The Best Duvet Covers – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

Whether you’re looking to get warm and cozy in the middle of winter or keep the nighttime chill away in summer, a duvet, also called a comforter in the United States, is a fantastic addition to your bed. But duvets are not designed to be used as-is: they’re made to go inside a cover.

A duvet main purpose is to protect your duvet or comforter, but it can also provide a more comfortable exterior to your comforter and offers new design options for your sleep space. However, as with many bedding products, it can be hard to know what cover fits your needs.

In this guide, we’ll give you an overview of why you need a duvet cover, the materials that are used to make them, and what to look for when shopping. On top of that, we’ll also refer you to our top picks for the best duvet covers on the market.

The Best Duvet Covers of 2019

Editor’s Choice – Parachute Sateen Duvet

Best Price – Bedsure Linen/Cotton Duvet Set

Best Cooling Duvet – Casper Cool Supima Duvet

Best Linen – Magic Linen Duvet Cover

Best Percale Cotton – Tuft & Needle Percale Duvet Cover

Best Sateen Cotton – Huut Organic Sateen Duvet Set

How We Decided
34 duvet covers considered –– 37 hours of research –– 4 sleep experts consulted

Duvet Cover Reviews

Parachute Sateen Duvet Cover – Editor’s Choice

Highlights
  • Made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton
  • Twill ties in all four corners hold the duvet in place
  • Sateen weave for smooth feel
  • 60-day sleep trial to test the cover

The Sateen Duvet Cover from Parachute takes the title as our editor’s pick for the best duvet cover of 2019. 100% of the material in the cover is made from long-staple Egyptian cotton which is known for its durability and softness. The sateen weave for this cover gives it an extra-smooth feel but without being overly shiny. This sateen stays breathable, so it can feel cool in warm temperatures yet provide warmth in winter. You can also choose among 4 colors to pick the one that will look best in your bedroom.

The cover has 4 ties — one in each corner — to keep the duvet from bunching up inside the cover. Parachute also provides a 60 night sleep trial so you can comfortably try out this duvet cover risk-free in your own home.

Bedsure Linen/Cotton Duvet Set – Best Price

Bedsure Linen Cotton Duvet Set

Highlights
  • 55% linen, 45% cotton
  • Coconut-shell buttons add visual interest
  • Available in six soothing colors
  • One-month trial for return or replacement
  • Comes with two pillow shams

Boasting all-natural fibers at an excellent price, the Bedsure Linen/Cotton Duvet Set wins our pick for best value. The blended fabric pairs the breathable durability of linen with the softness and comfort of cotton to offer an all-season duvet cover which will last for years. Pure linen duvet covers wrinkle easily, but the cotton in this cover allows for “softer” wrinkles with a more inviting, less messy look. (Alternatively, this duvet cover also takes well to ironing.) The cozy appearance continues with the selection of soothing, mostly neutral colors and the coconut-shell button closures on the pillow shams and duvet cover itself.

Our internal testing found that while people with particularly sensitive skin might find the linen blend scratchy, most people (including those who have disliked pure linen in the past) find the set’s softness comparable to pure cotton.

Casper Cool Supima Duvet – Best Cooling Duvet

Casper Cool Supima Duvet

Highlights
  • 100% long-staple Supima cotton
  • 400 thread count percale weave
  • OEKO-TEX® certified for safety
  • Five bedroom-friendly colors available
  • 100-night risk-free trial

Percale is an even, ultra-breathable weave for those who sleep hot or want the perfect duvet weight for warm weather. The Casper Cool Supima Duvet wins out as the best cooling duvet because of its incredibly soft Supima cotton, high-quality two-ply construction, and crisp comfort. This is the perfect duvet cover for anyone who loves slipping into cool bedding at the end of a hot day.

Known for its durability and luxurious feel, Supima cotton is a branded, American-grown variety of pima cotton and is comparable to Egyptian cotton. By using Supima grown in California to create this hotel-quality duvet, Casper has ensured it will last you for many years (or summers) to come. They back up this quality by offering a 100-night risk-free trial, free returns, and a one-year limited warranty.

