Buy the right bedspread: that's what matters
The best duvet in the test: In the edition 10 / 2019 the Stiftung Warentest 14 made of different materials, such as synthetic and natural hair, put to the test. Among other things, the breathability and the snug fit flowed into the overall rating. Several duvets were rated “good” in this test, with the price range of the top models being very wide apart. The right option is therefore available for both small and large wallets.
You can read this in this article: We present you the test winners and other good alternatives and show you what to look for when buying a duvet. Then we explain the test procedure, because the duvets were tested by a very special test person. Last but not least, we will inform you about what you should pay attention to when buying a duvet.
In the video above, we are introducing you to a special type of duvet – the weight blanket, a real heavyweight in the blanket ring.
duvet test: the winners of the Stiftung Warentest
Duvets tested by Stiftung Warentest
Suitable for the cold season, Stiftung Warentest 14 Special attention to duvets. Although the subject may sound banal, there is much more to the bedding than one would initially suspect. The experts from the Stiftung Warentest put the duvets through their paces and the verdict of the Stiftung Warentest was passed in the test 2019 mixed out.
On one side exactly half of the duvets can boast a “good” rating, while the other half only has to be satisfied with “satisfactory”. However, a certain model can only dream of this result – a natural fiber product, of all places, comes in last. Small drop of bitterness: No blanket could claim the grade “very good”. The space on the top podium is shared by three blankets, all of which achieved the same top value.
Billerbeck Camel Hair Blanket Natural Classic 342 Brilliant Duo
The best natural hair duvet was the Billerbeck camel hair blanket Natur Classic 342 Brilliant Duo . In the course of the most recent tests, it was able to achieve the rating “good” (grade 2.4) and is therefore one of the best duvets in general in this issue.
- sleeping characteristics: “good” (2,3)
No other bedspread could the Billerbeck- Cut out the blanket in this category, with two other models from Allnatura and Ikea also receiving the rating “good” – with a grade of 2.4 and a grade of 2.5 respectively. The breathability and the overall pressure were satisfactory, the blanket was able to score particularly well with its clinging behavior. The overall rating was 2.3 (good).
- Durability: “good” ( 2.1)
Something got better the durability with the grade 2.1 (good) graded, which is only in the middle field in comparison with the other duvets. The washing process and processing were convincing, while the care instructions and the tightness of the casing were only satisfactory. Striking: In this category, the other two natural hair blankets dance out of line and do not look good.
- Declaration: “satisfactory” (3.3)
The testers were able to make clear cuts in terms of the declaration. The filling material was given reliably and was rewarded with the sub-rating “very good”, but in terms of size and weight Billerbeck cannot say the same and is punished with a “sufficient”. For this reason, there was only a grade of 3.3 (satisfactory) in this category – only the granata ceiling and the Centa-Star model were rated similarly poor.
The test winner in You can get natural hair fiber for around 220 Euro. This positions the Billerbeck Camel Hair Blanket Natural Classic 342 Brilliant Duo not only at the top in terms of notation – it can also be said to be the frontrunner in terms of prices, because no other duvet in this test is located so far up in the price segment.
Lidl Meradiso duo-quilted bed Polgyiene
Same note, different material: The synthetic blanket Lidl Meradiso duo quilted bed Polygiene lies with the natural fiber -Option by Billerbeck on par and was rated 2.4 (good). But not only in terms of the material there are differences between them.
- sleeping characteristics: “satisfactory” (2.7)
According to the experts from the Stiftung Warentest, this blanket does not offer really good breathability. Therefore, the blanket is more suitable for people who freeze easily. The clinging behavior and the overall impression were positive.
- Durability: “good” (2.0)
There was a smooth grade 2 in this category for the Lidl blanket and therefore they are only slightly ahead of their Billerbeck counterpart. In the case of the discounter product, the tightness of the casing was also rated as satisfactory, all other aspects were again convincing.
- Declaration: good (1.7) The balance of the Stiftung Warentest was obviously better in this case than with the competition from Billerbeck. The information provided by the manufacturer could be largely verified in the test.
