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Comforters are at the center of all bedding, and owning a high-quality, cozy one really goes the distance when transforming your sleeping situation to match that of a luxurious hotel bed. You’re probably familiar with (or have slept under) duck or goose down, but we’re talking about its more allergen-repellent cousin, the best down alternative comforters. For Malorie Goldberg, interior designer of Noa Blake Design, it’s their unique mix of fibers that make them a catch. “It’s so important to consider reputable brands that have developed and perfected a fiber blend, which usually involve cotton and some form of a synthetic material to make down alternative comforters. Many, if not all, are pretty hypoallergenic,” she explains. And if you’re like us, we’ll take any possible chance at less dust mites and pollen getting trapped in our bedding.

For a bedding addition that is animal-friendly (no feathers found here) down alternative comforters check that box, and tend to be less costly than their traditional counterparts. From our favorite all season to the softest sateen with a baffle box construction, consider swapping out your current comforter for one of the eight picks, below.

Our Favorites

Best Cooling: Brooklinen Down Alternative Comforter  

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Fill material: 100% Hypoallergenic recycled PET microfiber | Weight: Lightweight, all season, ultra-warm | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, Full/queen, king/California king | Care instructions: Spot clean or dry clean if needed

What we like:

  • Comes in three varied weight options
  • Corner loops to attach the duvet cover
  • Made from repurposed plastic bottles

Worth noting:

  • Can’t be placed in washer
  • Can’t be bleached or ironed

Why we chose it: Not all down alternative comforters are meant to be super-warm—this one comes in a lightweight option that’s great for staying cool overnight.

While many down alternative comforters offer a lightweight option, this one feels truly airy with its 100% cotton sateen shell, baffle box construction (a type of stitching that allows for a more consistent temperature all over), and plushness that feels good but doesn’t overpower to the point that you’re kicking off your bedding in the middle of the night. Anastasia Casey, Founder and CEO of IDCO Studio and Co-Founder of Design Camp has had this pick for some time and it’s a true favorite. She loves that the fill is made from recycled PET bottles but still “retains all its coziness.”

Best All Season: Parachute Lightweight Down Alternative Duvet Insert

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Fill material: 100% Hypoallergenic microfiber fill | Weight: Lightweight, all season | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Care instructions: Dry clean or machine wash cool

What we like:

  • Finished with durable double stitched piping seams
  • Comes with a five-year warranty
  • Can be dry-cleaned or machine washed

Worth noting:

  • Requires mild liquid laundry detergent

Why we chose it: If you’d rather just buy one down alternative comforter that works from winter to summer.

Parachute is a tried-and-true bedding brand, so it should come as no surprise that they excel when it comes to their down alternative duvet insert, available in lightweight and all seasons. Thanks to its sateen shell, your body can breathe better all while the baffle box construction will keep everything evenly distributed, translation: it won’t be warm in some spots and cool in others. Our tester prefers the ‘all season’ fill over the ‘lightweight’ fill, but that’s only because winters get very cold where they are.

Best Stitching: Serena & Lily Primaloft Duvet Insert

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Fill material: 100% PrimaLoft Fiberfill | Weight: Light, medium, heavy | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king/California king | Care instructions: Machine wash cold on gentle cycle

What we like:

  • The brand’s 60-day risk-free trial
  • Oeko-Tex certified, a.k.a. doesn’t have any harmful chemicals

Worth noting:

  • Requires mild detergent and dryer balls

Why we chose it: Baffle box construction is already a major bonus, but baffle box construction and piping? Sign us up.

When shopping for a down alternative comforter, it’s highly recommended to purchase one that features baffle box construction, also known as those stitched square shapes you see on comforters. As Casey points out, a baffle box construction ensures even distribution and avoids awkward bunching in any one spot, and it ensures a level temperature throughout. As a cherry on top, this down alternative comforter also has sewn piping along the sides in a soft gray to define its style.

Best weight options: Boll & Branch Down Alternative Duvet Insert

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Fill material: Primaloft a soft, hypoallergenic fiber | Weight: Lightweight, midweight, ultraweight | Sizes: full/queen, king/California ing | Care instructions: Machine wash cold

What we like:

  • 100% organic cotton shell
  • Can secure with corner loops
  • 30-night trial

Worth noting:

  • Does not come in a twin size

Why we chose it: While most down alternative comforters come in two weight options, this one has three, perfect for those sleepers who like it not too cool, and not too warm.

