Best duvets – tried and tested for a good night's sleep, whatever the season

The best duvets as tried and tested by the Ideal Home team – our top recommendations for the best duvets to invest in for year-round use

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The best duvets can add a little more luxury to bedtime, helping you to transform your bed into a place to cosy up and retreat after a long day.

A good duvet can also mean a better night's sleep, keeping you warm when temperatures drop and offering breathablity when warm weather kicks in, to ensure a restful night's sleep without any unneccessary wake-ups due to chilly feet or overheating.

Tried and tested by the Ideal Home team, we’ve slept under a whole host of the best duvets on the market – including options from Simba, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, scooms, Floks, Soak & Sleep and many more bestselling brand names – to find the duvets that are worth the investment. 

Whilst you're upgrading your sleep comfort, it's worth having our guide to the best mattresses on your radar too, but when it comes to finding the duvet of your dreams, this page has all you need to know to score yourself a more peaceful slumber.

The quick list

Whether you want an all-season duvet for year round use, a winter duvet to keep you snug as temperatures plummet, or a summer duvet that you won't want to kick off as soon as the warm weather hits, our quick list rounds up our top three recommendations, but you'll find plenty more choice if you keep on scrolling.

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Tried and tested, these are the best duvets on the Ideal Home team's radar, with options for all budgets and seasons.

Best all-season duvets

An all-season duvet is made up of two separate duvets of differing togs – one lightweight and one midweight – that can be attached together into one single heavyweight duvet or used separately, the idea being that you can mix and match to ensure you have the perfect weight duvet for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. 

If you’re struggling to work out what the best tog duvet is to see you through summer heatwaves and plummeting winter temperatures then an all-season duvet could be the answer. 

Best winter duvets

If you're looking for the best winter duvet then, after much testing, we think a 13.5 tog duvet is the best choice for winter, with most of our testers finding a 15 tog duvet can retain warmth a little too much during the night and lead to overheating. 

We'd also highly recommend opting for a wool-filled duvet. Wool is thermoregulating which means it insulates to make things cosy whilst remaining breathable to avoid overheating or night sweats. Feather and down options also trap heat well, and feel super luxurious to boot, but our hot sleepers found them a little less breathable. And if ease of care and affordability are key, a heavyweight synthetic duvet could be the answer.

Best wool duvets

In our opinion, wool is a bit of a wonder fibre in terms of duvet fill. Insulating, breathable, temperature regulating, hypoallergenic, durable, a sustainable and renewable resource, and biodegradable at end of the product's lifespan, it ticks a whole lot of boxes when it comes to the best duvet fill choice. 

The only downsides are that not all wool duvets can be washed, so it pays to double-check the manufacturer's care instructions. Make sure the wool duvet you opt for also has an outer made from a natural material like cotton as well, a synthetic outer will impact the breathablity of the wool fill.

Best feather and down duvets

Long thought of as the Holy Grail of duvet fillings, down creates a plump, squishy and super soft duvet. However, that luxurious feel tends to come with a luxury price tag to match.

A more affordable alternative to pure down, a feather and down duvet fill bulks out down's fineness by adding some larger feathers into the mix. Goose feather and down tends to be the more luxurious mix, with duck feather and down the more affordable (yet often a little lumpier) alternative.

Best summer duvets

You might think that buying a summer duvet is all about finding the thinnest or lightest-weight duvet available, but that isn't necessarily the case. Duvet 'tog' ratings are a measure of how effectively a duvet insulates heat and therefore how much warmth a duvet offers. Tog ratings start at 1 tog and go up to 15 togs. Lower numbers are the coolest so can make the best summer duvets. 

However, you'll also want to consider fill. Wool fill tends to offer the most breathability, although can feel 'heavier' in weight than a lightweight microfibre synthetic. Both are great summer duvet options.

How to choose the best duvet

Spend some time looking for a new duvet and you'll soon realise there are a whole host of options available. To help you choose the best duvet for your needs we've broken down the basics of duvet shopping below, from understanding tog ratings to working out what duvet filling is best for you.

In fact, deciding on which duvet fill best suits your needs is one of the key factors in getting this purchase right the first time. From hollow fibre to goose down, synthetic to natural, the array duvet fillings available can be a little overwhelming, which is where we're here to help.

What is the best duvet filling?

The best duvet filling for you will depend on your sleep and care requirements. If you want a warm yet breathable duvet, then wool is your best friend. If you want an affordable duvet or one that can be bunged in the washing machine and washed at a high temperature then you'll want a synthetic duvet.

We've broken down the pros and cons of most common duvet fillings below.

Wool – in our opinion, wool is a bit of a wonder fibre in terms of duvet fill, and one of the best duvet fillings you can opt for whether it's summer or winter. Insulating, breathable, temperature regulating, hypoallergenic, durable, a sustainable and renewable resource, and bio-degradable at the end of the product's lifespan, it ticks a whole lot of boxes when it comes to the best duvet fill choice. 'Wool works in perfect harmony with your fluctuating temperature', says Chris Tattersall, sleep expert and managing director of Woolroom, 'it also helps to alleviate sleep prohibiting allergies through its exceptional moisture management'. However, not all wool duvets can be washed, so it pays to double-check the manufacturer's care instructions.

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Another popular natural duvet filling is down, or, a more affordable mix of feather and down.

