Comforters are designed to keep you comfortable as you sleep—and no matter what kind of sleeper you are, there’s sure to be a weight and style for you. When shopping, consider if you want something lightweight or prefer a heavier feel.
Interior designer Brandi Bashcombe always asks her clients what their sleeping preferences are when working on bedrooms: “If they tend to kick off the covers, I go with something lightweight,” she says. “If they snuggle in or keep their house cold at night, a warmer comforter is quite cozy.”
Our top pick, the L.L. Bean Permabaffle Box Goose Down Comforter, has multiple warmth options, sizes, and is long-lasting.
Here are the best comforters to keep you warm.
Best Overall: L.L. Bean Permabaffle Box Goose Down Comforter, Warmer
Multiple weights available
Permabaffle keeps its shape
Tie loops at each corner
Looks great without a cover
Not in twin XL or Cali king
Best washed in commercial machine
Durable, cozy, and made to last, this comforter is out favorite pick currently on the market. After more than 90 nights of use, including in both winter and summer, our tester found it to be the best at providing a comfortable feel and keeping its shape. It comes in two weights, warm and warmer, but both have the same convenient features. The exterior is soft, the fill is hypoallergenic, and the comforter is one of the most long-lasting out there. It is also available in four sizes: twin, full, queen, and king. Unfortunately, it isn’t made in twin XL or California king.
One of our tester’s favorite features was how well the comforter kept its shape. It’s made of 20 individual boxes with a border around the entire comforter, which ensures that the goose down stays in place and doesn’t accumulate in just one spot. The comforter also has loops at each corner, so your duvet cover—if you choose to use one—will stay secure night after night.
L.L. Bean recommends washing this comforter in a commercial machine, although our tester was able to wash it at home using the bulk setting on a large washing machine. Fortunately, it is a neutral off-white color and looks great on its own if you don’t want to add a cover to the already expensive cost.
Best Budget: Utopia Bedding Down Alternative Comforter (King, White)
Multiple sizes and colors
Corner tabs for duvet cover
Not great for cold nights
Takes some time to fluff up
By far the best value on our list, the Utopia Bedding Comforter is a down-alternative option that’s breathable and lightweight. Our tester gave it high marks for its overall comfort and temperature-regulating properties, noting that it kept her and her partner comfortable and cool all night long. Just note that it’s a bit lighter than some other options, which you should consider if you are looking for something heavy for cold nights.
This comforter is machine washable. It also comes in seven colors and six sizes, including twin XL and California king. Like many other options, there are tabs on the corners to secure a duvet cover, if you choose to use one. When delivered, the comforter comes in a plastic zipped case and does need some time to fluff up. The same is true after it goes through the wash cycle.
Best for Hot Sleepers: Buffy Cloud Comforter
Cooling eucalyptus material
Has to be dry-cleaned
Lightweight and breathable, the Buffy Cloud Comforter has a cooling eucalyptus shell that’s super soft and ideal for those who tend to sleep hot. Our tester described the texture as similar to sateen, giving it a silky smooth look and feel. Plus, eucalyptus requires less water to grow and harvest than cotton, making this an eco-friendly option.
The Cloud Comforter is filled with a down-alternative material that’s derived from recycled plastic bottles. As of 2021, this comforter is also machine-washable—so you won’t have to worry about any messes or spills (or long trips to the dry cleaner). You can try it for a full 7 days before deciding if it is for you.
Another note: if you really like the outer material, you can get the same feel from Buffy’s Breeze Duvet Cover, which is also made from cooling eucalyptus. Not only will this protect the comforter, but you can add additional style, as well.
Best Down: Brooklinen Down Comforter
Multiple weights available
Ethically sourced materials
Corner tabs for duvet cover
Easy to stain
Who else recommends it? Sleep Foundation, Good Housekeeping, and Wirecutter all picked the Brooklinen Down Comforter.
What do buyers say? 88% of 2,300+ Brooklinen reviewers rated this product 5 stars.
