There's nothing quite like snuggling into new bedding when you settle down to sleep. We've rated the best and worst duvet brands to help you find a cosy and great-value duvet.
We surveyed 2,850 Which? members to find out what they think about their duvets, meaning we can show you customer scores for eight popular brands, including Dunelm, Ikea, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Silentnight and Soak & Sleep.
We asked survey respondents how comfortable they found their duvet, how well their duvet matches its description, and whether their duvet offered good value for money.
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Choosing the best duvet
Having the right duvet can help make the difference between a difficult night's sleep and a peaceful one. Just over half of our survey respondents had bought a new duvet during the past five years.
There are lots of different duvet fillings to choose from, and each has its own pros and cons, so it can be difficult to know which will be best for you.
Tog, size and type of filling were the three most important considerations reported by the duvet owners we asked. Other important thoughts were machine-washable duvets, those labelled hypoallergenic, and cheap duvets or ones on offer.
Hollowfibre or microfibre polyester duvets are the most popular type among Which? members – nearly half own one of these.
Feather/down duvets are also very popular, owned by around a third of members. Less popular types include wool, silk and other synthetic duvets.
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What are the different types of duvets?
There are many different duvet fillings to choose from, each with its pros and cons.
Hollowfibre, and feather and down, are the two most popular options, though you'll also find duvets in microfibre, wool and silk.
Prices can vary depending on the type of filling, the tog rating, size and many other features. Some duvets can cost as little as £20, while others can cost more than £700.
Hollowfibre duvets: pros and cons
- Pros: Cheaper than some other types of duvet, machine washable, some are hypoallergenic
- Cons: Don't last as long as more expensive duvets, fillings can clump together
Hollowfibre duvets are the most popular with our members – two in five choose to buy these hard-wearing, comparatively affordable duvets.
Hollowfibre is a synthetic material, which can be good for allergy sufferers as it is hypoallergenic. Unlike feather duvets, these can be machine washed regularly, so they are easy to care for.
They can lose their tog value more quickly than natural alternatives, and therefore don’t last quite as long, although a hollowfibre duvet should still last at least five years, if cared for properly. Duvets with natural fillings such as feather and down, or silk, can last as long for a decade.
Feather and down duvets: pros and cons
- Pros:Retains heat, prevents overheating, lasts longer than synthetics if cared for properly
- Cons:More expensive than hollowfibre, has to be professionally laundered, some people can be allergic to the filling
More than a third of Which? members surveyed choose feather and down duvets, making it the second-most popular option. These lightweight, cosy duvets retain heat well but still help you to avoid overheating. Plus, if cared for properly, they will last much longer than synthetic fibre alternatives.
As the name suggests, feather and down duvets combine feathers, the outer part of a bird’s plumage, with down, the lighter, fluffier fibres that lie beneath feathers and provide insulation. The ratio of feather to down will affect the duvet's warmth and price.
It's important to note that feather and down aren't always taken from the bird in a humane way. To ensure you're buying a duvet with feathers that have been ethically sourced, you'll need to check with manufacturers and retailers to find out what their policy is.
As well as having a tog rating (see below for more information on these), feather and down duvets are rated by their fill power. The higher the fill power, the larger each individual piece of down will be, resulting in a loftier, fluffier duvet, which provides better insulation.
One downside to all natural duvet fillings, including feather and down, is that you shouldn’t wash them at home as they can lose their filling more easily and are difficult to get completely dry afterwards. If they are cared for properly and professionally laundered, feather and down duvets can last more than twice as long as synthetic alternatives.
Other duvet filling options
- Pros:Retains heat, prevents overheating, resistant to common allergens such as dust mites
- Cons: Can be expensive, needs to be washed gently at a low temperature, can seem flat in comparison with other fillings
Wool is a less common choice of duvet filling. It's similarly priced to feather and down, and excellent at retaining warm air, keeping you warm when cold and removing heat and moisture when you’re warm. Unlike feather and down, it’s naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.
Wool is renewable, sustainable and biodegradable, so it’s better for the environment than hollowfibre. Locally sourced wool is usually taken from sheep in a more humane way than feather and down is from ducks and geese, but it's always worth checking with the manufacturer and retailer what their policy on ethical sourcing is.
