’s how it is worded. Is it down? If not , why do they put down in their discription?
November 16, 2017
Hi William, Great question! We recommend washing with a mild detergent in a large machine. They can be dried on a low heat setting, and may require more than one cycle to be completely dried. We expect the filling to re-loft after washing, so I’d like to hear more about the issue you’re having and see if we can help you resolve it. We’ll email you shortly! :)
November 15, 2017
What is the best way to wash your micro fibre pillows? They are no longer fluffy.
May 10, 2017
Hi Diann, Thank you for your question! You have a couple of options – you could purchase a Summer Weight down duvet to use during warmer months, and an All Season Weight down / down alternative duvet when it gets cold. Alternatively, you could go with a Regular Weight down duvet. It’s a happy medium that you may be able to use in all temperatures! We’ll email you to discuss further :)
I want a duvet insert. I read your comments and I am the type that I like to sleep with light sheet during summer and a bit heavier for the winter. Can you help,me.
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June 24, 2020
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