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For many of us, our bed is more than a bed. It’s an oasis, a refuge, a place where we go for peace, quiet and—of course—sleep. Beds are also a space for us to express our personal style and preferences.
That’s why there’s so much to think about when choosing a bedding set. Comfort is a top consideration, and style is not far behind. It’s also important to understand what’s included in different types of bedding sets so you know exactly what you’re getting.
With so many bedding sets on the market, it can be difficult to narrow it down to the perfect one. In this guide, we’ll outline our picks for the best bedding sets currently available. We’ve also included a buying guide that explores top features to consider when choosing a bedding set. By the end, you’ll be ready to find the bedding set that’s sure to send you straight to dreamland.
Pinzon Paris is a duvet set made from luxurious materials. Included in the set is a duvet cover and two matching pillow shams. You can use it with your existing comforter, and the duvet cover includes internal ties to keep it from shifting. The set comes in either light gray or eggshell and has an elegant filigree design.
The set is made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton with a thread count of 400. The whole set is machine-washable for easy cleaning. It’s also made in an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 factory, meaning textiles meet high safety and environmental standards.
For those looking for a classic look — and for everything they might need for their bed—look no further than the Royal Hotel Bed-in-a-Bag. This eight-piece set includes sheets, pillow cases, pillow shams, comforter and duvet cover. The set is made from cotton with 600 thread count, and the comforter is filled with down. It has a fill power of 600 so it performs well in terms of heat retention.
The white comforter has a box-stitch design, meaning the top and bottom are sewn through to create square compartments. This helps the down stay in place and requires less fluffing than other styles. The comforter fits into a stylish duvet cover that comes in nine colors and matches the sheets and shams for an elegant, seamless look.
The Sweet Home Collection Bed-in-a-Bag has a premium feel for an affordable price. The five-piece set includes a comforter, sheets and pillow cases. It’s the perfect fit for anyone who enjoys bedding with a simple, minimal look and can also be great for a college student’s dorm room. The set is made from microfiber so it’s durable but also cozy and soft.
The comforter is down alternative, so it’s great for those who have down allergies or prefer to avoid animal products. It features a box-stitch design and is lightweight while still retaining warmth. The set comes in 13 solid colors and features stylish, glossy lines on the edges of the pillow cases.
The eight-piece Bedsure Complete Bed Set has everything you might need to dress your bed, including a comforter, pillow shams, sheets, pillowcases and bed skirt. The set is made from microfiber for a soft feel that’s also wrinkle and stain resistant. The down alternative comforter is perfect for those with down allergies, and because it’s stylish, it doesn’t require an additional duvet cover.
The set comes in three different styles: solid pinch pleat in ivory, gray or pink; curling grass pattern in purple; and branch pattern with navy on one side and camel on the other. Shams and sheets either match or coordinate with each style.
How do you know what to look for in a bedding set? We’ll walk you through the top considerations, including types of bedding sets, material types and thread count.
|Type of Bedding Set||Duvet Set||Comforter Set||Bed-in-a-Bag||Complete Bed Set|
|What's Included?||Duvet Cover & Pillow Shams||Comforter, Pillow Shams, Decorative Pillows & Bed Skirt||Sheets - fitted and top, Pillowcases, Pillow Shams, & Comforter||Sheets - fitted and top, Pillowcases, Pillow Shams, Comforter, & Bed Skirt|
There are four main types of bedding sets that we’ll describe here. Please note that bedding sets differ from sheet sets in that they usually include some sort of blanket, like a comforter, and that all three types of bedding sets include different items.
Duvet sets are the simplest type of bedding set. They’re a good fit for anyone who has most of their bedding (comforter, sheets, etc.) but just wants to change up the style of their bed. These sets usually include:
Comforter sets differ from the next two types of bedding sets in that they don’t include sheets. These are a great fit for customers who want to be able to choose sheets separately from their comforter. Comforter sets typically include:
Bed-in-a-bag sets usually include just about everything you would need to dress your bed. Many people prefer bed-in-a-bag sets to comforter sets because they’re easy and take the guesswork out of decorating. They tend to have the following:
A complete bed set is very similar to a bed-in-a-bag but tends to include more items, like a duvet cover or bed skirt.
The feel and performance of a bedding set depends a lot on the material used. The items in your particular set can be made from any of the following materials:
Comforters are typically filled with one of the following materials:
Anyone looking for new bedding has probably heard of thread count, but what does it actually mean? Thread count is the number of lengthwise and crosswise yarns in a 1-inch square section of fabric and reflects the density of the material.
A higher thread count tends to lead to softer fabric, but claims of high thread count can be misleading. Some manufacturers boost thread count artificially by adding filler thread or counting multiple threads in a multi-ply yarn. Some materials are also not intended to have a high thread count and will not perform well. That said, look for a thread count in the 300 to 600 range.
Some materials are measured by weight rather than thread count. Look for the following:
Some people prefer natural materials, like cotton or bamboo, to synthetic ones, like polyester, especially when it comes to what surrounds them when we sleep. Natural and synthetic materials each have pros or cons, discussed above, so it’s up to you to decide which is the better fit.
With regard to bedding sets, organic simply means that the material used to make the bedding was grown without the use of chemicals. It only applies to natural materials like cotton. Many customers choose organic bedding because of environmental or health concerns. Organic bedding tends to cost a bit more, but if it’s something that’s important to you, it may be worth the premium.
It’s important to look into the return policy for your bedding set so that you have the option to send it back if it doesn’t work for you. Especially if you’re buying online, a good return policy is key in case the comfort, pattern or feel of the material isn’t what you were expecting. Most offer a 30-day return window, but be sure to double-check.