Down Duvet: Review & Recommendations

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You would like to sleep more restful and quiet? Are you often too cold under your blanket in winter and too warm in summer? Then maybe a down duvet would be the right thing for you. Many people are convinced of the positive qualities of eiderdowns. But what types are there actually? Which down is best for you?

In our down duvet test 2020 we show you the best and latest duvets of the different categories. We also give you helpful tips and tricks on how to recognise a high quality down duvet. Whether you are looking for a quilt with duck down, goose down or eider down, you will find the best down quilts on the market.

The most important facts in brief

  • Duvets allow you to sleep cozily warm in winter and to be cooled by the blanket in summer. In combination with a nice pillow and a comfortable mattress nothing stands in the way of a restful sleep.
  • When buying a down duvet, it is important to know exactly how the duvet is made. It is best to buy only blankets from certified dealers who pay attention to environmental and animal protection.
  • Generally you can choose between different types of duvets. The duvets are available in different degrees of warmth, so that you have the right duvet for every season.

Down duvets test: Favourites of the editors

  • The best down duvet for the whole year
  • The best down duvet for the summer
  • The best down duvet for the winter
  • The best down duvet for allergy and asthma sufferers

The best down duvet for the whole year

The Schäfer “Winter- Down Duvet Plus” down duvet offers you a warm down duvet made of canadian half-white down for a good price performance ratio.

They are only available in the size 135 x 200 cm. This down duvet has a warmth level of 2 and is therefore a light duvet that is suitable for the whole year and for those who like to sleep a little cooler.

The best down duvet for the summer

TheManteuffel “804832 Comfort” down duvet offers you a light down duvet in different sizes and is filled with bohemian down and feathers for a good price performance ratio. The duvet is available in several sizes – you can choose between three different ones.

This down duvet has a warmth level of 1 and is therefore a very light duvet for warm summer nights. This duvet does not have a bar and is suitable for those who warm up quickly and for warm bedrooms.

The best down duvet for the winter

The Hans Kruchen “Premium De Luxe Extra Warm” down duvet offers you for a good price-performance ratio a down duvet in different sizes made of high-quality down feathers and no down or feathers from live animals.

The blanket is available in five sizes. With warmth grade 3 it is a medium warm duvet for the whole year, preferably used in winter.

The best down duvet for allergy and asthma sufferers

This down duvet from Schlafkönig is filled with 100% 1A class 1 down, which makes it particularly puffy. It can be purchased in five different sizes and is always covered with the finest maco cotton.

In addition, the blanket is suitable for allergy sufferers and asthmatics and can be washed at up to 60 degrees without fear of damage.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a down duvet

What is a duvet?

The down duvet is a very high quality duvet. It differs in many things from other duvets. Such a duvet must meet certain criteria.
Firstly, the inside, i.e. the so-called filling, must contain at least 60% down. If this is not the case, the term duvet is used.
A down filling has a natural heat insulating and moisture balancing effect. It is also breathable. Down is soft, fluffy and light. A duvet that contains more down is therefore softer and lighter.

How much is a duvet?

The initial price for a down duvet is 150 euros for a basic duvet. A higher quality model can then cost up to 1,000 euros. The price depends on size and filling.
The prices for down duvets vary. If you want to buy a really good one, you should not be too frugal. After all, he will benefit from a high-quality duvet for a long time. Prices range from 150 euros for simple models to 1,000 euros for large luxury models.

In which sizes are eiderdowns available?

How big your duvet should be depends on your mattress, your height and your bed. Down duvets are available in many different sizes with a width of 135 / 155 / 200 / 240 / 260 x length 200 / 220 / 240 cm.

Elena WeidtAuthor for SWR2 Impuls
In Germany only about 150 tons of down are produced annually. Imports, on the other hand, are around 10,000 tons per year, the majority of which come from East Asia.
For comparison: For a single down jacket alone the down quantity of about twenty animals is needed.
(Source: swr.de)

In Germany the standard size for double duvets for eiderdowns is 200 x 200 cm. This size ranges for people up to a height of 1.80 m. If you are taller, you should better choose a duvet with a length of 220 cm. The same applies if your mattress is 220 cm long.

For a standard single duvet the size of the down duvet is 135 x 200 cm. If you like it a bit more cuddly or if you are especially tall, you should choose a 155 x 220 cm down duvet. A special case are down duvets for babies – they are correspondingly smaller.