Your test result may have been shared between these two blankets, but worlds are opening up on the price level: Because while the Billerbeck model does that most expensive product in our test series is the Lidl Meradiso duo quilted bed Polygiene with 20 euros far more affordable than comparable duvets in this issue.
Unfortunately a phase-out model: Vitalis Soft Duo quilted bed by Concord mattresses
The Concord Vitalis Soft Duo quilted blanket is a phase-out model, which is why it is no longer available in stores. That is why we decided to avoid them in this article. But if you have it, you can be satisfied: In the Stiftung Warentest test, too, it received the rating “good” (2.4).
Duvets: This is how much good sleep textiles cost
The Lidl duvet and the bed from Billerbeck may both share the top podium, but their prices are at the other end of the spectrum. Whole 200 Euro lie between the Lidl Meradiso duo quilted bed Polygiene and the Billerbeck camel hair blanket Natur Classic 342 Brilliant Duo. Why is that and how much do you have to spend on a good duvet?
The difference between the test winners can be explained on the one hand by the material. Camel hair is a very exotic filling, which is located in the upper price segment and drives up the price of the Billerbeck blanket. Since the Lidl variant with its polyester filling comes off a lot cheaper.
It should be mentioned at this point, however, that the Lidl blanket is in this Test is a clear outlier in terms of price. The next cheapest models are finally from 60 euros. Products that have something about the 100 Euro limit usually performed better in this test, although not every luxury blanket made a good impression. Get advice from a specialist shop so that experts can help you with advice and action to find the right copy for your needs – and your wallet.
Keep However, keep in mind that duvets are important home textiles that, if properly cared for and handled appropriately, can serve you well for many years. In the long term, it may be worth investing more in a duvet.
This is how Stiftung Warentest tests bed covers
There were a total of in the test pool of the Stiftung Warentest duvets. Three of them are made from natural materials (hemp, camel hair and merino wool), while the remaining blankets are all made from synthetic fibers. 13 Blankets are duo blankets, so they consist of two single blankets that are quilted separately. This creates an air cushion with an insulating effect between the layers. Only the Ikea model is not in a duo style. The test products were rated according to the following criteria with different weightings: Sleeping properties, durability and declaration.
Most importantly, the testers rated the category “sleep characteristics”. It is made up of the factors “breathability” and “conforming behavior / overall impression”. A total of five test participants were allowed to rate the cuddling behavior and overall impression of the models, of course in the appropriate sleeping costume. The honor of the breathability test, on the other hand, was given – as already mentioned – to a special test subject who could not get sore: a copper manikin, which is heated with wires and thus simulates a person's body temperature. The test in a climate chamber with constant temperature and a humidity of 50 percent should predict how comfortable the blanket is for the sleeping.
The durability means, among other things, the completeness and comprehensibility of the care instructions, which were examined by two experts. In the following, the experts examined the washing process. This category was given a little less weight than the factor sleep properties, but it falls more in the judgment than the next point, the declaration.
The declaration is understood by the Stiftung Warentest Correctness of the information regarding the filling material and any deviations in size or weight. The grades in this category were particularly broad – from “good” (grade 1.7) to “satisfactory” (grade 3.4).
was devalued among other things, a judgment if the durability only got the grade 4.0 (“sufficient”). If the shelf life is even “poor”, then the result was pitiful. This rule was actually used in this test. You can read more about this under “The losers: These blankets did poorly in the test.”
The losers: These blankets did poorly in the test
The Traumina Cube Merino Duo Polygiene was the only duvet to fail in the test because it shrank heavily during washing. After the washing process, she literally shrank to the size of a child – extremely unfavorable for a blanket that is actually designed for adults.
Another natural fiber blanket did not spatter itself with fame either: the Allnatura hemp duvet Canapa . It was only able to achieve a grade of 3.9 (“sufficient”), which is due to a previously known factor: the washing again led to the duvet clearly losing size and volume. But it can not only fail on the outside, because the inner values are also included in the evaluation.
In the Ikea ceiling The filling migrated in places, so that holes sometimes appeared in the model.