To some, a lightweight down alternative comforter just doesn’t provide enough warmth, while sleeping under an ultraweight comforter is usually a fit for for chilly sleepers, or very cold climates. Split the difference with this down alternative duvet insert that offers a handy “midweight” option.

Best for Colder Months: Coyuchi Climate Beneficial Wool Duvet Insert

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Fill material: 100% Climate Beneficial wool | Weight: Heavy | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king | Care instructions: Machine wash cold 

What we like:

  • Comes in a reusable, organic cloth bag
  • Sewn-on tufts keep the wool in place
  • Dust-mite proof, ideal for those who are sensitive to allergens

Worth noting:

  • May be too warm for some
  • Pricier for a down alternative comforter
  • No corner loops

Why we chose it: If you’re always the coldest in the room.

Brimming with 100 percent wool sourced in California, Coyuchi’s version of a down alternative comforter is unlike the others on this list. If you don’t like your comforter to feel like a weighted blanket, this one won’t feel as heavy as synthetic fill alternatives as it takes way less material to keep you warm (wool is impressive like that).

Best Plushness: Snowe Down Alternative Comforter

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Fill material: 100% Microfiber | Weight: Lightweight, all season | Sizes: Full/queen, king | Care instructions: Machine wash cold

What we like:

  • Oeko-Tex certified
  • 330 thread count cotton sateen cover

Worth noting:

  • Must be washed separately

Why we chose it: For bedding that feels like a fluffed up cloud.

The all season of this 100 percent allergen-free microfiber comforter feels especially sumptuous, and packs 40% more fill weight than their lightweight version, but our tester, deputy commerce editor, Samantha Weiss Hills is all about the latter. “I sleep warm (very warm) so when I wanted to try a new comforter, I gravitated towards Snowe’s lightweight version. As a fan of their percale sheets, I knew I’d love their other bedding. The quilted shell, which keeps the fill in place, is made with the softest sateen that makes me not want to put on my duvet cover its so comfortable.”

Best Without a Cover: Hill House Home The Cloud Duvet Insert

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Fill material: Hypoallergenic Comforel fiber | Weight: Light | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king | Care instructions: Machine wash cold

What we like:

  • Corner loops to secure
  • Filled with Comforel fiber, an antimicrobial synthetic fiber

Worth noting:

  • A bit expensive for a down alternative comforter
  • Machine washable

Why we chose it: So soft against the skin, you’ll forget all about a cover. 

Beautifully presented in a oh-so smooth cotton sateen in a perfect shade of white (and hypoallergenic fiber, of course) this looks like laid-back luxury. We get it if you’re tempted to sleep without anything on top, but their inserts are a match for all Hill House Home duvet covers. And those corner loops will keep it from ever shifting around.

Best Budget: Amazon COHOME Down Alternative Comforter

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Fill material: Premium whole-piece polyfill filling | Weight: all season | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, queen, oversized queen, full, king, California king | Care instructions: Machine wash cold

What we like:

  • Budget-friendly price tag
  • All season weight
  • Corner loops

Worth noting:

  • Requires the gentle cycle

Why we chose it: Not all down alternative comforters need to be expensive to your bedding essential, and this one is proof.

Looking to upgrade your bedding at a price point that won’t break the bank? Priced under $50 for a king, this one has everything you’d need to make your bed the place to be each night: baffle box construction, all season weight, and corner loops. 

Also On Our Radar

  • We’re also liking Buffy’s Cloud Comforter rendered in eucalyptus fabric, which is crazy soft. The recycled fill is earth-friendly, and it’s machine-washable to boot.

How We Chose These Products

There are thousands of down alternative comforters out in the world, but we sifted through them all to narrow them down to tip-top construction, warmest or most breathable fill, and eco-friendly aspects as well. Several designers weighed in on their personal favorites, and Domino Deputy Editor Samantha Weiss-Hills tested the Snowe comforter herself.

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Materials 

The shells of down alternative comforters tend to only fall into a couple fabric categories. More often than not, they’re made of 100% cotton, or for extra-smooth softness, 100% cotton sateen. This will make the comforter feel more breathable, and not heavy.

