Pinzon Down-Alternative Comforter Review

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Pinzon is a direct-to-consumer seller of bedding, owned and operated by Amazon. I reviewed the Hypoallergenic Down-Alternative Comforter in a medium weight, which is meant for year-round use.

To find out if the Pinzon works for all temperatures while still being a good value, read on for my full review.

The Pinzon Might Work For …

  • Cold sleepers. Even though this is medium weight, it was very warm. This can be attributed to the 60 ounces of polyester fill, which is pretty heavy for a “year round” comforter.
  • People with allergies. The hypoallergenic polyester filling shouldn’t trap dust, oil, dirt, and dander.
  • Fans of thinner comforters. Though it has nice fluff, the Pinzon is on the thinner side, and it isn’t quite the cloud one gets with a fluffier down comforter. It isn’t too bulky to move around or take to the laundry.

The Pinzon Might Not Work For …

  • Hot sleepers. I had to take this off during a hotter night, and I believe many hot sleepers will have a similar experience.
  • Fans of thicker comforters. Even though it runs hot, the Pinzon is quite thin and, even with its 550 fill power, the filling doesn’t have too much loft.
  • Those who want a very soft, luxurious feel. Even after a wash, the comforter still had a starchy, crinkly feeling to the outer shell.

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Pinzon Construction

  • 100% Cotton Dobby Shell and 100% Primaloft Polyester Fill. Primaloft was designed by the U.S. Army to repel moisture and mimic the warmth and body of natural down.
  • The Primaloft is antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, perfect for sleepers with allergies.
  • The 60 ounces of filling is meant for medium warmth and year-round comfort.
  • It features end-to-end, sewn-through box construction which helps keep the filling evenly dispersed.
  • The down-alternative filling is similar to 550 fill power. Fill power measures how much space one ounce of filling expands to, and this particular fill power is considered medium in terms of quality and warmth.
  • Features loops to secure within a duvet cover.
  • The comforter is machine washable and dryable, and commercial front-loading is recommended on a cold setting. Tumble dry.
  • The king-size comforter measures 108″ x 96″.
  • It is made in the USA from imported materials in an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 factory, an independent certification system that ensures textiles meet high safety and environmental standards.

Pinzon Feel

When I first opened the bag for the Pinzon, the outer cotton shell was somewhat starchy and stiff and, moving around beneath it, I heard some mild crinkling noises as well.

Compared to Egyptian Cotton or other high-quality shells, the Pinzon shell isn’t the smoothest. This will definitely go best with a top sheet between sleepers and the comforter and, if a soft feel is a priority, place the Pinzon within a softer, high thread count duvet cover.

Pinzon Loft and Body

The filling is secured in place with sewn-through box stitching. On one hand, this keeps the polyester fill evenly distributed but, on the other, this construction, compared to baffle boxes, doesn’t allow for as much loft.

Because of the stitching and the fact that this is a down-alternative comforter, it is naturally going to be a little thinner than a natural down comforter. For a down-alternative, however, there was some nice fluff.

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Pinzon Breathability and Warmth

Polyester filling, in comparison to natural down, is rarely as breathable, and this is definitely the case for the Pinzon Medium Weight. Lying under this comforter, I did sweat and overheat fairly quickly.

Even though it is advertised as a year-round model, I would opt for the lighter weight Pinzon if one is a hot sleeper.


The upside of a down-alternative comforter is that it is machine washable. Most down comforters require dry-cleaning, but this down-alternative does not.

However, Pinzon recommends washing and drying in a front-loading, commercial washer and dryer. The comforter is going to expand in the dryer, so that extra space is very necessary.

Owners are going to want to tumble dry or use very low heat when drying and, in addition, Pinzon suggests throwing tennis balls into the dryer to speed up the drying process and to help with fluff.

Final Recommendation

The Pinzon in the medium weight could be a good match for colder sleepers, so those in chillier climates might get good use of this all year. However, for most parts of the country, though it is sold as a medium weight and year-round item, I would look at this as more of a seasonal, winter comforter.

Compared to other down-alternatives, the medium weight version is a little pricey at $120 (for a Queen). This is definitely more of an investment and is somewhat expensive for a down-alternative comforter. The Pinzon has a 30-day return policy, but no warranty.

Pinzon also offers a lighter weight down-alternative comforter with only 30 ounces of fill. This may be a better match for warmer sleepers and runs for $53 at full price.

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Marten Carlson

Marten is the Lead Reviewer at Mattress Clarity. He is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health. Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University. He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films.