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With a draught excluder, you can not only save heating costs in winter, but also ensure a pleasant feeling in your home. After all, no one likes to sit on the couch on a cosy evening and constantly feel an unpleasantly cold draught on the back of the neck.

With this year's draught excluder test 2021 we would like to support you in your search for the right draught excluder. In addition to our product favourites, we show you which materials and systems you can choose from and where the advantages and disadvantages lie. This should make your purchase decision easier.




Summary

  • A draught excluder is an ideal element to prevent draughts through doors and windows and thus, especially in winter, to prevent heating costs from shooting up unnecessarily due to cold air currents.
  • In principle, in addition to the classic draught excluder, there are also permanent draught excluders which are attached directly to the window or door.
  • In addition to the practical aspect, draught excluders can also be a welcome decorative element in living rooms and bedrooms.

The Best Draught Excluder : Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for draught excluders

In this section we will show you which criteria you should use to decide on your ideal draught excluder.

The following criteria should help you to compare the draught excluders with each other:

In the following, we will explain what is important for the individual criteria.

Place of application

A draught excluder can be used wherever cold air finds its way through a crack. This often occurs in the area of doors and windows.

There are draught excluders which can be used universally. They can be used wherever air is drawn through a gap. There are also special draught stopper systems which are specially designed for doors or windows, for example.

Draught stoppers especially for windows can be presented or, as an alternative, can also be used in the form of a sealing tape. There are several variants for doors. These are differentiated by door type, fastening and appearance.

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Draught excluders can be used on doors but also on windows. Not only do they serve their purpose, they can also be decorative.
(Image source: Rob Wingate / Unsplash)

Length / Size

The length of the draught excluder depends on the size of the opening to be sealed.

This is the only way the draught excluder can fulfil its purpose. It is important to make sure that, in addition to the length, the height of the stopper is at least equal to the height of the opening.

Often the draught excluders are adapted to the window and door standards. The length is usually between 50 and 120 centimetres. There are also draught excluders in excess length or those that can be cut to size.

Mounting / fastening method

A draught excluder can be mounted in various ways.

There are so-called "underlay" draught excluders which are simply placed in front of the opening and, if necessary, attached under the door with a screw or strap.

Permanently attached draught excluders can be glued or screwed.

Another method is to permanently fix a draught excluder. This is then done by means of gluing or screwing.

We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods in more detail in the "Decision" section.

Material

A draught excluder usually consists of two relevant materials.

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Supply air stops are available in a wide variety of textiles. Thus, it can be optimally integrated into the room concept.
(Image source: Mel Poole / Unsplash)

First we have the outer material of the draught excluder, the so-called cover. The design and surface material of the cover are completely up to your preference. Many products are made of cotton or polyester. In addition, draught excluders are also lined with leather, wool, felt or plastic.

For the inside of the draught excluder, the so-called filling, the following materials are available:

  • Styrofoam
  • Sand
  • Wool
  • Ream
  • Polyester
  • Cotton
  • Foam

Washability

Some of the textile products have a removable cover that can be cleaned separately.

Most textile draught excluders can be washed in the washing machine at 30 degrees without any problems.

For leather products, we do not recommend washing in a regular washing machine and advise you to simply wipe the stopper with a damp cloth or, if washing is urgently required, to visit a dry cleaner.

Plastic stoppers, on the other hand, are not suitable for the washing machine, but can easily be wiped off with a damp cloth.

To make sure that your draught excluder is suitable for the washing machine, we advise you to read the exact product description.

Colour

When it comes to colours, there are countless possibilities for draught excluders. Whether natural, plain or multicoloured. There is certainly something for every taste.

In addition to the actual use of the stopper, it often also serves as a beautiful decorative element, e.g. on the windowsill. Especially in winter months, it not only protects you from the unpleasant cold or saves on heating costs. It also makes the room seem even warmer.

Decision: What types of draught excluders are there and which is the right one for me?

If you want to buy a draught excluder, there are two types of product you can choose between.

Loose draught excluder (door mat)

Loose draught excluder (door mat)

The draught excluder is an optimal solution for those who would like to have an efficient solution against the well-known draught problem during the cold months. A doormat can be placed anywhere and easily removed again.

A loosely laid draught excluder often appears as a pretty accessory for the room. A cute decorative cushion or an elegant designer piece can be visually adapted very well to the room and material concept.

Another advantage of rugs is that they are washable. Rugs are often made of textile materials and are therefore dust catchers. By removing a cover or the possibility of washing the entire rug, the rug is also hygienic.

Advantages
  • Mobile element
  • Decorative
  • Washable
Disadvantages
  • if loose, can be annoying
  • unsightly attachment
  • dust catcher

A major disadvantage, on the other hand, is the fact that a rug can be perceived as a nuisance, especially on doors. In this case, the cushion is lying on the floor and may not be an eye-catcher for everyone.

Furthermore, the pull-stop is not fixed to the floor or, if it is, it is tied up in an unattractive way. As a result, it can slip out of position or has to be reattached again and again. With a door that is used relatively often, this can get on your nerves over time.

