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Best Feathers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2018
Best Feathers of 2018
Here we have compiled a detailed list of some of the best feathers of the 2018. You must have heard that the best feathers should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one.
I must say I am quite a fan of feathers, so when the question “What are the best feathers available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable feathers. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a feathers that suits your need.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this feathers win the first place?
The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this feathers come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
Why did this feathers take third place?
We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
Feathers Buyer’s Guide
Buying natural bedding products involves many decisions that can be quite overwhelming. With all the variables involved in natural fill bedding, it can seem like the options are endless. DOWNLITE has put together several important topics to help you understand what to look for when buying natural bedding.
Many generations ago, some very clever entrepreneurs discovered that they could keep warm during the cold seasons by using a naturally occurring insulator found on waterfowl, such as geese and ducks. Today, down and feathers are a by-product of meat consumption. The geese and duck are mostly found in Europe and Asia, where they are more commonly eaten. By cleaning and sanitizing the down and feathers, they can be used as an insulator for bedding, as well as apparel.
As do many manufacturers of feather and down, we buy both washed and pre-washed product. Washed goods are imported and are available to use directly upon receipt into the U.S. Pre-washed product must be further processed once it has been received.
Due to the current requirements by the USDA, all of our feather and down that we import into the country must at least be pre-washed. Therefore, all goods have been washed for a minimum of one hour and then steam dried at temperatures ranging from 100 to 120 degrees Celsius for at least thirty minutes. By doing so, all of our fills are properly sterilized prior to entering the country.
In addition to requiring all product to at least be pre-washed, we require each of our vendors to be Certified by the USDA. By filling out a comprehensive application, the USDA certifies our vendors as meeting all requirements set by the USDA and Customs to import product into the U.S.
Washing a Quilt
How long you can keep your quilt is also influenced by how many times have you washed it in a year? Generally, polyester quilts of all types are washable and ideally should be washed at least 2-times per year! Why? Just like any other bedding item, they do capture dust, mites and particles of skin.
Wool and feather-based Quilts will need dry cleaning and a good airing occasionally. It is recommended to dry clean once you have finished with these products for the season and before you put them away.
GSM and filling
Quilt thickness or density is measured by ‘gsm’ (grams per square metre). The thickness of the filling and the type of filling determine how warm the quilt is.
Generally microfibre quilts between 150-300gsm are on the thinner side and only suitable for warmer months (depending upon your climate of course). Quilts more suitable for winter are usually in the 400-600 gsm range if microfibre or wool based, and 700-1400 for the feather based quilts. Feather based quilts can have very similar gsms even if a quilt for winter vs more warmer months because the weight doesn’t change, but the fill type (ie more down than feather) might.
You will also find a corresponding relationship on price and quality with gsm. Cheaper quilts have a lower gsm generally whereas more expensive quilts have a higher gsm.
A number of quilt manufacturers also use a ‘high loft’ (equivalent to 2-blankets, 450 gsm), ‘light loft’ (equivalent to 1-blankets 300gsm) or ‘super loft’ (equivalent to 3-blankets 500gsm) rating. This is to help customers in determining warmth factor. ‘Light Loft’ is therefore a suitable summer blanket and high/super are more for cooler nights.
Filling also determines price ie whether it is microfibre, wool or feather based as explained in the next section.
Polyester vs Microfibre Quilts
Synthetic quilts are another name for Polyester quilts and are the most popular around due as they are not expensive. They usually have a cotton stitched cover with a polyester filling. Some of these polyester quilts even have a treated polyester filling for allergy sufferers. Cheaper polyester quilts are around 150-250gsm level (ie an average amount of filling). Polyester these days is much more breathable than of old. There’s nothing wrong with a budget polyester quilt for Summer although of course, it isn’t going to last as many years as more expensive microfibre variants.
Microfibre is a type of synthetic and is the result of a different and newer manufacturing technique. Microfibre is definitely one of the wonder fabrics of modern day (see our Buying Sheets/Doona Cover Guide where Microfibre is explored in more detail) as they are generally easy to care for, breathe just like cotton and dry quicker.
Microfibre quilts also exhibit greater characteristics of fluffiness feeling more like a ‘luxury’ feather/down product as they to have a higher gsm filling eg 300gsm+. Microfibre quilts are filled by blowing in a fine denier fibre to give the effect of being filled like ‘down’. Obviously microfibre quilts will be a little more expensive than your standard polyester range but are great purchases for warmer months.
