Best duvets – tried and tested for a better night's sleep

The best duvets as tried and tested by the Ideal Home team – our top recommendations for the best summer duvets, best all-season duvets, best down and best wool duvets

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The best duvets on the market can make a real difference to the quality of your sleep. And, as a good night's sleep is linked to better mental and physical wellbeing, just like investing in the best mattress your budget allows, shopping for a duvet is one of those purchases where spending wisely really pays off.

However, there are thousands of duvets available, with price points ranging anywhere from £20 to £500, and all promising to do fantastic things for your sleep quality. So how do you sort the wheat from the chaff?

As Ideal Home's Sleep Editor, I've done the hard work for you, testing out multiple duvets from bestselling brand names like Simba, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, scooms, Floks, Soak & Sleep and many more to rate them on comfort, breathability, ease of care, and value for money.

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Tried and tested, these are my top recommendations for the best summer duvets, best all-season duvets, best winter duvets, and more.

Best summer duvets

Tog measures duvet warmth, with 1 tog the coolest and 15 tog usually the very warmest duvet available. I asked multiple bedding experts what duvet tog is best for summer and they unanimously voted for 4.5 tog. Based on my testing, I agree is the ideal hot-weather duvet weight. Here are my top picks.

Best all-season duvets

An all-season duvet is made up of two separate duvets of differing togs – a lightweight summer option and a medium warmth option for spring and autumn – that can be attached together into one single heavyweight winter duvet or used separately. An all-season duvet is an investment, but means you'll have the right combination of warmth for year-round use.

Best wool duvets

Insulating, breathable, temperature regulating, hypoallergenic, made from a sustainable and renewable resource, and biodegradable at the end of the product's lifespan, a wool duvet ticks a whole lot of boxes and offers a brilliant night's sleep. Just make sure the wool duvet you opt for has an outer made from a natural material like cotton, as a synthetic outer can impact the breathability of the wool fill. And, not all wool duvets can be washed, so it pays to double-check the manufacturer's care instructions if this is imprtant to you.

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 winter duvets

If you're looking for the best winter duvet then, after much testing, I 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.

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.

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 of duvet fillings available can be a little overwhelming, which is where we're here to help.

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How to choose 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 the most common duvet fillings below.

Wool duvets: pros and cons

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.

Feather and down duvets: pros and cons

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

Long thought of as the Holy Grail of duvet fillings, down creates a plump, squishy and super soft duvet. This natural filling also has far more breathability 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.

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. A goose feather and down duvet filling 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.

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Synthetic duvets: pros and cons

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.

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 is 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. Microfibre is often compared to the feel of down, but it's a vegan-friendly option that doesn't pose the risk of animal cruelty in its manufacture. The environmental impact of production and disposal is still a concern though, and, like hollowfibre, microfibre lacks natural breathability which can also cause overheating.

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How to choose the best duvet tog

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, and find out when is the right time to switch to a summer duvet.

How to choose the best duvet size

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 prevent one partner from 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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How we test

You'll find the general principles of how we review products at Ideal Home on our How We Test page, however, there's only one way to test out the best duvets on the market, and that's to do some snoozing on the job! 

The Ideal Home team has put multiple bestselling duvets from a whole range of brands to the test for this guide, sleeping under each option every night for at least a week to rate each duvet's performance, warmth, breathability, ease of care, and taking into consideration price points to compile our edit of the best-in-class.

Amy Lockwood
Sleep Editor


Amy is Ideal Home’s Sleep Editor. She’s spent the last three years researching and testing all things sleep for our audiences whether that’s sorting the wheat from the chaff in our hunt for the best mattress or learning about materials to uncover the best duvet for various sleep needs. She also lends her expertise to our furniture guides, sharing her design knowledge with our readers to help them choose the right sofa for their interior or the best garden furniture for their outside space.