The material of choice: synthetic and natural hair fillings in comparison
In order to be able to present the widest possible range of products, the Stiftung Warentest dealt with synthetic and natural materials. Natural hair fiber is not the same as natural hair fiber.
- Natural fibers:
The Stiftung Warentest, for example, was able to determine that the Allnatura test blanket made of hemp, on the one hand, is not filled with animal hair fibers, dispenses with petroleum and also has good moisture dissipation, but on the other hand, there was a shortcoming in the course of the test that washed: The material contracted strongly during washing. In contrast, camel hair and merino wool are obtained from animal products. The former is particularly breathable and has good nestling behavior. However, the test did not produce any positive results for the merino wool, because it too shrank considerably in the washing machine.
The plastic counterpart too Natural fibers are synthetic textile fibers. Among other things, synthetic is characterized by the fact that it hardly tends to fold and usually does not need to be ironed if it is hung up or folded up properly. It is also easier to care for than other materials in that synthetic materials are dry and ready for use just a few hours after washing. People who are sensitive to the cold could, however, be passionate about synthetic blankets because these textile fibers keep them extremely warm. However, this is only one side of the coin, although those aspects that are owed too much warmth are less praiseworthy. The sweat secreted during sleep builds up under synthetic blankets because it cannot escape through the fibers. The result is a wet climate under the covers, in which bacteria feel particularly comfortable. And over time, “thanks” to them, an extremely unpleasant smell, which usually sticks to the textile – is understandable that you can literally no longer smell the blankets. There is also another big downside: our environment. Finally, the use of petroleum is necessary for the production of synthetic textiles, which has a damaging effect on nature.
If you suspect that your bedding can be the cause of any allergies, then going to your family doctor or allergist is probably inevitable.
Buy duvet: you should pay attention to this
Size is not everything. Nevertheless, it plays an important role in the purchase of a duvet. It is difficult to establish a general rule of thumb insofar as there are innumerable different opinions about the optimal ceiling size. However, one can say with certainty that duvets should logically be a good deal longer and wider than one's own body. As a starting point, you can take, among other things, the dimensions of the bed frame and the fact whether you share the duvet with a partner or prefer to choose your own copy.
- Filler layers:
The most popular and widely used filling materials for duvets include: down, merino wool, cotton, microfiber, lyocell and camel hair. Blankets with down filling are the classic and have a pleasant moisture regulation and good heat effect, which depends on the quality of the material used. Duck and goose down are used here. However, those who are concerned about animal welfare will not be happy with down. It cannot always be guaranteed that the birds will be treated with dignity. Among other things, the technique “live plucking” is used for down production, which is as painful as it sounds. However, only a very small fraction of all down is won in this way. Synthetic fibers, such as microfiber, are a sensible alternative. This polyester material is light and warm, but only partially moisture-regulating. If you trust the power of nature, merino wool, cotton, lyocell and camel hair could be the right choice. While merino wool is particularly temperature regulating, cotton is somewhat weak in this regard. Lyocell and camel hair are also extremely breathable and moisture regulating.
- Moisture absorption / drainage:
We humans come not only in scorching heat or strenuous training sessions sweating. Sleeping can also get our sweat glands going. In order to be able to control the additional moisture at night, a good duvet should absorb the sweat or drain it off to the outside. However, it must remain as dry as possible since it is extremely uncomfortable to sleep with a clammy duvet.
- Hygiene and washability:
Textiles that close contact with the skin must of course be cleaned regularly. This applies to both fashion textiles and bedding. Although the latter are less likely to be washed, they should also be changed every two to four weeks. Depending on whether you sweat a lot at night, for example, or camp pets in bed with you. Blankets should be at 60 ° degrees to ensure that dirt, sweat (and the associated body salts), hair, mites and Co. is eliminated. Attention: Some duvets are not machine washable due to their material and can only be cleaned in the laundromat. Natural hair blankets are particularly often affected by this. If you ultimately choose should decide such a product, the washability must not be neglected.
