Although quilts are a great alternative to blankets and very comfortable to use all year round, not all of them are created equal. So here’s a short rundown of the different types that might help you choose right.
Popular for their breathability, durability, softness, and comfort, cotton quilts are ideal for warmer months as cotton is considered a cool fabric that is thinner and lighter than some other types of quilt materials. Made out of natural fibre, cotton quilts have the power to wick moisture. They are sturdy, non-allergenic (ideal for people with allergies), and machine washable. Cotton quilts can substitute two blankets, so, if you are looking for something that is quality, lightweight and light-warm, cotton quilts are the right choice for you.
Suitable for all year round, a woolen quilt offers incredible warmth during wintertime, while keeping you cool during summertime. The wool fibres have the power to absorb body moisture while keeping your body dry without making you feel hot or sweaty. During cooler months, a woolen quilt can keep you warm as the wool fibre can trap and retain the warm air underneath it, giving you an even heat distribution of warmth. Wool is an eco-friendly and non-flammable material, and having a wool quilt in your bedroom can make a whole a lot of difference. Generally, woolen quilts are soft to touch, extremely comfortable and appealing, which is the reason why so many Australians rely on these four-season quilts. Regarding the cleaning part, even though wool is machine washable, manufacturers recommend dry cleaning.
Feather and Down Quilts
Feather and down quilts are natural and lightweight and they can provide you with incredible warmth thanks to the down and feathers of geese. Down is soft and fluffy and is located under the outer layer of the goose and has the role to protect them from the cold. Even though lightweight, down quilts can provide you with great insulation, much more than a normal feather quilt would. Consequently, the more down, the better the comfort, warmth and insulation. These types of quilts must be dry cleaned as the regular machine can ruin downs and feathers.
Synthetic polyester quilts are hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and easy to clean, which is great for people with allergies. Synthetic microfiber quilts, on the other hand, are a great imitation of the feather and down products as they are light and fluffy. Both types are very warm and can retain heat, however, natural materials are way better for your skin and health than synthetic ones.