If you find yourself pulling out icy lattes and light coats for hot drinks and bulky coats, then it’s clear that winter is coming whether you like it or not. While we can handle umbrellas and boots, it feels a bit extreme to swap out summer duvets for huge winter bed covers, with higher tog ratings.
James Higgins, the CEO of sustainable bedding company Ethical Bedding (opens in new tab) has looked at temperature stats for the past two years to reveal what it thinks is the best, exact date to switch to your best duvet for winter this year. But is there any truth to it and what clothes should you go for this time of year? We investigate.
Why and when to switch to a winter duvet?
Watch UK weather forecasts from Statista (opens in new tab)there has been a steady increase in the average daily temperature in the UK since the 1960s.
Despite this, when the seasons change, there are still significant drops in temperature, and Higgins notes that the figures for 2021 show the average daily temperature from August (16.1 degrees Celsius) to October (12.1 degrees Celsius) by 25 percent has fallen. Whether you sleep warm or cold, that big difference will be noticeable when it’s bedtime.
That is why Higgins thinks it may be wise to change your duvet earlier this year: ‘We recommend people who want to exchange their duvet a little earlier in preparation, which is Sunday 25 September.’
The 25th is the ideal date to change your duvet, as it is a few days before a predicted and historically recorded average temperature drop. As a Sunday, it’s also a great day to get your house in order for the coming week and you won’t be overwhelmed by major climate changes by the end of the month.’
“The best two togs to take in the winter months are usually a 7 or a 10.5. The best tog for you depends entirely on the type of sleeper you are. If you’re a naturally warm sleeper or have a smaller, cozy room that retains heat, a 7 is enough to take you into the colder months. If you have a larger or drafty room, a 10.5 may be the best choice. The difference between the two togs is the thickness of the file in your duvet and sometimes the fabric. Polyester is a more breathable material, so you may need a higher tog to get the same effect as down, which retains heat better and requires a less intense tog level.”
Outside versus inside temperature
But should we focus more on the temperature of your actual home, and more specifically the bedroom? After all, with the cost of living on our minds, we all think twice about turning on the heating, if at all, which as a result will affect how cool our bedrooms are at night, especially when upgrading. of home insulation is out of the question.
According to Dormeo, one of Europe’s most trusted bedding brands, ‘A 13.5 took the winter duvet (opens in new tab) is perfect for the colder months, depending on how low the temperature drops in your bedroom at night.’
Dormeo encourages you to maintain a bedroom temperature of 18-21 degrees at night as well and increase your bedding to 15 when your house gets colder.
As for when to do this, if you’re trying to cut energy costs, as Higgins points out, maybe the sooner the better.
What our bedding expert says
“There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to changing duvets for the season,” says Louise Oliphant, eCommerce writer and sleep expert at Real houses.
“Besides basing this on when the weather changes, I recommend swapping out your summer bedding for cold-weather pieces if you notice it getting colder at night.”
“Rather than reaching for your itchy blankets in the back of the closet or putting on an extra pair of socks to sleep in, a winter comforter should be at the top of your to-do list.”
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Oliphant explains: ‘It’s true, thicker duvets with a higher Tog rating can make all the difference in keeping you nice and warm at night. Tog refers to how effectively a duvet can retain heat, so choosing a duvet around 10.5 tog in the coldest months will give you the extra insulation you need. So don’t wait for Christmas to come, but invest in one of the best duvets for the winter, as soon as you don’t sleep optimally.’
There are also other factors to consider, such as the size of your room and ventilation. So if you have a small bedroom and prefer a warmer room, the cozy dimensions can be beneficial.
“If you have a fairly small room or one with only one window, the heat can get trapped more easily at night, meaning you may not need as thick a duvet as those with larger, draftier rooms. In this case, I recommend sleeping with a tog of 7 instead of 10.5, because it helps your body better control the temperature in a smaller room.’ Higgins adds.
If you’re short on cash, applying soft throws can be a good interim solution. If your budget allows, consider investing in a complete fall bedding set to further cozy up your space.
If you are very cold, an electric blanket can of course be a good choice. And keep an eye on the weather and temperature via an app on your smartphone – or download Alexa (opens in new tab) (or any other smart speaker), to do the work for you!
How to shop for the right tog
When buying duvets it can be useful to know what the different tog classifications mean. The scale runs from 1 to 15, with 1 being very cool and 15 being the warmest – most duvets start at 4.5 FYI.
Here, Higgins outlines the five most popular tog reviews so you can see which one suits your sleeping style.
- 4.5 took – a 4.5 tog rating is designed to keep you cool at night and is ideal for anyone who suffers from night sweats.
- 7 took – a 7.0 tog rating is still on the cooler side, but will provide slightly more warmth if your room is air conditioned or if you keep a fan on at night. It is also ideal for when the temperature starts to fluctuate between seasons and is often chosen for year round bedding.
- 10.5 nam – slightly warmer, a 10.5 tog rating continues to provide enough insulation to keep you warm when it’s cold without getting unbearable in the heat.
- 13.5 nam – 13.5 tog duvet is ideal for cold weather bedding, but can get a little too much when the temperature starts to rise. Consider buying a cooler quilt that you can swap for summer.
- 15 took – 15 is the highest rating of the tog duvet, and again, it can feel a bit too much in the heat. You should almost certainly consider buying a thinner comforter so you have a cooler option.