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How to find the best summer duvet
Several factors must be considered when selecting a duvet for the summer season to ensure optimal comfort and a good night's sleep.
Let's explore the key aspects to focus on when choosing the best summer duvet in the UK.
The duvet tog rating refers to its thermal insulation properties. 🌡️
A summer duvet tog rating usually sits between 2.5 and 7.
However, the best tog duvet for summer depends on your preference of material, weight and insulation.
Some people like thin duvets for summer, while others can't sleep without a heavier duvet.
If you are looking for a super light duvet for summer, aim for the lower end of the tog rating scale.
A lower tog rating does not always mean the duvet has better airflow.
Breathability is usually dependent on the duvet material.
For example, a 1-tog duvet made from synthetic materials can have little breathability compared to a 10-tog duvet made from natural materials.
The Panda Cloud Duvet, with a 10.5 tog rating and natural bamboo composition, is a wonderfully breathable duvet.
Opting for a machine-washable duvet is convenient, allowing easy cleaning and maintenance.
Many natural and synthetic duvets are designed to be machine washable.
It's essential to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure the longevity and performance of the duvet.
Regular cleaning helps maintain hygiene and freshness, particularly during the summer when perspiration levels may increase.
A quick machine wash is also a great way to reduce the risk of dust mites festering in your duvet.
The Emma Cloud Duvet is fully machine washable, making it quick and easy to keep clean.
When should you start using a summer duvet?
The timing for transitioning to a summer weight duvet depends on personal preferences and temperature sensitivity.
Switching to a summer duvet earlier is advisable if you tend to sweat more easily.
On the other hand, if you are more prone to feeling cold, you may want to wait longer before making the switch.
Once you start noticing that you feel too warm at night, it clearly indicates that it's time to put away your winter duvet and bring out the summer one. ☀️
Generally, around the beginning of May is a good time to start using a summer duvet.
As the weather cools down again in October, you may need to switch back to a warmer option.
For individuals who experience heavy sweating, materials such as cotton, microfibre, or silk are recommended.
These materials have a cooling effect and can absorb moisture effectively.
We recommend the Emma Cloud Duvet if you’re looking for a temperature-regulating product.
How to clean a summer duvet
To keep your summer duvet fresh and clean, it's important to wash it regularly in the summer months when you’re likely to sweat more. 🥵
However, not all duvets are machine-washable, so always check the label first.
Washing your duvet
Before washing your summer duvet, always check the cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Generally, you should only wash your duvet once or twice a year.
If you have allergies, choose a summer duvet that can be washed at high temperatures in the washing machine.
Washing a normal-sized duvet is generally okay for home washing machines.
However, using a laundromat may be more practical if you have a particularly small washing machine or an oversized duvet.
When it comes to detergent, it's advisable to avoid fabric softeners if you are unsure, as they can potentially impact the filling of the duvet. 🧼
Excessive spinning can also damage the duvet, so opting for a lower spinning speed is recommended.
Drying your duvet
When drying the duvet, consider the type of fibres used.
Synthetic fabrics can typically withstand higher temperatures, but natural materials should not be placed in the dryer.
It's best to follow the specific drying instructions provided to maintain quality and longevity.
Cleaning your summer duvet cover
While you should only wash your duvet once or twice a year, you can wash your summer duvet covers far more regularly. 😅
We recommend washing the cover weekly to remove stains, odours and bacteria.
Regularly washing your bedding is particularly important when you're sweating more during the summer months.
We've recommended a few of our favourite duvet covers below.
Our favourite duvet covers for summer:
A summer duvet is essential
Our need for warmth changes during the night.
If the temperature in your bedroom exceeds 25 degrees Celsius during summer, it can be challenging to fall asleep comfortably. 🌡️
In such cases, a suitable, summer duvet becomes essential.
Invest in a summer tog duvet this year to enjoy a cool and peaceful night’s sleep in the next UK heatwave.