Which quilt is right for you? Wool vs. synthetic quilts compared

Wool and synthetic quilts are both popular choices, but they have different properties that make them better suited for different people and climates.

Wool quilts

Are made from natural wool fibers, which have a number of advantages:

  • Wool is a natural insulator, which means it can keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Wool is breathable, which means it allows moisture to escape, keeping you dry and comfortable.
  • Wool is flame-resistant, making it a safer choice than synthetic quilts.
  • Wool is hypoallergenic, meaning it is less likely to cause allergies or irritate the skin.
  • Wool is durable and can last for many years with proper care.

Synthetic quilts

Made from man-made materials, such as polyester or microfiber. They are often less expensive than wool quilts, but they also have some disadvantages:

  • Synthetic quilts are not as breathable as wool quilts, which can make them hot and uncomfortable to sleep under in warm weather.
  • Synthetic quilts are not as flame-resistant as wool quilts.
  • Synthetic quilts are not as durable as wool quilts and may start to clump or lose their loft over time.

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Which type of quilt is right for you?

The best type of quilt for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for a quilt that is warm, breathable, durable, and hypoallergenic, then a wool quilt is a good choice. If you are looking for a more affordable quilt, then a synthetic quilt may be a better option for you.


Here is a more detailed comparison of wool and synthetic quilts:

Characteristic Wool quilt Synthetic quilt
Warmth Very warm Can be warm, but not as warm as wool
Breathability Excellent Good, but not as good as wool
Flame resistance Good Fair
Hypoallergenic Yes No
Durability Excellent Good
Price More expensive Less expensive


Other factors to consider

When choosing a quilt, there are a few other factors to consider, such as:

  • Loft: Loft is the thickness of the quilt. A quilt with a higher loft will be warmer than a quilt with a lower loft.
  • Weight: Quilts can range in weight from lightweight to heavyweight. Choose a quilt that is comfortable for you to sleep under.
  • Size: Make sure to choose a quilt that is the right size for your bed.
  • Fill power: Fill power is a measure of the quality of down or feather filling. A quilt with a higher fill power will be warmer and lighter than a quilt with a lower fill power.

How to care for your quilt

Wool and synthetic quilts should be cared for differently.

To care for a wool quilt:

  • Wash the quilt on a cold, gentle cycle.
  • Use a mild detergent.
  • Do not bleach or use fabric softener.
  • Dry the quilt on low heat.
  • Fluff the quilt in the dryer to restore its loft.

To care for a synthetic quilt:

  • Follow the care instructions on the quilt label.
  • Synthetic quilts can usually be machine washed and dried on low heat.


Both wool and synthetic quilts have their own advantages and disadvantages. The best type of quilt for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Consider the factors listed above when choosing a quilt so that you can find the perfect one for you.