How to Find the Perfect Duvet for Every Season

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

If you want to stay snuggly and sleep like a log from Spring through to Winter, you need the right duvet. And it’s worth doing your homework. Knowing what is the best duvet for every season and getting the right one will improve your sleep and keep you comfy from lights out till morning. No more sweaty summer nights or winter chills; sounds good, right? That’s why you’re going to love this handy guide!

Read on to discover all you need to know about how to find the best duvet to keep cosy all year. 

What is the best duvet for spring?

The days are getting brighter, the birds are starting to chirp, and plants are starting to bloom… it can only mean one thing. Spring is here! The best duvet for Spring needs to be warm enough to transition you from the freeze of winter to hotter Summer months. While it may be time to put away those bedtime socks, Spring can still be a little chilly at night and early in the morning, so a substantial tog is important – anywhere between 7.5 to 10.5 will keep you cosy without overheating. Spring is all about new beginnings, though that doesn’t always have to mean switching your duvet out. Going for a tog above ten will see you through to winter, while breathable materials like bamboo will keep you cool, comfy, and chirpy all year.

Cloud Bamboo Duvet

What is the best duvet for summer?

While you might want the warmest duvet to snuggle up to in the Winter, when Summer comes around it’s time to cool things down. Consider lowering the tog of your duvet to anywhere between four and ten, depending on the fabric and filling. You want to pick a filling that feels light and airy without being too flimsy – bedtime still needs to be cosy.

Summer is the month that most people struggle with uncomfortable nights of sleep due to overheating. The solution? Thermoregulating fabrics like bamboo will help keep you cool, naturally reacting to your body temperature to ensure you’re comfortable. The moisture-wicking, cooling effect of a bamboo duvet prevents those night sweats as well as tossing and turning. Better sleep means you can wake up ready to enjoy the sunshine of the longer days! 

What is the best duvet for autumn?

When the leaves turn gold and crunchy and the days get a little shorter, it’s time to turn up the snuggle. Autumn can be a tough time for many sleepers who suffer from S.A.D from less light exposure and a change of season. But the good news is there are plenty of gentle, cosy ways to boost your mood. And having the perfect duvet to wrap up in is one of them. A tog of above 10.5 will keep you snug for days on the sofa and long weekend lie-ins; indulging in comfort is key to enjoying Autumn, so choosing soft, natural fabrics will help you relax. Bamboo makes a great choice – the silky, soft fabric glides over your skin, while the wonder plant’s hypoallergenic qualities are perfect for allergies or challenging skin conditions like eczema. A cosy duvet will help you ease into Autumn and feel a bit brighter on those darker mornings.

Hybrid Pillows Cloud Duvet on Bed

What is the best duvet for winter?

If there is one good thing about Winter, it’s a cosy bedtime! Your duvet has a lot of work to do in the colder months, after all, you will spend much more time together. A tog of anything from 10.5 – 13.5 will stop the chills getting in, and you want a filling that feels substantial enough to keep you insulated, which is far healthier (for you and the planet!) than turning the heating up. Winter can be a time when aches and pains start to flare, so it’s also good to make sure you have a pillow that keeps your neck and spine aligned. Keeping wrapped up warm will help prevent overnight stiffness and promote better sleep, which you definitely need to get plenty of in Winter. It’s a time to restore, rest and enjoy the season’s magic – best done with a cosy duvet propped up in bed!

What is the best year-round duvet?

The last thing you want to do is have multiple duvets for different seasons; this is expensive, and they can be difficult to store correctly. Opting for one duvet to see you through the entire year is the way to go. A 10.5 tog bamboo duvet is perfect for this – lightweight enough for hot Summer nights but cosy and snuggly enough to keep you warm in the Winter.

Duvet Tog Rating Guide

Material choices

Let’s dive a little deeper into how the material you choose for your duvet can make a difference. Duvets that are filled with feathers, for example, are great for keeping you nice and toasty in the Winter months – but they can be much too hot for the Summer. Look for duvets with thermoregulating properties; bamboo is a great example of this because it intuitively reacts to your temperature to keep you cool on hot nights and cosy during the colder spells. And not only that, but bamboo is a really eco-friendly choice.

Duvet accessories

You might also want to consider duvet accessories – if you’re not necessarily in the market for a new duvet, consider the type of duvet cover you’re using. If it’s old and bobbly, doesn’t feel soft or has stains on it, then it’s time for a new one! Opt for something soft and breathable, which looks stylish and gentle on your skin: bamboo or French linen are great options for a breathable duvet cover.

Care and maintenance

When choosing a duvet, you want it to last as long as possible. To be sure it will take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Like our Panda Cloud Duvet, a bamboo duvet can be machine washed at a low temperature (40 degrees) using mild detergent. You should always dry your duvet outside on the washing line if possible, as this is better for the product and environment. Plus, there’s nothing nicer than that fresh laundry smell mixed with the scent of the great outdoors! You can also spot-clean your duvet if need be, mixing some detergent with water and dabbing it onto any problem areas.

New product recommendations

A few new duvet types have been popping up recently; you can now buy hybrid duvets, which are filled with materials like fibres from recycled water bottles and then wrapped up in a cotton cover. And, of course, bamboo duvets – at Panda, we are working on releasing a brand new version of our iconic Cloud Duvet. This will be a lower tog, perfect for those who find themselves too hot at night: ideal if you’re going through menopause or just a hot sleeper. Keep your eyes peeled!

A good duvet is key to achieving the best night’s sleep – and you want something that feels soft, keeps you at the right temperature, and won’t irritate your skin or respiratory system. Bamboo ticks all those boxes, and it’s kind to the planet, too…

Happy snuggling…


Do I need a duvet cover for my duvet?

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

While it’s not mandatory, a duvet cover is highly recommended. It protects your duvet, adds style to your bedding, and is easier to clean. Choose a cover from breathable materials like bamboo for comfort.

What is a duvet's tog rating, and how does it affect comfort?

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

A duvet’s tog rating measures its thermal insulation. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet. Consider a higher tog for winter, while a lower tog is suitable for summer. Look for duvets with multiple tog ratings for versatility.

Can I use the same duvet throughout the year?

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

You can, but switching duvets with the seasons is often more comfortable. Choose a lightweight duvet for summer and a warmer one for winter. Some duvets offer different tog ratings on each side for year-round use.

Are there duvets suitable for those with allergies?

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

Yes, hypoallergenic duvets are often made from materials like bamboo. They are resistant to dust mites and allergens, making them a great choice for allergy sufferers.

How often should I wash my duvet?

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

Duvets don’t need frequent washing. Instead, wash your duvet cover regularly and use a duvet protector. Airing your duvet in fresh air occasionally can help maintain its freshness.

What's the difference between a duvet and a comforter?

Last updated on September 26th, 2023 at 08:25 am

Duvets and comforters are similar but have some differences. A duvet is a soft, flat bag filled with down, feathers, or synthetic fibres. It requires a duvet cover. A comforter is thicker, quilted, and can be used without a cover.