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Winter is here. For many people, that brings about a change of comforters and bedding. This winter, instead of going with the traditional down comforters you’ve heard so much about or may have, perhaps it’s time to make the switch to a wool comforter instead.
Wool is definitely good for more than just coats. In fact, some of the finest blankets on the planet are made of wool. These are just a few of the many great reasons why a wool comforter may be the best possible choice for you this winter.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Down
Down comforters bring plenty of strengths to your bed. They are incredibly warm, which is what most people seek in the winter. The downside of down, so to speak, is two-fold.
- They have outstanding insulating properties. While these insulating properties sound like a benefit, there is a definite downside to it. Because it holds the heat close to your body, you’re more likely to sweat throughout the night, creating a situation ripe for mold and mildew growth in your bedding and, possibly, your mattress.
- They can cause reactions in people who are allergic to the down. This means you’ll experience various respiratory symptoms upon exposure, and for every day of the winter in which you are exposed to the comforter if you’re allergic to down.
While most people are eager to enjoy the warmth that down comforters represent, this warmth could come at a greater cost than the price you pay for it.
The Wool Advantage
Wool offers several distinct advantages over down to savvy shoppers looking for a better all-around sleep experience this winter. Not only is wool a luxurious choice, just as down is, for winter bedding, it is also a comfortable choice in more ways than one.
- Wool is water-resistant. Instead of holding moisture in, it wicks it away from the skin allowing it to evaporate quickly, keeping you, and your bedding, dry throughout the night.
- Dries faster than cotton. This includes even when you sweat during the night. Wool doesn’t retain moisture, or run the risk of developing mold or mildew. This is the reason wool is such a popular choice for outdoor clothing and sleeping bags.
- Greater temperature regulation. Wool is a naturally thermoregulating material, meaning it can help keep you warm or keep you cool as needed. While down is only appropriate for winter use, wool is an excellent comforter choice year-round.
- Odor control. Because down is so insulating, it absorbs and traps odors, while wool is naturally breathable, making it odor resistant.
- Wool is heavier in weight. This makes it ideal for people interested in the benefits weighted blankets might bring to their sleep quality and quantity.
- Wool is naturally hypoallergenic. It’s a good choice for people who experience down allergies.
- Both wool and down are naturally biodegradable materials. This makes them, in their purest forms, good for the planet.
- Wool has properties that make it naturally fire-resistant. In fact, it is used in a variety of natural bedding products as a flame retardant. Wool is a much safer product to expose to your home and family than most other flame retardants used in bedding today.
The bottom line is that while both types of comforters have strengths and weaknesses, in side by side comparisons, wool comforters almost always come out on top for people interested in year-round comfort and managing moisture. If a restful night of sleep is high on your list of priorities, you might want to skip the down this winter, and try a wool comforter instead.
PlushBeds Natural Luxury Handmade Wool Comforter
While you’ve heard the many benefits wool comforters bring to your winter (summer, and in between) sleep, there are special benefits that can only be found in PlushBeds Natural Luxury Handmade Wool Comforters. These are largely the result of our commitment to the planet and all the creatures that call it home. One of the most important benefits to us that our comforters offer is that they are made 100 percent without cruelty to our animals, and 100 percent without chemicals.
We believe it is important to be caretakers of the planet, its people, and the animals who call it home as well. This includes the humane treatment of all our flocks when growing and gathering the wool. We also skip the harsh chemicals, dyes, scouring agents, etc. that are often used when processing wool that are responsible for unpleasant reactions in people who come in contact with the wool.
When making our wool comforters, we use Eco-Wool® for the filling and 100 percent certified organic cotton sateen for the encasement. This means you can feel good about the materials used in making your comforter, knowing that they have been responsibly sourced, grown, and harvested.
Then, you can enjoy the added layer of luxury that comes with knowing your comforter was handcrafted with care, just for you.
PlushBeds remains committed to providing exceptional quality in all of the products we create for you. This means we adhere to the highest standards at every stage of the process of creating our products. From our exceptional natural latex mattresses to our luxurious handmade wool comforters, we take great pride in offering quality products that promote a great night’s sleep without causing you to lose sleep over concerns about toxins, chemicals, and other materials that might be harmful to you, your family, or your planet.
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