Finding the best material for a comforter will provide you with the utmost comfort any time you are relaxing or sleeping. Of course, what is deemed ‘the best material’ tends to be down to personal preference, so it’s often difficult to know which one you like the most without trying it first.
However, there are many popular choices of materials for comforters, so you are sure to find one you love. From natural to synthetic, there are many types of materials that you could opt for in a comforter, but the following are generally viewed as the most comfortable:
As the most widely used fiber in the world today, it should be little surprise that cotton is viewed as one of the most comfortable materials for a comforter.
Smooth and soft to touch, cotton is also very effective at absorbing sweat and moisture, resulting in an incredibly pleasing material to sleep on. Helping to keep the body cool and comfortable, there are fewer better materials for a comforter than cotton.
Check out our article, bamboo sheets vs cotton sheets to get the full breakdown on the differences between the fabrics. To sum it up shortly, bamboo makes a much softer fabric, takes less dye, and is better at regulating temperature.
The biggest issue with cotton is that since it is so widely used, it's near impossible to differentiate the good from the bad. To see this all you need to do is go to amazon and search cotton comforter covers. You will undoubtedly get duvet covers (comforter cover) ranging from $20 to $280.
So how can you distinguish? You really can't.
We wrote a popular article recently on the truth about thread count. Again, read the article for the full version, but essentially many companies today inflate thread counts by triple counting. They will count individual plies that make a single thread. Read the article on how to sort through other characteristics of bedding and how to tell if what you are buying is good quality.
Cotton comforter covers can be great, but really most of whats on the market is low quality that is scratchy and cheap. To get the best you are going to have to shell out quite a bit.
Perhaps the most suitable material for anyone looking for a comforter to keep them warm and comfortable, wool is another fantastic choice of fabric for bedding. Given its unique texture, wool is very effective at retaining heat from the body, perfect for staying warm and cozy in bed!
Of course, overheating is an issue, but for those winter months it can be great to snuggle up in.
This also comes with a steep price tag unfortunately as real wool is expensive.
When it comes to soft and luxurious materials, there aren’t many better options out there than silk. Owning a silk comforter cover will certainly provide a high level of comfort for most, and there are a quite a few benefits to be enjoyed.
For instance, as silk isn’t processed with chemicals it is 100 percent hypoallergenic, which is ideal for anyone that struggles with allergies, while also being highly breathable to allow excess body heat to escape.
Silk absorbs as much as one-third of its total weight in moisture alone, yet still allows any excess heat to escape. This allows any moisture to evaporate before building to the point of discomfort, highlighting just how great a material silk is for comforters. Check out our previous article bamboo vs silk to get the full comparison.
Cons of silk:
- Slippery feeling (not soft)
- Hard to find good quality that isn't overpriced
- Durability issues
Bamboo bedding is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its amazing properties that produce a very luxurious feel – but without the excessive costs of other luxurious materials.
There are a few variations of bamboo comforters based on the manufacturing process, with some resembling silk while others can be more like cashmere. Those closer to silk offer the same benefits but at a fraction of the cost.
Providing breath-ability, softness, yet the ability to retain warmth puts bamboo comforters up there with some of the best!
Unlike cotton, its much easier to buy bamboo fabric and mostly get good quality products since there just isn't that many out there.
As a bamboo bedding company, we know how good bamboo can be so do we recommend it?
So what do we recommend as the best all around comforter cover?
This may come as a shock to some, but even as a bamboo bedding company we don't sell 100% bamboo duvet covers.
The simple reason is, it just doesn't make that great of a comforter cover. It is too wrinkly, and doesn't hold up well.
We use a hybrid fabric that is made up of bamboo and linen for our duvet cover. This makes the best duvet cover because it takes the softness of bamboo with the incredibly elegant look of linen. Linen is rough by itself but by threading it with bamboo we've made it much softer.
You can even use it year round since the cover holds the temperature regulating properties of bamboo. I personally use this duvet cover every night simply because I sweat a lot under a stifling fabric.
For more information check out the bamboo linen duvet cover here