|How to choose a Comforter|
We have been finding out recently that not all down, synthetic or silk comforters are
created equally. Intuitively, I have always known that but the criteria for
distinguishing between comforters were more complicated than I realized.
Here are the different comforter variables for down comforters
and I have tried to keep it simple for you.
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A Comforters Fill Power
In layman's terms this means how fluffy-puffy is the fill. Higher fill
power means your down comforter will last longer.
Fill Power =The space one ounce of down occupies in cubic inches.
800+ = superb quality comforters
700+ = excellent quality comforters
600+ = good quality comforters
How are Comforters Fill Power tested? American Standard Testing.
One ounce of down is placed in a cylinder and stirred.The loft is
measured in cubic inches. The sample is compressed. The down is
left alone to "rest" for 24 hours. After the resting period, the down is
re-measured. The down remains undisturbed and should regain it's
original loft within 72 hours.
Comforters- Thread Count-Barrier Weave fabric
The comforters thread count is the number of threads that are contained in one
square inch of fabric. Higher thread counts in a comforter's fabric mean it is lighter
and softer. The tightness of the weave also prevents leakage of the comforters fill
to the outside air. The lightness also helps the fill to " loft"- or "puff up" in
layman's terms. The Comforters Downproofness is measure in millimeters.
Lower numbers mean better down proofing. The industry standard in '10'.
An air porosity test (how much air can pass through a fabric) is a measure
of "downproofness". Higher thread counts are obviously better.
In other words- no little feathers poking through the comforters fabric.
There are acceptable government standards for the cleanliness
of feathers and down used in down comforters. This cleanliness is a primary
variable in determining the hypoallergenic nature of some down comforters.
Some comforter fills are washed as many as fifteen times to get rid of dust, dirt and organic
matter. There are two "cleanliness" tests in the industry. (a). A Oxygen
test determines the amount of organic matter left in the material being
tested. The industry acceptable standard is 10. Better products have lower
numbers than that. (b). Turbidity tests. Turbidity is a measure of suspended
solids, dust, dirt etc suspended in the comforters material. The scale goes from about
60 (unwashed feathers) to 550 best.
Comforters Construction, 3D Baffle Design
Comforters Sewing Quality. Better sewing means more durability, less tendency for
sewing to break. Comforters are generally sewn through or baffled. The
baffling is an internal fabric wall which allows the fill to "loft" more. It also
adds strength to the comforter. Comforters which are sewn through are
generally better for lighter weight comforters only. Our comforters come
in different patterned baffles. (, and comforter designs).
A comforter can be made with material sewn around the edges. The piping is
the type of material that runs around the entire exterior edge of the down comforter.
A comforter can be made warmer in two ways. Fill power and weight. Clearly
the aim is to get the maximum warmth at the lightest weight. To get this you
would choose a higher fill power number. Feathers are a great deal less warm
than high grade down. Once you have selected the fill power then add weight for extra warmth.
Average bedroom temperature and comforter weight recommended:
Type of Down for Comforters
These comforters are in order of quality. Please note that in some comforters labeled
"pure down" or 100% down are not pure, as some feathers remain in the
fill. As long as the comforter is 75% down it can be labeled 100% in many states!
Duck feather (Worst)
Duck feather and Down
Goose feather and Down
Siberian Down (Best)
Siberian Goose Down
considered the finest Goose Down available for comforters. Collected from Geese that live in very cold climates, it is the heaviest of all the downs, used in 800 fill, and will last the longest.
the next step down from the Siberian Goose Down, this is also cold Climate down, the a fill power of 650+ Comforters.
White Goose Down
is a by-product from Geese used for food. Smaller more condensed down 550+ Fill Power Comforters.
have quills. There fore are
manly used as fillers in large comforters, or pillows. Can poke out of Comforters and be sharp to your skin.
Comforters Down (Goose and Duck)
A Comforters down is harvested during the natural Molting process from farm raised geese.
Goose down is also the by-product of the worldwide poultry industry. The biggest difference between goose and duck down is odor. Goose down has little to no odor. If it does not say goose down on the label, It is most likely duck down and a lot less expensive.