Dacron is a trademark (brand) of polyester made by DuPont and commonly used worldwide by many manufacturers especially as filling for upholstery and bedding. A number of quilt manufacturers use this and it makes for an excellent value quilt.
Most quality synthetic quilts are perfect for those suffering allergies as compared to natural down, feather or wool quilts. They are also much lighter!
Eco fill Quilts
There are a few Australian manufacturers producing very innovative quilts using eco-friendly fills like recycled plastic or euculyptus or bamboo fibre. For those seeking an environmentally sound choice, you can’t go past these types of quilts and they perform the same job and more in keeping you warm and cosy. They have greater advantages of anti-allergy properties and minimise bacteria because of their natural inherent properties of the fill and fabric. In environments of high moisture/humidity, these are just perfect as standard cotton fabric can breed mould.
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Some people simply prefer natural for exactly that reason, because it’s natural, but it also has a lot of other benefits.
Natural fillings are a lot warmer, softer and more breathable than synthetic duvets
By natural we’re usually referring to feather (duck or goose) and/or down, which is a softer type of feather found underneath the tougher exterior.
Down is a lot lighter and fluffier than normal feathers, as well as being able to trap more heat, so keep an eye out for these as they’ll be light yet still nice and toasty.
Generally speaking, goose feather is of a higher quality than duck as they are bigger feathers and able to trap more air.
Duck on the other hand is heavier and cheaper, but still very warm and comfortable.
Worried about where your duvet filling comes from? Duvet manufacturers only use feather and down which have been sourced as a by-product of the food industry, so you don’t need to worry about any animals being mistreated.
An alternative natural duvet filling is wool, the chunky nature of a wool duvet means that it is excellent at retaining air, keeping you warm while you’re cold and removing heat and moisture when you’re warm.
While natural duvets are incredibly comfy, it’s also worth knowing that they’re more durable than synthetic ones.
If you do choose to purchase a natural duvet, be sure to take note of the washing instructions that come with it, as one of the downsides of natural fills is that they can be a bit tricky to take care of.
Washing a natural duvet too often or at too high a temperature will reduce the duvet’s lifespan.
Hollowfibre is probably the most popular synthetic duvet material, and is a thick wiry strand made of polymers such as polyester and nylon with a hollow centre (as the name implies).
The hollow centre of the fibres gives greater loft and springiness to the duvet. Hollowfibre is extremely hardwearing, and can also be treated with a special anti-allergy chemical (which we will be looking at later).
Synthetic fibres also naturally wick away moisture and perspiration for a drier night during the summer.
While you have to be very careful when washing natural duvets, there’s less to worry about with synthetics, as they can be washed much more frequently.
You may hear the term tog get thrown around when it comes to duvet buying, but what does it actually mean?
Essentially a tog rating measures the ‘relative’ warmth’ of your duvet, how much of your body heat is lost to the environment.
It’s an important number to bear in mind, as you don’t want to be shivering in the winter and sweating in the summer, which is important in making sure you drift into a deep restful sleep.
Tog ratings are calculated by placing a duvet on a metal plate at body temperature, and testing how much heat is lost through the duvet.
The scale of tog ratings goes from tog (the coolest) right up to 1tog (the warmest).
So which is the ideal tog rating? Of course this is ultimately down to the individual and how warm or cool you want to be in bed, but there are some rough guidelines you can follow.
Obviously, buying three different duvets is a bit unrealistic if you don’t have the space or simply don’t want to spend that kind of money, so what’s the alternative?
While many opt for a 13.tog duvet all year round, a 10.tog duvet is much more suitable and won’t have you sweating when summer rolls around.
You can also buy ‘all seasons’ duvets which usually consist of a 4.tog for summer and tog for autumn, and the two can be combined for a 13.tog winter duvet!
Remember: Your tog rating doesn’t necessarily relate to the weight of a duvet. Natural duvets have better thermal properties, so won’t need as much filling to achieve a higher tog rating.
So two duvets with the same tog rating might actually feel completely different, but achieve the same level of warmth.
Do you suffer from allergies? Dread hay fever season? Your duvet could actually be part of the problem.
