"Winter is well and truly here and duvet days are beckoning, says Jenna Farmer.
With winter well and truly in full swing, we’ve reached official hibernation mode.
Whether it’s lazy lie-ins or cosy nights in front of the sofa, a good duvet is a must to survive the cold temperatures unscathed. But with such a wide range of choices on the market, how do you know which one is right for you?
There’s a number of factors to consider when making your purchase. Whilst tog rating (essentially a measure of the duvet’s ability to trap air, and therefore its warmth) is undoubtedly significant, weight, filling and breathability are also just as important. A high tog doesn’t automatically signify the best quality- in fact, some of the more luxurious materials (such as silk and wool) aren’t measured by the traditional tog system at all.
It’s also important to understand the growing number of options available for those struggling with allergies. Synthetic quilts are great if you’re on a budget and need an alternative to duck feathers. However, if you’re looking to splash out, hypoallergenic fabrics like wool are also a good choice.
It’s a tricky task, but we’ve taken all of the hard work out of it. We’ve tested some of the best duvets on the market and come up with a definitive list of the top 10 duvets to buy this winter. "
"Savoy Feather and Down Winter Duvet (10.5 tog)
Should you be looking to bring a touch of hotel luxury into your bedroom, then this is the duvet for you- since it’s also used by Claridges and various other hotel retreats. The combination of its 100 per cent cotton cushioned surface and a 70:30 duck feather to duck down ratio, means it feels weighty without feeling overbearing once you’re snuggled into it. We tested it out on both mild and frosty evenings and felt it regulated temperature perfectly. Also comes in 4.5 tog for the summer months."