It’s one of The Fine Bedding Company’s most frequently asked questions: Which duvet is best for me? We know there’s a lot of duvets available on our website to buy and we often get people saying they can get overwhelmed with the amount of choice. With this guide, you’ll be less in the dark when it comes to which duvet to purchase; whether you’re looking to stay cool at night or if you have allergies – we’ve got the answers for you.
THE TOG RATING EXPLAINED
The first thing to decide is what Tog you need. A common misconception is that the Tog rating is an indication of the quality or thickness of a duvet, which isn’t quite true. The Tog rating is a universal measurement that refers to the effectiveness of a materials thermal insulation, meaning the higher the tog the warmer the duvet. It's crucial to get this right as your body temperature has a big impact on the quality of sleep you get. Becoming too hot or too cold at night is one of the most common causes of disturbed sleep.
Did you know?
The Tog rating scale was developed by the Shirley Institute in Manchester, the same city as The Fine Bedding Company office!
Typically speaking you would want a lower Tog for summer (4.5), then a slightly higher Tog for Spring and Autumn (10.5) and then higher again for winter (13.5). An-all seasons duvet is a convenient way to save space, consisting of a light 4.5 Tog duvet and a warmer 9.0 Tog duvet. These are used on their own for summer (4.5) and spring & autumn (9.0) which then can be fastened together to make a warm 13.5 Tog duvet. You also need to consider how well insulated and heated your house is in the winter months as you may not need to go as high as a 13.5 tog duvet.
Click the tog number you need to view the products.
Once you’ve worked out which Tog you’re going to go for, the next decision is what filling. Fibre filled? Natural? Everyone is different and we all have individual preferences when it comes to what we want from a duvet and so the question you need to ask is ‘which filling is best for me?’
Key benefits of synthetics:
- Ideal for allergy sufferers
- Easy to wash at home
- Ideal for those who prefer a lighter duvet
- Offers technical benefits such as added breathability
At The Fine Bedding Company, we take pride in our products being innovative and we constantly challenge ourselves to be the first to market with new technologies. Our duvets are no different; the majority of our synthetic duvets contain our signature filling: Smartfil®, the lightest filling available whilst providing the same level of warmth.
Our duvets have more layers than cheaper, conventional alternatives. This means more trapped air for greater warmth, a great loft for a luxurious ‘wrapped up’ feeling, and a beautiful drape to your bedding. Our duvet fibres will also maintain their silky soft feel and never deteriorate even after repeated washing.
Two duvets of the same tog: Smartfil® duvet (left) and generic hollow fibre duvet (right)
Did you know?
Are you someone who struggles to regulate your body temperature at night? In a recent poll, we discovered that nearly two-thirds of our customers prioritise temperature management when buying a duvet. If this is important to you too, look no further than our Breathe duvet which contains Modal in its filling. Modal is a manmade fibre that is derived from wood pulp and is sourced from well-managed, self-sustaining forests. It is a cellulosic fibre link cotton, allowing fibres to absorb and disperse body heat – keeping you cool at night and providing total comfort when you sleep.
Key benefits of naturals:
- Highly breathable
- Long life span
- Ideal for those who prefer a heavier duvet
A general assumption is that fibre filled duvets are better than those with natural fillings. Here at The Fine Bedding Company believe that naturals deserve more credit. Duvets with natural fillings are generally more breathable (which means they are more suitable for year round use) and they tend to last longer than fibre filled duvets (due to the resilience of the feather and down when it comes to washing). Typically natural duvets are heavier than synthetics so if you like some weight in your duvet, a natural one would be the way to go.
All of our duvets are manufactured in our purposed built Eco factory in Estonia which gives us full control of our products from conception through to delivery and we pride ourselves on implementing sustainable responsible practices.
Through responsible sourcing we are creating products with a conscience, independently auditing our suppliers for no live-plucking and no force-feeding. All of our products are by-products of the food industry, much like leather and wool.
We are proud to be the first filled bedding company in the UK to carry out the prestigious Downpass seal across all of our products meaning all natural filling are ethically sourced and come from tightly controlled and traceable supply chains.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DUVET
Duvets are often neglected when it comes to washing. People regularly wash bed linen but tend to either forget about the duvets inside or consider this as a big chore. Besides, who wants to lug a big duvet to the dry cleaners?
However, it’s perhaps easier than you think to wash bedding. Here is The Fine Bedding Company’s definitive guide to how, why and when to wash bedding.
We recommend consumers wash their duvets every few months (particularly for allergy sufferers) – or at least twice a year.
While our pyjamas and bed sheets are the first line of defence, dead skin and sweat builds up in duvets over time.
One of the biggest nasties are dust mites – microscopic mites that can be present in their thousands. They live on the dead skin cells everyone sheds whilst in bed. It’s also estimated that we sweat out about 200ml every night – passing beyond the humble sheet.
Washing helps cleanse the product of any accumulated dirt, moisture and dust; it keeps it hygienic and refreshes the filling. More importantly, washing at 60°C kills dust mites. If people have allergies or asthma dust mites can make symptoms worse.
The first thing to check is whether your duvet is man-made fibre or natural (made from feathers and/or down).
- Look for care labels on synthetic products that show how best to wash individual products, but as a guide, premium synthetic products such as Smartfil® can be washed at 60°C without damaging the product.
- Wash as high as the care label allows.
- Check that your duvet actually fits into the machine – allowing enough room for fabric and fibres to agitate inside and get thoroughly clean. We recommend larger togs and sizes, e.g.13.5 Tog king and super king size duvets, should be washed in a large capacity machine. All size and tog rating options of Spundown will fit into a standard 7kg drum, unlike some others on the market. The siliconised coating around the fibres in the Spundown duvet make them highly resilient and therefore they’re able to hold their shape and not deteriorate after repeated washing.
- After the cycle, shake out the duvet while it’s damp to redistribute the filling evenly.
- Air the duvet before placing back on a bed and ensure is thoroughly dry (either air dry or tumble dry on a low heat setting) before placing back on bed
Natural duvets should be washed with extreme care – specialist cleaning is highly recommended.
- Feather filled products can be washed at home but generally the machine capacity isn’t large enough and they take much longer to dry versus products that have a hydrophobic filling like Smartfil® that repels water.
It is absolutely ESSENTIAL that natural duvets be thoroughly dried. Even though a duvet may feel dry to the touch, the filling inside often holds on to moisture so if the duvet is not dried properly, rotting of the filling can occur.