Best Winter Duvets

The Best Winter Duvets In The UK (2024)

Last updated: 13.03.2024 Reading time: 7 Min.

Are you looking for a thick winter duvet to keep you as snug as a bug in a rug? 🐛

Swapping out your summer duvet for a winter duvet will promote a cosier sleep when the temperature plunges into the minuses. ❄️

But there are many things to consider when choosing the best winter duvet for your sleep.

We tested the best winter duvets in the UK to help make that decision a little easier for you.

Let’s explore. 👇

woman with winter duvet

Best winter duvets UK

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Simba Hybrid Duvet

The Simba Hybrid Duvet is a convenient all-season duvet with excellent temperature regulation.
  • Simba Renew fibres, 100% BCI cotton & Stratos technology
  • 10.5 togs
  • Machine-washable & tumble-dry friendly

Tell me more about the Simba Hybrid Duvet

The Simba Hybrid Duvet has been designed as a uniquely temperature-regulating duvet to keep you warm but never at the risk of overheating. 

The duvet carries a tog rating of 10.5, but it also features space-inspired fabric technology. 

At its core, you'll find the Simba Renew fibre filling made from recycled PET bottles. 

The cover is 100% BCI cotton with Stratos technology and advanced cooling. 

Conveniently, the Simba Hybrid duvet is also hypoallergenic and fully machine-washable at 40℃.

The Simba Duvet comes with free delivery within the UK and a 1-year guarantee.

Reasons to buy

Space-inspired technology

Suitable for all seasons 

Great for allergy-sufferers 

Fast & free delivery 

Reasons to avoid

No trial 

Feels a bit stiff and plasticky

Quite expensive

Luxury Option

Brook + Wilde Sleep Cavendish Four Seasons Duvet

The Cavendish duvet is suitable for all seasons and includes 2 duvets that can be joined together.
  • New white duck down and feathers & 100% cotton cambric
  • 4.5 & 8.0 tog (can be joined or separated)
  • Machine-washable at 60°C

Tell me more about the Brook + Wilde Cavendish Four Seasons Duvet

The Brook + Wilde Cavendish Four Seasons duvet comes with a 4.5 and 8.0 tog duvet that can be combined or separated for different seasons. 

The duvet is filled with luxurious white duck down and feathers and is encased in a breathable 100% cotton cambric cover. 

Even with the duvets joined, we didn't overheat at all throughout the night. 

That's because goose down is highly breathable and wicks away moisture from the body during the night.

Combining the duvets to create one ultimate winter duvet took just a few minutes. 

Brook + Wilde bedding also meets the highest anti-allergen standards, making it an excellent choice for people with allergies. 

Reasons to buy

14-day returns 

DownPass and NOMITE accredited

Highly luxurious and durable 

Reasons to avoid

Very expensive 

The guarantee is only 1 year

Customisable Comfort

Hypnia All Seasons Duvet

The Hypnia All Seasons Duvet offers versatile comfort with its adaptable layers for all seasons.
  • 100% recycled hollow slick & polyester
  • Two 200g/m² and 300g/m² layers
  • Machine-washable at 40°C

Tell me more about the Hypnia duvet

The Hypnia All Seasons duvet is a 2-in-1 duvet suitable for year-round use. 

Crafted from 100% recycled hollow slick, this duvet is not only environmentally conscious but also boasts breathability and a lightweight feel.

The outer cover, made from 100% polyester, provides a soft and cosy touch.

Designed with two layers of 200g/m² and 300g/m², the Hypnia duvet can be customised for different seasonal needs, from warm summer nights to colder winter evenings.

The duvet has a comfortable and cosy feel, like being wrapped in a cloud. 

It keeps you warm and snuggly while being breathable so that you don't overheat at night. 

Reasons to buy

2-year guarantee

OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified

Adjustable to all seasons 

Reasons to avoid

No trial period 

It’s not that easy to store the layers into the reusable bag

Great For Allergies

DreamCloud Duvet

The DreamCloud Duvet is a 10.5 tog soft and fluffy all-season duvet.
  • Advanced Smartfil fibres with 20% modal
  • 10.5 tog
  • Machine-washable at 40°C


Tell me more about the DreamCloud duvet

The 10.5 tog DreamCloud duvet is a non-allergenic, all-season duvet. 

It features Smartfil fibres blended with 20% modal (derived from natural wood pulp), designed to wick away moisture and offer excellent climate control.

This makes the DreamCloud duvet a great choice no matter the season - or your preferred sleeping temperature.

It's also particularly soft and snuggly, so you'll enjoy sleeping with this duvet.

You can also return it within 30 days, as long as the duvet is unopened and unused.

Reasons to buy

2-year guarantee

Free delivery & returns 

Great for allergies

Reasons to avoid

Only available in one tog rating 

What is a winter duvet?

You can feel snowed under by all the options available when shopping online.

People researching on laptops
The choice for duvets are endless online.

But there will be a particular duvet suited to your individual needs.

Summer and winter duvets are designed to combat different temperature requirements.

