Microfiber comforters are getting more popular. There are a couple of good reasons for that. They feel very soft, and the threads are finer than silk. They feel very soft on the skin and are easy to clean. This guide is going to be all about picking the very best microfiber comforter that is just right for your body and sleeping pattern.
Getting the right comforter – microfiber or not – is extremely important, and harder than one would think. If you have a good comforter set, the quality of your sleep is going to be much better. As you know, sleep is one of the most vital parts of your health. It affects your memory, your concentration, your stress, and your hormone levels, and it gives your body a chance to repair. Making those 4 square meters where you sleep and spend many hours a day as comfortable as possible, is essential to achieve good sleep.
I am going to tell you all there is to know about microfiber comforters and how you should approach getting one. The goal of this guide is to get you something that is absolutely perfect for you, however, I will be giving my own thoughts, experiences, and opinions, so take this into account.
I will start the article to tell you what exactly a comforter is, and what kind of fabrics they come in. I am also going to compare microfiber with other fabrics. As you might know, the fabric your duvet (the other word for comforter) is made from is probably the most important aspect of the comforter. After this, I am going to answer some very frequently asked questions about microfiber comforters and duvets in general. So make sure you read till the end!
Comforters: What are They?
In essence, a comforter is nothing more than a sack filled with down. Some people also call a comforter a duvet. These are basically the same things. For this guide, the material of the sack is what we are going to talk about. So a microfiber comforter is a pouch made of microfiber filled with down.
There are a lot of types of fabric that are fit to use for comforters. Microfiber might not be the most popular one, but it has a couple of interesting advantages over other fabrics. Microfiber also has a couple of disadvantages. I am going to discuss the most popular fabrics and compare them with microfiber. This way you will be able to make a great choice, no matter if you go for microfiber or another fabric.
Why is Getting a Perfect Comforter so Important
The quality of your sleep is directly linked to your overall health. Being able to go to sleep faster and sleeping deeper is one of the best ways to feel better and have more energy. Sleeping improves your memory, concentration and helps your body and muscles recover. You will need to find a comforter that isn’t too heavy and feels good on your skin. You should also take into account other things like how warm your body gets while sleeping, the temperature of your room, and how much you sleep. Taking all of this into account is important if you want a comforter that is just right for you.
Spending 8 hours a day in one place can be quite unhygienic. While you don’t need to wash your bed sheets every day, you should wash them at least once a week. However, some comforters need to be washed more and others a little less often.
What makes a comforter perfect is going to be all up to how much you want to clean and how your body behaves while sleeping. If you sweat a lot and you pick a microfiber or polyester comforter you will need to clean it a lot more often than when you pick a cotton one. The reason for this is that cotton breathes very well, while polyester and microfiber trap the sweat, air and make bacteria grow.
Of course, other factors might influence your comforter choice from a hygiene point of view. Bed bugs are less likely to enjoy microfiber and polyester, as they are inorganic, and dead skin cells wash off much easier. Cotton on the other hand is an organic material and dead skin cells come off a lot harder.
Allergies are much more than swelling and watery eyes. They can cause an itch, red skin, and even headaches. Often they are caused by things we don’t even know we are allergic to. Switching out your comforter could be a way to fix allergies you don’t even know you have. Microfiber fill is a really great material for this. It is a hypoallergenic filling and is easy to clean.
Making Your Comforter Perfecter: What is the Perfect Filling?
As I said, a comforter is a pouch with a filling. They are both equally important. While your skin will make contact with the comforter – if you are not using a cover – it is going to be the down that will affect the heat under the sheets.
There are a lot of different types of down. In the past, the only kind of down that was used was feathers. These were mostly geese or duck feathers. However, in the last few years, we have seen all kinds of down find their way into comforters.
Synthetic down – this is also called regular down. These are synthetic fibers, often polyester or microfiber, that are used as filling. This is the most common filling for duvets now. The reason for this is the price. Synthetic down costs are many times less than duck and geese feathers. The down that is made from polyester and other synthetic materials does have some downsides. They do not insulate the body as well as duck and geese feathers. So if you want to use them in the winter, you will need to get quite a thick comforter.
If you do not like cleaning, then synthetic down is the way to go. They are very forgiving when cleaning. You can just put them in the washing machine on a high setting and dry them in the dryer. Despite this, they are very durable too. Synthetic down can stay perfect for many years. Another great aspect of synthetic down is that it is a hypoallergenic material. That means it does not cause any allergic reactions.
