HomeLifestyleHome & Garden

How to choose the right duvet for you

How to choose the right duvet for you
Looking for a new duvet? Martin Seeley of Mattressnextday shares his best advice for how to choose a duvet
Having comfortable bedding is imperative for a good night's sleep, and we need a good night's sleep to function properly. So when it comes to choosing various bedding options, being educated will help you to make the right choices.
"Having comfortable bedding is imperative for a good night's sleep"
Here, Martin Seeley, Sleep Expert and CEO of Mattressnextday shares his advice for choosing the perfect duvet for you. 

Why is choosing the right duvet so important? 

Choosing the right duvet is essential for several reasons: 
  • Comfort: A duvet that is too heavy or too light can affect your comfort level and disrupt your sleep. Choosing the right duvet tog rating that suits your climate and bedroom temperature can help you feel comfortable and sleep better 
  • Health: A duvet that's too heavy can cause you to overheat and sweat excessively, leading to discomfort and potentially increasing the risk of skin irritation or fungal infections. On the other hand, a duvet that's too light may not provide enough warmth, leaving you susceptible to colds and other respiratory illnesses
  • Allergies: If you have allergies or asthma, choosing the right duvet can make a big difference in your overall health and comfort. Look for hypoallergenic options, such as those made with natural or synthetic materials that resist dust mites, mould and other allergens
  • Durability: Choosing a duvet made with high-quality materials and constructed to last can save you money in the long run. A well made duvet can provide years of warmth and comfort, while a cheap, low quality option may need to be replaced more frequently

What is a tog? 

A duvet tog is a measurement of thermal and insulation or warmth of a duvet which indicates how well the duvet traps warm air to keep you warm during sleep. The tog rating of a duvet is the measurement of the amount of warmth it provides. The tog rating scale typically ranges from 1-15, with a higher number indicating a warmer duvet. For instance, a one tog duvet is very lightweight and provides very little warmth, while a 15 tog duvet is very thick and heavy and provides maximum warmth, suitable for colder climates. 
Women sleeping in bed
It is essential to choose the right tog rating for your duvet according to the climate and temperature of your bedroom. 

What duvet tog do I need? 

The duvet tog rating you need will depend on various factors, such as your personal preferences, the climate you live in, and the temperature of your bedroom. 
As a general guide, the following tog ratings are recommended for different seasons
  • Summer: 3-4.5 tog 
  • Spring and Autumn: 7.5-10.5 tog 
  • Winter: 12-13.5 tog 
However, keep in mind that these are just general guidelines, and your personal preference may differ. For instance, if you tend to feel very cold at night, you may prefer a higher tog duvet, even in summer. Also, consider the temperature of your bedroom. If your bedroom tends to be very warm, you may want a lighter duvet, while if it's cold, you may want a heavier one. 
Ultimately, the best way to determine the right tog rating for you is to try out different options and see what feels most comfortable. 

What duvet fillings are there? 

There are two main types of duvet fillings, natural and synthetic. Both have their advantages, and the option you choose will be based on a number of personal choices. 
Natural fillings 
Duvets with natural fillings are mainly feather and down. Down is the traditional filling for the predecessor of the duvet, the aptly named "eiderdown" which was originally filled with the down and feathers of the eider duck. Today, duck down is one of the most popular choices for anyone who wants a gloriously snuggly winter duvet.
"Duck down is one of the most popular choices for a gloriously snuggly winter duvet"
Down simply needs a quick shake occasionally to plump it up and is machine washable. They usually come with soft cotton covers that are anti-microbial, stopping dust-mites and allergens in their tracks. They’re long-lasting and sumptuously comfortable—the ultimate duvet for snuggling up in the depths of winter. The drawback with natural fillings is that some people are allergic to feathers, and they do take much longer to dry after washing. 
Synthetic 
Budget-friendly, easily available, and in a full range of sizes, tog ratings and designs, synthetic duvets are a great all-round choice. They’re made from microfibre or hollowfibre polyester and are also an alternative if you have an allergy (or even a phobia!) of feathers. The vast majority of synthetic fibre duvets are hypoallergenic. So they’re ideal for anyone suffering from allergies, respiratory conditions such as asthma (particularly dust-triggered asthma) and skin sensitivity.
Synthetic duvet filling
They’re incredibly easy to wash and dry much more quickly. In fact, if you have a large enough tumble dryer they can be popped in and tumbled. This is why children’s duvets are usually made from synthetic fibres to make them easier to wash and keep clean. 
What size duvet do I need? 
The size of the duvet you need depends on the size of your bed. Here are some general guidelines: 
  • Single bed: A duvet size of 135cmx200cm is usually suitable for a single bed 
  • Double bed: A duvet size of 200cm x 200cm is usually suitable for a double bed. 
  • King-size bed: A duvet size of 230cmx220cm is suitable for a king size bed. 
  • Super king-size bed: A duvet size of 260cmx220cm is usually suitable. 
However, it is essential to measure your bed and check the manufacturers recommendations for the duvet size to ensure the best fit. Also, keep in mind that some bedding sizes may vary slightly depending on the brand or country, so it's always best to double-check before purchasing.  
How often should I buy a new duvet? 
Duvets generally last between two and four years, depending on whether they’re a year-round 10.5 tog that sees everyday use, or a seasonal duvet that only comes out during the winter or the cooler spring and autumn months. If they’re washed and cared for carefully, duvets can last much longer, but we do recommend changing your duvet at least every three to four years.
"Duvets generally last between two and four years"
Now you're well informed on choosing the right duvet, you should be better equipped when it comes to shopping around and finding the duvet for you.  
Keep up with the top stories from Reader's Digest by subscribing to our weekly newsletter