I wasn't expecting good quality, it goes into a duvet cover and I lie under it hoping not to freeze to death at night!
I rolled up to Argos (at a small, what the Americans would call, strip mall) in my car, trying to avoid the haphazard paths taken by crazed pensioners with those little carts that they drag about with them. Where do they get them? Has anyone ever seen one in a shop?
Anyways, into Argos. Type in the wee code from the catalogue and pay it at a machine, I like this modern technology I don't have to deal with any humans until the final collection point. Bonus!
My number is called, thank God, I can get my quilt and get out of here before all the hyped up parents buying toys which won't see the light of day in a month drive me up the wall! It comes in a white plastic bag, no handles, kept as simple as possible, with just a blue rectangle saying Argos. Basic but it serves its purpose.
I get it home, rip open the surrounding bag and find the thinnest quilt you've ever seen. You can actually see light through it, clearly a duvet of the highest quality. I think to myself, well it cost £7.99, what can I really expect?
After putting it into a duvet cover I can hopefully get a night's sleep without drowning in my own sweat. It's actually surprisingly warm despite the low tog rating and the remarkable thinness of it so I was pleased. I half expected to have to use a blanket as well, but it does surprisingly keep me nice and warm throughout the night.
*Value for Money? £7.99, it does the job it was bought for, so yes I'll give it 5/5 for that.
*Comfort? Well at 4.5 tog it was never going to be very snug, but it's light and stops me sweating anywhere near as much as before so 4/5 on that front.
*Quality? Well frankly, it is pretty low quality. You could just about spit peas through it and I reckon it might fall apart if washed. 2/5 for quality I think is fair.
Would I recommend the Argos Value Range 4.5 Tog Duvet Double?
If you need a cheap 4.5 tog quilt and you need it right away then yes, get one for keeping in reserve in case it gets unseasonably warm. It was 17.5°C on Antarctica a couple of days ago, so I guess anything can happen!
*Also found on Ciao*
The one thing that I suffer from is bad circulation. I get cold very easily and even in the summer months I wouldn''t dream of trying to get to sleep all comfy under a 4.5 tog duvet cover.I bought this a few months back to actually go on top of my 15 tog usual duvet as lately I have been so cold and felt that this could go some way to keeping me a bit warmer without having my central heating on all night! I also thought this might be nice to wrap around me of a cooler evening on the sofa whilst watching the soaps and at just 7.99 I though it had to be worth a go. This comes in basic white and blue bag and is tightly packed and on it your basically just told what it is and who it is by and then when you open the bag the duvet pops out and unfolds. The duvet is double in size which is one thing that I do appreciate about this duvet as it actually does fit in my washing machine and I can wash it on a 60c wash however I usually pop it on a 40c wash and it comes out clean and I allow it to dry naturally. In appearance this duvet looks cheap. Its covered in like a papery material (100% spun bonded non-woven polypropylene cover) and that does rip quite easily opposed to my lovely and expensive King size duvet cover which feels really nice and has a material cover on it. Sections on this are stitched and it is filled with polyester. A care label is on it but it looks cheap and feels it. It is lightweight though and I pop it in a really nice quality duvet cover which is double and fits nicely on it and I pop this over my usual duvet which is also covered. it doesn''t add any real weight to me which is appreciated and I do feel a bit of added warmth with it on. I have popped this over me on the sofa and its simply ok, doesn''t give me the warmth I require though but for most people as a summer duvet I''m sure this is adequate though I cant stress enough the better the duvet cover you put it in the better or you can feel the duvet and it doesn''t feel great, if you own this you will fully understand what I mean I''m sure! It is hypo allergenic, its great that it can be washed in a standard sized washing machine and because its so light and not too big dries quite quickly naturally and as said if you like lightweight and something that isn''t going to roast you this is great! Available from Argos. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Something I have been trying to do for a while since moving to Norfolk is sorting the spare room out. I hated not having somewhere for friends and family to sleep if they wanted to come and stay because they live so far away. Not only did we need a new bed but all of the extras that come with it. As we were doing a pretty big order with Argos anyway, I decided to buy the duvet from there as well. What I ended up buying was the Argos Value Range 4.5 Tog Duvet - Double which cost £7.99.
This duvet does come from the Argos Value Range so therefore, does not have the prettiest packaging. When delivered, the duvet came in a mostly white plastic bag which is tight to the shape of the duvet. On the front is a large, light blue square with the Argos logo in the top left hand corner as well as the product name and tog size. Honestly, the packaging is pretty standard and not nice looking but I ripped it off the moment it arrived anyway so I guess that doesn't matter too much.
The duvet is rolled up inside its plastic packaging in order to make it as small as possible. The duvet does roll out quite nicely though and even though there are creases all over it, they didn't take long to fall out once I had it laid over the bed. As this is a 4.5 tog duvet it isn't very thick and certainly wouldn't be suitable for the winter. However, I'll mostly be using this during the summer months and I knew that I had bought a thin duvet.
Something that I like about this duvet is that it is machine washable which makes it easy to look after. Unlike with most clothes though, this duvet does need to be washed at 60C.
Although this is a pretty good summer duvet, I have had better and for either the same price or less. This one just isn't as comfortable and it doesn't feel as nice as others I have had in previous years. However, as it won't be used much, it will do the job I need it for.