Duvet Buying Guide

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If you're looking for the perfect bedding to keep your bed cozy at night and fashionable during the day, it's time to consider a duvet. A duvet is a fluffy quilt filled with down or feathers that is protected with an attractive cover. These plush pieces of bedding come in a variety of styles and materials, so you can buy a duvet that fits all your comfort and style needs. Read on for everything you need to know about duvets before you buy.
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Shell Material and Thread Count

Duvets feature distinct styles, colors, and patterns. However, many duvets feature a common shell material, which is typically cotton. This fabric is easy to maintain, provides impressive comfort, and falls into a relatively low price range. Other shell materials include cotton blends, silk, and silk blends.

The ticking, also known as the shell material, of the duvet requires a high thread count to ensure the fill material stays inside the shell. Cotton duvets with a thread count of 300 and above offer durable ticking, which prevents ultra-fine fill materials from pushing through the fabric and ruining the comforter. For instance, designer duvets typically feature 100-percent Egyptian cotton ticking, as this type of fabric is extremely durable and breathable.


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-power down, while luxury duvets feature up to 900 fill-power 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.


Size

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

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.

Take a look at our Duvet Cover Buying Guide for everything you’ll need to consider before buying a duvet cover.