Do you like the fluff and loft of down, but you struggle with allergies? Do you want a warm comforter but can’t pay for expensive down? Then you might want to take a look at the Superior Down Alternative Comforter.
This lofty down alternative comforter has many of the hallmarks of down but without the drawbacks.
Is this fluffy, affordable comforter a good pick? Read on for my full review.
You Will Like This Comforter If …
- You struggle with allergies. While some down comforters are advertised as being hypoallergenic, they are rarely as safe (when it comes to allergies) as down alternative comforters. The Superior has a microfiber shell and polyester fill that shouldn’t have issues trapping allergens such as dust mites and pollen. If you find yourself getting a stuffy nose or watery eyes when you sleep with a down comforter, the Superior could work for you.
- You want a fluffy comforter for a value price. For the most part, down comforters are more expensive than down alternative comforters. Down is naturally loftier than synthetic fills, but the Superior is quite fluffy for a down alternative comforter. The fill has good body, and the baffle boxes (which consist of a thin strip of fabric sewn between the two layers of the comforter to create a 3-dimensional fill box) allow for maximum loft.
- You need a comforter for winter or fall. This comforter is sold as an all-season comforter, but it may be too hot for the warmer months. I slept under it in cool and temperate weather, and I felt comfortable and warm.
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You May Not Like This Comforter If …
- You struggle with sleeping hot. If you overheat during the night, this might not be the comforter for you. It is not the most breathable comforter, so you might get that sweaty, clammy feeling. Down alternatives sometimes lack airflow, so you might want to consider a down comforter if you need a cooler sleeping comforter.
- You need a warm–weather comforter. This comforter is medium-weight and meant to work all year, but it is probably too hot for the summer months. Those who need a summer comforter should consider a lighter-weight comforter.
- The shell is made from 100 percent microfiber.
- The fill is 77 ounces of a hypoallergenic Down Alternative Polyfill.
- The comforter is constructed with a baffle box design and double needle stitch.
- The dimensions are 88″ X 90″
The microfiber shell was generally soft to the touch. While I was sleeping under the comforter, it felt nice against my skin and did not have that starchy quality found in some down alternative comforters.
That being said, if you prefer a cotton feel or you want something even softer, I would consider putting the Superior in a duvet cover.
For a down alternative comforter, the Superior has surprisingly good loft. The comforter has a baffle box design, which allows the 77 ounces of synthetic fill to fully expand. Even though this is an all-season comforter, it has a full body.
Warmth And Breathability
While lying under this comforter in a cold room, I felt very warm and insulated. Simply using the Superior with a top sheet, I did not feel cold spots at the seams. This is most likely due to the baffle box and double-needle stitch.
This comforter is advertised as all-season, but I think it could be too warm for the summer season. On one warmer night, I had to take the comforter off in order to cool down. However, I do run hot, so cooler sleepers may have a different experience with the Superior.
In terms of breathability, the Superior is decent for a down alternative. That being said, I did feel clammy and sweaty at times. If you want better airflow, you should consider a lighter down alternative or down comforter.
One of the benefits of a down alternative comforter is the easy washing and cleaning. Most down comforters need to be dry cleaned, but down alternatives like the Superior can be washed and dried at home.
The company recommends the following steps for washing the Superior Down Alternative Comforter:
- Wash the comforter on a cold, delicate cycle.
- Use only mild detergent with no bleach.
- Dry on a low tumble, and take the comforter out a few times to fluff.
- Once it is dry, take it out of the dryer immediately to prevent wrinkling.
I will note that the comforter was a bit large for the front loading washing machine at my house. Also, while some online customers commented that the Superior stood up to years of washing, others noted that it began to fray even after one wash cycle. If you have issues like this, it is perhaps worth taking the Superior to the dry cleaners.
If you like the loft and warmth of down but you want to save money and avoid allergies, the Superior could work for you. However, if you are a hot sleeper or need a summer comforter, I would look for something lighter overall.
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