Down – long thought of as the Holy Grail of duvet fillings, down creates a plump, squishy and super soft duvet. This natural fill is also far more breathable than a synthetic option, making for a cooler sleep. However, sourced from either duck or goose on an industrial scale, the fill can raise concerns about animal cruelty and won't be the right option for vegans. Look for fill that is certified to be a by-product of the food industry, with Downpass or Downafresh accreditation that denotes ethically sourced and traceable feather and down. Generally, down duvets also aren't machine washable, and will need more plumping, and that luxury feel comes with a luxury price tag to match.

Feather and down – a more affordable alternative to pure down, a feather and down fill bulks out down's fine softness by adding some larger feathers into the mix. Goose feather and down tends to be the most luxurious mix, with duck feather and down the more affordable (yet often a little lumpier) alternative. Generally speaking, the more you spend on a feather and down duvet the better the quality, with some cheaper options resulting in escaped down and feathers that stick through the casing.

If you're looking for a duvet that's more affordable and/or easier to care for, and that can be washed at high temperatures then you might also want to consider synthetic fillings. These duvets are filled with manmade fibres, like polyester and polyamide that are made from petroleum-based plastics. 

Hollowfibre – the cheapest duvets you can buy tend to be made of hollowfibre. Made of polyester wadding, hollowfibre fill is dense but lightweight. A hollowfibre duvet is affordable, easy to care for as it can generally be washed at high temperatures, and is anti-allergenic, which makes it a popular choice for kid's bedding. However, over time this duvet fill is most likely to flatten and become lumpy. Synthetics can also cause overheating and night sweats as the plastic polymer fibres aren't breathable and reflect body heat towards the sleeper, and neither production nor disposal at the end of the duvet's life span (plastic is non-biodegradable) is good news from an environmental point of view.

Microfibre – the 'luxury' version of hollowfibre, a microfibre fill is made of much finer strands of polyester resulting in a very lightweight duvet with a, yes, more luxurious feel. Some compare microfibre to the feel of down, but it has the upside of not running the risk of animal cruelty. However, again, being made of synthetics, the environmental impact of production and disposal is a concern. Like hollowfibre, microfibre can also cause overheating.

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What duvet tog is best?

Duvet tog is a measure of how effectively a duvet insulates heat and therefore how warm it will keep you during the night. Duvet tog ratings range from 1 tog to 15 tog, with higher numbers offering more warmth. 

Although you can get duvets in almost any tog rating, the most common togs are 4.5 tog which makes a great summer duvet weight, 10.5 tog which tends to be the best bet for autumn and spring, and 13.5 tog which offers good winter warmth. 

Obviously, it isn't always convenient to have a different duvet for each season, so the middle ground of the 10.5 tog duvet is one of the most popular options. 

Another solution is to opt for an 'all-season' duvet. This consists of two separate lighter tog duvets that can be joined together (usually by way of press studs) to make a warmer winter duvet. Most commonly an all-season duvet will include a 4.5 tog and 9 tog duvet that can create a 13.5 tog duvet once combined, or a 4.5 tog and 10.5 tog duvet that will create a warmer 15 tog combination.

Read more in our guide to what tog duvet to buy as well as finding out when is the right time to switch to a summer duvet.

What size duvet do I need?

Although it will mean spending a little more, and may depend on your bed frame height and style, we'd generally advise sizing up with your duvet, especially if you sleep with a partner. 

That means that if you have a single bed you should opt for a double duvet, on a double bed opt for a king-size duvet, and if you have a king-sized bed then opt for a super king duvet. (And if you're lucky enough to be the owner of a super king bed then you might want to try and track down an emperor duvet, although they are a harder size to find). 

Opting for a duvet that's the size up from your mattress will avoid one partner accidentally pulling the duvet off the other during the night, and keep you both warmer in bed by offering enough fabric to tuck around both your bodies rather than the duvet tenting between you both and allowing in draughts.

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FAQs

What tog duvet is good for all year use?

If you’re struggling to work out what the best tog duvet is to see you through summer heatwaves and plummeting winter temperatures then an all-season duvet could be the answer. 

An all-season duvet is made up of two separate duvets of differing togs – one lightweight and one midweight – that can be attached together into one single heavyweight duvet or used separately. The idea being that you can mix and match to ensure you have the perfect weight duvet for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. 

This makes an all-season duvet a super useful addition to your year-round sleep set-up. The only downside being that you will need space to store whichever duvet you aren’t using, and – seeing as you’re basically investing in two duvets – an all-season duvet is generally more of an investment, albeit a worthwhile one.

Is 13.5 tog warm enough for winter?

Personally, we think 13.5 tog remains one of the best winter duvet weights. The highest tog duvet you can buy is usually 15 tog, although we have seen some all-season duvets (where two separate duvets of differing togs are combined into one warmer duvet) offering a combined warmth of up to 18 tog. However, in our testing most of our team found a 15 tog duvet can retain heat a little too much during the night and lead to overheating.

Emily Attwood, founder of sleep-brand scooms agrees, 'We’d always advise a 9 tog to 13.5 tog for the winter months as this is ideal and will keep you warm. If your house is always on the warmer side, then a 9-tog duvet would probably suit you better throughout the winter months, and you wouldn’t want to go any higher. This will prevent you from overheating which can disrupt your sleep.'

As well as investing in a heavier duvet, when winter rolls around you could also consider adding one of the best electric blankets on the market to your bed to achieve a cosier night's sleep. More energy-efficient and cost-effective than turning the central heating up at night, an electric blanket can cost as little as a few pence per hour to run.