Plumping for the best duvet may cost a bit extra, but think about what you're getting in return. Most of us spend a third of our lives in bed, so it's worth investing in bedding that'll make it as cosy and comfy as possible.
A quality duvet will keep you warm, comfortable and relaxed throughout the night, which in turn will leave you with more energy and in a better mood during the day too. So it really is a no-brainer. You should consider your duvet the third item in your arsenal of sleep tools, along with the best mattress and the best pillow. Get all three right, and you're giving yourself the best chance of getting a top night's sleep.
In the duvet market, price isn't always a reflection of quality. So to make sure you spend wisely, we've tested all the best duvet brands, from decades-old names like Silentnight and John Lewis to more recent newcomers like Emma, Nectar, and Panda.
To put together our best duvet ranking, we've picked out our absolute favourites, for a range of budgets and featuring a variety of fillings. Below, you'll find duvets stuffed with bamboo, wool, silk, goose down, microfibre and more, so you're sure to find the best duvet for your needs (we have a separate guide to the best weighted blankets, if you're looking to swap to one of those). Read on for some quick explainers of the key things to consider, followed by our pick of the best pillows you can buy right now.
What tog should my duvet be?
A duvet tog rating tells you how warm it is – a higher number is a warmer duvet. A tog rating between 1 and 4 is designed for use in the summer, 5-10 tog will work for spring and autumn, and in the winter (or if you sleep cold), go for anything between 10.5 and 15.
What's the best stuffing for a duvet?
The most traditional duvet filling is down, which is lightweight and retains heat well. However, down duvets can lead to overheating, so some people prefer synthetic fibres, which tend to be more breathable and easy to wash. Or you might opt for a duvet made with other natural materials, such as wool, bamboo or silk. For more on this, read our article How to choose the right duvet filling. There are also some stuffings that can worsen allergy symptoms, so head to our guide to duvets for allergies for info on that.
The best duvet 2022 ranking
Raw bamboo isn't exactly soft or fluffy or anything you'd associate with a cosy duvet, so it's not something you'd expect to find filling one. But we were amazed to try out Panda's The Cloud Bamboo Duvet and discover just how soft it is. The secret is that it's not all bamboo; the filling is 50% bamboo and 50% nano microfibre, while the cover is 100 per cent rayon made from bamboo. And not only does it feel luxurious, it's also kinder to the environment, as bamboo needs less water than cotton to grow and doesn't require the use of pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals.
While not cheap, this duvet offers excellent value. Not only is it very comfortable, but on close examination, this was one of the most expertly stitched duvets we've seen. So we've no hesitation in trusting this will last a very long time.
As you'd imagine from the name, the Cloud Bamboo Duvet feels light and airy. But, with a 10.5 tog rating, it's nice and warm too, while the temperature-regulating bamboo fibres prevent you from getting too hot on balmier nights. This duvet is also machine-washable, plus Panda offers a 30-night trial with free returns, so you can make sure you like it before you commit. Head to our Panda Cloud Bamboo Duvet review to find out more about our testing.
If you're not looking to spend a lot on a duvet but still want something of decent quality, we'd recommend taking a look at this offering from Silentnight. The Silentnight Airmax has a fairly standard soft microfibre cover and a polyester hollow fibre filling, but what makes it special is its perforated 'air-mesh' walls that line the duvet's edges and ramp up its breathability and circulation. This gives a plumped-up look to the duvet, which we found soft, squidgy and comforting in use.
The Silentnight Airmax is machine washable at 40°C, and you can put it in the tumble drier, making it a practical choice for busy families. It comes in 10.5 and 13.5 tog varieties. All in all, this offers great value for an impressively reasonable price. For more information, read our Silentnight Airmax review.
The best way to avoid being too hot in bed in the summer or shivering through the winter is to have two duvets. Which is essentially what this option from Scooms offers. It's a combination of two duvets, a 9-tog spring/autumn duvet and a 4.5-tog summer duvet. You can use them individually and then, come winter, combine them to create a super-cosy 13.5-tog duvet to hibernate under.
