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When it comes to buying a warm new duvet comforter there are plenty of fillings to choose from, and everyone seems to have their own opinion, which makes it a more difficult choice. Right? But, don’t worry, we have made an ultimate guide for you for the two most popular sustainably sourced fillings- Wool and down.
Time for a riddle:
Did you know sheep can turn grass into…..
Yess! So, what’s your superpower?
Okay, enough riddles. Let’s get to the point of why you came here. Maybe you are planning to buy a new wool or down item. Could be a duvet, comforter, or even a jacket filled with either of those fills. So why should you buy it, and which is better?
Are you looking to add a touch of luxury to your bedroom linens? Look no further!
Even though the premium Goose down is renowned for being super lightweight. It is also known to trap moisture which could leave you heat and sweaty during summer but nothing like Down can help get you through the chilly winter months. To top it off….this is the most lightweight material out there!
Warm, ultra-soft, and decadent, this bedding brings instantly elevates your space and can transform the way you sleep.
Wool filled bedding on the other hand helps keep your warm or cool throughout the year. It is naturally hypoallergenic which makes it safer for kids and adults of all ages.
Yet, before you begin your search for the best wool or goose down mattress toppers, pillows, duvets, and more, it's important to do your research.
When shopping for wool versus down comforters one thing to keep in mind is that both are naturally sourced fibers and come with a variety of pros and cons. However, is it up to you to decide what is better for you! But be sure to check out the pros and cons!!
Are you still counting sheep......Don't lose your sleep over which duvet to pick! Do not worry…..check out our list of differences between the two here:
So, let’s start with understanding what they are and what do they offer!
Ba ba black sheep……have you any wool!
Okay, let’s not get too nostalgic by the childhood poem we all have heard a million times. But it’s pretty clear now that most wool comes from sheep fur. But does it only come from sheep?? Put your thinking hat on! Or don't, I'll simply tell you.
What is Wool?
Wool is made from the hair or fur of a variety of different types of animals, which can include sheep, goats, llamas, camels, and rabbits.
The hair from these animals can be made into yarn or spun, which is then weaved into a material that can be used for many different items like wool bedding. Most wool bedding in the USA and Canada is made from sheep's wool. As compared to other products out there, wool is naturally flame resistant which gives it another upper hand on the fabric market.
Since wool has a natural ability to absorb moisture, it helps to regulate your body’s temperature and humidity also relieving your body of thermal stress and ensuring a deep comfortable sleep throughout the night. Choosing a duvet cover made of breathable 100% Cotton helps to maintain even body temperature throughout the night.
What are the benefits of wool:
- All-Season Comfort: Wool has balanced thermal insulation properties which means that during winter wool easily warms without any overheating issues and in spring and summer it helps keep you cool by wicking away moisture from your skin. This capability makes wool the ideal material for bedding as it helps your body to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night, regardless of the season.
- Environmentally friendly: Wool is the best natural choice for the future as it is renewable, sustainable, and biodegradable. Down Under Australian wool duvet is crafted with a lot of love and is 100% natural. The outer shell is made of 100% cotton and the inner is filled with the finest and cleanest natural sheep wool.
- Fire-resistant: It is also flame resistant and comes with self-extinguishing qualities and low flame spread. A great feature about wool is that it never melts so it does not stick to the skin, unlike many common synthetic fabrics.
- Healthier sleep choice: Sleeping under a wool duvet reduces discomfort and movement, which in turn leads to a reduced heart rate, giving you and your loved ones a deeper and calmer sleep.
- Reduces Common Bedroom Allergies: Wool is naturally resistant to mold and mildew. It quickly absorbs and releases moisture, and thus doesn’t allow the damp conditions that molds and mildews thrive on. Other fibers, such as down, don’t readily release moisture and are therefore more susceptible to collecting allergens.
- No more night sweats or hot flashes: Wool bedding is especially helpful for those who experience night sweats or hot flashes. It is most effective when the entire bed is made of natural, breathable fibers.
- Hypoallergenic: The premium wool duvet is made of 100% Natural finest quality wool. The wool duvet inside of a 100% Cotton cover halts the spread of dust mites, bacteria, and other allergens to banish nighttime coughs and sniffles. It also maintains even body temperature, inviting deeper, healthier rest. Wool being naturally hypoallergenic is an ideal material for those suffering from skin sensitivities/ irritations and allergies.
Disadvantages of Wool:
- Heavy-Weight: A wool duvet might not be a good option for people who like to sleep light. It can provide you enough warmth for sure, but the thick plush material could be a heavy option for some.
- Care and Storage: Even though a wool duvet can preferably be used all throughout the year, some people like to simply sleep with a thin sheet or a duvet cover during the summer month. This is when you might have to make some extra space to store your wool duvet comforter.
