Which Down Duvet?

Which Down Duvet?

Down bedding products are available in a variety of weights, qualities and sizes for either a cool sleep or one that will keep you warm and comfortable on the chilliest of winter nights. Down is wonderfully lightweight, which makes it one of the most comfortable and sought after of the various duvet fillings. Here are a few things to consider to make sure you’ve made a good choice that will suit your needs.

Determine Your Budget and Choose the Quality You Would Like
The most expensive down duvets are made of pure white goose down. If you're on a limited budget, then a down duvet with a combination of down and feathers could provide the answer as a less expensive down duvet might have down mixed with feathers. While these give a very comfortable sleep, you might feel that this is the time to stretch your budget and make a good investment.

How Much Fill Power Do You Need?

However, comparing the percentages of down to feathers within the filling blends isn’t necessarily the best indicator of quality. After all, it's difficult to establish whether the down has been taken from a large adult bird rather than a smaller younger bird (the larger down from adult birds form better clusters).

The fill power rating of a down duvet is a much better indicator of quality. It relates to the expansion qualities of the type of down used, for example the down from a large goose, when fluffed, will loft and expand to fill a larger space than that from a duck. The higher the fill power: the larger and fluffier the clusters of down. Large clusters provide superior insulation, ‘breathe’ better and last much longer than smaller, fragile down clusters. Comparing the fill power of the various natural duvets is a good indication of the quality of the filling in terms of its loftiness. For, in addition to determining the insulating ability of the duvet, the ‘loft’ of the filling will also determine the physical size of the duvet.

Warm or Cool?

Since down duvets come in a wide variety of tog ratings, you'll want to have an idea of what will give you the most comfortable sleep:

  • For those who require an electric blanket or use a high tog duvet most of the year round, a fill power of 500 indicates a very warm, high quality, down duvet.
  • For those with naturally warm blood who tend to toss low tog duvets aside even in the coldest of weather, lower fill powers will suit better and be less expensive. However, a down duvet with a very low fill power will not be fluffy, and will not have good insulation properties.

The choice of tog ratings are as follows:

  • Cool (3 or 4.5 Tog) – for a cool duvet which traps only a little heat, so generally ideal for Summer use.
  • Medium (9.0 Tog or 10.5 Tog) – for a warm duvet, generally ideal for Spring and Autumn, though many people use these togs all year round.
  • Warm (13.5 Tog) – very warm and snug, ideal for Winter use.
  • Four Seasons (13.5 Tog: 4.5 Tog + 9.0 Tog) – the perfect solution for all year round use. Two duvets that may be used separately, i.e. the lower tog for Summer and the higher tog for use in Spring and Autumn. For a third option, button them together for Winter use.

Please note: Opt for lighter-weight duvets for young children and toddlers, such as a 4.5 tog duvet for the Summer and a 9 tog for the Winter as children can get quite hot in bed.

Quality of the Duvet Casings
Even though down clusters are soft and fluffy, they are able to escape through the tiny holes in the weave of many fabrics. Tightly woven, high thread count cotton casings are therefore used to provide our feather and down bedding with down-proof covers, with the added benefit of providing a stronger barrier between you and any dust and impurities which may build up inside the pillow (if not cleaned regularly) over time. The duvet edges are specially sealed too, with piping so you won’t need to worry about any of the down or feathers sneaking out. The down-proof material and piped edges also means the down duvet may be washed in a large, commercial machine.

What Is The Size Of Your Bed?

If you are unsure as to the size of your bed then take careful measurements to work out the size of your bed. Duvets are made specifically for each size. Compare this to your own bed's measurements. If you like your bed to look cosy and plump, choose a duvet that’s one size bigger than your mattress (also a good idea if you fight over the duvet with your partner!)

Duvet Covers

In order to take good care of a new down duvet, we recommend that you use a duvet cover. A duvet cover will add some weight but will protect the down duvet, and a cover is easier to clean than a large duvet.

Though a quality down duvets is an expensive option, it is also something you will enjoy each and every night when you slip into bed. If properly cared for, one of our goose down duvets or Platinum European goose down duvets should last many years, giving you a solid return on your investment.

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