Do you want the look and feel of down on your bed without the cost, bulk and dry cleaning hassle? Then a down duvet may just be the perfect solution!
More often than not, people will use a simpler duvet to protect and cover their down comforter. However, the down comforter will still have to be washed eventually. An ever more popular option is to use a down duvet cover as your down bedding. This way, you still have the look and feel, without causing a major washing nightmare.
There are two ways this could be true.
Although the jury is still out on this, most people have experienced good luck washing their down duvets (or comforters) in an oversized and/or top-loading washing machine on the gentle cycle, and putting it in the dryer with a few tennis balls.
So, first, if you have a down duvet, it will be much less bulky than a down comforter, which makes washing it that much easier.
Or, second, if it is mostly the “look” you are interested in, you can take your duvet cover off whenever you want to keep it looking new. It is also suggested that your down duvet be fluffed and shaken (“shaken, not stirred”) 🙂 frequently. It will also stay fresh longer if you periodically throw it into the dryer for a few minutes with a nice smelling dryer sheet. Your duvet will fluff up and come out with a clean, fresh scent.
Whatever purpose your down duvet will serve, it will look and feel wonderful!
Now, for the nitty-gritty of down. After all, an educated customer is the best customer! We want you to be completely satisfied with your duvet purchase. So, let us help you make the most informed decision possible.
It’s all about the down and feathers! Your most informed choice will come from knowing the “4 basics of down; content, cleanliness, fill power, and species.”
“Content” refers to what is in the down product. This will include the actual percentage of down (a minimum of 75%), down fiber (“broken down clusters”), feathers, feather fiber, and other residue.
“Cleanliness” refers to how murky the waters become if the down is soaked in water. The highest, cleanest number is 550. The lower the number, the “dirtier” the down.
“Fill power” refers to the amount of space one ounce of down takes up (in cubic inches). It is tested by compressing one ounce of down and measure how much “loft” it regains after 72 hours of going undisturbed. The higher the fill power, the more space the down takes up. 800 is the highest quality, 700 is great, 600 is good, and anything below is, shall we say… less than good.
“Species” simply refers to which bird, goose, or duck the feathers came from. Did you know that ALL “birds” (Blue Jays, Robins, Ducks, Geese, Doves, etc.) have down AND feathers? True. So, species simply lets you know which bird it came from.
Goose down and duck down are certainly similar. However, goose down is considered superior to duck. One main reason is because goose down is virtually odorless, while duck is not.
The best goose down you can find is Eiderdown (which is rare and extremely expensive!) Next for superior quality is 100% Hungarian down and Siberian down. Remember, 100% goose down is also better than goose and duck mixed. Your least expensive and lower quality will be all duck down (i.e., if it doesn’t say “goose down” on the label, then you can be sure it is duck or another “bird”).
So, when choosing YOUR down duvet cover, make sure you know what you are getting (since it will be sleeping with you!). Be an educated consumer… you will be much more content with your purchase!
We truly hope you find the quality, comfort and price you desire with the fine selection of online merchants we have carefully chosen for YOU. So, go do your “homework” and find the best down duvet for your money. Then enjoy it!