Selecting the ideal doona or quilt for your bed is more than just about aesthetics; it’s about ensuring a good night’s sleep. Given Australia’s diverse climates, from chilly winters to hot summers, the right quilt filling becomes even more crucial.
From goose down quilts to microfibre quilts, to the cosiness of Australian wool, finding the perfect quilt can feel like a journey.
Whether you’re gearing up for winter or just want something breathable for summer, we hope this guide gives you a nudge in the right direction.
Quilts Vs Doonas Vs Duvet Covers
Just to clear things up – doonas, quilts, duvets, and comforters are literally the same thing – these are just different terms used in different parts of the world.
Australians call them doonas, the Brits call them duvet, and Americans fancy calling them comforters – any of those terms are acceptable in Australia.
Down, Feather, and Goose Down Quilts
If there’s one word that encapsulates down and goose down quilts, it’s “luxury.” Both down and feather quilts are derived from waterfowl – think ducks and geese. But here’s where they differ:
- Down is the soft, fluffy undercoat that provides insulation to these birds. It’s like nature’s version of a high-quality insulator, trapping pockets of air to keep the cold at bay. It’s lightweight yet incredibly effective at retaining warmth.
- Feathers, on the other hand, are a bit more structured and provide a tad more firmness. They’re often used in combination with down to offer a balanced feel.
- Goose Down is often regarded as the crème de la crème of down. Why? Well, geese have larger down clusters than ducks. This means goose down quilts often provide even more insulation and a plusher fee.
Wool and Australian Wool Quilts
When we say ‘Australian wool’, we’re talking premium, top-tier stuff. Wool quilts, especially our homegrown variety, have this knack for temperature regulation, making them ace for winter chills and summer breezes alike. Plus, thanks to wool’s wicking and hypoallergenic traits, even if you’re a tad sensitive to allergens, you’re in good hands.
Microfibre, Cotton, and Synthetic Quilts
If you’re leaning towards the eco-friendly side, microfibre quilts, cotton quilts, and other synthetic material quilts might just tickle your fancy. They’ve got a different feel compared to the natural gang (down and wool), but hey, they’re super practical. A bonus? Many of these types of quilts are machine washable. No dry cleaning dramas here.
Bamboo, Silk, and Specialty Quilts
For those with a soft spot for natural materials, bamboo and silk quilts are game-changers. They’re not just about the luxury feel; they’ve got antibacterial properties and excel in temperature regulation. Especially bamboo – it’s a champ for those warmer climates and is as eco-friendly as they come.
Looking for the Best Doona Filling?
Check out the Ecosa Silk Quilt!
It comes in two GSM (grams per square metre) varieties: a breezy 300 GSM for those warm summer evenings and a snug 550 GSM for those crisp autumn and spring nights.
The idea of a one-size-fits-all type of quilt for the entire year feels outdated, doesn’t it? After all, our year is split into four distinct seasons, and our bedding should reflect that.
With the Ecosa Quilt, you have the flexibility to buy them separately or grab a bundled set – ensuring you’re covered, no matter the season. With sizes from single all the way up to super king, there’s a quilt for everyone.
Best Doona Filling FAQs
What is the best filling for warmth in doona?
For the warmest embrace, particularly for cold sleepers, feather quilts, especially those with a high-quality filling, are often top-tier. They provide superior insulation, making them a go-to for winter quilt needs. Checking the warmth rating or tog can give you a clearer idea of how toasty it’ll be.
What is the best quilt filling for hot sleepers?
Hot sleepers would benefit most from natural fibre quilts like bamboo quilts. Bamboo is renowned for its temperature-regulating properties, balancing out body temperature effectively. It’s like a summer quilt designed to keep you cool, plus it’s gentle on the skin and great for allergy sufferers wary of dust mites.
What is the best doona made of?
The “best” doona largely depends on individual preferences and needs. If you’re aiming for a blend of luxury and warmth, feather quilts with a high-quality filling are excellent. For those leaning towards eco-friendliness and temperature regulation, bamboo quilts or other natural fibre options are fantastic. Always check care instructions to ensure longevity.
What does 500 GSM mean for quilts?
500 GSM (grams per square metre) refers to the density of the quilt filling. In a buying guide context, a higher GSM typically means the quilt is denser and usually warmer. A 500 GSM quilt, for example, offers a warmth suitable for cooler climates or those who prefer a toasty bed. When considering quilt sizes or looking for a new quilt, checking the GSM can be crucial in determining its warmth.