The duvet guide – Which duvet is right for me?
The duvet affects the sleeping environment and body temperature at night. You can find out here which duvets and filling materials are available and which duvet best suits your sleeping habits.
Table of Contents
- A blanket for healthy sleep
- Duvets at a glance
- Summer Blankets
- Winter blankets
- All-season blankets
- Duvet fabrics and fillings
- Which blanket is right for me?
1. A blanket for healthy sleep
Whether light and airy or fluffy and warm - which duvet we use is decisive for our well-being and whether we experience a restful night. Because the duvet can not only influence the nocturnal sleeping climate, but also the body temperature and in this way support healthy sleep. You can read here why body temperature is so important for healthy sleep.
The duvet has a direct influence on the surface temperature of the body and the perception of heat or cold at night. Which blanket suits your sleeping habits best depends on your personal feelings and your sleeping environment. Some people have a higher heat requirement, some a lower one, while others are more sensitive to temperature fluctuations and therefore quickly start to sweat or freeze.
We show you the most popular types of duvets and how to find out which duvet is best to help you get a comfortable night's sleep.
2. Duvets at a glance
Qualities of a good blanket
A good duvet helps to keep body temperature within the normal range by storing or dissipating the radiating body heat at the right intensity. In order to avoid heat or moisture build-up, you should therefore make sure that your duvet does not warm up too little, but also not too much. It should also be able to absorb any moisture that occurs and release it into the room air so that it does not accumulate under the ceiling. Which material is best suited to maintain these properties should then be chosen according to the type of sleeper and the need for warmth, which can also change over the course of the seasons.
Even in summer and when the outside and room temperatures are higher, you should not do without a duvet so that you are protected from cold drafts at night, heat and sweat are dissipated from the skin and a healthy body temperature can be held.
Thin summer duvets are ideal here. They are often characterized by low weight, less filling and particularly moisture-regulating materials. They lie lighter on the body without weighing it down and help you to neither sweat nor freeze on hot nights. Popular materials are cotton, high-quality polyester fibers. or thin down fillings.
Duvets for the cold season are usually heavier and contain a lot of filling so that they are sufficiently warm and create a cozy and cozy feeling. Depending on the heat requirement, the blanket should not be too warm or be too tight, so that the body temperature can drop sufficiently and you don't sweat at night. Winter blankets are often made of natural fabrics that have a heat-insulating effect and store body heat well. These include, for example, down feathers, camel hair or some synthetic fibers.
All Season Blanket
An all-season duvet is suitable for use in every season and is particularly practical in transitional periods or bedrooms with small temperature fluctuations. In terms of filling capacity and warmth effect, it is usually between summer and winter duvets and can therefore be used flexibly all year round, so that changing the duvet is not necessary with many models.
3. Ceiling fillings at a glance
Each ceiling material has its advantages and disadvantages and should therefore be chosen according to your own needs and preferences.
Down is a particularly fine feather that is primarily obtained from geese and ducks and is one of the classic fillers. Down comforters are usually particularly light, warm and cozy. They are good at insulating heat and are therefore well suited for people with high heat requirements. High-quality down is also very durable, but somewhat more difficult to care for than synthetic fillings, because it is often difficult or impossible to wash. In addition, they can absorb moisture well, but dissipate it comparatively less well than other filling materials and are therefore less suitable for sleepers who sweat a lot.
Feathers and down are animal products and despite strict controls, down is still partly obtained from animals that are kept under poor conditions. You should therefore pay particular attention to the origin, quality and existing test seals of the fabrics.
Natural & Plant Fibers
Cotton, cashmere or camel hair are natural fillers that are characterized by temperature-regulating properties and effective moisture management. They are good at wicking away moisture and are easier to clean than down. Blankets made of plant fibers are usually easy to wash and natural fibers such as camel hair have certain self-cleaning powers, so the blankets only have to be aired out regularly. The natural fillings are usually a bit heavier, not quite as warm and less suitable for allergy sufferers.
Synthetic fillers usually consist of industrially manufactured polyester fibers that are relatively light and, depending on their quality, have good temperature and moisture-regulating properties. Duvets made of synthetic fibers are usually very suitable for allergy sufferers and are easy to clean. High-quality materials such as Tencel™ or the PrimaLoft® Bio™ fiber are also made from natural or recycled raw materials and in environmentally friendly production processes - this means that they do not harm the environment or animal welfare. Some of them are characterized by down-like thermal insulation and, depending on the filling quantity, are well suited for all types of duvets.
4. Which duvet is right for me?
The perfect duvet is as individual as the mattress and the pillow. The following questions can help you figure out which duvet might work best for you.
The size: How big should my duvet be?
Here it depends on your physique and personal preference. People who like to snuggle up, turn and move a lot at night, or share the comforter with a partner can opt for a larger duvet.
Common sizes: 135x200 cm, 135x220 cm, 155x200 cm, 155x220 cm
The blanket type: Do I want to change a blanket for the whole year or depending on the season?
If you don't want to change your quilt with the seasons or if the space in your bedroom remains the same, you can opt for an all-season quilt. If your bedroom is very hot in summer or rather cool in winter, it is advisable to switch between summer and winter duvets.
The filling material: How high is my personal heat requirement? Do I need specific properties?
You always have cold feet and freeze quickly? Or do you easily start sweating in warm temperatures? The heat requirement is an important factor in the choice of filling material. And other properties can also influence the choice of material, for example the price, sustainability or whether the filling is suitable for allergy sufferers.
The right cover: Which cover do I want to use?
To round off the effect of your duvet perfectly, you can also think about which duvet cover suits your sleeping needs. We have presented an overview and tips on the best bed linen fabrics in this article.
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