I’ve been sleeping under down comforters for more than thirty years. But when my puppy Lenore recently turned my bedroom into what looked like the massacre of a flock of seagulls (with an impressive debris field, I might add), I took the opportunity to try an alternative to a feather-stuffed comforter.
I have been hearing great things about “down-alternative” comforters for a long time and had been thinking about trying one for a while. My feelings about the killing of animals for the sole purpose of supporting a luxury agenda have evolved considerably. As opposed to leather for shoes, I would definitely consider things like fur, ostrich skin and goose feathers luxuries and absolute non-necessities. As I learn more, see more and think about it more, the more vulgar and unnecessary it seems. I’m not wired to blindly look in the other direction. The down-alternative was the perfect chance to take another road.
After a lot of comparison shopping online, I eventually settled on a down-alternative comforter by Ralph Lauren from Macy’s. Two words: game changer. It has a 233 thread-count cotton cover and a very plush fill. It provides fabulous warmth, incredible comfort and amazing breathability. In addition to that, it also happens to be machine washable.
As one would for a regular down comforter, I needed a duvet cover. I bought two identical ones in white. I flip the comforter each week (clean side up) and change the cover altogether every two weeks. Dogs, man.
After a month, I’m not missing the feathers at all. Between my latex/memory foam mattress and fantastic sheets from Casper and my new down-alternative comforter, I’m sleeping better than ever and enjoying a newfound luxury with the added peace of mind knowing that no animals were harmed to accommodate my comfort.