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Down Vs Down Alternative Duvet Inserts: The Difference

It’s a no-brainer that a good night’s sleep is vital for optimal health. The fact that people on average sleep for approximately one-third of their life already makes it a big part of everyone’s existence.

With that said, improving your sleep quality is no less than essential. One way to do this is to make your bed the most comfortable place in your home with quality bedding, such as a comforter blanket, quilt, or duvet.

Kids giggling in bed with white down duvet
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Just like in choosing the right bed sheets, buying the best duvet can be daunting given the plethora of options - from the more common down material to other natural and synthetic-filled duvets. In this article, we’ll compare down vs. down alternative pros and cons to guide you in picking the best option for you. 

What Is A Duvet?

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A duvet, derived from the French word that means “down, is a type of top layer of bedding that originated in Europe. While it can serve as a bed decoration, it is mostly used for heat and insulation during sleep.

This type of blanket is made using baffle box stitch or construction. It involves inserting thin strips of fabric and sewing them in pockets or stitched squares, usually called “baffle boxes”, to keep the filling in place. 

What Are Duvet Inserts?

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Another term for duvets, duvet inserts are an optional bedding layer commonly paired with a duvet cover in Singapore. The filled blanket that tucks within the cover is referred to as the "insert" whereas the fabric that encases it is the cover.

Well-designed inserts usually have loops that attach to their corner ties to steer clear of slipping. They come in various warmth levels to suit different sleeping preferences. Also, their filling determines whether they are a down or a down alternative.

Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet with Corner Loop Ties
Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet with Corner Loop Ties

What Are Down Duvet Inserts?

Traditionally, down is used to fill duvets. It is a filling gathered from underneath the outer covering of feathers of geese, ducks, and swans.

Strands of a light feather for duvet inserts
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Pros

Cons

  • Fluffy
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Traps heat effectively
  • Generally more expensive
  • Can irritate those with allergies (though when comparing down vs. feather duvet, the latter is more irritating)

Are Down Duvets Worth It?

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Down is often the go-to option when it comes to fillings. However, it does not always guarantee the best and most gentle material. Try expanding your options to alternative duvets and you’ll likely find the one that fits your preferences and budget. 

Discovering Down Alternative Bedding

Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet
Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

A down alternative insert is an innovative material usually made from either another form of natural or semisynthetic filling like TENCEL™. Others may be filled with synthetic stuffing, such as polyester microfibre fill. It is also used in stuffed animals and pillows. Moreover, it comes in different shapes and sizes to simulate the feeling of an authentic down duvet.

4 Best Down Alternative Duvet Inserts

If you decide that down is not for you, go for down alternatives. They are commonly made using these materials:

Wool

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This material is made from the hair of different types of animals. The fur is spun or made into yarn, then woven into an insert.

Pros

Cons

  • Moisture-absorbent
  • Breathable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Flame-resistant
  • Expensive
  • Harder to care for
  • May not appeal to those who don’t want animal-based products

Bamboo

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This material is made of bamboo fibres. Since these fibres run end-to-end, they can last for many years.

Pros

Cons

  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-absorbent
  • Expensive
  • Not wrinkle-resistant

Silk

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Silk is a protein fibre harvested from silkworms. It is ideal for hot sleepers who enjoy sleeping with a blanket that naturally drapes around their body while they sleep.

Pros

Cons

  • Offers a luxurious feel
  • Breathable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Expensive
  • Hard to maintain

TENCEL™ Lyocell

TENCEL Lyocell fibers
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TENCEL™ is one of the best duvet alternative materials. In particular, TENCEL™ Lyocell duvet quickly absorbs moisture and regulates temperature, offering a more comfortable deep sleep. It also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties that suit those with allergies. 

This type of material offers similar comfort as down and even surpasses down when it comes to breathability. Thus, you can count on sleeping more peacefully without night sweats.

