Flame retardant, resistant to dust mites, and heat regulating, a wool comforter (also known as a wool duvet) can really take your sleep to the next level.
I’m a pro when it comes to napping, so I was delighted to get the chance to test some of the best eco-friendly and organic wool comforters.
The one that ticked all the boxes for me was an absolute delight to sleep under.
Care Instructions: Spot clean as required. Machine washable on soak and spin cycles only. Wringing and machine drying are not recommended. Ideally, you should hang outside to dry naturally.
They Say: Enjoy deep, restorative sleep with our premium wool comforter. Handmade in the USA with premium eco-wool® fill and organic cotton sateen. Exceptionally lightweight, cozy, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic. 100% chemical and cruelty-free.
We Say: I do like a touch of luxury in the bedroom, and this comforter certainly packs a punch when it comes to luxury.
Made in the U.S. by PlushBeds, this comforter is lightweight but incredibly cozy. It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
PlushBeds are a Green America Certified Business, so you can sleep easy knowing that you’re cocooned in a comforter from a fully sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturer.
This comforter is made from the purest, cruelty-free, 100% virgin wool. No chemicals are used during the manufacturing process, making it a great choice for people with sensitivities and allergies.
Good quality, washable, duvet covers are always recommended with using comforters. I’ve paired the PlushBeds Luxury Handmade Natural Wool Comforter tightly woven, fair trade certified, 100% organic cotton duvet cover and mattress protector.
You’re covered by a 30-day warranty for manufacturer defects, and that is the only reason you’ll want to return this comforter.
It’s sheer luxury and worth every cent!
Natural wool comforters are really gaining in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why when you consider the benefits.
Wool is naturally flame retardant. The fire-resistant properties of wool come from its high nitrogen and water content. This means that wool needs greater levels of oxygen to burn than is present in our atmosphere. You have to try hard to set fire to wool, and even then it will not spread.
Human sweat is odorless. We start to smell when bacteria starts to grow on old sweat. Bacteria cannot thrive on wool, making it naturally odor-resistant.
Dust mites also struggle to thrive on wool. They need moisture to survive, but wool’s microscopic pores keep the moisture levels low.
Wool can absorb around 35% of its own weight in moisture. This moisture is then released into the air as vapor. This ‘breathability’ helps regulate temperature and makes wool an ideal choice for bedding when looking for an alternative to down comforters (made from feathers).
A wool comforter is made by encasing the natural wool fibers in an outer casing, usually cotton. It’s then stitched into a quilted pattern to produce a product that’s incredibly soft to the touch.
The ultra-soft nature of wool comforters makes them ideal for people who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic muscle pain.
A wool comforter made from organic wool, encased in organic cotton, is an incredibly earth-friendly product.
The wool can be sourced from local farmers sustainably grazing sheep in the fields of organic farms, keeping the environmental impact of the product to a minimum.
Organic wool is produced using manufacturing practices that are kinder to the planet. If the wool needs washing it’s done using natural soap and zero harmful chemicals. If the wool needs coloring it’s done using non-toxic dyes.
When they reach the end of their usable life organic wool comforters can be easily recycled into other wool products or even left to naturally biodegrade.
Wool is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to the mold, mildew, and bacteria responsible for many common allergies. This makes a wool-filled comforter a fantastic option for asthma sufferers, for example.
Organic wool comforters are made without the use of toxic chemicals, dyes, and bleaching agents.
This makes them better for the environment and people with sensitive skin and other allergic conditions.
Static attracts many airborne pollutants such as dust, lint, dirt, and hair. Wool generates very little static electricity and so stays cleaner for longer when compared to synthetic materials.
Wool fibers have an incredible ability to absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and improve the quality of indoor air.
The PlushBeds Luxury Handmade Natural Wool Comforter got the nod as my favorite, but it was a close-run race.
There were five others that really caught my eye. One of these might be more suitable for your individual needs.
Care Instructions: Spot clean as required. Occasional sun exposure will revitalize the wool. Machine washable on soak and spin cycles only. Do not wring or machine dry.
They Say: Designed and handcrafted for comfort, warmth, and coziness, our certified organic quilted comforters are made from GOTS-certified wool encased in GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen. Hand-tufted and stitched around the perimeter so the wool batting stays in place. Now with corner ties for securing into your duvet cover. These comforters naturally regulate body temperature, ensuring a restful sleep in any season.
We Say: There really was very little to separate this comforter from the overall winner.
They both use similar, high-quality, certified organic products and materials to produce incredible comforters.
This Holy Lamb option has a hand-tufted organic cotton cover. It is stitched around the perimeter to ensure that the wool batting stays in place.
On the subject of wool, both Holy Lamb and PlusBeds use premium eco-wool®. Eco-wool® is not officially certified organic but is the best alternative. It is climate beneficial wool produced using standards that go beyond that required of organic wool.
I especially liked the corner ties on this comforter. A neat solution to the problem of a comforter moving around in a duvet cover.
Holy Lamb Organics have a zero-waste philosophy. All the byproducts from the production of this comforter are reused, recycled, or composted. They also offer eco-friendly packaging options that some other comforters do not.
When it came down to it the choice was a tricky one.
I feel that Holy Lamb Organics have slightly better eco-credentials than PlushBeds, but the PlushBeds comforter was slightly more cozy and around $100 cheaper.
That said, the Holy Lamb Organics Certified Best Organic Wool Comforter is still a dream to dream under and may well be the perfect option for you.
Care Instructions: Gentle machine wash. Avoid prolonged direct sunlight.
