When it comes to duvets, nothing is more comfortable than snuggling in a goose-feather and down duvet or a woollen duvet. Other natural-fill duvets such as alpaca wool and silk are also available, but the two aforementioned are perhaps the most popular choices. If you are on the market for a new duvet, you need to find the best one suited for your needs. Here are a few guidelines on choosing between a goose-feather and down duvet and a woollen duvet.
You have to think about the temperature in your bedroom when choosing between these two duvets. If you like to sleep in a colder environment, buy a woollen duvet. Wool is really good at retaining body heat. It will keep you warm, especially during the winter months. However, it will feel heavy and hot during the summer months so you might need to turn on the A/C or switch to a lighter blanket instead.
Goose-feather and down duvets, on the other hand, are lighter and more breathable. They can keep you warm in cold weather but won’t leave you feeling hot and sticky during the warmer months.
Although both types of duvets are very comfortable, they still differ in the comfort level they offer. If you’re looking for a cloud-like feel, then feather and down duvets are the best choice. They are very soft, lofty and breathable. Feather and down duvets are also more lightweight. They will give you that luxurious feel while sleeping without getting too overbearing.
Wool duvets are also luxurious and comfortable but tend to be chunkier than most duvets. They have a “blanket feel”, which is very ideal if you like to feel cocooned around your duvet. Wool is also slightly denser and heavier compared to feather and down. However, wool is hypoallergenic. This makes wool duvets a better option if you suffer from feather allergies.
It is best to follow instructions on the care label when washing both wool and down duvets. Goose-feather and down duvets are better off dry cleaned by the professionals. However, you can still launder them at home using mild detergent and the lowest setting on the dryer. Wool duvets can also be machine-washed, but it’s best to air dry them instead of sticking them in the dryer. Wool tends to clump up in the dryer and your duvet can get lumpy.
Wool and feather duvets need to be dried completely before they are used or stored. This is to discourage the growth of mould and mildew.
Wool duvets are generally more expensive than feather and down duvets. Woollen duvets can start at around £80 in most stores. On the other hand, you can find goose-feather and down duvets for half of the price. Woollen duvets are a good investment since they are hardwearing and will last longer if you take care of them properly. However, down duvets are an economical alternative that provides luxury and comfort at the same time.