With the colder weather knocking on our doors, we might find ourselves snuggling that little bit deeper into our lighter duvets. The sun is still greeting us in the morning, but the temperature is definitely beginning to drop slightly. Which begs the question, when is the right time to swap out our summer duvets for a heavier winter tog?
In this article, we look at the measurements of togs, the approbative heft of a winter duvet and how to know when to change out your bedding for a thicker option.
What is a tog rating?
Firstly, let’s establish what a tog rating is. It is a common misconception that a tog rating measures the ‘quality’ or ‘weight’ of a duvet. In fact, a tog rating measures the thermal resistance. This measures how much heat a piece of material absorbs or retains, in contrast to how much heat it lets flow through the sheets.
Typically, when measuring the tog rating of a duvet, we assume that you aren’t utilising a sheet on your mattress. Therefore, we often say that the rating of how heat resistant your bedding is, is slightly higher than expected.
So, how is a tog rating measured? Tog is measured by applying heat to one side of a piece of fabric, then measuring the heat flow from the other side. The value of the tog is equal to ten times the temperature difference between the two sides when measured in degrees celsius.
The higher your tog rating is, the warmer your duvet will be - perfect for those frosty winter mornings. The lower is usually suggested for warmer weather as it lets more heat escape and allows you to have a more comfortable night sleep.
The tog rating is measured on a scale between 2.5 and 15. Here at The Fine Bedding Company, we use this rating system in order to recommend you the best duvet options depending on your needs, the season and what you are looking for.
What is an appropriate winter tog rating?
Winter is arguably one of the hardest times to get out of bed. With a good cold weather appropriate duvet, you’ll be wanting to snuggle down in the frosty mornings with a cup of tea and thick bedding to keep you warm.
So, what is an appropriate winter tog rating? For the colder winter months, we usually recommend a thick 13.5 tog duvet. However, in the transition period between weathers, usually around Spring or Autumn, we would look at offering something slightly lighter, at 10 togs.
For these chilly times, we have a range of duvets, including our natural filled Bronze Goose Down Duvet, which is covered in luxurious cotton and has a 280 thread count. This natural and ethically conscious filling offers outstanding thermal insulation.
Or, another example of the perfect winter companion is the Breathe Duvet. With its clever climate control technology, this bedding will allow you to regulate your temperature throughout your sleep. These duvets contain our blend of Smartfil, which involves a special ingredient called Modal. Derived from natural wood pulp, this duvet is exceptionally breathable.
How do you know when to swap out a duvet tog?
In our range, we have a duvet with a tog rating to suit all your needs through the year and the change of seasons. We always suggest a good quality, thick duvet with a high tog rating during the winter for a guaranteed peaceful, warm night sleep.
However, as we are sure you know, the weather in England can be a little strange and sometimes we have a rapid change in weather patterns. One day, you are down the beach, soaking in the sun and looking forward to getting home to your lightweight bedding. Then, the next day, it’s thunderstorms and all you want to do is snuggle up and feel cosy.
So, our experts propose waiting until the weather has completely changed before swapping out your Autumn/Spring bedding. Once the warm days have officially died down, that’s when it's best to pack away your lighter duvet and store it away for the remainder of the year.