They Say: We use square stitching technology to help fill the wool so that the filling remains flat and not easy to slip. Three-dimensional edging can protect the edge of the quilt, wear-resistant and durable.
We Say: This is a lightweight, yet cozy, comforter that treads as gently on your wallet as it does on the planet.
It currently has a 94% five-star rating on Amazon and is a Honey Best Seller.
Filled with pure, natural, Australian fine wool, this comforter regulated my body temperature nicely.
Quality has not been sacrificed to achieve the budget price. The outer casing is soft to the touch (although I would always recommend using a good quality, organic cotton, duvet cover) and the entire product is OEKO-TEX certified. Giving you peace of mind that it’s eco-friendly and free of harmful substances.
A solid comforter at a very good price.
Care Instructions: The instructions on this comforter say not to dry clean or wash in a machine. Instead, you should spot clean and leave it in the sun for several hours to air and fluff.
They Say: The highest quality alpaca wool comes directly from Peru where alpaca have naturally grazed in the Andes Mountains for thousands of years. Peruvian alpaca is bred specifically for its lustrous and silky natural fibers that are light, soft, warm, and lanolin-free. Alpaca wool is a natural fleece that belongs to the noble fibers such as mohair, cashmere or angora. A superior quality fiber to sheep’s wool with the same natural thermo-regulating properties, it provides the perfect environment for sleep.
We Say: This is a great product for people with super sensitive skin looking for alternative comforter options.
Alpaca wool bedding items are a fantastic alternative to sheep’s wool bedding products because they’re lanoline-free.
All the wool for Ave Maria comforters is sourced from local producers and farmers in Peru.
This was my first experience with an Alpaca wool comforter and I could not tell the difference in terms of coziness, heat regulation, moisture-wicking, etc.
If you’re sensitive to lanoline but still like the idea of getting a good night’s sleep under an all-natural comforter, then look no further than this alternative comforter option from Ave Maria.
Care Instructions: Do not machine wash or dry. Spot clean with a soft brush and mild detergent. Regular sunning and airing. The sun will naturally revitalize and disinfect wool bedding.
They Say: These medium-weight all-season wool comforters are filled with 100% organic Merino wool, one of the most sought-after wools highly prized for its softness and non-itchiness. Pure wool bedding has been scientifically tested and proven to slow your pulse rate which is a sign of deeper relaxation. They are encased in an organic cotton sateen 400 TC cover. These comforters naturally regulate body temperature and are moisture-wicking, ensuring breathability and a restful sleep. Exclusive quilting patterns eliminate the wool batting from shifting.
We Say: Merino wool comes from a breed of sheep much sought after for its soft and finely crimped wool. The thin diameter of the wool makes it less rough than standard sheep’s wool and ideal for wool bedding.
The quilted design and finest organic cotton sateen fabric used made this the softest comforter to the touch that I tested. This is not massively high on my list of priorities though as I always cover my comforters in a 100% organic cotton duvet cover.
I think Merino wool is somewhat wasted in natural wool comforters. I love the feel of this super soft natural material and don’t believe its best use is as a filling. I would much prefer a merino wool blanket.
Care Instructions: Do not machine wash or dry. Spot clean with a soft brush and mild detergent. Allow the product to air dry completely.
They Say: This Four Seasons Experience Set comprises the following Sleep and Beyond items: Wool comforter, Wool mattress topper, Wool pillow, 400 thread count sheet set with fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcases, and duvet cover. Our Four Seasons Experience is a perfect blend of beauty, durability, and comfort created without any pesticides or carcinogenic chemicals.
We Say: This is the most expensive option I reviewed but would be perfect if you’re looking to buy a complete wool bedding set in one go.
What is probably even more impressive than the quality of this organic wool bedding set is the details they have gone into in the FAQ PDF available on their website.
Look out for these official certifications to ensure that the wool bedding you buy matches your eco-friendly ideals.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX is a certification given to textiles that have been fully tested for harmful substances.
If you buy an OEKO-TEX certified product you can rest assured that every element has been tested and certified as harmless for human health.
You can use their label checker here.
GOTS is the global leader in textile processing standards for organic fibers and is backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
You can search the GOTS database here to see if your organic wool comforter is truly organic.
In the context of organic bedding, a USDA Organic certification will only be given to products that are made using 100% organic materials and processes.
GreenGuard Gold is an air quality standard.
Organic bedding carrying a GreenGuard Gold certification has been tested and guaranteed to emit very low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) was established in 1982 and certificates Crop production
Wild crop harvesting, Livestock production, and Handling production (including processing, handling, marketing, restaurants, retail, fiber, and textiles).
Most hotel comforters will usually be a mid-range option of down or wool blended with synthetic materials. A 100% wool-filled comforter is more time-consuming to launder, which is not ideal for hotels. Cotton-polyester blends are most common for the sheets due to their durability.
There are a few simple hacks to help upgrade your sleep at home to five-star luxury.
Microfiber comforters are usually cheaper than organic comforters. They are also easier to clean when filled with manmade fibers. However, I would always recommend an organic comforter over a microfiber one.
You can find some very good deals (especially around Black Friday) and if you go for a washable wool comforter it can even go in the washing machine. However, washable wool is exposed to chlorine then coated in a polymer resin, making it less eco-friendly than other chemical-free options.
When searching for the best wool comforter (or wool duvet as some people like to call them) I tried to balance my needs with the needs of the planet.
I could have the coziest bed setup in the world, but I think I’d struggle to sleep soundly if I knew that my choices had taken a toll on the planet.
I hope my musings in this article have given a good balance between comfort and eco-friendliness and will help you with your next comforter purchase.