About down

Down clusters are shaftless feather-like tufts from geese and ducks. They have an almost invisible core where miniscule filaments with tiny barbs grow in all directions. These barbs help to evenly distribute the down inside quilt compartments so that down duvets provide an even layer of warmth without cold patches.

There is only one indicator used when measuring the quality of down, and that is fill power. The higher the fill power, the more air is trapped within the down, and the higher the insulating quality will be.

Down or feathers for your duvet?

In addition to down, a quilt can also contain feathers. Unlike down, feathers have a clear shaft that results in a lower fill power. Duvets and pillows that are filled with a combination of down and feathers feel firmer than those filled only with down. For cushions and pillows, this can be an advantage. For duvets, however, most people prefer to have the highest possible down percentage.

Goose or duck down for your duvet?

There is a widespread misunderstanding that goose down is better than duck down. It is true that the insulating capacity of goose down is slightly higher than that of duck down (A duck down cluster has 87% of the insulating capacity of an equal sized goose down cluster). Goose down is more popular, and therefore more expensive, than duck down. However, a high quality duck down is preferable to a lower quality goose down.

Canadian or Hungarian goose down?

Another misunderstanding is that the origin of down is an indication of its quality. This is not the case. Down from a certain country is not better than that of another country. Similarly, down from colder countries is not superior to down from countries with a milder climate.

Eiderdown

The most exclusive type of down is eiderdown. This is gathered from the eider duck, and is mainly produced in Iceland. Here the eider ducks are “kept”, and at the end of the breeding season the nests are manually cleared, resulting in around 20 grams of down per clutch, which is then carefully cleaned by hand. Due to the small quantities produced, eiderdown is a very exclusive product, which is reflected in the price of the duvets. Eiderdown typically has a brown colour.

Down regulations

Since 2001 there has been legislation in Europe to inform consumers of the composition of down duvets and pillows, using the EN12934 standard. The labels on down duvets must include the following information:

- Origin
- Colour of filling
- Down / feather ratio expressed as percentages
- Division into classes (Class I to Class III for goose and duck)

-> Class I: Only new down and feathers may be processed
-> Class II: Recycled down and feathers or other filling materials up to 15%
-> Class III: Percentage of 'foreign' filling may be more than 15%

We offer only the highest quality duvets and pillows (Class I).

Where possible we note the fill power of the down in our duvets, which is the only objective measurement of down quality.


Down Duvet Buyers Guide

Choose your duvet in 4 simple steps

  1. Duvet size: Which duvet size do I need?
  2. Tog: Choose the right tog
  3. Fill power: What is Fill Power?
  4. Duvet fabric: Good down belongs in a good fabric

Compare all down duvets by duvet price, size, season, brand, fill power, fabric and down.

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