The Low-Down On Down Alternative Comforters: Benefits and Potential Setbacks

Down comforters are considered to be the ultimate in warmth and comfort by many people, but a sizable number do not agree with this assessment. These people are allergic to down, find it itchy or pokey, or are opposed to the use of animal products. For them, it's important to use an alternative that has none of these properties.

What Are Alternatives to Down?

Synthetics are often made of polyester fibers that have been woven to mimic the effects of down, but there are other options as well.

What Are the Upsides of Down Alternatives?

One of the biggest upsides of a down alternative is the price. Alternative materials are usually cheaper than down, and sometimes the savings are significant. That said, there are always exceptions to pricing trends when it comes to fashion and design.

Down alternatives are also easier to care for than the real thing. Most of them are machine washable, and this saves both dry cleaning fees and trips to the cleaners.

Polyester and other synthetics are almost always hypoallergenic. They also have no quills hiding within them (down itself is supposed to be quill-free, but often, a few feathers make it into a batch). This makes them both soft and sneeze-free, and can be the perfect solution for anyone who is bothered by the physical properties of down.

What Are the Downsides?

Down alternatives all say that they're warm, but they don't all live up to this promise. On an ounce-per-ounce basis, down is almost always warmer. That said, synthetics can come very close, and combined with the other upsides, it's often worth it to go with the alternative version. Be wary of comforters that are too thin – they won't stand up to the cold.

Alternative materials are sometimes far heavier than down. Some modern polyester fillers avoid this drawback, but these tend to be costly.

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