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Buyer’s Guide to SFERRA Down and Down Alternative Duvet Inserts

  • by Melanie Viaje
  • 8 min read

This article offers an overview of duvet inserts offered by SFERRA and a helpful buyer’s guide that discusses weight, fill power, price, and more.

Inside this Article:

When the weather begins to cool, our thoughts naturally turn to building a cozy, indulgent, welcoming bed in which to dream the nights away. And there’s no better place to start than with luxury Italian linen maker, SFERRA. But while SFERRA is known for its stunning sheets, duvet covers, and decorative accessories, it also offers a selection of one of the most important – and often overlooked pieces – of your bedding ensemble: your duvet insert.

The Fine Linen and Bath Design team is here to help introduce you to SFERRA’s many duvet insert options which range in warmth, fill materials, and price. This buyer’s guide will help you pick your ideal SFERRA duvet insert.

What Is a Duvet Insert?

First, let’s clarify our home décor terminology. A comforter, duvet, and duvet insert all refer to the same thing: a piece of bedding designed to fit inside a duvet cover to provide warmth and cover the bed. SFERRA offers many high-quality duvet options with various weights (warmth), fill powers, and fill materials. Most of these are made with a baffle box construction, square compartments that hold the fill material in place; this eliminates cold spots and provides for optimal thermal regulation and consistent warmth. Some duvets are styled as a blanket or quilt, with a “sewn-through” construction and design that can be placed either in a duvet cover or directly on a bed. SFERRA duvets are sewn with corner ties to secure your duvet to the cover and hold it firmly in place (an absolute must for anyone who’s ever wrestled with a duvet that has pooled at the bottom of its cover).

What are SFERRA Duvets Made and Filled With?

SFERRA duvets are made from high-thread-count cotton in percale, Batiste or sateen weaves as well as from silk. They are filled with various types of down including duck, European white goose down, and – in the most luxurious style – eiderdown. Down, which is the fluffy layer under the feathers of ducks and geese, is nearly weightless, which makes it ideal for adjusting to your body temperature while providing warmth and breathability. “Fill power” is a term used to measure the warmth of down comforters. Down clusters are graded according to their fill power (or loft) which measures their ability to regain their original volume after being compressed. A higher fill power comforter will be loftier, lighter, and warmer, and an overall superior choice. SFERRA also offers a down alternative duvet insert that is filled with hypoallergenic filling and another alternative comforter filled with non-allergenic wool; these materials are the best duvet insert options for individuals who are sensitive to feather down.

Let’s take a closer look at the SFERRA duvet collection (note: some styles are offered in light, medium, and heavyweight options; we recommend using a lighter-weight comforter for a hot sleeper or a warmer climate, and increasing weight as conditions and personal preferences dictate. As you refer to the comparison chart, you will see three prices quoted to reflect this).

SFERRA Down Alternative Duvets

Sferra Arcadia Down Alternative Duvet Inserts, Pillows and Blanket

SFERRA Arcadia Down Alternative Duvet crosses the thermal insulating properties of featherweight down with the easy-care attributes of modern techno-fibers. A baffled construction allows room for the hypoallergenic 100-percent Micro-fiber fill to breathe, keeping it fresher and helping to maintain the fills' warming properties. Sleek 330 thread count all-cotton sateen shell with double-stitched piping, available only in crisp White in medium or heavy weights. The SFERRA Arcadia Lightweight Blanket is a versatile addition to the style; it is a lightweight option sized like a duvet but sewn-through like a down blanket, with an hourglass pattern to be used by itself or with a duvet cover. Easy to wash and dry. Matching pillows are available.

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Sferra Parson Down Alternative Duvet Insert

SFERRA Parson Down Alternative Duvet was inspired by the need for a luxurious alternative fiber comforter that adapts to modern life. Its zigzag pattern may be a classic, but its fill is most unusual; instead of traditional down, Parson is filled with Alpaca wool, an allergen-free natural material. This soft and thermally balanced fleece helps the animals withstand severe temperatures in the Andes, while being lightweight and breathable enough that it can be used year-round. Sewn through construction doubles as quilt. Air out, machine wash, dry clean.

Check the price on Abyss Super Twill towels

SFERRA Down Duvets

Sferra Buxton Goose Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

SFERRA Buxton offers varying levels of fill power to customize the perfect sleeping experience. Made with 600+ fill power European White Goose Down inside 350 thread count Cotton Batiste Ticking in light, medium, and heavy weights. Matching pillows are available.

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Sferra Cardigan Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

SFERRA Cardigan offers amazing softness and warmth with 800+ fill power Siberian White Goose Down cocooning you into the sweetest of dreams. Carefully constructed of German cotton sateen ticking filled down clusters that interlock and trap air to keep you warm and remarkably comfortable. Matching pillows available. White.

Check the price on Abyss Super Twill towels

Sferra Cornwall Goose Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

SFERRA Cornwall is the bedding connoisseur’s foundation for a good night's sleep. Cornwall duvets are filled with 900+ fill count European white goose down inside 345 TC cotton Batiste ticking. Cornwall is light and airy while offering the coziest warmth against the cold. Pillows are available.

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Sferra Dover Duck Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

The quality and value of SFERRA Dover European White Duck Down makes it a great down option for luxury bedding. The fill-loft of its feathery plumules produces a cushioned layer of warmth as an inviting cocoon for sleeping. Available in 600 fill weight, white duck down inside 350 TC cotton Batiste with 12” baffle box construction.

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Sferra Snowdon Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

The SFERRA Snowdon silk duvet will cocoon you into the sweetest of dreams. Carefully constructed of down clusters, which interlock and trap air to keep you warm and comfortable. Made in stunning 434 TC pure German Ivory Silk Jacquard ticking filled with 900+ Canadian White Goose Down. Pillows available. Ivory silk jacquard.

