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Best Eiderdown Quilt 2019 • 0 Eiderdown Quilts Reviews

What is a duvet?

Down duvets belong to the bedding category. To allow manufacturers to label their duvets as down quilts, the filling must contain at least 60 percent down. The commercial down quilts contain a mixture of 90 percent down and 10 percent feathers as tests have shown.

There are different parts of down:

  • pure down – 100 %
  • slightly feathery down – 90 % down, 10 % feathers
  • feathery down – 60 % down, 40 % feathers
  • three-quarter down – 30 % down, 70 % feathers
  • Half down – 15% down, 85% feathers
  • springs – 100 % springs

Various external down quilt tests include a suitability test, a control, inspection and test of quality, heat level and an investigation of the filling of the quilts regarding feathers and goose down. The criteria for testing these external tests and studies will be presented to you below.

How does a duvet work?

down duvet not equal to down duvet. The quilts are compared in a down quilt test in their fillings with down, feathers and mixed forms. Down is the highest quality material available in this area. The higher the proportion of down filling in the duvet, the higher the purchase price, as various tests have shown. However, for this price the user gets an incomparable thermal performance. Make your own test, compare tests, studies, test tables and the evaluations of Stiftung Warentest and carry out your personal test, suitability test and inspection of these blankets. After juxtaposing the results of your own samples, surveys, tests and analyses in a down quilt test, you can soon name your own test winner.

Most customers opt for a mixture of down and feathers. Down quilts from the favourable price segment contain on average 90 percent down and 10 percent feathers. Down duvets are not only suitable for the cold winter months, but also serve well as light summer duvets.

According to his individual needs the customer can choose between a normal warm, a medium warm or an extra warm duvet. The weight of the down duvets varies depending on the choice, as various tests have shown. A light summer blanket often does not weigh more than 200 grams, while warm winter blankets can weigh between 1,000 and 1,200 grams.

After comparing the tests, investigations, comparisons and evaluations, we recommend winter beds with cassette quilting, as the down filling is ideally distributed but cannot slip. In order to weigh up which duvet has the best match and similarity with your own ideas, it is advisable to consider tests of the products with their test tables and carry out your own test and then test and compare which duvet is best suited for you.

Advantages & Disadvantages of various down duvets Tests


  • low weight
  • high quality
  • easy to clean
  • breathable
  • High sleeping comfort
  • good insulation and thermal performance


    • initially stronger inherent odour
    • not suitable for allergy sufferers in certain circumstances
    • Products often come from live plucking
    • no uniform labelling with regard to animal welfare and sustainability

no uniform labelling with regard to animal welfare and sustainability

What types of down duvets are there?

The type determination depends essentially on the quilting. As various external tests have shown, it serves to prevent the down filling from slipping and to fix it in place. It also has an effect on thermal insulation. In summer beds, individual fabric dots are woven together to create a point cooling system. The thick winter beds are fitted with bars. These are fabric strips sewn between the upper and lower fabric panels. The appearance also determines the character of the quilting. In comparison, duvets declared as duvets have no quilting. Try out the different types of down duvets yourself and choose the duvet that most closely resembles your wishes.


This type of ceiling is also called Balloon ceiling. The down filling is in an undivided ticking. There are no so-called cassettes or chambers. Although the classic duvet has become less and less important in view of the modern flat beds, it is still available. Originally very small duvets measuring 130 x 130 cm were called “plumeau”. However, this term is also used for duvets without quilting (balloon bed).

Double quilt bed

Interrupted, narrow web tapes are sewn into the duvet alternately lengthwise and crosswise to prevent the down filling from slipping. The movement of the filling is restricted. The down filling can be distributed as desired by spreading. The webs do not form closed chambers, therefore each chamber does not have to be filled individually.

Reduck blanket

The textile ticking, the outer shell, is divided into numerous small checks. The top and bottom fabrics are sewn together directly without the use of webs and thus reliably prevent the down filling from migrating.

Cassette ceiling

The cassette ceiling is also known as the web ceiling, as the lower and upper fabric panels are offset in the square seams with continuous web tapes. This quilting gives the duvet the desired height due to the stitched areas and thus prevents unwanted cold bridges.

The ceiling is divided into individual chambers, each of which is filled individually. Most duvets have 3 x 4 or 4 x 6 chambers. Depending on the heat requirement and quality, the bars are between two and 15 cm high in order to achieve the desired heat insulation. For example, this is comparatively low for a summer blanket and high for a winter blanket.

Four Seasons Bed

Two retractable blankets with different filling quantities form the four-season bed. A lighter blanket is used in the summer and a warmer blanket for the transitional periods such as spring and autumn. For the winter these two single blankets are joined together by zipper or velcro to a warm blanket in the winter.

Criteria of the tests: Thus the external quilt test was carried out

  • down filling
  • Dimensions
  • Heat without weight
  • Contaminants
  • Washing and drying
  • upholstery material
  • Allergic

down filling

down is smaller, softer and fluffier than feathers, which are stiffer and smoother in consistency and can cause a soft crackling with every movement. Down duvets are available both in the classic balloon shape and as models with internal webs, i.e. as cassette duvets. The disadvantage of the balloon shape is that the down or feather filling can slip quickly and spread unevenly, as has been established in external tests.

