Planning on buying a new duvet insert? Before you make your purchase, there are certain factors to consider, to help you make the right decision. Is the material hypoallergenic and soft enough? Is the duvet insert too hot or too cold? Does it have the right amount of fluff? All of these questions are answered when you look into what factors affect them. Besides reading duvet insert reviews online, I would recommend you have some basic knowledge as well that is going to be discussed below.
Here’s the perfect buying guide for duvet inserts.
When choosing a comforter, you need to take into consideration what material you choose. Although all of them are supposed to serve the same purpose, the material quality matters.
You can choose from a variety of materials, ranging from down duvet inserts to hypoallergenic ones, depending if you’re allergic to down.
While original down duvet inserts are expensive, if you want to save on costs, you can purchase a synthetic material duvet insert. Before you head out for duvet shopping, you want to study the factors in detail, to save yourself the trouble of returning the product.
2. Bed Size
Don’t fool yourself into believing that duvet inserts are standard sized. You need to take measurements to get the right duvet insert for your bed. Many people are mistaken when it comes to buying duvet inserts for King and Queen sized beds, since they think the sizes fit the duvets.
What you need to remember is that the duvet needs to fall a little to the sides of the bed and shouldn’t simply fit the bed dimensions. So add another 4-5 inches to the length and width of the bed.
3. Fill Power
If you’re purchasing a down comforter, the fill power is an important metric that you need to consider before buying. Fill power basically defines the quality of down, based on its clusters’ size and strength. A higher fill power indicates stronger down clusters. In turn, stronger down clusters provide better insulation and last longer. Moreover, a higher fill power makes your duvet more breathable.
This in no way means you always need to opt for duvets with higher fill power. Compare the fill powers between different duvets to find out which suits you best.
4. Sleep temperature
Since we are all different in our choices, we all like to sleep differently too. Where some people can’t sleep without a duvet, others like to sleep cool. Since winters call for taking a comforter/duvet while you sleep, there still is a difference in the temperature we like to sleep at. Therefore, when selecting a duvet insert, make sure you check its warmth.
What factors determine the warmth of a duvet insert? Technically, the fill power and thread count of the cover tell us how warm a duvet will be. A higher fill power and thread count usually indicates that a duvet will be warmer while a lower fill power (lesser amount of down) indicates a cooler duvet.
5. Duvet Construction
Lastly, the construction of the duvet also plays a key role in determining its quality and utility. Usually the stitching impacts how intact the filling will remain. A baffle box stitched duvet allows maximum expansion, providing you with maximum cushion and loft to make your sleep experience similar to that on a cloud.
Ring stitches allow the fill to move around the duvet, while box stitched and diamond quilted stitch design restricts the movement of the fill inside the duvet.
Usually the latter is preferred over the former since the filling tends to get out of place and shape and has to be put in place manually. To avoid this inconvenience, users prefer box stitched and quilted designs.