Natural and luxurious in equal measure, this high-end, handmade duvet guarantees winter-ready warmth, thanks to a filling of carded Merino sheep’s wool and its 100 per cent organic cotton casing, which is fittingly off-white and unbleached.
With the colder weather setting in and the days getting shorter, now is the time to invest in a snuggly winter duvet. Not only are they perfect for hunkering down when the Baltic winter nights arrive, they can be a money-saving purchase, too, helping us to stay warm without turning up the dial on the gas-guzzling central heating.
Traditionally, being naturally insulating, a feather or down duvet was thought to be the best defence against the cold but, more and more, we’re seeing advanced man-made materials used that effectively mimic feathers and the fluffy underbelly of birds, with synthetic fibres that are just as warm, lightweight and breathable.
That said, wool duvets are getting a fresh look-in, with contemporary products laying claim to being naturally hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking, the ideal properties you’d want in a winter duvet. Not to mention sustainable and eventually biodegradable.
When it comes to thermal tog ratings, a winter-ready duvet should sit somewhere between 10.5 and 15, but this is largely down to personal taste. For some, only the weightiest duvet will provide that perfectly snug feeling all night long. For others, including those with menopausal symptoms and night sweats, a winter duvet should feel snug, yes, but also lightweight enough that you can easily move around beneath it.
A word on washing: while some winter duvets give you the option of a handy machine wash, it’s worth bearing in mind that anything bigger than a standard double duvet (200cm x 200cm) will require a large-capacity washing machine. Depending on the materials used, some brands advise a dry-clean or professional clean only.
How we tested
We slept our way through a wide range of winter and all-season duvets, from high-tech synthetic products to more-traditional feather and down, as well as wool. We trialled the duvets over a number of nights, looking for warmth, first and foremost, but also breathability, weight, quality of craftsmanship and affordability.
The best winter duvets for 2023 are:
- Best winter duvet overall – Piglet Merino wool duvet: From £189, Pigletinbed.com
- Best budget winter duvet – Silentnight so snug winter duvet: £40, Amazon.co.uk
- Best lightweight down duvet – Tielle Love Luxury European goose down duvet: £350, Tielleloveluxury.co.uk
- Best organic duvet – Woolroom Chatsworth collection wool duvet, warm: £136.49, Amazon.co.uk