With the proper aftercare, a good quality goose down duvet can last up to 40 years compared to a lifespan of five years for a synthetic filled version, so it's worth investing in the highest quality you can afford. From finding your optimum Tog rating to the type of fillings, there's a lot to consider. Using this guide, take some time to think about your sleep patterns to help find the right duvet and pillows for you.
Your Dream Duvet & Pillows
Finding the perfect duvet to suit your needs can mean the difference between a deep, restorative sleep and a restless night.
A restful night's sleep is the cornerstone to a happy and productive day
Heal's duvets come in a variety of sizes that are designed to coordinate with our own range of bedding and mattresses:
Single 135 x 200cm
Double 200 X 200cm
King Size 225 x 220cm
Super King 260 x 220cm
Despite these guidelines, the size of your duvet will also depend upon your own personal style and requirements.
Choose a larger size if you or your partner is prone to hogging the covers, that way you'll both have ample coverage during the night.
Another key point to consider is how you want your duvet to look. A larger quilt will hang neatly over the edges of your mattress for a more luxurious appearance.
When it comes to resting your head, having a freshly fluffed pillow isn’t the only issue. As with mattresses, the firmness or softness of the filling will have an impact on your posture, which is why it is important to find a pillow that is not only comfortable but supports your personal sleep position throughout the night.
Back: a medium-firm pillow supports the neck without affecting the alignment of the spine.
Side: a firm pillow keeps spine aligned while preventing hunching of the shoulders or a painful neck.
Front: a soft-medium pillow provides the amount of cushioning required for a comfortable rest.
What's a Tog?
To provide a consistent measure of a duvets warmth, each is given its own Tog rating - the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet will feel.
Lightweight 4.5 Tog: this lightweight duvet will feel cool so it's a great option for summer or if you're prone to overheating during the night.
Medium-warm 9/10.5 Tog: perfect for spring and autumn, this duvet offers slightly more warmth without overheating.
Combination 4.5 Tog + 9 Tog: pairing two duvets of a separate Tog rating, this versatile option is suitable for all seasons. You can use the duvets individually (4.5 Tog + 9 Tog) or fasten together (13.5 Tog) in the colder months.
A few other points to consider when looking at the Tog rating of a duvet:
- The ability of a duvet to trap warm air is down to the type and amount of filling used. Though natural filled duvets tend to have an increased thermal ability than their synthetic counterparts, the Tog rating will be the same, the difference being that a natural duvet may feel lighter as it requires less filling.
- Opt for a lighter-weight duvet if you're buying for a child – a 4.5 or 9 Tog should work. This is because children are smaller so the duvet traps more air, making it warmer. Remember that duvets are not recommended for children under 12 months.
- Try to avoid sitting or lying on top of your duvet as over time this will cause the filling to compress and affect its ability to trap warm air.
It's The Inside That Counts
Once you've decided how warm you want your duvet, it’s time to consider what type of filling you'd like to use. Each type of filling has its own characteristics to suit certain types of sleepers, with all Heal's duvets finished with a sewn in pocketed casing to hold the filling evenly in place.
European Feather Down
Goose and duck down from cold European countries like Hungary make the fluffiest, warmest and softest duvets. Because the climate is so cold, the birds have developed large and well-insulated down that traps air very efficiently. This means that less filling is required so the duvets are extremely light and cosy, draping comfortably over the body.
- A good quality goose down duvet is considered the lightest and fluffiest of all.
- Feather blend duvets weigh slightly more than down quilts as feather is thermally less efficient, so more of them are needed to achieve the same tog rating.
- Natural filled duvets are breathable and absorb body moisture in the night, releasing it when the duvet is aired.
- Cared for properly, goose down duvets can last up to 40 years; duck down can last 30-35 years and feather and down duvets have a life expectancy of around 15-20 years.
Wool and Silk
A wool or silk filled duvet is a good choice if you're allergic to feathers, as both materials are naturally hypoallergenic. These duvets are plump and comfortable and are renowned for their breathable and heat regulating qualities. They'll naturally warm you up and cool you down as your body temperature changes during the night.
- Wool duvets are proven to give you a 25% deeper, more refreshing sleep.
- They're the perfect choice if you're after an environmentally friendly duvet – they're 100% natural and biodegradable.
A hollow fibre duvet is filled with man-made fibres and is a good option if you suffer from allergies and need to wash your duvet frequently.
If your washing machine is large enough, most hollow fibre duvets can be washed at 60 degrees, which is also hot enough to kill any dust mites.
All Heal's hollow fibre duvets are lightweight, plump and offer excellent drape around your body. Synthetic duvets are not quite as durable as natural filled duvets, but with the proper care, they can last up to 10 years.