This Blanket must be shaken up regularly. According to tests, the slippery filling can cause cold bridges, which is not possible with a cassette bed. Down quilts for the summer with point quilting are used specifically to use the resulting cold bridges for heat regulation and to create ideal cold effects.

Feathers and down have a naturally low dead weight, whereby down is comparatively bulkier and therefore warmer. Heat cushions are created by trapped air. A down duvet has a high volume with a low dead weight and an ideal thermal behaviour.

A Down quilt test 2019 has shown that down quilts with a filling of 90 percent down and 10 percent feathers am are warmest and softest . Duvets with a high proportion of feathers, on the other hand, are less supple, as tests have shown. In this context, we would like to point out that feathers are more suitable for pillows than down, which adapt more to body movements and support the head less, due to the greater support effect.

Down quilts also guarantee a comparatively good climate regulation, as various tests have shown. This is indispensable, because at night evaporation moisture is generated automatically, which has to evade somewhere. If the product is insufficiently breathable, this moisture would remain under the blanket and automatically make the user sweat after a while. down duvets provide a fast evacuation of the resulting evaporation humidity.

Most down duvets have an average service life of 10 to 15 years. Of course, the service life depends on the application and care. A duvet that is regularly inserted into durable duvet covers made of natural materials such as cotton has a longer life than duvets that are not properly cared for, used and stored.


Down quilts are the ideal moisture regulators, because a person loses about a quarter of a litre of sweat during sleep. The duvet absorbs human moisture and thus regulates the sleeping climate. In winter a quilt is cosy and warm and in summer pleasantly cool. It is important that the duvet is breathable to absorb about 80 percent of human moisture. Down insulates and encloses the air and thus provides the optimum warmth ratio. The higher the proportion of insulated air, the better the moisture regulation, as various tests have shown.

According to these test criteria the duvets are compared at review institutesThe user sleeps better and sweats less. The size of the duvet depends on the size of the mattress. The standard size for double down blankets in Germany is 200 x 200 cm. This measure is sufficient for people with a height of up to 1.80 metres. The oversize has a measure of 220 cm. The size of a standard single ceiling is 135 x 200 cm. Single ceilings are also available in the larger dimensions 155 x 220 cm. Baby blankets have a special size.

The standard sizes for down duvets have changed repeatedly in the last decades because people are getting bigger and bigger, but also because the demands on sleeping comfort are increasing. The oversizes have lost market importance in favour of the comfort size 155 x 220 cm. Comfort size eiderdowns have a larger volume that can only be washed in large washing machines. Therefore, the cleaning of these ceilings must be carried out by specialist companies. For all sizes mentioned above there is a suitable bed linen and bedding available.

Heat without weight

Sleeping under a quilt is a cuddly pleasure, but it is spoiled by the bad habit of some manufacturers to brighten up their products. However, we stress that these are exceptions and of course not all producers do so. Nevertheless, in our objective and manufacturer-independent comparison of tests, we do not wish to conceal pollutants contained in some products.

In itself a down is nothing, because it weighs just 0.0025 to 0.00045 grams and the lightest breath of wind blows it away. Together with many thousands of other down, however, it is developing into a product that has become an indispensable part of our everyday lives: the down duvet.

All the more important it is to test in tests like the down quilt test and to determine whether the consumers really have a unclouded sleep pleasure. down not only provides pleasant warmth, but also perfect moisture regulation. They adapt perfectly to the sleeping behaviour of the user and do not lose their positive properties even under stress such as crushing or cleaning. Down consists predominantly of the soft under-plumage of geese, particularly soft are these in the breast-area. The soft down provides the heat of the poultry, while the outer feathers provide protection from external influences such as cold, heat or wetness.

Transferred to the duvets, these two protagonists play an important role. The experts of the Association of the German Down and Feather Industry (VDFI) call this “heat without weight”. The higher the proportion of down in the filling, the lighter the duvet is. It doesn't matter whether the down and feathers are white or grey, because according to tests, the colour has no effect on the quality. However, since white feathers and down have a better visual effect than grey down, many manufacturers use these white and therefore more expensive products.


Various test institutes wanted to know in their experiments, trials, samples and tests whether pollutants had crept into the tested down quilts. The test institutes have purchased different products in different quality levels for their tests, test runs and their analyses and comparisons.

Your test result of the tests in the down duvet tests is predominantly positive with small minus points, an indication that the manufacturers are increasingly striving for a sustainable and correct production of their articles . The fact also seems to have arrived there that consumer protectors, test portals and consumers meanwhile look very closely and pay attention to fair trade, pollutant-free and sustainable products. It is pleasing to note that the suppliers of the tested down duvets actually adhere to the information on their labels .

This point applies both to the composition of the filling, i.e. the mixture ratio of down and feathers (90/10), and to the indication of the type of poultry. Where goose blanket stands on top, there is also goose blanket inside.

However, all the products tested in various external tests were not free of harmful substances, as tests revealed, among other things, the presence of organohalogen compounds and optical brighteners. These are controversial substances that can cause cancer and allergies and accumulate in the environment. Lightened duvets, however, are regularly covered with bed linen so that there is no direct contact with the skin.

