Finding the best duvet is a great way to improve your sleep at night. While it may be tempting to go for the cheap option, if you're prepared to spend a bit more on a quality duvet you'll be in for a more comfortable, restful night, and you'll feel more energised during the day. And as an added bonus, a quality duvet should seriously outlast any cheaper option.
Expensive doesn't necessarily mean better, though. That's why we've done our research, testing out the top duvets from top brands such as Silentnight through to feisty newcomers like Panda, to find you the best options all round. Our best duvet overall right now is the newly-crowned T3 Award Winner, the Panda Cloud Bamboo Duvet. It's airy yet snuggly, and eco-friendly to boot. But if you fancy something slightly different, you'll find plenty of alternatives in our ranking. Scroll down and you'll find the best options for all budgets, with a range of fillings from simple microfibre through to sumptuous goose down.
Look through our list, and you're sure to find the best duvet for your needs. As a result, you'll soon sleep better at night, and quite honestly, who can put a price on that? And don't stop there! Why not upgrade all your bedding, by also checking out our guides to the best mattress and the best pillows on sale today?
Buying a duvet: what you need to know
When you're looking for the best duvet, there are a few things to consider. One is the tog, which tells you how warm it is. For a summer duvet, you should be looking for a light duvet with a tog between 1 and 4. For a winter duvet, you’ll want a higher tog, somewhere between 10.5 and 15.
Alternatively, you might go for a 3-in-1 duvet, such as the Scooms Hungarian duvet, which is number 3 on our list. There you get a summer duvet and a winter duvet, which can be combined to make one super-warm duvet on very cold nights.
Some of the newer duvets, however, don't give a tog rating, claiming that the special materials they use regulate your temperature automatically. In other words, they'll cool you down if you get too hot, and vice-versa. The new Simba Hybrid Duvet – number 4 on our list – is an example of this new trend.
You also need to look at the type of duvet filling. The most traditional type of 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.
If you suffer from allergies, some materials may worsen your symptoms, so head to our guide to duvets for allergies for info on that. Plus if you struggle with anxiety or insomnia, you should also check out 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 will set you right, and covers US, UK and EU sizing and naming conventions.
The best duvets 2021 you can buy
If you've seen and felt bamboo is in its raw form, you wouldn't think it would make a good filling. So when we tested out Panda's The Cloud Bamboo Duvet ourselves, we were amazed by how soft it feels. The filling here is 50% bamboo and 50% nano microfibre, while the cover is 100 per cent rayon made from bamboo. And not only does this offer a luxurious feel, it's very environmentally friendly. (Bamboo requires a third less water than cotton to thrive, and it doesn’t need 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 believing 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 steamy 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.
On a budget, and looking for an affordable duvet that's nonetheless good quality? Then we recommend this innovative duvet from Silentnight. It's made with a soft microfibre cover and hollow fibre filling made from polyester, which is pretty standard. But what's different is the inclusion of perforated 'air-mesh' walls, which line the duvet's edges and provide maximum 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.
If you want to avoid being cold as you sleep, in winter, but also not sweating and boiling in summer, one obvious answer is to buy two duvets. And that's what this package from Scooms offers. Specifically, it's a combo of a 9-tog spring/autumn duvet and a 4.5-tog one for summer. You can then combine the two to make one 13.5-tog mega-duvet for deepest winter.
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. All in all, a worthy winner of the 2020 T3 Award for Best Duvet.
This duvet is also suitable for all seasons, but by a very different route to the Scooms duvet above. The Simba Hybrid Duvet uses clever phase-change fabric tech to regulate your temperature, making sure you’re never too hot or too cold. The idea is that you won't need a separate summer duvet and winter duvet, but just one.
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.
Do you and your partner run at different temperatures during the night, leading to fights over the duvet? Then Nanu has come up with an innovative solution. Its Hot And Not duvet is divided into two halves, each with a different tog rating, keeping everybody happy. In practice, we found that this clever approach does actually bear fruit: 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.
This all-seasons duvet double pack from John Lewis delivers a great mix of value for money and proven quality. It feels more pleasant than any synthetic duvet and is claimed to be both suitable for people with dust mite allergies and 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.
What makes wool so amazing? It's breathable, moisture-wicking, environmentally sustainable and recyclable. And so Soak&Sleep's Luxury New Zealand Wool Duvet is filled with 100% Mitchell wool from New Zealand, which it calls "the most unassuming superfibre of all". Wool is also naturally temperature regulating, so it's a good choice for couples with different sleeping preferences and styles. If you do want a warmer cover, there are ribbon ties around the edges that enable you to double it up with another duvet from the same range. Good news for allergy sufferers too: wool is naturally hypoallergenic.
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.
If you want to really push the boat out, the best duvet for you might be the grandly named Marlowe from British luxury sleep brand Brook + Wilde. This 10 tog duvet sits at the top of the brand's bedding range, and is fabulously soft and cosy. Down-proof Egyptian cotton encases a lofty and plump 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.