However, you'll need to be careful when looking after a wool duvet – washing too often and at too high a temperature will reduce its lifespan.
- Pros: Keeps you warm while preventing overheating, naturally resistant to allergens
- Cons: Expensive, needs to be professionally laundered
Often viewed as the height of luxury, silk duvets are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, and therefore ideal for people with eczema or asthma. Like wool, silk will help you stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Like all natural fillings though, they will need to be professionally laundered.
- Pros:Lightweight and soft, anti-allergens options available
- Cons: Doesn't regulate heat
Microfibre duvets are a relatively recent addition to the market, but they aren't to be confused with hollowfibre. Microfibres are finer but don't have the hollow space that hollowfibre has. Instead, microfibre is intended to be a synthetic equivalent to down; its extra-fine fibres give the same feel.
It's one of the lightest and most supple fillings, meaning even a 14-tog microfibre duvet will feel light. Some people prefer this as the duvet won't feel heavy on you as you sleep, while others prefer a heavier, more closely hugging duvet. If you're not sure which you'd prefer, make sure you try them out in store before buying.
While microfibre feels similar to down, it's lighter and often cheaper. So if you've always had natural duvets but are looking for a slight change, microfibre might be for you.
Hypoallergenic and anti-allergy duvets: what's the difference?
Hypoallergenic doesn't mean the same thing as anti-allergy, so it's important to know the difference before buying.
Hypoallergenic means that the actual material and filling of the duvet isn't made of a known potential allergen, like feathers or wool. But other allergens, mainly dust mites, can still develop on these types of duvets.
Anti-allergy means the filling and casing will have been treated to resist and combat the development of dust mites. You might find that this type of duvet is good for you if you have asthma, eczema or rhinitis, all of which could be exacerbated by allergens.
We asked duvet owners whether they felt buying one helped. One third felt their anti-allergic or hypoallergenic duvet had made a fair difference to allergy symptoms and around one in five felt it helped just a little.
But whichever duvet or pillow you buy, dust mites can be killed, and their allergens removed, by washing at temperatures of 60°C and above. If you're looking for bedding to help with allergies, it's therefore important to check that it can endure repeated washing at this temperature or higher roughly once every one to two months.
Should you buy an anti-allergy duvet?
To know if you should consider an anti-allergy duvet, you should check to see if you have the symptoms of dust mite allergy:
- watery, red eyes when you wake up
- runny or itchy nose and sneezing in bed
- sore throat or hoarse voice in the morning
- coughing and other breathing problems
- skin rash and itching
- worsening of any existing asthma.
Get your symptoms checked out if you're not sure dust mites are the problem, in case it's anything more serious.
What is duvet tog?
Tog is a measurement of how thermally insulating, and therefore warm, a duvet is. A high tog (10.5-15) is better for winter, while a low tog (1-4) will be light enough for summer.
Some duvets come in 'four-seasons' or 'all-seasons' sets. With these you get one light duvet (usually about 3.5 tog) and one heavier one (usually about 10.5 tog). The light one will be enough in hot summer months, and the heavy one suits spring and autumn weather. When you need extra warmth in winter, you can combine both.
Standard UK duvet sizes
- Single: 135cm x 200cm
- Double: 200cm x 200cm
- King: 230cm x 220cm
- Super king: 260cm x 220cm
- Emperor size: 290cm x 235cm
These all correspond to different mattress sizes. If you tend to feel cold in bed, go for the next size up from your mattress size (for example, if you have a double bed, use a king-size duvet), so that the duvet flows over the edges to keep warm air in and any draughts out.
If you're after a cot bed mattress, head to our helpful guide on thebest cot mattresses for 2022 and discover which ones are the safest for your baby.
How often do I need to buy a new duvet?
No matter the quality or how well you take care of your duvet, it'll eventually need replacing.
Higher-quality bedding should last longer, but The Sleep Council recommends changing out your duvet every five years.
You'll know your duvet is due for an upgrade when the filling becomes limp or uneven, or it starts coming through the casing.
