Choosing a new duvet is quite a big deal, it’s an item of bedding you are going to use everyday for many years to come. There are various Tog Ratings to choose from, along with a variety of duvet sizes – but most importantly, there are a variety of duvet fillings to choose from.

What's your preference?

What's your preference?

As with pillows, there are duvet filling options to suit those who suffer from allergies and asthma, as well as those to meet personal preferences – ranging from slim and light to deep and downy. In this article, we will explore the different types, and make recommendations for each duvet filling type.  

Hollowfibre Duvet Fillings

Possibly the most popular duvet filling, hollowfibre duvets are made from spun polyester. They are naturally non-allergic, meaning they don’t cause allergic reactions, and are machine washable. However, not all hollowfibres are created equally, as there are four main types of hollowfibre duvet filling – each with their own advantages.

Classic Hollowfibre: Classic spun polyester filling that offers a springy and plump appearance, making beds look inviting and provides great comfort.

Cirrus Hollowfibre: This strand of hollowfibre is perfect for people who get hot throughout the night. It helps to wick moisture and sweat away from your body, enabling it to evaporate into the air rather than get trapped in your duvet.

Quadfill Hollowfibre: Duvets filled with Quadfill hollowfibre, trap the warmth of your body in the air gaps between the fibres. Unlike classic hollowfibre duvets, each fibre has four airgaps, so more air is trapped in between each fibre – creating extra warmth without extra weight.

We recommend the Silentnight Hi-Therm Duvet for a light and cosy sleep.

Microfibre Hollowfibre: This is the hollowfibre option for you if you like the feel of natural duvet fillings but prefer the washability and hypo-allergenic nature of hollowfibre duvets. Light and soft, like the finest down duvets, this material is usually found in luxury duvet ranges.

Anti-Allergy Duvet Fillings

Whilst hollowfibre duvets are non-allergic, anti-allergy duvets actively fight against allergies. Research suggests that 25% of allergic conditions and 50% of asthmatic conditions are caused by house dust mites, which are most commonly found living in bedding – such as duvets and pillows. Anti-allergy duvets are also soft and plump, so if you do suffer from allergies you don’t have to compromise of comfort.

We recommend the Silentnight Anti Allergy Duvet range, for a comfy and allergy free night.

Natural Duvet Fillings

Usually made from the feathers and down of Ducks and Geese, these duvets are loved for their natural softness, lightness and breathability. After all, it was the softness and warmth of natural products like this that inspired the first ‘Continental Quilts’ – as duvets were once known.

Natural duvet fillings are also incredibly durable, though they require a lot more attention than their hollowfibre counterparts. They will need to be ‘fluffed up’ a little more often than hollowfibre duvets and will need to be professionally cleaned rather than machine washed. It is also worth mentioning that those who suffer from allergies or asthma are best avoiding natural filled duvets.

As for the rest of us, if you have the extra time to take care of these duvets, then natural filled duvets offer a luxury night’s sleep and a range of benefits hollowfibre duvets simply can’t match.

We recommend the Silentnight Duck Feather Duvet for its plump and luxurious feel.