Down Duvets

Down Duvets

DOWN is considered the most superior of all duvet fillings. It provides a great deal of warmth yet is extremely soft, light and compressible, so down duvets don't have the weight or bulk of their feather duvet or hollowfibre duvet counterparts. Plus, if looked after properly, down duvets will last a lot longer, generally three times longer, than their synthetic counterparts. Unfortunately, this tends to balance out with their initial cost being three times as much.

Our DOWN duvets:

Goose Down Duvet

90% Goose Down

BRONZE Collection

  • Chinese
  • Luxurious
  • Soft & Lightweight
  • Superb body TEMPERATURE

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Breathable Microfibre and Modal Duvet

90% Hungarian Goose Down
SILVER Collection

  • European
  • V. Breathable
  • Superb body TEMPERATURE

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Spundown Duvet

A1 Grade 100% Hungarian Goose Down
GOLD Collection

  • European
  • Breathable
  • V. Soft & Ultra LIGHTWEIGHT

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We have 3 Collections of DOWN DUVETS, BRONZE, SILVER & GOLD used as a measure to classify the quality of each DOWN duvet. The higher the grade, the finer the quality of the natural filling (so softer and lighter) and the greater its ability to provide insulation, warmth and durability.

Down Duvet FAQs

DOWN is the soft, fine, under plumage of birds found beneath the tougher exterior feathers. Very young birds are covered only in down.

Down is very resilient and a wonderful natural form of insulation as it has good lofting characteristics, trapping small pockets of air efficiently to provide a thermal barrier. This helps the birds to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Feathers, on the other hand, repel water and keep the bird dry.

FEATHERS also have a quill, whereas down is merely fluff and does not contain a quill.

What is the difference between goose down and duck down?
Goose down is the right choice for you if you are looking for high quality bedding. Goose down duvets are more expensive than duck down duvets as the down clusters from a goose are bigger and lighter than those from a duck. This means they can trap more air in between them, so goose down duvets are wonderfully warm yet incredibly light. Duck down is the down of choice if you are looking for a cost effective down duvet that provides a more “tucked-in” feeling.

There are also different qualities of goose down, defined by:

  • The region from where the down is grown. For example, European goose down is considered to be amongst the finest down available.
  • The mix of pure down clusters and small feathers. All down duvets and pillows contain some fine feathers in the fill. Indeed, the only way to produce 100% down is to extract the small feathers by hand, which is virtually impossible, and cannot be achieved under the normal commercial manufacturing process.

We offer three options of Goose Down duvets, their fillings comprise of the following down to feather percentages:

Allergy Concerns

Are allergies to dust mites more prevalent in down duvets?
Contrary to popular belief down bedding is not a preferred habitat for house dust mites. Nor does down or feather provide any nutrients for mites. So with normal care, hardly any dust mites are found in down bedding due to the following reasons:

  • The tightly woven cotton cover fabric represents an almost impenetrable barrier for dust mites (though they are still able to penetrate through the stitching holes, and do so).
  • The humid climatic conditions required by dust mites for survival and growth are not provided by down bedding, i.e. the rapid accumulation of warmth, whilst the person is sleeping, with the rapid decrease in humidity when the room is aired.

Why are those allergic to dust mites generally advised against using down bedding?
The reason allergy sufferers are advised to use microfibre bedding, rather than down bedding, lies primarily in the easy-care qualities of the synthetic equivalents. As far as practicality is concerned, it is difficult for a down duvet to compete with a duvet such as the Spundown duvet, where the microfibre filling is so highly compressible that all sizes of duvet fit into a domestic washing machine. It may also be washed at 60°C, the temperature that kills dust mites. Unfortunately, down bedding is not easy to wash and dry at home and so this is not recommended.

How to Care for Down

Down duvets should be carefully maintained to keep their performance. If down bedding is kept clean, you'll get unparalleled performance for many years.

What’s the best way to protect my down duvet?
Keep your down duvet covered with a duvet cover to protect it from the oils in your skin; these break down fabric, making it brittle and staining it yellow. Wash your bed linen once a week. If, however, you use a flat sheet as well as a duvet cover, you won't have to wash the duvet cover quite as often. Should your duvet have a problem area, you can spot-wash it using a mild liquid detergent. But be sparing, for if you use too much detergent you won’t be able to get the suds out.

How often should I have my down duvet cleaned?
Once a year should be adequate. But if you use the same duvet all year round then twice a year would be more advisable.

What's the best way to clean a down duvet?
Although many manufacturers claim that you can wash down duvets in a standard domestic machine, we DO NOT recommend you do so as it is very difficult to achieve a good result. Down filled duvets aren’t easy to dry properly, so they tend to lose their loft, that’s their wonderfully light, fluffy shape. So, unless you have an extra-capacity washing machine, like those available at laundrettes, we strongly recommend you have your down bedding commercially laundered.

Should you choose to wash your duvet, do not use regular laundry detergent as this can harm the downs’ natural construction and loft. Liquid detergent is the best product to use as it removes oil and dirt without harming the natural fill. Down bedding should definitely not be washed on a hot cycle, but in warm water on a gentle cycle.

Whatever method you choose, be certain that all items are thoroughly dry before returning them to the bed or storing.

Would it be better to dry clean my down bedding?
We DO NOT recommend dry-cleaning ANY down product. The chemicals used within dry-cleaning fluids can damage down and shorten its life.

Storing Down
One of the great things about down is that it is highly compressible when packed. However, tight packing of down products for routine storage should be avoided. Down duvets, pillows or mattress toppers should be stored well aired in a ‘breathable’ cotton bag, never in plastic.