Who doesn’t like to lie in a warm bed under a soft and cozy blanket? It is responsible for the lion’s share of comfort, so it is recommended to approach the choice of model responsibly. Manufacturers offer dozens of fillers with different functions and features that are easy to get confused about.
After analyzing the recommendations of experts, we have identified several characteristics that make the blanket the best for sleeping. Hypoallergenicity is the main quality, because the filler should not cause health problems. Judging by the reviews, breathability, the ability to “breathe”, is considered an equally important property. We paid attention to the ability to absorb moisture and retain shape.
Each duvet has a level of warmth that depends largely on the filling. This characteristic is indicated on the label in the form of a sun on a scale from 1 to 5 (the warmest). The choice of model for summer and winter depends on this. Some materials are able to regulate the temperature and are suitable for year-round use. We also included them in the list of the best.
The last thing we paid attention to is fillers for children. They should have all the properties of blankets for adults, be very light and hold their shape. Baby blankets have to be washed more often, so we took into account the operating conditions.
TOP – 10 best fillers for a blanket
A synthetic winterizer is a cheap, soft filler, which consists of polyester fibers processed in a special way. These blankets weigh very little and retain heat very well. Due to its low weight and availability, the synthetic winterizer is used for children’s sleep products. It is very durable and elastic, easily takes the shape of the body, and then returns to its original form. Before being sold, the filler passes tests and receives certificates, so it is practically safe. The only precaution is an allergy to the glue that is used in the manufacture of synthetic winterizer.
This filler can last quite a long time if you take care of it carefully. It is recommended to wash it by hand or dry-clean it, otherwise the fibers may be damaged. We considered the limitations under which it is able to maintain a comfortable temperature as a significant disadvantage: up to minus 10. In a cold winter, it will not be able to keep warm and warm a person. Another disadvantage is poor air circulation, so you can sweat on hot days. If you wash the synthetic winterizer often, it will lose up to 50% of its thickness.
Every parent probably knows the healing properties of eucalyptus. As a filler, it releases essential oil and fights fungi and bacteria. This material is the only natural antiseptic in the ranking. Judging by the reviews of moms on the forums, the eucalyptus blanket helps children get sick less and improves their sleep. Adults love the relaxing effect of the filler and the ease of use. Just take it out of the closet, shake it and you’re done! After waking up, there is a feeling of lightness, and with proper care, the blanket will last up to 10 years.
The undoubted advantage is the possibility of washing in the machine. When buying, it is recommended to pay attention to the label. If the filler is of high quality, the manufacturer will allow it to be machine washed. This is also a minus: it is very difficult to find a 100% eucalyptus blanket, and the material mixed with other fibers loses most of the antiseptic properties. Most often it is diluted with viscose and wool, sometimes cotton and bamboo are added. Such a blanket is cheaper, but cannot be called the best. And the natural eucalyptus filler smells very strong, even intrusive. Not everyone can get used to the smell.
Holofiber is a synthetic material that has the highest elasticity. The fibers are twisted in a special way to form springs that quickly regain their shape. They shrink under the weight of a person, and then straighten out. Thanks to the sinuous structure, the blanket retains heat and does not let in cold air. This filler has a unique resistance to burning, which, unlike natural fibers, does not ignite. Holofiber does not retain unpleasant odors and is absolutely non-toxic. The main thing is to check the certificates of compliance with standards before buying.
Although holofiber is a synthetic material, it is often used to make children’s clothing and sleep products. It can be washed in any way, it is very stress-resistant to tearing forces. Despite the pros, it also has a lot of cons. Unlike natural materials, holofiber loses its splendor and cakes in 5-8 years, it has to be thrown away. It is required to beat the filler regularly by hand to prolong its effectiveness. Despite care, the fibers will break over time, nothing can be done about it.
7 Camel filler
Camel filler appeared in the rating due to a unique property: it does not collect dust on itself, as it does not accumulate electrical charges. It is suitable for people with respiratory problems, buyers say that the blanket relaxes the muscles. Camel wool acts like thermal underwear, keeping you warm even on the coldest night. Judging by the reviews, buyers fall asleep faster and calmer. The fibers allow air to pass through, preventing the body from sweating or overheating. Due to the rapid evaporation of moisture, the wool is slightly cleaned, so it is quite easy to care for it.
Camel filler is a 100% natural material, so it is suitable for allergy sufferers and people with hypersensitivity. Quality wool has an antibacterial effect, although not as strong as that of the next position in the ranking. Since the fibers are hollow inside, the blankets are almost weightless. It is enough to send it to the washing machine once every 3 months, and it will last for several decades. Although the filler has a minus, because of which we could not put it higher. It collects dust mites and moths, so a couple of times a year it needs to be processed and ventilated for 4-6 hours. The duvet must not be ironed after washing, otherwise the fibers will become stiff.
6 Sheep filler
The healing properties of sheep’s wool were known even to our grandmothers, who tied scarves around the waist. It is not surprising that blankets with this filler quickly gained popularity and appeared in our rating. They help with problems with the spine and joints, soothing the aching body. Sheep wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight, it is always dry and warm. The fibers do not retain dust and moisture, which is suitable for children. The blanket neutralizes odors and toxins that are contained in sweat. This natural antiseptic provides a comfortable sleep, despite some disadvantages.
