The 8 best blankets for winter in the UK

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The best blankets for winter and how to choose from down, synthetics or wool

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Super cozy bedding is essential to make ours beds as comfortable as possible while we sleep and wait for better weather.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the best down comforters, all designed to keep us as warm as possible while sleeping, reading or watching TV in bed.

How often should you change a down comforter

The joy of sleepadvises replacing your blanket every five years – unless you have a cheap blanket, in which case you’ll likely need to replace it after two years.

By contrast, expensive duvets – the kind found in fancy hotels – usually last ten years.

What is a rating?

The tog rating describes the blanket’s warmth or heat resistance. The higher the rating, the warmer the blanket.

If you are a more careful sleeper, you can use a duvet with a high draw in winter and a blanket with a lower tog rating in the summer. The ‘tog’ scale ranges from one to 18 (the warmest down comforter available in the UK).

Which rating is best for winter?

In the winter, you can invest in a blanket with a 10+ rating.

Luxury hotels tend to have feather/down duvets that exceed that lovely, warm and cozy feeling by about 10.5 snug.

A quick overview of the best winter blankets:

What are the fillings for blankets?

Down comforters come in four main forms of filling: feather/down, wool, silk comforters, and synthetic comforters. Each type is available in a variety of sizes to fit standard bed frames – that is, from singles to super-kings.

Different materials suit different lifestyles – some are better for allergy sufferers and others are great if you want to stay cozy.

These ubiquitous blankets are known for their warmth and luxury. If your blanket has a high proportion of down and feathers, it will be lightweight. Reverse – more feather to down, denser. Down blankets are great at keeping you warm – great for those with a cold, but can cause you to overheat (especially a problem if you have night sweats).

These dense, thick hypoallergenic ones are great for allergy sufferers. They also retain air well, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Also, since it is a natural material, they are sustainable and recyclable.

One of the most luxurious (and sensual) materials out there, it’s an indulgent choice, but it’s also breathable, hypoallergenic and durable.

Synthetic down comforters (such as hollow or microfiber)

They mimic the qualities of feather/down blankets, but cost less. Easy to wash in the washing machine, they are breathable and hypoallergenic.

What kind of blankets are used in luxury hotels?

Luxury hotels tend to have feather/down duvets that give off that lovely, warm and cozy feeling, costing around 10.5 tugos. The 8 best blankets for winter in the UK

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