Best winter duvets: 6 high tog quilts to keep you warm on cold nights

Looking for the best winter duvet? There’s nothing more important to our all-round wellbeing than a good night’s sleep – and with everything from luxurious goose down to anti-allergy all-season quilts, we’ve got you covered (literally)

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The best winter duvet is a necessity come October. We're guessing that you currently swap your duvet from season to season and have nailed the summer duvet choice, but aren't too sure on the higher tog recommendations? Or perhaps you want an all-seasons duvet that you can divide in summer but double up for winter? 

Well, take a read below as we guide you through the basics of winter duvet buying. These are the best winter duvets available, at the best prices. Looking for an all-year round option? Check out our best duvets buyer's guide.

HOW TO BUY THE BEST WINTER DUVET

Which tog rating to choose?
If you make what we like to call 'The Great Swap' when the temperatures start to dip in the autumn, or if you have a tendency to be chilly at night, look for a higher tog (anywhere over 10 is usually a good benchmark for cold-season duvets; if you like to stay on the cooler side while you sleep and often wake up sweaty and uncomfortable, go lower). A great compromise for both comfort and value is an all-seasons duvet, a set of two, thinner duvets which you can clip together for more warmth over winter, or use individually in spring and summer.

Which filling?

Natural fillings such as goose down feel incredibly luxurious and warm, and as such carry a heftier price tag than their non-naturally-derived competitors, so if you’re serious about turning your bedroom into the ultimate hygge haven, they’re a good choice. Synthetic fillings, on the other hand, tend to be cheaper, and can offer more relief for allergy sufferers. 

What about allergy sufferers?

Most of the duvets on our list are anti-allergen and anti-dust mite, but depending on the severity of your allergies, it might do to check the manufacturer’s website for guarantees. 

Will it be washable?

The last thing to consider is the convenience. All of our choices are machine washable, even the down ones, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

Which size?

Finally, unless we note otherwise, all of the picks on our list are available in single, double, king and super king sizes, so there’ll be something to fit most beds, and most needs.

THE BEST WINTER DUVETS YOU CAN BUY

1. Homescapes King Size 13.5 Tog

Best winter duvet: a lovely soft, warm filling and comfy cotton exterior — this is a great duvet option for wintertime

Specifications
Best for: Swapping
Tog rating: 13.5
Filling: Goose feather / goose down
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Down-proof, anti-allergy casing+Machine washable
Reasons to avoid
-Rustles a little at first 

If you make a point to swap your summer duvet for your winter one as soon as the nights draw in, this is the one for you. It strikes the perfect balance between luxury and livability with its luxurious goose feather and down filling – which stays put, thanks to a box baffle construction, meaning no cold spots or underfilled bits – and a comfortable, anti-allergen and anti-mite, 100 per cent cotton casing. And did we mention it’s machine washable? The perfect all-rounder for cold weather. 

2. Silentnight Winter Warm 13.5 Tog Duvet

Best budget winter duvet: all the warmth of duck down, with none of the sneezing — and at a pocket-friendly price

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Tog rating: 13.5
Filling: Hollow fibre
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Very warm
Reasons to avoid
-Can flatten over time 

If you don’t like the feel, or the expense of an animal feather-filled duvet but love the warmth, this budget duvet from Silentnight is a real winner. With its high-quality hypo-allergenic filling, soft polycotton cover and sturdy seams, it’s more than worth the budget-friendly price, and its 13.5 togs keep even the most chill-prone of sleepers toasty warm. A great alternative to animal-derived fillings, and for an excellent price – why not get one for the guest room, too? 

3. John Lewis Superior Siberian Goose Down Duvet

Best luxury winter duvet: this ultra-luxurious buy just goes to show: you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep

Specifications
Best for: Luxury investment piece
Tog rating: 13.5
Filling: Goose down
Machine washable:
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly warm and luxurious+Made in the UK
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive 

To move on from a cheap winter duvet to one that’s expensive might seem like going from the sublime to the ridiculous, but make no mistake – this luxurious goose down duvet is the ultimate investment for an exquisitely warm and comfortable bedtime. While it’s supremely cosy, it’s also extremely light and lofty, so it won’t feel clammy, and it carries the Nomite mark, meaning it’s guaranteed suitable for people with dust mite allergies. Reviewers say it’s worth every penny, so if you’ve got it, go for it, but for the luxurious feel of down on a budget, the Homescapes duvet is also excellent. 

4. Fogarty Superfull 13.5 Tog Duvet

Best synthetic winter duvet: feels like a cloud and stays full for that showroom look

Specifications
Best for: Keeping its shape
Tog rating: 13.5
Filling: Synthetic
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Superfull construction keeps shape+Lightweight and warm
Reasons to avoid
-Can clump after a while 

The clue’s in the name when it comes to identifying the Fogarty Superfull’s particular charms. Unlike most feather and down duvets, it aims to bounce back in an instant thanks to its spiral fibre filling, a godsend both for keeping the bed looking neat when not in use, and for eliminating the risk of flat bits and cold spots while moving around in your sleep. No lumps and bumps, just a warm and lightweight winter duvet. Bliss. 

5. Silentnight Hi-Therm 15 Tog Duvet

The best winter duvet for warmth: the very warmest duvet for the very coldest nights

Specifications
Best for: Ultimate warmth
Tog rating: 15
Filling: Hollow fibre
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+One-hand fold+Good storage
Reasons to avoid
-No top brake 

With the highest tog rating of all our choices, clocking in at a decidedly toasty 15 togs, this Silentnight duvet is one for the chronically chilly. Perfect for old houses which don’t tend to have the best insulation, or just for people who can never seem to keep warm in the winter, this wonderfully warm duvet has a hollow fibre construction with an interesting-sounding spiral crimp design, for a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. If you like the look of the fluffy Fogarty Superfull, but want a bit more warmth, this is ideal. 

6. Silentnight Kids Bedset

Best winter duvet for kids: a handy set in comfy polycotton for sweet dreams all round

Specifications
Best for: Kids
Tog rating: 10.5
Filling: Hollow fibre
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable and durable+Non-allergenic
Reasons to avoid
-May not be warm enough for some

Anyone who’s witnessed the total destruction in a child’s room after a morning of fitful sleeping knows that little ones can be prone to overheating (and thus, to kicking off the bedclothes dramatically). This 10.5 tog quilt is our best winter duvet for children: warm enough to keep little toes toasty all winter without making them clammy or uncomfortable, and part of a handy and durable set with a comfy pillow and smart mattress protector. 

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