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How to find a lightweight duvet?

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  1. Sasha

    Sasha Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I'm looking for a (preferably) two-part (9 + 4.5 tog) duvet that's genuinely lightweight. I'm pretty debilitated and my muscles are wasted so trying to cope with my current ten-ton one is becoming a problem.

    If I search on 'lightweight duvet' on Amazon, say, it comes up with plenty but I don't see any specifications about weight to back up those claims. I'd like to know what the duvet actually weighs before I order it.

    I'm also looking for one that's quiet! A lot of people seem to complain that the fabric is stiff and that it crackles on some of these things.

    Is there any quick way to narrow my search?
     
  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Moderator Staff Member

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    Ikea has some two-part "4 seasons" duvets which snap together. But either their UK site is complete shite and fails to mention that they can be part of a two-part set, or they don't offer two-part duvets there and have them as a thin or superthick version instead.

    Normal version: http://www.ikea.com/nl/nl/catalog/products/90300768/#/30300766

    UK version: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/textiles-rugs/quilts/rödtoppa-duvet-7.5-tog-art-90271539/ or http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/textiles-rugs/quilts/rödtoppa-duvet-12-tog-art-70271521/
     
  3. Sasha

    Sasha Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Thanks, @Valentijn, but my question isn't how to find a 2-part duvet - there are millions of them, and I've already got one anyway - it's how to find one that's genuinely lightweight.

    I'm looking for how many kg or kg/m2, so I can compare. I wish there was a site that already did this.
     
  4. fds

    fds Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    I bought a cheap microfibre one for my son to take to uni from John Lewis and I think that was light. Wasn't a two parter though. We have a light duvet and think it is a a hollowfill one but we've had it quite a long time. I have no idea how you get figures for the weight. It would make sense to put that in the information for duvets wouldn't it
     
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    Scarecrow Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    @Sasha

    I don't have a quick and easy solution for you but a lot of sites do have the information although different sellers aren't very consistent about how they present it. Sometimes you'll see it under Production Information, sometimes Technical Information, sometimes Additional Information, etc.

    Amazon are generally pretty good (see image). If you can find a product that you might be interested in buying but the weight isn't given on the seller's site, try searching for the information on another site. Failing that a lot of sites have a facility for asking questions.

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  6. Wonko

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    It's likely that weight is the boxed weight, not the duvet weight, amazon do this all the time, often enough so the size/weight of the actual product (they do it with lots of things, not just duvets) cannot be reliably determined. :(
     
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    fds Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    @Wonko Yes, the amazon dimensions and weights can be very deceptive
     
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  9. Joan

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    Not sure if this will help as its not a two parter, but I buy a 4.5 tog duvet regularly in Argos for my young lad. He cant bear much weight on him and he cant even use a duvet cover so with the result we buy replacement ones very regularly! They are really light and the fabric tears away easily but they are cheap to replace and I guess they wouldnt tear so much if he used a cover on them in the first place!

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/1274055
     
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    Thanks - really looking for numbers, though, so that I know what I'm buying.
     
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    Here's my low tech solution.

    You can search for duvet weights on Amazon, eg search '1000g duvet' (1000g seems to be more or less equivalent to a 4.5 tog).

    Buy one lighter and one heavier duvet and get some safety pins for the winter months.

    I end up using safety pins for my mother's duvet anyway because, although she has a 2-parter with poppers, there aren't enough of them to stop the duvets sliding out of shape. The safety pins can be very tough to get in so a helpful assistant might be needed but it's a job that only needs to be done once a year.
     
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    Ah I see now what you mean... I will be buying a new one any day soon and its only wrapped in a plastic wrapper so its easy to weigh. I'll weigh it when I get home and let you know :)
     
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    The different fillings seem to have different weights - hollowfibre, microfibre, down, feather, etc.

    I think I'll phone John Lewis for advice! They might even know what their stuff weighs.
     
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    I switched to a silk duvet (from feathers). It has much better temperature control and allergen free (dust mite free).
     
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    That sounds fab-u-lous. I'm now calculating how quickly I can justify ditching my not quite sad and old enough duvet.
     
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    I learnt a few years ago that duvets have an expiration date :emoji_mask:

    My eyes were red and itchy from the feathers for years and I finally made the connection. In the bin it went.
     
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    I've just been reading that a study is about to be published showing that people sleep better in wool bedding (wool duvets are now a thing). Only 8 participants and who knows, maybe funded by the Wool Marketing Board.

    I was intrigued, though, and then remembered that my home has carpet moths (who eat wool and silk) so those options are out for me.
     
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    I use a wool duvet, I didn't mention it coz it is quite heavy, heavier than most other duvets I've owned. It is the best duvet I have owned, largely prevents the sweating I used to get with synthetics, but I've never had silk, didn't know they existed lol

    (and at £180 ish it's quite expensive - it was worth it to me but probably not to most)
     
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    I just spoke to someone in John Lewis who wasn't able to provide weight info (i.e. kg weights) but recommended as probably their lightest synthetic the 'breathable microfibre' range.

    I see that people are raving about them in the reviews and saying they're very good for keeping you the right temperature (like the wool ones, maybe).

    My temperature at night is all over the shop so maybe I'll be getting an extra benefit by going lightweight (if indeed this is lightweight, which I'll only know when it gets here).

    I think I'll order one. Will report back.
     
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