Where to buy a duvet
Next, Argos, Dunelm, Asda and John Lewis are some of the most searched-for duvet retailers. We’ve included links to these retailers, below, handpicked because of their stock availability, best-value price or warranty options.
If you're heading elsewhere to buy, make sure you're handing your money over to a reputable seller. Check the retailer's returns policy and pay attention to customer feedback and reviews. For more details on shopping online safely and arranging refunds for faulty products, see our advice on shopping online.
- Asda – offers a range of George-branded duvets via it's Asda Direct website. Prices start from just £5.50 for their cheapest single duvet. You'll also find brands including Airsprung and Silentnight. What's available to buy will depend where you live; delivery starts from £2.95, although you may be able to click and collect some items.
- Next – offers a wide range of duvets. Prices start from around £15 and rise to around £300. Brands include Silentnight, Snuggledown and Next's own-brand options. You can get in-store collection for free but you'll need to pay for home delivery.
- Argos – stocks a sizeable selection of budget-friendly duvets from brands including Slumberdown, Silentnight and Argos own-brand, Argos Home. You can get same day in-store collection at selected Sainsbury's stores and if you collect Nectar points, you'll get two points for every £1 you spend.
- Dunelm – it sells natural, synthetic and hollowfibre duvets starting from as little as £7. Tog levels range from 3 to 14 and you can pick from a variety of brands. Standard delivery is £3.95 and free for orders over £49 – all returns are free. You can also click and collect for free.
- John Lewis – has a wide range of duvets, with the majority from its own brand, John Lewis & Partners. Prices start at around £10 and go as high as around £800. Most of the duvets in their range also come with a minimum two-year warranty at no extra cost. John Lewis scores highly in our latest best mattress shops customer survey, too.
Last checked: April 2022
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What is a good brand duvet? ›
We recently updated this list to include the Sijo TempTune Comforter as our best all-season pick and the Pacific Coast Extra Warmth Down Comforter as our best winter-weight pick. The Saatva All-Year Down Alternative Comforter remains our overall top choice in this category.What is the best down for a duvet? ›
Hungarian goose down is widely recognised as the best duvet filling. Goose down is a natural insulator, breathable, lightweight and extremely comfortable. Hungary are one of the world's top quality goose down providers.Which duvet is best for winter and summer? ›
The added bonus is that, because they retain air so well, they help you regulate your body temperature better, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Soak and Sleep's wool duvet is our top pick in this category, with its 100% New Zealand Mitchell wool filling.
- Simba Hybrid Duvet. Best overall duvet. ...
- Eve the warm:cool duvet. ...
- Panda The Cloud Bamboo Duvet. ...
- Scooms Hungarian Goose Down Duvet All Seasons. ...
- Soak and Sleep British wool duvet. ...
- Slumberdown Anti-Allergy 10.5 tog duvet. ...
- Woolroom organic washable wool duvet. ...
- Silentnight Yours and Mine Dual Tog duvet.
Which duvet is best for winter? A 13.5 tog duvet is a good tog rating if you get cold in bed during the winter, a 9 tog if you want a medium temperature duvet and a 4.5 tog if you are a hot sleeper.How often should you replace your duvet? ›
The Sleep Council suggests duvets are replaced every two to five years, but it is possible to extend the length of your duvet's life. Duvet protectors are much easier to wash and can protect your duvet from stains and picking up dust mites. Many are waterproof, breathable and hypoallergenic.Which is better duck or goose down duvet? ›
Goose down is generally larger and stronger than duck down, which is why a duvet with 100 % goose down has a better fill power. The better quality is a result of the fact that geese are larger than ducks and generally have a longer life.Which is better down or feather? ›
Down is the best insulator per ounce over any other fill, natural or man-made. Down provides much more warmth per ounce than feathers. For this reason, feather duvets contain significantly more fill and are heavier than down duvets. They require more fill to achieve the same level of insulation and warmth.What is the best all year-round duvet? ›
Slumberdown All Seasons Duvet
This 3 in 1 duvet is definitely a great choice for all seasons. Wondering how 3 in 1 is possible? Slumberdown gives you one duvet that has 4.5 TOG and which is ideal for all warm nights. The other one that has a 10.5 TOG rating is suitable for early spring, late fall and winter of course.
