7th Oct 2015
What Is Duvet Tog Rating?
How do you know what tog rating you need in which season?
Simply put, the duvet tog rating refers to the warmth of the duvet; the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. However, this is not as simple as you may think. Tog rating refers to the amount of warmth the duvet can keep in, dependent on the ability of the filling to keep in warm air.
Logic would suggest that a thicker duvet would mean a warmer duvet, but this is where many of us are getting it wrong. Thickness can be deceiving, what you really need to look at is a: what it is made of, and b: the tog rating.
Natural duvets are filled with feathers and/or down (from ducks or geese), and are generally much better at keeping in warm air; as such they are generally thinner than a non-allergenic duvet with the same tog rating. They are generally regarded as being more luxurious, but can sometimes be very heavy, particularly if there is a high content of feathers as oppose to down.
Non-allergenic, or man-made fillings do have their advantages too. As the name suggests, these are better for some as they do not trigger allergies. What is more, they are generally much lighter. But beware, cheaper synthetic duvets often have a tendency to go lumpy and uncomfortable over time. A key benefit of synthetic duvets is you can wash them in a normal machine, whereas natural duvets are better off aired outside on a nice day – something which can be hard to come by at this time of year!
In summer, you really need no more than a 3 to 4.5 tog rating to keep you covered and keep any draught off, but to not get too warm so that you struggle to sleep. The Abode Duck Feather & Down 4.5 Tog would be ideal, as it would be thin and low tog, yet the natural fibres are heavier so it will hang nicely over your bed and over yourself when you sleep. A common problem with low-tog non-allergenic duvets is that they are often so light that they do not hang well, so you don’t get the same warmth and comfort.
What is more, this one’s a steal at £32, which is better than half price!
The same duvet can easily be used in both Spring and Autumn, and you should be looking at a tog rating between 7.5 and 9. A perfect Spring/Autumn tog duvets is the Spundown 7.0 Tog Duvet. What is great about this one is that it is a high-quality, non-allergenic duvet, filled with plump Smartfil fibres, which will retain its high-quality wash after wash. This is because of the Smartfil fibres, which are highly compressible, therefore, will return to their original shape after every wash – no lumpy synthetic filling here!
For winter, depending how snug toasty you like to be, you should look at anything between 10.5 and 13.5 tog. These are naturally pricier than the lower tog duvets, but you sure will appreciate it when those cold January nights roll around. Plus, if you nab one in our current sale there’s nothing to worry about!
As a personal preference, we find natural fill duvets more comfortable in these high tog winter duvets. This is simply because non-allergenic duvets often need much more filling in order to achieve the same tog rating as a natural fill duvet. What is more, this one is box stitched with piped edges, to keep in all that cosy warmth.
Last but not least, one duvet type that we haven’t yet mentioned is silk fill duvets. This is another form of synthetic duvet, however, the silk filling is heavier than other synthetic fillings, therefore the duvet will hang better and have a better overall appearance in the bedroom.
The Boutique Four Seasons Duvet is a great choice for anyone who needs to update his or her duvets for every season. The first duvet has 4.5 Tog factor whereas the second is a useful 9 Tog. Simply snap together or use separately for seasonal changes in temperature.
Young children should use a lightweight tog rating as their small bodies trap more warm air, meaning they are much warmer than an adult would be in the same tog duvet. Children under 5 probably need between 3.5 to 4 tog, which will need to increase as they grow. Children under 10 most likely won’t need anything higher than 9 tog.comments powered by Disqus