There are many factors to consider when choosing a duvet, including ambient room temperature, weight, material, and size.
One guiding factor is ambient room temperature.
If your room is cooler (below 18°C), then you will need to opt for a warmer duvet. If your room temperature is above 22°C, then a lighter duvet should suffice.
But also consider your personal preferences.
If you easily feel cold at night, then a warmer duvet will be ideal.
If you sweat easily or easily feel hot at night, then a less warm duvet will be better.
Note that duvets will have a tog rating to indicate their warmth. Lower numbers indicate a cooler duvet and vice versa.
The weight of the duvet is also important to consider.
If you’re a smaller person, then you might not want to be bogged down by a heavy duvet.
The weight of a duvet will generally vary between 180 grams and 500 grams per m² but it is quite heavily influenced by whether the duvet is natural or synthetic.
Synthetic duvets aren’t as thermal insulating as natural duvets and require more bulk to be as warm, so they’re generally heavier than natural duvets.
For winter duvets, your average weight of a natural duvet will be 270 grams per m², while the average weight for a synthetic duvet will be between 300 grams and 450 grams per m².
For summer duvets, your average weight of a natural duvet will be 180 grams per m², while the average weight for a synthetic duvet will be 230 grams per m².
As we’ve seen, the material of your duvet will greatly affect not only its warmth but also its weight.
We’ll go into more depth below but remember that different materials have different properties, and you can choose synthetic or natural materials.
Finally, it’s also important to consider the size of your duvet.
This largely depends on the size of your bed and whether or not you’re sharing your bed with a partner.
We elaborate on duvet sizes below.