#4 What duvet do hotels use? Typically hotels will opt for a 10.5 tog duvet. This is the perfect mid-ground duvet that works year-round. Feeling light but still being warm and cosy for the colder months, hotel beds use a mid-level duvet and then will add blankets in the colder month.
What makes a duvet fluffy? ›
The higher the fill power, the bigger the down cluster and the lighter and fluffier the duvet insert. If you've ever complained about a duvet that was too heavy, it's probably because it was a poor quality synthetic fill or it was down with a low fill power!Do hotels use duvet or comforter? ›
Hotels typically use a sheet – not a blanket or duvet – as the top layer of bedding. But, if you want to a pop of color or a personal touch, add a coverlet to the bottom of the bed or a few colorful pillows. Layer it Like a "Bed Sandwich"First comes the bottom, fitted sheet. Next, the top sheet.How often should I wash duvet cover? ›
"Depending on how close the duvet cover is to your body while you sleep (do you use a top sheet?) and how much general use it gets (are pets and kiddos crawling around on top?), we recommend washing your duvet cover once a week, possibly extending to every two weeks if a top sheet is used," says Batlin.What is the coolest material for a duvet cover? ›
Linen is known for its exceptional breathability and lightweight feel, so this duvet cover is a top choice for hot sleepers or people who live in warmer climates. The fabric also excels at wicking moisture, which means even sleepers who sweat a lot at night should stay relatively dry.How do you buy a good duvet? ›
- Like the feel of real feather and down.
- Want a duvet that will let your skin breathe.
- Need a quality duvet that will last.
- Like a down alternative, you can buy wool, silk or cotton.
- Best overall – The White Company Hungarian Goose Down Duvet, £205.
- Best winter duvet – Brook + Wilde Hungarian Goose Down duvet, £629.
- Best summer duvet – Simba Hybrid Duvet, £199.
- Best split-tog duvet – Eve Sleep Warm:Cool Hollowfibre Duvet, £135.
For year-round comfort, try an All Seasons Duvet made from 2 parts: a 10.5 tog duvet for cooler nights, and a 4.5 tog for warmer nights. When things get really chilly, you can combine the two to create maximum cosiness with a 15 tog duvet.What is the warmest bedding for winter? ›
Fabric: The easiest way to stay warm in the wintertime is to choose sheets that are made from flannel or fleece, both of which are very effective at keeping you nice and cozy. That said, cotton bedding that's heavier in weight can also be a good option.What is the highest tog rating for a duvet? ›
A tog rating can range from 2.5 to 15, although most commonly they vary from 4.5 to 13.5. At the lower end of the scale are lighter duvets, most often used in the summer months, whilst the 13.5 togs are much more insulated, and typically winter duvets.Are goose down duvets worth the money? ›
While the cost of goose down bedding is typically higher than other types of bedding available, the price tag is worth the investment. Goose down provides a wealth of benefits and beats out the competition when it comes to warmth and durability.