This eco-friendly comforter from popular bedding company Brooklinen is very soft and lightweight but still heats comfortably even on cold nights. You can choose between three weights, lightweight, all-season, and ultra-warm. Not many comforters offer this many options to make sure that you get the exact weight and feel that you need.
Our reviewer liked the transparency in the list of materials, including the exact farms where the fibers are grown. The comforter is made from long staple cotton and down fill. It has a baffle box design to ensure that the down stays exactly where you want it and doesn’t shift with use. You will need to dry clean, although you can spot treat as needed. Our tester noted that it is easy to stain, especially if you don’t use a duvet cover. Fortunately, the comforter has corner tabs to tie a duvet cover in place.
Best Down Alternative: Linenspa All-Season Down Alternative Quilted Comforter
8 duvet tie loops
Tends to pill
Best cleaned in commercial machine
This down alternative comforter is affordable and has many color and size options. It also comes with eight loops, including two on the sides, to secure your duvet cover. The down alternative fill is made from microfiber so it is perfect for people with sensitivities and allergies. Each comforter comes with two-sided color so that you can customize your look or use a duvet cover.
Spot cleaning is easy for small messes but you will need to take this comforter to a laundromat with a commercial-sized washer and dryer for the best clean. Our reviewer noted that the comforter wrinkles easily so make sure that you fold it well on your return trip home and plan to steam the wrinkles out if they will bother you. It is lightweight but still provides plenty of warmth as well as a lot of luxurious fluff. It does tend to pill, especially over time.
Best Lightweight: Nestwell Light Warmth White Down Full/Queen Comforter
Soft, cotton exterior
Duck down fill
Not very many loops
This comforter from Bed, Bath, & Beyond brand Nestwell is more expensive than some others on our list but is made with 100% brushed cotton, has a box design that keeps the filling in place, and is made with lightweight but warm duck down. Overall, it’s a luxurious comforter that provides just the right amount of warmth on a warm summer night. Even if you aren’t sure, you can try the comforter for a full 90 days.
It is dry clean only, so we recommend using a duvet covert to cut down on the expense of getting it professionally cleaned. It has corner loops to secure a duvet cover. For being an expensive comforter, we would have expected more than just loops at each corner, however. It is one of the few comforters out there to have an OEKO-TEX certification, although many do follow the same steps.
Best Luxury: Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Waffle Comforter
High quality materials
Timeless color options
Responsible labor practices
Made without harmful materials
The Belgian flax linen of the Pottery Barn comforter is as luxurious as it gets. There are also 13 color options, all within the earthy, classic Pottery barn color scheme. This comforter has a box stitch design, which keeps the fill in place as well as makes it look finished all on its own without a duvet cover. It is reversible, with the opposite side in the same color with a 75% linen/25% cotton fabric. The outer fabric is made with a waffle weave that provides an extra visual detail as well as makes the comforter breathable.
This is an expensive comforter but it amazingly can go right in your washing machine at home. If certifications and materials are important to you, however, this is one of the best options you can get. It is OEKO-TEX certified and Certified Nontoxic and doesn’t include harmful materials. Pottery Barn also ensures that they follow safe labor practices and that each comforter is responsibly made.
Best for Washing: The Company Store Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter
Multiple weights available
Corner loops work perfectly with matching duvet cover
Fabric has a slight shine
Comforter slides easily
This machine washable comforter is a good value and comes in multiple weights, light, medium, and extra. While the classic white comforter is quite pricey, the other available colors are often on sale and can be an especially great deal. The outer shell is a sateen fabric and has a bit of shine, something that our reviewer didn’t like very much. The same silky soft feel also caused the comforter to shift as she slept.
The comforter has loops on the corners for duvet covers. If you buy a duvet cover from The Company Store, they line up perfectly although most other retailer’s duvet covers will also work. The comforter comes with a lifetime guarantee, making the expensive price well worth it in most cases.
Our top pick is the L.L. Bean Permabaffle Box Goose Down Comforter. It is well-made out of cotton and hypoallergenic goose down, as well as available in multiple weights and sizes. The Permabaffle keeps the down in place for even comfort. For a budget-friendly option, look at the Utopia Bedding Down Alternative Comforter for a comforter that is easy to care for and super comfortable.
