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Tog, Fill Type, Power and Weight Explained - Blanket and Duvet Guide

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There’s no denying the comfort of snuggling into a blanket after a long day. However, buying a duvet in Singapore can sound like an arduous and futile task. Aside from how fluffy and weighted blankets in SG seem to be useless in light of the city’s sweltering heat, the many options and attributes to choosing the best blanket can easily overwhelm the average shopper. 

We break things down for you through this primer on the top types and features to watch out for among blankets in Singapore - from comforter blankets to duvets and quilts.

What is a Quilt

A quilt is a thick blanket that consists of three layers. The top layer is usually made out of pieces of fabrics sewn together to become one sheet. The middle layer is the filling material which gives quilts its fluff and warmth. This is then closed in by the bottom layer in a material similar to the top. 

These three layers are quilted together to become one in intricate patterns that keep the padding intact while giving the quilt its unique character. Common materials include cotton blanket or fleece blanket layers quilted together.

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In the olden days, quilts were made with much significance to their owner - usually given as a gift for significant events such as in marriage or when having children. Today, quilts are easily accessible and have appropriate variants for any season.

What is a Comforter

Similar to a quilt, comforters consist of top and bottom fabrics which house synthetic filing materials such as polyester or cotton. This is then sewn together in wide square patterns. As such, comforters are much fluffier and heavier - think of the blankets we see in hotel beds. 

A comforter blanket is a great way to combine both style and function. Because of its sheer size, comforters are rarely folded and stored, doubling as your bed topper instead - perfect for those who have no time to make their beds. 

What is a Duvet

A duvet is a two-piece blanket composed of the duvet filling and a removable duvet cover. A cotton duvet is most common, but for those looking for a hypoallergenic, breathable, and sustainably-made option, you might want to check out our lyocell duvets.


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In some ways, a duvet is like a mix between a quilt and comforter, but pitting these against each other yields some differences: 

Duvet vs Comforter: Both are thick and fluffy blankets, but duvets opted out of the grid-like quilting of comforters, resulting in a more rugged look. Moreover, duvets keep inside and outside pieces separate. Changeable duvet covers provide ease of washing and flexibility in bed designs to match your changing taste.

Duvet vs. Quilt: Significantly thinner than a duvet, a quilt may be good for warmer climates. However, it may come off a bit dated for those looking for a modern bed blanket. Its quilting design makes for a more secure distribution of filling across the blanket for less fuss, but as a one-piece blanket, it may be more challenging to launder regularly. 

There are more differences between a duvet, comforter and a quilt, to take into consideration. We have written an article that extensively discusses the difference between a duvet, quilt and comforter.

Weighted Blanket

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Also known as a gravity weighted blanket, this blanket is body weighted between 5 and 30 pounds. The extra blanket weight aids greatly in executing deep touch pressure, a successful technique to calm those with sensory processing disorders or autism spectrum disorders. The gentle pressure of a gravity blanket acts like a hug, releasing feel-good chemicals in the brain to relax those feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated. 

The benefits of a weighted blanket move beyond those with neurodivergent conditions. Those with anxiety disorders also report improved sleep quality and alleviation of chronic pain with a weighted blanket. Owning a gravity blanket in Singapore is key to soothe busy professionals or anxious children as they go through everyday struggles. Hence, proving that owning your own weighted blanket can be extremely beneficial.

Parts of a Blanket

Once you’ve narrowed down to which type of blanket you prefer, you’ll also have to navigate through some of the terms that will help you determine the specifications truly suited for your needs.

What is a tog

Tog measures how well a duvet can insulate heat. This is determined not by the thickness of the blanket, but the material used. Whether through synthetic or natural filling, the ability to trap air varies across all types of filling options.

Tog ranges from 1 to 15, with 1 being the coolest and 15 the warmest. The right tog varies per season - 2.5-4.5 for warmer months and 10.5-13.5 for colder months. There are also all-season duvets which combine two duvets of differing togs for increased flexibility. Ultimately, the best tog rating is determined by your personal preference, room temperature, climate, and other factors. 

What is a fill type

Fill type refers to the type of filling placed inside your duvet. These are usually divided into two categories - natural filling and synthetic filling.


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Natural fillings feature super soft, warm and breathable materials such as down and feather. These also feature high thermal insulation, taking less material to achieve the desired warmth in order to create a lighter blanket. On the other hand, synthetic fillings such as microfibers or glass beads are hypoallergenic, lessening the incidence of itching or allergies caused by irritants.

What is a fill power

Also known as loft, fill power is an indication of how much space is taken by the filling in a duvet - in short, how fluffy it is. Fill power ranges from 450 to 900 cubic inches (CUIN), with good duvets ranking in at least 600 CUIN. Fill type helps determine fill power, as the blend and quantity of filling materials is what causes the fluff we see in duvets. 

Fill power also sheds light on other duvet specifications. Duvets with higher fill power will weigh less, get back into shape quicker, making it last longer for everyday use. Especially for duvets with natural fillings, fill power can also be a good indicator of tog - the higher the fill power, the more effectively a duvet can keep you warm. 

What is a fill weight

Fill weight determines how heavy a duvet is, often denoted in grams per square meter (gsm). It is important to note that a heavy duvet doesn’t equate to a warm duvet - with poor materials or blending, it is possible for a duvet to have high density and provide poor insulation. However, comparing across similar blends of filling materials, fill weight can help you determine which blanket will warm better. 

Instead of using fill weight as an indicator of warmth, use this metric as a barometer of convenience. At what weight would a duvet’s warmth outweigh the extra effort of carrying it to and from the bed or the laundry? Warmer climates can do with 200gsm, while cooler climates can go as heavy as 500gsm.

Conclusion

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There are many types of high quality blankets fit for Singapore sleepers - from quilts, comforters, duvets to weighted blankets. Moreover, not all blankets are created equal, so it pays to be aware of key specifications before investing in one. With these tips at your disposal, you can find your perfect blanket with confidence.

DISCOVER WEAVVE’S WEIGHTED BLANKET

Weavve’s Weighted Blanket is designed with smaller compartments for even weight distribution, helping you to relax by stimulating the feeling of being held or hugged. 

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The deep touch pressure offered by the weighted blanket is supposed to make you feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. Hypoallergenic and non-toxic with a breathable fabric that is machine and dryer safe. Here at Weavve, The Ultimate Guide to Weighted Blankets also provides you with the benefits and why you should be trying one!

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Our  TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet is the first of its kind in Singapore featuring 100% pure TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers in both its exterior fabric and inner filling, providing you with great thermal regulation properties for maximum comfort and rest.

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We designed this product to help everyone sleep better through the night, for both the unpredictable hot and cold weather. We hope that with this new innovative product, every Singaporean can ‘feel 100% all the time’. For cooler and fresher sleep, you may head on over to find out how Weavve’s 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet is designed. 

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