Can you put a duvet in the washing machine? ›
To wash your duvet, set the washer to a gentle, warm water cycle. If your machine has the option, include an extra rinse and spin cycle.Do I need to wash new duvet? ›
Washing new bed sheets might feel like giving yourself an extra load of laundry for no good reason, and it certainly isn't something that is an absolute must. However, it is recommended that you do give them a quick wash before use.Why is goose down more expensive than duck down? ›
Since geese are much larger birds than ducks, they are also the only birds that produce sufficiently large plumes for high-end down products. The outcome being that high-end down products remain highly dependent on goose down fill which is indirectly related to the rise in prices.Which is better feather or down duvet? ›
Feather are heavier and flatter, making for a weightier duvet, and are sometimes blended with down for a plumper look and feel. Down is light and airy, which makes for a more malleable and breathable duvet, and superior at trapping heat for insulation.What is more expensive duck or goose down? ›
Duck. The two most common types of down & feather used in natural filled products are goose and duck, which are both waterfowl species. Although structurally similar, goose down and feather is more expensive and more sought after than duck down and feather.Which is more expensive down or feather? ›
Down duvets and pillows are more expensive than their feather counterparts. However, you do get what you pay for. If you are looking for ultimate comfort, a luxury sleep experience, and long-lasting bedding than you really can't get better than down. Another difference between feather and down is the weight.What is warmer goose or duck down? ›
Their filaments are therefore able to trap more air and provide more insulation. The general rule of thumb is the bigger the down cluster, the warmer the duvet. Given all other factors are equal, a 95% goose down duvet will be warmer than a 95% duck down duvet.Which is better goose feather or duck feather? ›
Goose feather is softer than duck feather. Most duck and goose feather filled pillows are combined with soft down for comfort and warmth. Goose down clusters are generally larger than duck down clusters. European goose down is considered the best due to its pure white larger than most down clusters.How long does a duvet last? ›
As your duvet rests on top of you at night, rather than taking any of your weight, it should last longer than your pillows. The Sleep Council suggest that a duvet should last at least 5 years, but a good quality duvet, with high quality filling should last at least twice that.Which is better down or synthetic duvet? ›
Down has been proven to have a much greater insulating power than any synthetic duvet filling on the market today and it's easy to see why they're so popular.
What is the best duvet for night sweats? ›
We recommend Hungarian goose down duvets for night sweats and cooling bedding. It provides three to four times more air circulation than synthetic materials allowing moisture to escape more easily, resulting in a cooling duvet. Wool duvets: Wool filled duvets are another breathable choice for night sweats.What kind of duvets do 5 star hotels use? ›
Most hotels use a natural filled 10.5 tog duvet to get the right weight, look and feel for their hotel and to create a fabulous night's sleep for their guests.Where do hotels buy their duvet? ›
Where do hotels get their bedding from? While most of us may pop to the shops for some new bedding, hotels usually look to specialised retailers that can supply bedding in large quantities. So, hey, that's retailers like us – Vision Linens!What makes a luxury duvet? ›
Quality of cotton
If you're looking for luxury, 100% Egyptian cotton is the best you can buy. A great second choice is 100% pima cotton (trademarked as Supima cotton), which is soft and less likely to pill than other types of cotton.
How To Re-Fluff Your Comforter - YouTubeHow do I make my duvet look fuller? ›
How to Make your Bedding Fluffy - YouTubeWhat is the filling in hotel duvets? ›
Goose down in duvets is very often used to fill the duvets in luxury hotels, as it is light and has a fluffy, cloud-like feel. Goose down is available in various qualities and the higher the filling power, the better the capacity and the lighter (and fluffier) the duvet is likely to be.Do hotels wash comforters after each guest? ›
As shocking as it might be, many hotels do not wash the comforter, bedspreads or duvets between every guest's stay. However, the sheets and pillowcases should be cleaned between stays.How often should you change your towel? ›
The Cleaning Institute recommends washing bath towels after three uses. If you shower every day, that means laundry almost twice a week. Regular laundry is sufficient to clean towels and remove any germs that are starting to accumulate.How often should bedsheets be changed? ›
To cut to the chase, Dr Browning says we should be changing our sheets once a week, or every two weeks at the most. Hygiene is a big factor, and one of the reasons is sweat. If you've ever tried sleeping in a heatwave, you'll know how difficult it can be.
How often should you wash bedsheets? ›
Most people should wash their sheets once per week. If you don't sleep on your mattress every day, you may be able to stretch this to once every two weeks or so. Some people should wash their sheets even more often than once a week.How do I pick a duvet cover? ›
When selecting a duvet cover material, consider the climate, your preferred sleep temperature, and your skin sensitivity. You should also consider lifestyle factors, including ease-of-maintenance and the durability of the fabric. Some of the most popular types of fabric used for duvet covers & sets include: Cotton.What is the best bedding for hot sleepers? ›
The Best Fabrics for Breathability
At the top of the breeziness chart, you'll find linen. Linen sheets are made from flax fibers, which are thicker than cotton. The fabric feels rougher to the touch—though it softens up with every wash—and the loose weave lets all that sleepy body heat escape.
