At a time of the year where manufacturers and distributors compete to outdo each other in ingenuity to convince the consumer that the duvets they offer will be the most comfortable for the summer season, let's take an interest in what really makes the difference and allows one duvet rather than another to occupy both first place on the podium (in marketing language, to be among the best sales), and to have a prominent place in the heart, and especially bedding of the famous housewife under 50!
Before we get to the heart of the matter, let's clear some of the "nuisances" which have no value other than being cheap and easy to look after.
At the top of the list of duvets unsuited to the warm season, we will find the synthetic duvets with 100% polyester and often silicone fibres which unfortunately don't allow air to pass through, and don't allow the body to regulate its temperature, let alone get rid of moisture it produces during the night: here, we're talking about sweat.
Since polyester fibre is naturally (no pun!) waterproof and airtight, and therefore very uncomfortable, the trick for manufacturers is to reduce the weight of the duvet as much as possible in order to mechanically decrease the covering power, and therefore its natural tendency to make you sweat!
We are selling you duvets that are actually cheap (because they're very thin and inexpensive to produce), but 100% polyester, the "pompom" undoubtedly going back to "microfibre" duvets, not only with synthetic filling, but also with an outer layer that comes straight out of a test tube!
To sum up, and without any bias, if wearing a nylon t-shirt were pleasant in the middle of summer, we'd know! Why would a duvet be so thin that its filling would have qualities that the stitch of a simple t-shirt wouldn't have?
Let's be serious, opting for a synthetic duvet in winter may be an acceptable choice often dictated for an economic reason, but doing so in summer is an unfortunate mistake as it is so uncomfortable.
Remember: polyester = sweat!
Now that we've put synthetic duvets to one side, let's see, as objectively as possible, which of the natural duvets will help you avoid night sweats.
If goose or duck down duvets are at the top of the ladder in the cold season, provided that it is new down and that the duvet has been manufactured carefully and in accordance with standard practice, they often prove to be too hot in mid-season and completely unbearable in summer, whatever their filling.
They have the same advantages as down and therefore the same disadvantages: they are perfect in winter, but often heavy and suffocating in summer. Also, let's face it, we rarely associate wool with the warm season whatever use we make of it, and even if some particularly light wool duvets may be suitable in summer, it isn't the idea that we're worrying about!
Bamboo Fibre Duvets
Unfortunately, they haven't kept the promises they seemed to make when they appeared on the market in the early 2000s. Very crumbly and sustainable, their filling disintegrates over the years to transform into fine particles similar to powder that gathers in a part of the pieces of cloth sewn into the duvet, creating whole areas without any filling.
So we're left with silk duvets!
At first very popular with drapers and used to make elegant, silky, sometimes even voluptuous bed linen, silk has very quickly earned its stripes in the very closed society of natural materials intended for the manufacture of quality bedding items.
Naturally healthy and insulating, silk has slowly but surely established itself on the market of natural pillows and duvets, and, more precisely, summer duvets for its countless properties offering a very special environment that is favourable for sleep during the warm season.
Duvets filled with natural silk have a great thermoregulating capacity, allowing them to adapt to the heat of the room, and facilitating the "heat exchange" between your body and the external environment.
They keep warm, but not excessively so, and avoid the unpleasant sensation of suffocation that you may feel in the summer with other types of duvets.
A duvet's ability to absorb moisture is just as important as the heat it provides you. Waking up in the middle of the night soaked in sweat is an unpleasant sensation which forces you to throw off the bedclothes and then wrap up again, without really managing to get restful sleep.
A silk duvet will allow a perfect evacuation of sweat, the silk fibre absorbing moisture of up to 30% of its own weight. In addition, if there are other materials that absorb perspiration, only silk quickly evacuates moisture away. So people who sweat a lot at night will sleep better and wake up well-rested in the morning.
Naturally antibacterial, silk helps to maintain a healthy duvet, without you having to do the washing more often, and without having to resort to any chemical treatment. Daily ventilation and the use of a duvet cover, which will be washed regularly, will be enough to maintain perfect hygiene.
Finally, silk provides an invigorating sensation of freshness that is completely unique, and that you will quickly discover from the first nights of use when it's hot, making it the best light-weight, anti perspiration duvet.
How to Choose an Authentic Silk Duvet
A silk duvet isn't just a duvet that contains silk, not all duvets are the same!
But what really makes the difference? How do you choose before buying?
1 - Firstly, by paying close attention to the quality of the raw material used:
- First of all, avoid like the plague cheap duvets made of "rayon" and offered by sellers who have little regard for the quality of their products and the satisfaction of their customer!
"Rayon", also called viscose or "artificial silk", is to silk what nylon is to cotton! It was originally a vegetable textile, but is now produced in a very artificial way, with qualities that are a thousand leagues from those of natural silk.
- Only the use of silk from mulberry tree worms (Bombyx) is possible, and ideally from grade A silk resulting from the selection of superior quality cocoons which can be unrolled in a long and regular wire, and make it possible to get a uniform filling.
2 - Next, ensuring careful manufacturing in accordance with standard practice.
- A premium silk duvet will be hand-crafted, without over-stitching, after a traditional and meticulous process involving stretching and crossing long silk fibres over a multitude of thicknesses.
A sign that says a lot about the care taken in making your duvet: a zip allowing you to assess the quality of the filling at a single glance. Only manufacturers who are certain of their products will venture into this difficult but beneficial concern for transparency!
- A serious manufacturer will also be committed to the complete absence of toxic substances. For example, make sure that the manufacturer has a health inspection certificate, such as the Oeko Tex 100 standard certificate, which guarantees that the products concerned are free from harmful substances to your health and skin.
- What's more, there's no point in having optimal filling if the duvet cover is synthetic! So, you'll only choose a duvet with a 100% cotton cover and ideally made in a beautiful percale with tight weaving, a guarantee of longevity and comfort.
- "Last but not least", you obviously have to opt for lightweight!
A silk summer duvet that weighs more than 200 grams will already be too hot. 170/180 g/m2 corresponds to the standard, and will be perfect if you're looking for a lightweight, anti-perspirant duvet.
3 - And the price, you say?
Good news: no programmed obsolescence here!
If quality comes at a price, a quality summer duvet will not only bring you unrivalled comfort, but will also last much longer. The silk summer duvet that you buy will accompany you long-term.
All you have to do is choose a beautiful bedding set, also made from 100% natural fibres... and why not a silk duvet cover for a 100% silk ensemble!
Silk duvet covers also have anti-perspirant properties, as unlike cotton, which is moist when it absorbs water, silk remains dry to the touch. This is why silk is so nice to wear in summer. This property gives a more pleasant feeling and a healthier environment that helps you get to sleep.