The best duvets to buy in 2021

30 April 2021

woman sleeping in bed with a duvet

A good duvet can make bedtime blissful. Need help nailing down a comfy option to suit your bed and budget? Our pick of the best duvets has you covered.

Considering that you’re likely to spend around a third of your life in bed, it makes sense to buy the very best duvet you can afford.

But which features and materials are worth spending money on? Different types of duvet filling – feather, down, synthetic and wool – have properties that suit different types of sleepers so it’s worth figuring out the best option for you. Are you a hot sleeper? Do you like to feel cocooned? Do you share a bed with someone with a different temperature gauge to you?

And given the unpredictability of the Great British climate, it can sometimes feel chilly in summer and warm in winter so it can be tricky to find a duvet that works for all seasons.

Rest assured. We’ve considered all these factors and more in our roundup and we’ve tackled tog ratings and sizes in our handy buying guide below. Read on for our pick of the best duvets in the UK right now.

Here are the best duvets to buy for 2021.

1. Best overall duvet: Devon Duvets Natural Devon Wool Duvet

“We bought our Devon Duvets wool duvet from John Lewis and it’s fabulous! Best duvet I have ever had. We used it right through the summer until now and it feels like it changes temperature to suit.”

“We stayed in a holiday cottage a couple of years ago that had Devon Duvets. I ordered some just before Christmas and I have never slept better!”

1. Best overall duvet: Devon Duvets Natural Devon Wool Duvet

This natural wool duvet from Devon Duvets has encouraged plenty of Mumsnetters to float away to the land of nod. It has a certified 100% British wool filling, which isn’t bleached or chemically treated and is encased in a cotton cover.

You might expect a wool duvet to be warm but the reason so many people like this Devon Duvet is that the naturally breathable material is great at regulating temperature. It’s anti-allergenic too and is surprisingly light in feel.

So if you want to keep the heat in when nights are cold and let it out when they’re hot, this British-made duvet is a great choice.

Key specs

  • Size: Single (135 × 200), Double (200 × 200), King (22 × 220), Superking (260 × 220), Emperor (290 × 235)
  • Weight: 600g per square metre
  • Material: Wool
  • Thread Count: 260
  • Tog: 8-10 (equivalent)
Buy now from John Lewis

2. Best budget duvet: Silentnight Anti-Allergy Duvet

2. Best budget duvet: Silentnight Anti-Allergy Duvet

Silentnight is one of the best known names in British bedding and this great value anti-allergy duvet shows why. Despite being one of the cheapest duvets on the market, it has the approval of the British Allergy Foundation thanks to its antibacterial microfibre cover and hollowfibre filling, so it’s ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers.

You can choose from single, double, king or superking sizes and as they range from 4.5 tog up to 13.5 tog, you might be tempted to get one for summer and one for winter too. All Silentnight duvets are machine washable and they come with a two-year guarantee so you should sleep easy at night in more ways than one.

Key specs

  • Size: Single, Double, King or Superking
  • Weight: 1.18 to 2 kg
  • Material: Synthetic
  • Tog: 4.5, 7.5, 10.5 or 13.5
Buy now from Amazon

3. Best luxury duvet: Baavet wool duvet

“Get a Baavet wool duvet. Baavet all the way!”

“I'm usually cold at night and DH is like a furnace, but the same wool duvet is good for us all year round. We couldn't get away with that when we used feather duvets.”

“I would say you won't need a 3-in-1 wool duvet unless your bedroom is freezing in winter and boiling in summer. Wool is better than feather/down at dealing with temperature extremes.”

3. Best luxury duvet: Baavet wool duvet

The Baavet wool duvet is the second wool duvet on our list, and it’s another one that has plenty of satisfied sleepers raving about it on the Mumsnet forums. Made using 100% British wool, this duvet has between 500 and 550g of wool per square metre making it roughly the equivalent of a 13 tog duvet. Although this is at the warmer end of the scale, the manufacturer recommends it as being good for people who have night sweats thanks to its natural breathability and lightweight feel.

Key specs

  • Size: Single (135cm x 200cm), Double (200cm x 200cm), King size (225cm x 220cm), Superking (260cm x 220cm).
  • Weight: 500-500g per square metre
  • Material: Wool
  • Thread Count: 240
  • Tog: 13 (equivalent)
Buy now from Amazon

4. Best washable duvet: Fine Bedding Company Spundown Smartfil Non-Allergenic Washable Synthetic Duvet

“The Fine Bedding Company Spundown duvet fits in any washing machine, I have the all seasons one and love it.”

