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Fill, loft, baffle and box: duvet jargon takes some untangling. To help you find the duvet you're dreaming of, we've put together this Buyer's Guide. If you have any unanswered questions, just drop us a line at email@example.com - one of our bedding experts will get right back to you. You'll be tucked up beneath a divine new duvet in no time.
When choosing a new duvet, you'll have four decisions to make.
Choosing your duvet size is usually as simple as looking at the size of your bed. UK bed sizes are fairly standard, whether you've got a Single, Double, King or Superking.
Not sure what size bed you have. This should help, though do remember that there are often some minor differences between manufacturers:
- Single bed is typically W91cm x L190cm
- Double bed is typically W140cm x L190cm
- Kingsize bed is typically W150cm x L200cm
- Super kingsize bed is typically W180cm x L200cm
- Emperor bed is typically W215cm x L215cm
The duvets we sell are made to fit these bed sizes with the duvet draping down the side of the bed. Scale your duvet up a size if you like lots of coverage or you share with a duvet-stealer!
Choose your duvet according to the season:
- Summer (4.5 Tog). this rating indicates a cool duvet, which traps only a little heat, so would generally be used in the summer.
- Autumn (9.0 Tog). a warm duvet, generally used in the Spring and Autumn, though many people, such as those who have central heating or share a bed, use these togs all year round.
- Winter (13.5 Tog). very warm and cosy, ideal for Winter use. All Seasons duvets offer great flexibility. They consist of a duvet set, two separate duvets Ã?Â¢?? usually a lightweight 4.5 tog for summer and a warmer 9 tog for autumn and spring. During winter, you simply put the two duvets together for a cosy 13.5 tog duvet.
Of course, if you're an unusually warm or cold sleeper, you might want to order a lower or higher Tog rating than we've recommended.
This is the stuff you really pay for when you buy a duvet. If the manufacturer has skimped on stuffing, you'll know about it.
Premium duvets are usually filled with feather and down, or with hypoallergenic microfibre. Pay attention to the proportions and quality of the filling. It's what gives your duvet the X-factor! If a natural duvet is suitable for you, then top of your wish list should be Goose Down. Duck Down is a good compromise if your budget is restrictive.
For those inclined towards luxury, Mulberry Silk is a naturally hypoallergenic and wonderfully indulgent filling. And if you need a hypoallergenic duvet, opt for Microfibre - it's an extremely good substitute for natural down, if made properly (and ours is).
When we say 'natural' we're referring to feather and down, which are sterilised and stuffed into downproof cases. Look for a duvet that contains plenty of down. Down is better (and therefore more expensive) than feather - it's the light and fluffy undercoat, while feather is slightly heavier and less efficient at retaining warmth. So what are your options?
Goose Down Duvets are generally agreed to be the world's best. But all goose down isn't equal. The most sought-after is Hungarian Goose Down. Because the bird is accustomed to extremely cold conditions, its down is exceptionally heat-retentive - without being dense or heavy.
We offer two Hungarian Goose Down duvets: the Ultimate (100% goose down) and the Luxury (90% down with 10% feather).
Of course we think it's worth it, but Hungarian Goose Down is expensive. If you want a cheaper alternative, look at Siberian or New White Goose Down. This is the filling used by many luxury high-street retailers and five-star hotels.
In this category we have three ranges in order of quality:
New White Goose Down (80% white goose down, 20% white goose feather)
Goose Feather and Down (85% white goose feather, 15% white goose down).
Wherever you shop for your Goose Down duvet, check the proportions before you buy. Higher down contentmakes for a cosy duvet that's lighter than (and just as warm as) one stuffed with feather.
Duck Down Duvets are stuffed with duck down, which is a thicker, denser down than Goose. We've included them because they're very substantial, warm duvets (13.5 Tog only) - perfect for winter or big, airy rooms. Because duck down is less desirable, it's also cheaper. So this is a great option for anyone on a budget (or buying in bulk). Our New White Duck Down duvets are finished to beautiful standards, with down-proof cotton cases and a luxurious feel.
If you suffer from allergies then you'll be looking for a hypoallergenic alternative, and our microfibre duvets are ideal.
Microfibre Duvets are, these days, an extremely good alternative to natural feather and down. The man-made fibre is hypoallergenic, so it's ideal for sensitive sleepers. We picked a very fine microfibre to fill our duvets, producing a light and lofty finish. Why should allergy-sufferers expect anything less? Choose from Luxury or Classic, depending what type of duvet casing you'd prefer.
Silk Duvets are naturally hypoallergenic, and naturally breathable. Our silk duvets are filled with Mulberry Silk - one of the world's finest grades of silk, with a uniquely long fibre that gives a superbly light and durable finish. Silk duvet tends to be a little lighter for them same warmth level.
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