Which is Warmer: Duck Down or Goose Down?

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Down material is the most luxurious material that you can use when choosing new bedding. It is light, soft and fluffy and allows you to feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 


However, down products are predominantly made out of two different types of down, Duck down and Goose down. The difference between the two types can become confusing with some people preferring duck down and others goose down. 


Cuddledown offers a range of luxurious and affordable goose down bedding such as pillows and duvets so that you can invest in bedding that will last longer and keep you comfortable throughout the year. 


What is Down Material?


Down is a very different material to other alternatives such as feathers. This is because it is sourced from the underbelly of the animal, which can also be called the plumage of the animal. 

It is soft and light and it allows the birds to stay warm during the cold winter months. Duck and goose down are the most popular types of down material because they have a high fill power meaning you need less material to fill a pillow or duvet. 


Bigger clusters, such as those that exist in goose and duck down allow the bedding to feel airy and light as well as keeping you well insulated and warm. It is this perfect mix that makes down material so sought-after and comfortable. 


However, what is the difference between the down from a duck and the down from a goose. In fact there are plenty of differences between the two which this guide will go into now.

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Does Goose down or Duck down have a higher fill power?


The first difference is in fill power, ducks are usually much smaller animals than geese and therefore the size of the down is much smaller. 


Fill power is determined by the size of the cluster and this means that ducks have much smaller clusters, this leads to duck down more often than not having a lower fill power than goose down.


The fill power of goose down ranges from around 600 - 900 whereas because of the size of ducks, the fill power of duck down ranges from 300 - 700.


Although still good and comfortable and much better than feathers, duck down is not as light and fluffy as goose down. 


What is Warmer between Duck Down and Goose Down?


This fill power affects the warmth of the down, the higher the fill power the more insulated and therefore warm the material is.


Therefore, by rule goose down is warmer than duck down on almost all occasions. The only time when duck down might be warmer is when you are filling it with more clusters than you are of goose down. 


For example, bedding filled with two clusters of duck down at 500 fill power compared to one goose down cluster of 800 fill power. 


Is Duck Down or Goose Down Cheaper?


One of the biggest differences between the two types of down is that duck down is much cheaper than goose down. 


It is easier to ethically source and is more widely available. This means that goose down is much more luxurious than duck down but this does unfortunately make it more expensive.


Search through Cuddledown’s range of luxurious goose down bedding and find the perfect bedding for your future comfort. 

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