Down Duvets vs Wool Duvets: Which is Better?
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Whenever we come across the word, “duvet”, we always imagine the fluffiest, coziest, and the most comfortable clouds of awesomeness, which are almost always are usually goose-down duvets. After all, they are the softest duvets in existence, as they are packed with oh-so-soft goose down. They are also very warm and form a perfect shield to protect you from the icy hands of the cold winters.
But, is goose down always the most suitable fill material for you? You might already have a quick retort “of course, what else can be as soft and warm as goose down?” Well, it’s true that goose down is the softest fill material in existence.Since we are asked about the differences between wool and down a lot, we decided to clear it up.
The truth is that goose down duvets are designed for very typical needs, and so are the wool duvets. What makes things even more confusing is the dizzying array of goose down and wool varieties that are used to make these duvets. Each of these wool and down varieties comes with a completely different set of properties.
So, just going by the people’s opinion and buying the most expensive goose down duvet or a wool duvet may not be the most sound decision.
A range of factors like climate, weather fluctuations throughout the year, your personal preferences, and many other factors play a significant role in helping which fill material you should choose. Let’s take a closer look at the properties of goose down and wool to understand which of them fits your needs.
Are Goose Down Duvets Best for You?
First, let’s address the question – what is goose down?
Goose down is a layer of super-fine feathers that form the last layer of defense for the geese against the cold. The down is hidden inside the thick exterior layer of regular, rough feathers. Feathers are hard, but the down that lies below them is as fine as silk.
The down has excellent insulation properties. On top of it, the down also has amazing waterproofing properties. This is important, because water is a precious resource for the birds. They need to be hydrated. Water loss due to sweating dehydrates them. The down prevents the sweat of the birds from evaporating away. It is designed to not only trap in the warmth emanating from the geese’s skin, but also to block their moisture from escaping out.
So, when you are facing the coldest winter days, a goose down duvet is a great thing to have for protection. The goose down duvets have superb insulation properties, which only means prolonged warm temperatures under the duvet.
There are problems related to water and moisture absorption which are common with duvets made of low quality down. Although premium quality down, such as the Hungarian down in our duvets however have excellent water absorbing properties. The Hungarian goose down duvet in particular, is known to have superb aeration qualities. The high quality Hungarian goose down has fine fibers that wick away all the moisture from the body, providing a pleasant, cooling effect.
Then again, Hungarian goose down duvets from other places do not fall into everybody’s budget. But, if you want Hungarian goose down duvets for wholesale prices, you might want to check out our collection at Diamond Bedding by clicking on the blue writing.
Are Wool Duvets More Suitable for You?
Wool is obtained from a variety of sources. The most popular source of wool is, of course, the sheep. But, it can also be obtained from camels, angora rabbits, and alpaca.
Producing and extracting wool is far cheaper than obtaining down from birds. This is one of the reasons why it is so much cheaper than the down. Naturally, its affordability has made it a mass favorite and they simply have a different set of properties.
For starters, wool does not offer the same kind of protection from cold as goose down. The reason is that sheep and other wool-producing animals never had the reason to improve the quality of wool. All they needed to do to keep themselves warm was produce more wool. Birds cannot afford to do that. If their bodies add more down, they become heavier which becomes a huge disadvantage while flying. Therefore, instead of producing more down, they had to produce a better quality down which is the sort of down that we put inside our duvets.
When you are making a duvet out of wool, more wool is required to achieve the same level of warmth as a goose down duvet. This makes your duvet much more heavier and uncomfortable. Some people really hate heavy wool duvets on their body. A down duvet is more lightweight, which is highly preferred by consumers.
The insulation provided by wool duvets isn't as great either as a lot of customers who shift from using down duvets to wool quickly begin to regret it as they find that the wool duvets aren't keeping them warm and also are not as soft or comfortable to wrap around.
Unless you are on a small budget, then you simply have no other alternative but to try a high quality goose down duvet, which you will absolutely need during all times of the year. Also, for people who like soft duvets that they can wrap around and get that real 'snug' feeling which you need from a duvet, then goose down is the winner.