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THE BEST QUILTS FOR WINTER

by Amanda

Winter is coming, and whilst we will miss the long summer nights and the sun upon our skin, there’s something quite comforting about the shorter days, frosty mornings, and spending hours on end in front of a warm fire. 

We’re used to the cold weather in the UK, but the winter can feel like a bit of a slog. We get through it though and one way of coping is by creating a warm and cosy environment at home. The Danish got it right with their concept of ‘Hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’), and although it’s hard to describe, Hygge is often thought of as an atmosphere, and feeling of being safe, cosy and content. Hygge can be adopted all year round, but due to the long, dark, Danish winters, they use Hygge as a means to not just get through the winter but to thrive and enjoy all the lovely snuggly goodness it brings. Unsurprisingly, Hygge has become quite popular in the UK over recent years, especially in the winter. 

When creating a cosy, hygge atmosphere, it’s important that we have somewhere to retire to at the end of the day that is warm and comforting, so choosing the perfect winter quilt is vital. There are many different quilts available that will keep you warm throughout the winter months. In this blog we will explore some of the best winter quilts out there and consider some of the pros and cons of each.

Synthetic Fill

These tend to be the most standard duvet choice as they come in a range of prices, sizes, and have various features and benefits to suit your needs. 

Synthetic duvets are usually made using microfibre of hollowfibre polyester and as a result are usually hypo-allergenic and can be washed at higher temperatures making them easy to care for. These kinds of duvets are given Tog ratings, the higher the rating, the warmer the duvet. When looking for a synthetic duvet to keep you warm in the winter, you want to look for a duvet with a tog rating between 10.5 and 13.5.

Whilst synthetic duvets are convenient and fulfil a purpose, the synthetic duvets are prone to wear and tear and due to their unrecyclable nature, end up in landfill. If you’re looking for a more natural, high-quality duvet that is made to last, you might want to look at an alternative to a synthetic fill.

Feather and Down Duvets

Consider a feather and down duvet, if you’re looking for a more luxurious alternative to synthetic fill. Typically made using Duck or Goose feather and down, these types of duvets are great for keeping you warm throughout the colder months due to the insulative properties of the down clusters. 

As feather isn’t as good an insulator as down, pure feather duvets tend to contain more fill and are often heavier as a result. Unfortunately, over time the feather strands tend lose their fluffiness and softness too, whilst the quill will remain as tough as ever – expect these to be poking out at some point!

More recently the Guardian have reported a strange condition that can be bought on by feather and down quilts, according to reported Nikola Davis ““feather duvet lung” – (is) a lung inflammation caused by breathing in dust from the feathers in bedding – (doctors) have called for medical professionals to be on the alert if patients turn up with unexplained breathlessness.”

Whilst many duvets will contain a mixture of both feather and down, the higher the down count the lighter the duvet will be and warmer too, making down duvets a better option in this case. If you are tempted to look at a feather and down duvet make sure to check out https://textileexchange.org/standards/responsible-down/ to find retailers that don’t use harmful or cruel practices in gathering feather or down.

Sheep Wool Duvets

Wool is often known for it’s thermoregulating properties. If you’re hot, or perspiring, the wool will absorb the moisture and if you’re cold, the wool fibres trap the air to keep you cool. It’s because of this, wool duvets tend to be a popular choice throughout the year, not just in winter.

Many are put off wool duvets due to allergies, however they are hypo allergenic. Particularly with sheep wool, the lanolin, which is what people are often allergic to is mostly washed off in the process. 

Sheep wool duvets can be a great choice in winter; however, the wool is quite heavy and coarse and can often result in a heavy blanket. If you like the sound of a wool blanket, but the sheep wool isn’t quite right for you, why not consider an Alpaca fleece duvet?

Alpaca Fleece Duvets

When you think of cosiness and warmth or wool duvets for that matter, you don’t necessarily think of Alpaca’s in the first instance. However, Alpaca fleece – also known as ‘Fibre of the gods’, is the perfect material for creating a soft, luxurious, and breathable duvet that will keep you warm throughout the winter.

Just like sheep wool, Alpaca fleece is naturally thermoregulating, and can therefore be used all year round. However, unlike Sheep wool, Alpaca fleece is warm, without the heaviness and contains no lanolin. Alpaca fleece has been found to be 25% warmer than sheep wool due to fleece’s hollow fibre’s trapping heating whereas sheep wool fibres only contain pockets of air.

Alpaca fleece is also naturally hypo allergenic, the fibres are dry which means they don’t contain any traces of lanolin or require a rigorous cleaning process to have it removed, limiting any damage to the fibres throughout the manufacturing process. Not only this, but alpaca fleece is naturally soft. Alpaca fibres typically have a thickness that ranges between 18-23 microns making them just as soft, and in some cases, softer than cashmere.

Choose South House

As you can see, if you want a durable, natural, high-quality duvet that will keep you warm in the winter without feeling too heavy, Alpaca fleece is your best option. At South House we’ve created a range of 100% natural alpaca fleece filled duvets, covered with a super soft, natural cotton. Our chemical free Alpaca duvets are biodegradable, making them not only great for a warm, comfortable night sleep in the winter, but they are also good for the planet too. You can shop the collection of winter quilts here.