Duvets and the rest of your bedding can be home to hundreds of tiny dust mites, the droppings of which can trigger allergic reactions, eczema and asthma.
These pesky mites are attracted to your bedding as the body heat and perspiration that we produce is the perfect environment for them to thrive in.
Anti-allergy duvets are made with specially treated covers which create a barrier to stop dust mites getting in.
The synthetics which are used in anti-allergy bedding are also able to be regularly washed at high temperatures (usually 60°C), which can kill and get rid of the dust mites and allergens, without damaging the duvet.
On the other hand, natural fill duvets are too delicate to be washed at this temperature, and you may even be allergic to the actual duck/goose feathers themselves.
How to dust using an ostrich feather duster
Ostrich feather dusters have the same effect as dust collecting static cloths – however, unlike these cheap cloths, the duster can be cleaned and used again and again.
The simplest way to use one is by perfecting the easy technique below:
Note: if you don’t dust regularly and have a lot of collected dust, then your feather duster alone won’t be enough. Feather dusters are for regular dusting, not the occasional big clean.
The White Company
If you and your partner can’t agree on how warm your bed needs to be, you’re not alone. Generally, men are far warmer in bed than women and companies like
Gingerlily have responded by creating half-and-half duvets, with different weights on each side to make sure you and your other half can both enjoy your shut-eye. * The best way to store duvets and pillows is in a breathable cotton bag. Plastic vacuum-pack bags are OK for synthetics, but they will squash feather or down quilts and ruin the bedding. are now washable, but it’s best to have them professionally laundered (different from dry cleaning). Professional laundering as opposed to home washing also prolongs the lifespan. Once a year is usually sufficient. * Pillows should fit in a domestic washing machine one at a time, and are easier to dry than a duvet (especially synthetics), so home laundering is an option. * Airing is an essential part of caring for a natural duvet, so give your bedding a regular shake. Also plump your pillows daily to circulate the filling so it doesn’t compact. * Pillow and mattress protectors are a sound investment, as they help to ward off wear and tear.
Duvet fillings * Natural materials tend to feel more luxurious, are more breathable as they draw moisture away from the body and, as a rule, last longer than synthetics. Most are stitched across the outer cover to stop the filling moving about and to create pockets, which help to trap
The most basic natural filling is duck feather and down. An affordable option, it tends to be heavier than a pure down duvet – ideal silk duvets naturally repel dust mites, so are a good choice for people with allergies. Also, as it’s the ultimate breathable material, it helps regulate your body temperature, too. * Synthetic Fibres are practical if your duvet may need regular laundering, as they’re easier to dry, so can be washed at home in a large-capacity washing machine. A 60º wash will kill off dust mites that can cause allergies.
There are several types of synthetic materials, many of which are non-allergenic. The
Microfibre Light Combination is the best-selling duvet in John Lewis and feels most like down for softness and drape.
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Washing your duvet
Wash your duvet once a year in a washing machine to ensure it’s kept fresh. Doubles may need to be taken to a laundrette. a small amount of detergent to a cool cycle. Use a netural pH formula
Tumble dry on a low heat and air the duvet (on a washing line if it’s a warm day) to ensure it’s
Country Home and Interiors
EditComplete Arena Missions
Probably in response to the massive complaints of how difficult Hero Feathers were to acquire, new Arena Missions were added which award Hero Feathers when complete. These are monthly and more difficult quests are unlocked when you finish the Normal difficulty missions, so make sure to check back!
EditGreet Friends and Talk to Your Allies There are a few things you can do on the Home screen that reward you with feathers. Once a day, you can speak with one of your Heroes if they have hearts around them. They’ll give you five feathers.
Also once a day, you can send and receive greetings from Friends. Greeting your Friends awards you with five Hero Feathers regardless of how many friends you have, and you’ll receive a single Hero Feather for each Friend that greets each day, up to five.
In total, if enough friends are greeting you daily, you can get 1Hero Feathers each day.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Feathers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Feathers
- №1 — Coceca 150pcs Large White Feathers for Arts and Crafts
- №2 — Coceca 300 Pcs Colorful Feathers for DIY Craft Wedding Home Party Decorations
- №3 — SOTOGO 450 Pcs Feathers Colorful Feathers Crafts For DIY Craft Wedding Home Party Decorations