- Thermal insulation:
The main task of a duvet is to help the sleeper during to keep the night's sleep warm. In order to be able to really get warm with a duvet, you should satisfy your individual sleeping needs. Consumers should make sure that there is no mandatory cross-industry classification of thermal insulation. This means that every manufacturer can freely design his information regarding thermal insulation. Based on the specified thermal insulation, duvets are not really comparable. Another important factor is the season. Because when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, one or the other hot head quickly becomes a frostbite. This is remedied by special blankets that are tailored to a specific season, such as winter or summer blankets. For the temperature-ambivalent sleeper, however, so-called 4-season blankets come into question, which are 365 days in the year are useful.
The cleaning ABC: How to properly wash and care for your duvet
First of all, when it comes to cleaning the duvet, the “where” should be clarified – not every washing machine is ultimately up to the task. In normal household washing machines, only normal-sized blankets should fit. Anything beyond the standard dimensions of 135 x 200 cm goes out, is almost always better in the cleaning or in the laundromat. Specifically, the washing drum should be able to hold the blanket loosely, since winter blankets often have a higher weight.
If the “Where” is out of the world, it goes on with the “What with”: Of course, it is now the turn of the use of detergent, but there is one there are a few things to consider. Many duvets do not like brighteners or bleach, which is why it is usually not wrong to use a mild detergent. To ensure the longevity of your bed textiles, you should follow the manufacturer's recommendations on the label. The internationally applicable care symbols shown there illustrate the care instructions. Who the emblems should appear in Spanish can look up the corresponding meanings on the Internet – and will probably find it quickly, for example on the page of gintex.de . Cuddly soft bedding sounds tempting, but fabric softener can lead to clumping or similar changes in the filling. The spin cycle is also not recommended, since fine fibers can be damaged as a result.
Now we come to the last – optional – step: the tumble dryer. Not every duvet wants to be cooked in such a household machine, so check the care labels on the label of your model in advance. As a rule, synthetic fibers are more comfortable with the dryer than duvets made from natural materials. However, the best method is still classic drying in the fresh air.
Duvets in the test: Winner of the Stiftung Warentest 10 / 2019
The most important questions about duvets at a glance
Can I exchange duvets?
The exchange of duvets is tricky in that different retailers follow different guidelines. While some manufacturers describe their goods as hygiene products and therefore refuse to complain, others take back the unloved bedspread with open arms. In order to avoid wrong purchases, you should inform yourself directly from the dealer about his procedure in the event of any dissatisfaction before purchasing the duvet.
Which duvets are suitable for allergy sufferers?
Some prepare in their own four walls People's hypersensitivity to dust mite problems. These tiny arachnids prefer to live in bedding such as mattresses, pillows and blankets and feed on dead human skin cells. It is not the mites themselves that make you sick, but rather the faeces that they excrete. They occur in almost every bedroom and cannot be sold entirely. However, there are materials and textiles that mites, for example, cannot gain much from. These include smooth materials such as leather, which are suitable for allergy sufferers. Mites protection covers, also called encasings, offer further protection against mites.
How often should you change the duvet cover and bed sheet?
In addition to dandruff, people also lose a lot of sweat during sleep. Experts therefore advise changing the bed linen every two weeks. In the cold months, you can still use the new duvet covers a little less often because the low temperatures reduce sweat production. An exception, on the other hand, are people who prefer to sleep in Adams or Evas, share the bed with their four-legged friends or tend to sweat a lot. If you belong to one of these groups, you should change your bed linen once a week.
When is it necessary to buy a new duvet?
Home textiles such as duvets are used every day – or rather every night – so signs of wear and tear are not long in coming. As soon as lumps form inside the warming filling, it's time for something new. This usually happens when blankets are washed in the washing machine at home and the filling cannot loosen enough when it dries. If you want to believe some of the household tricks, table tennis balls should help here. Simply put a tennis ball together with the blanket in the dryer and start the program. If this is too risky for you, you should simply put the duvet in the cleaning and let the experts do it. Furthermore, blankets must be ventilated regularly, otherwise mold could form, especially after washing. There is de facto no absolute exchange time for duvets; trust your feeling in this regard. Lumps, mold and the like give first clues.
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