100% cotton is the most popular because it's soft, strong and comfortable to lie on. Polyester or cotton/polyester blends are often more durable and less expensive, but they don't feel as natural. You can also choose from novelty fibers (like lyocell or linen) for a unique feel.Are goose down duvets worth the money? ›
While the cost of goose down bedding is typically higher than other types of bedding available, the price tag is worth the investment. Goose down provides a wealth of benefits and beats out the competition when it comes to warmth and durability.What is better down or feather duvet? ›
Down is the best insulator per ounce over any other fill, natural or man-made. Down provides much more warmth per ounce than feathers. For this reason, feather duvets contain significantly more fill and are heavier than down duvets. They require more fill to achieve the same level of insulation and warmth.Is duck or goose down better? ›
Goose down is generally larger and stronger than duck down, which is why a duvet with 100 % goose down has a better fill power. The better quality is a result of the fact that geese are larger than ducks and generally have a longer life.What is best duvet for night sweats? ›
The best duvets for coping with night sweats are those made with natural fibres. Wool is one of the best options thanks to the way it helps with temperature regulation as you sleep.What is more expensive duck or goose down? ›
Duck. The two most common types of down & feather used in natural filled products are goose and duck, which are both waterfowl species. Although structurally similar, goose down and feather is more expensive and more sought after than duck down and feather.How long should a goose down duvet last? ›
How long should a goose down duvet last? A good quality goose down duvet should definitely last the recommended five years. Particularly if you look after it well. Don't over wash your duvet, just once every 6 to 12 months, and always protect it with a duvet cover, preferably cotton which is breathable.
What goose down is the best? ›
100% Hungarian goose down is considered the best down filling on the market. Super soft and super fine Hungarian goose down is a high-quality and comfortable bedding filling that provides ultimate heat insulation and lightweight comfort.Which is warmer goose down or duck down? ›
Their filaments are therefore able to trap more air and provide more insulation. The general rule of thumb is the bigger the down cluster, the warmer the duvet. Given all other factors are equal, a 95% goose down duvet will be warmer than a 95% duck down duvet.Which is warmer down or feather? ›
There's no question about it: down is much warmer than feathers. As noted above, feathers are not ideal for bedding like comforters, duvets, and pillows. In some comforter and pillow fillings, you can find feathers as the main fill or a mix of feather and down.Why are feather duvets noisy? ›
It will be rough to the touch and make a rustling noise each time the duvet is shuffled as it will be caused from the sound of the duvet's fabric grazing against each other. The stitching on the duvet should also be monitored closely as a good quality goose down duvet will be double stitched.Do duck down duvets smell? ›
Naturally, goose down can smell of 'a farm or poultry,' however, if properly washed, this does not happen and your down duvet or other item of down bedding will not smell.Which is best duck feather and down or goose feather and down? ›
Goose feather is softer than duck feather. Most duck and goose feather filled pillows are combined with soft down for comfort and warmth. Goose down clusters are generally larger than duck down clusters. European goose down is considered the best due to its pure white larger than most down clusters.What is the best type of down? ›
THE BEST DOWN COMFORTERS: WINNERS, AT A GLANCE:
Best Overall: Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter. Best Goose Down: Riley White Goose Down Comforter. Best Down-Alternative: Parachute Down Alternative Duvet Insert. Best Cooling: Casper Humidity Fighting Duvet.
Naturally filled comforters using down provide three to four times more air circulation than synthetic materials allowing moisture to escape more easily, resulting in a cooling comforter. We recommend Hungarian goose down comforters as the best comforter for night sweats and hot sleepers.Which duvet filling is heaviest? ›
Wool duvets feel heavier than down or synthetic fill duvets. They are made with carded wool which has an even fill, a bit like a blanket. Higher tog wool duvets are heavier than lower tog wool duvets.Why is my duvet making me sweat? ›
People can sweat under any duvet if it is too warm, regardless of whether it is filled with down, wool, or synthetic fibres. This is why it is essential to choose the right duvet and pillow for your needs. To find that perfect duvet, you'll need to take a look at the tog rating.