Best duvet 2018: beat the cold with the best duvets in goose, duck, synthetic fibres and even wool and silk

Get togged up, stay warm and sleep better, courtesy of the magic of quilted fabric with stuffing in it

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If you’ve ever been too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, it’s probably an indication that you’re using the wrong duvet. Having the best duvet can make a huge difference to your sleeping patterns, keeping you warm in winter but not boiling you in your sleep when it's warmer. It's almost as important as having the best mattress

We've scoured the shelves of the best duvet vendors, from down-meister John Lewis to the finest independent retailers, to find the best duck- and goose-assisted sleeping aids. There are also some choices in less traditional materials such as silk, wool and synthetic fibres.

Buying a duvet: what you need to know

There are a couple of terms to consider here. Firstly, the tog. That’s essentially its warmth factor. A duvet with a tog of 2 ain’t gonna be good for a bitterly cold winter’s night, while a duvet with a tog of 12 is gonna get you hot and flustered during the summer. The tog spectrum covers 1-18, from something not far off a sheet, for sleeping through muggy nights with no air-con, to a cover suitable for Arctic survival. 

Sadly, only experience can tell you what tog of duvet to buy. If you live in a fairly modern house, buying a mega winter 15-tog quilt can only result in sweaty nights and weird dreams, and not in a good way. If you don't know what tog to aim for you're probably better off buying a double set with a 'winter' and 'summer' duvet that can then be joined together to make a kind of 'Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow' super-duvet.

More importantly, look out for the type of material that fills your duvet. A lot of people tend to go for feather, which while heavy, allows you to wrap your duvet around yourself completely. Down is lighter, equally as cosy as feather, and not as much filling is required to provide the equivalent tog. 

Then there’s synthetic microfibre. Recent technological advances have allowed more expensive microfibre duvets to offer the same amount of breathability as down and feather. There’s also cost-effective ones which are perfect for the spare room, or poor people. Hypoallergenic duvets, of course, are good for those with allergies. 

The best duvets money can buy, in order

1. John Lewis Superior Siberian Goose Down Duvet

Best winter duvet, with ethcially sourced Siberian goose down

Tog: 13.5
Filling: 100% Siberian goose down
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight while remaining soft and warm+High tog makes it great for cold nights
Reasons to avoid
- Expensive

When Arctic winds from the north east blow over in the winter, you’ll be thankful you bought this. John Lewis' deluxe duvet is made from 100% Siberian goose down, which is naturally airy and insulative, and the brand says you’ll feel ‘perfectly warm without being weighed down’. Textbook. 

A high tog duvet, with a high quality filling, which has been sourced as a bi-product of the food industry, so animal welfare is also a factor here.

2. Woolroom Deluxe medium

Best duvet for allergy sufferers

Tog: 8-12
Filling: Wool
Reasons to buy
+Very warm in cold conditions+Not overly hot when it's warmer+Reduces allergens and toxins

Woolroom's duvets are, as the name suggests, stuffed with a wool-based filling. The headline claim for the brand's bedding (it also does pillows and bed linen) is that wool is 'proven to provide a 25% better night’s sleep than other forms of bedding'. 

Clearly this is not an assertion that is easy to verify but what is undeniable is that the wool duvet, far from being too hot as you might assume, actually seems highly adept at keeping you protected from the cold without making you too warm. That is due to another quality that wool has, which is excellent heat and moisture management.

Wool is also adept at combatting toxins and allergens (unless you're allergic to wool, in which case you probably don't need us to tell you to move on). 

Woolroom's products feel suitably luxurious but aren't excessively priced. I have no idea if I slept 25% better when using them, but they were more than a match for the comparably-priced John Lewis goose and duck down mix duvet that I usually employ.

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3. John Lewis Perfect Natural Mulberry Silk Duvet

Best luxury duvet, with breathable microfibre and silk

Tog: 6-7
Filling: Silk
Reasons to buy
+Filled with silk for a luxurious finish+Microfibre yet breathable
Reasons to avoid
-Not as snuggly as down or feather

If you don’t like the idea of a feather or down duvet but want something that’s breathable, this silk duvet from John Lewis promises to do just that. The brand describe it as 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. 

Reviewers find that the silk feels thinner than down but works well to regulate body temperature during those milder nights, plus it is fantastic for allergy sufferers. For a spring/summer duvet that pleases everyone, you can’t go wrong. 

4. Downland All Seasons Anti-Allergy 15 Tog Duvet

Best all-season duvet

Tog: 10.5 and 4.5 (15 in total)
Filling: Feather and down
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for all seasons
Reasons to avoid
-A bit of a pain attaching and detaching 

Looking for down-filled value for money? This conjoinable duvet set has it. 

With a 10.5 tog duvet, perfect for autumn and winter and a 4.5 tog duvet, for su-hummer nii-iiiiiiights, in one affordable package, you'll never need to buy another. Popper the two together and you have 15 togs, for really bitter nights. 

With a mix of anti-allergenic and machine washable goose down and feather, Downland promises you a good night’s sleep for many years to come. 

5. Silentnight 10.5 Tog Complete Bed Set

Best budget option, with a duvet, mattress protector and pillows

Tog: 10.5
Filling: 100% hollow fibre filling
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Includes pillows and mattress protector
Reasons to avoid
-Not so breathable

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 mates come to stay. 

With a tog of 10.5, it sits perfectly in the middle of the spectrum, making it a good year-rounder for the average British temperature. Reviewers see it as an ideal spare room duvet.

6. Silentnight Bounceback 10.5 Tog Duvet

Best duvet for comfort

Tog: 10.5
Filling: Polycotton cover/Hollow fibre filling
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Saves plumping up in the morning+Machine washable
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t mold around you

Enjoy snuggling but dislike 'plumping'? This duvet is filled with spring-like fibres, which Silent Night says will stay plump throughout the night and bounce back into shape every morning. 

The consensus among reviewers is that it’s warm and light at the same time, and with its tog of 10.5, it can even be used all year round. Machine washable and hypo-allergenic, this is a faithful duvet that can be used everyday or for guests.