On average, loose draught excluders are somewhat cheaper to buy. Even if you are only looking for a solution to bridge the cold winter months, a rug is probably the product for you.

Fixed draught excluders

Fixed draught excluders

A fixed draught excluder, for example glued or screwed on, can be a nicer and more practical solution in the long term. Because once attached, it should ideally not come away so easily.

A permanent solution as a draught excluder also often promises a visually more discreet solution, as the stopper is attached to the element, making it appear more as one unit.

From a hygienic point of view, the advantage is that these draught excluders do not necessarily have to be made of textile and therefore attract less dust. A solution made of bristles or plastic would be much more hygienic in this case.

Advantages
  • simple
  • hardly disturbing because permanent
  • effort to assemble/disassemble
Disadvantages
  • effort to assemble/disassemble, not washable

The clear disadvantage of a permanent draught excluder is that it is almost impossible to attach or remove without effort. In addition to the time required, tools may also have to be used, which one ideally has at home.

As soon as you mount something permanently, you also have to take into account that the disassembly may leave residues or damage. If you screw a screw into a piece of wood, a hole will remain afterwards. If you smear glue somewhere, glue residue will remain.

A permanent draught excluder is a long-term investment and can therefore be a little more expensive. We recommend you buy such a product if you know where the problem areas are in your house and you want to eliminate them once and for all.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about draught excluders answered in detail

If you want to buy a draught excluder, you will certainly have a few questions that you would like to have clarified beforehand. In our large draught excluder guide, we have selected the most important and most frequently asked questions from customers and answered them clearly. Our guide should help you find the perfect draught excluder for you on the market.

What does a draught excluder cost?

Draught excluders cost between 9 and 25 euros, depending on the product and material. For a longer-term investment, it is worth spending a little more for a higher quality product.

type price
rug approx. 9 to 25 euros
fixed approx. 15 to 20 euros

However, it is clearly sufficient to buy a cheaper draught excluder for a temporary solution.

How do I make a draught excluder myself?

There are several ways to make your own draught excluders. You have to decide for yourself how much time and which material you want to use.

Here is a short tutorial on how to sew your own draught excluder:

Material:

  • Fabric (of your choice)
  • Sewing thread
  • Filling cotton wool, polystyrene balls or fabric scraps as filling material

Tools:

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Pin

Instruction:

  1. Cutting: Cut the fabric according to your measurements. For the width, calculate your desired width, e.g. door width, plus two centimetres of material on both sides. For the diameter, you should take twice the diameter for your calculation and add two centimetres. (Example: door width = 90 cm, diameter 12 cm = circumference 38 cm) Your piece of fabric should therefore be 94 x 40 cm. In addition to the main piece explained above, you also need two side elements. Take your chosen diameter, in our example 12 cm, and add one centimetre seam allowance. (Example: diameter 12 cm, diameter of side element including seam allowance = 13 cm)
  2. Sewing: Now sew the long cut edges on the main piece so that you end up with a straight and neat finish.
  3. Work in the side elements: Continue with the side elements, which you sew on completely one by one, so that you should already see the finished draught excluder cover.
  4. Fill in the filling material: We recommend that you do not fill the filling material directly into the cover, but first into an old sock.
  5. Sewing: Now you are at the end and can put your filling material with the stocking into the cover. To get a nice final seam, close the stopper with a mattress stitch.

If you would like a more detailed description, we recommend watching one of the many DIY (Do It Yourself) videos. You can find an example below:

What is a draught excluder?

A draught excluder is an element that is placed in front of a window or door to prevent cold air from entering.

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Even in the cold months, a draught excluder allows you to feel comfortable in your home.
(Image source: Paige Cody / Unsplash)

What kind of filling does a draught excluder have?

Styrofoam, sand, wool, ream, polyester, cotton, foam, to name but a few. In principle, a draught excluder can be filled with any material that prevents the air from finding its way through the stopper. The material should only be fine enough so that no "tunnels" can form.

In which size should I buy a draught excluder?

We recommend that you buy the door mat in the size of the door. Larger is also possible. It is only important that the stopper covers the whole opening in width as well as in height.

How do I wash a draught excluder?

A textile draught excluder can normally be washed at 30 degrees in the washing machine. If possible, however, you should only wash the cover. Not all filling materials are machine-washable.

Styrofoam balls or polyester, two frequently used filling materials, are washing machine-proof.

How do I attach a draught excluder to a door?

A draught excluder can be easily fixed to the door with a strap around the door leaf or Velcro.

For permanent draught excluders, we recommend that you screw or glue them on.

What alternatives are there to draught excluders?

If you would rather have a different solution than a draught excluder and still want to experience a pleasant room feeling, we advise you to take structural measures. There are two options that we would recommend.

Product Description
Sealing tape The sealing tape is installed in the door or window rebate. What this means for you is that you stick a kind of self-adhesive rubber band directly into the frame when the door or window sash is open. This is not visible when the opening is closed.
Door sealing rail The door sealing rail can be found in a DIY store or online. This rail consists of a brush that hangs from a metal part. The whole thing is then fixed under the door leaf and prevents air from passing through the door when it is closed.

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