These are held together two-part snap connectors, rather than the poppers you might expect, and these can get a little fiddly, but will certainly keep you lovely and toasty. That said, many will find the 9-tog is actually quite sufficient in colder weather, and that they don't need to ever break out the really big guns. While the Scooms duvet is slightly more expensive than some, it is a lot more luxurious. That's due to a better quality casing, better stitching and a slightly higher 'fill power' of 700.
Scooms' duvets also have multiple certifications for allergy-preventing, dust-mite-proofing and being free from harmful toxins and chemicals. The packaging is entirely plastic free. It's recommended that you wash it at 40C every 6-12 months and line or tumble dry thoroughly. Head to our Scooms Hungarian Goose Down duvet review for more info.
Here's another way to avoid having to change duvets as the weather gets warmer or colder, and with less hassle than the Scooms duvet above. Simba's Hybrid Duvet uses smart phase-change fabric technology to regulate your temperature, keeping you from overheating in summer or freezing in winter, with no need to swap duvets at any time.
The duvet is made from two proprietary materials. It's filled with what Simba calls '100% Aerelle Cool Night polyester fibre', which contains minerals that work to dissipate heat. Plus the cotton cover is embedded with dots of semi-conducting materials that draw excess heat away from your body.
Depending on what sort of temperatures your bedroom gets to, it may or may not be ideal all year around, but it definitely keeps you warm on cold nights, and cool on all but the hottest nights. It's machine-washable at 40C, as long as you have a large enough washing machine. Read our Simba Hybrid duvet review for more information.
If you're looking for a light and airy duvet for Spring and Autumn, then the Emma Cloud duvet is our top recommendation. This 6.7-tog duvet is made from a polyester cover and is filled with temperature-regulating microfibres, which allow a flow of fresh air throughout. This makes it well-made, airy, cool, and great choice for anyone who tends to run hot at night.
It's machine-washable too and, astonishingly, comes with a 200-night free trial period. That's common for mattresses, but very rate for duvets. On the downside, the Emma Cloud Duvet is a little pricey but you are getting a premium quality product for your money. Check out our Emma Cloud Duvet review for more details.
Nectar is best known for its Nectar memory foam mattress, but we were very impressed with this bedding option too. The Nectar Duvet is airy yet snuggly, with synthetic stuffing stays in place well without the need for regular shaking out. There's only one duvet in the range, and one tog option – 10.5 – which our tester found wasn't quite cosy enough for chilly winter nights, although we'd happily recommend it for the other three seasons. The casing is a lightweight, slightly textured microfibre, and while some may gravitate towards cotton rather than synthetic casing, it does help create an almost weightless feel that we rather liked. Head to our Nectar Duvet review to find out more.
If you and your partner have different warmth requirements during the night and end up fighting over the duvet, this is a clever solution from Nanu. The Hot and Not has two halves with different tog ratings, so in theory everybody should be happy. And we've found that it works: the difference in temperature sleeping under each half of the duvet was palpable, if subtle. These duvets aren't cheap, but if they have the potential to keep you both at the right temperature while sleeping, not to mention save your relationship, that price may well be worth paying.
We also love that the filling is made of recycled plastic, and so each duvet stops 17 plastic bottles going to landfill. Plus Nanu's duvets can be machine washed at 40 degrees, and tumble-dried. For more information, see our Nanu Hot And Not review. If you like the idea, Slumberdown also makes a split-weight duvet – the Slumberdown Made For You Two is half 4.5 tog and half 10.5 tog.
Want a more natural duvet? This all-seasons double duvet pack from John Lewis feels much nicer than a synthetic duvet, and it comes at a surprisingly reasonable price. If you're worried that a down and feather duvet might kick off your allergies, John Lewis claims it's suitable for people with dust mite allergies as well as being resistant to odour-causing bacteria. We can vouch for that: after years of use, ours has not made us sneeze or itch, nor does it have any particularly offensive smell.
This pair of duvets is easy to clean, although note that John Lewis insists they must be tumble dried immediately afterwards. In fact, we've quite successfully dried them on an airing rack, but bear in mind you do so at your own risk.
