As the weather heats up and the nights get sticky and uncomfortable, having a summer duvet is particularly important.
There are two factors you need to consider when buying one:
- The tog rating
- The material and filling
The tog rating describes the thickness of the duvet and start from 3 tog which is suitable for summer, and go up to 15 tog. You can use anything under a 7.5 tog for summer, but you also need to consider the filling.
There are natural fillings and synthetic ones. Natural fillings tend to be down or feathers such as duck or goose, and synthetic fillings include microfibre and hollowfibre.
There are pros and cons with both.
Natural fillings could cause irritation for allergy sufferers but provide a much softer and luxurious feel to the sleeper.
Synthetic fillings can be doctored to stop bacteria or fungus forming.
Here are our recommendations:
John Lewis – The Basics Microfibre Duvet 4.5 Tog – £9.00 – £17.00
A perfect example of how you do not have to spend much to get a good product. Lightweight and soft with a microfibre filling, this duvet from the Basics range keeps your body at an ideal temperature during your sleep.
Fogarty 4.5 Tog Duvet – £10 – £20
Starting from £10 for the single duvet, made using microfibre and hollowfibre which makes it incredibly lightweight, it is also non-allergenic and machine washable. We liked the way the filling spread evenly throughout the duvet. You can get this product in single, double, king and super king.
Julian Charles Feels Like Down 4.5 Tog Summer Duvet – £24 – £42
If you prefer natural fillings but are allergic to down then this is a luxurious duvet that feels like down at an affordable price. Light as marshmallow and what makes it feel particularly luxurious is the high thread count cotton. It is also machine washable.
Ikea 4 TOG RÖDTOPPA – £25
For those that have many allergies you might want to know that you can wash this duvet at 60 degrees which kills dust mites and other creepy crawlies. The cover is a lyocell/cotton fabric which is breathable so is good at letting air circulate and moisture to evaporate. Only a double size available.
The White Company Goose Feather and Down – from £28
Now, if you insist on a down filling for your summer duvet then you can’t go wrong with this one from The White Company. The filling contains both goose feather and down which is a good alternative if you cannot afford the more expensive all down version. This duvet is available in single, double, king and super king and also treated for dust mites.
Snuggledown Wash and Dry Me Hollowfibre Duvet 4.5 Tog – from £36.99
This is perfect for anyone who suffers from allergies, especially from dust mites as it contains non-allergenic hollowfibre filling which you can easily machine wash. It is soft and lightweight and can also be tumble-dried. Available in single, double, king and super king.
The Fine Cotton Company Pure Silk Summer Weight Duvet – from £72
Children’s version available and adults start from £199. Did you know that silk adjusts to both your body temperature and the temperature of the room, this means it works to keep you cool throughout the night? It is dust-mite resistant and hypoallergenic and comes in single, double, king or super king.
The Wool Room Deluxe Wool Duvet Superlight – £75.99 – £115.99
You might be surprised to see a wool duvet for summer but this one is super light, with a tog rating 1-2, making it ideal for those who really suffer on a sticky hot night. It is very versatile as you can machine wash it, it regulates your temperature, it is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. Available in single, double, king or super king.
Tielle Duck Down Duvet 4.5 Tog – £100 – £190
Pure luxury which is reflected in the price. You will find this duvet in many top class hotels as it performs very well. It is filled with duck down duvet and has piped edges and is as light as you like. Those who have bought it say it ‘floats over you’ while you are sleeping. Available in single, double, king or super king.
Rested Outlast Summer Duvet – from £160 – £350
This is pure science as the material has been researched from NASA and features a regulating fabric that controls temperature. The material reacts to your and your partners’ body and cools you down by absorbing heat then releases it when you get cool in the night. It is perfect for couples with a hot husband and wife that is always cold. Available in single, king and super king.