The real story on silk duvets

St Geneve Silk Duvet

If there is one thing we’ve noticed a lot of over the past few years, it’s the amount of misinformation and misrepresentation of silk filled duvets. The Mattress & Sleep Company ships silk filled duvets all over Canada and the United States, and we’re huge fans of this type of duvet. That being said, we feel that often a silk duvet is purchased for the wrong reasons and that the intended purpose of use is not actually well matched by the characteristics of this filling material.

Luxeport Silk Filled Duvet

Luxeport Premium Light Weight Silk Duvet

The Marketing Angle

Silk duvets are advertised with two large benefits over other duvet types:

  1. Silk duvets are exceptionally light weight
  2. Silk duvets sleep cooler than anything else

Both of these statements are misleading and dare we say, essentially false.

Light Weight

Yes, compared to certain synthetic fills, we would agree that silk duvets are light weight. However, compared to most other natural filling materials, silk duvets are actually quite heavy. In order from lightest to heaviest, our natural filled duvets are ranked as follows:

  1. Down filled duvets by St. Geneve (approx. 175 to 250 grams per metre)
  2. Alpaca/sheep’s wool blended duvets by Crescent Moon (approx. 335 to 490 grams per metre)
  3. Luxeport Premium Silk Duvets (Light Weight) & St. Geneve Premium Silk Duvets (approx. 400 to 450 grams per metre)
  4. Natura sheep’s wool duvets (610 grams per metre)
  5. Luxeport Premium Silk Duvets (Deluxe Weight) (745 grams per metre)

For example, a summer weight St. Geneve Ziegler Polish goose down duvet (one of our best sellers), is 189 grams per metre. The light weight Luxeport Premium Silk Duvet (our best selling silk duvet) is 445 grams per metre. This means that the comparable goose down duvet weighs less than half as much.

It’s also not just about the amount of total weight. You must also consider how you want the duvet to feel on top of you. A silk duvet closely follows the shape of your body, transferring the complete weight of the duvet to you. A down duvet on the other hand floats above you, a side effect of the significant amount of air that high quality down will trap. This means that a down duvet feels significantly lighter than any other duvet filling as the already light weight construction is further separated by the floating effect of the filling material.

One type of feel is not better than the other, it is merely personal preference.

St Geneve Silk Duvet

St Geneve Premium Silk Duvet

Coolest Sleeping Temperatures

This is false. Although silk duvets tend to sleep very cool, they also tend to work in a narrower temperature range when compared to most other natural fillings. This sounds like a negative statement, but it isn’t. If you have a climate controlled environment which doesn’t vary, a silk filled duvet can be absolutely fantastic to sleep under. They will maintain a very stable temperature and will do a fine job of balancing humidity.

However, if your temperature and environment are variable, silk may not be the best choice. High quality goose down tends to work in the widest possible temperature range, followed by camel and alpaca varieties.

Why choose silk?

The real reasons to choose silk are as follows:

  1. You’d like a medium-heavy weight duvet which drapes naturally around the body.
  2. Your bedroom temperature is stable and does not vary during the season(s) in which you plan to use the duvet.
  3. You are okay with the possibility of having to use two different duvets for summer and winter if the climate varies significantly where you live.
  4. You would like the health benefits of a natural filled duvet at a more reasonable price point.

Silk Duvets are a wonderful choice when purchased for the right reasons. The Mattress & Sleep Company prides ourselves on having a very high success rate in matching our customers with the right type of duvet and silk duvets are one of many wonderful natural filled duvets at our disposal.

In general, a natural filled duvet of any variety is simply superior to any synthetic duvet or comforter.


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