The Best Comforter

The Best Comforter

Our pick

Riley Goose Down Comforter

Riley Goose Down Comforter

The best comforter

Lighter and loftier than others, this high-quality comforter has a silky-soft sateen shell and goose-down filling, and it feels better to sleep under than much pricier models we tried.

Buying Options

$380 from Riley Home
(queen)

The Riley Goose Down Comforter is one of the best comforters we’ve ever tried. It is well-made, with baffle-box construction and the smoothest cotton sateen cover we’ve found. It feels more luxurious than similarly priced options and almost as good as our upgrade pick from Feathered Friends. The Riley kept us pleasantly warm, but it has a lighter weight filling and breathable outer shell, so it’s a better candidate for year-round use than warmer comforters we’ve tested. The Riley’s down fill carries Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certification, it has a five-year warranty and comes in three sizes and two warmth options.

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Runner-up

L.L.Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter, Warm

L.L.Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter, Warm

A favorite comforter, if it’s available

This comforter is lofty, warm, and well-constructed and has a proven track record of quality, but it’s frequently out of stock.

Buying Options

$380 from L.L.Bean
(queen)

The L.L.Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter is among our favorites—it kept us warm and cozy without causing us to sweat. This comforter was previously our top pick, but we recently downgraded it due to consistent, frustrating stock problems. It breathes well, thanks to lofty goose down, baffle-box construction that gives the down plenty of room to puff up, and a lightweight cotton shell. This comforter is filled with RDS-certified down and covered by an Oeko-Tex–certified shell, which ensures certain harmful chemicals aren’t used during manufacturing. It comes with L.L.Bean’s satisfaction guarantee, covering returns for any reason for up to a year.

Upgrade pick

Feathered Friends Bavarian Medium 700 Down Comforter

Feathered Friends Bavarian Medium 700 Down Comforter

A cloudlike down comforter

This gorgeous yet pricey down comforter is much loftier than any other we’ve ever tried—imagine being enveloped by a luxurious cloud. It’s also made to last a long, long time.

Buying Options

$510 from Feathered Friends
(queen)

If you can spend a little more, the Feathered Friends Bavarian Medium 700 Down Comforter is heavenly. It lofts higher than any of our other picks, has a wonderfully soft cotton shell, will last for ages, and comes in three warmths (we slept with the medium and light versions, but Feathered Friends also offers an arctic model). Wash it annually, and it should remain cloudlike for 30 years. Repeat: 30 years, compared with the 10 to 15 years you’ll get from the average down comforter—even our top pick. And all Feathered Friends comforters are filled with only trackable, certified RDS goose down.

Also great

Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert

Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert

Best down-alternative comforter

The Utopia is a warm yet relatively breathable down-alternative comforter that would be ideal for a room where you don’t want to splurge on bedding or for people with down allergies.

Buying Options

$30 from Amazon
(queen)

Though not as luxurious or as light as the down options we tested, the fiberfill Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert remains the best under-$50 option we’ve tried. It’s the most-breathable cheap alt-down comforter we’ve ever tested, beating out many higher-priced models. It kept its loft, and we didn’t wake up sweaty midway through the night (an issue with many of its down-alternative competitors). At less than $50 for all sizes, this comforter would make a great addition to a child’s room or guest room.

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Our pick

Riley Goose Down Comforter

Riley Goose Down Comforter

The best comforter

Lighter and loftier than others, this high-quality comforter has a silky-soft sateen shell and goose-down filling, and it feels better to sleep under than much pricier models we tried.

Buying Options

$380 from Riley Home
(queen)

Runner-up

L.L.Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter, Warm

L.L.Bean Baffle-Box Stitch Down Comforter, Warm

A favorite comforter, if it’s available

This comforter is lofty, warm, and well-constructed and has a proven track record of quality, but it’s frequently out of stock.

Buying Options

$380 from L.L.Bean
(queen)

Upgrade pick

Feathered Friends Bavarian Medium 700 Down Comforter

Feathered Friends Bavarian Medium 700 Down Comforter

A cloudlike down comforter

This gorgeous yet pricey down comforter is much loftier than any other we’ve ever tried—imagine being enveloped by a luxurious cloud. It’s also made to last a long, long time.

Buying Options

$510 from Feathered Friends
(queen)

Also great

Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert

Utopia Bedding Queen Comforter Duvet Insert

Best down-alternative comforter

The Utopia is a warm yet relatively breathable down-alternative comforter that would be ideal for a room where you don’t want to splurge on bedding or for people with down allergies.

Buying Options

$30 from Amazon
(queen)

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