I can't imagine I'm alone in this predicament: I tend to flip-flop between being a hot and cold sleeper, as does my S.O., except, we never seem to be on the same page at the same time. We are not sleeping temperature compatible, people, and wow is it a nuisance. When my toes are frozen solid and I can't seem to cocoon myself enough in my comforter to achieve P.S.T. (perfect sleeping temperature), my beau is begging me to crank up the bed fan and dramatically throwing the blankets off of himself for relief...and vice versa.
Something that seemed to help a little was adding a blanket to my side for an additional layer of warmth (which would inevitably be transferred to him when my body decided to run 10 degrees hotter at night, and he would start wrapping his frigid legs around mine to steal my heat). That is until I received an email from Crane & Canopy about its Down Alternative Dual Comforter. The description for the product read: "You sleep cold. He sleeps hot. You can never agree on the right temperature for your bed at night." It's almost as if they were a fly on my bedroom wall that was tired of hearing our half-asleep bickering about P.S.T.
Without pause, I asked if they would be willing to send me a sample to test, because I figured if I was dealing with this, and enough people at Crane & Canopy saw the same problem that needed solving, you dear readers would also benefit from hearing about this should it be good enough to share.
So how exactly does the "dual" comforter work to satisfy two conflicting temperature desires? It's pretty simple actually: one half of the comforter has 10-inch sewn through boxes while the other has 7-inch compartments, each with different weight and warmth levels. As I'm currently in my "I'm freezing" sleeping state, I decided to test out the warmer side, while my partner got the lightweight portion of the comforter. Something to note is I thought you'd be able to see the different sections through my duvet cover (maybe not important to some, but important to me), but rest assured it's not an issue if that's something you also wondered about. You can kind of tell the interior boxes are different sizes if you haven't fluffed your bedding in a few days, but it didn't bother me (you'd have to be staring pretty intently to notice, tbh).
I digress; back to how it actually slept. After about a month of testing, I can earnestly report that the comforter seems to do what it advertises. Frankly, after about a week, I forgot I was supposed to be looking out for things to note about the duvet insert because both myself and my S.O. were sleeping so comfortably. Both mine and my partner's temperature complaints had seemed to wind down and we found harmony. I asked him a few weeks into testing how he liked the comforter and, being that he had totally forgotten we were even testing anything, he said "Oh yeah! That must explain why I haven't been so sweaty at night." I took that as a good sign.
While the dual comforter is a bit pricey ($199 for a full/queen), it does feel really high quality, and is far more luxurious than the $75 one I had previously purchased from HomeGoods. It feels hefty yet cloud-like, and has enough loft that it looks fluffy and inviting when I make the bed. Also, the comforter itself has these little tie loops in the corners that sync up with the ties on the interior of my duvet, and it all stays in place better than any other bedding I've ever had. If at some point I find myself upgrading to a king-sized bed and it's time to buy another comforter, I can definitely see myself investing in the larger size, all in the name of P.S.T.