When purchasing a duvet, there are a lot of criteria to weigh against each other, such as filling material, weight, level of warmth and price. To make the purchase decision a bit easier for you, we have summarized the main features of our duvets and have put together some information on the fabrics and techniques used to make our duvets. We hope this will be helpful to you, but if there is anything we did not answer to your fullest satisfaction, please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@novadown.co.nz. We're more than happy to help!




I don't know which fill to choose - down, wool or alpaca?


We often get asked about the difference between down and wool duvets. We believe the main difference between these two materials is the way the duvet lays on your body when you sleep. While down duvets shape themselves around your body and allow for you to really snuggle up in them, wool and alpaca duvets tend to lay a little looser on top of your body and don't have quite the same ability to mold around your body. Both duvet types will keep you comfortable and warm, it is simply a personal preference of how enclosed you want to feel in bed.



Which duvet style is best for me?


Once you have decided what type of fill you want to go with, there is still the question of the fill weight. For everybody that is looking for a duvet that keeps them really warm, but is light, we would suggest going for a single duvet either in Hungarian or white goose down. If you live in the warmer regions of New Zealand, you might be better of with our Hungarian goose down summer weight duvet or a duck down duvet to avoid overheating. And for those that don't mind having two duvets on top of each other and look for an all-year round solution, our 4 season duvets are the ideal option.



Our Fabrics


We take great pride in choosing the best quality fabrics for our products, using only 100% natural materials for our duvet covers.


Our duvet covers are made from 100% cotton and woven using the Cambric weave style, which we have found to be the most suitable for our duvets. Depending on the duvet you buy, the cover has a thread count of either 290 or 400, with the 400 being the softer, finer material. The thread count is calculated by counting the number of threads woven in one square inch of fabric and is based on the number of threads woven horizontally ("weft") and vertically ("warp").


Sometimes you will find products that claim thread counts of over 1000. To achieve such high numbers, extra thread is woven into the "weft" threads to increase the total thread count. This is why higher thread counts do not automatically mean better quality. Most expert weavers argue that the maximum number of threads that can be woven per square inch ranges between 500 and 600. This number is obviously arguable, but it does give you a general idea of the quality and softness of our products.






Our Duvet Construction - Baffled Wall Construction for Down and Feather Duvets


A baffle is an internal fabric wall that separates the top and bottom layers of fabric in down and feather duvet inners. While adding loft to the duvet, these internal walls also add strength as they allow the duvet "give", reducing stress on fabric and stitching when you toss and turn at night. More importantly, these internal walls also lock the down into place for consistently even warmth and maximum loft.



The baffled box style, which is used by Novadown, is a more costly method of construction, but has several distinct advantages over other, cheaper construction styles:

  • It confines the down more evenly in each chamber, eliminating shifting
  • It maximizes loft for better insulation and a fluffier look and feel
  • Most importantly, it eliminates cold spots common to other construction styles

     The baffled box style used by Novadown



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