Goose-Feather and Down Duvet vs. Synthetic Duvet

Goose-feather and down duvets are among the most comfortable and luxurious duvets available on the market. They provide good insulation and are very handy to have around on a cold winter night. While they are on the expensive end, goose feather and down duvets are durable and last many years. Synthetic duvets, on the other hand, are made with polyester fibre. They are easy to care for and make a good option for allergy sufferers. They can give you the loft and softness of feather and down duvets at a lower price.

Aside from price points and comfort, goose-feather and down duvets differ significantly from synthetic duvets. Let’s find out just how different these two types of duvets are.


No manmade material can compete with goose feathers and down when it comes to the warmth they provide. This type of comforter is made from natural goose feathers and is very good at providing insulation. Goose-feather and down duvets can provide warmth without the heavy feeling. They are also breathable so you can stay warm without feeling sweaty.

Synthetic duvets can also provide appropriate warmth and are cheaper. The problem with synthetic duvets is that they can be too warm since they need to be heavy to provide maximum heating. You can end up sweaty and hot when using synthetic duvets.


Synthetic duvets are best suited for sensitive individuals or those with allergies. Be sure to find a duvet made from hypoallergenic materials if you come into this category. These will keep your allergy symptoms more manageable. To keep your duvets allergen-free, wash them at 140°F (60°C) to kill dust mites, microbes and other allergens.

On the other hand, goose feather and down duvets can trigger feather allergies. Sometimes, these natural fillings can also attract other allergens like dust mites.

Washer and Dryer Friendly

Opt for a synthetic duvet if you want something easy to wash and dry. But if you don’t mind the extra work it takes to clean your goose-feather and down duvet, you can take it to a professional dry cleaner to have it laundered. You can also do this yourself by using a very mild detergent. After washing, put it in the dryer and use the coldest setting. Remove occasionally and fluff to help the feathers retain their original loft. Make sure the duvet is completely dry before using or storing it since mould and mildew can flourish in down comforters.


Synthetic duvets are usually cheaper because the materials used to make them are readily available. They are mass-produced in factories, and pricing is within reach of the average shopper.

Price levels of duvets vary, depending on the filling used. Since goose feathers and down are scarcer than polyester, they can be more pricey. Pure goose-feather duvets cost less than pure down, so you can opt for them if you want a natural filling. Many manufacturers also use a combination of goose feather and down to reduce the price. However, it can still be expensive if high-loft feathers are used.

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