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Started by Stellata on Nov 23, 2021 4:51:44 PM
Duvet recommendations

I have some vouchers from taking part in a Covid study and would like to use them to buy a new duvet, but I can’t decide between wool and down. I suffer from hormonal night sweats but I am also prone to feeling very cold in bed.

I know wool duvets have been mentioned on the Change thread. They sound great in terms of heat regulation but I’m concerned they won’t feel very snuggly. I like a fluffy duvet that drapes around me with no draughty gaps. I’m not keen on anything that feels too heavy and like I’m pinned to the bed.

Does anybody have any advice? Both options are pretty expensive so I want to try to ensure I make the right choice. Cheers.

Stellata - 23 Nov 2021 21:15:16 (#1 of 21)

<hopeful bump>

helbel - 23 Nov 2021 21:21:19 (#2 of 21)

I *think* Mazylou is the wool duvet person.

I have a synthetic 13 tog duvet for most of the year and a cotton 2.5 tog for summer.

breakfast - 23 Nov 2021 21:21:20 (#3 of 21)

I have a wool duvet which I do very much like. It does feel good at maintaining an even temperature.

My buts would be

1) my particular one would be quite heavy in a winter or medium weight - I use a summer weight one and add a blanket (or two) if cold in the winter to keep things lighter over all

2) it does feel snuggly to me but I should think a high spec down one would have a greater drapey feel

Do the vouchers limit you to a specific store?

Stellata - 23 Nov 2021 21:22:31 (#4 of 21)

Yes, there’s a list of retailers to choose from. The main homeware ones M&S and John Lewis. But considering buying the right duvet somewhere else and using the vouchers for supermarket shops.

breakfast - 23 Nov 2021 21:39:12 (#5 of 21)

Mine is a “baavet” and not available in those stores. They do Devon wool ones at John Lewis which are probably similar. Not sure what other brands are like.

carterbrandon - 23 Nov 2021 21:45:27 (#6 of 21)

John Lewis do a really cunning thing, where they have a row of samples in order of price for you to feel. You go along it making ever-louder 'oooo!' noises as the price goes up and up, at each stage deciding that you can't go back to the cheaper ones now, until you've convinced yourself that nothing less than the one at the end made out of angel feathers will do.

Ginmonkey - 24 Nov 2021 08:43:35 (#7 of 21)

We have a synthetic hollow fibre with cotton cover duvet from JL. It is pretty snuggly.

Down is off the table due to Mr Monkey and his stupid allergies.

Goneril - 24 Nov 2021 09:07:31 (#8 of 21)

I have a cunning duck feather & down combi-duvet set from Homescapes, which consists of 1 x 4.5 tog and 1 x 9 tog. The lighter one is fine for me most of the year, and I switch to the heavier one if it gets cold, but really chilly mortals can popper them together for winter.

tasselhoff - 24 Nov 2021 09:09:36 (#9 of 21)

I had one of them about 40 years ago

Isolde2 - 24 Nov 2021 10:46:27 (#10 of 21)

I've had a Hungarian down duvet for years now, it's survived many washes in a commercial machine and dryer and comes back like new. Trick is to get one larger size than the bed eg superking for king. Snuggle factor is great, it's like being cuddled. A topper plus a couple of throws on the mattress is even better. And a memory foam mattress. I've one that can be turned if a firmer bed is preferred.

The combi one sounds great. I use mine all the year round though and just have a sheet over me if it's really hot. Saves space storing them.

refined over many years experimenting with different togs and fillings!

Antimatter - 24 Nov 2021 10:53:11 (#11 of 21)

Wolfskin. You can't go wrong with a wolfskin.

artant - 24 Nov 2021 12:14:32 (#12 of 21)

The JL synthetic ones are really snuggly.

I have a really lightweight cotton one for summer that ends up staying put for far too much of the year with a little blanket on top for added warmth. I have an ancient 4.5+9 clip together pair which are not especially snuggly (synthetic but not nearly as good as the current JL ones). Plus I almost never want the 9 tog part.

TheVoiceOfReason - 24 Nov 2021 12:21:18 (#13 of 21)

Sheets and blankets is the only proper post-Brexit choice. Begone, “Continental” quilts!

JohnIlly - 24 Nov 2021 12:34:23 (#14 of 21)

Plus an eiderdown, of course.

tasselhoff - 24 Nov 2021 12:42:42 (#15 of 21)

You're welcome to your scratchy woollen blankets, Rev.

JohnIlly - 24 Nov 2021 13:07:19 (#16 of 21)

Oh? Has VoR been ordained?

tasselhoff - 24 Nov 2021 13:20:26 (#17 of 21)


Isolde2 - 24 Nov 2021 13:54:35 (#18 of 21)

That's a good point actually - synthetic ones can have chemicals/fumes and don't biodegrade.

Stellata - 24 Nov 2021 15:37:38 (#19 of 21)

Went to M&S and got a down and feather one in the sale - last in stock. Supposedly ethically-sourced which was important to me. Decided wool would be too much of a risk, with so many reservations and them generally not being returnable. Can’t wait to get cozy under it tonight.

TommyDGNR8 - 24 Nov 2021 16:12:41 (#20 of 21)

Can't offer much in the way of stuffing preferences, but the game changer for us was getting a king-size quilt for our double bed - no more tunnel draughts or exposed bums when someone rolls over.

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