With the first autumn chills, the concern about changing clothes begins, the transition to a coat, something that occupies us both on the street and in the bedroom, where you should leave the sheets, the thin blanket or the bedspread and think about blankets thick or perhaps buying a new duvet.
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Either because the one we have has lost its virtues over the years, or because it accumulates excess odors and stains, or because to date we have been pulling a thick blanket and want to change, sometimes we have to buy a new duvet and you have to know how to choose well.
Nordic duvets are light, breathable, insulate very well from the cold, are able to maintain a constant temperature and, in addition, they are very practical to make the bed on a daily basis. So, although they are not exactly cheap, it should not hurt us to buy one, especially since they last quite a few years.
What factors matter when choosing a duvet?
1. The filling
We will determine both the price and the effectiveness or weight of the quilt. A synthetic filling is not the same as a duck feather filling. Each of them, natural or synthetic, has its advantages and disadvantages.
In the case of duvets with synthetic filling, their main advantage is their competitive price, but also that they can be washed in the washing machine and put in the dryer, as well as that they are more resistant to the growth of molds and mites, as they are not made of fibers. natural.
For its elaboration fiber, polyester or silicone are usually used. Some also include specific treatments for mites or aloe vera for a smooth, skin-friendly finish.
An example is this quilt Pikolin Home fiber with anti-mite treatment 300 gr breathable and hypoallergenic. It is filled with silicone hollow fiber with a feel similar to down, and thanks to its synthetic materials it is an article that does not cause allergies. Is on sale on Amazon for 36.29 euros.
Down, or bird feather, has a great insulating capacity while being a very light material, which does not weigh on the bed. When acquiring a filling of this type it is advisable to look at the percentage of down that I include because, depending on the amount, its insulating power will be greater or lesser.
However, its care will be greater than that of a fiber duvet and also we will not be able to wash it by machine, complicating its sanitation.
On the other hand, when using natural filling materials, their price rises as the percentage of feather increases. We can distinguish between duck feather and goose feather.
In the case of the duck feather, the percentage of it compared to the down filling is a maximum of 85%, and the lining is made of 100% 230-thread cotton.
In addition, it presents a checkered embroidery designed so that no part of the quilt remains empty of plumage during the night. It can be washed at a maximum of 40ºC, which does not guarantee absolute hygiene. An example of a duck down comforter is this Scandinavian Duck feather and down duvet from the Snueggledown brand, on sale at Amazon for 54.41 euros. You can choose between two levels of thermal insulation, 10.5 tog (autumn-winter) and 4.5 tog (summer).
Looking at the goose featherAlthough the thermal and insulating power of duck plumage is quite high, that of goose is a little better. This difference also raises the price of these materials, which is why the duck down is less expensive than the goose down. However, you can find good deals on goose down, such as this Puredown brand quilt for 72.99 euros.
The grammage is what determines the heat capacity of a quilt. The older it is, the more shelter it provides. But not all branches are suitable for all times of the year. In autumn we may need an average weight of 250 grams, in winter 300 to 400 or 500 g and in spring, and even summer, a 135 gram weight will suffice.
Already thinking about autumn and winter in the Mediterranean basin, a good example of a quilt with a weight of 270 grams can be this Duvedecor Golden Down, with 100% cotton coverage, which has a price of 98.95 euros.
If instead we inhabit the plateau or high and interior areas, with cold continental winters, it may be better to bet on higher weight quilts, like this one Pikolin Home Nordic fiber 500 grams with Aloe Vera treatment. It is indicated for harsh winters and rooms with cold temperatures. We can find it on Amazon for 45.26 euros.
Other factors to consider
- Size: if you want the quilt not to be short and protrude from the sides, you should choose a size larger than the size of the bed. It is advisable to leave, for example, about 20 to 30 centimeters more on each side.
- Washed: we have to look at whether it is a product that can be washed at home or has to be taken to the dry cleaner so that it does not spoil.
- Outer coating: Although it is usual to cover them with a cover, most of the duvet fillings have a cotton fabric on the outside that makes them pleasant to the act.
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