Fibers

When it comes to down alternative comforters, the fiber fill inside can run the gamut. It’s almost always a synthetic material (except for wool, in some cases), which is why it’s important to look for a fill that’s organic and eco-friendly—who wants to sleep in a comforter that’s brimming with synthetic chemicals? Anne Sage, interior designer and content creator, has generally been partial to PrimaLoft, a premium synthetic microfiber that was originally developed for the U.S. Army back in the 1980s.

“Until recently, I’ve always thought of PrimaLoft as the gold standard for down alternative comforters—it was developed and patented specifically to mimic most closely the attributes of down while also being hypoallergenic,” she says. “But I’m also intrigued by a lot of the new alternatives that have recently entered the market, such as microfibers made from recycled PET bottles, eucalyptus, bamboo, and alpaca. Each has its own unique benefits, and it really does seem like there’s something for everyone when it comes to down alternatives these days.”

Fill 

A down alternative comforter’s warmth is measured by its height or thickness, otherwise known as loft height. This loft height can come in lightweight, medium weight, and heavyweight thicknesses, and it’s up to how fluffy and warm you want to sleep at night. “The fill of your down alternative comforter really comes down to personal preference and the climate where you live,” Casey says. “I like to use a light fill during the hot summer months here in Austin and swap it out for an all-season down alternative in the relatively mild winters.” Goldberg says that some of her clients prefer a very flat comforter, while others want something that looks and feels substantial. “We tend to look for a loft level of 500-700, which ensures the quality and functionality is high but allows some room in the look,” she says. “If you’re purchasing one for a beach house or something that will live in warmer weather, you’ll want to be on the lower end of loft levels, or the opposite if you want something ultra-warm and cozy.”   

Cover 

While you can skip a duvet cover entirely if you prefer (maybe you love the look of an all-white bed), a down alternative comforter will last longer and be better protected if you have a duvet cover. Look for a comforter with corner loops that will attach to the corners inside a duvet cover—that way, it won’t slip around. Duvet covers can come with buttons or a zipper on the side, and it’s up to your preference which type of opening you choose.

Comfort

You don’t want to end up with comforter that doesn’t match your personal preferences. For comfort, Sage says that you can ask yourself, “Do I tend to run hot or cold?” and “Do I like the feeling of weight on me when I’m sleeping?” That will help you narrow down your choices between lightweight, all season, and heavy down alternative comforters. And you’re looking for a down alternative comforter that’s incredibly versatile (meaning, it won’t be too warm or too cool), aim for an all-season variety, or a mid-weight version. That way, it will take you through the whole year.

Care & Maintenance

While most down alternative comforters can be placed right in the washer, it’s important to check their care labels before doing so. When it comes to washing, most need a little extra care as they require mild detergent and a gentle cycle. Tumble dry them low, preferably with dryer balls to keep the fill even-looking. Just be sure to check the care tag or product description for any further instructions. Some down alternative comforters need to be spot-treated or should be dry-cleaned so, align on that with your lifestyle before hitting “purchase.” 

Ask Domino

Q: I sleep hot. Is there a down alternative fill that’s known for being cooling?

In general, synthetic fibers aren’t as warming as traditional down, so a down alternative comforter is already a cooler choice. Eucalyptus is a material that can be quite cooling, or look for something called HydroCool polyester, which is featured in West Elm’s down alternative comforter. A cotton shell will continue the feeling of coolness as well.

Q: Is it better to get a quilted down comforter?

Absolutely. A baffle box, or quilted square, construction will allow the temperature to even out, meaning you won’t feel those cool and warm spots.  

Q: Any tips on how to mix and match a comforter with a different duvet cover?

Sage says, “When styling a room for photos, my favorite way to style a comforter is to place it in a pretty duvet cover, then fold it in thirds at the bottom of the bed. This way, I get to show off a textured coverlet on the bed beneath the comforter, and I also like how the fluffy folded comforter balances the mass of pillows at the head of the bed. But in my personal life, I prefer to leave my comforter out of a cover altogether and layer a quilt overtop of it. Making the bed is quick and easy this way, and I can always push the top quilt off while I’m sleeping if I need less warmth and just want the comforter.”

Anna Franklin, Founder of Stone House Collective, urges people to choose a duvet based on the look you want to achieve. “Linen is more relaxed, while cotton can look crisp and clean,” she observes.

The Last Word

When it comes down to it, buying a down alternative comforter is almost totally based on personal preference, but they’re the perfect blend of hypoallergenic materials to help leave those allergies behind.

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