The pollutants found by test institutes in the down quilt tests are present in small quantities, so that in the test the tested down quilts were only given a minus point and these substances were classified as environmentally harmful, but not harmful to health. Some down duvets have these substances only in the sewing thread, on the labels or in the edging tape, as found in tests.

Washing and drying

All products tested in various external tests are washable and suitable for dryers. A guidebook on the subject of Cleaning can be found under “Cleaning and care”.


Almost all tested down quilts from various tests and product tests are also suitable for allergy sufferers.

Uphering material

The Inlets consist of 100 percent cotton. This fabric is easy-care, skin-friendly and mite-proof, as tests have shown.

What do I have to look out for when buying a down duvet?

Down does not always come from sustainable livestock

Climabalance Comfort eiderdown light 135 x 200However, eiderdowns also show disadvantages, especially with theanimalists they repeatedly stand in the criticism. In most areas, consumers pay attention to sustainably manufactured products that do not harm people or animals. Also with the down blankets the knowledge prevailed that with many models the animals like geese and ducks must suffer massively, because they are plucked alive. In addition, they are kept under intolerable conditions due to economic interests.

Duck feathers come mainly from animals, which have already been slaughtered, but goose down and feathers unfortunately come mainly from live animals, which means that the geese are plucked alive, which clearly means cruelty to animals. Machines are used for this or they are plucked by hand. This process is traumatic and injury-intensive. Many people therefore decide against the use of a down quilt and switch to alternative products.

If you decide for a down blanket anyway, you should use German products, because the live plucking is forbidden in Germany. Sustainably producing manufacturers have certified products. However, for most products, the consumer is often unable to distinguish between down blankets derived from live plucked or dead plucked. The reason for this is inadequate and ambiguous labelling.

Where it says goose on it, there must also be goose in it

In addition, many down fillings, which originate from dead plucking, still originate from geese or ducks from the so-called foie gras farms. This fact is another reason why customers who consciously buy products from sustainable production and are willing to pay higher prices for these products decide against down quilts.

Various external tests and practical trials have also shown that some manufacturers, due to price pressure, tend to fill the fillings of their products with inferior feathers and broken feathers, even though these carry the quality mark 90/10, which means that the filling can actually contain 90 per cent high-quality down and only 10 per cent feathers. If you mix more than 30 percent duck feathers with your products, they may no longer be called goose blanket. But what is the difference between duck and goose feathers and why is a declaration so important?

Duck feathers are less insulating and heatable, in addition the individual feathers are smaller than goose feathers. These have excellent thermal and insulating properties and are therefore more expensive. Down duvets with a high percentage of duck feathers are not as durable as high-quality goose duvets.

The EU legislation is unfortunately incomplete

Daunendecke-Billerbeck-554261003-PlatinAn animal-friendly alternative to goose feathers could not yet be discovered by researchers in tests, because artificial filling material, no matter how good it is, does not produce the same high insulating and heat output and only a low moisture regulation. More heat escapes and an undesirable high proportion of moisture remains in the bed, although it should rather be the other way round. In various tests we have looked more closely at the EU legislation regarding live and dead plucking and unfortunately found that many manufacturers use a legal loophole to circumvent the EU ban of live plucking.

According to inadequate EU legislation, it is permitted to wipe the down from the feathers during moulting periods of waterfowl such as ducks and geese. For example, manufacturers use moulting times at certain times to wipe the down from the feathers of the animals, no matter in which mouse stage the animals are. So whole herds are herded together and the down is taken out, which degenerates however again into living plucking, since not all animals of the herd come at the same time into the Mauserzeit and some geese are only at the beginning, others already at the end and again other poultry not yet at all in the Mauserzeit.

Dream pass from DIN Certo

Unfortunately, we found in the external tests that self-commitments and seals are often just empty promises. The control seal “Traumpass”, of which the Association VDI is so proud, proves to be worthless. The seal is issued by DIN Certo and promises the renunciation of down from living pluck. Many suppliers can be certified according to the dream pass specifications, although they remain guilty of proof.



The ticking for the down quilt is just as important as the down filling s itself. The outer cover must be made of light fabric which is supple and down-proof. Most covers are made of cotton, sometimes also of silk.

Daunendecke_Billerbeck2If you buy a warm down duvet with a cotton ticking for your beds, please note the quality of this natural fibre indicated by the manufacturer. The unit of measure is Nm, which indicates the length of a yarn in meters for a gram weight. The best quality, which is down-proof and nevertheless supple, is 270 Nm. It is a very fine down batiste, which weighs only 68 g/qm.

The next quality class is Mako Cotton with 150 to 200 Nm. 135 and 150 Nm are the most frequently processed qualities. Cotton sleeves are tightly woven and impermeable to down. They do not allow dust to penetrate from the outside and inside. Popular cotton covers are “percale”, “batiste” and “satins”.

Perkale – Cambric

The quality is traditionally woven in plain weave with threads of 100 and 135 Nm. The weft thread is guided alternately above and below the warp thread and shifted by one thread in each row.

