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 seeing what Aussies love and recommend. We used ProductReview.com.au to find highly rated good quality 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 definitively the best. Quilts are subjective: one human’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 right quilt for you.
Different quilt fillings offer different feels and qualities.
A 100% natural material, wool is breathable, which helps to regulate body 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 a perfect quilt 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 natural breathable fibre. It’s low warmth, so good for hot sleepers. Cotton is suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers and is easy care 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 like dust mites etc., 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 doona 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 machine washed is an important factor to consider. Quilts with a natural filling like feather quilts, 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.