What to Look for in a Comforter
You’ll pay a premium for down (goose is usually more expensive than duck) and feather options, but they’re the softest and most breathable. Synthetic options feel similar, but because they tend to retain heat, they aren’t ideal for people who sweat a lot or sleep hot.
Also known as fill power, a comforter’s loft indicates the amount of space one ounce of filling takes up. Comforters with a higher loft are fluffier and have better insulation. If you like something lightweight, a fill power below 400 will suffice, while if you’re looking for a year-round option, choose a comforter in the 400-600 range. If you’re looking for something even warmer, opt for a loft higher than 600.
Box construction refers to the way a comforter is stitched to keep the filling evenly dispersed. There are two main types: sewn-through box and baffle box. In sewn-through box construction, the top and bottom layers of a comforter are sewn together in a box pattern. In a baffle box construction, strips of fabric are sewn between the top and bottom layers to create compartments. Baffle box construction is more expensive but more effective at keeping the fill in place.
You'll come across a few common certifications when shopping for the best comforter, the most common being OEKO-TEX and RDS. OEKO-TEX is an international association of 18 independent research and test institutes that sets standards for safer textile products. If a comforter is certified by OEKO-TEX, it means it's been produced without the use of harmful chemicals and meets the requirements of OEKO-TEX's sustainability standards. RDS is a certification you might come across when shopping for a down comforter, and it stands for Responsible Down Standard. It means the down has been sourced from a certified farm that adheres to strict animal welfare principles, so you can sleep soundly knowing the duck or geese that produced the down were raised humanely.
Even though your comforter will likely be covered with a duvet, choosing one with a high-quality shell only increases your comfort. Look for shells made from breathable 100 percent cotton or smooth eucalyptus fabric—both options are great at helping you stay cool through all seasons.
When it comes to temperature regulation, down comforters are an excellent choice because they're lightweight and breathable. However, if you're opting for a synthetic fill, you can look for a comforter with temperature-regulating features like moisture-wicking fibers and a cool, breathable shell to help keep you comfortable.
How do you wash a comforter?
Most comforters can safely be washed in a large-capacity washer, either at home or at a laundromat. It's especially important to check your comforter's label first and follow the manufacturer's care instructions carefully. Most comforters, especially those with down fill, need to be washed with a mild detergent on a gentle cycle and dried on the lowest dryer setting possible in 30-minute increments, so you can fluff the comforter as it dries. High heat can scorch down or melt synthetic down alternative fibers, so be sure to check the label. In some cases, your comforter may need to be hung to air-dry, so keep that in mind when choosing one that will work for you.
How do you know when it's time to replace a comforter?
A telltale sign that a comforter has reached its expiration date is when it's lost its loftiness, or that its fill has started to clump up in certain areas. This should be pretty obvious for down alternative comforters, which tend to get a little lumpy after 10 years, or sooner if they're dried on high heat. Quality down comforters should last as long as 25 years when properly cared for. To check the loftiness of down, you can hold to comforter up to bright sunlight in order to see how the down shifts within the comforter's shell. If it falls flat, it's time for a new one.
What's the difference between a comforter and a duvet?
The main difference is that comforters are designed to be used without a cover, while duvets are designed to be used with a cover. While both comforters and duvets come in a variety of fabrics and fills, a comforter will need to be washed more often. A duvet (sometimes referred to as a duvet insert) should be used with a cover that can be removed and washed on its own.
What is the difference between a comforter and a blanket?
Comforters are made of two layers of fabric with a filling, usually made of down, cotton, or artificial fibers. They are thicker and warmer than blankets, which are just one layer thick. Blankets are frequently used for layering, while comforters, which are often decorative, are generally the only bedcover needed.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. To find the best comforters for your needs, Katie pored over reviews from both our own home testers and third-party sources. She also spoke with Brandi Bashcombe, an interior designer who makes recommendations for everything from bedrooms to nurseries.
Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019, and has personally tested a number of comforters on this list. You can find more of her writing on VeryWell Family, The Spruce Eats, and more.