Mako batiste

For this quality threads with 135 to 170 Nm are woven. Very fine Mako quality has threads with 200 Nm. The plain weave is also used here, only with finer threads. Perkal and Mako look the same due to these minor differences and also have the same grip feeling.


Satin differs from percale and mako in the weave. The very fine satin weaving is produced in satin weave, whereby the weft thread is passed over several threads alternately and in the next step under a warp thread. Satin is particularly soft and shines in a silky look. This quality always has two sides, with the weft threads on one side and the warp threads on the other. Blankets with different patterns are called French or coloured blankets.

Short information about leading down duvets manufacturers

  • Billerbeck
  • Irisette
  • Hanskruchen
  • Horst Schäfer
  • Kauffmann
  • Falconry
  • Häussling
Since 1921 Billerbeck bedding has been produced. The company looks back on a sustainable company policy and continuously improves its high-quality products. Billerbeck bedding is not only known in Europe, but also globally. The company initially started from its headquarters in Wuppertal and supplied the people in Germany. Already in the middle of the 1950s the expansion to Austria followed. Other countries within and outside Europe followed immediately. Nowadays, Billerbeck pillows can even be found in Japan. Duvets and pillows from Billerbeck underline the luxurious ambience with silk and down of extreme quality. Silk jacquard, as well as maco and down batiste with cotton from Egypt. They spread a very soft and cuddly feeling on the skin.
More than fifty years ago, the company Irisette was founded in the Black Forest and continued to expand its market share in the bedding sector. Irisette counts as the inventor of coloured bed linen at a time when it had not yet established itself and users were resorting to white bedding. The company was always one step ahead of the times. It started with simple, colourful woven fabrics and developed into a professional company within a short period of time, earning a reputation as a manufacturer of bedding products. The company maintains its reputation as a trendsetter. The courage to fashionable design, interesting colour combinations and sophisticated printing procedures. The company is 92 percent known in Germany and achieves one of the highest values in the textile industry. This success is due to imaginative marketing strategies and merciless high quality. Badenia Bettkomfort GmbH in Friesenheim distributes down duvets and pillows.
The manufacturer Hanskruchen offers different heat and quality levels for down quilts. For a restful sleep, people need a quilt that assimilates their personal requirements. It must not be too cold or too warm and the dimensions must be correct. People with a small body size need more warmth than tall people. The ceiling must cover the entire body in order to guarantee precise regulation of humidity and climate. Important factors are season and room climate to select the perfect down quilt. Exactly at this point Hanskruchen starts and offers duvets and pillows in various heat levels. The heat levels “extra light”, “light”, “medium” and “warm” are available on the market. Correctly, use a light duvet for the summer months and a warm duvet for the winter months.
Near Munich the company Horst Schäfer produces its bedding. All products are Made In Germany. The company supplies small and medium-sized companies, which include the specialist trade or the field of interior decorators. According to the manufacturer, the company has the highest possible adaptivity to meet all customer requirements at all times. Every year 100 tons of feathers and down are used as raw material.
The success story of the family business Kauffmann began as early as 1823. The story leads from the first bed feather factory in 1896 to the most modern European bed manufactory in Hörbranz, Austria, in 2001. In the Kaufmann down studio, the latest technology is fused with classic specialist knowledge. The company is based in the Bregenz region. The company is constantly expanding and owns several factories for bed feathers, its own poultry farm and several warehouses for different materials. In 2001, the company headquarters was established in Hörbranz/Austria, where all parts of the company were united in one location. This means that the production and the know-how of the employees are focused in one place.
Since the Gütersloh family business was founded in the 70s of the last century, down quilts and down pillows have been manufactured by hand in a sophisticated and loving manner. Renowned hotels and celebrities as well as global customers appreciate the noble quality of the products. The Falkenreck duvets are suitable for every climate. Whether in the cold Finnish winter or on hot Arabian nights, the company's down quilts are in use. Falkenreck offers eiderdown quilts. On the surface there is a lenient attitude towards people, animals and nature. All materials come from nature.
The company offers the finest down duvets and fine cushions with feather down fillings Häussling. The specialist for feather and down bedding was founded in 1850 as a cotton wool factory in Lambrecht. In 1936 the processing of down and feathers for the production of bedding began. For several decades now, “bedding from the Palatinate” has been produced in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The label stands for noble, German brand quality. For animal welfare reasons, no live plucked raw material is processed. The large collection offers very fine bed linen for the highest demands and, in addition to the Dreumpass seal of approval, is certified according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.


Internet vs. specialist shops: where is the best place to buy my duvet?

The down duvet market offers a wide range of products. A comparison with a down duvet test is worthwhile in order to find the best product for your beds in accordance with your wishes. You can find good products in stationary specialist shops such as the Danish Bed Warehouse, in furniture stores such as Ikea or at Lidl and Aldi. Compare the down quilt tests yourself and choose the product that suits you best.

If you decide to purchase your duvet via the Internet , you will benefit from many advantages. Before you decide on a product, you can compare various tests, practical tests and test scores. In order to get to know the best products with their advantages and disadvantages better, numerous product and price comparisons of tests are available to you in comparison tables. Additionally you will get the information in the tests and down quilt tests which criteria were used to test the quilt.

