Tog Ratings Explained

If you’re slightly unsure about tog ratings, you’re not alone. A tog is the measure of a duvets thermal resistance of a unit area. It is an easily recognisable indication as to the warmth each duvet provides. The higher the tog, the warmer the duvet!

It is one of the most important factors when picking a duvet, and yet we often find that a lot of people don’t fully understand tog ratings.

If you’ve ever woken up excessively warm due to your duvet, the chances are it has a high tog rating. Likewise, if you’ve woken up shivering, the likelihood is you’re using a lower tog duvet which is designed for the summer.

Ensuring your duvet is the correct tog for the season is essential to ensure a good night’s rest. If you’re too warm or too cold, you’re sure to have a disrupted sleep. If you don’t know the tog rating of your duvet, you can check the care label which can be found on each duvet.

When it comes to tog ratings, we’d recommend the following:

  • Summer: 4.5 Tog
  • Spring/Autumn: 9.0 – 10.5 Tog
  • Winter: 13.5 – 15 Tog

Quite simply, your winter duvet should be higher than the duvet you use in the summer. It sounds quite simple however a lot of people do not change their duvet with the season, which can lead to an uncomfortable night of sleep.

Think of it like your wardrobe, you no doubt rotate that to match the season, the same should apply to your duvet!

It is important to remember that tog ratings are based on personal preferences and conditions. For example, if you sleep alone compared to sleeping next to a partner, the heat build-up will differ so you might opt for a different size tog depending on the situation. If you think you need a new duvet, we have plenty to choose from on our online shop.

Written by: Downland Bedding Posted on: 2nd April 2016