- Find the right duvet size
- Choose the weight/thickness
- Pick a fabric
How Wool Bedding WorksTo choose the best wool duvet or the best wool duvet insert, you should understand how wool bedding works. The science behind this fiber is simple but surprisingly effective. Wool fibers naturally absorb moisture and then release it into the air. During the colder months, natural crimps in wool fibers trap warm air and create an insulating effect while also wicking away moisture. As a result, you stay dry and warm in a stable, low-humidity sleep environment.
Wool fibers use similar processes when you’re sleeping in warm weather. The natural wool fiber crimps can trap cool air and provide a cooling effect. Wool pulls perspiration away from your body to keep you dry and regulates sleep temperatures in the heat.
When you’re more comfortable at night, you’re less likely to wake during sleep. You’ll have an easier time getting more stage four sleep which is essential for the body to regenerate. The result is waking up feeling more refreshed.
You can learn more about the many benefits of wool bedding with our infographic.
Choosing the Best Wool DuvetThere’s so much to love about wool as it’s hypoallergenic, breathable, temperature-regulating, mold-repellent, and sustainable. Ready to find the best wool-filled duvet for your bedroom? Here are some guidelines to help you find a wool duvet you’ll love.
SizingYou should consider your mattress and bed frame size when choosing a wool duvet. You want to ensure that it fits your bed correctly, but you may also want to consider adding length for additional comfort. Consider the position of your bed as well. If your bed is freestanding in your room, you could use an oversized duvet to allow you to move more freely underneath. However, if your bed is against a wall, an oversized duvet likely won’t work.
At Woolroom, we carry Twin, Full, Queen, and King duvet sizes to meet your size needs.
Weight/ThicknessBefore choosing the weight and thickness of your wool duvet, consider the temperature of your bedroom. At Woolroom, we carry Summer and Winter weight options. The difference between the two weight options is the actual weight of the duvets and how much warmth they provide. If you sleep in a cold room and sleep better under a heavy duvet, the Winter weight option is best for you. Consider the Summer weight option if you’re a warm sleeper and prefer a lighter duvet.
FabricThe last step is to choose the fabric for your wool duvet. The most common fabrics atop the best wool duvet inserts are cotton, blend, and wool. Cotton is breathable, lightweight, and soft. It’s great for those who don’t want a heavy comforter. Blend fabric is 50% linen and 50% cotton. It resists stains and is easy to clean. It’s also more durable than cotton. Wool duvets regulate body temperature and wick away moisture to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A wool duvet insert with a wool cover is perfect for those seeking a heavier weight.
What Considerations to Make When Choosing a Wool DuvetThere are four key things to consider to make sure that you’re buying a high-quality natural wool duvet.
Avoid Synthetic InterlinersInterliners are a layer of material that lies between the outer cover of your duvet and the filling. They’re designed to keep the loose filling in place and are also used as a quick and cheap way to make wool-filled comforters machine washable.
Though this keeps the duvet's overall cost down, it, unfortunately, stops the wool filling from being effective. The synthetic material creates a non-breathable barrier between the filling and the outer cover of the duvet, preventing less heat and moisture from escaping. This prevents the wool filling from absorbing and desorbing moisture, as this moisture can’t pass easily through the synthetic layer. The result? You’ll likely wake up feeling hotter and clammier than sleeping under an all-natural wool duvet.
Of course, it’s possible to create a machine-washable wool quilt without using synthetics, as years of research by our team here at Woolroom have shown. It takes time and expertise, but the result — an all-natural British wool duvet that truly performs — means it’s worth the effort.
Top Tip: If a wool-filled duvet is labeled as machine washable, it’s worth checking if it contains a synthetic interliner so you can be confident you’re buying a duvet that will enhance your sleep quality.
High-Quality Outer CoverLook for a high-quality outer cover to match the high-quality filling. This should meet the following criteria:
- Natural fibers: These will maximize the performance of the wool fibers inside.
- High thread count: A superior-quality cotton outer cover will have a thread count of at least 200. This ensures a smoother finish which is also highly durable and prevents fiber migration through the cover.
- Robust stitching: This will extend the life of your wool-filled duvet by making it more durable.
Well-Washed WoolWhile it may not be easy to look inside your wool duvet to examine the filling, you should be able to ask the retailer of your bedding a few questions to understand how well it has been cleaned. Many manufacturers only wash (“scour”) the wool once during the manufacturing process. This results in small amounts of vegetable matter (i.e., debris such as twigs, grass, and leaves from the sheep farm) and a natural smell being left behind in the finished product. While not harmful, it’s not exactly pleasant and can result in a faint odor coming from your duvet.
At Woolroom, we wash the wool twice to ensure a fresher finish for the best wool comforters. This double washing ensures that the wool is clean, free from debris, and has a neutral scent for a more pleasant sleeping experience.
Allergy UK Seal of ApprovalThe Allergy UK Seal of Approval logo tells you that a product has been approved as suitable for allergy sufferers. Duvets from Woolroom are not only wool duvets that have been rigorously tested and subsequently endorsed by Allergy UK but are also the only natural bedding solution available that is suitable for allergy sufferers. Find out more about the seal of approval and how our hypoallergenic bedding helps with allergies.
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