Geese and duck feather – This is the classic down that was used for centuries. This down is made from real duck and geese feathers. There is a wide range in quality regarding this down. There is also the chance it is not ethically sourced, so make sure you look out for that. If you get geese and duck feather down, try to look for a well reputable brand.
The reason why people still use geese and duck feathers is that they are good to insulate your body heath. They are an amazing down to have in your comforter if you live in a cold climate or if you need a winter comforter. They are a lot more expensive than duvets filled with synthetic down. They are also a bit hard to clean. You don’t need to wash them by hand, but using a special product for the fabric and not using the maximum setting on your washing machine are recommended.
Wool – This is also a pretty popular down. It is getting more popular in recent years. Wool is a great filling for your comforter if you want to use it in the winter. The wool is one of the best materials to insolate your body heath and keep you warm at night. Wool does have some disadvantages. It can be pretty hard to clean, and it is pretty expensive. Of course, using a thick insulating down in the summer is going to be a horrible idea.
Why Should You Not Get Yourself a Microfiber Comforter?
Easy of cleaning – Microfiber is very easy to clean. It is a material that is very hard to stain, too. This means that even when it gets stained, you can use heavy-duty cleaning products, very hot water, and your washing machine on the highest setting. This will not damage the microfiber if you only do it once in a while. That is in contrast to other fabrics like for example satin that should be hand-washed. In my opinion, this is the biggest advantage of getting a microfiber duvet.
Durability – Microfiber is a very durable material. It can handle pretty intense washing and you don’t need to be careful with it. Since it does not get stained easily, it continues to look very nice even years after use. Microfiber comforters last about as long as polyester ones. This means you can enjoy it for up to 25 years if you take good care of it.
Price – Microfiber isn’t as cheap as polyester, but it is still a very affordable material. Depending on the quality and the manufacturer, it is about the same price as cotton. However, some microfiber duvets can be pretty expensive. This mainly depends on the thread count. The higher this is the more it is going to cost. Some microfiber duvets can be around the price of silk satin.
Feeling – If you like soft things, you are going to enjoy microfiber a lot. There aren’t many fabrics around that are as soft as microfiber. The only fiber that is commonly used for comforters is silk satin. Microfiber has the advantage of being easier to clean and being more durable while being cheaper. That is why people on a budget often pick microfiber over satin.
Too warm – Just like polyester – another synthetic fiber – microfiber traps heat. While this might make it comfortable in the winter, it does make it way too warm and uncomfortable for a hot summer night.
Breathing – Microfiber is a bad material if you sweat a lot and don’t want to develop sweat odors and bacteria. It doesn’t breathe as well as for example cotton.
How Do Microfiber Duvets Compare to Other Fabrics?
Microfiber vs Polyester
Insulation – Both of these fabrics are inorganic synthetic materials. This means they insulate really well, maybe a bit too well. Microfiber isolates even more than regular polyester. So, using this kind of comforters in the summer is not a good idea. Polyester isolates your body heath a bit less, but it is still not really suitable for the summer months.
Breathing – Both of these fabrics don’t breathe very well. This means that in the summer months, you are going to develop a sweat smell and bacteria are going to be a pretty big problem if you don’t wash the duvet often. If you compare this to for example cotton, the difference is night and day. So if you sweat a lot you are not going to enjoy this kind of comforter in the summer.
Cleaning – Both microfiber and polyester are just about equally easy to clean. You can use just about any product you want to clean them. You can also use hot water and your washing machine on the highest setting. This is going to save you a lot of time as compared to other fabrics that you need to wash by hand.
Price – Microfiber is a lot more expensive than polyester. Low-quality microfiber can be pretty cheap, but it won’t be as soft as high-quality microfiber with a high thread count. Microfiber is going to be pretty expensive if you pick one with a high thread count. It can be about as expensive as satin depending on the brand.
Feeling – The feeling between polyester and microfiber is night and day. Polyester is quite hard and coarse. Microfiber on the other hand is a lot softer. It is almost as soft as satin. So if you enjoy a very soft silk-like feeling, then microfiber is going to feel many times better than polyester.
Microfiber vs Cotton
Insulation – Microfiber is synthetic and cotton is organic, which causes a major difference in the amount of heath that is trapped under the sheets. However, cotton is still pretty warm, even more so if you take a thick comforter. I do prefer the feeling of warmth of cotton. It feels very different. This is due to the fact that cotton breathes much better.
