How to Choose the Right Winter Duvet
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How to Choose the Right Winter Duvet

In October, when we put the clocks behind for an hour, you can be sure that the cold weather will soon make its presence felt. If you haven’t already changed your duvet into your winter warm duvet, this is probably the time.

If you do not have a winter duvet or your current winter duvet is indefinite, this winter duvet buyer’s guide will help you find the perfect duvet to snuggle up this winter.

How Do You Choose The Perfect Winter Duvet?

There have been some great innovations in bedding and duvet making in recent years. This means that there are probably many more options available to you since you last bought the duvet. So if you’re not sure which duet Tog rating and which feeling is right for you, you’re not alone.

The good news is, if you’re not sure how to decide what is best for you, you’re in the right place. This winter duvet selection guide is put together to help you decide which duvet tog ratings, which fillings, which covers, and which duvet sizes.

The TOG rating

When you look at our selection of duvets from Sleepy People and other retailers you will notice that they all have tog ratings. To keep things simple, you might want to consider a tog rating to show how good Duvet’s insulation is from the cold. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet.

The standard duvet tog rating scale runs from 1 to 15. However, in the UK you will never find a duvet with less than 4 tog ratings.

4 Tog duvets are most often used as cot duvets for children over 12 months of age. For kids this age, it’s really important that you don’t use high togs or adult duvets. Never use any type of duvet on infants under 12 months of age.

4.5 Tog and 6.0 Tog Duvets

The lowest adult bed size duvet you are likely to find is 4.5 – it will be suitable for the hottest months of summer. Tog rating 6 duvets are popular in the UK climate.

7.5 Tog and 10 Tog Duvets

Spring and Autumn duvets range from 7.5 Tog to 10 Tog and are warmer than summer duvets.

13.5 Tog and 15 Tog Duvets

Most importantly, the most common winter duvet tog ratings for this article are 13.5 Tog and 15 Tog.
So now you know how the tog rating system works and the most common duvet tags for winter you can go ahead and choose a duvet? Okay, you can, but there are a few more things to consider before ordering your duet. Read on to learn more.


The property you live in probably didn’t come to mind when you were thinking about which duvet toggle to choose for your winter duvet. However, it is really important to think.

A Modern House

If you live in a new modern property with good insulation, full central heating, and double glazing you will find a traditional winter duvet tog of 13.5 or 15 tog that is too warm for you to sleep in. We all know how uncomfortable summer nights can be and how hard it can be to sleep on them. For this reason, a cooler duvet would probably be better for you, with a tag rating of around 10, especially if you have shared your bed with your partner.

An Old House

While many old properties have been modernized to include hollow insulation, central heating, and double glazing, the construction methods and materials used are not as efficient at retaining heat as the new build properties. In older homes, you are more likely to be comfortable in a 13.5 tog duvet or possibly a 15 tog duvet if you are likely to feel cold.

A Stone-Built Cottage or Farmhouse

These old, traditional build properties may be characteristic, but it is very difficult to keep them warm in winter. Also by their nature, they are located in rural and countryside areas, where the night temperature is a few degrees colder than in cities and towns. Among these properties, 15 tog duvet is our top recommendation for staying warm in bed in winter.

Well, now that we know the tog ratings and considering what property we live in, what else do we need to consider when choosing our winter duets?

Duvet Filling

The filling types in our duvets have seen the most innovation and change in recent years which has given us a wide selection of filling types. Here’s our guide to choosing the right one for you.

Natural Fillings

Natural fillings are usually goose or duck feathers. These duets offer a luxurious experience and are often preferred by lovers of heavyweight duets. Feather and down duvets can cause some problems for allergy sufferers.

Hollow Fibre

A new type of synthetic duvet filling, as its name implies, is made of hollow fibers that are very good at trapping air and make it a very efficient insulator. When used with anti-allergy coverings to protect against dust mites, hollow fiber duvets are especially good for allergy sufferers.

Micro Fibre

Another new filling type for duvets, the microfibre fillings look just like the natural fillings of goose and duck feathers, although they don’t feel as heavy as the natural filled duvets. The most expensive microfibre-filled duvets are always cheaper than the cheapest natural filling duvets which means they are great for those who want a luxury experience but are on a budget.

Outer Covering

When you were thinking that we should cover all the choices of the duvet type, we came to the outer cover which is also a very important choice for finding the perfect duvet. Even though we use decorative covers to protect our duvets and to style our rooms, the covers used to hold the duvet together still affect how the duvet feels. This is also really important for allergy sufferers.

Cotton Duvet Outers

Cotton is widely considered to give the duvet’s outer covering the nicest and smooth feel. All luxury range duvets usually have a choice of cotton. Being a natural fiber, cotton is suitable for most allergy sufferers, although man-made anti-allergy coverings are not as good.

Synthetic Duvet Outers

Duvets with a synthetic outer covering are usually a little cheaper than cotton covers. If you are allergic, make sure that the duvet you choose specifically mentions anti-allergy duvet – this means it will have an extra tightly woven cover that makes it difficult for dust particles to penetrate.

Microfiber duvet exterior. Microfiber is not only available as a duvet filling but you can also choose duvets with a microfiber cover. These duvet covers have a very smooth feel, you can tell by the outer cover you are wearing.

Duvet Size

The last but not least of our things is the duvet shape. Naturally, you will choose the size of the duvet according to the size of the bed you sleep on. However, if you are sleeping with a mate, you may want to choose a larger size duvet when choosing your winter duvet. If you live in a cold house, a large duvet size will help keep those cold drafts out.

If your mate hogs all of the duvet, it is always a good idea to choose a larger duvet size. With a large duvet, hopefully, you also have enough duvet to cover.

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