15 March 2020 / 6 mins read

 

A duvet, or a soft quilt filled with materials, is a popular choice for giving people extra warmth and comfort on their beds. It’s a key ingredient for a comfortable night of sleep for some people.


But it’s not always easy deciding what duvet to buy. We’ll give you some key considerations you should pay attention to when choosing a duvet. Use this duvet buying guide as a reference when looking over products you may want to purchase. 


Size of Duvet



When looking at how to choose a duvet, you must consider the size. You’ll have to look at your mattress size to ensure you get one that’s big enough.


Pay attention to the size of your duvet, if you order a duvet cover, making sure the dimensions are at least as big as you duvet. That way you’ll have plenty of room for getting the cover around your duvet without it bunching. Plus, that will give you some wiggle room if the duvet shrinks a bit during the initial or subsequent washings. 


Duvet sizes will vary based on brands, but some common ones you might expect to see include:



Filling and Materials 

 

Duvets come in many different materials. They can be made out of microfiber, suede, silk, cotton, rayon -- pretty much any material you’d expect. 


You’ll want a material with a fairly dense weave because it will keep in the inner layer inside, instead of slowly working its way out. 


The inner layer -- the part that is filled -- is typically comprised of down or feathers. You can also find ones filled with wool, cotton, or synthetic fillings like polyester. Natural fillings are generally the most popular choice. 


Another important component to pay attention to when looking at the types of duvet that might be best for you is the structure, or how it is constructed. How it is constructed will determine how well it keeps the filling evenly distributed, without lumping or shifting.


Here are some desirable types of duvet construction you can expect to see:



To ensure, you’re getting a duvet that will be good for long-term use, you’ll want it to have one of those types of construction. 


Tog Rating and Duvet Types


One of the most important things to watch for when buying a duvet is its tog rating. A tog rating is a way that buyers can determine how warm a duvet will be. You might look at a thick duvet and mistakenly believe it would be warmer than a thing one. But, depending upon the materials it is made with, it might not be.


Tog ratings are important because a duvet that’s too warm can drive up your body temperature to an uncomfortable level for sleeping.  


A tog rating can range from 1 to 15. The higher the number, the warmer the duvet. Knowing that rating is helpful because if you want a middle-of-the-road duvet that might be good year-round, you’ll know not to go with a tog number that’s too high or too low.


When looking for a duvet for the summer, you’ll want to choose a lower tog for a cooling duvet. Look for a breathable duvet with a 1 to 5 tog rating, although you still may be fairly comfortable even with a 7. For winter, you’ll need a greater level of warmth -- look for a tog of 10 or higher. 


For spring, you won’t want to go quite as heavy as you would with winter -- an 8 or 9 tog would be comfortable than a 15 would.


For all-season duvets, you might want to purchase a set -- one with a lighter duvet and a heavier one. 


Keep in mind, that tog ratings have nothing to do with how heavy the duvet is. Since feathers and down will keep you warm but weigh less than a synthetic filling does, you can have a lightweight duvet that has a high tog rating


When shopping for a duvet for a child, pay attention to the weight of the duvet as well as its tog rating. You don’t want anything too heavy for a child who may complain that they feel trapped under the weight of the blanket. 


Other Things to Pay Attention To

 

Here are some other things you should be aware of when choosing a duvet.


Allergy


Duvets may worsen your allergy symptoms, particularly those that are made of down or feather filled. Allergy sufferers who are worried a duvet will affect them should get a duvet made with sterilized down which removes many of the allergens. You can also choose synthetic materials for the filling. 


Pay attention to whether the duvet is hypoallergenic or anti-allergy. If it says it is hypoallergenic that means it’s made with filling and material that isn’t known to cause allergies. But dust mites, one main source of allergy symptoms, can accumulate on hypoallergenic duvets. 


If you have dust mite allergies, asthma, rhinitis, or eczema, opt for an anti-allergy duvet and pillow instead. This kind of duvet has been treated to guard against dust mites


Care for Duvets


Before buying, think about whether the level of care you’ll have to get your duvet will be more than you want to worry about. How will you clean it? Does it require special instructions, like washing it by hand?


Brands


You don’t have to go with a well-known brand to be satisfied with your purchase. There are duvets from lesser-known brands that you might be happy with. But with well-established brands, you’ll stand a high chance of getting a quality product. They’ve built up their reputation for a reason.


Duvet Covers


To make your life easier, consider getting a duvet cover. These covers work well with duvets and weighted blankets. It’s a protective cover that will go over your duvet. 


It can protect it from things like allergens, stains from night sweats, and food and drink stains if you’re the type who likes to snack in bed while catching up on your favourite television show.


A duvet cover makes clean-up a breeze -- you’ll just unzip the cover and wash that instead of having to worry about cleaning your duvet. A quick ride through the washing machine and it will be as good as new. 


It’s a Wrap


A duvet can help keep you comfortable and cosy, no matter the season. Pinpointing what kind of fabric and filling you want it to have can help ensure that you’re happy with the one you’ve selected.