Best Quilts, Duvets & Doonas

Known as duvets in the UK, comforters in the US and as doonas here in AUS, quilts have many names. There are a number of things that differentiate each doona such as the filling material and stitching. Here are a few things you should know. Keep reading…

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Koala Mattress

Koala Mattress 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,149) Summary
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Emma All Seasons Duvet

Emma All Seasons Duvet 🏆 2024

4.7  (128) Summary
Rachel Mete
Rachel Mete
  Fair Incentive Verified
While the product is amazing, returning a midsized duvet was the most frustrating thing I had to do in 2023The product is amazing.
However, in receipt of the wrong size (my bad), I tried to return. Immediately bought the right size that all arrived fine. It took 2 months of contact and 2 post office trips to actually get the wrong duvet back. Would never buy again from Emma because of this experience. Show details
Emma Sleep
Emma Sleep   DM   
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MicroCloud Quilts

MicroCloud Quilts 🏆 2024

4.8  (104) Summary
Bev Dadds
Bev Dadds
  Queen
FabulousSo comfortable and warm, yet lightweight. Perfect all weather quilt. Bought one for my son too.
Now warm at night.
Now warm at night.
 
Ecosa Silk Quilt

Ecosa Silk Quilt

4.7  (16) Summary
Zack Rawr
Zack RawrVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC3 posts
 
Good quilt fell cozy !I recently got the Ecosa Silk Quilt, and oh my, it's a game-changer! The silk feels so smooth and cozy. If you're thinking about treating yourself to some bedtime luxury, this is the way to go. Big thumbs up from me Show details
Organature Organic Cotton

Organature Organic Cotton

3.6  (24) Summary
S. Shaw
S. ShawVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
 
MiniJumbuk Everyday

MiniJumbuk Everyday

3.3  (21) Summary
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Peter
PeterQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
  Everyday
Made in China Very Poor Quality SheepskinIt was so bad - I remade the covers from an old Ugg boot
Now it is soft & dense and looks like sheepskin
Before the remake - the hide is too thin and the felt felt and looked fake - not dense enough Show details
Kelly & Windsor Alpaca Classic

Kelly & Windsor Alpaca Classic

4.4  (7) Summary
Joan
Joan
 
Best pillowsPurchased these pillows quite a few years ago as had neck problems so nice to get a decent nights sleep. Would highly recommend them, have just purchased some as a gift. Show details
Downia Gold Collection Goose Down

Downia Gold Collection Goose Down

4.0  (7) Summary
parsonsbel
parsonsbel
  King
Danny
DannyWestern Australia7 posts
  King
Cassieo
CassieoNSWNorth Western Region, NSW38 posts
  Verified Super King
Sheridan Deluxe Dream Quilt

Sheridan Deluxe Dream Quilt

2.7  (14) Summary
Dissatisfied
DissatisfiedVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  Double
Sheridan
Sheridan   DM   
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Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith5 posts
 
Poor qualityPurchased this quilt from Myer 2 years ago. Initially I was very happy but now the sides are full of filling and there is virtually nothing in the middle. Should be able to return given the cost if this quilt.  Show details
CHRISTINE VINCENT
CHRISTINE VINCENTNSWMurray Region, NSW3 posts
  Verified
beautiful quiltMy granddaughter loves how soft this quilt is, so light but wonderfully warm Show reply
Sheridan Millennia

Sheridan Millennia

2.9  (8) Summary
Annala
AnnalaNew South Wales2 posts
  Queen
Simply Vera Vera Wang Quilt

Simply Vera Vera Wang Quilt

3.0  (7) Summary
Juliane C.
Juliane C.NSWSouth-Eastern Region, NSW
 
SKS Wool quiltThis was not a cheap quilt to buy. It was lovely and cozy when first placed on bed, but.....before the winter season was over, (it can go as low as -7° here in Crookwell), the filling had bunched around the edges leaving no filling in areas that were needed to keep warm. Show details
Aussie Wool Quilts

Aussie Wool Quilts

5.0  (3) Summary
Mary Anne
Mary AnneNSWSydney, NSW
 
Seb
Seb4 posts
  Verified Queen
Sanja Ess
Sanja EssWAPerth, WA14 posts
  King
The best of the bestI have had mine for 15 years and just love it. Would not change ever and is suitable for all seasons. Worth every cent paid for this amazing product. Highly recommend. Show details ·  1
Standingstrong
StandingstrongVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC5 posts
  King
Beautiful quilt, worth every centI LOVE this quilt. I bought it online 3 years ago and don't regret it. Its perfect for Melbournes freezing winters. I usually require 2 quilts and 3 blankets in winter but since purchasing thi quilt I have not needed more blankets for warmth. I have recommended this to my friends and some have bought one. Show details
SSandi
SSandiAU13 posts
  UltraWool
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Karen
KarenSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
 
