Duvets: Wool or Down?

Duvets: Wool or Down?

We’ve been in the market for a new duvet, but have been wondering about wool vs. down. It’s always tough to jump from the comfort of the familiar to something new. So we decided to weigh in on the wool since we know we’re already down for the down.

Wool Duvets


Here’s the scoop on the pros of wool:

  • Naturally hypo-allergenic
  • Provides relief from allergies
  • Has a natural resistance to dust mites
  • Breathes to control body temperature, humidity and comfort
  • Transfers moisture away from your skin, to maintain an even body temperature throughout the night
  • Warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • Fire resistant
  • Renewable, sustainable, 100% natural and biodegradable

Costco sells the Australian wool duvet, so we decided to leap into the unknown and give it a try. For the price, if we don’t like it we can always go back to a down duvet. The fun part is we’re going to wait until we have made our move to the new house for our first sleep under the new wooly delight. I wonder if we’ll be counting sheep in our sleep?

Our bed is a Queen, but we decided to go with a King duvet so it would fall over the edges of the bed better. So that meant a new cover too!

I did a little sourcing and wasn’t loving much, at least not much that also fit our budget :-), until I found this duvet set at Urban Barn… on sale!


It’s called ‘Branch Blossom’ and is actually a soft gray, but that’s hard to tell in the picture. The pattern is stitched on with darker gray stitching in the blossoms – looks like blue here, but it’s really a darker gray, and the branches are black. The leaves are an awesome apple green, but you can’t see that here either. This is definitely not our bed, and I don’t even think this one showcases the duvet set very well, but then again we know it’s all in the details and context is everything. And this was the only picture I could find to show you the cover!

Hubby says he likes it! He says it’s not too flowery – neither of us is really into floral prints for our bedding. We’re excited to get going and see how it looks in our new space. Can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get started… and then I can take my own pictures to show you once the room is all pulled together.

Have you ever tried a wool duvet? What are your thoughts? Oh, and do you prefer a queen duvet on a queen bed, or are you into putting a king size on instead?

UPDATE: You can catch my follow-up post here where I weigh in after 8 months of giving the wool duvet a try, and let you know if it’s thumbs up or thumbs down in the world of duvets!



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11 thoughts on “Duvets: Wool or Down?”

  • I bought the same duvet cover from Urban Barn and on sale as well! Just trying to find curtain so was trying to maybe find another set to make curtains. We also bought the “Tree Prints” from Urban Barn to hang above bed. Same sort of colours. Anyways, just wanting to see what you did for curtains?

  • The author did not mention what is the most important feature of a lamb’s wool duvet (IMHO), the feel of the comforter. Lamb’s wool has more “heft” to it, providing a feeling of security. I find a down duvet feels like I am not covered by a blanket, but a really warm sheet. I don’t sleep well under down, not enough weight. Cons: the lamb’s wool sheds like crazy!. Get a duvet cover with a zipper or people will start to think you own a big white cat or dog because you will always be covered in hair.

    • Thank you for your comment! We have been using our lamb’s wool duvet for over a year now, and love it! We aren’t experiencing the shedding you describe, so I’m curious about the difference in the lambs wool options… It’s great to have another perspective. Thanks again for stopping by!

  • We were gifted a wool duvet for Christmas and after the first night our entire bed… And eventually clothes have been covered in these long white hairs. We have a gray duvet cover and it looks horrible. we Love how cozy the wool is but need to find some way to get rid of the hair or we’re switching to down!!

  • bought a wool boil comforter from Adrien Lewis. Bloody thing sheds all over everything! Even with a duvet cover on , it is all over the place! HELP! Spent a lot on it and want to know what to do to stop it from shedding, if anything!

    • Hi Sherry,
      I don’t really know what to suggest – we haven’t had the same shedding experience, but I can imagine how annoying and frustrating that is. I’m so sorry I’m of no help with this…
      Thanks for reaching out,

  • What brand was the wool duvet? I don’t see one on the Costco website and would love to get the same one you have had such a good experience with!

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