A comforter is a type of blanket which is made from a number of materials and a range of styles and colors. Thread counts of a comforter refer to its quality with more than 200 thread-count comforters are better than less than 200 thread-count ones. But when choosing a comforter, the type you decide on depends on factors such as durability, potential allergens, and warmth. Here are five types of comforters you may consider.
Down, the layer of soft, fine feathers beneath the outer feathers of water birds is used to fill comforters of many materials. Down comforter is lightweight but can provide a high level of warmth and comfort. Pure white goose down comforters are typically the most expensive, but you can consider less-expensive down comforters which a mixture of feathers but still provide enough warmth and comfort. Down comforters are rated by weight. In other words, how many ounces of down are used inside a comforter decides quality, the higher the number, the warmer the comfort. 600 is a good number but the one with a rating of 700 or more is apparently better. There are some down comforters with sewn through down to be economic, and there is no listed rating on the label. They can be initially warm but they are not well-made.
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Being a synthetic material found in many more-affordable comforters, polyester is ideal to consider when allergies play a part in your comforter selection. The fibers of a polyester comforter are non-allergenic but they are not recyclable and it is polyester that is not as breathable as natural-fiber fills. Though, polyester is warm, lightweight, and machine-washable.
Wool comforters are cool in the summer yet very warm in the winter months. Wool fibers are spun from a variety of sources, such as the fleece of several breeds of sheep, the hair of angora rabbits, cashmere goats, camels, alpacas, and llamas. Comforters filled with wool are soft and comfortable but not always machine-washable so they are not the best choice for children bedding.
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Cotton is the material using the natural fiber of the cotton plant seed. Therefore, they are soft and breathable. There are two types of cotton used in comforters with different features. Sanforized cotton is preshrunk to the size it would shrink to after washing. Mercezied cotton is made strong, absorbent and colorfast by immersing it in a strong lye solution. Cotton comforters are not only affordable and durable but also machine-washable.
Silk fiber comforters, which are made of silk taken from the cocoon of the silkworm caterpillar, are spun using a continuous silk strand. Silk is breathable, natural material and as soft as down. Moreover, it is an ideal comforter for allergy sufferers. The only downside to silk comforters is that they must be dry-cleaned and may stain easily. Silk comforters are only available n white and eggshell so it is often protected with a duvet covers.
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