This juxtaposition of the surveys of the tests, experiments, trials and their analysis can be very helpful in weighing the appropriate and best model. From various external tests and product tests 2019 we present you the comparative winner and the price winner and give you many useful tips and general information about the down quilt in the “Adviser” and “Facts, figures and figures” sections.

Our product comparisons are manufacturer independent, we only use objective test criteria and points of criticism . Since we are independent of turnover, we not only give down duvets from the high-price segment a chance, but also recommend cheaper products if the quality is right.

In addition to the information about the various tests and down quilt tests, we give insight into the testimonials of customers who already use the presented products. Experience has shown that consumer-to-consumer confidence is greater than in the information provided by the manufacturer. Perhaps you share our opinion and choose our comparative test winner. If this is too expensive for you, you can also give our price winner of the tests a chance, who has an optimal price-performance ratio. Make your own product test with test run and comparison with a test and control of quality, heat level and price and decide in congruence with your ideas for your ceiling with your personal best test grade.

Things to Know & Advisor

The history of the eiderdown

A healthy and efficient person needs restful sleep. This requires not only an ideal slatted frame and an ergonomically adapted mattress, but also suitable bedding such as pillows and eiderdowns. The ideal duvet is soft, warm and cuddly. The bed is a retreat to recover from the daily, exhausting challenges of life and to find the much needed sleep to balance stress and worries.

bear soft eiderdowns

A warm duvet in cold winter days offers a feeling of security and the possibility to relax and unwind. Down duvets have become a matter of course for us, but this was not always the case. In the past, people mainly used thick feather beds, which almost overwhelmed their users, regardless of the season. Duvets were used both in summer and winter, as most houses did not have central heating. The duvets were correspondingly damp and clammy.

Then they switched to synthetic duvets, which did not go down too well with the audience, as they were not breathable enough. Duvets with micro or synthetic fibres as well as kapok filling came onto the market much later. Well-off households resorted to silk blankets, cashmere or camel hair, which, however, were unaffordable for the average earner. Thick quilted beds made of natural fibres were also very popular, mostly pure cotton was used. The solution was duvets filled with down. They fulfilled all the requirements for restful sleep, heat and cold regulation and were affordable for everyone. Test the warm blankets yourself in a down quilt test and choose your own comparative winner in congruence with your wishes of price, cover and quilting.

Fill up the duvet

If you already have a duvet, but it is not comfortable enough for you because of its size or thickness, you have the possibility to fill it up with duvet or to put it in a new tick (inner cover).

For pillows it is very easy, because they are not extra quilted. All you have to do is undo the ticking, add the down and sew it up again. For a duvet all stitch chambers must be separated individually.

When you go to the Specialist to fill up the duvet, both the tick and the down will be washed separately and the down will be sorted if necessary. This means that already old and broken down are sorted out. Often the down is then set in a completely new ticking, in the desired size and thickness.

As the researches by ReviewInstitute have shown, this handiwork by the expert has its price and you don't really save in comparison to simply buying a new duvet. But since the production of down is not unproblematic in itself, it makes sense to continue using the down you have. In the end, with the new ticking and freshly washed down, the blanket will feel like a new blanket and will have exactly the dimensions and warmth you want.

Figures, data, facts around the eiderdown

Technical terms you should know

filling power. This has nothing to do with the filling dish of the ceiling, but denotes the bulking power. This means the ability of the down and feather filling to return to its original volume state after a load has been placed on it. Feathers and down can be compressed very strongly and then take up only a small volume. If the load, for example the weight of the human body, decreases, the feathers and down quickly regain their original space. They remain elastic even under repeated stress and again form the air cushions that are so valuable for thermal insulation.

All numbers and data from a quilt testFilling weight. This is the mass of bedding. With down quilts, not only the feather and down filling is referred to as the filling weight, but this weight specification also includes the textile ticking, i.e. the outer cover that securely encloses the down and feathers. A high filling weight is always accompanied by a high thermal insulation, but the quilt should not be too heavy, because otherwise it crushes the sleeping person and cannot adapt optimally to the body.

Due to this fact, consumers prefer down quilts because down is light with high thermal insulation and a large volume that includes a large part of non-conductive air. When buying a down duvet, make sure that there is a balance between the filling weight with down and feathers and the total weight, which also includes the weight of the textile inlet. If the textile outer cover is too heavy in relation to the down filling, the result is less heat insulation and less pleasant sleep.

KIS® system. This system will help you choose the right duvet. This abbreviation stands for comfort information system and informs about the duvet comfort and the warmth comfort.

The duvet comfort focuses on the general characteristics of the duvet such as softness, softness and weight. These are the basic requirements for “heat without weight”. The quality of the inlet and the down filling are important test criteria for duvet comfort.

The ticking, also referred to as the pour-in, must be down-proof and breathable in order to ensure ideal moisture regulation. High-quality textile outer covers are lighter, better processed and offer a better sleeping climate than cheaper comparable products. The covering comfort is divided into five quality levels : “superior”, “excellent”, “high”, “medium”, “basic”.

