With Down, synthetic fibers or cotton? Which duvet is right for you

We use them every day and have no idea what it is: The right duvet for a restful night’s sleep is essential. FOCUS Online shows what is the difference between materials and which is suitable for whom is the best.

Who needs a new duvet, can be found online or in the shop in front of a jungle of different fillings, materials and heat levels. The selection is huge – the uncertainty as well: of What blanket is right for me? An Overview of the most common types of fillings and their advantages and disadvantages:

Most of buy synthetic blankets – but not for any the best choice

Cover, whose interior is made of synthetic, in terms of sales figures clearly in front: Every second last year produced a duvet filled with synthetic fibers. Their big advantage: they are easy to clean. While down comforters tend to clump together when wet, synthetic blankets are Readily at home in the washing machine and then air-dried washed. Thus, they are suitable for people with allergies that react to house dust mites, particularly well.

To freeze who tends, however, at night, for a synthetic fiber blanket is not necessarily recommended, such as the Stiftung Warentest declared. With synthetic fiber filled Cover only moisture is not transported, such as welding bad, but let more heat escape than other materials.

Down is particularly warm and fluffy

Down-cut cover in this respect much better: “you thought the Sleeping usually warmer than synthetic fibers, and at the same time dry because they take in moisture the better,” was the conclusion of experts after your last investigation, you cover a variety of bed and under the magnifying glass taken. Every person sweats at night, and loses up to one Liter of liquid. “The Plumage of a goose or duck absorbs up to 15 times as much moisture as Polyester and up to 3 times as much as a polyamide”, explain to the Tester.

In addition, filled to the Ceilings with Down particularly easily, what many people perceive as pleasant. Responsible for the good characteristics of the climate, which is about two million fluffy Knots of the springs, which interlock with one another and, therefore, the body heat include particularly well. So that the moisture does not accumulate in the ceiling, the experts advise that the duvet in the morning to ventilate and shake.

However, the duvet is not in all respects the solution par excellence: he Who has not a large washing machine and a dryer at home, you must bring the feather bed to Wash every Time in the professional cleaning. Because the cleaning of the home, a duvet is sometimes difficult: The washing test of the Stiftung Warentest about projection, only every second copy, without prejudice. The other half of the Down gathered into clumps during the wash, which were then distributed only unevenly in the reference. “The result is that the empty cartridges heat escapes – the ceiling, lose their quality. The only way out: the dealer is expensive fill up“, explain to the consumer experts.

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Natural fibers such as cashmere and camel hair are particularly suitable for all who sweat a lot

Better moisture and remove Cover made of cashmere or camel hair can absorb, however. They are suitable according to the testers, therefore, especially for people who sweat a lot. However, they are in the same thermal performance compared to a down Comforter is heavier and not as fluffy.

Similarly, in relation to the temperature regulation in case of heavy sweating, but not as warm as cashmere and camel hair, cotton and silk. Bed blankets made of these materials were, therefore, particularly well suited for the summer months, when it is in the bedroom already relatively warm.

To recommend less Cover with Kapok, according to Stiftung Warentest. This so-called plant down comes from the fluffy hollow fibre in the pods of the Kapok or cotton tree, and offered the ceiling of many manufacturers, also as a lighter summer. “However, it is not particularly stable and duvets to recommend only to a limited extent.”


Down comforters had in the Test in comparison to synthetic fibers, the better sleep properties. For Allergy sufferers the synthetic fibers are suitable, however, particularly good because they are washing easier home. Who sweats a lot, picks the best to natural fibers like cashmere or camel hair.