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Down Vs. Microfiber Down Alternative

November 29, 2020 14 Comments

Generally speaking, duvets are made with either down or polyester down alternative, but is there really a significant difference between the two?



Down cluster next to product description icons on pink backgroundDown is a natural material from either duck or geese. 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 is often regarded as the Cadillac of duvet materials, coveted for its softness and superb insulating properties. Down is such a great insulator, that just a small amount provides a great deal of warmth. This makes down duvets very light on the body.

Because of its scarcity, quality and its long maturation process, down is a pricey purchase. The higher the loft of down, the more expensive it becomes. 

The warmth that down provides with minimal quantity is matched by no other fill. One ounce of down is warmer than one ounce of Microfiber. Down Alternative duvets can provide just as much warmth, but much more fill is required. This makes synthetic Microfiber duvets heavier on the body. 

Piece of Microfiber next to icons on blue background

Microfiber is soft like down, but slightly different in feel. Down traps a lot of air, so it can be compressed significantly with applied pressure. Microfiber is denser, trapping less air, for more of a plush feel. (If down is cotton candy, microfiber is marshmallow!) 

Microfiber is significantly less expensive than natural down. It's also much easier to care for, as it can be washed at home. Down is rather sensitive to moisture, so it requires dry cleaning or professional washing.

Cellphones with duvet matches on yellow green backgroundUltimately, it comes down to personal preference. While down may be considered higher quality, microfiber duvets can be much better for certain sleeping styles and preferences. 

 




14 Responses

Kim
Kim

February 09, 2021

Purchased this product 2 weeks ago.
We love it! No more shoulder pain. It’s like sleeping on a cloud. Waking up well rested.

Canadian Down & Feather Company
Canadian Down & Feather Company

January 18, 2021

Hi Krista, Both down and microfiber should re-loft after each use. They shouldn’t really get flat, although over a long time, microfiber can clump a bit. We don’t have a down-filled mattress topper – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that! Our feather bed is filled mostly with feather, with just a small layer of down on top as a buffer against the feather. When trying to decide between the feather bed and a poly bed, I would think about the feel you’re looking for, as the two are very different! Feather beds are firm and supportive due to the springy feather quills, whereas poly beds are soft and sinky.

Canadian Down & Feather Company
Canadian Down & Feather Company

January 18, 2021

Hi Glenna, Natural down and feather products should be dry cleaned. Down and feather is very sensitive to moisture. If any moisture at all is left inside the duvet, mold, mildew and other bacteria can develop. If it absolutely must be washed, we recommend bringing to a professional cleaner who has experience with down and feather products. The care instructions for our products can be found on the product packaging and on the Care tab on the product page!

Canadian Down & Feather
Canadian Down & Feather

January 18, 2021

Hi Judy, Great question! Goose and duck down are not really different in terms of quality or overall feel. I wouldn’t worry too much about species when choosing a product. You’ll want to look at loft as the measure of down quality. You can find both goose and duck down in low and high lofts! The easiest way to compare the species of all of our products is to check the Product Comparison Chart! Duck down is less expensive than goose down because it is less scarce. We offer duck down as a lower cost, but comparative quality alternative to goose down. In terms of warmth, neither down species nor loft (quality) will determine the warmth of your product. You’ll want to check our warmth ratings (Summer, Regular, All Season and Winter) for that! You can find recommended temperature ranges for each warmth rating in the product description, in our Guide to Duvet Warmth blog post, or in our FAQ & Help Center!

Judy
Judy

January 18, 2021

What is the difference between geese and duck down? Which one is warmer? Are the price the same for a geese down vs duck down? Are your products always labeled whether they are geese or duck down?

Glenna Bell
Glenna Bell

January 18, 2021

How do you clean a down duvet! Laundry? Dry clean?

Krista
Krista

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

Shaun
Shaun

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?

Canadian Down & Feather Company
Canadian Down & Feather Company

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 :)

Deb
Deb

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?

Canadian Down & Feather Company
Canadian Down & Feather Company

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! :)

William Davies
William Davies

November 15, 2017

What is the best way to wash your micro fibre pillows? They are no longer fluffy.

Canadian Down & Feather Company
Canadian Down & Feather Company

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 :)

Diann Aspen
Diann Aspen

May 10, 2017

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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