Duvet Buying Guide
The luxurious icing on top of the cake
Given the right filling, an adequate tog rating, and a luscious design, your duvet has the capability to enhance your quality of sleep and so much more. From a layer of protection in the summer to a refreshing and slumberous cuddle in the winter, our Duvet Guide is here to help you pick what’s best for the cosiest forty winks imaginable.
A few points to consider
Whether or not it’s time for a new duvet, or you’re simply looking to step up the comfort level in bed, take into account the following factors when choosing a new set of covers:
- Duvet filling
- Tog Rating
It’s worth remembering that even though your body’s internal temperature naturally fluctuates during sleep, being too warm or too cold will keep slumber at bay. The wrong material can also irritate the skin and result in unwanted allergic reactions, so make an informed decision before selecting the ultimate duvet to snuggle into at night.
From feather & down to natural silk, it’s easy to lose track of the number of duvet fillings currently on offer to customers. But don’t fret. When looking for a duvet, you’ll usually be met with either a natural, or synthetic duvet filling, or sometimes both.
Natural fillings are often considered more luxurious, consisting of duck feathers, geese feathers, bamboo or even mulberry silk. More breathable than their synthetic counterparts, natural fillings will be more likely to provide warmth with less material. Moreover, when choosing between different natural fillings, bear in mind that a duvet with a higher ratio of down means that it’s softer, silkier and provides a higher level of comfortable warmth. In which case, if you prefer a heavier, more supportive duvet than a feather filling is perhaps your best choice.
Synthetic fillings can be perceived as less luxurious, but do provide numerous benefits for the user. From often hypoallergenic properties to their easy-to-care-for characteristics, synthetic fillings regularly provide customers with a less costly alternative to natural fillings.
For those with delicate or sensitive skin types, it’s important to pick a duvet filling that doesn’t irritate your skin and interrupt peaceful sleep. Hypoallergenic materials are therefore, highly recommended.
Being too cold or too warm is not conducive to a good night’s rest, so making sure that you’re properly insulated in bed is particularly important to consider before slipping in between the sheets to sleep.
Each duvet has its own scale of warmth, otherwise known as its ‘tog rating’. In controlled conditions, duvets will have been placed on a metal plate at body temperature, before a measurement is taken off the heat lost through the duvet to the surrounding environment. These results are then measured from 1 to 15.
1 tog for example, represents the level of thermal insulation, meaning it will easily relieve you of heat on those sweltering summer nights. 15 however, or the highest level of thermal insulation, will be sure to keep you warm and cosy in the midst of winter.
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