Best Quilt & Doona in Australia: Top 9 (2021 reviews)
This guide will help you find the best Quilt and Doona. Buying the perfect quilt is an investment to help you get a good nights sleep. The list we have prepared includes Australian wool quilts, cotton quilts, feather and microfibre quilts.
So what do you call a quilt? Duvet, Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably in Australia. We generally refer to them as quilts in this review.
People underestimate the importance of a quality quilt. This is because your temperature during the night has a big influence on your sleep quality. There are two key factors to finding the perfect quilt.
Seasons and Climate
You want to research for a range of quilts that considers your season, climate and region. For instance, Queenslanders tend to go with bamboo, lighter wool filling and cottons as they are more breathable. Melbournians and Tasmanians tend to need heavier wool and down.
We recommend that you change your quilt for different seasons to obtain the most comfortable temperature.
Cheaper quilts tend to have high heat retention that means that they do not regulate your body temperature well especially is warmer climates.
Quilts come in a range of fibres, each with pro’s and cons. Whatever you decide on, we recommend getting the highest quality you can afford, as they will usually last longer and contribute to less waste and landfill. Most quilt casings are made from 100% cotton and/or bamboo. Also consider if you are an allergy sufferer or co-sleep with someone who is. If you are a hot sleeper we recommend buying a breathable quilt.
Here are some key points about the most popular filling you should consider before choosing the perfect quilt for you:
- Wool Quilts – natural, breathable, warm, and medium to heavy and dense. Long lasting, hypoallergenic
- Cotton Quilts – natural, soft, light weight (although can be made thicker in some cases), vegan, hypoallergenic
- Bamboo Quilts - Natural, heavier-duty, ethical, can take longer to dry, good moisture wicking, vegan, good for those will allergies
- Down and feather Quilts – natural, however not ethically sourced. Hard wearing and long lasting. They are known for being fluffy, comfy and warm.
- Microfibre Quilts – easy care, machine washable, fast air drying. Easy to clean for children and light weight. Durable and long lasting, good for those with allergies, while still having that fluffy feeling of down and feather.
In recent years weighted blankets have become popular. Similarly, some people feel greater comfort with a heavier quilt. While others like a light and fluffy feel. To get the weight that is right for you look out for the GSM (grams per square metre) which varies. Summer quilts are lower GSM, Winter quilts are higher. For instance, anything from 500GSM or above is suitable for winter, cooler sleepers and cooler climates.
To help you select the right quilt for you we have listed the best quilts in Australia.
BEST QUILTS IN AUSTRALIA
#GoKindly Summer Wool Quilt
#GoKindly Summer Wool Quilt – is an Australian made quilt that is ideal for the warmer months or for all seasons in warmer climates. It is made from natural wool so it provides natural warmth and is breathable by helping regulate body temperature and moisture. This gives you a comfortable nights sleep. 300 GSM Pure Wool filling.
This Quilt is sold here, so we are biased! But we think it's the best because it is a quality Quilt and 50% of profits support women experiencing homelessness.
Priced at $225 for a double including free delivery anywhere in Australia. They even come in a Super King!
For those in Melbourne, Click & Collect is available.
You can buy the #GoKindly Summer Quilt here.
If you are looking for a warmer quilt check out the #GoKindly Winter Quilt here.
Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven
Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven– Double from $206. 100% Breathable bamboo, 200 gsm in summer and 400gsm in winter version. PETA Approved, Vegan. Dry Clean only. Bafflebox stitching to hold filling in place
Bambi Tencel Ecorenew
Bambi Tencel Ecorenew – Priced at $639 for an all season double. The quilt is a mid-weight GSM. Tencel is pulp from Eucalyptus trees and is vegan friendly. Machine washable and easy care. Good moisture wicking for hot sleepers, naturally hypo-allergenic. 5 year warranty.
You can visit the Bambi website here.
Sheridan Deluxe Dream
Sheridan Deluxe Dream – Double from $299.99. Easy care, micro loft 250 gsm. Classy piping and 100% cotton outer. Gentle Machine wash, line dry. Poly inner, with cross stitching to hold filing in place. Lightweight, but with good fullness.
You can buy this quilt here.
Tontine Lux All Season
Tontine Lux All Season – Priced from $99 for a double. Is a medium, lightweight poly quilt suitable for mild climates. Machine Washable and easy care. Made in Australia, good for allergy sufferers.
Visit the Tontine to buy this quilt.
Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down
Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down – Priced from $899.99 for a double. Dry Clean recommended. Lightweight, 5 star warmth rating GSM 317. Soft and lightweight. Retains heat well.
Visit Adairs to buy this quilt.
Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose
Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose by Morgan & Finch – Double priced from $349.95. Cross seasonal, 8.5 warmth rating. Box stitch construction for long life. Dry Clean only. Stitched in a box construction to prevent shifting of fill.
You can find this quilt here.
PureZone Cotton Quilt
PureZone Cotton Quilt – Priced from $149.95 for a double. 300 GSM, 100% cotton outer and inner. Machine washable. Recommended for warmer climates and hot sleepers. Lightweight and easy care.
Visit PureZone here.
BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk
BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk – All seasons Double priced from $380. 100% silk filling, suitable for milder climates. Double stitched with a 5 year warranty. Filling 100% mulberry silk.
You can buy this quilt here by visiting Beddingco.
Another quilt that is worth looking at is the Mini Jumbuk Everyday Wool. It is Australian made and you can buy the Mini Jumbuk here.
