Most people think that having the right bed and mattress is the solution to all your sleeping problems. However, that’s not enough if you want to receive ultimate support and comfort. To do so, you will need the appropriate bedding, which is why we’ve created this guide and why we’ll talk about what are the best duets in the UK right now.
Choosing a duvet can be an overwhelming task that might undertake some research. We’ve created LightSleeper, so you don’t have to spend money on sub-par products. Even though we aren’t professionals, we test, review and research every product we talk about, so you don’t have to be afraid of making a mistake.
In this article, we’ll try to show you everything you need to know on the subject so that you can choose the right one for you. But before we show you our picks, let’s talk about the things you need to consider before purchasing a duvet.
1. Panda Cloud – Editor’s Choice
We would like to start with arguably the best duvet on the market, which is the Panda Cloud. Designed to be light and fluffy for the most comfortable night’s sleep. The company has tried to achieve the down feather feeling without any animal cruelty involved.
Made from 50% bamboo and 50% nano microfiber, this product is hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Bamboo is a material that will stay fresher for longer and protect your skin, but it will also reduce humidity in the bedroom and wick moisture away from your body. The outer cover has a 300 thread count and is machine washable.
This top-quality item will work all year round with its middle of the road 10.5 Tog rating. Another positive is the lack of cold spots due to the pockets sewn in the item. To prove the use of only ecological materials, this duvet is Oeko-Tex Certified. If you’re searching for a temperature-controlled eco-friendly option, you don’t have to look any further!
2. Simba Hybrid Stratos
If comfort and quality are your main priority, the luxurious Simba Hybrid is an option to consider. The brand has designed a product that isn’t only comfortable but also ensures a cool night’s sleep on hot summer nights. However, that doesn’t mean you can use your duvet all year round!
This item is filled with 100% Aerelle Cool Night polyester fibre, which has been stitched evenly into the pockets. Those pockets ensure the lack of lumps and bumps as the filling stays in place. Its cover is made from BCI cotton with a Stratos finish.
The breathable duvet will bring you a blissful night’s sleep, created with active temperature regulation and fibres that dissipate heat. You get to pick from several sizes which are all 100% recycled and hypoallergenic. We know that it is on the higher end of the scale, but 2,000 reviews with a 5-star rating show a lot.
3. Slumberdown All Seasons Duvet
Slumberdown is a company that has been creating duvets since 1915, and since they are a sustainable brand, they’ve been recycling textile waste for years. As one of the oldest if not, the oldest manufacturer, Slumberdown, has designed 3 in 1 product that can be used all year round.
During the hot summer nights, you can use the 4.5 Tog and when it gets colder, just add the 10.5 Tog and keep yourself warm and snug. The All Seasons product has a hollow fibre filling and a soft-touch cover, which adds to the overall cost feeling, without adding on the price. This way, you get a quality product at an affordable price that is lightweight and non-allergenic.
Wake up feeling refreshed with this fantastic option that gently wicks away moisture and ensures your body isn’t overheating. You can purchase it in various sizes and use them either individually or combined to receive the comfort you need.
4. Eve Snug
First, on our list today is Eve’s Snug Duvet with a 13.5 tog rating, easily winning the Editor’s pick in this category. If you want to cocoon yourself in pure huggable luxury, Eve gives you that opportunity in four sizes ranging from single to super king.
This Snug duvet is designed in London and manufactured in Scotland with a 100% cotton cover and 100% Aerelle® Softflex hollow fibre. It is machine washable at 40°C, and it can be tumble dried on low heat so that your bedding is always clean and fresh for the winter months.
What makes it truly remarkable is the smart hollow fibre filling that keeps air circulating while you rest. That means no more clammy nights for you or your partner (if you have one). In addition, this Eve’s product comes with a 2-year warranty and free delivery straight to your doorstep in UK’s mainland.
