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Finding the best duvet for the perfect night's sleep

Sinking into a sumptuous duvet at the end of a long day is one of life’s great pleasures. However, with such a huge range of options – from togs to fillings – choosing which duvet is right for you can be a daunting challenge. Then comes the question of how you best look after your duvet. Once you’ve made the investment you want it to stay fresh, supple and cosy. Read this blog to discover how best to add some luxury to every night’s sleep.



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What should I look for in a duvet?

What is a tog? And which tog is best?

Do you need separate summer and winter duvets?

Can I be allergic to my duvet?

What is an anti-allergy duvet? Which are the best anti-allergy duvets?

Should I wash my duvet? How do I wash it?

How often should you replace your duvet and how do you know when it’s time?

Where do hotels buy their duvets?


What should I look for in a duvet?


What constitutes a luxury duvet can depend on a range of factors, but largely it comes down to the filling. Goose down duvets are generally considered more luxurious than duck feather duvets. This is because down tends to be softer than feathers, has less sharp stalks that can dig in as you sleep, and has a better ability to retain heat.

However, the best duvets don’t have to be natural to still be luxury. There are excellent synthetic options available for those with allergies who still want that ultra-soft duvet. You can learn more about Tielle’s luxury microfibre duvet here 

What is a tog? And which tog is best?


A duvet’s tog number is an overall gauge of how warm it will keep you. Think of it as a thermal insulation score. The higher the tog the warmer you’ll be, ranging from 1 being the least insulating, to 15 being the most insulating. Generally, a 4.5 tog is considered a summer weight duvet, and 10.5 represents a good all-season duvet. The right tog for you will depend on how warm you like to be at night, how well insulated your home is, and whether you have additional blankets or throws on your bed.


Should I have separate summer and winter duvets or one all season duvet?


Most duvet tog guides recommend that for summer you want a tog of 4.5, autumn a tog of 9-10 and in the winter that you will want a tog over 13.5. However, having three different duvets can be expensive, so many opt for a 10.5 tog year-round.

Another option is to go for a detachable all-season duvet, which is usually a 4.5 tog duvet and a 9 tog duvet that can be joined together to create a 13.5 tog, or used individually for the different seasons.

This does mean there is more flexibility in warmth, but having two duvets will cost twice as much to get cleaned and many find a 13.5 tog too warm for any time of the year, so a single 10.5 tog may be a better option.


Can I be allergic to my duvet?


Have you ever woken with itchy eyes, nasal congestion, a runny nose or unexplained sneezing? This could be a sign of dust mites, tiny little creatures that live off dead skin cells in your bedding and secrete waste that can be an allergen for some people.

It’s a common misconception that people are allergic to down duvets. Often, it isn’t the down filling that’s causing allergies, but the dust mites lurking within the down duvet. These tiny little creatures produce allergens which in turn trigger reactions such as asthmas, eczema and sneezing.  So, if you’re likely to suffer from allergies it’s even more important to choose the right duvet to avoid any unwanted reactions.

What is an anti-allergy duvet? Which are the best anti-allergy duvets?


The best way to avoid unwanted reactions is to choose a hypoallergenic anti-allergy duvet. A synthetic microfibre duvet will have been chemically treated to discourage the growth of bacteria and bugs. Such hypoallergenic duvets are usually the best duvets for asthma sufferers and those wanting an allergy-free night’s sleep.

While microfibre duvets are normally cheaper than feather duvets, choosing a synthetic duvet doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. Some of the best anti-allergy duvets are as soft, warm and lightweight as a natural filling, such as Tielle’s Luxury Microfibre Duvet which comes in a range of sizes and tog weights.

However, for those that still prefer a natural filling but want to keep the allergies at bay, all Tielle duvets and pillows have tightly woven cotton covers that are both dust mite proof and stop down feathers poking through. Just look out for covers with a ‘Nomite’ mark.


Should I wash my duvet? 


We spend around 8 hours a day wrapped up in our duvets so it’s no surprise that a survey by BUPA found that having a freshly made clean bed as the most important ‘little’ thing that makes people happy!

However, it’s important to wash the actual duvet itself and not just the duvet cover. Keeping it fresh will also prolong duvet life and help you sleep better killing off any dust mites or bacteria. It’s best to give your duvet a clean every 6 months.


How can I wash my duvet?


You should wash your duvet at least twice a year. We recommend using a professional service laundry with a large duvet washing machine, as often household washing machines and tumble dryers are too small. Each different type of duvet will require a different way of washing and professionals will know exactly how to wash a feather duvet as opposed to a down duvet or microfibre duvet.  You can find a local dry cleaner that is Textile Services Association by calling 0207 843 9490.


How often should you replace your duvet and how do you know when it’s time?


How often you replace a duvet is a personal choice, but we suggest that once the duvet starts to become discoloured, flatter and has generally lost its cosiness, that it is worth replacing. This equated to roughly 1000 sleeps, so approximately every three years.

Once you’ve upgraded and are left with an old duvet you may find yourself wondering whether its possible to recycle an old duvet or what to do with an old duvet. Unfortunately, most charity shops will not take duvets due to space issues but many shelters, both homeless and animal charities will greatly appreciate any donations of duvets or pillows.


Where do hotels buy their duvets?


Getting the hotel treatment at home is easier than ever. Tielle’s parent company Tradelinens has been the supplier of choice to over 5000 hotels worldwide for over 30 years, and Tielle’s range of bedding and duvets is the same as you’ll sleep on at those hotels.

Some of the hotels we supply are among the most famous in the world and are considered international brand leaders. In recognition of our hotel quality duvets we have named our Savoy range after one of our most well-known stockists, The Savoy.

We’ve even created Ready-for-bed options that take the hassle out of choosing your bedding. So, whether you’re a Snuggle Sleeper or a Free Sleeper, Tielle’s got you covered. When choosing sheets, it’s also worth going for a sateen weave over percale as this is what the majority of luxury and boutique hotels prefer.