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 both 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 more lightweight, squisher, and airier. If it has more feathers, it'll be denser and weightier.
- Fill power: The higher the fill power, the larger each piece of down will be, resulting in a fluffier duvet with better insulation.
Of course, you also need to consider the tog rating, which will give you an indication of overall warmth.
We look at tog ratings in more detail further down. 👇
While feather and down duvets offer exceptional quality, these are definitely not vegan and they're not always produced in a humane way.
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.
||Feather & down duvets
||Warm but prevent overheating; last a long time; natural materials
||More expensive than synthetic fillings; has to be professionally laundered; some people are allergic to down and feathers
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.
||Warm but prevent overheating; resistant to dust mites
||Expensive; can only be washed at low temperatures; denser and not as fluffy
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 an excellent 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, and people struggling with allergies or asthma.
||Warm but prevents overheating; naturally resistant to allergens
||Expensive; needs to be professionally laundered
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 a great 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. 🗓
||Affordable, machine-washable, hypoallergenic
||Don't last as long as natural duvets, filling can clump together
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 much cheaper.
||Lightweight; soft; anti-allergy options available
||Doesn't regulate heat