Where can you buy a down quilt?

In general, you can buy a down duvet either online or from a stationary specialist dealer.
Online you can buy a duvet made of down feathers for example from the following suppliers:

Amazon
Otto
Sleeping world
Baur
Shop line
Down manufacture

The stationary trade also offers a number of sales outlets such as IKEA, Karstadt, Betten Traum Land, Galeria Kaufhof etc.

No matter where you want to buy your duvet, you should make sure that your criteria such as size, washability and warmth are met.

Which duvet at which temperature?

In total there are five different types of eiderdowns. Blankets that are especially suitable for winter, summer or for the whole year.
The degree of warmth also indicates how each type of down duvet insulates the body heat.

Special class: Year-round blanket (at least 17 degrees room temperature in winter and not over 22 degrees in summer)

It combines all four standard degrees of warmth, as both partial eiderdowns belong to a cooler degree of warmth each.

Down duvets are available in different degrees of warmth, so you have the right duvet for every season.

Are there alternatives to eiderdowns?

There are several reasons why someone does not want to buy a quilt made of down, whether it is for animal welfare reasons or because of an allergy.
However, there are some alternatives:

cotton
Viscose
Polyester
Lyocell
Plant fibre kapok
Millet and spelt.

Down is the lower plumage of geese and ducks. The down legs radiate from a core. Air is stored between them, which protects against cold. This makes down a popular filling for pillows and blankets.

On the one hand, animal welfare activists criticise the fact that tearing out the lowest layer of feathers from the birds’ skin leaves behind bloody and painful wounds. On the other hand, there are people who suffer from an allergy and cannot use a duvet made of down.

Therefore there are alternatives to down. An animal-friendly alternative to the down duvet are fillers made of cotton, viscose, polyester, lyocell and from the plant fibre kapok as well as millet and spelt.

Decision: What types of eiderdowns are there and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between three types of eiderdowns:

  • Duck down
  • Goose down
  • Eiderdauenen

In cold winter months or on warm summer nights there is nothing more pleasant than a matching blanket. Eiderdowns are a natural product that you can use in every season. The term down duvet is only permitted if the filling material consists of at least 60 percent down.

Whether you choose a winter or summer down is entirely up to you. In the following we explain what the different types of down are all about. With a list of the advantages and disadvantages, we try to help you make the right decision.

What are duck down and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Duck down is the simplest type of down and therefore also the cheapest. In general, the larger the down, the better the thermal insulation. As down is a natural product, it has a clear advantage over other materials in terms of moisture permeability.

Visually, duck down cannot be immediately distinguished from goose down. Duck down has a high degree of insulation and keeps you comfortably warm. In direct comparison with goose down, however, they cannot keep up with goose down. To maintain the same degree of warmth, you need about ten percent more duck down filling.

Advantages

Value for money
Good thermal insulation

Disadvantages

More filling necessary
Animal welfare

Since it is a pure natural product, the down can have a special smell. However, this can be removed by washing. Animal welfare is also a point you should consider when buying. There are various certificates that show you how the down was obtained.

What is goose down and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As already mentioned, goose down has a higher degree of warmth. Of course this is also reflected in the price. Goose down is slightly larger than duck down. However, they differ mainly in comfort. Goose down is even lighter than its competitors’ products.

How warm and high quality down is always related to its country of origin. Whether duck or goose: the rougher the conditions, the better the down. Responsible for the warmth and insulation are the branches of the down.

Advantages

Less filling material than duck down
Lighter
Warmer

Disadvantages

Relatively expensive
Animal welfare

They form spaces in which air is trapped, which provides a pleasant warmth. Here, too, there may be a small odour problem when buying. However, the higher the quality of the down, the less you will be able to smell it.

What are eiderdowns and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Eider down is a true luxury product. This duck species lives mainly in coastal areas north of the Arctic Circle. Therefore, its plumage is also adapted to these harsh conditions. There are small hooks on its down, which wedge themselves into the down products and form air chambers. These ensure a very high level of insulation with high breathability.

Did you know that eiderdown is the highest quality and therefore most expensive down?
This is because eider down has the lowest weight, highest density and filling power, making it the best thermal insulator.

