If you're a self-confessed lazy girl like me, then you'll know how hard getting out of bed is in the morning (or afternoon). You'll also know the euphoria that comes from cocooning yourself in your duvet at the end of the long-ass day. If you're a member of the 5 am club, maybe you should reconsider? I can only assume your bed is far from comfy, sorry! Either way, it sounds like an amazing duvet is what your sleepy self so desperately needs.
Enter: the down alternative comforter. Arguably the snuggliest of duvet types out there, there's no other cover I'd recommend getting under. Filled with synthetic fibers and covered in breathable cottons (usually) you're guaranteed cloud-like comfort. Who wants to be poked with feathers in the middle of the night, anyway?
As long as you don't mind having to snooze your alarm — probably more than once — take a peek at these six down alternative comforters. Next up: a new mattress.
6 alternative-down comforters I love
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Most-loved down alternative comforter
Filling: 100% Polyester Microfiber
Material: 300 thread count cotton sateen
Sizes: Full/Queen, King/Cali
+ Amazing for all year round
- A little pricey (but worth it)
This duvet will really have you (and anyone you share your bed with) living your best life. A balance of two thickness levels that can be adjusted to your preference, there's no need to stick a leg out in the night or flip your favorite pillow to the cool side. You'll be sleeping like a baby — I sure did.
Luxury down alternative comforter
Material: Certified organic percale cotton
Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/Cal king
+ Luxe feel and finish
- More expensive
This Saatva duvet is living (or sleeping) proof that down alternative can still feel every bit as bougie as traditional feather-filled options. It may be a little pricier than the average, but believe me when I say you'll get a hotel-standard sleep every night.
Eco-friendly down alternative comforter
Filling: Tencel lyocell fiber fill
Material: Tencel lyocell shell
Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/Cal king
+ Fully vegan
- Dry clean only
For the eco-conscious, the Buffy breeze comforter won't cost you or the earth. For a great price, you can get your greenest sleep yet. It's fully biodegradable and compostable, so a few years from now, you can rest comfortably knowing it won't be chilling for eons in a landfill.
Best cheap down alternative duvet
Filling: Microfiber fill
Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, oversized queen, king, oversized King, Cal king
+ Super cheap
- Prone to pilling
If you're off to college, want a spare duvet for when your friends come to stay, or simply don't have a lot of cash rn, then you can pick up this perfectly cozy comforter from Amazon for real cheap! It may not be the best quality, but it'll get you through a few solid night's sleep for sure.
The alternative down comforter for the hot sleepers
Filling: 50% Outlast polyester fiberfill/50% polyester fiberfill
Sizes: Twin XL, queen, king
+ Ultra breathable
- Not as plush as others
If you're the type who gets sweaty at night or are wanting to swap out your winter comforter for something more lightweight, this duvet is a bedding game-changer. Breathable with a cotton cover, you won't have to sleep with the sound of the fan on anymore.
Best bamboo comforter
Filling: 100% mulberry silk
Material: 100% premium viscose from bamboo
Sizes: Twin, queen/full, king
+ Super sustainable (and soft)
- An investment
I'm slightly obsessed with bamboo bedding, and this bamboo comforter from Cozy Earth is the cherry on top. It's silky smooth and totally eco-friendly. Pair with a bamboo pillow and bamboo bed sheets for the softest sleep of your life, honestly.
How we chose these down alternative duvets
Just like we did when choosing memory foam pillows, we researched, read reviews, and compared synthetic-filled options against the comfiness of natural comforters. For those we have tested, we've made sure to balance sleep quality and price, so you can find the best value duvet for your budget. The Coop Home comforter on this list has been tested, for example, and sits in our best duvet inserts guide for its great value. If you want to know more about what this involves (and yes, it's more than just resting our heads), then you can get the low down in our how we test guide.
What is a down alternative comforter?
Down alternative includes all synthetic materials found in bedding that resemble qualities similar to feather and down-filled versions. Popular for their price, they tend to be cheaper than natural-filled comforters without losing the luxe look or feel. Polyester materials are typically hypoallergenic, thermo-regulating, and super easy to care for, too. This means they're perfect for those with allergies or sweaty sleepers who need to wash their bedding more regularly.