Pros

Cons

  • Breathable
  • Moisture-absorbent
  • Soft
  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • More expensive
  • Cannot withstand high temperatures

Down Vs Down Alternative Duvet Insert: A Comparison

Duvet stuffing
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Choosing between down and down alternatives can be confusing. Generally, the right option depends on your sleeping needs and preferences. Make sure to consider these factors before buying:

Comfort

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The comfort of the duvet depends on the fill power, which measures the number of cubic inches an ounce of down or down alternative takes up. It affects the breathability, insulating ability, fluffiness, and loft. The higher the fill power, the lighter and warmer the blanket is.

  • Down
  • Compared to down alternatives, down is fluffier and more insulating. A 500-750 fill power is ideal for most sleepers in terms of fluff and insulation. Plus, it is extremely light and breathable while offering adequate warmth.

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  • Down Alternative
  • Synthetic options have a unique composition, so their fill power can be challenging to determine. They need much more filling to reach the same insulation level as down. Because of this, they tend to be heavier. They might also trap body heat since they don’t regulate temperature well.

    If you want a lightweight and breathable material, you won’t go wrong with natural fibres like TENCEL™ Lyocell or bamboo. They are naturally moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating, making them perfect for all seasons.

    Girl sleeping on bed with TENCEL Lyocell duvet
    Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

    Cost

    The cost depends on the production process, particularly how the materials are sourced.

  • Down

  • Down is sourced from wildfowl. Since animal feathers are a limited resource that requires more time and labour to acquire, expect them to be more expensive.

    Folded Singapore duvet
    Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

  • Down Alternative
  • An alternative to down is usually budget-friendly unless it is made of higher-quality natural fibres such as 100% TENCEL™️. Synthetic ones are cheaper to produce, making them a more affordable option. 

    Maintenance

    Cleaning a duvet is simple. However, traditional down duvets usually require more work. On the other hand, down alternatives are easier to maintain.

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  • Down
  • Washing a down comforter or quilt in Singapore can be more complicated, since it usually cannot be cleaned in a washing machine. Instead, it has to be dry-cleaned every 2–3 years. To minimise the need for washing and help it last longer, use a cover with your comforter.

    On the other hand, some down items may be machine-washable. Utilise dryer balls if you decide to tumble-dry your blanket.

    Wool Dryer Ball
    Featuring Weavve’s Wool Dryer Ball

  • Down Alternative
  • This type of blanket is ideal for those who prefer a low-maintenance option. It is washer and dryer-safe. When washing with a machine, use cool water and mild laundry detergent

    Laundry basket with Mundo Eco Laundry Detergent Sheets
    Featuring Mundo Eco Laundry Detergent Sheets

    Durability

    If you prioritise investing in bedding that can last for years, choose between down and down alternative wisely.

  • Down
  • Down is more durable than its synthetic counterparts. The material can last 10-15 years, depending on upkeep. 

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  • Down Alternative
  • Down alternatives made of synthetic materials break down quickly. They tend to lose their shape sooner due to the composition of the fibre. Also, they are more prone to wear and tear since they are easier to wash at home. In short, although they are cheaper, they will need to be replaced more frequently.

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    However, if you want a long-lasting material akin to down, comforters made of strong TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres make an excellent choice. They are incredibly durable and have a longer lifespan as well.

    Down Or Down Alternative: The Verdict

    Now that you know more about the differences between down and down alternative inserts, you probably have a better idea of which one to buy. One thing to keep in mind is choosing a duvet in Singapore points down to personal needs and preferences.

    Girl stretching arms while lying on a TENCEL duvet on a beach
    Featuring Weavve’s Singapore Duvet Made of TENCEL™ Lyocell

    Who Should Choose A Down-Filled Duvet?

    • Sleepers who prefer a fluffier, more pillow-like feel
    • Sleepers who want to invest in a long-lasting sleeping material

    Who Should Choose A Down Alternative?

    • Sleepers who suffer from allergies
    • People who prefer a less expensive option (especially for synthetic fillings)
    • People who want a machine-washable comforter
    • People who stay away from buying animal-based products

     

    Looking for a down alternative to keep you cool and comfy all night? Explore Weavve Home's duvet in Singapore!

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