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Old 05-18-2003, 06:01 PM
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Buying a down comforter

Does anyone know what type of down comforter is the best to buy?
We got one many years ago as a wedding present, now its almost see-through and doesn't keep us warm anymore.
I've seen them everywhere from K-mart to high priced stores, what's the difference? Should I pay more for a "good" one or is a moderately priced one ok too?

I'm not even really sure if there are type of down feathers that are better than others; I know these aren't cheap but don't want to spend 100's of $ either.

I did buy a "cheap" down pillow once where the stems kept poking me in the face-don't want to make that mistake again!
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:05 AM
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Apparently, there IS a difference (dollarwise as well - surprise!!)

I read an ad online from J.C.Penneys yesterday - you might want to check it out. These were for mattress toppers, but I thought the following description was interesting as I, too, have wondered if there's really that much of a difference & how to tell.

NOW I'm wondering how to find out "who's feathers are curliest"



Pacific Coast Feather® Baffle Box Feather Bed

Eurofeather's smaller, highly curled feathers create greater loft. 230 thread-count Barrier Weave cotton cover. Allergen-resistant fill is 95% white goose feathers, 5% white goose down. Dry clean. 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty. See warranty information in Customer Service. Made in USA of imported materials.
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Old 11-25-2003, 08:12 PM
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got a good one finally

WELL, there evidently is a difference. Found a "great deal" at Sams for only $50 and any size down comforter.
YEAH RIGHT. It was even a Laura Ashley...
Plain polyester would've been just as warm and comfy. Returned it the next day.

Here's what I've learned:
Loft and fill is what to look for, also thread count.
I think loft is how puffy the feathers are. Fill should be how much feathers are in each baffle. Thread count is equally important because with a low count, the fabric isn't as tight and feathers will come out. (may have some of the facts backwards, but basically the info is the same).

Look for high feather count 500+ is great but also more expensive.
Read the fine print also. May say down, but at 5% its no deal at all.

Found one at Kohls I liked; but made sure to wait for a 50% off sale and extra % off if I used my store charge. Definitely worth the extra$ I spent-it'll last for a long long time. I'll never buy a "regular" comforter again for sure!
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Old 11-26-2003, 06:40 AM
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I just recently bought a new one myself. I bought a Pacific Coast one since I have a lot of allergies. This is the only company that I know of that Hypercleans their down. Apparently, it is a process in which they wash the down 8 times so that it is so completely clean that it becomes inert. They claim it is impossible to be allergic. I tried their duvet and it was true! Normally, I sneeze like crazy around down and feathers, but not with this one. They sew squares or diamonds into the top of the comforter, so the down can't drift down to the bottom. The one I had before was in channels and the down was always shifting to the bottom.

It is really lovely and warm, but you don't get too hot. I bought a 4 star which is about the mid-level of quality for them. I think they range from 2 stars to 5 stars.

Anyway, I am very pleased!

Good luck with your choice!
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Old 11-26-2003, 06:41 AM
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Oh! I should have mentioned that many people have them for sale on eBay for about half the normal price. You may want to check it out! I just searched under "Pacific Coast Down".

Jenna
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Old 11-26-2003, 09:31 AM
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Jenna,
To funny, I think thats the brand I got too! My last one shifted-oh how I hated that. I think "baffles" is what they call the shapes sewn into the thing so the down doesn't shift...but I could be wrong.

Are the ones on ebay used-ewww I hope not. I'll have to look next time I'm on there.
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I think you are right, they are called baffles.

The ones that I saw on eBay were all new in the package. I would guess that some people are selling used ones, but the ones I saw were new.

Good luck!
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I was told that feather ones should only be kept for about 5yrs as the feathers break down and it's not good for your health.
My youngest has asthma so we steered clear of feathers and went for wool ones, they keep us toasty warm, ours are worth 3 blankets. It's good to have those baffles to keep warmth even.
Personally I don't think the acrylic ones keep you as warm but it depends on how much you feel the cold, every ones different
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