Although most of us have been buying and using duvets for years. We may not be sure of what makes a good duvet or what type we should be using. This is a quick guide on what to check in duvet before eventually selecting one. Keep reading!
The Tog Rating
The performance of duvets is usually according to togs, which is a measurement of thermal insulation. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. Such information enables the buyer to select a duvet suitable for that particular season. High togs such as 14 are appropriate for winter, while medium togs such as 8-10 will be perfect for cold, rainy seasons.
The Duvet Filling
Duvets usually have natural or synthetic fillings. Natural fills could be got from either Duck or Geese and include Downs (the soft, light clusters found under the feathers of ducks and geese) or Feathers (which contain quills and so are firmer than downs). These natural fillings are a lot more expensive however.
Synthetic fibre fillings that could be microfiber or hollow fibre are a great alternative. They are not less effective than a natural filled duvet, but need more filling to be as effective as natural fillings. They are also less expensive and more practical as they can be machine washed and tumble dried.
Between the microfiber and hollow fibre synthetic fillings, the microfiber is the closest in feel to the natural down as it is lighter and softer than the microfiber.
The Duvet Size
Duvets come in normal bed sizes. However, unless your bed has got a bedding skirt, it is advisable to get a duvet that is a size up from the size of your bed. This in turn makes the bed more appealing and still leaves a lot to hold if you will be sharing the bed with someone.