For a summary of the Quilt recommendations see below:
|Quilt||Filling||Double priced from|
|#GoKindly Summer Quilt||Wool||$225|
|Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven||Bamboo||$206|
Bambi Tencel Ecorenew
|Sheridan Deluxe Dream||Poly||$299|
|Tontine Lux All Season||Poly||$99|
|Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down||Goose down||$899|
|Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose||Goose down||$349|
|PureZone Cotton Quilt||Cotton||$149|
|BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk||Silk||$380|
A guide to finding the best Quilt
First up – some common quilt questions.
What is the difference between a Duvet, a Doona and a Quilt?
Nothing. They’re terms used interchangeably in Australia. Traditionally a Quilt was a hand sewn cotton blanket, and it is sometimes still a way to describe a hand-made patchwork quilt. However usually Duvet, Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably in Australia.
Is a quilt a blanket?
A blanket is traditionally a woven (usually woollen or cotton) single layered cover, where a quilt is a filled, double layed construction, which a cover is placed over.
What is the best quilt filling?
It depends on your preference, your climate and your values. Common fillings are wool, down, feather, microfibre, cotton and bamboo. All have pro’s and cons. You can learn more further down.
Which Quilts are the warmest?
The Warmth of a quilt depends on the thickness (or GSM) of the quilt inner. All inners can be warm, depending on the thickness of the material, and the breathability you require for your climate and or body temperature.
Is a quilt the same as a doona?
Yes, in Australia Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably.
Are wool quilts good?
Its difficult to classify as quilt as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ they all have a niche for certain climates and body-warmth types. Some are also better for allergies, some are vegan, some are easier to care for than others. Wool is a great quilt, if you’re after a heavier, dry clean option. See some options below.
Is 500gsm wool quilt warm?
500 GSM is considered as 'warm'. Anything between 350 to 450 GSM is called ‘all seasons.’ Anything above 450 GSM is suitable for winter and cooler climates.
What is the difference between a quilt and a bedspread?
A bedspread is designed to cover a bed, as a top covering. It is usually single layed, and not designed for warmth. It has no filling, and is usually decorative.
What to consider when searching for a new Quilt:
Seasons – Summer, Winter or all-rounder quilt?
People living in climates like Melbourne, where the summers are warm and the winters chilly – often have 2 quilts, on rotation according to the weather. They find a lighter version is best for hot summer nights, and a thicker version better for Winter. Some prefer a second Medium style rather than an heavy winter quilt, which they add on top of their summer version, to save space and money.
- Summer Quilt: Dry warm climates lend themselves to fillings such as bamboo, cotton and microfibre. Alternatively go with a light filling wool quilt. These are lighter, more breathable options which are better suited to warm and hot sleepers and warm climates.
- Winter Quilt: cold climates lend themselves to heavier fillings such as wool and down, and a heavy style cotton-wadding. Heavier microfibres are also suitable.
Fill Pattern of your Duvet refers to how the fill is kept in place inside your duvet. With feathers, wood and microfibre, you need to ensure that the fill is sewn into pockets which hold it into place, and ensure the fill is kept consistent. With cheaper duvets you may find that the fill patterns are not consistent and this will effect the warmth of the duvet. Most Duvets are filled into a square or diamond grid pattern, to keep the fill consistent.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Machine washable: You’ll find that cottons, bamboos and microfibres are easy care, machine washable doona’s. Usually they can be tumble dried – but we recommend air drying where possible. This gives the fibres time to rejuvenate, and sunshine kills germs.
These fibres are good for children for instance, who may have accidents or get doona’s grubby.
- Dry Clean - Down and Wools are not as easy to care for – and most are recommended for dry-clean only. We have personally washed ours on slow, gentle cycles, and air dried with no problems – but manufacturers do recommend dry cleaning only.
- Sunshine – we’re big fans of sunshine for airing and refreshing bedding. Sunshine and some fresh air rejuvenates and kills germs
- Guarantees - Most brands offer a 5 year warranty or guarantee.
Thickness and GSM
Everyone likes a fluffy, soft comfortable duvet or quilt.
GSM (Grams Per Square Metre) is often used to describe the thickness. It doesn’t necessarily equal warmth, but can be an indicator. A suggested indicator is 250gsm for warmer climates, 400-500gms for moderate and 600+ for colder climates.
Weight and space considerations Winter doona’s take up space – they’re usually heavier and bulkier. So lets be real about the fact you’ll need to store them in summer in Australia. Think through where and how you would store yours. If you have limited space, we suggest that a mid-range option might be suitable, which will be less bulky and allow you to put it on top of our existing summer doona for extra warmth. The downside of this is that you will need 2 covers.
Wool and down tend to be heavier than cotton and bamboo, so it does depend on the fibre you choose.
Some storage options are underbed storage in the existing bag your doona comes in, simply fold it back up and store it under your bed. Other options include blanket boxes from Ikea and Kmart, or even folding it into an existing cover and storing it up high in a wardrobe or shelve.
Wherever you store your doona’s in the ‘off’ season, make sure they are will protected and covered from dust mites. Especially if you are prone to allergies.
Quilts come in standard sizes, from single through to King (and even Super King!). It depends on the size of your mattress and bed frame, which you would choose. Also take into consideration your bed linen – and match your quilt size to your linen to ensure you do not need to replace it with a new quilt. As a guide, we find that going up a size (for instance using a queen on a double bed can be a good way to get good coverage when you’re sleeping with someone who moves a lot in their sleep. This can also be a good way to get extra warmth from a summer or all-season quilt. The extra coverage ensures that cold air doesn’t sneak in.
With our guide we hope you have been able to find the best quilt for you to sleep comfortably. Another key to a good nights sleep is choosing the best pillow and mattress. They both, like a Quilt, can have an impact on your temperature when you sleep that is a key factor to getting a quality sleep.