A properly insulated home is essential all year round, and eliminating unwanted draughts can be the key to reducing your energy costs. There is a wide variety of draught excluders available for internal doors, front doors and windows, so we've written this article to help you find the right product for you.
We'll discuss the best uses for strips and cushions, and point you toward a handy installation guide. Plus, we've compiled a list of the 10 best draught excluders on the market from retailers such as Amazon and John Lewis.
Draught excluder strips are a subtle solution to the incoming cold. They include a self-adhesive backing that can be fixed to the door's surface so that the strip's brush, padding or plastic barrier will hang down over the gap and prevent draughts from entering a room.
There are also soft strips designed for use inside the frame, which seal the gaps while the door or window is closed. It's always best to buy a strip longer than the door, as they can be cut down to size, and this ensures there are no gaps to let in the cold air.
Strips are ideal for high-traffic areas because they remain fixed to the door, so you don't have to move them each time it is opened and closed. They're also a good option if you're shopping for a workplace and need to keep the appearance professional. Finally, they look great in modern or minimalist homes as they won't pull focus or clash with existing decor.
Consider a traditional draught excluder cushion if you prefer a more homely look. These cylindrical pads are mainly designed for use at the bottom of doors but can be placed on windowsills too, often being a stylish accessory in their own right. For especially draughty areas, look out for dual-sided pillows.
Cushions won't need to be attached to the surface of the door, so they're ideal for renters, and the ability to easily remove them in the summer can be a bonus. However, they aren't suitable for front doors as they'll move out of place once you leave the house, unless someone is in. To avoid having to constantly reposition them inside, though, look for pillows with elastic straps that secure them in place.
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For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Original Sleep Company
Double Side Draught Excluder
Draft Excluder for Doors
Herringbone Faux Suede Draught Excluder
Window Draught Excluder Tape
Schnauzer Senior Draught Excluder
Draught Stopper With Double Seal
Bertie Hedgehogs Draught Excluder
Door Draft Excluder Strip
Dalmatian Dot Draught Excluder
Brush Seal Draught Excluder
Avoid Constant Readjustments With the Elastic Straps on This Double-Sided Cushion
A Minimalist Self-Adhesive Design for High-Traffic Areas Like the Front Door
A Stylish Faux Suede Cushion in a Choice of 10 Different Colours
10 Metres of Soft Strips Perfect for Modern uPVC Window and Door Frames
An Adorable Grey Schnauzer Design That’s Perfect for Dog Lovers
A Dual-Sided Option for Less-Used Internal Doors
Seal up Door Gaps With a Row of Hedgehogs Crafted From Durable Polyester
Achieve a Uniform Appearance With a Solid Plastic Strip for Use Alongside Hardwood Floors
Add an Eye-Catching Pattern Without Overwhelming the Room With Colour
Protect Carpets With a Flexible Brush Designed for Doors and Letterboxes
|Type||Dual-sided cushion||Strip with cushion||Cushion||Soft strip||Cushion||Dual-sided cushion||Cushion||Strip||Cushion||Strip|
|Length||88, 98, 108, 120 cm||94 cm||76.2 cm||2 x 5 m||84 cm||86 cm||84 cm||99 cm||100 cm||91.4 cm|
|Colour(s)||Black, grey||Black, brown, white, grey||10 options||White||Grey||Black||Brown||Black, white, brown||Black/white||White|
|Best For||Damage-free installation||High-traffic areas, subtle design||Decor matching, anti-allergenic, flame-retardant||Sealing inside door/window frames||Novelty design||Quiet areas||Durability, high-traffic areas, novelty design||Hardwood floors, subtle design||Eye-catching, minimalist||Carpeted floors, letterboxes|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Length(s)||88, 98, 108, 120 cm|
|Best For||Damage-free installation|
|Type||Strip with cushion|
|Colour(s)||Black, brown, white, grey|
|Best For||High-traffic areas, subtle design|
|Best For||Decor matching, anti-allergenic, flame-retardant|
Pack of 2
|Length||2 x 5 m|
|Best For||Sealing inside door/window frames|
|Best For||Novelty design|
|Best For||Quiet areas|
|Best For||Durability, high-traffic areas, novelty design|
|Colour(s)||Black, white, brown|
|Best For||Hardwood floors, subtle design|
|Best For||Eye-catching, minimalist|
|Best For||Carpeted floors, letterboxes|
If you're worried about tackling the DIY, check out this helpful video before you begin. You can follow these simple steps to ensure proper installation, helping you get the best out of your draught excluders.
Written and researched by Alicia Byrne
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