Wool might feel like an unlikely choice for a duvet filling, but it's one that makes sense when you think about it; it's breathable, moisture-wicking, environmentally sustainable, recyclable and hypoallergenic, and Soak&Sleep refers to it as "the most unassuming superfibre of all". Its Luxury New Zealand Wool Duvet is filled with 100% Mitchell wool and is naturally temperature regulating, but if you need something a bit warmer it comes with ribbon ties around the edges so that you can attach a second duvet from the same range.
We tried the double 13.5 tog, and we were impressed. It felt cosy but still breathable and not heavy. The filling was well distributed and stayed that way (Soak&Sleep does recommend giving the duvet a good shake-out every morning). When it first arrived, the fabric was a little rustle-y, but it softened out over a few weeks, and if you're worried about a barnyard waft, there's no need to be: this smells like any other duvet. It's machine-washable at 30 degrees, assuming you can get your duvet in your washing machine.
If you’re an efficient shopper who loves a bargain, try this 'bed set' from Silentnight. With pillows and mattress topper included, one click of the buy button nets you everything you need for your bed, or when friends come to stay. With a tog of 10.5, the Silentnight 10.5 Tog Complete Bed Set sits perfectly in the middle of the spectrum, making it a good year-rounder for the average British temperature. At this price it would make an ideal spare room duvet.
For maximum duvet luxury, look no further than the Marlowe from British sleep brand Brook + Wilde. It's a 10 tog duvet from the high end of its bedding range, and it's gloriously soft and cosy, with Egyptian cotton surrounding a filling of 90% new white Hungarian goose down, with certifications to guarantee it's ethically sourced. As you'd expect, this duvet is sumptuous and well-made... the only real question is how much you're willing to spend, because these it doesn't come cheap (although a Brook + Wilde discount code or deal might help).
If you don’t like the idea of a feather or down duvet but want something that’s breathable, the John Lewis Perfect Natural Mulberry Silk Duvet promises to do just that. This duvet is beautifully soft and warm, which is thanks to several of its design innovations. Firstly, the natural silk fibres of the silkworm. Secondly, the 300-thread count cotton sateen cover, which gives it its breathability. The silk feels thinner than down but works well to regulate body temperature during those milder nights, plus it's a great choice for allergy sufferers. Overall, for a spring/summer duvet that pleases everyone, you can’t go wrong.
How to choose the best duvet: buying tips
There are a few more things to consider when choosing the best duvet for you. As well as the basic tog system that we've explained in the intro of this article, there are a couple other options to be aware of. The first is the 3-in-1 style duvet. A popular approach, these typically include a light summerweight duvet and a slightly warmer autumn/spring weight duvet, along with some kind connecting system so you can combine them into one mega cosy duvet when winter arrives.
You might also find that some newer duvets don't actually have tog ratings, and instead use special materials to regulate your temperature automatically. The new Simba Hybrid Duvet is an example of this trend. Finally, on the tog front, if you're part of a mismatched couple where one of you tends to sleep hot and the other cold, there are a few brands that will offer split-tog duvets, where one half is thicker and the other thinner, to address the issue.
Plus if you struggle with anxiety or insomnia, see our guide to the best weighted blankets, which apply gentle, even pressure to the body to calm you.
Finally, if you're confused about sizing, our mattress and bedding size guide explains the different US, UK and EU sizing and naming conventions.
How we test the best duvets
To put together this ranking, wherever possible we call the duvet in and spend at least a couple of weeks (usually longer) sleeping under it to see how it performs. We consider things like how well it keeps us warm, how breathable it is, whether there are any funny smells or if it's noisy and crinkly to sleep under. We'll also look at the build quality, finishes, fabrics, packaging and any special features – for example, where it's two duvets that are designed to be combined for extra tog power, we'll assess how the mechanism works and how convenient it is to use.
Specs and info from the brand around how ethically and sustainably the duvet has been produced also feed into our decision making, along with any certifications to do with allergies and the like. Finally, we look at what other reviewers have said, to make sure we're not missing anything big.
In the cases where we haven't been able to get hold of a product, but feel it's worthy of inclusion, we research what other customers and reviewers have said, and combine that with what we know about different filling types and brands to put together an informed blurb for you to base your decision off.
Find out more about how we test at T3 here.