How To Buy Comforters for the Best Price
A comforter is to a bed what hair is to a head: Its purpose is to cover, provide warmth, and insulate from the surrounding elements. And with countless styles and colors from which to choose, changing your comforter can provide a quick and easy update for your bedroom. If both your bedding and bank account are less than stellar, read on for some quick tips on how to score a new comforter on the cheap.
Try Amazon Renewed
Think of it as Amazon’s “Returns” Department. Let’s say a customer buys a new steam mop, receives it, and decides they don’t want it because it’s battery-powered, not electric like they’d thought. The customer returns the mop, but not before their two-year-old successfully turns the product’s packaging into a fun house. Since Amazon is very customer-friendly, they accept the return, damaged packaging and all.
But now, what does Amazon do with the mop? Another customer who pays full price won’t be happy if they receive that mop in a crayon-scribbled box. That’s where Amazon Renewed comes in. The company sells refurbished items and products in damaged or opened packaging at a nice discount.
All Renewed products also come with a 90-day warranty, as well as Amazon’s standard return policy. But remember, inventory comes from customer returns, which means there usually won’t be more than one of any product, so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate or someone else will snag it first!
Consider Synthetic Fabrics
When shopping for a low-priced comforter, you’ll want to keep an eye out for ones made from synthetic materials, as these are typically lower in price than natural ones. When performing a keyword search, try “down-alternative” or “microfiber” in your query. The good news is that synthetic fabrics have come a long way in recent years, and not only are down-alternative comforters as soft and warm as their natural counterparts, they’re also hypo-allergenic, making them a smart choice for allergy sufferers.
Try a Duvet
Another option when you’re on a limited budget is to purchase just a duvet cover. Sometimes referred to as a comforter cover, a duvet is just that, a slipcover for your comforter. Duvet covers often come with matching pillow shams, which allows for a completely new look for your outdated bedding set.
When shopping for a duvet, you’ll want to make sure to select the same size as your current comforter. If you have a king-sized bed, for instance, don’t even think about purchasing a full-sized duvet or it won’t fit properly. Duvets are also easily removable, so on laundry day, you can simply toss it in the washing machine without the need to clean a bulky comforter.
When Bed In a Bag Is Best
If your bedding currently consists of little more than your old childhood blanket and some worn-out, mismatched sheets, you may want to consider purchasing a bed in a bag. Typically, these sets will include everything you need to “dress” your bed: comforter, shams, pillowcases, sheets, and bed skirt. However, you’ll only want to choose this option if you truly need all these components, as not only are bed-in-a-bag sets more expensive then a comforter alone, but the quality is often lacking.
When sheets are sold on their own, the thread count is typically listed on the outside of the package. However, bed in a bag sheet sets are notoriously rough and scratchy, and often the product packaging won’t advise of the thread count. And since bed in a bag sets start at around $50 for a queen size set, about twice as much as a comforter alone, you’ll have to decide if the extra included bedding items are worth it.
Wait for January Deals
According to money.com, there is the best time of year to buy everything, from cars, jewelry, mattresses, even gym memberships (which is June, by the way). January is the month to buy bedding, in part due to an abundance of after-Christmas customer returns and markdowns.
It’s also the time of year for stores to hold “white sales”, a push by retailers to move out all the seasonal, heavy-weight bedding in favor of anything light, airy, and cotton for the upcoming warmer months. So, if you can wait until this time of year, you might be able to score a great deal!