“ Brand: Argos / Product Type: Pillow „
My daughter has terrible trouble sleeping so I bought her a feather duvet and pillows. The cheapest about was in Argos costing about £20 I bought in on sale though so didn't pay that much.
The Argos Living duvet comes tightly rolled up in a plastic bag with a handle so is easy to manage when buying it and getting it home, not too heavy either. The duvet is 13.5 tog which is what my daughter needs because it's always colder in her room.
Once home and opened it needs a good shake and ideally time to puff up and settle. The duvet smells somewhat after being wrapped up but this does fade in a short time. Filled with 100% duck feathers and having a 35% cotton and 65% polyester cover makes this duvet very soft to touch. It's even machine washable at 40°C and suitable for tumble drying so if you really couldn't hack the smell you could always wash the duvet before use.
The duvet is light and incredibly warm it has 'pocket' stitching to help keep the feathers even- it does however need a good shake often to distribute the feathers, but that's not difficult as this isn't a heavy duvet. It also needs a good shake to get rid of the spiky bits that are inevitable with feather stuffed items. As with this type of filling the duvet has flattened somewhat, but this hasn't impaired it as it's well stuffed, it's still squashy enough.
One negative I do have is that it falls short in the duvet cover department, the corners don't quite meet the cover but this is either because the duvet is too small or the cover is too big, I think it's the duvet being a tad on the small side because of the feathers not staying firmly in the corners of the duvet to bulk them out.
I have washed it but only once in the summer with no problems it- washed well and dried quickly after a finish off in the dryer.
My daughter loves her feather duvet and wouldn't change it, she says it's warm and comfortable and the nature of the floppy filling doesn't restrict her thus helping sleep better.
4 stars from me though because it's squashiness and smallish size makes it difficult to change the duvet cover.
This is the duvet that we have in the spare room. I often head in to the spare room when a certain someone's snoring gets too much. I decided to buy a middle of the road duvet that was averagely priced but not too cheap. I had made my mind up to buy a feather duvet as I really like the look of them on the bed; they look and feel much warmer than regular duvets.
==Price and availability==
The duvet in single costs £19.99 and in the double it costs £29.99. You can only buy this from Argos.
The duvet is 13.5 tog and it is vacuum packed when you first buy it so it grows bigger than it actually is, it needs time to let the air flow back through it. The duvet is thick and the feathers are plentiful, I did not notice any unusual odour about the feather duvet at all, which can be common with duck feather quilts.
The exterior of the duvet is quite a scratchy material which rattles. This means that it is very noisy when you move the duvet around, which can be annoying on as night time.
The duvet is very comfortable and I find that the quilt keeps me very warm on the bed. The quilt is very, very warm and sometimes I have to throw it off me as its too much! I like the thickness of it though and it is nice to slip inside it. The duvet is annoying when you change the duvet cover as the feathers all drop to the bottom and you need to shake it to make it more even.
The duvet looks nice on the bed, really thick and comfortable and it makes the whole bed look inviting which is a nice look and one I wanted to create. The duvet is more comfortable and cosy than the one in my main bedroom actually, I think it is really good quality. Sometimes the ends of the feathers work their way through the cover and prick you while you sleep, but this is not very often. The cover is quite thick so it prevents this happening too often.
I bought an Argos 13.5 tog duck feather and down duvet the other day. It's been a while since I purchased a product of this sort so I'd forgotten all about the slightly unfortunate odour of ducks that usually accompanies bedding made from their feathers. It's an odd, oily sort of smell - almost certainly something to do with that giant preen-gland they've got at the base of their tails - and it's surprisingly pervasive. (You can smell ducks now not just in the room the duvet's in but increasingly all through the upstairs of the house.) I know from past experience the smell wears off eventually, but I wonder if anything can be done about that?
The odour of ducks is the first thing that I found slightly discouraging about this new duvet. The other main point that worried me was how small the package they got it into turned out to be when I picked it up from the shop. (The shop I bought it from being 'Argos', I had no opportunity to have a look at it beforehand). This is a single duvet I'm talking about, but it was packaged up into about half to two-thirds of the space you'd get in an average (fully stuffed) Tesco disposable plastic bag. If you think about bundling up a single duvet off someone's bed, and how much space it would take to contain that, this is not all that big.
Of course I suppose the new duvet had been vacuum-packed to take up less space, so I was expecting a great 'whoosh' of air to be sucked into the plastic bag it was in when I cut it open, and then for the duvet to miraculously plump itself up as the fresh air rushed in - but nothing nearly so exciting happened. There was just this sudden upwelling of duck-smell from the now-open packet - but the duvet itself only stayed tiny and flat - exactly like it had been in its bag before.
It's a pockets-stitched duvet, which means that the feather filling is contained within little squares of (poly-cotton) fabric that have been stitched into its construction. (This is supposed to stop all the feathers settling to the bottom of the duvet but for the past 4 years I have been sleeping under a similar pocket-stitched duck feather duvet - purchased from Matalan, my one - and I can tell you, somehow the feathers will eventually all manage to settle at the bottom of the duvet irrespective of how pocket-stitched it is). Anyway, fair bit of frantic shaking of the flat new duvet later, and it had 'filled out' quite a bit. When I put it in its new cover and laid it on the bed however, when my other half came in and had a look he commented: "it seems a bit flimsy, doesn't it?"
This says it all. I'm not sure exactly what 13.5 tog means in terms of what tog duvet you need to sleep in cosily all through the winter, but we live in a centrally-heated house after all, and I thought 13.5 tog sounded about right. The single duvet should've cost £19.99 - which is about what I want to pay for a low-end duck-feather-filled product of this sort, but on going to pay for it, I found it had been reduced in Argos' catalogue sale to something between £14 and £16.
Though this was a monetary saving, I wasn't all that happy about it. A feather-filled duvet selling for only £14to £16, I thought, couldn't possibly be all that much cop - and as it turns out I was dead right. In retrospect, and if I'd been able to see this out of its packaging beforehand, I think I would've chosen another feather duvet to buy from the Argos catalogue. This one had only a 50% cotton (and 50% polyester) cover (this wasn't shown in the catalogue listing - I would have preferred a greater percentage, preferably 100% cotton), it smelled and still (one week on) smells strongly of ducks, and though it drapes nicely, it's very lightweight - pretty flimsy. really. Also it being made in China, I have secondary concerns about the animal welfare standards under which the ducks whose feathers have been incorporated into it lived - and also, what bizarre, non-EU-regulated agri-chemicals those ducks were exposed to during their no doubt intensively-farmed lives.
Available in a range of colours.