Magic Linen Duvet Cover – Best Linen

Magic Linen Duvet Cover

Highlights
  • 100% linen made from European flax
  • Available in 16 trendy colors and patterns
  • No middle seams
  • Coconut-shell closures and interior ties
  • OEKO-TEX® certified for safety

Beautiful, comfortable, hypoallergenic, and available in a wide enough range of colors to satisfy any design ambition, the Magic Linen Duvet Cover is sure to appeal to anyone who loves linen bedding. Linen is valued for its durability and luxury, but lower-quality versions can be scratchy or course. Magic Linen uses high-quality linen made from European flax, then stone-washes their duvet covers for maximum softness and comfort.

Linen also makes for an excellent all-season duvet cover, as it is naturally breathable and wicks away moisture while still offering a comfortable weight in cooler temperatures. If you prefer a cozier sleep, the duvet cover can be paired with a less-crisp top sheet (like sateen cotton, flannel, or jersey). For those who love the feeling of linen and want a matching set, sheets and pillowcases are also available from Magic Linen in the same colors and designs.

Tuft & Needle Percale Duvet Cover – Best Percale Cotton

Tuft & Needle Percale Duvet Cover

Highlights
  • 100% American-grown Supima cotton
  • 215 thread count percale weave
  • Covered zipper closure and corner ties
  • Available in three neutral colors
  • 100-night trial and 2-year limited warranty

Tuft & Needle are one of our favorite brands for hotel-level luxury at an affordable price, and they’ve won our pick for best percale cotton duvet cover on account of this cover’s crisp, fresh feel and excellent craftsmanship. The hidden zipper closure will appeal to anyone who’s ever lost a button on their duvet cover, while the interior corner ties prevent the duvet itself from bunching or warping inside. Before purchasing, however, make sure to compare the dimensions to your duvet insert, as the cover is made to fit oversized inserts.

This duvet cover is designed to only get better (and softer) with time, and Tuft & Needle stand behind their product with a 2-year limited warranty. To ensure you’ll be happy to spend many years falling asleep beneath this duvet cover, they also provide a 100-night trial with free returns so you know you’ve made the right choice.

Huut Organic Sateen Duvet Set – Best Sateen Cotton

Huut Organic Sateen Duvet Set

Highlights
  • Certified 100% organic and fair-trade
  • Ultra-fine, long-staple cotton for comfortable durability
  • 310 thread count in a sateen weave
  • Set includes two pillow shams
  • 30-day trial with free returns

Huut offers guilt-free luxury with our pick for the best sateen cotton duvet cover. Both materials and construction are certified fair-trade, and the organic cotton is specifically chosen to balance softness with a long lifespan. Sateen cotton has a silky texture and a beautiful sheen, and is more substantial than percale for a warmer, cozier sleep.

Low-impact organic dyes in six colors (five neutrals and a robins-egg blue) set off the classic sateen shimmer while matching well with almost all bedroom designs. The duvet cover and pillow shams can be ironed, but since sateen is less stiff than percale and naturally wrinkle-resistant, this set is quite low-maintenance. Buyers who are still uncertain should take advantage of Huut’s 30-day trial with free returns, but we’re confident this is a set any sateen lover will enjoy.

Duvet Cover Buying Guide

If you’re new to duvet covers, this guide will take you through key things to know when looking to purchase a duvet cover for your own bed, including why you need a duvet cover and what materials are best, so you can shop with confidence.

Duvet vs. Comforter

While the names are often used interchangeably in the United States, there is a difference between a duvet and a comforter.