Wish I read the reviews firstExactly the same experience as 99% of the reviews here. Flat, near on useless & loses bucket loads of feathers. Thought it would be better given it's price.
Extremely disappointed. Show details
MiniJumbuk Cool Comfort

MiniJumbuk Cool Comfort

4.5  (2) Summary
Kerry F
Kerry FVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC10 posts
  Verified King
Aussie made and owned beautiful summer quiltI have hot flushes at night and this quilt is perfect and light for me. I had the most comfortable sleep under our new minijumbuk cool quilt last night. Very happy with my purchase. Big discount at Myer yesterday too. It is machine wash and dry. Show details
Rob & Pat
Rob & PatWASouth West, WA4 posts
 
Odyssey Quilt Luxurious Duck DownPurchased at the end of last winter, locally in Busselton Not sure what is inside this quilt but its not what I expected. Have original packaging and bank statement. Picture enclosed. We are holding the quilt up next to our bedroom door, this is what it looks like.
ingsy
ingsyQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD47 posts
 
beautiful soft subtle quilt coverThis is a beautiful soft muted toned quilt cover, its also reversible, so you could have one side one season & flip to the other side for another season. Has plastic press stud closures, the material is soft. Best value for money too.
Irene
IreneVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC19 posts
 
Trish
TrishNSWHunter Region, NSW39 posts
 
A duvet to sleep comfortablySuch a great duvet as it’s light but warm in winter and cool in summer as it adjusts to the conditions. Purchased it from Catch at a fantastic price of only $42.99 plus shipping. Very snuggly!
  • Filling MaterialBamboo
Cassieo
CassieoNSWNorth Western Region, NSW38 posts
  Verified
Thinnest, coolest doona for hot flushesI suffer badly from hot flushes, particularly in bed of a night. I’ve tried so many different doonas, which are too heavy and hot. But, don’t like sleeping without a cover over me.
But now I’ve found the Sienna Living Bamboo Summer Quilt from Manchester Factory.
It’s so thin and light and cool. It’s just perfect. Finally a good night sleep.
spookfly
spookflyNSWSydney, NSW15 posts
 
Irene
IreneVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC19 posts
  Verified
Michelle
Michelle3 posts
 
Bedthreads Linen productsMy duvet linen cover and matching pillowcases have changed my world. Never knew what it was like sleeping under 100 percent natural fibres. I live in a very humid environment. I can’t tell you how good it is. Great quality AND excellent customer service. Extremely professional whilst being friendly.
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Koala Mattress

Koala Mattress 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,149) Summary
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Little girl sleeping under a quilt

Warmth and season

Warmth is probably the number one thing most people pay attention to when shopping for a new quilt.

Other countries, such as the UK, use a standardised TOG rating system that measures thermal resistance. Some international quilts sold in Australia will also display a TOG rating. The higher the TOG, the more warmth it insulates - they can range from 1 up to 15.

In Australia, quilts are given a more simple warmth rating from 1 to 7. The packaging usually describes the warmth of the quilt and the season it’s most suitable for.

The warmth rating of your quilt should depend on the climate of your surroundings and how well insulated your house is. You can have more than one quilt and switch between them during different seasons or opt for one all-season quilt if you prefer.

Most quilts sold in stores have a 3 warmth rating since it’s warm enough to cover most Australian cities year-long. However, in many rural areas such as Orange, NSW or Ballarat, VIC nights tend to get very cold and may require a 6 or 7 warmth rating in winter.

The tropical states don't require the same warmth from their quilts as the Southern states and could benefit from a quilt with a 1 or 2 rating. The 2 rating is also ideal for summer in the Southern states. Typically, these warmth ratings will be comfortable under the following temperatures:

  • 1: 20 to 30°C
  • 2: 15 to 25°C
  • 3: 10 to 25°C
  • 4: 5 to 20°C
  • 5: 0 to 15°C
  • 6: -5 to 10°C
  • 7: -10 to 5°C

The warmth of the quilt can also be affected by the construction and stitching. Bad stitching can allow the filling to bunch over to one side instead of stay evenly spaced out, therefore, it’s best to take this into account when choosing. Stitches such as box and channel ensure against this.

Size

The bedding market in each country uses different sizes so bear this in mind when buying quilts or quilt covers from overseas retailers.

First, you should start by getting familiarised with the size of your mattress before you can choose a quilt for you. For stylistic purposes, it’s recommended you get a quilt one size bigger than your mattress if you wish for it to drape over the edges of the bed. If that’s not important to you, then you can get a quilt the same size as your mattress or even two single quilts for one large bed.