“The buzz is still with me. I get goose bumps”- David Beckham
What Is Down?
The down of a geese or duck lies right beneath its outer, feather-filled covering. Most of the time, it's taken from the chest area or belly of the bird.
Compared to denser and heavier feathers, down is light and fluffy. It's also devoid of sharp quills.
Instead, every down cluster has a soft, round center called a plumule, and the fibers are not aligned or connected with one another. The clusters are round and sphere-shaped. In this way, it's similar in shape and texture to a fluffy, white dandelion.
Down pillows and bedding materials are filled with tiny clusters of down. Without any sharp quills to contend with, this material is easily malleable. It also serves as an excellent insulator, offering plenty of warmth without adding excess weight.
What are the benefits of Down:
- Ultra- Lightweight- Down is renowned for being ultra-lightweight. Many times, you won't even feel like you have anything on you. Because of their light and fluffy, properties, pure down is also considered to be one of the best fillings for your quilt and fluffy pillows.
- Super-Duper Warm- Yup! I am not kidding when I say this. Down fiber is known for providing the best insulation of any fiber used in the manufacture of winter garments.
- Compressible- As compared to other non-natural fibers, down has a more compressible nature which means that it is easy to pack it into a small space. This ability of down can be felt when we store away our winter jackets and find then in the same shape next year.
- Durable and Long-lasting- If handled with the right amount of care, down bedding lasts can last for a very long time.
- Environmentally friendly- Down come from natural materials since they are found on birds mostly duck, geese, and waterfowl, which makes it sustainable.
- Expensive- Getting goosebumps while checking the price. Yes, they’re not cheap, but it’s worth the price. Down bedding items are much more expensive than wool fibers since they have a longer lifespan and also provide for a fluffier experience.
- Moisture management- Down traps moisture and heat which is good during winters as they help provide warmth to your body. But not such a good idea for all those hot sleepers out there, since down may create humid conditions which can later feel damp.
- Down is harder to wash- You can’t just throw your down duvet into the wash with the rest of your clothes, you need to be careful and follow proper instructions when washing a down-filled duvet or other bedding items.
- Not hypoallergenic- Down is not hypoallergenic and might not be a suitable choice for those suffering from allergies or skin sensitivities. A type of down does exist which is designed to be hypoallergenic, be sure to check the details before making a purchase!
Wool versus Down! Which is more suitable for you?
Hope you got a better idea of the pros and cons of wool and down-filled bedding products. Both down and wool are natural, environmentally friendly options. But Wool has amazing temperature regulation properties unlike down which does not have the same moisture-wicking properties; this might lead to mildew or dust mites from getting inside your duvet.
Everyone sleeps differently, you may get overheated, which can then wake you up to toss off your bedding. Then after a while, you become cool, so you wake up once again so you can cover-up. If this seems to be you then a wool-filled item seems to be a good option.
A wool-filled duvet might be a heavier and uncomfortable option for some. Whereas, a down duvet is more lightweight, and is highly preferred by consumers.
Another major reason people prefer wool is because it is much more affordable than down fill.
Is Australian Wool duvet the best?
Down Under Australian washable wool duvet comforter makes for an ideal warm and cozy bedding material. We understand that everyone sleeps differently, and the key to a goodnight’s sleep is choosing the bedding that’s right for you. That is why our wool quilt ensures to keep you warm and dry without any overheating issues.
Did I mention, if you have kids or pets at home- this is the perfect fit for you; You can simply toss it in the laundry just like your clothes. Not something you can do with a down duvet comforter.
Need I say more about wool! I know you are already an expert after so much reading. Right? (Wink, wink!)
Why do some people prefer down?
Down is primarily found in the breast areas of a bird and is more difficult to separate, which is also one of the main reasons for it being more expensive than its other counterparts.
Down is often preferred because of its insulation properties; since it has an unstructured nature cluster, it helps trap air and provides us with more warmth.
If you are looking for a super warm and ultra-light material, then down is your go-to option! It provides more insulation than any other fill out there. Down is also a great option for compact or small sizes places such as apartments or condos as it is easily compressible; which makes it easy to store.
Another great reason to buy down fill products is that they are durable and long-lasting. if taken care of properly. Natural down does not degrade as fast as synthetic materials which makes it a great money saver for the long term!
So, what should I pick?
Ultimately the decision is up to you. When shopping for duvets, keep in mind your needs. It’s best to always make a checklist and ask yourself some questions. In this case, Are you a hot sleeper or like to sleep light? Then go for down-filled products. Do you want something that is easily washable? If yes, then the best bet is to buy a washable wool duvet comforter.