5. Brook + Wilde Marlowe Duvet
If you’re a fan of natural fillings, we have a luxurious suggestion from Brook + Wilde, and that’s their Marlowe duvet. It’s made by using the finest, ethically sourced white Hungarian goose down with a tog rating of 10.5.
All of this perfection is encased in a 100% Egyptian cotton cover, bordered with press studs. You get to pick from four available sizes (single to super king), so you find the one that will work just right for your needs.
Brook and Wilde’s Marlowe Goose Down is a soothing option for those chilly winter nights. The saying you get what you pay for couldn’t be more right than in this case because you receive pure bliss compact in a lightweight duvet that comes with free delivery.
How to choose a good duvet?
We understand that picking a duvet might not look easy, but if you put in some effort and read this guide, you will be able to find one that will do wonders for the quality of your sleep. If you don’t know where to start we can show you the way:
First and foremost, the factor you should always consider when it comes down to duvets is their filling. The filling can be separated into two big groups which are natural and synthetic.
When we talk about natural options that usually means down, silk, bamboo, and wool.
- Down is actually the delicate feathers of a bird, and it comes in different colours and can vary in quality depending on a few factors like maturity and species. Most times, you’ll find products filled with either duck down or goose down. Duck feathers are lighter and cooler, whereas goose ones are larger and warmer.
- Silk and bamboo are next and what makes them great is that they are 100% hypoallergenic. People with sensitive skin and allergies can finally have a suitable textile, an excellent insulator that excels at wicking away moisture, so you are cool and dry.
- Wool is another great choice that can wick up to a third of its weight in moisture! That is essential for hot sleepers! It is on the heavier side, and it is denser, but it comes from an animal-friendly, renewable resource.
After the natural fills, come the synthetic ones and more specifically microgel.
- Microgel emulates down, but it is 100% polyester, making it hypoallergenic and easy to care of. This is an affordable option with great value for those on a budget. Something to keep in mind is that synthetic fills are required roughly three times the amount of filling for a natural one; therefore, they are on the heavier side.
Construction is another crucial aspect. There are different methods for constructing a duvet, but the best one is known as the “baffle box”. That means stitching a grid of boxes within the product—this way, the filling is evenly distributed. The other popular choice will be the “stitched box”, which essentially means a grid is stitched directly through both layers of ticking.
A shell or a ticking is the outer layer of a duvet. In this factor, you want to look for thread count. With that said, the higher the thread count, the softer and lighter the outer fabric will be. If you want an insert made with down, pick anything above a 220 thread count, so it can’t escape through the material.
However, down isn’t the only option. There are others, such as bamboo shells that provide excellent temperature regulating properties. That on its own is an advantage for hot sleepers.
Warmth & Weight
To be able to create the perfect concoction, you need to think about both fill type and fill power. What we mean by that determining the weight and warmth of your duvet. If we’re talking about non-down, the fill power equals how much filling is used, which is how you conclude the weight. Things aren’t as easy with down. The reason for that is a higher quality down will achieve a higher fill power with less filling and vice versa. Sometimes a duvet’s warmth can also be measured in togs.
Lastly, it would be best if you didn’t forget about the other layers of fabric you choose for your bed. Think about the extra layers that can increase the warmth and weight of your bedding, such as coverlet, flat sheet and others. If you’re not a fan of heat and tend to sleep hot, opt for a light warmth duvet. Whereas if you’re a cold sleeper, you can always get a year-round duvet and jacquard duvet cover.
Whether you prefer a natural or synthetic duvet, you should consider all of the options that we have discussed. You want to find an option that will keep you cool in the summer and warm during the winter. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, which is why we have to pick items that will bring us the support and comfort we need.
We’ve tested, reviewed and researched every product in this article to provide you with the best possible options out there. With that said, please keep in mind that we aren’t professionals in the medical field, and these are only our recommendations.
With that said, always try to choose an option that will allow you to sleep comfortably and peacefully, but is also long-lasting and suitable for your specific preferences. If any questions regarding the subject were left unanswered, feel free to ask them in the comments below.