A cool duvet for summer pushes away excess heat and creates a breathable sleeping space.

On the other hand, a winter duvet retains heat and keeps you toasty throughout the night by maintaining your body heat in the bed. 🌡️

However, it's still possible to overheat during the winter so we recommend a duvet that is breathable and can balance out temperature well.

About 80% of the overall temperature in bed is determined by the duvet. If you overheat or freeze in bed, you should reconsider your choice of duvet. Depending on which duvet you use, it may not be suitable for your new mattress.

Walter Braun

Mattress Expert

Having a summer and winter duvet that can be swapped throughout the year is a great way to improve your sleep comfort. ✔️

You should consider the duvet materials, tog rating and what other factors it includes.

We'll be looking at the various factors of how to choose a winter duvet below.

What tog should a winter duvet be?

Knowing what tog you need is essential when shopping for a winter warm duvet. 🤔

The "tog" rating on a duvet tells you how warm it is; higher tog means warmer and lower tog means cooler.

The best tog duvet for winter depends on your body temperature and how well your home stays warm during the colder season.

Lighterweight winter duvets with a lower tog rating will be more suitable for hot sleepers.

Likewise, we recommend a higher tog for cold sleepers and those living in old or drafty builds.

Duvet tog guide

A duvet tog 10.5 and above is ideal for most during the cold season.

Follow our winter duvet tog guide below:

Tog rating Best for
7.5 Those who get hot easily
10.5 - 13.5 Those that get neither too hot nor cold
15.5+ Those that feel cold easily

Some duvets are also customisable and can be detached to be used throughout the year.

For example, the Simba 3-in-1 duvet can be customised into a lower and higher tog rating for different seasons:

What is the best duvet filling for winter?

As well as choosing the correct tog rating for the season, you should also consider the cover material and filling.

Materials have different benefits, durability and temperature-regulating properties.

The best duvet for winter will be made of materials that keep you warm and cosy while still being breathable.

Feather & down

Goose down duvets are one of our favourite options for winter. 🦆

Feather and down winter duvets are lightweight and breathable but great at insulating heat at night.

Unlike hollowfibre, down stays fluffy and should last for years without the filling clumping.

feather and down duvet advantages

However, down is also very expensive and not ideal for those on a budget. 💰


A wool duvet is another excellent natural option.

They are great at regulating temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 🔥

Benefits of wool material
Wool has many different benefits.

Wool duvets are highly sustainable because they’re easy to produce and 100% biodegradable. ♻️

Another great aspect is that they're usually chemical-free because their natural flame-resistant properties mean they don’t need to be treated with fire-retardant chemicals.

Wool is hypoallergenic, preventing dust and mould, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.


Hollowfibre is a synthetic material which is cheap to manufacture for those on a budget.

Generally, hollowfibre duvets are easy to care for, and synthetic duvets like this can be washed easily. 🧼

Hollowfibre has a springy feel and can come in different thicknesses depending on your needs.

Hollowfibre duvets keep you warm, but the airy fibres are fairly breathable too.

hollowfibre duvet advantages

However, hollowfibre duvets are not as good quality or long-lasting as down duvets, and you may find they start clumping after a while.

But there are better quality alternatives available.

The Night Owl duvet, for example, is made with high-quality 100% recycled fibrefill.

This is our favourite synthetic duvet option for winter.


When to change to a winter duvet

If you use a summer and winter duvet throughout the year, planning ahead is key.

James Higgins, CEO of Ethical Bedding, monitored temperature changes to determine the best time to swap out your duvet.

Man sleeping in different temperatures
You should change your duvet when the temperature begins to cool.

He explained that there is usually a 25% drop in temperature at the end of September and the beginning of October. 🍁

He says: 'Based on these figures and usual weather routines, we would advise that people swap their duvet tog a little earlier in preparation, which would be Sunday 25th September.'

Of course, you should use your own judgement and monitor the temperature as it can differ year on year.

We recommend swapping to a winter duvet when you feel a significant drop in the temperature.

If you’re putting on your winter coats and turning up the central heating, it’s probably time to switch to a warm winter duvet. 😴

Why not invest in our favourite winter duvet?

What size is a winter duvet?

Winter duvets are available in all standard UK sizes.

uk duvet sizes

These include:

  • Winter duvet single - 135 x 200 cm (4'4" x 6'6")
  • Double winter duvet - 200 x 200 cm (6’6” x 6’6”)
  • Winter duvet king size - 230 x 220 cm (7'5" x 7'2")
  • Super king size winter duvet - 260 x 220 cm (8'5" x 7'2")
  • Emperor winter duvet: 290 x 235 cm (9'5" x 7'7")

We also advise buying a duvet a size up from your bed size for a fuller look.

For example, opt for a double duvet for a single bed or a king-size duvet for a double bed.

How to wash a winter duvet

Many duvets are machine-washable.

Duvet in washing machine
Some duvets can be washed easily.

You should check the washing label on your specific duvet to see if it is machine-washable or dry-clean only. 🏷️

Some duvets may be too big for your washing machine.

