Buyers’ Duvet Guide

From warm and snuggly to light and cool, the type of duvet you choose can make a big difference to the quality of your sleep. If you’re replacing worn-out bedding and are unsure what duvet to buy, start your search here with our expert duvet guide.

Tog ratings for duvets

A tog rating indicates how warm (or cool) you’ll feel under your duvet. Because some fillings store heat better than others (more on that later) the weight of your duvet isn’t always the best way to tell how hot or cold it’ll feel. Instead, we use tog ratings to measure how well a duvet can trap heat. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet.

Which duvet tog you decide to buy will depend on the time of year and how cosy you like to be at night. Try this:

• Summer (cool and lightweight): 3 – 4.5 tog
• Spring and autumn (between season): 7 – 10.5 tog
• Winter (extra-warm): 12 – 13.5 tog

Top tip: All-season duvets are a great, versatile option. They usually feature two duvets (lightweight and between season) which you can connect in winter for extra warmth.

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Duvet filling guide

Natural fillings

Fillings like feather and down have a lightweight feel and are soft to the touch. They’re great heat insulators and these natural fabrics are ‘breathable’, which is good news for your skin.

Synthetic fillings

Duvets made from hollowfibre, microfibre or other synthetic fillings are hypoallergenic, which means they’re suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers. They’re also easy to wash – perfect for on-the-go families.

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Duvet sizes

There’s a range of standard duvet sizes available to match the size of your bed. If you want to feel extra snug – or if you’re sharing with a quilt-stealer – try going up a duvet size.

• Single duvet: 135x200cm (55″ x 79″)
• Double duvet: 200x200cm (79″x79″)
• King duvet: 230x220cm (91″x87″)
• Super King duvet: 260x220cm (102″x87″)

When can babies have a duvet?

It’s not recommended that children have a duvet or pillows under the age of one. Young children tend to be warmer than adults, so start them off with a 3-4.5 tog duvet. Once they get a little older, you can move them up to 7.5-9 tog, to keep them comfy and cosy.

Start the search for your new duvet right here.


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