Product review: Alpaca wool duvet

Welcome to my third product review. Every few weeks I will be testing and reviewing a sleep-related product. This time it is the alpaca wool duvet.

Alpaca - don't you just want to cuddle him? ©iStockphoto.com/CelesteQuest

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an excellent blog post by the Sleep Geek on keeping cool on hot summer nights (you can read it by clicking here). The Sleep Geek highlighted two products to help prevent overheating in bed: the Chillow and the alpaca wool duvet.

Having tested and reviewed the Chillow, I can happily confirm its effectiveness as a soothing, cooling sleep aid on those hot, sticky, summer nights – read my full review here.

Now, I want to share my thoughts on the alpaca wool duvet. Let me tell you a few facts about alpacas and their wool first, though: Alpacas are native to South America (although they have been exported to other countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and are bred predominantly for their soft, glossy wool. Alpaca wool is light and hollow (unlike sheep wool which is solid) and is very effective at regulating body temperature in changing climates and terrains – helping to keep alpacas warm when it’s cold and cool in higher temperatures. Alpaca wool is also naturally clean and dry. These special characteristics of alpaca wool make it very valuable and ideal for clothing and bedding.

I bought my very first alpaca wool duvet in November last year, so I’ve had an opportunity to test its natural temperature regulating qualities during the cold winter months and in the recent warmer weather.

When my duvet arrived – on a particularly chilly day in November – I was surprised by how thin and very light it felt.  Honestly, I was worried it wasn’t going to keep me warm enough. I feel the cold really easily and have previously piled on thick pajamas, bed socks and blankets to stay warm in bed in the winter – only to wake up in the night to throw it all off because I’m too hot! Anyway, back to the duvet…..well, it did the job! It kept me cosy – but not hot or sweaty – all through the winter. And I didn’t even need my extra nightwear (except my lovely bed socks – I get very cold toes in the winter!) or blankets. It even kept me warm in bed when the central heating broke in December and we had no heat or hot water for three days. It isn’t as heavy or as fluffy as standard “winter” duvets can be – but it’s comfortable and will certainly keep you warm on cold nights, I can vouch for that!

Winter seems a long time ago now, but up until a couple of weeks ago, my alpaca wool duvet remained in place on my bed. Being thinner and lighter than standard duvets, my alpaca wool duvet has been great on warmer nights – it’s comfortable to use all through the night and I haven’t had to do any bedtime sit-ups (throwing my duvet off because I’m too hot, then sitting up to retrieve it a couple of minutes later because I’m too cold) this year. But, as temperatures have risen further in the past couple of weeks, my flat has got hotter and hotter and hotter, and I have temporarily relocated my duvet. To be honest, I didn’t expect it to work miracles – in the heights of summer, in an airless flat in the heart of the city, I don’t want anything covering me at all.  It’s as simple as that.

My verdict? Lovely, comfy duvet that will keep you sleeping soundly at the optimum temperature in the depths of winter and (the majority of) the warmer months. Love it!

The alpaca wool duvet is available from We Love Sleep.

Comments

  1. sausage02 says:

    I want one as a pet!!! They look so cute!

  2. Ross Wilkinson says:

    This review on alpaca duvets is really true. I work for a company Western Feather and Down in Port Moody BC Canada. And we have been making down duvet for 40 years. And we have always made sleeping bags with alpaca for up north. But the better your alpaca the better the duvet. The only drawback with first grade alpaca is miserable to card. I can card 10 bales of sheep’s wool in the time it takes to grade 20 pounds of alpaca. It is also really strong and we have to open it with a old cotton opener and a rag picker otherwise it will destroy a carding machine. But still love alpaca because with sheep’s wool I have to wear gloves as it tears your hands and you will bleed. But with Alpaca it a soft and beautiful. It hard to wash because it just doesn’t get wet. We don’t sell many alpaca sleeping bags but they are lightest warmest thing going. They are better than an eiderdown bag. I will never even after year claim to understand it. But first class alpaca from South America is wonderful stuff. I have always want to card vacuna but at 500 dollars a pound it is a little pricey.
    Thanks
    Your review was accurate. P.S. I made myself an alpaca pillow and it amazing but it took me about 5 years to figure out how to do it and I work with this sort of stuff for years.

  3. John Pearce says:

    I have 2 alpaca duvets, one on the bed at home and the other in the caravan. The caravan is parked beside Lake Aviemore in the South Island of New Zealand and we have been down to 1 degree Celsius inside the van and we are warm and snug in bed. Hard to get out of bed on these mornings. When the temperature exceeds 25 it is just too hot, normally sleep with just a sheet then. Easy to maintain, regularly just give a good shake, dry clean if required. Wouldn’t be without them.

  4. Patricia says:

    I have considered buying one of these for a while now. Im just wondering how the inner sits in the duvet? Is the duvet stitched to prevent the inner migrating? I see you suggest dry cleaning it but can it be home laundered also? (I live a long way from a dry cleaner) What do I need to be made aware of if I do home launder please?( I wouldnt want it to felt the inner)

  5. I enjoy reading your reviews. They are great. I was at work and was making a sleeping bag for an Inue from Baffin Island. They sent down to Vancouver 5 kilos of quiviut which musk ox hair. So I carded it for the sleeping bag. I had 2 extra kilos. That was the deal. I got two kilos for making the sleep bag. It has guard hair so I had to use olive oil ( not cut with cotton seed oil) ( If you shake the bottle and there are no bubbles then it is pure olive oil) and borax and water to card it. I ended up using a small Pat Green Carder. Which is the best small carder in the world. I would have too much sliver wastage with my regular carding machine. The quivit duvet is amazing warm. Quivit is 6 times warmer than 900 power goose down. I still have little over 2 kilos left. If any one who reads these reviews has any suggestions on something else I can make a duvet out of would you leave a reply. I tried pashmina, wild silk, vacuna, guanaco, lama, and I am looking for a new experiement. So far Suri mixed with quivit makes the best duvet.

  6. This evaluation on alpaca comforters is really real. I perform for a organization European Feather and Down in Slot Irritable BC Northern america. And we have been creating down down comforter for 40 decades. And we have always created sleeping-bags with alpaca for up north. But the better your alpaca the better the down comforter.

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