International mattress sizes comparison chart

Secondly, keep in mind that quilts and quilt covers come in different sizes depending on the country so order accordingly:

International bed quilt size comparison chart

Weight

In addition to the warmth of a quilt, the weight of the quilt can be an important consideration for some. Warmth does not always equal weight.

Some love to snuggle under the weight of a heavy quilt because it makes them feel comfortable and secure, whereas others prefer light and fluffy quilts that allow them to move about freely.

When choosing the right quilt for you, be sure to check both the warmth rating and the quilt weight to make sure you find the perfect one for you. The use of different materials can allow for a warm yet light quilt if that’s what you prefer.

Quilt filling materials

The filling material makes a hefty contribution to the price and overall comfort of your quilt. This is because the filling you choose can make the difference between a good night’s rest vs waking up from feeling too hot or cold.

Luckily, there is a wide variety to choose from to suit everyone’s tastes.

Cotton

Cotton is a great filling material that absorbs any moisture that it encounters and is hypoallergenic, making it suitable for those who suffer from allergies. It is a durable material that is likely to last you a long time. Cotton is very lightweight and is great for hot sleepers who don’t want anything too heavy or fluffy.

Wool

This is one of the most common types of quilt fillings - it is a natural fibre that is good for helping regulate temperature. It is suitable for those who suffer from allergies and perfect for absorbing moisture. It is good for those who prefer weight on their quilts since you won’t get that fluffiness that adds an aesthetic element.

Duck down

If you picture a fluffy luxury quilt like in all the movies, then you’re probably imagining one made of goose or duck down feathers. They are very soft fillings with high warmth ratings. Unlike other warm fillings, they are not heavy and won’t weigh you down.

Feather

A heavy filling that’s meant to give you a ‘tucked in’ feeling, feather fillings are hypoallergenic and said to be very comfortable. They are luxurious and similar to duck down but weigh more.

Microfibre/polyester

Microfibre is a common synthetic filling that is more affordable than natural fibres. It is easily machine washable, making it a convenient choice for many. It is hypoallergenic and suitable for those with sensitive skin.

On the downside, it is not as durable as many natural fibres are. It is an affordable alternative to feather & down since it can provide a plush look and feel, however, it is much heavier and therefore only suitable for cold sleepers.

Silk

Silk is a luxurious doona filler that can contour around your body’s shape. It offers both warmth and breathability. It isn’t as bulky as natural fibres are but suits both hot and cold sleepers since it is highly thermally regulating. It is a hypoallergenic material with natural antibacterial properties. Silk, while durable, can be a costly filler.

What is GSM?

Each filling will come with a GSM rating. It stands for ‘grams per square metre’ and refers to the weight of the filling. The higher the GSM of filling in the quilt, the warmer it will be. Below are examples of GSMs to help you decide the best quilt for your needs:

  • 150-250 GSM is ideal for light, summer quilts.
  • 250-500 GSM is more suited for autumn and spring weather.
  • 500+ GSM is best for surviving the winter chill.

What is loft?

Loft refers to how fluffy the down quilt is, but it’s not to be confused with the quilt’s actual warmth rating. For down quilts, the warmth is measured in fill power. The higher the fill power, the fluffier the loft. This is also a great indicator of the quilt’s quality.

Below are examples of fill power examples to help you decide the best quilt for your needs:

Up to 400 - Light warmth

400-599 - All Seasons warmth

600-799 - Winter warmth

800+ - Ultimate winter warmth

Doona and quilt alternatives

For those who live in warmer climates, you might not need a thick quilt during the summer months in which case you can opt for a blanket or a coverlet, instead. Otherwise, a good option for colder climates includes a weighted blanket or a heated blanket which you can use in combination with your quilt.

Other things to consider

Machine washable: Something you should look out for in order to make your life easier is how easy your quilt is to wash and maintain. It is recommended that you follow the washing instructions as directed. Some quilts may allow for a machine wash and others may be hand wash only. The same goes for the use of tumble dryers.

Eco friendly: Doonas made of eco-friendly materials may be something you want to consider if you are concerned about the environmental impact of your purchases.

Hypoallergenic: For allergy sufferers, there are many hypoallergenic products on the market to help you avoid symptoms and keep you safe from dust mites.

Durability: Most good quality quilts should last you about 5 years. To prolong the life of your quilt, you should shake it every day to evenly distribute the filling.

Warranty: Since quilts can be big investments monetarily, it’s worth getting a quilt with a comprehensive warranty scheme if you wish to maximise your value for money.

You can read reviews on the best quilts on the market by scrolling up to help inform your purchasing decision.

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