Getting a good night's sleep is an absolute must if you want to feel ready to go for the next day. The temperature is one of the most important things that can affect how well you sleep. You might stay awake all night if you are too hot or too cold. Changing the settings on your central heating is one way to deal with this, but a less complicated way is to change your duvet depending on the season. Every duvet has a tog rating.
What is a tog rating?
A "tog" is the name used by the industry to measure how warm a duvet is. The tog rating or tog esteem tells you how warm the duvet or quilt is, but it doesn't tell you how big, light, or thick the duvet or quilt is. Lightweight duvets and comforters can keep you warm, while heavier ones are better when the weather is cool. This is because some duvet and pillow fillings are better protectors than others.
Some common misconceptions are that a duvet's tog rating indicates its quality or weight. This is not what is going on. Duvets work by using the body's heat. The "Warm resistance" of something is indicated by its "Tog" rating, primarily used in the UK to indicate how warm a duvet is. The higher the tog, the warmer the duvet will be. In any case, you should only use tog ratings as a rough guide for how warm you'll be. This is because you learn how to evaluate tog on a level surface during an exam. When a duvet is draped over you in bed, the surface isn't flat, and the way the duvet wraps around you is simple. Old duvets have a low tog rating and are made of cheap materials that won't keep the heat in and will leave you feeling very cool in bed.
Which duvet fillings?
For many, the choice between natural and synthetic duvets comes from personal preference and budget. Still, if you or someone in your family has bad effects from hypersensitivity, it's smart to stay away from natural filings that can worsen things. Engineered duvets can pass all tog tests and aren't likely to cause allergies so the whole family can use them.
People usually think of down or feather duvets as a more luxurious way to sleep, but they can keep you warmer because the feathers are good at trapping air. Quill or down duvets do this with less bulk than their synthetic counterparts, but synthetic duvets with the same tog rating tend to feel lighter.
In nature, a large cluster of feathers comes from the goose's chest. Down has many names, such as Hungarian, Siberian, or Canadian, while plumes are heavier and much bigger than down. The weight and warmth are just right when you mix down and quills. Down duvets are great because they keep you warmer than other kinds.
Made duvets are more comfortable, lighter, and an excellent substitute for regular ones. Microfiber is a finer fiber with the same properties as natural down but is warmer and lighter.
Togs are measured in terms of how well they keep you warm.
Duvets have a "tog" rating that tells you how warm they are, and thicker doesn't always mean warmer. The tog rating shows how well a material keeps you warm. It is based on a scale from 1.5 and 3 togs—cool and lightweight—to 15 comfortable togs.
The tog rating tells you how well the duvet filling can trap air and keep you warmer. Regularly filled duvets can do this with less material than man-made fiber duvets. This means that duvets with a trademark filling can feel lighter than they are. This is how the original investment is paid back.
Duvet fillings come in different weights and levels of warmth, from 1 tog duvets that are so light you can carry them up a mountain to 15 tog duvets that will keep you very warm in the winter. We also have all-season duvets with a low and a medium tog that can be used together as a thick high tog duvet on extremely cold nights or separately for added comfort on warmer nights.
Different companies make duvets with different tog ratings, but generally, these duvets are available from summer to winter.
The number 1 is the lightest, followed by 2, 3, 4, 6.5, 7, 9, 10.5, 13,5, and 15.
You can beat Kensingtons duvets with any tog, for any season, or with what you like best.
Why is TOG important?
As you can see, a tog rating is a much more straightforward way to say how warm your new duvet will keep you. It's very important to check the tog of a new duvet because weight doesn't always mean warmth, contrary to what you might think.
If you like to hike and camp, you probably already know from shopping for a sleeping bag how important it can be to find a balance between light and warm. This same weight-versus-warmth magic is often used to make modern duvets, especially ones filled with synthetic fibers like polyester. When looking for a new quilt, keep this in mind. A heavier duvet may feel cozier and more comforting, but it may not give you the warmth you want. On the other hand, the tog rating of a duvet will tell you exactly how warm it will keep you.
Weight does not mean warmth.
Before buying a duvet, do some research because you want one that is warm enough for you and made well enough to last for many years. Regarding clothes, it comes down to what you like and how warm you want to be.
Most of the time, a duvet made of 100% down will be much lighter than one made of feathers or synthetic materials. This is because down is warmer than feathers or synthetic materials, so less filling is needed to get a high tog rating. This makes the duvet feel lighter on the body, but it still keeps you warm and doesn't leave any cold spots.
Your budget is a big factor here since natural fillings are more expensive than synthetic ones.