Down vs. Feathers in Comforters
Down is used for insulation and loft in duvets and pillows and feathers are used for bulk and durability for featherbeds and some pillows. Sometimes these are mixed to create a firm, durable product. The more down in the mix, the fluffier and more expensive the comforter or pillow is.
are hypoallergenic and stabilize the components in a comforters down that cause allergic reactions. Syriaca floss is a natural hollow fiber that is hypo-allergenic by itself. When syriaca floss and goose down are combined, the floss traps and suppresses the dust and dander to which some people have allergic reactions to. These clusters actually enhance the natural properties of down are a fantastic fill for comforters and pillows. Syriaca clusters are cleaned and separated from the pods through mechanical action and air. No chemicals are used. It takes 800 pods to make one pound of Syriaca clusters.
What is Hypodown?
Hypodown is a natural hypoallergenic combination of white goose down and Syriaca used in comforters and pillows. Asclepias Syriaca, or Syriaca, is also known as milkweed. Syriaca grows abundantly in the United States and is now cultivated on Nebraska farms. The fall harvest reaps soft and silky clusters from the plants pod. The Hypodown naturally traps and suppresses the dust and dander that people with allergies react to in traditional down products. This combination makes Hypodown the only natural, hypoallergenic down product in the bedding industry. Hypodown is warmer, more breathable, and more durable than down alone. With a Hypodown comforter, the moisture is transferred away from your body and released into the air 30% quicker than traditional down and about 70% quicker than synthetic filled comforters and blankets. Hypodown is four times warmer than most synthetic comforters and up to eleven times as durable.
Hypodown is Hypoallergenic
Goose down can cause allergic reactions in some people. It is not the down that does this, however, but rather it is the dust particles remaining on the down after washing and processing. Our duvets and pillows are guaranteed by the manufacturer to be hypoallergenic. This is accomplished by combining syriaca clusters (commonly known as milkweed) with the down. The syriaca clusters enhance the natural properties of the down as well as stabilize the components that cause people to suffer down comforter allergies.
Note: Hypodown has been tested in the offices of Allergy and Asthma Doctors in the United States and Europe. These tests prove that most people who are allergic to down can use Hypodown without reactions
Hypodown used in Comforters
We suggest that you protect your comforter from soil and wear with a Comforter or Duvet cover. Spot Clean when possible. Place your comforter in the dryer on low heat to refresh the down or hang on a clean line on a sunny day. Please do not leave your comforter in direct sunlight. These comforters are machine washable.
However, we recommend that these Hypodown duvets or comforters be professionally laundered by a company familiar with cleaning down comforters. You can send your comforter away to be cleaned by the Blanc Plume French Laundry (1-800- 307-0229) , a company that specializes in cleaning fine linens, antiques and comforters.
To clean your comforters and pillows they use a special, natural process which preserves the life of delicate goose down comforters. They also ensure that your down is dried properly and thoroughly, at low temperatures, to allow for maximum loft in your comforter. They also offer comforter restoration services as well.
Hypo-Allergenic Comforters Overview
We searched to find the best hypo-allergenic comforters for our customers. We feature natural goose down, comforters , synthetic down and comforters, and Wool comforters.
A comforter filled with goose down can be an wonderful on a cold winter night. It can also be a irritant to consumers who are allergic to dust and dander. An environmentally benign and health-sensitive alternative now exists in Hypodown ? pillows and comforters, made from a combination of traditional goose down and natural downy syriaca clusters from the milkweed plant grown in Nebraska. Hypodown is warmer, more durable and more breathable than down alone.
Pearl Crescent Comforters
Hypodown comes in different fill powers which is the technical term for the space one ounce of down occupies in cubic inches. Higher fill power also gives you more warmth with a lighter weight comforter. These down comforters are sold in two fill powers: 700 fill and 800 fill. 80% Pure Hungarian Goose Down and 20% Syriaca Clusters. The 80% of down in the 800 fill comforter contains 95% large plumule down clusters and only 5% of down plumule pieces. The 80% down in the 700 fill comforter contains 85% large plumule down clusters and 15% of down plumule pieces. The down and syriaca in these comforters is the cleanest, least treated fibers we could find anywhere. The down is de-dusted and gently washed up to 8 times in an environmentally friendly cleansing solution and rinsed three times. This cleaning process and renders it pH neutral. This is the most hypoallergenic down comforters we could find - due to the quality of materials used, cleaning process and the addition of the addition of the natural syriaca clusters .
