As the summer temperature rises you swap pants for shorts and boots for sandals, but does the same need doing in your bedroom? Do you pack up your bulky winter duvet in exchange for something a little lighter? Summer Duvets are commonplace in Hong Kong households, and they even have their own name -冷氣被 meaning “air-conditioning duvet”, but do you know how to select the right one for you and your family? Let us share the top 5 facts you should know when making your choice of the best summer duvets:
1. You might not need a dedicated summer duvet at all
Filled with either cotton, polyester or microfiber, summer duvets are available to buy separately or as part of a thicker duvet set - or子母被 - for year-round flexibility. However, if you arm yourself with the correct knowledge and invest wisely you can purchase one duvet that will provide optimal body temperature regulation and see you through all four seasons.
2. A summer duvet isn’t necessarily a thin duvet
For those in Hong Kong, it is especially important that you choose the correct duvet to meet your summer needs as the heat and humidity makes locals reach for the aircon; a low breathability duvet will make you feel hot and a thinner low insulation one will mean you feel the cold.
3. Choose a microfiber filling for lasting summer comfort
Although one might think a cotton and polyester mix would be a good choice for summer duvet filling whilst the cotton element would remain cool against the skin, the polyester would actually be quite uncomfortable as it does not breathe well. Today’s modern choice is a microfiber filling, a cost-effective yet highly efficient way to remain cozy - with or without the obligatory air-con. At the higher end of the market, you can find microfiber that mimics natural goose or duck down with high-grade synthetic fibers that have been shaved to mimic the texture and warmth of down at a lower price and without the allergy concerns regarding animal products, such as All-Season Duvet™
4. You need a checklist
When looking to choose the ideal duvet there are some features that are nice to have but there are some that are vital.
Our must-have list includes:
On top of this, depending on your budget and preferences, you may want to consider whether you want to have multiple duvets or just one that is suitable for year-round use. Also, any tests conducted or certifications attained are further testaments to the quality of the item you are purchasing.
5. Don’t forget your bedding
Once you’ve selected your duvet, spend the same amount of time choosing your bedding. Look for 100% cotton of a good quality. For example, we only use Gossypium barbadense in our bedding range; our The Luxury Hotel Sheets™ are made of cotton that is used almost exclusively in luxury products due to its rarity and high cost. By using long fibers with few exposed ends our threads are not only smoother but also 4x stronger and softer than regular cotton.
Combine this with a 1-ply one-over-four sateen weave and a thread count of 400 and you can see why our sheets are used exclusively by leading luxury hotels worldwide.