4. Best washable duvet: Fine Bedding Company Spundown Smartfil Non-Allergenic Washable Synthetic Duvet

If you find washing your duvet a real chore, this Fine Bedding Company duvet could be a good buy. The whole range is machine washable at up to 60 degrees in a domestic washing machine so you can be sure you’re getting rid of nasties like dust mites when you pop it in the wash.

And of course, most importantly, you should have a cosy night’s sleep between washes too thanks to the hotel-quality soft-touch microfibre cover. The other bit of tech that makes this easy to wash is the quick drying Smartfil filling which recovers from a spin to regain its original plump shape.

Key specs

  • Size: Double (200 × 200cm)
  • Material: Synthetic
  • Tog: 13.5
Buy now from Amazon

5. Best duvet for allergy sufferers: SOAK AND SLEEP Soft as Down Microfibre with Cotton Casing Duvet

“We got a microfibre one from Soak and Sleep. It's been washed several times and fits easily in our 8 kilo washing machine. Dries in no time at all on the washing line and still as fluffy as it's always been."

“It's very cosy and more than warm enough for all but the coldest winter nights and that's with the heating off overnight.”

5. Best duvet for allergy sufferers: SOAK AND SLEEP Soft as Down Microfibre with Cotton Casing Duvet

Despite being made from allergy-friendly synthetic microfibres, Soak and Sleep has aimed for a down-like sensation with its specially made fine-denier blown polyester microfibre filling. The filling mimics the lightweight lofty feeling of a down duvet, and unlike some other synthetic duvets it has a 100% cotton casing too so it feels nice and soft.

Regular cleaning is even more important for allergy sufferers and this duvet is machine-washable and can go in a tumble-dryer too so you can easily keep it spotlessly clean.

Key specs

  • Size: Double (135 × 200cm)
  • Weight: 1-1.5kg
  • Material: Synthetic filling, 100% cotton casing
  • Thread Count: 233 thread
  • Tog: 10.5
Buy now from Amazon

6. Best eco-friendly duvet: Panda the Cloud Bamboo Duvet

6. Best eco-friendly duvet: Panda the Cloud Bamboo Duvet

If you are worried about the impact that buying a new duvet has on the planet, this bamboo duvet from Panda is probably the most environmentally-friendly duvet you can buy right now.

With a filling made from a 50: 50 blend of ethically-sourced bamboo and microfibres, and a 100% rayon cover made from bamboo, this duvet is completely vegan and the lack of cotton makes it less water-intensive to produce too.

Gladly, you won’t feel like you’ve made a sacrifice thanks to its light, airy feel and natural temperature regulating properties and cosy 10.5 tog rating. It’s a good all-rounder for most seasons. It’s also machine-washable, and if you’re still not sure about making the switch to bamboo, Panda offers a 30-night trial with free returns.

Key specs

  • Size: Double (135 × 200cm)
  • Weight: 3.8kg
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Thread Count: 300
  • Tog: 10.5
Buy now from Amazon

7. Best duvet for both hot and cold sleepers: Silentnight Yours and Mine Duvet

7. Best duvet for both hot and cold sleepers: Silentnight Yours and Mine Duvet

If you’re the sort of person that ends up fighting over the thermostat with your other half, you might find it hard to choose a duvet that suits you both. But help is at hand! Designers at Silentnight have wrestled with this problem and come up with a clever ‘why has no one thought of that before’ solution with this two tog duvet where one half is warmer than the other.

It has a hollowfibre inner and a microfibre outer layer and you can choose from a 4.5 and 7.5 tog combination, or 10.5 and 13.5 for the winter months. Just remember to put it on the right way round!

Key specs

  • Size: Double (135 × 200cm)
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Material: Synthetic
  • Thread Count: 300
  • Tog: 10.5 and 13.5
Buy now from Amazon

8. Best all season duvet: Snuggledown Hungarian Goose Down Double Duvet 13.5 Tog Duvet

“Snuggledown duvets may cost a fortune but they are fantastic.”

8. Best all season duvet: Snuggledown Hungarian Goose Down Double Duvet 13.5 Tog Duvet

If you crave the traditional luxurious comfort of a down duvet, this Snuggledown Hungarian Goose product should have you in dreamland. The 85% goose feather and 15% down filling is designed to feel wonderfully plump and warm, and it has internal stitching to keep the filling exactly where it should be and prevent any cold spots.

It’s a great choice for all seasons as the package contains two duvets – one 4.5 tog for summer and a 9 tog option which can be good for spring and autumn. Clip them together and you have an extra cosy 13.5 tog option for the winter months – bliss!

