Budget Basics: 9 Down & Down Alternative Comforters Under $100

Budget Basics: 9 Down & Down Alternative Comforters Under $100

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Arlyn Hernandez
Mar 15, 2013

I love a big ol' comforter on the bed — perfect for snuggling under on a cold night (or, in my case in South Florida where there are rarely cold nights, when the fan is on high) and super easy for fluffing up and making the bed in the morning. Comforter inserts are fantastic choices because though a little pricier than "fashion" comforters, you only need to buy one and you can swap out the duvet cover whenever you want. If you're on the hunt for one but are looking to spend under $100 for a queen, here are nine great down and down-alternative options for your home.

I've used Utopia Bedding's pillows before and quite enjoyed them, so I'd trust this best-selling comforter from the brand.

Size: 88" x 88" / Fill density: 350GSM


With nearly 4,000 5-star ratings on Wayfair, this microfiber-filled comforter is a sure bet (especially at this price point).

Size: 90" x 88" / Fill density: 40 oz.


Don't forget to check discount stores for comforters (in fact, they're my favorite source for bedding in general!). You'd be hard-pressed to find a similar option at the retailer's full-priced store.

Size: 90" x 88" / Fill density: 60 oz.


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Looking for something luxurious and fluffy? This one available at Overstock has a 70-ounce fill, plus a ton of positive reviews, including: "We love this comforter and it has a great weight and warmth for the cost! It stays very fluffy and we have had it over a year. This is a great winter weight for those cold feet!"

Size: 90" x 88" / Fill density: 77 oz.


One of the few down-filled comforters on our list of options under $100, The Sweethome recommends this as their bargain choice for the price. From The Sweethome's review: "Costco's Pacific Coast Platinum European Comforter is a steal. It's made of 650-fill-power duck down and can compete with comforters that cost twice as much."

Size: 90" x 98" / Fill density: 650 Fill Power Hyperclean® Pacific Coast down


Of course, IKEA is a great resource for budget bedding, but their comforters, especially their pricier options like the RODTOPPA, are solid contenders (though they run a little smaller than luxury versions from other retailers). From one purchaser who gave it a 5-star rating: "Fit the bill as an affordable choice for a new comforter that was warm and stayed fluffy. There has been no compaction and it continues to feel like a hotel comforter."

Size: 86" x 86" / Fill density: Not available


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Both the queen and king sizes of this comforter fall under the $100 mark of this highly praised comforter. Plus, at 90" x 94", it'll be nicely into most duvet covers.

Size: 90" x 94" / Fill density: 53 oz.


With 48 ounces of fill, this comforter is on the lighter side, but reviewers comment it still keeps them plenty warm (while others say it's not so warm that they get hot at night...win/win!).

Size: 88" x 88" / Fill density: 48 oz.


I wish a fill density was available on this comforter, but reviewers have given it an average 4.3-star rating, and have commented on it being just fluffy enough. For instance: "Love, love, love! I went from a normal comforter to using a duvet with this product as the insert. Every night, it's like sleeping inside of a cloud. I cannot get enough of it! My experience with down alternatives is limited to this product, but I am not disappointed one bit. It keeps me warm, but I never wake up too hot to not be able to sleep. I used a 20% off coupon on this, making it an even better buy!"

Size: 92" x 96" / Fill density: Not available


*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 03.15.13. - AH

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