I don’t know what the best season of the year is, but the worst one has to be the one we’re in right now: Winspring. Or maybe Sprinter. But don’t be fooled: giving this cold-one-day-hot-the-next weather a cutesy name does nothing to temper how absolutely annoying it is to exist (and especially dress) in.
Even sleeping right now is hard for me here in Atlanta. I’ve had nights where I fall asleep with the heat on, wake up sweating in the middle of the night and have to turn the thermostat to cool and blast the ceiling fan just to get back to sleep.
My problem, it turns out, was a really crappy comforter. One I’ve had so long I’m embarrassed to even type. I recently got the chance to try the Buffy comforter, the latest trendy bed-in-a-box product, when the company sent me a sample, and I have to say I’m a complete convert. It’s a down-alternative comforter made of a mixture of microfiber and eucalyptus fiber, and the inside filling is made from recycled plastic bottles, which are spun into polyester and “crimped for fluffiness.” (Whatever crimper the folks at Buffy are using must be much better than the styling tool I used to get Britney Spears hair in high school, because when I put Buffy on my bed for the first time, it didn’t feel like plastic or polyester — it just felt like a fluffy cloud.)
(Image credit: Courtesy of Buffy)
Buffy also takes advantage of something called 37.5 Technology, a proprietary technology designed with active particles to trap energy and moisture vapor to keep you hot when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. 37.5 Technology has been mostly used in sports apparel, but has also made big strides in the sleep tech world, working its way into sheets from NuSleep and Sleep Number and now Buffy, the first comforter to integrate this magic.
And so far the magic seems to be working. I’m a gal who loves to wrap herself in a blanket burrito, so I’ve spent plenty of sofa-to-sleep hours with Buffy. When it’s a breezy evening in my loft, the comforter feels lightweight around my shoulders, and when I’m in bed as the temps drop at 2 AM, it must be working to keep me warm, because I sleep soundly until my alarm goes off, where I wake up rested and conveniently not in a pool of sweat.
My husband, who generally sleeps hot, thought the Buffy was too warm (he did wake up sweaty after a few mornings with it). So if you’re a similar warm sleeper, Buffy might not be for you. But if you’re looking for an eco-friendly and affordable down-alternative comforter that has the same warming power as down, definitely give Buffy a try.
Get it: Buffy comforter; Twin/Couch for $120, Full/Queen for $150, King/Cal King for $190. Buffy also offers a 30-day free trial (with free shipping) if you want to test it out for yourself.
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