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Down Comforter

Shopping Tips

Buying a quality down comforter can be an important (and expensive) decision. These are charts I put together when doing research on the subject.


 

FILL POWER

Standard

Good

Better

Best

550+

600+

700+

800+

Fill Power is the space one ounce of down occupies in cubic inches the more fill, the fluffier and longer it will last

 

CLEANLINESS (TURBIDITY)

Industry Standard

Best

60 (unwashed feathers)

550

Measures suspended solids (dust, dirt etc) suspended in the material

 

CLEANLINESS (OXYGEN)

Industry Standard

Better

10

Lower

Amount of organic matter left in the material

 

DOWNPROOFNESS

Industry Standard

Better

10

Lower

Measures how much air can pass through the fabric (potentially letting fill leak to outside air)

 

CONSTRUCTION

Industry Standard

Better

Sewn through

(better for lightweight only)

Baffle design

(internal fabric wall allows more "loft")

Better sewing is more durable, less likely to break

 

TYPE OF DOWN

Worst

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Best

Duck feather

Duck feather and down

Goose feather and down

Goose down (550 fill)

Hungarian down (650 fill)

Siberian down (800 fill)

Duck feathers are smellier than goose

Feathers are pricklier than down

The colder place where the goose lives, the warmer the down

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