It's undeniable that snuggling under a doona on a cold evening gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling - it’s something we do that helps us get a good night's sleep.
But not all doonas are made equal! Some doonas are made of natural fibres like wool, down and silk, and some are made of synthetic materials such as polyester.
The choice for the best one is obvious, sticking to natural materials is the best way to go, and we're going to explain why in this article.
What's the difference between quilts, doonas, and 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.
What are doonas made of?
There are different materials used for filling up doonas, each of them has its own differences in terms of warmth and comfort - let's take a look at the common materials used as doona fillings:
Wool is an easily accessible material, which makes it a popular choice as fillings for doonas.
Apart from accessibility, Australian wool usually has better warmth ratings than other materials, making it great for colder seasons.
Likewise, the natural fibres in wool effectively absorb moisture - this makes it great at wicking away sweat while you're asleep.
Characteristically, wool is a heavy material, which can be fantastic if you prefer a little weight on your doona. Still, it's usually flat, so you don't get the fluffiness that you expect from a doona.
Goose and duck down
What's great about goose down and feather quilts is their fluffiness; down and feathers are very soft materials with high warmth ratings.
Because of the natural warmth of down, it's very effective in raising body temperature without the doona being too heavy.
Goose down quilts are also very popular because of its fluffiness, the only problem is that it isn't as hypoallergenic and not as breathable versus other materials.
Allergy sufferers and those who are asthmatic should consider other materials for their doonas to avoid sleep disturbance.
You might also find yourself pulling feathers out of your doona every now and again - the ends can stick out, leading to irritation of the skin and the annoyance of pulling out feathers.
Microfibre is one of the most common synthetic fillings used in doonas - it's also relatively cheaper than natural fibres.
Going for synthetic fillings is usually preferred by people who prefer to have less maintenance for their doonas since microfibre is easily machine washable.
Another advantage of microfibre quilts is that it's hypoallergenic, making it great for people with sensitive skin.
Likewise, microfibre has finer strands that don't affect your breathing as you sleep - something that asthma sufferers can definitely appreciate.
On the other hand, the downside of microfibre is that its durability isn't as good as natural fibre options; it also doesn't have the antibacterial properties that you can find in some natural fibres.
Cotton quilts are also quite popular for their hypoallergenic properties; cotton can rarely have an effect on the skin - making it a very safe choice for use as doona filler.
Because of its hypoallergenic properties, cotton covers are also very popular as an outer material for doonas.
One downside of cotton is that it doesn't offer as much warmth compared to other materials, which cold sleepers should consider when purchasing a doona.
Silk - the best of the bunch
Yes, you read that right - silk isn't just limited to bed linens and pillowcases; they're also a great choice as doona fillers.
What's great about silk duvets is that it offers enough warmth while being breathable at the same time - so you could say goodbye to waking up sweaty.
Since silk is a very light material, it can gently contour to your body, regardless of your sleep position - it's fluffy, but silk isn't bulky compared to other natural fibres.
Apart from the comfort that silk quilts offer for both cold and hot sleepers, it's also a hypoallergenic material with natural antibacterial properties - making it the best choice for your doona!
Isn't silk expensive?
Compared to other materials used for duvets, silk is priced relatively higher than other natural and synthetic options.
But, the cost of using good quality silk makes up for it in the long run.
Silk is a very durable material that doesn't require as much cleaning and maintenance - over years of usage, your silk quilt will eventually cover your expense.
The Ecosa Silk Quilt
When looking for the best filling for your doona, you should check out the Ecosa Silk Quilt!
The quilt comes in two GSM (grams per square metre) options: 300 GSM for summer nights and 550 GSM for cool autumn/spring nights.
You can also combine the 300 and 550 GSM silk quilts for the coldest winter nights and for the ultimate snuggle.
Using the one quilt all year round is such a dated concept, we experience 4 seasons in a year so we should have quilts to adapt! With the Ecosa Quilt you can purchase them individually or in a bundle, meaning you’ve got a quilt for every season under the sun.