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Sferra Somerset Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

For light and airy bedding with perfect warmth, SFERRA Somerset offers Polish white goose down encased in pure cotton sateen to keep their cozy loft night after night. Made with German cotton sateen ticking. Pillows available.

 

 

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Sferra Tilney Down Blankets

SFERRA Tilney Down Blanket carries the company’s signature quality specifications: a beautiful cotton batiste ticking, premium European White Goose down, a decorative diamond stitched through construction, and flanges on all sides. While it functions first and foremost as a down blanket, it's designed for versatility. SFERRA has made it with corner-loops, so you can use it as a low-profile down stuffer by tying it securely to the interior corner-ties of a SFERRA duvet cover. Made with 350 thread count 100% Cotton Batiste Ticking and filled 600+ fill European White Goose Down.

Check the price on Abyss Super Twill towels

Sferra Utopia Down Duvet Inserts and Pillows

SFERRA Utopia is a prized duvet of unique and luxurious craftsmanship. Utopia defies fill power—this extraordinary, almost weightless, down is culled from the Eider duck in Iceland and is renowned throughout the world as the most efficient insulation against the cold. It is the rarest down, encased in sumptuous silk jacquard ticking, making the experience of Utopia all the more indulgent, opulent, and beautiful. Utopia is available by custom order only and takes approximately two months to produce. All made-to-order sales are final. Pillows available. Ivory silk jacquard.

Check the price on Abyss Super Twill towels

SFERRA Down and Down Alternative Duvet Inserts Comparison

SFERRA Down Alternative Duvets Comparison Chart

 

Material Fill Weight Construction Sizes Additional Details

Arcadia

330 Thread Count

100% Cotton Sateen

Hypo-allergenic
Pluma-fil down alternative

Medium
Heavy

Lightweight blanket sewn through with hourglass pattern
 
Medium and heavy duvet insert, 15” baffle box, Piped edging, Corner loops, Corner silks

Twin

Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable

Made In: USA of imported materials

Parson

425 Thread Count

100% Cotton Sateen

Oeko-Tex certified,

Fabric made in France

Alpaca Wool Down - Alternative Clinically tested to be free of allergens Medium

Sewn through
Doubles as quilt
 
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Air regularly, Dry clean, Gentle wash

Made In: Poland

 

SFERRA Down Duvets Comparison Chart

 

Material Fill Weight Construction Sizes Additional Details

Buxton

350 Thread Count

Cotton

Batiste Ticking

600+ European White Goose Down

Light
Medium
Heavy

12” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable

Made In: USA of imported materials

Cardigan

350 Thread Count

German Cotton

Batiste Ticking

800+ Siberian
White Goose Down

Light
Medium
Heavy
15” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Full / Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable, No agitator

Made In: USA of imported materials

Cornwell

345 Thread Count

German Cotton

Batiste Ticking

900+ European
White Goose Down
Light
Medium
Heavy
15” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Full / Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable, No agitator

Made In: USA of imported materials

Dover

350 Thread Count

Cotton

Batiste Ticking

900+ European
White Duck Down
Medium

12” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable, No agitator

Made In: USA of imported materials

Snowdon

434 Thread Count

100% German woven Silk jacquard

900+ European White Goose Down

Light
Medium
Heavy
15” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Queen

King

Color: Ivory

Care: Dry Clean only

Made In: USA of imported materials

Somerset

380 Thread Count

100% German woven cotton sateen

700+ Polish White Goose Down

Light
Medium
Heavy

15” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Full / Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable, No agitator

Made In: USA of imported materials

Tilney Down Blanket

350 Thread Count

100% cotton Batiste
ticking

600 European White Goose Down Medium

7" Sewn-through diamond box construction
Flanged edges
Corner loops
Corner embroidery with SFERRA logo

Twin

Full / Queen

King

Color: White

Care: Machine Washable, No agitator

Made In: USA of imported materials

Utopia

434 Thread Count

100% German woven
Silk jacquard

Eider down Light
Medium
Heavy

12” baffle box
Piped edging
Corner loops
Corner silks

Twin

Queen

King

Color: Ivory

Care: Dry clean only

Made In: USA of imported materials


No matter what style, weight, and fill duvet you choose, you will be able to use it with any SFERRA or other luxury linen duvet cover. The Fine Linen and Bath Design Team realizes that choosing a duvet is indeed an investment. Moreover, due to hygiene standards and regulations Pillows, Comforters, and mattress pads & toppers (including any Down and Alternative Down items) are not returnable under any circumstances. We encourage you to contact us for personal, individual consultation prior to purchase if you have any questions on these items. We have a limited number of sample books in our showroom that we can loan you for a brief period to review duvet sample swatches at home.

Caring for Your SFERRA Duvet

Some duvets specifically state that dry cleaning is required. For washable duvets, we recommend using a gentle, concentrated, pH-neutral laundry detergent specially formulated for luxury fabrics like Heritage Park All-Purpose Laundry Detergent. Follow the care label guidelines and do not wash your SFERRA duvet in a machine with an agitator mechanism (front loading or drum washers only). Gentle cycle only in cool or cold water is best.

About SFERRA

For more than 125 years, SFERRA has been known for creating the finest luxury linens in the world. By holding true to their standards since its founding in 1891, SFERRA fulfills its commitment to fine tailoring, impeccable craftsmanship and unparalleled innovation in all of its products: sheets, towels, duvets, decorative pillows, table linen, and more. The master weavers who make SFERRA linens are artisans who carry on a rich tradition that has been honed and perfected over centuries. The result of their efforts? Sheets, duvets, pillowcases, shams, towels, table linens, and napkins known as the finest on earth. SFERRA linens are legendary for luxury, design, and timeless style.

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