Duvets can be made from a wide range of different materials.
Generally, though, these are divided into two groups:
- Natural duvets 🌱
- Synthetic duvets 🧪
Both types are equally popular, with hollowfibre duvets and feather & down duvets ranking as the most common ones.
Which duvet you'll choose ultimately depends on the feel you're going for - and your budget. 💰
Natural duvet fillings
Traditional duvets will contain natural fillings.
Some of the most common natural duvet filling materials include:
- Duck or goose feathers
Natural materials are the obvious choice for anyone looking for organic and eco-friendly materials. ☘️
These fillings are also antibacterial, lighter, and more thermal-insulating.
They often offer better temperature regulation as natural materials absorb moisture more effectively without becoming clammy, making them a good choice for hot sleepers or those who sweat easily. 💧
Feather and down duvets
Feather and down duvets are among the most popular duvets on the market, with materials sourced from duck or geese. 🦆
These are very luxurious duvets that retain heat well but are unlikely to cause overheating.
There are two things to consider with feather & duck duvets:
Feather to down ratio: If your duvet has more down than feathers, it'll be lighter, squisher, and airier. If it has more feathers, it'll be denser and weightier.
Fill power: The higher the fill power, the larger each down piece will be, resulting in a fluffier duvet with better insulation.
Of course, you also need to consider the tog rating, which will indicate overall warmth.
We look at tog ratings in more detail further down. 👇
While feather and down duvets offer exceptional quality, these are not vegan, and they're not always produced humanely.
You need to check with each brand to ensure materials are ethically sourced.
On the downside, home-washing of feather & down duvets isn't recommended. 🧺
This is because these duvets take a very long time to dry, and the filling can be damaged in the process.
If you need to have a down or feather duvet washed, it's best to bring it to a professional laundry.
Conveniently, the Flaxby Duck Feather & Down Duvet we recommend is fully machine-washable at 40°C. 🛀
This makes it a best-buy option.
BUY FLAXBY DOWN DUVET£ 60
Wool duvets are less common, but they're an excellent anti-allergy choice that's similarly priced to feather and down duvets. 🐑
These duvets are often chunkier and denser.
Wool is a naturally hypoallergenic material that's resistant to dust mites.
This is great for allergy sufferers. 🤧
Often, duvet allergies are not caused by the material itself but by dust mites that accumulate in the filling.
A dust-mite-resistant filling is a perfect solution.
On the downside, wool cannot be washed at high temperatures. 🌡
Wool is thermo-regulating and adjusts to your body temperature.
This keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Additionally, wool is renewable, sustainable, and recyclable, so it's much better for the environment. ♻️
Wool is also often more ethically sourced than feathers and down.
The Soak & Sleep duvet is made of 100% unbleached, ethically-sourced New Zealand wool.
BUY S&S WOOL DUVET£ 109
Silk duvets are beautifully lightweight, luxurious, and indulgent.
They offer good warmth but have excellent breathability and are great at wicking away moisture, making them a perfect choice for people prone to overheating. 💨
Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.
This makes silk duvets ideal for people with sensitive skin or eczema, or those struggling with allergies or asthma.
The Jasmine Silk Duvet is a luxurious option, made from 100% mulberry silk with a pure cotton sateen 300-thread-count casing. 🐛
BUY SILK DUVET£ 110
Synthetic duvet fillings
Synthetic duvet fillings are becoming more and more popular.
They're often available at a much lower price point than natural duvets. 🥳
Common synthetic duvet materials include polyester, hollowfibre, and microfibre.
Unfortunately, many synthetic duvets consist of microplastics, which can have a devasting environmental impact. 🌎
They're also not as breathable as natural duvets, so you could feel hot and clammy if you're a heavy sweater. 🥵
Synthetic duvets also aren't as thermal insulating as natural duvets, so you'll often need heavier weights for the same warmth.
On the plus side, synthetic duvets are hypoallergenic and can easily be popped into the washing machine at home. 🛀
This makes them an excellent choice for people prone to allergies.
Hollowfibre duvets are very popular. 🛍
This is a hypoallergenic, synthetic material that's great for people prone to allergies.
Unlike feather duvets, hollowfibre duvets can also be machine-washed.
Unfortunately, they don't last as long as natural duvets and are likely to lose their tog value relatively quickly.
If properly cared for, though, a good hollowfibre duvet should last at least five years. 🗓
The Silentnight Yours & Mine Dual Tog Duvet is an excellent hollowfibre option for couples.
BUY DUAL TOG DUVET£ 32
Microfibre is relatively new on the market.
It has been designed as a synthetic equivalent to down with extra-fine fibres that are light, soft, and cuddly.
Microfibre feels very similar to down, but it's often lighter and cheaper.
The Panda Cloud duvet features a nano-microfibre filling, and it's a budget-friendly, soft, and cuddly duvet option that we can highly recommend.
BUY PANDA DUVET£ 99