For most people, their bed is their sanctuary and there are a few key elements that play into the creation of that. You'll need an excellent set of pillows, some wonderful bedding, a supportive mattress and, of course, the best duvet possible. The latter needs to be something that you can snuggle up under during winter nights but also something that will prevent you from overheating in the summer. Of course, it's a lovely idea that you might have a separate best summer duvet and winter duvet but the average household simply won't have the storage capacity for this. As such, the best duvet will be one that can do both.
With sleep experts suggesting your duvet should be replaced once every five years (google dust mites if you are curious why), there really is no better time to invest in the perfect duvet. That said, five years is the recommended average and some more expensive, high quality, machine washable duvets will last much longer.
But what makes the best duvet? With wool duvets, microfibre duvets, Hungarian goose down duvets, natural duvets and temperature regulating duvets all vying for space in the already saturated bedding market, it can be hard to know where to turn. In the name of figuring out what type reigns supreme (and, frankly, what all those terms mean), we have compiled an edit of the very best luxury duvets.
The best duvet - quick links
- Best duvet for staving off the cold and keeping cosy - Hungarian Goose Down Duvet, £155 from The White Company. FIND OUT MORE or SHOP NOW.
- Best year-round duvet - Hybrid Duvet, £139 from Simba Sleep. FIND OUT MORE or SHOP NOW.
- Best duvet for eco conscious - Panda Cloud Duvet, £129.95 from Panda London. FIND OUT MORE or SHOP NOW.
- Best duvet bedtime buy - Marlowe Goose Down Duvet, £419 from Brook + Wilde. FIND OUT MORE or SHOP NOW.
What is a tog rating?
We'll start with the basics. A duvet tog rating is how the thermal resistance, or warmth, of a duvet is measured. The higher the number, the warmer the duvet and the scale runs from one to 18. Within our edit, we've found the best duvets for every tog rating.
What is the best duvet to buy?
This is a very broad question as your duvet is so personal to your sleeping habits. However, we are willing to bet that anyone who loves the drape and hang of a down duvet will be pleased as punch with The White Company's Hungarian Goose Down Duvet. It's filled with 80% super soft goose down and 20% goose feather, making it breathable and lightweight.
- Size: single, double, king, super king
- Material: 329-thread-count cotton jacquard
- Filling: 90% Hungarian goose down, 10% Hungarian goose feather
- TOG Rating: 4.5 or 10.5
Why we love it: What makes it extra special though, is that it's covered in 329 thread count cotton percale and top stitched with a box construction to keep the down evenly distributed throughout the night. With all of that, you barely need a duvet cover. What's more, it is available in two different togs - 10.5 and 4.5, so you simply need to decide which is best for you.
What we don't love: Whilst the duvet can be machine washed and tumble dried, it still takes a long time to wash and dry this duvet. Dry cleaning is recommended, so bear in mind you'll need to spend on that if you don't have much laundry time.
What is the best all season duvet?
A mid range tog duvet, like the Marlowe Goose Down Duvet from Brook + Wilde, should be just right year around. It's one of the best goose down duvets we've seen but if you get chilly in winter months, you can always pile your bed high with eiderdowns, quilts and blankets.
- Size: single, double, king, super king
- Material: 100% down-proof Egyptian cotton casing
- Filling: 90% new white Hungarian goose down
- TOG Rating: 10.5
Why we love it: Quilted pockets mean the feathers don't move around at night, making for a much more even coverage. Even better, the duvet is bordered with press studs that allow you to clip another duvet to it, doubling the thickness.
What we don't love: No trial and no guarantee means that ordering this duvet might feel like a bit of a shot in the dark. It's received raving reviews online, but if you're particularly fussy, that might be a deal breaker. Delivery also isn't the quickest around, but we are certain it is worth the wait.
John Lewis's 3-in-1 duvet is also a fantastic option. It features two duvets of varying togs, that can be used on their own or clipped together to provide more or less warmth depending on the time of year. Perfect for the upcoming summer months!