Get Cozy with Feather & Down
Top Tip: Why choose Feather & Down?
Feathers are the rigid plumage found on the outside of ducks and geese. The main purpose of feathers in bedding is to provide bulk and support.
Down is the light fluffy coating found beneath the feathers of ducks and geese. Lighter than a feather, down is the most important ingredient in a feather and down duvet as it is responsible for generating the insulation and warmth. Down creates warmth through a process called ‘lofting’. Down clusters expand or loft to fill space and trap tiny pockets of air within their filaments to create thousands of insulating pockets. The more down cluster a duvet contains, the higher it can loft and thus the warmer the duvet is.
Goose down vs Duck down
Feather and down products are generally filled with down from either geese or ducks. When selecting a feather & down product, it is important to note that there is a significant warmth difference between goose down and duck down. Geese are larger birds than ducks and generally have bigger down clusters. Their filaments are therefore able to trap more air and provide more insulation. The general rule of thumb is the bigger the down cluster, the warmer the duvet. Given all other factors are equal, a 95% goose down duvet will be warmer than a 95% duck down duvet.