Goose down has been in use for centuries in bedding both for its softness and its ability to keep you warm on chilly winter nights. While they aren't cheap, they're the best comforters available right now because of their durability, softness, warmth, and moisture-wicking abilities.
Pair a quality Egyptian cotton Goose down comforter with a equally high quality set of Egyptian cotton percale sheets and you get the sleeping experience of a lifetime. You'll never go back to average again.
Goose Down Isn't The Same As Goose Feathers
When purchasing, keep in mind that down is not the same as feathers you normally think of. Birds such as geese have 2 different layers of feathering, the type that people normally associate with the word and then the under layer, which is called “down”. Down is used for warmth and protection from the weather, while the top layer of feathers is good at shedding water.
Pay attention to what you're buying, because the highest quality goose down comforters and pillows only contain down, not a mixture of down & feathers.
Goose Down Comforters Hold Their Loft
Comforters that have synthetic fills lose their thickness over time, while goose down loses very little. One of the best insulators is dead air space and the air pockets between the down fulfills this function quite well. As synthetic comforters lose their loft over time, they will fail to keep you as warm and dry at night as a goose down comforter will.
The synthetic comforters may be cheaper, but you get what you pay for. For a comforter that will last for many years, choose goose down.
Goose Is Undoubtedly Warmer Than Synthetic Or Inferior Downs
Whether you're comparing it to synthetic fabrics or inferior downs such as duck, goose down is definitely much warmer than either one. It's uncomparable in terms of warmth to any synthetic fabric when it comes to the amount of warmth provided vs the weight that it takes to provide it.
Why Down Fill Power Is Important
Down products typically come with a “fill power” number, which is related to the loft quality of the product. Fill power is the number of cubic inches that one ounce of down will occupy. If, for example, one ounce of down takes up 750 cubic inches, then the product gets a 750 fill power. The quality of the product, whether it's a jacket or a duvet, is directly related to the fill power.
The best quality down has a high fill power, so you don't have to have as much of it to get the same amount of warmth.
Why Down Grade Is Important
The down grade of a product is also important, no matter what kind of product it is that claims to be made of down. When purchasing goose down products, you want to make sure that the percentage of down is very high compared to feather content.
Here are the best goose down comforters.
Basic Beyond Goose Down Comforter
This beautiful goose down comforter has a classic Greek key print and navy colored piping around the edges.
The true baffle box construction makes sure that the down stays in place, so you won't have to worry about having big lumps in it anywhere.
It has a 650 fill power and 32oz fill weight to it, so you can use it year round and still stay warm.