When it comes to buying a new duvet, perhaps one of the most important things to consider, even ahead of the filling is the Tog rating or the warmth. Get it wrong and you'll either roast or freeze so it's easy to see why it needs some careful consideration. Tog ratings tell you how warm a duvet will be and the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet will be. Tog ratings are based on the duvet's ability to trap warm air. In short, Tog rating refers to a duvet's effectiveness of the filling's thermal insultation, offering you an easy to understand scale as to how warm a duvet is.
Please don't underestimate the importance of the right bedding for the time of year. The correct weight duvet will keep you at just the right temperature so you'll enjoy deep, restorative sleep every night. If you are too hot or too cold in bed then your sleep will be disturbed and you won't wake up ready to face the day. Our duvets come in a wide range of tog ratings so you can choose one to suit your sleep and comfort needs. Of course, the question which many ask is which is the right Tog rating for which season? Of course, given that the higher the Tog rating, the warmer the duvet, it makes sense that you'll want to change to a lower Tog duvet in summer and to a higher Tog in winter, however just which Tog is right for each season?
Natural duvets have better thermal properties than hollowfibre or synthetic duvets and therefore need less filling to be able to achieve the same level of warmth. This is often discussed as the weight of the duvet and it's important that you consider the befits of each different filling type alongside the Tog rating.
Our natural duvets have a box or cassette construction and our hollowfibre duvets have a channel construction. Our duvets have been specially sewn in our Lancashire mill and they have even squares or channels which keep the fillings evenly distributed and prevents any movement of the fillings. This means our duvets don't end up all lumpy and uneven on your bed because the filling stays where it should be.
When it comes to selecting the best duvet Tog for each season, we'd recommend:
Lightweight Summer Duvet
4.5 & 7.5 tog
Warm Spring/Autumn Duvet
9 & 10.5 tog
Toasty Winter Duvet
13.5 & 15 tog
We can then break this down to:
4.5 Tog: A lighter duvet which is perfect for use during the summer months.
7.5 Tog: A lighter duvet, yet heavier than a 4.5 Tog, which is perfect for use during the summer.
10.5 Tog: Perfect for Spring and Autumn, for use in a bedroom with central heating or with a blanket in winter.
13.5 Tog: Perfect for winter month's when you want to stay warn, cozy and snug.
Want All Seasons flexibility ?
Our All Seasons duvets offer great flexibility. They consist of two separate duvets – a lightweight 4.5 tog for summer and a warmer 9 tog for spring and autumn. During winter, you simply put the two duvets together for a toasty 13.5 tog duvet. This offers the perfect solution to those who struggle with storage space as you'll find an 'all seasons' duvet takes up less space (due to the fact you only need to store one extra duvet per bed at a time, not two).
2 partners and 2 different duvet requirements ?
If you and your partner can't agree on the right tog rating for your duvet and perhaps one of you feels the cold more than the other, our Cool and Cosy duvets may be the answer. Our mill in Lancashire makes duvets with a different tog rating in each half, so you can both sleep comfortably. We have 2 Cool and Cosy options
10.5 tog & 13.5 tog
Autumn and Winter
4.5 tog & 10.5 tog
Spring and Summer
Babies under 12 months
Duvets and pillows are not suitable for children under 12 months old, as there is a risk of overheating and suffocation. A room temperature of 18°C is recommended by many health professionals for a baby's room. Even if you feel your child is ready for a duvet under 12 month's, it's important that you understand the reasoning behind why the guideline is given. If you are worried that your baby is getting cold at night, wrap them in an extra blanket or even consider purchasing a specialist baby sleeping bag, a far better (and safer) solution than giving them a duvet when they're too young.
Toddlers & Children under 10 years
When it comes to choosing a duvet for toddlers through childhood up until the age of ten unless their bedroom is very cold, it's best to buy a lighter weight duvet of between 4 and 9 tog. This is because as children are smaller, their bodies trap more air and this makes them much warmer than an adult would be under the same duvet. Their first duvet should be the lightest available 4 tog cot bed duvet and as they get bigger you may find they need a warmer 4.5, 6 or 10.5 tog duvet. A heavier 13.5 tog duvet may prove uncomfortable and is not recommended for children. Toddlers and children will always be warmer under the same duvet compared to an adult and it's important you remember that. Just because you know you'd be too cold under a 4 tog or even 6 tog duvet, it doesn't mean your child it. Always try and consider their comfort and remember that you can always give them a blanket alongside their duvet in case they feel cold during the night.
Cot Bed Duvet
4.5, 7.5 and 10.5 tog
Children over 10 years
Older children may well want to consider a higher Tog rated duvet, often considered as a 10.5 Tog based upon their age, but the best way to help your child be comfortable and regulate their temperature, is to choose a lower tog duvet for them and then leave a blanket or a throw folded across the bottom of the bed. That way they can easily pull it up for extra warmth when they feel they need it. The principles for making decisions aroud your child's duvet should always revolve around comfort and, in many cases, match those of younger children.