Hungarian vs Siberian Goose Down

While researching which down will be perfect for your dream duvet, you may have encountered vendors emphasising that their goose down is superior because it is Siberian, Canadian, or Hungarian. Don’t be misled into believing the origin of the down is an indicator of quality. Contrary to popular belief, a goose's country of origin has little to no bearing on the quality of its down. Different countries harvest down in different ways, leading some to claim that Hungarian is the best, or Siberian, or that of any other region.

One of the most common errors is associating colder climates with higher quality down. In reality, birds native to colder climates do not produce better down than those originating from warmer regions. Instead, the birds simply produce more down to compensate for the colder temperatures – the actual quality of the down remains the same.

There are other factors which affect the quality of a down product, though. Age is the most important. The most insulating down comes from mature birds.

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Fill Power

The quality and effectiveness of down is measured in down fill power. The higher the fill power rating, the more extensive the air chambers within the down and, thus, the more effective its insulating properties. This is precisely why as down quality increases, the volume of down required to provide the same insulation decreases.

If you prefer a down duvet that feels a little heavier, then find a duvet that has down with a lower fill power or one which possesses a larger percentage of feathers. By contrast, if you prefer an ultra-light, yet very warm duvet, then a high fill power is the way to go. No matter whether it’s Canadian, Hungarian, or Polish goose down that goes into the quilt, it is fill power that will determine its properties.

Down with a higher fill power rating will also last longer because its fibers are less fragile. With a higher fill power, your duvet will be relatively warmer, lighter and last longer than a duvet with down of a lesser quality.

Different sorts of down with different fill power

So Where Does Goose Down Come From?

China is the largest supplier of goose down in the world. However, the best goose down though comes from European countries, such as Poland, Hungary, and France. And then of course we have Canada and more exotic places of origin like Great Britain, Scandinavia, Russia, Serbia and Romania.

Poland, Hungary, and other European nations have a long tradition of raising geese and ducks into adulthood. This results in generally higher grades of down. As you’ve already read, it is the fill power of the down which tells you something about the quality, not its origin. That said, the down industry and harvesting methods do vary somewhat by country.

Hungary

Small map of Hungary

The world's main source of high quality goose down. Hungary provides mainly white and semi-white goose down which is used in our collection of Hungarian down duvet products.

Poland

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Just like Hungary, Poland is a traditional exporter of premium quality goose down. The most famous area for down harvesting is the Masurian Lake District.

France

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The Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. This area is renowned for geese that provide superb quality down. It is very popular with manufacturers all over the world.

Canada

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The Western regions of Canada are famous for their down. Just like the geese in the Pyrenees, the Canadian goose is a guaranteed source of excellent down. And then of course there is Hutterite down, which is one of the best varieties in our opinion.

Greenland and Iceland

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Eiderdown comes from Greenland and Iceland, the main countries where eider ducks nests. The eider duck provides us with the most exclusive and expensive down there is - eiderdown.

Romania

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Europe's greatest wetland, the Danube Delta, harvests a lot of smaller geese that provide excellent quality white and grey goose down.

Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic is home to a lot of duck farms, some of which produce high quality duck down.

United Kingdom

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Goose down from the UK is available only in smaller volumes. Down from the Scottish Highlands is especially popular.

What Really Matters

Here at Downduvet.co.uk, we understand exactly what contributes to product quality when it comes to down duvets and pillows. We focus on what really matters: fill power (and of course outstanding value for money).

You can find out more about fill power and choosing the right products in accordance with your preferences on our page about down fill power. If you have any questions about down quality, origins, or types, then get in touch with our customer service team at any time!

Down Duvet Buyer's 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. Ticking: Good down belongs in a good ticking

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

Do you have any questions? Feel free to ask us!
020 3129 5731 (working days 9am – 4pm, GMT)