Nothing is more important than sleep. We spend a third of our life sleeping, and often the quality of our sleep determines the quality of our conscious/awake time. Most experts agree that after the quality of the mattress we sleep on, the next most important thing to consider is what we sleep under. The overwhelming majority of people sleep under some sort of lightweight duvet or quilt comforter, but research shows that many don’t have a clue what sort of details are important to look for when selecting a comforter.
The purpose of the comforter seems simple: keep me warm! But what about how it feels against your skin? How breathable is it? Will it irritate your skin while you sleep? Will it make you too warm or leave you too cold? How heavy is it on your body? Ultimately, will this comforter give you a great night’s sleep, or leave you tossing and turning?
Before we dive into bed with a few selected products, it is important to understand what to look for:
- Fill Type – is it authentic down, a hypoallergenic alternative polyfill, or some other filler?
- Warmth – regional climate and personal preferences play a role, as well as climate-control preferences in your bedroom.
- Weight – lightweight is ideal for those who keep their bedroom temperatures cool (69F/20C – 75F/24C)
- Fill Power – this is the volume of a single ounce of down. A higher fill power insulates you better, but weighs less. For the purpose of our reviews, we will hover around the average fill power for standard lightweight comforters.
On a budget:
The Circles Home 100% Goose Down Alternative Comforter Duvetis a great affordable option. The outer material is 300 thread count 100% cotton, meaning it is cool and soft on your skin. The filler is hypoallergenic, meaning that sensitive skin and people prone to irritation and allergies shouldn’t have any issues curling up inside. Considering its lightweight classification, it has a high fill power, resulting in a warmer and more insulated sleep. Although we would not consider this a luxurious comforter, this will definitely do the trick if you are on a budget, but beware if you tend to get too warm at night, as this will keep much of that heat in.
The Divano Roma Furniture Plush and Lightweight White Alternative Down Comforter is in the same price range as the Circles Home comforter but feels a little bit lighter. The outer material is 100% polyester giving it more of a motel/hotel feel, and the filler is hypoallergenic alternative down. The fill power is a bit less than the Circles Home, but don’t let that or the motel reference fool you; this comforter is the definition of lightweight. We enjoyed that this comforter didn’t feel like a comforter and owned the “lightweight” classification while still keeping us warm and cozy. We found the temperature to be very neutral; right in our “Goldilocks” range.
The LinenSpa White Goose Down Alternative Quilted Comforter is a small step up in price point, but a big step up in thickness, while still remaining lightweight. It has an average fill power, meaning that although it is physically thick, it has a fluffy filler that doesn’t hold in too much heat, making for a very cozy night’s rest. The outer material is an ultra-soft microfiber and LinenSpa has sewn the corner tabs to secure the duvet cover in place, as compared to the more ubiquitous stitch-box construction of other comforters which compartmentalizes the filler. Sewing the corner tabs mean that you can expect the filler to remain evenly spread, preventing any shifting or clumping, despite any interactive dreams you might be having. Another plus to this choice is the 3-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects provided by LinenSpa.
Take my money and give me dreams:
Although pricier than the previous comforters, the Westlife Bedding Light-Weight Silk Duvet (also known as the Dreamtime by Highland Feather) is one of the best values on this list, so if it sounds like your type of comforter, we highly recommend it. It is an authentic silk duvet with 100% mulberry silk fill in a 100% combed cotton sateen 300 thread count stitch-box cover shell. The silk fill means that this comforter does not puff up like a traditional down-filled comforter, so just like the Divano Roma Furniture comforter, it truly feels lightweight. The skin-feel is amazing, so although it may not resemble a cloud, it sure feels like one. The fill power is average, so it also hits that not-too-cold, not-too-hot temperature zone. If you are looking for a truly lightweight comforter at a great value, look no further.
The Home Elements Lightweight Warm Down Comforter is filled with 75% authentic white down, and is packaged in a 233 thread count 100% cotton fabric. The fill power is slightly above average, meaning a bit warmer than some of the others on this list. This comforter feels like the real thing, but as a true down comforter it does lean on the heavier side of lightweight. The value is about what you would expect from a premium comforter, but this still feels a bit pricey compared to what else is out there. Of course, if you have some extra cash to spend and tend to get cold at night, this might be the right choice for you.
Finally, the Elliz All-Season Extra Warmth White Down Comforter is the Mercedez-Benz of lightweight comforters. This has a hypoallergenic fill clocking in at an above average fill power, stuffed into a 233 thread count 100% cotton shell. This is what clouds are made of, as long as you like your clouds warm. The Elliz is still lightweight, but it is much fluffier and warmer than the rest of the comforters on this list. The cotton shell has a great skin-feel. Although comfortable and warm getting into, we did tend to get a bit too warm after an hour or so. Of course, if you need that extra warmth and want to sleep in luxury, this is absolutely the pick we recommend.
Overall, the perfect lightweight comforter is out there somewhere, but “perfect” is subjective, and ours might be different from yours. That being said, these are some of the best that you will find on Amazon or elsewhere online, and we hope we have done a good job of breaking down the pros and cons of each of them so that you can find the perfect fit, and your perfect night’s sleep.