Body temperature fluctuates constantly while sleeping. Maintaining a comfortable body climate ensures a restful, uninterrupted sleep.
Comforters are built from two main ingredients: the cover and the filling. The cover is generally the aesthetic part, and it may consist of cotton fabrics, polyester fabrics or a various blend. Some fabrics are more technical in their offering and can offer a benefit like stain resistance, allergen barrier or a cooling attribute and can range in thread count construction from less than 180 thread counts up to 600 thread counts.
How a comforter is constructed will determine how it performs and looks aesthetically. There are several different designs of stitching and embellishments, each designed to complement the amount of fill for optimal performance.
The filling comes in a variety of offerings that can be broken down into simple sub categories of synthetics and naturals.
- Synthetic fillings are heavier than natural fillings but are more durable and can be laundered easier. In general, they are constructed in either a batting or a blown filling. Batt fillings are more economical, whereas blown fillings are more lofty and emulate the feel of down. Each one offers a different level of comfort, aesthetics, warmth and price.
- Natural fillings are desired for their lightness, warmth and breathability. They are generally more expensive, and they range in price depending on the type of filling. Down is the more popular natural comforter filling in the market, and it ranges from 100 percent down to a blended combination with feathers or polyester. Down is the highest quality filling, found in most luxury comforters.