Types of Fill Material
The best type of fill material for your duvet is one that will feel comfortable to you. Duvets can feature either natural or synthetic fill materials. Synthetic fill materials are less expensive and are usually designed to accommodate people with allergies, while natural fill materials are generally more breathable. The most commonly used natural fill materials include down, feathers, and wool. The fill material will help determine how light and fluffy the duvet feels. Better quality fill material does not necessarily mean more warmth, but it typically means more comfort.
When considering fill material, it is important to identify fill-power. Duvets that contain higher fill-power down are lighter and fluffier. An average duvet features up to 600 fill-powers down, while luxury duvets feature up to 900 fill-powers down.
Tog Rating and Warmth
The warmth the duvet provides depends on the tog rating. The higher the tog rating, the better the duvet traps heat. As a general rule of thumb, a 4 tog duvet is ideal for summer, a 9 tog works for spring or fall, and a 13 tog duvet is perfect for winter.
Although weight should not be confused with warmth, duvets with higher fill weights tend to provide impressive warmth. For warmer environments, a heavier fill weight may offer more comfort. Conversely, in cooler environments, a lightweight duvet fill could be more comfortable.
Duvets come in twin, double or full, queen, and king sizes. The absence of a bed skirt may require purchasing a duvet one size larger than the size of the mattress to conceal the sides of the bed. Additionally, to combat fighting over the duvet in the middle of the night, buying a duvet one size bigger than the mattress works well.
Duvet covers protect your duvet from damage caused by stains, spills, grime, and general wear and tear. They also let you easily change the style of your bedding and coordinate with sheets and pillowcases for a matching look. The duvet cover slips over your duvet and holds it in place with zippers, ties, or buttons. Some manufacturers require a duvet cover as part of the warranty. Although the cover shields your duvet from most dirt and dust, you should still wash your duvet insert at least twice a year or more.