How Did We Pick for Best Quilt Australia?
Choosing the best duvet is a big ask. So, we started big and turned to the web. We wanted to see what quilts were loved around the world. From there, we narrowed down quilts that were available in Australia.
Which basically sent us back to the drawing board. Next, we checked Choice, Australia’s consumer advocacy group, to see what they had tested and recommended. The answer? None.
Which led us to see what Aussies love and recommend. We used ProductReview.com.au to find highly rated quilts that are popular in Aussie bedrooms. We looked for products that covered a wide range of prices and materials.
We were also interested in locally owned and operated companies to allow you to support local and reap all the sustainable and community benefits of this.
What we ended up with is a list of picks that we love, rather than being definitely the best. Quilts are subjective: one man’s love for a heavy wool quilt is someone else’s no-no. So, we’ve aimed to present a selection of materials and prices to help you choose Australia’s Best Quilts, Doonas & Duvets and what could be right for you.
In our What to consider when buying a quilt, duvet or doona section, you might notice we’ve got some expert input from Debbie Farrell, Bedding Buyer at Pillow Talk. We consulted her separately for her professional advice, and she didn’t influence, review or have any say in our top picks.
What to consider when buying a quilt, duvet or doona?
As well as our own research into top considerations, we’ve chatted to Debbie Farrell, Bedding Buyer for Pillow Talk. This gives you expert-backed advice to help you shop for the best quilts for you.
Different quilt fillings offer different feels and qualities.
A natural material, wool is breathable, which helps to regulate your temperature. This means it keeps you cool in summer but warm in winter. It has a heavy feel and a range of warmth ratings, making it suitable for different seasons and heat preferences. It’s also good for allergy sufferers.
Feather and down are also natural materials, with a high warmth rating. Which means it’s suitable for cold sleepers. Look for a higher percentage of down for a warmer quilt. Feather and down retain heat and insulate well.
This gives a warm feeling without the heaviness of wool. Goose down provides more warmth than duck down. Check the feathers and down are ethically sourced.
Microfibre is manmade. It offers medium to high warmth, making it good for cold sleepers. It’s designed to mimic the properties of feather and down without the animal product and potentially ‘pokey’ feel. Microfibre quilts have a light and lofty fill.
They look great on the bed because the filling is evenly distributed. They’re also suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Cotton is a naturally breathable fibre. It’s low warmth, so good for hot sleepers. Cotton is suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers and is easy to care for as it’s tumble dryer safe.
Bamboo provides moderate warmth. Naturally breathable, it helps to regulate your temperature. It’s also hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
2. Hot or sleeper?
Whether you sleep hot or cold will determine the best quilt for you.
If you’re a hot sleeper, choose wool or cotton. Wool is breathable and regulates your temperature. It’ll keep you cool but a partner warm. Cotton doesn’t retain much heat so it’s a good summer option. Feather and down or microfibre quilts will retain heat by providing warm insulation so you’re best to avoid them.
If you’re a cold sleeper, choose feather and down, microfibre or wool. Feather and down and microfibre quilts retain a lot of heat, making them great for winter. Although wool will regulate your temperature well, if you’re a cold sleeper choose one with a few layers of wool for extra warmth. Cotton doesn’t retain heat at all so that won’t work for you.
If you have allergies, you’re best with a wool or microfibre quilt. Wool is hypoallergenic and the best ones should be chemical-free. Microfibre will give you a light and lofty feel while also being safe for you. Steer away from feather and down, especially if you suffer from hayfever.
When you have two people in a bed, it can be more difficult to find a quilt that suits both people perfectly. As a very general rule, women are often much cooler than men. This is where natural fibres work best. This is because natural fibres absorb warmth from one person and either expel it or evenly spread it across to where it’s needed.
Which natural fibre you choose is a very personal choice but wool, feather and down, bamboo and cotton are all great choices.
5. Easy care
How often your quilt needs to be laundered is an important factor to consider. Quilts with a natural filling should be laundered sparingly as each time you do you’re reducing its lifespan. Quilts with a natural fill are best refreshed by airing on the clothes line in the sun (or partial sun) for a few hours each week.
If you’re buying for your child, choose a synthetic quilt because they’re easy to wash if an accident happens.
Summer,winter, or an all-purpose quilt?
Summer quilts are a great alternative to thick winter quilts when you wish to lay down on a warm-weather quilt that renders cool touch. Usually, summer quilts are used as a bedspread or comforter if you need to keep yourself warm during the night when the temperature drops. But, it is an excellent alternative if you sleep under air conditioning due to high humidity levels in your region.
Investing in a good winter quilt that features three layers – the top layer, batting, and the bottom layer to provide the most comfort and warmth. It entirely depends on your needs and preference for the selection of a winter quilt, be it the filling material, its weight, or the thread count. A good winter quilt renders the right amount of insulation so that you receive the warmth required for a good night’s sleep.
However, if you are someone who prefers buying a multi-purpose quilt, especially for partners who prefer different warmth levels during the night, then you can go for natural fibre.
What is the difference between a Duvet, a Doona and a Quilt?
A quilt, popularly known as bedspreads/coverlets in other cultures worldwide, is a bed covering that renders warmness. It is filled with a wide range of materials, such as down, feather, silk or wool, concerning various advantages.
A doona is the top layer of your bedding and is commonly referred for quilts or duvets in Australia. They are typically filled with manufacturing materials, while the term became a trademarked name for a bedding manufacturer in Australia.
Duvet, which is the french for ‘down’, is often referred to as ‘comforters.’ However, they mean the same as a quilt or doona in Australia. These terms can be used interchangeably, but usually, you will need a quilt cover for it.
What are the qualities of a good quilt, doona, Duvet?
Qualities of a good quilt, doona, duvet:
- The material used in the manufacture of a quilt, doona, or duvet must be high-quality, dust resistant, and allergy-free.
- One should look into the design quality that impacts the fluffiness of the quilt, doona and duvet.
- One should also examine the thread count that ensures its softness and longevity.
- A superior loft describes a quality quilt, doona, or duvet that concerns its (luxury) appearance rather than its performance.
- A good quality reflects its durability. So, the materials used must be long lasting and of superior quality.