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Choosing the Perfect Duvet ... it really should be a pleasure, not a challenge!

Our aim is to make simple what can prove to be a confusing experience. Below you will find our simple guide to choosing the perfect duvet in order that you, our customer, are able to make an informed decision and sleep soundly night after night.

Our Range

All of the above are available in Cot & Cotbed sizes, see our Little Ones section. *Please note that children should be 12mths or older before sleeping with a duvet or pillow.

milkandhoney duvets are totally breathable, naturally healthy and kind to the body. All of our duvets contain fillings that have been washed, sterilised and steam purified to the European Feather & Down Associations highest standards making them hypoallergenic. Please refer to individual Product Specification tabs for Guarantee and Quality Certification information.

Duvets made simple!

Baffle: A baffle is the piece of fabric that provides three dimensional shape to each ‘box’ in a duvet, ensuring that all the filling i.e. Down or feathers and Down remain within the box. The deeper the baffle the more insulating the duvet as the filling is evenly spread throughout each box, butting right up next to the filling in the adjacent boxes ensuring continuous coverage and therefore warmth.

Box Construction:
Box Construction describes the make-up of a natural filled duvet. With box construction the duvet is hemmed into equally sized squares, each square is then filled with the Down or feathers. This spreads the warmth across the entire duvet. The boxes may also referred to as ‘shells’.

Class 1:
Only New products from water fowl are used for the filling; goose and duck quality.

Down: soft, light and extremely warm, the feathery 'arms' of the Down are used to trap heat and air as well as absorb any moisture. The combination of these three once working together ensure that the Down is at the perfect temperature whether it be the height of summer or the middle of winter. It is for this reason that the minimum % of Down utilised in our milkandhoney range of duvets is 90% as this ensures that your duvet will keep you comfortably warm, absorb the 500ml or so of moisture that we each lose during sleep, whilst feeling light to the touch.

The higher the quality of the Down, the better its ability to form air pockets thereby filling out the ‘box’ in which it sits to provide superior warmth. Ideally the ‘box’ is of Baffle construction to provide additional and even warmth – see below. Good quality Down also regains its former shape after pressure.

Feathers: contain quills and are flat for streamlined flight and swimming, they are also much firmer and heavier than Down. The insulation qualities of feathers are not so superior as those of Down therefore more filling is needed to achieve the same warmth. Combining feather and Down as a filling works well, providing extra weight compared to 100% Down.

Levissima: the brand name utilised by our manufacturer for the luxury fabric utilised for the cover, it is a 135s batiste quality.

Lofting: the ability of a duvet and the combination of warmth are in direct relationship. Down with lofting ability constantly forms air-pockets, thereby retaining and absorbing warmth. Therefore the better quality the Down, the better lofting ability of the duvet.
Nano Batiste: 100% Cotton Nano Batiste is an ultra-light material that is woven so tightly that the finest Feather or Down cannot escape. At the same time, the filling cannot perform to its utmost unless the fabric can breathe to allow free air circulation. The Batiste ‘boxes’ combine the perfect weave with exceptional yarn to meet both of these requirements.

please refer to 'Class 1' above

Pure: refers to the type of fowl utilised and permits a maximum of ten percent of another type, eg pure goose down: at least 90% of the filling utilised must be goose down. The label also shows the percentage of Down and feather, the greater percentage is shown first. With equal amounts the Down is shown first.

Tog rating: in technical terms, tog ratings measure thermal resistance, they are really only used in the UK. The term ‘tog’ originates from use in the clothing trade; the fabric of a typical man's suit has a thermal resistance of around 0.1 m2K/W, this measurement was simplified for general use and people called it "one tog". In effect the tog rating refers to how good an item is at keeping you warm on a cold night. Duvets with a higher tog value are more suited to colder winter nights whereas low tog values are usually best for warmer summer nights.

milkandhoney duvets are available in a choice of warmth ratings, see below.

Spring/Summer: referred to as 4 tog in the UK
Spring/Autumn: r
eferred to as 8 tog in the UK
Autumn/Winter: referred to as 10.5 tog in the UK
referred to as 13.5 tog in the UK

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding which range and warmth of Duvet will suit you best, some of these factors are listed below:

Do you want a duvet for summer or winter use? On the Continent it is usual to have one duvet for the warmer months and one for the cooler months

Budget: when choosing a duvet please bear in mind that the warmth of a duvet is determined by the quality and quantity of the Down used for its filling – budget is therefore an important factor

What temperature is your bedroom? Do you tend to heat the room overnight in cooler months, sleep with windows… these are factors that you need to consider when choosing which duvet is right for you. Duvets made from natural products, such as ours, work with your body both in terms of heat and shape; the duvet will drape around your body, unlike a synthetic duvet, so there will be no draughts to give you a chill during the night.

Do you prefer the feel of a heavier duvet? The higher the feather content the heavier the duvet, therefore our Etoile or Exquisit ranges may be the right selection for you as they feel heavier due to their 10% feather content.

Please remember that the weight of a duvet has no direct relation to its warmth: a duvet which is very light in weight can be extremely warm, it comes down to the quality of the Down used.If you prefer to utilise one duvet warmth all year round, you can select the Spring/ Summer duvet and add warmth in cooler months by layering with milkandhoney cotton satin flat sheets or our gorgeous cotton stone-washed throws ...

‘milkandhoney duvets … your perfect partner’