Warming comfort is about the individual need for warmth and external influences. Some people need a very warm blanket and, for example, prefer heated rooms at night in winter. Others can cope with lighter ceilings and cooler rooms. The need for heat is divided into four categories: “light” (very low heat requirement),“medium” (low heat requirement),“warm” (high heat requirement),“extra warm” (very high heat requirement).

In order to find the right ceiling, the user simply combines the five quality levels of duvet comfort with the four quality levels of thermal comfort and selects the appropriate quality level. Someone who has a very high need for warmth is probably most likely to opt for the “superior” quality, i.e. a very high-quality duvet. A consumer with a very low need for heat will certainly be able to cope with “basic” or “medium” down duvets.


Class 1

Unused plumage of water fowl, goose and duck, not processed. This quality must contain less than five percent breakage.

Class 2

Products of this quality must not be labelled “new”. The percentage of broken down down down and feathers may be up to 15 percent.

down and feather content

The declaration is made in percent by weight. Most down duvets are labelled 90/10, which means that the product contains 90 percent down and 10 percent feathers. Duvets marked “pure goose” may contain 10 percent duck feathers.

down. The plumage has fine ramifications and can store a lot of air. It is soft and fluffy, elasticity and volume are important, but the colour does not matter. If the filling power is higher, correspondingly less down must be used, which makes the blanket lighter.

springs. springs are flat and form the outer protective cover for geese and ducks. They have less filling power and are heavier than down.

synthetic fillings. You are not covered by this standard. In external tests, experts checked whether the test candidates were correctly identified. Testers sorted the down fillings by hand. It is pleasing to note that the labelling of the majority of products in the test corresponded to the content. Sometimes the fillings in tests showed a little more weight than marked, which was not further tragic, the blanket was only a little heavier.

Care and cleaning – Properly wash down duvets

An important purchase criterion is also the care property . You can't just put duvets in the washing machine, either because they're too big or because they need special cleaning. We recommend to always bring duvets into the special cleaning shops that offer specialty bedding. If not cleaned properly, the down filling may clump or become flat and lose its heat output. Pay attention to the manufacturer's description regarding cleanability.

Some models are washable at 40 to 60 degrees Celsius. If you decide to clean your washing machine, use a mild detergent or a detergent specifically for down, cotton or silk.

Always wash your duvet in the fine or wool washing programme. The laundry drum must be large enough to allow the blanket to move sufficiently and to distribute the water well. After cleaning, the balloon ceilings in particular have to be re-inflated in order to restore the uniform heat effect. Daily ventilation and shaking is sufficient to keep the duvet clean. The only thing to do is to make sure that it does not come into contact with moisture or strong sunlight. UV radiation can heat a duvet to a good 70 degrees Celsius and cause it to fade in colour. The down duvet loses its elasticity and sleeping comfort. For allergic, however, down blankets are less suitable, as house dust and mites can settle in, from which they suffer more.

By the so-called “Encasing” you can counteract this problem. Ask the bed trade for mite-proof bed linen, which is somewhat more expensive than normal bed linen, but the mite and house dust problem no longer arises. Down quilts certified “NOMITE” (no mites) guarantee a down-proof product.

If you have a duvet that has been in service for several years and is not in good condition, you do not have to replace it with a new one. You can have your duvet refurbished in a specialist shop. The experts carefully open the ticking, separate the intact feathers and down from the damaged ones and replace the removed part of the filling.

Some users are of the opinion that regular vacuuming and tapping of the duvet replaces full cleaning. After comparing various tests, we have found that down quilts do not like to be treated with a vacuum cleaner or carpet beater. The pores of the bed inlet can widen, small holes can form, through which down and feathers escape or in which they get stuck. The down filling is usually arranged so compactly that no dust can penetrate. Feathers and down are delicate materials that can suffer from their consistency when regularly exposed to vacuum cleaners and carpet beaters. They can come in and be less soft and fluffy.

Proper storage saves you the trouble of buying a new blanket prematurely. Most customers keep their down duvets in a large zippered plastic wrapper. Quilts are often supplied by the manufacturer in these plastic covers. However, these are only used for hygienic transport and are not suitable for permanent storage of down quilts.


Climabalance Comfort down duvet very lightDo not use these reusable carrier bags however, because in case of a move they perform excellently when transporting your bedding . However, plastic bags are not suitable for long-term storage as this artificial material is not breathable. Due to the almost hermetically sealed wrapping, condensation can form inside the plastic bag due to moisture, as many people keep their duvets in the basement or attic.

Temperature fluctuations and humidity can cause ugly mildew stains and mold spores. The down and feather filling moulds and smells unpleasant. The safest storage place is a woven bag made of natural materials such as cotton or linen. The blanket is loosely folded and best stored in a dry place, such as a large cupboard. Alternatively, you can also store duvets in bed covers which are no longer needed and which are usually also made of cotton or silk.

Down blankets and allergy sufferers

Down blankets are less suitable for allergy sufferers. Mites and house dust can settle in them. As a result, allergy sufferers suffer more. The problem can be fought with the “Encasing”. Mite-impermeable bed linen is available from specialist retailers. It is a little more expensive than traditional bed linen and the problem with mites and house dust is no longer present. down quilts with the “Nomite” certification guarantee down density.

