Hollowfibre Duvets vs Microfibre Duvets: Which Is Better?

Hollowfibre Duvets vs Microfibre Duvets: Which Is Better?

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Hollowfibre and microfibre duvets are both popular duvet choices which are budget-friendly and great for allergy sufferers. 

Both hollowfibre and microfibre are synthetic fills, and their respective differences are denoted by their name ('hollow' and 'micro'-fibre). These synthetic fills are great options for sensitive sleepers, such as children and allergy-sufferers. But which option is best for you, and which fill is superior?

Hollowfibre and microfibre duvets each have their own unique benefits, which can make all the difference in helping you get a consistently better night's sleep. Below, we'll elaborate on these benefits so you can decide which synthetic duvet is best for you.

Down Alternative Microfibre Duvet — Cuddledown

Microfibre duvets are a great alternative to goose down duvets, as they offer a down-like feel - great plumpness, light-weight and excellent warmth - at a more accessible price. The microfibre fill in the duvets make these a great option for allergy-sufferers and sensitive sleepers thanks to its anti-allergy protection which provides lasting hypoallergenic freshness. The fibres are constructed using a super fine denier of polyester fibre, and to specific lengths which brilliantly mimic the feel of real goose down. 

Compared to hollowfibre, which features dense strands with hollow spaces between the fibres, microfibre duvets are filled with more tightly woven fine fibres that give it an overall more silk-like softness and plump feel.

Benefits of Microfibre Duvets

Great Down-Alternative for Sensitive Sleepers

If you're a sensitive sleeper looking for a wonderfully luxurious duvet that offers superior warmth, loft (plumpness) and light-weight, then microfiber fill is a superb option and alternative choice to a feather or down duvet. It offers many of the great qualities of a down duvet, all at a more affordable price.

Warmth Without the Weight

If you’re looking for a warm duvet which can help to trap heat during cold nights, you may prefer to choose a microfibre duvet over a hollowfibre duvet. The more tightly knit fabric fill is better able to trap heat, keeping you warmer and more comfortable. While the synthetic fibres are tightly knit together for superior insulation, they are still lightweight, and so provide warmth without the weight.

Highly Affordable Duvet

While microfibre duvets may not be able to match the outright luxury of traditional down duvets, they are relatively affordable and come with many down-like qualities (such as lightweight warmth and loft) which will help you get a great night’s rest. If you're shopping on a budget, or perhaps a more sensitive sleeper, you should definitely consider a microfibre duvet, available from us at Cuddledown here ➞.

Hollowfibre Duvets

Hollowfibre duvets are a light and breathable, thanks to spacing between the fibres within the duvet. The hollowfibre duvet get its name from the construction - the 'hollow' between the 'fibres'. Hollowfibre duvets have a flatter lightweight feel and also does an admirable job of trapping heat. 

Benefits of Hollowfibre Duvets

Easy to Care For

If you’re looking for a duvet that's easy to care for, hollowfibre duvets are a great option as they're machine washable and drier-safe, which is not always the case with alternative natural duvet fillings.

Breathable for Warmer Nights

One of the number of benefits to having a hollowfibre duvet is that they're very adaptable, making them a great duvet for use all-year round. The spacing between the fibres makes the duvet breathable, which is great for warmer nights. Hollowfibre Duvets are also relatively light, making it an ideal choice for warmer nights, or if you prefer a duvet which doesn’t offer much weight.

Suitable for Allergy Sufferers

Hollowfibre duvets use a synthetic fill (fibre), making them suitable for sensitive sleepers and allergy-prone who prefer to avoid feather or down duvets. As hollowfibre duvets can be washed at 60 degrees - the ideal temperature for killing dust mites and bacteria - it's great at offering lasting protection.

Hollowfibre Vs Microfibre Duvets: Which Is Better?

So, which fills wins this battle? It comes down to budget and personal preference for what you're looking for in a duvet. Both hollowfibre and microfibre duvets are great options for sensitive sleepers and allergy-sufferers and each offer unique properties which set them apart.

Duvet Qualities - Hollowfibre Vs Microfibre

Hollowfibre  Microfibre
  • Light and breathable 
  • Flatter and lightweight feel 
  • Traps heat well 
  • Easy care 
  • Suitable for allergies 
  • Alternative to goose down duvets
  • Light-weight yet plump 
  • Accessible pricing 
  • Great for allergy-sufferers
  • Tightly-woven fibres provide silk-like quality
  • Luxurious finish
  • Durable

In short, microfibre duvets mimic the feel of down duvets with the fluffy and lightweight feel, all in a more budget-friendly and allergy-safe package, whilst being easy to care for. Hollowfibre duvets tend to be a more affordable option which can be a little easier to care for (can be washed at 60c), though lacks the 'wow-factor' look and feel of a microfibre duvet.

It's important to note that the fabric casing of the duvet plays a big role in the overall comfort and feel of the duvet. Here at Cuddledown, our Microfibre Duvet features a superior pure cotton casing for a wonderfully supple feel and excellent breathability. 

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