Breathing – Microfiber is very bad at breathing, because of that you easily develop a sweat smell in your bed. Cotton breathes a lot better, so there is no real problem with the smell if you wash it often enough.
Cleaning – Microfiber is much easier to clean. You can use just about any product to clean it. You can wash it on the highest setting of your washing machine with no problem. While cotton is in no way a hard fabric to clean, you do need to take of it a bit more when cleaning. If you abuse it too much while cleaning your cotton is going to wear and tear a lot faster than microfiber would.
Price – There is a huge range for cotton and microfiber. It really helps to shop around to find the best deal. The price is mainly determined by 1. For microfiber by the thread count and 2. For cotton by the quality and if it is organic. Overall, the price of both can be high, but microfiber can be more expensive than cotton by quite a margin.
Feeling – The feeling of microfiber is a lot softer than cotton. Cotton can be a bit coarse when you first use it. Microfiber is soft from the second you use it. Cotton needs to be washed a few times before it gets soft. Overall, microfiber is a lot softer than cotton. So if you enjoy a soft feeling on your skin, microfiber is the better option between the two.
Microfiber vs Satin
Insulation – There is a massive difference between how much insolation there is between microfiber and satin. Satin is very bad at trapping heat, which makes it perfect to use in the summer. Microfiber comforters on the other hand are great at trapping heat. It is a great idea to buy a microfiber duvet for the winter, and a satin duvet for the summer. This way you always have a soft comforter without being too warm under the sheets.
Breathing – Most people don’t know this, but satin is pretty bad at letting air through. However, microfiber is even worse. If you want a breathable fabric, you should avoid both of these.
Cleaning – There is a massive difference between fiber and satin when it comes to cleaning. Satin is one of the – if not the – worst fabrics to clean. If you buy high-quality silk satin, you need to either wash this by hand or dry clean it. Microfiber on the other hand is extremely easy to clean. It is very forgiving, so you can clean in a way that is most convenient for you. You can use a most cleaning products on it without causing any issues.
Price – Satin is really expensive. Microfiber is somewhat cheaper. However, high-thread microfiber duvets are about the same price as a mid-tier satin duvet. So you need to take this into account when budgeting. Low-thread microfiber is not as expensive, but it will still cost more than e.g. polyester.
Feeling – Both of these feel really soft. If you have a low budget, you can go for the microfiber comforter. This is going to be pretty equal in softness. You can always buy both of them. This way you are going to get a soft pair of sheets in the summer and in the winter!
My 3 Favorite Microfiber Comforter Ideas
- Feels extremely soft and is great for insulation of your body warmth in the winter
- Has very good stitching that prevents the down inside from shifting
- Can be machine washed very easily without specific cleaning products
- The price is amazing, it is hard to find a better one in this price class
- The comforter is too thin to be a decent winter comforter and microfiber isn’t really suited for summer
- Not as durable as you would expect from a microfiber comforter
- One of the softest microfibers around and is thick enough to use in the winter
- Insulates your body warmth very well and does not develop odors
- Very easy to wash in the washing machine without needing any cleaning products
- A very decent price for a comforter made of microfiber
- The comforter is not very durable, so it might not last up to 20 years like other’s of this material
- The filling tends to shift too easy, which creates an unpleasant feeling
- The smell is not very pleasant, it does go away for the most part
- The comforter breathes very well despite being made out of synthetic materials
- Feels very soft and good on the skin in a way that reminds me of silky satin
- The weight is great to use in spring, autumn, and winter
- Very easy to care for and you can easily wash it in the washing machine
- The design is not really my style
- Perhaps a little too light for a comforter in a way that it feels unpleasant
Final thoughts about Microfiber Comforters
Microfiber comforters have been becoming more popular. For a good reason, as they are – in my opinion – much better than for example polyester, another synthetic comforter. Microfiber is very easy to clean and is very durable. The price of this kind of comforters can be pretty wide apart, the main factor in price is the thread count.
If you are planning on using microfiber all year round, don’t. It insulates your body heat under the sheets, and it does not breathe very well. So that is going to create a nasty sweat smell if you do not wash it often enough.
My final tip would be, if you enjoy the soft feeling of satin and microfiber, to buy a microfiber sheet for the winter and a satin one for the summer. That way you are going to have a soft comforter year-round.
Do you have a microfiber comforter you want to tell us about? Or do you have any questions about comforters in general? Let us know in the comments!