Many allergy sufferers do not use down blankets. This is not necessary. Down is definitely suitable for allergy sufferers, even if for the first time there is much to be said against it. Down does not pose an increased risk for allergy sufferers. The allergic symptoms do not occur because of the down, but exclusively because of the house dust mites and their faeces. The minimal arachnids with a size of 0.2 millimeters love a warm and humid environment. The diet consists mainly of human skin flakes. An allergy to down and feathers is indeed possible, but very rare.

Despite all precautions, mite infestation cannot be completely ruled out, but can be reduced. Therefore, it is important to clean the bedding completely at regular intervals. Bed linen should be changed and washed regularly once a week. Allergy sufferers should wash the duvet and pillow at 60 degrees every six to eight months. This kills mites. down duvets are allergy friendly. They are difficult to spread in down duvets. Penetration through the hull is made more difficult. If there is an actual allergy to down and feathers, synthetic products are an alternative for allergy sufferers.

If you have had a duvet for some years now and it is no longer in a visually perfect condition, it does not need to be replaced by a new one. This duvet can be refurbished in a specialist shop. The ticking is carefully opened by experts, the intact feathers and down are separated from the damaged ones and the removed part of the filling is replaced.

Some users believe that full cleaning is replaced by regular vacuuming and tapping of the down quilt. The experience with a down quilt test proves that down quilts do not like to be treated with a vacuum cleaner or carpet beater. The pores of the bed inlet are threatened by expansion, minimal holes can form through which down and feathers escape or get stuck in them. Due to the compact nature of the down filling, no dust can penetrate.

Feathers and down are a sensitive material and its consistency suffers from the vacuum cleaner and carpet beater. Feathers and down can shrink and thus lose their softness and softness. Premature new purchase is prevented by correct storage. The majority of customers use a large zippered plastic cover for their down duvets. The manufacturer often supplies down duvets with a plastic cover. They only cover hygienic transport and are not suitable for permanent storage of duvets.

10 Tips for care

The duvet should be shaken up every morning. The drying process is promoted immensely when the down quilt is still warm. Moist weathering and direct sunlight should be avoided. With a good ventilation and when shaking the filling reaches a loose state again. In the duvet, the air acts as a climatic buffer. Direct sunlight provides for down and springs for a withdrawal of too much humidity. Elasticity and individual sleeping comfort are lost piece by piece.

The best guides from a down quilt testA vacuum cleaner or carpet beater to shake and ventilate the down quilt is taboo! The wrapping material has such a compactness that no dust can settle in it. Vacuuming or tapping destroys this characteristic up to the permanent leakage of filling material. Therefore do not hang the duvet in the sun. During the winter months, you can place the duvet on the heater with a maximum heating temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. At higher temperatures there is a risk of loss of elasticity.

With or without washing machine? Washing a duvet with a washing machine is stressful. It is advisable to place the order with a specialised company. Heat, pressure, residual moisture and chemical stresses attack down immediately and cause it to stick together. The very low expenses of a professional cleaning and the very rare necessity to wash a duvet again underlines the recommendation. In addition, the washing instructions on the duvet label must be observed. If the manufacturer does not approve washing, you should follow the advice.

Down duvets should be washed every 2-3 years. Most duvets are suitable for washing machines and can be washed at 60 degrees Celsius. Follow the care instructions on the label of your personal quilt. The ceiling requires a lot of space in the machine. Washing machines with a capacity of 7 kg or more are perfect. A duvet can also be washed with down shampoo. Thorough rinsing is required. The filling power is destroyed by chlorinated detergents.

When washing a down duvet, the above points must be observed and countermeasures taken. Counteracting meaningful things:

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Avoid pressure and do not lie on it. Down quilts have excellent insulation characteristics. This is due to the filling power of the down. The external pressure is used to expand the volume. For this reason they should not lie on the duvet or cause pressure in any other way.

After about 10-15 years the down quilt should be cleaned. For this purpose, the ticking is cut open, the sheath is renewed, the down is removed and in the steam they are gently cleaned. Old and brittle down are removed on that occasion. After cleaning, the clean down is filled into a new ticking. The outsourced down is replaced by new down.

Useful accessories

In order to increase your sleeping comfort, it is important that you choose the right pillow for your duvet. Pillows with pure down filling or a combination of feather and down, which offer an ideal support comfort, form the right supplement to your duvet. The cushion cover should be hard-wearing.

We recommend Mako cotton with piping. To support the neck and relieve the strain on the cervical spine in supine and lateral position, we have opted for a neck support cushion with open-pored Aquacell foam. The special feature is the “Vario disc” with which the cushion can be adjusted in height.

So Stiftung Warentest has tested in its tests and studies

Manufacturers have long tried to refute the animal welfare lobby's accusation that their products are filled with feathers and down of live plucked geese. As Stiftung Warentest found out in its tests, the manufacturers could not completely refute these accusations. Unfortunately, we must therefore point out that when consumers buy a down duvet they have to expect that the filling comes from animal husbandry that is not appropriate to the species and from live plucking. Quality the following down duvets could convince the experts in tests.

For several years now, Stiftung Warentest has regularly published tests and studies on corporate responsibility “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR). However, even in this test, the manufacturers could not prove the origin of the down perfectly, they remained guilty of the final proof that the filling did not come from the live plucking.