To a certain extent, eider down has a temperature-regulating effect. In summer, when you sweat, this causes the down to contract and become less warm. In winter, when the body secretes less liquid, the down becomes larger, stores more air and therefore warms you very well.

Because of these properties, you hardly need any filling, which also makes the blanket feel like a feather on your body. Furthermore, if you treat eiderdown well, it can last up to 40 years. Duck and goose down, on the other hand, only lasts around eight to ten years.

Advantages

Very light
Temperature Compensating
Very warm
High durability

Disadvantages

Very high price

However, their extraction is very costly. Eider ducks use their down to build nests. For this reason, the down of organic products is collected by hand after the breeding season. Unfortunately, these advantages are also noticeably reflected in the price. Eider down is by far the most expensive down product you can buy.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate eiderdowns based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate eiderdowns. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular duvet is particularly suitable for you.

In summary, these are:

  • Dimensions
  • Degree of heat
  • Filling material
  • Season
  • Washable until
  • Suitable for dryers
  • Suitable for allergy sufferers

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them.

Dimensions

In general, there is a wide selection of down duvet sizes. Duvets made of down, for example, are available in the following sizes: width 135 / 155 / 200 / 240 / 260 x length 200 / 220 / 240 cm.

How big your duvet should be depends on your mattress, your height and your bed.

Degree of heat

There are a total of five different degrees of warmth for eiderdowns. Blankets that are especially suitable for winter, spring and summer or for the whole year.

The degrees of heat are given in numbers 1 to 5. Starting from 1 for a summer duvet to 5 for a very warm winter duvet (or all-year duvet).

Filling material

Only down (= lower plumage) or from water fowl, i.e. duck and goose, are used as filling material for down comforters.

Down

Land poultry such as turkeys and chickens do not have down. Similarly, only feathers from duck and goose are suitable for filling pillows and blankets.

Did you know that the assumption that white down is better than brown or grey is a myth?
The colour of the special feathers has no influence on the quality or bulk, but pure white down is still sold at higher prices.

Chicken feathers are not suitable due to their flat structure and the resulting lack of filling power.

Goose feather

An adult goose feather has a blunt, round keel.

This feather has a stocky form and is strongly bent and looks at the end as if it was cut off.

Duck feather

The duck feather is dainty, strongly curved and tapers to a point or in the form of rays.

Season

As already mentioned, there are blankets for every season or a year-round blanket that is not too warm for the summer and not too cold for the winter.

Of course special blankets are also available for each season and bedroom temperature.

Washable to / suitable for dryer

Whether a down duvet is washable can be read off the label. This also applies to the dryer.

Most eiderdowns are washable at 60 degrees and can be tumble dried. However, a nice warm day can also be used for drying.

Suitable for allergy sufferers

Many people who are allergic to house dust mites blame their hypersensitivity on down. In practice, very few people actually have down allergies.

On the other hand, eiderdowns can have a positive effect on the sleep of people who are allergic to house dust, as long as you pay attention to the quality of the ticking when buying a eiderdown.

However, there is a wide range of eiderdowns that are also suitable for allergy sufferers.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about eiderdowns

How do I wash a duvet properly?

In principle it is possible to wash your down duvet yourself. However, be sure to pay attention to the washing label.

Eiderdowns require little maintenance. In general, simple ventilation is sufficient. If your duvet is not too big and fits in your washing machine, you could in some cases wash the duvet yourself – but be sure to check the washing label!

In any case, use a special down detergent or a mild hair shampoo and wash the down duvet in the fine or wool washing programme at low temperature or by hand in the bathtub. It is best to dry the down duvet at a low 30 degrees Celsius in the dryer. However, care should be taken here, as not every duvet is suitable for the dryer.

Markus Kamps, a certified prevention specialist and lecturer on health issues, sleep tuning and stress management, explains the risks of drying a duvet in your own dryer:

“If the down duvet is washed by yourself, then the duvet must be put in the dryer afterwards. Many normal dryers are too small, so there is a minimum height of fall for the duvet and this leads to the fact that the duvet looks dry on the outside, but there is a residual moisture inside.

To compensate for this, many use dryer balls or other aids. This in turn leads to stresses on the cover, e.g. damage to the ticking and the filling material.

Markus Kamps (Lecturer at the Nagold Textile College)

But you can also wash your duvets without a dryer. In this case, use a sunny day to wash the down duvet and hang it up to dry outdoors.

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