The Downlow on Down

Before I make any big purchase (roughly $100 and up), I like to do my homework.  And typically, the higher the cost, the more time I spend pouring over internet articles, gathering feedback from friends, and comparing price & quality of different brands.  This brings me to our latest above-$100-purchase…bedding.  I have wanted a down comforter for years, but I had never taken the time to do my research.  So we used what we had – a crocheted afghan and my high school t-shirt quilt.  That may have been fine when I was a poor college student or a recent graduate with my first real job, but as a young professional with a grown-up bed frame, the afghan and quilt were no longer acceptable.  Don’t get me wrong, I love both of these blankets – I made the afghan for my husband and my mom made the quilt for me – but I think they would be of better use as extra bedding for guests or snuggling up on the couch in the winter.  (I can’t believe I’m sharing this next picture!)

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For any of you who might be thinking about investing in a down comforter, but don’t want to spend the time researching…you’re in luck!  I’ve put together the cliffs notes version of my research and compiled a short list of features you should consider before buying:

1.  Type of filler – down comforter filling can range from goose to duck to synthetic.  Check to make sure you are getting the filling that you want.  A goose down comforter (highest quality), will definitely be labeled as such.
2.  Fill power – the higher the fill power, the better the quality.  Average fill power is 450-500 cubic inches of loft per ounce.  550-650 is above average and 700 is exceptional.
3.  Ounces  – for a queen comforter, a comforter should contain a minimum of 32 ounces of down
4.  Fabric – select 100% cotton comforter with at least a 250 thread count to be sure that the down does not “leak” out of the comforter
5.  Baffle box construction – this ensures that the down stays evenly distributed throughout the comforter and doesn’t “pile up” on one side or corner

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From there, look for the best price and use a sale or coupons if you can to make the purchase more affordable!  (these are just the stats on my comforter.)

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Much better don’t you think?  And not only does it look better, it feels amazing!

In terms of cost, with the sale Macy’s was running and my 20% off coupon, the comforter was $237.99 (originally $700).  Then on top of that, I cashed in on some credit card reward points for $150 in gift cards, so my out-of-pocket cost was only $87.99 plus tax and shipping.

Now, let the search for a duvet cover and pillows commence!

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