What du­vet know that you don’t?

We give you the skinny on sy­thetic fi­bres and the low­down on ei­der­down so you too can stay cosy un­der the cov­ers this win­ter

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As the nights grow cooler, most of us make the switch from sum­mer bed­ding to some­thing warmer. With few now us­ing blan­kets, it’s time to up our du­vets’ tog value. Tog mea­sures ther­mal in­su­la­tion with low num­bers for hot nights and high for cold weather.

There’s a huge range to choose from. You could buy a 13.5 tog du­vet ( for win­ter) to fit a dou­ble bed for just £ 8 from Wilko. Or you could opt to pay £ 10,500 for an em­peror size ei­der­down du­vet from the White Com­pany – John Lewis has some­thing sim­i­lar for £ 10,000.

So should you go for cheap and cheer­ful or a bed­ding so­lu­tion re­quir­ing a visit to the bank man­ager be­fore pur­chas­ing? Or some­where in­be­tween? It’s a tough ques­tion, but im­por­tant as we spend roughly a quar­ter to a third of our lives in bed.

What do you get for £ 10,500? It’s de­scribed as an “out­stand­ingly lux­ury night’s sleep be­neath the most sump­tu­ous du­vet on the mar­ket. Our in­dul­gent made- to- or­der Ei­der­down Du­vet is filled purely with pre­cious Ei­der duck down and en­cased in a soft, tem­per­a­ture- reg­u­lat­ing silk cas­ing.”

And what about £ 8? Wilko says: “Com­bin­ing qual­ity with a great price, you can’t go wrong with this 13.5- tog sin­gle du­vet. The quilt is ex­tra warm. Dry clean only is rec­om­mended. “The ma­te­rial here, as on most bud­get level du­vets is 100% Polypropy­lene for the cover, and 100% Polyester fill­ing. Your first choice is size. The usual range is sin­gle, dou­ble, king- size and some­times “em­peror”. De­pend­ing on sleep­ing habits – do you pull up the cov­ers or sleep with your feet ex­tended? – you may want a size

We spend up to a third of our lives in bed, so a good du­vet is es­sen­tial

With Alex Neill of Which?

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