A few notes about this duvet: It makes noise. Right out of the box, the crisp shell fabric makes a swishy windbreaker-like sound every time you move. Our tester also found it looked a little deflated when slipped into his duvet cover. All complaints aside, this comforter is still a good option for those who don’t drive too hot (or live in warmer climates) and don’t want to pay more than $300 for winter bedding.
The best down-like wool option: Nest bedding
Instead of goose down clusters, duck down or some kind of hypoallergenic alternative, this Nest Bed Duvet is filled with wool. Wool! While this may seem like a “winter-only” comforter, wool turns out to be a surprisingly breathable fabric. We previously crowned Coyuchi’s wool comforter insert as our favorite of the genre, but after testing this one, we had to reconsider: Nest’s All-Year Comforter (which comes with ties to fasten into a separate cover, so it’s technically more of a duvet ) is surprisingly thin and light compared to how nice it makes your bed when the temperature hovers around the freezing point. That’s a big plus if you’re hoping to avoid the feeling of being compressed under a comforter that’s more like a fleshy weighted blanket. Fortunately, it is also washable, so you can give it a quick spin before spring. At less than $200 on sale, it’s one of the most budget-friendly options on this list, which more than covers the cost of the organic cotton cover it arrives in.
The Best Down-Like Weighted Comforter: The Brooklinen
Of course, any duvet topper will immediately upgrade the coziness factor of your sleeping arrangements. But if you really want to max them out, you can also get a weighted duvet instead. It’s basically exactly what it sounds like: a duvet cover with a heavy-duty filling material instead of more typical lightweight down filling. The result is something that isn’t cloud-like at all – it feels more like your favorite person in the world giving you a gentle hug. Coming in a bunch of different fill weights and sizes (up to California King), this Brooklinen ticks all the right boxes. Despite being much heavier than most other down-alternative quilts, our testers never overheated or sweated through their sheets while sleeping under it. It’s kind of high-end bedding, so maybe try a cheaper one weighted blanket only before you really drop the dough on this one.
11 more alternative down and down comforters we like
Target’s Casaluna quilt is a dorm room classic—there’s a reason the double size is sold out online—but unlike your friend Greg, it was always destined for post-grad excellence. At less than $200, it’s one of the cheapest options on this list, but it packs a lot of the same features you’d expect to see in its more expensive counterparts. A lightweight down comforter (with 600 fill strength) that is decidedly pill-free? Check. Hypoallergenic, cozy and soft to the touch in an Oeko-tex certified cotton cover? You can believe that.
Feathered Friends mid-weight comforter has a luxurious hand feel. One of our testers described it as “extremely fluffy, like a giant pillow.” (His pup likes it, too.) We think the Riley quilt offers a slightly better value, but if you’re looking for something with a little more squish, this is a good alternative.
West Elm’s line of quilts includes four different options, each offering a different combination of warmth and loft. This alternative down version is great for warm sleepers – it’s filled with just enough moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating filling to be cozy but not suffocating. And thanks to its baffle box construction, this filling stays evenly distributed throughout the lightweight comforter. The best cooling blanket is probably still one from Snowe, but this one is an excellent alternative.
…and this West Elm duvet includes a unique filling made from a combination of down and a soft Tencel fabric, which is set into an organic cotton satin shell. The result is an airy but breathable duvet with a buttery exterior. Even if you don’t want to use a duvet cover, you’ll get excellent sleep under this one.
Another wool option, this Coyuchi quilt is warm but pleasantly light and doesn’t really cling to your body like some heavier inserts. Among the many duvets and duvet covers Coyuchi makes, this one is our clear favourite. It’s a great option for anyone looking for eco-friendly purchases, and it’s heavier than the Nest Bedding option above if you prefer a heavier topper. However, it is almost twice as expensive, which is why the Nest duvet is still our top choice.
Like the Riley quilt with extra warmth, the Parachutes all-year quilt holds 750 fill power, a plush poof! We prefer sleeping under the thicker Riley, but if you want something lighter, the parachute is the way to go.
We recently anointed this Clima duvet from stylish new bedding company Sijo with a Home Award for its mid-weight design that comfortably carries you in from season to season. It’s made to adapt to your body temperature (keeping you from freezing in winter and cooling you down when the mercury rises) thanks to a filling consisting of a breathable plant-based Tencel fabric, recycled polyester for warmth and some proprietary cooling Clima tech- fiber. The duvet is wrapped in a slim lyocell and nylon shell that feels slightly manufactured but also gives it a cool feel to the touch. Just be careful if you don’t use a cover that the whole thing doesn’t slide completely off the bed.
If you want a fluffy down alternative comforter but are on a tight budget (like you’re a college student who just needs something cheap to protect your XL double bed from the air conditioning), don’t just buy the first thing you see on Amazon. The Slumbercloud Cumulus Comforter is thinner than the ones we like from Snowe and Riley, but still thicker than your average wool blanket. According to the brand, it has also designed its hypoallergenic, down-like “fiberfill” with NASA-approved temperature regulation technology for warm sleepers. In practice, this means it’s just cozy enough to keep you warm in the winter, but you might want to add some fuzzy pajamas to the mix if you’re a particularly cold sleeper.
With slightly oversized dimensions so it completely fills your duvet cover instead of looking drab and empty, this Tuft & Needle duvet insert is a solid lightweight option for warm sleepers who still want something on the airier side. The only rub is that the quilt is quite noisy and tends to rattle around as you toss and turn. Still, if you’re a heavier sleeper, chances are you’ll snooze right through it, barely noticing.
For the eco-friendly factor, we appreciate that the original Buffy Cloud quilt is made with a special filling made from recycled bottles, but find that it gets too warm and feels more raw than we’d like. Its follow-up, the Breeze duvet, is somewhere closer to the middle – with a lighter feel, a lovely soft and cool outer fabric, eucalyptus filling and a surprising amount of warmth and coziness. Despite its breezy branding, it’s not quite breathable enough to lay underneath comfortably in the summer without kicking off the covers, but it’s perfectly warm and cozy for New York winters. Another plus is that it is one of the rare quilts that is stylish enough to leave out the duvet cover alone thanks to the billowing waves on the stitching.
You don’t have to empty your wallet for slightly less welcome guests (like your significant other’s random cousin who somehow visits four times a year). The Linenspa all-year duvet is a really cheap duvet that is worth considering for your spare bedroom. It feels a lot cheaper out of the box than the high-end Snowe and Riley ones we recommend, but it offers an impressive amount of ceiling for the price.