Key specs

  • Size: Double (135 × 200cm), King (220 × 225cm)
  • Weight: 6.44kg
  • Material: Synthetic
  • Tog: 4.5 + 9 (13.5 total)
Buy now from Amazon

9. Best winter duvet: Fogarty Soft Touch 15 Tog Duvet

“I got a 15 togger from Dunelm last Jan when our bedroom temperature was dropping down to 12°C during the night.”

9. Best winter duvet: Fogarty Soft Touch 15 Tog Duvet

If you really feel the cold, this 15 tog Fogarty duvet from Dunelm will help keep you snug as a bug in a rug no matter what the temperature is outside. It has a soft embossed microfibre cover and 100% synthetic hollowfibre filling, all of which is machine washable. Just be sure that you really need the warmth though as the synthetic material isn’t as breathable as some of the other options on our list.

Key specs

  • Size: Single: 135cm x 200cm, Double: 200cm x 200cm, Kingsize: 225cm x 220cm, Super Kingsize 260cm x 220cm
  • Material: Synthetic
  • Tog: 15
Buy now from Dunelm

10. Best cot bed duvet: The Little Green Sheep Organic Wool Cot Bed Duvet

10. Best cot bed duvet: The Little Green Sheep Organic Wool Cot Bed Duvet

If you love your duvet, and feel your little one is missing out on that cosy snug feeling, fear not. This Little Green Sheep wool duvet is perfect for toddlers as it benefits from the same temperature regulating properties you find in an adult duvet to keep your child warm in the winter and cool during the summer.

It’s anti-dust mite and hypo-allergenic, but do bear in mind that it’s not suitable for babies under 12 months and shouldn’t be used in combination with a sleeping bag or blanket.

Key specs

  • Size: 120cm x 140cm
  • Weight: 900 grams
  • Material: 100% organic cotton cover, 100% wool filling
  • Thread Count: 210
  • Tog: 4
Buy now from John Lewis

How to choose the best duvet

Choosing the best duvet doesn’t need to keep you awake at night. There are options to suit any budget, and you can consider whether you want a duvet that is designed for luxury or for allergy sufferers and whether you want a duvet for a particular season or one that works all-year-round.

One of the most important elements is the filling that your duvet is made from. Down and feather duvets are traditional and can be really luxurious but some people with concerns about allergies or animal welfare avoid them, and they can feel a bit heavier than other options.

Duvets made from synthetic fibres are very common – these can come in a range of styles, with synthetic or cotton covers. They tend to be very easy to clean and maintain but aren’t as durable or breathable as some other options, and some people think they don’t feel as soft either.

Probably the top choice of filling in the duvet discussions on the Mumsnet forums is wool. It’s surprisingly lightweight and naturally breathable too. Many people find they can use the same wool duvet all year round. There are other options too, like bamboo (eco-friendly) and silk (soft feel) so there should be something to suit everyone.

What is a duvet tog?

The tog rating for a duvet relates to how warm it makes you feel based on how much warm air it traps under it. The higher the tog rating, the better it is at retaining heat. A typical summer duvet might be around 3.5 tog and togs can go all the way up to 15 for winter duvets. A tog of around 10 should be a good fit as an all-year-round option. Think about the season you’re in and how much you feel the cold at night before choosing the right tog for you.

What are the standard duvet sizes in the UK?

Standard duvet sizes in the UK are as follows: cot bed (120 × 150cm), single (135 × 200cm), double (200 × 200cm), king (230 × 220cm), superking (260 × 220cm) and emperor (290 × 235cm).

Which duvet is best for children?

The most important thing when selecting a duvet for your child is to make sure you get the right size for their bed. Typically, they will need a lower tog rating. As children's bodies are smaller, the duvet should trap more warm air underneath it making it feel lovely and cosy.

Similar to choosing a duvet for yourself, you will want to think about whether your child is a hot sleeper, or feels the cold and take into account other things like allergies too.

Which duvet filling is best for allergy sufferers?

If specific materials set off a sneezing fit for you, obviously avoid those. Beyond that, it’s a good idea to choose a duvet that is easily washable. If you can clean it at 60 degrees it will kill any dust mites, which can cause irritation.

What is the best duvet to buy?

We think the natural wool duvet from Devon Duvets is the best duvet to buy right now. Handmade in Devon from certified 100% British wool filling, it is warm yet breathable and feels lighter than some other synthetic or down duvets.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which duvets discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of duvets they recommended, noting how much they liked them, and whether they were particularly good for any certain needs.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which duvets had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the duvets we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories.

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