Alternatives to duvets

Anyone who is critical of down duvets can fall back on duvets with hollow fibre or microfibre filling. Bedspreads with microfibre filling are comparatively light and affordable in price, but are still of high quality.

There are lighter and slightly heavier duvets that can be washed up to 95 degrees Celsius and are therefore easy to clean. They are also suitable for allergy sufferers. For allergy sufferers we recommend decontaminated wild silk blankets, as otherwise an allergic reaction may occur. Bast is the glue that caterpillars use when stretching their cocoon. We can also warmly recommend poplar plum or cotton blankets.

Questions and answers about down quilts

How do I dispose of my old duvet?

An old duvet can be disposed of in various ways. Since down is a natural product, it can be mixed, for example, with the compost mass and thus composted naturally. In addition, the duvet can be disposed of with household waste or disposed of at the recycling and recycling centre.

Which detergent should I use?

A full or mild detergent is best suited for washing duvet as it is suitable for silk, wool and other sensitive fabrics and textiles. A gentle washing program with 30 to 40 °C washing temperature is recommended. The gentler the detergent and the wash cycle, the more tests show, the less the down sticks to a single lump.

Which dryer program should I choose?

down duvets can be placed in the dryer, making them wonderfully soft and not sticky. A gentle dryer program is best, whereby the duvet should be removed and shaken every 20 minutes. To loosen the down feathers, it is advisable to add some tennis balls that massage the down softness.

What to consider when buying a duvet?

When buying a duvet various factors such as size, thermal power, filling quantity and quality of the cover play an important role. Consider for whom the blanket is intended and for which season it should be used. The down itself should not have been treated with chemicals and the cover should be tearproof and washable.

What is the filling weight?

The more the blanket is filled with down, the lighter the total weight becomes. A high filling power therefore speaks for a good quality of the duvet and provides more warmth. The filling weight of a duvet is given in the filling quantity and is between 70 mm/30 g and 200 mm/30 g.

How healthy are down duvets?

down duvets can provide a restful sleep, because the body is softly bedded and warmed well. The down absorb the sweat produced by the body at night and return the absorbed fluid to the air. Allergy sufferers should check whether they are allergic to down or house dust mites and take appropriate measures.

How do I fight mites effectively?

Mites like to nest in bedding, which causes itching, sneezing and red eyes in many people. If you want to fight mites, you should bring the down blanket to the cold air for a few minutes or dust it with cornflour. In addition, the down blanket should have a densely woven cover so that the mites cannot settle in it.

How long do duvets last?

The service life of a down duvet depends on the quality of the down and the cover. On the other hand, it is important to ventilate the down duvet regularly, gently wash and dry it and fill it up with new down. Then a duvet can be used between five and 15 years before it should be replaced by a new duvet.

How to store down quilts?

down quiltn are mainly used in the cold winter months. In order to guarantee the longevity of down quilts, they should not be exposed to sunlight or compressed. It is also important to protect them from vermin and pests with a special breathable cover.

Why use a duvet?

A duvet has many advantages: On the one hand, the duvet keeps you warm and is soft on the skin. On the other hand, it is very breathable, so that mould rarely forms. The high longevity and easy cleaning also speak for the purchase of a duvet.

What materials should a duvet for winter be made of? 

A good and restorative sleep is extremely important. However, a suitable ceiling and a cushion are also necessary for this. Down duvets are very popular. These convince with a very light weight and keep also in winter nice and warm. The ceilings are also divided into different categories, so that for each climate a suitable ceiling can be found. However, in down quilts feathers are very often added. You should consider this circumstance when buying.

duvet stinks: Doing what? 

During sleep we naturally take certain body fluids off. It can therefore happen that the duvet begins to stink after a certain time. You can wash the modern down duvets of course in the washing machine. However, follow the manufacturer's instructions and adhere to them during the washing process. More Information about this Topic can be found on the Internet. If the duvet stinks, you should also hang it over a certain period once in the fresh air.

How can I refresh a quilt without a dryer? 

A duvet should of course always be fresh and you should lie well on it. After washing, the blanket should be dried accordingly. If no dryer is available, a conventional clothesline is sufficient. However, make sure that the down quilt is completely dry before covering the bedding.

How does mould get into the down quilt? 

Mildew is very annoying and can also occur with a duvet. The formation of mould can have very different causes. Be it an incomplete process with drying or another circumstance.

In what price range does a high-quality duvet move? 

Down quilts are available in numerous versions and therefore also price ranges. For a good and high quality down duvet you have to expect costs of about Euro 150,00. Of course, as in so many other areas, there are no upper limits. Please pay attention to this quality, because unfortunately a somewhat higher price in the quality clearly makes itself noticeable here .

How to dry a duvet without a dryer? 

down duvets you can of course also dry without dryer. Simply hang the blanket on a conventional clothesline.

What are the most common sizes of down duvets? 

down duvets are available in many designs and sizes. The probably commonest size is a length of 2 meters. These blankets are all available in stores or online shops. Of course, there are also down duvets, which can be individually adjusted to the size. The size also depends on whether it is a single or double bed.

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