However, laundrettes are available with larger-capacity machines.

Can I put a duvet in the tumble dryer?

Some duvets can be tumble-dried as well as machine-washed. ✅

The label on your duvet will indicate whether the duvet is safe for the tumble dryer.

You should contact the manufacturer if you can no longer see the label.

But we also recommend a good quality duvet cover set that can be washed regularly.

Our favourite duvet cover sets:

Winter duvet prices

Like regular duvets, winter duvets are available in different price categories.💰

Prices for winter duvets start anywhere from £30 - £800.

Duvet and price ratio
The price and quality of duvets can vary.

This depends on the quality and materials of the duvet.

Winter duvets made from luxurious natural materials will be more expensive.

For example, a Hungarian Goose down duvet will be significantly more costly than one made from synthetic fibres.

Winter duvet discount codes

Winter duvets are often on sale.

You can find winter duvet voucher codes online to save you money. 💵

Winter duvet sales are available throughout the year, and you can get great discounts during promotional periods such as Black Friday.

Our discounts page has a dedicated list of the best winter duvet promotions.

You can also sign up for our newsletter for regular updates on our favourite deals.

What else should you stock up on in winter?

A warm duvet for winter is a great start.

But you can get a range of different sleep products to create a warmer sleeping environment during wintertime.

You should consider:

With the current UK climate and exorbitant prices of gas and electricity, it’s essential to make sure you feel warm enough at night. 🌙

Our favourite winter accessories:

Should you buy a winter duvet?

We recommend a winter duvet to stay toasty on those colder winter nights.

The best winter quilt helps to insulate heat, so you’re not shivering in bed when the temperature plummets.

If space is tight and you don’t want to own multiple duvets, consider an all-seasons duvet instead.

We’ve got plenty of reviews on these options:

You can also get winter duvets that can be detached into a lower tog for the summer, such as the Simba 3-in-1 duvet.

Here’s a reminder of our favourite winter duvets:

Frequently asked questions

  • How do you store a winter duvet?

    If you want to swap between a summer and winter duvet throughout the year, you’ll need to know where to keep the spare.

    Some duvets, such as the Night Owl duvet, come in a reusable duffle bag and can be stored away easily without much fuss.

    We recommend putting your duvet in a bag to protect it from dirt and dust when it's not used.

    If space is tight, you may consider vacuum packing your duvet to make it more compact.

    Our article on the best storage bags for duvets has some excellent recommendations. 

    This could create wrinkles and creases once you take it out of the bag, and you may want to check if your duvet is safe for ironing. 

  • Where can I store my winter duvet?

    We recommend keeping your summer or winter duvet in a cool and dry place.

    You can put your duvet in your loft or garage if the area is dry and there are no leaks. 

    You should also ensure no critters can get to your duvet, or they may nibble on the material. 

    If in doubt, you should store the duvet under your bed or in a closet with your other spare linen. 

    An ottoman bed with storage is ideal for safely storing extra bedding and other items that can be easily accessed but aren’t needed daily. 

  • Can feather duvets be washed?

    Most down and feather duvets are washable but may include different requirements. 

    Can feather duvets be dry-cleaned?

    You should check the label on your feather duvet to see if it is machine-washable or dry-clean only. 

  • Where can I buy a winter duvet?

    Winter duvets are available for purchase in-store and online. 

    Shop the best duvets for winter at the following retailers

    Some of our favourite duvet include the Panda Cloud duvet and Simba Hybrid duvet.

  • What tog should a toddler duvet be in winter?

    You may believe that the warmest duvet for winter is best for toddlers to keep them cosy.

    But children under 4 aren’t able to regulate their body temperature like adults. 

    Therefore a 4.5 tog is more suitable for toddlers

    If you live in an old build with a drafty room, a 7.5-tog cot bed winter duvet may also be acceptable if your toddler is not overheating. 

    Toddlers move around a lot in sleep, so we recommend you opt for a lightweight duvet with additional light blankets if necessary.

  • Are silk duvets warm enough for winter?

    Whilst silk is highly breathable and has excellent cooling properties, it can also be a fantastic luxurious duvet option for winter.

    Silk-filled duvets are hypoallergenic and gentle on sensitive skin. 

    They’re also excellent at insulating heat during the winter and pushing it away from the body when you’re too hot. 

    Silk also has great moisture-wicking performance and is one of the most absorbent fabrics.

    Find more about the various health benefits of silk in our silk pillowcase and silk bedding guides. 

  • How thick is a winter duvet?

    The ideal winter duvet is around 13.5 togs or higher

    The best 13.5 tog duvet we tested is the Boutique Silk duvet. 

    A good quality 10.5 tog duvet may also be suitable for year-round use. 

    Some duvets, such as the Simba 3-in-1 duvet, can be separated into different thicknesses so that you can customise the duvet depending on your particular needs.


Holly Matthews

Senior Content Writer

Holly has been a content writer at Sleep Hero UK since 2021. With an MA degree in literature and previous experience working at a leading UK bed retailer, she is committed to using her skills to guide others towards making better sleep choices.

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