Every few days a customer will ask my opinion on which is the best quilt for the winter months. They have one goal in mind—they are looking for a quilt that is warm, easy to clean, not to heavy or not to light and in their price bracket. Considering how cold it has become over the past few weeks it is not unusual that this is our current hot topic and it’s a great one to answer. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most relevant quilts and show you the efficiency of each for warmth.
We have some of the most beautiful bedding in Australia and choice can sometimes become hard with so many options but the most popular quilts are:
Wool: . Wool works for you adjusting your temperature naturally by absorbing excess moisture away from your body so you remain at a comfortable and more even temperature throughout the night. I find it can be a little too heavy for me but some people like this feeling to think warm and snugly. Prices do vary but this can be a very affordable and long lasting quilt.
Feather and Down:
The best down comes from larger, more mature birds. When age and maturity are equal, goose down is better than duck down as it is a much larger bird. The mature down has an extraordinarily high warmth-to-weight ratio. A quilt or sleeping bag filled with this down will be very light and incredibly warm and it will last for decades. Probably the most expensive on the market but a high quality quilt will be long lasting. Here in Australia we mainly have a mix of the two and people who like the light feel will enjoy this quilt. The cons are the down moving during the night leaving you with cold spots.
Alpaca and Alpaca/Bamboo: This is a newer quilt on the market and well suited to our climate as it will also wick moisture away from the body and leave you with an all over warmth and no cold spots as the inner fleece is held in place with internal stitching not the outer “square” stitch. Quilt s can be heavier with the filling and a summer and winter weight can be joined together for those who feel the cold and like a weightier quilt. Well priced easily stored for both season.
Mulberry Silk: I am biased as this is my favourite quilt and I have found over the years I enjoy the more light weight option and the smooth lines of a flat quilt. Silk is warm in winter and cool in summer and has no cold spots or movement of fibre. If you do feel the cold another quilt can be added making it a very seasonable quilt. Again a quality quilt that will last for a number of years and adapts well as we get older and like a lightweight option.
Happy quilt shopping!