One of the advantages of sheep wool is its low cost. If we compare it with the leaders of the rating, this filler is much easier to extract, which affects the price. However, there are also many disadvantages: the wool forms lumps very quickly, which will have to be broken by hand. With improper care, dust mites can settle in it. You can’t wash sheep’s wool in a typewriter, and not everyone can wash a heavy blanket by hand. With improper care, the filler will begin to smell, and it is almost impossible to get rid of the smell on your own. Some people are allergic to wool, so it is advised to be careful.
In the middle of the ranking is bamboo, which has unique antibacterial properties. Fungi, mites and bacteria cannot exist in its fibres, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Even after many years of use and many washes, bamboo will be free from pests. Judging by the reviews, these blankets are advised for people with skin inflammation and respiratory problems. It is ideal for children and sensitive customers. Unlike some other natural fillers, bamboo is easy to wash and iron. An important property of the material is color retention and natural protection against fading.
We considered thermoregulation as one of the main advantages of bamboo: it is not cold under it in winter, and not hot in summer. The filler is pleasant to touch, there are no prickly particles in it. The fibers absorb moisture very quickly and dry out, remaining dry even in the heat. Despite the advantages, we could not put it in a higher position: most blankets on the market are a mixture of bamboo with feathers, which greatly reduces the unique properties of the material. This filler weighs practically nothing, at first it will seem as if something is missing. You will have to get used to such a blanket, and there is no guarantee that you will like the new sensations.
Not so long ago, cotton was the most common material due to its low cost and good properties. With the advent of modern technology, this filler began to serve much longer. He deserved a high place in the ranking due to good thermoregulation, that is, the ability to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Buyers in the reviews note that they are purchasing a filler for the cold season. Indeed, it is one of the warmest, but at the same time breathable. In the summer, under a blanket made of cheap material, it can be a little hot. High-quality filler is characterized by effective air exchange, which does not allow the body to overheat.
When buying a cotton blanket, you must consider the method of collection of raw materials: only manually collected and combed fibers become an airy and light product. The second important quality is the solution with which the material was treated, the durability and the risk of dust mites depends on it. Cotton blankets can and should be laundered regularly to keep the fibers free of dust. It is not very suitable for children, as it weighs about 4 kilograms. We considered poor moisture exchange as an important disadvantage. The filler will absorb moisture, but will not evaporate it, remaining wet.
Modern linen blankets are made using a special technology that prevents the filler from deforming and allows the product to be used for decades. It, like other natural materials, has useful properties: excellent thermoregulation and the ability to absorb moisture. Moreover, linen is able to hold up to 12% of water by weight of the entire blanket. It does not electrify and does not absorb odors. Dust mites and moths do not settle in this filler. Flax is suitable for children and adults, protecting them from freezing and overheating. Little guys won’t sweat or sweat.
Flax is indicated for people with asthma and allergies as it does not cause reactions and some believe it prevents them. Judging by the feedback from buyers suffering from SARS, they began to sleep better under this blanket. We were able to find the cause: it is due to good air circulation among the fibers and the absence of dust particles that could enter the respiratory tract. However, the cost of linen blankets is greatly overpriced, especially considering the problems with operation. Everyone knows that linen is very wrinkled after washing, you have to spend a lot of time to keep it in good condition. Poor-quality filler will stray into piles that will have to be broken.
The top three included silk, which is famous for its ability to maintain a comfortable body temperature during sleep. It perfectly absorbs moisture and dries quickly. All blankets with this filler are divided into 2 categories: tussah and mulberry. The former is sold at a bargain price, but has a small drawback: coarse fibers that need to be lightened, bleached and softened with chemicals. Such silk is no longer completely natural, so it is not suitable for people with allergies. Mulberry, on the other hand, costs several times more, but is not treated with chemicals. In order to obtain this type of filler, silkworms are specially grown and fed with special leaves, which affects the cost.
The undoubted advantage of silk is its naturalness, because even cheaper material consists of its fibers. The expensive option does not need to be processed and has been used for blankets and pillows for many years, earning a huge amount of positive feedback. At the same time, everyone can choose the cost in accordance with their capabilities. Despite the advantages, silk also has a big disadvantage. Finding a quality product is almost impossible, as the market is filled with fakes. Without feeling the blanket, it is very difficult to determine whether it is imitation or natural silk.
In the first place, we put the elite cashmere filler, which is the warmest type of wool. It is harvested from the cashmere goat by hand, only in this way the unique properties are preserved. Such blankets are considered among the best, as the finest fibers create small air chambers, allowing the material to “breathe”. Cashmere is quite light, but, judging by the reviews, it is still felt on the body. There is no feeling as if you are sleeping without a blanket. In winter, this material retains heat, in summer it does not sweat and maintains a comfortable body temperature.
The undoubted advantage of the filler is durability, because even after 10 years, cashmere will not slip or roll (with proper care). The blanket keeps its shape well and does not wrinkle much. Cashmere is a completely natural material, which reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. Due to its unique properties, dust mites do not start in it, moisture does not linger in the fibers. Parents note that they purchase cashmere blankets for children who sleep restlessly and fidget a lot. However, it is not for nothing that the filler is considered elite. A significant disadvantage is the inflated cost, because for one blanket you need to collect wool from 15 or 20 goats. Due to the price, many will choose another filler, although its unique properties cannot be found anywhere else.