Product Type: Argos Bedding
Newest Review: ... packaging of the value range, and it explains about the quilt, that it is a double 13.5tog. =Pre-Use= When you purchase the duvet, it... more
Meet my new sleeping partner.
Argos Value Range Cosy Sleeper 13.5 Tog Duvet
Member Name: Dryad
Argos Value Range Cosy Sleeper 13.5 Tog Duvet
Advantages: Very cheap, and very good.
Disadvantages: A little slippy inside satiny covers but nothing really worth complaining about.
I just read a review on this duvet and realised it was the same one that I bought three of them last year when the icy winter seemed never ending and our ancient duvets were not up to the job and one this year when my eldest upgraded from a single to a double bed. The sizes as you may have worked out were one kingsize for 'our' bed, by our I mean me and the dog, and the husband if he can control his snoring, and two singles for my girls, and the double upgrade.
We didn't buy them all at the same time as I was a bit nervous about buying such a 'cheap' product (when I purchased the first single I'm pretty sure it was only about £6 or £7, now £8.99) as the cheapest I'd seen single duvets for in recent years were about £25 and those had not lived up to expectation. We chose the 13.5 tog as it was pretty cold and our heating was dodgy, however we aren't a family that like to be over heated so didn't want to go up to a 15 tog which is also available, as are togs as low as 4.5.
Forgive me if I can't give the details from the packaging as it has long since been thrown away, but the duvets came in a nice and compact cylindrical plastic pack as the Dooyoo picture.
My review will be about my kingsize duvet which is at the time of writing £12.99, but everything I can say about it is equally relevant to the smaller sizes too. The duvets according to the Argos website are:
100% spun bonded non-woven polypropylene cover.
100% polyester hollowfibre filling.
Machine washable at 60C.
Line dry only.
The first thing I noticed about these duvets was in my opinion the weird covering, which was like nothing I'd seen before. on a duvet at least. It reminded me a little of the thin insulation 'gauze' my Nan used to protect certain plants (sort of making a loose tent over the plant or pot), or interfacing used in constructing garments to give certain areas more body and a little stiffness. It didn't feel nice to the touch and didn't seem to sit against the body of the duvet well, no hugging of contours here. However my old duvet literally had worn into holes in places and I hadn't exactly liked the nylonish cover on that, so I didn't freak out too much and decided to go with it.
I prepared myself fir a titanic tussle as I expected the material to provide a lot of friction which would 'catch' on the cover and prevent easy insertion. However I was very pleasantly surprised and I managed to get the duvet into the cover with minimum sobbing and swearing; it did help that all pets were excluded from the room during the operation, I've learnt my lesson in that department!
Once the duvet was snugly ensconced in my cotton duvet cover it looked as good as any other duvet, I am biased but having a threadbare duvet in my covers for some time this looked like luxury personified. It was plump and deep and looked the sort of duvet you just want to bury yourself in. I have to add that my daughter has a slightly more satiny duvet cover as her main one than I do and it does slip around on the duvet itself a little more than my cotton cover does, but she has no complaints about it and hasn't mentioned this, I just noticed when I made the bed. She is just as enamoured of hers as I am with mine.
My first night with my new bed partner was blissful and I'm not exaggerating, previously I'd been piling up things on the end of the bed to try and prevent my toes falling off with cold even though my old duvet was meant to be a similar tog rating. I was engulfed in a big flummpy sea of warmth, it was much thicker than my old duvet or other high tog duvets I've owned and I liked this it sort of felt like a protective cocoon.
Although it is thicker it's also much lighter and doesn't weigh me down at all, when I saw the construction of the duvet's cover I thought it wouldn't sit well on me, or contour to my body enough, but it seems just right. It doesn't tuck around every little curve and dip or bulge but it kept the areas that aren't in contact with it perfectly warm. The yawning crevasse that sometimes forms between the husband and I doesn't feel chilly at all. If you like to feel a weight against your body from your bedding then this one won't satisfy that, but I love the airy lightness with superb warmth.
I have only washed the duvet once after the husband had flu and 'contaminated' my lovely bed with his furnace like exudations. I didn't try and wash it in my own machine as I don't have a an extra big drum on my most recent machine (I would have washed the double or smaller at home), so took it to the laundrette and washed as instructed. It came up very well and with some shiggling back into shape and sort of line drying looked pretty good. I have an old ceiling suspended airer in my dining room which used to be a kitchen from when my husband's granny lived in the house, which is ideal for drying things like this indoors as it supports so much more of the item than a single line.
After a year of use I haven't noticed any deterioration of the duvets, no movement of the filling into uneven clumps, or bobbling, or 'threading' of the duvets' covers or decrease in cosiness.
I have asthma and can react to certain bedding, feather pillows etc aren't good, or dust mites. While using this duvet I have had not issues with allergies, or increased night time asthma at all.
I was expecting to have to buy a lower tog duvet for the summer months, but partly due to not having much of a summer and partly down to the duvet it was just fine and I only had a couple of nights where I slept half way out or on top of the duvet with a sheet. If we have a proper summer I will probably have to change the duvet but so far so good. I think the value range includes a 15 tog summer/winter product which can be split into two lower tog duvets.
I wouldn't say this duvet has quite the same snuggle quality as an expensive down duvet but it does more than well enough for us, and I would have no hesitation at all in recommending it.
100% spun bonded non-woven polypropylene cover
Summary: A great product for a great price