We carry four different Hypodown Down Comforter Styles:
Empress Comforters - The cover is made of long staple Egyptian cotton. These beautiful hypo-allergenic European goose down comforters have a thread count of 350, and has a "Cloud" baffle design. Comforter guaranteed to be hypoallergenic for 10 years. The very best of the best!
Pearl Crescent Comforters-The outer ticking is made of long staple Egyptian cotton sateen, with a hexagon baffled edging and satin piping. These beautiful hypo-allergenic European goose down comforters have a thread count of 330. Comforter guaranteed to be hypoallergenic for 10 years.
Harvester Down Comforters-The cover is made of unbleached, undyed, chemical free cotton. These beautiful hypo-allergenic European goose down comforters have a thread count of 312. Comforter comes packaged in an environmentally friendly cloth bag. Box baffle design. Comforter guaranteed to be hypoallergenic for 10 years.
Monarch Comforters- The cover is made of long staple Egyptian cotton. These beautiful hypo-allergenic European goose down comforters have a thread count of 300. Box baffle design. Comforter guaranteed to be hypoallergenic for 10 years.
Primaloft ? Synthetic Down Comforters
The Primaloft comforter is made from ultra-fine microscopic fibers. And just like down, primaloft clusters are blown into pillows and comforters. This results in a down-like appearance and lightweight warmth. Primaloft's micro-fibers are softer and finer than silk, creating a feeling matched only by down. This is why Primaloft is the only patented alternative to a down comforter.
Hyperclean ? Goose Down Comforters
Hyperclean is the patented thorough gentle down cleaning process used to make the goose down pH neutral. This process also makes this down fluffier and and longer lasting than some of its other down products. As a result this comforter is able to use less down to achieve it's comfort and warmth. It also makes it great for those who thought they were allergic to down. This goose down comforter is comes with a 30 day comfort guarantee and a 30 day hypoallergenic warranty. Also see our
Alpaca wool duvets or comforters use 100% natural, organically grown wool from llamas that absorb up to 35% of it's weight in moisture - keeping you dry and comfortable in one of the warmest natural fibers available. Synthetic materials used on typical bedding does not breathe and can emit toxic fumes as they age - affecting sleep and breathing. Naturally fire retardant.
What is silk?
Silk is a luxurious textile which is produced by a silkworm and woven into a naturally thermal and hypoallergenic material- great for hypoallergenic silk comforters.
Mulberry Silk Comforters
The best silk comforters are filled with mulberry silk. Silk comforter manufacturers produce this high quality silk from feeding the silkworms a diet of mulberry leaves - exclusively. Mulberry silk is comprised of long fiber silk which is heavier than other silks, hence its superlative thermal qualities used in making light but warm silk comfroters. Mulberry silk will also shift less over time in comparison to other silks. Tussah or wild silk is used in silk comforters but is not as soft and drape-able as mulberry and has more impurities which promote a shorter life span. Our is made of long fiber mulberry silk using the traditional hand-tying method. The is a lighter summer weight silk comforter. The is also filled with mulberry silk filament which are shorter threads, held in place by the boxstitching method. The is a "Classic All Year" comforter weight, which is best for moderate climates, working effectively all year round- except in the extreme heat of summer or the depths of winter.
Maintenance of Silk Comforters
Although it is hard to beat the luxurious feeling and soft "hand" of a silk comforter, silk is quite fragile and requires a in most cases or manufacturers' warranty will be voided.
The life of a silk comforter is not as long as a high quality down: 5 years can be the average lifespan. A good quality comforter can last for 10 years with good care. must be dry cleaned.
A silk comforter is delightfully lightweight and feels even lighter than a summer blanket or a coverlet. Silk comforters are warmer than a Primaloft blanket or a Hyperclean down blanket. A silk comforter is not as warm as Hypodown. If warmth is a concern, then down is the way to go. Unlike down, silk has a slight odor when first unpacked -- it needs airing out for a couple of days then the smell goes away. Mulberry silk has less odor than Tussah or wild silk in a comforter. Their best use is as a summer comforter in the North, and year-round in the South.
Even the finest Mulberry silk will have short fibers. These short fibers are kept in place by squares on the comforter sometimes called boxstitching or the hand tying method. Hand ties or "hand tacking" is a traditional Chinese method to keep the longer finer silk fibers in place.