Type Description Pros Cons
Comforter Comforters are sewn in one piece, with no removable insert. They can be filled (usually with cotton or a down alternative) or simply a warm, heavy blanket. – No additional purchase required
– The filling doesn’t bunch as easily as a duvet
– Easier to wash fully
– Takes longer to dry
– Must be replaced fully to change the look/feel
– Less customizable
Duvet Duvets are filled with down, cotton, or a synthetic alternative and are meant to be placed inside a cover. The cover protects against dirt, residue,  and build-up. – Fluffier than comforters, with more fill choices
– Duvet covers easy to wash or switch out
– Can include hard-to-clean fillings like down
– Bunch up easily (though this can be solved with interior ties)
– Most duvet inserts are dry-clean only

Why You Need a Duvet Cover

First, a cover protects the duvet. A duvet or comforter is often more difficult to wash because of its size and the nature of the fill material. A cover, on the other hand, can be easily removed and washed. The cover also keeps dirt, skin, or allergens from accumulating in the duvet.

Second, a cover lets you manage the feel of your comforter. You can select a duvet cover with the type of composition that you want and that feels most comfortable to you. This is less important if you use a top sheet, but it’s still nice to dictate the terms of how your duvet will feel.

Third, using a cover permits you to find a color or design that best suits your bedroom. Most duvets are just plain white and can show stains easily. Many duvet covers are available in numerous colors or patterns that can help give your bed a standout appearance.

Materials

There are quite a few options to choose from when deciding on the material for a duvet cover.

  • Cotton – This is the most popular material for duvet covers given its softness. There is a huge range in terms of the quality of cotton and how well it is woven to form a duvet cover. While cotton can have moisture retention issues, it is still usually breathable enough for most sleepers, especially if it is well-made. Generally look for long-staple cotton (such as Egyptian cotton) that has a better track record of durability and will have a better feel.
  • Linen – The flax plant is the source of the thick fibers that are used to make linen. The nature of these fibers is such that linen has a more coarse feel but holds up well over time and retains a lot of breathability. Given its thickness, it has a weightier feel that can work in all seasons, but customers should know that it will not feel smooth or silky at all. It also has a tendency to wrinkle easily.
  • Flannel – Flannel is made by brushing fabric (such as cotton) to give it more loft. When you touch flannel, it tends to feel fuzzy and this gives it an element of thickness and warmth. Many people find flannel to be too hot in the summer but perfect in winter.
  • Bamboo Rayon – This semi-synthetic material is made from the fibers of bamboo. It is known for smoothness and breathability and also for its durability. It may be blended with other materials such as cotton or polyester for additional softness.
  • Polyester – This synthetic material is produced to take on many different styles, but in duvet covers and bedding it is commonly made to be sleek, stretchy, and highly breathable. Microfiber is a popular duvet cover material made from polyester.
  • Blends – Fabric materials are blended for two reasons: to reduce cost by combining a more costly material with a less expensive one, and to balance the pitfalls of one material with the benefits of another. For example, linen-cotton blends are a popular choice due to being less expensive and more comfortable than pure linen.
  • Organic Materials Almost all natural fibers are available in organic form. Organic bedding is popular on account of its environmental friendliness and perceived purity. If buying organic is important to you, look for certified organic natural fibers like cotton and linen.

Weave

The weave refers to how a fabric is woven together to make a textile. Different weaves feel, breathe, and wear differently, so it’s important to choose the right one for you.

  • Percale – This weave is a straightforward one in which one vertical yarn is wrapped over one horizontal one. The end result is a crisper and cooler cotton feel but one that is not quite as smooth or soft as sateen. It may also be called plain weave.
  • Sateen – In this weaving method, the vertical to horizontal yarns are not one-to-one. The result of this weaving pattern is a smoother-feeling and sleeker-looking surface.
  • Twill – Twill uses a diagonal pattern that gives a more robust and slightly rougher feel to the cotton. Sometimes the material will be washed or treated to make it softer while maintaining the texture of twill.
  • Satin – An intricate weave usually made out of silk, satin is a classic choice for its cool, slippery feel and beautiful appearance. However, it is also one of the least durable weaves.
  • Jersey – Knitted rather than woven, jersey has the ultra-comfortable feel of a well-worn t-shirt. Though they can be thin and prone to pilling, their all-season comfort makes jersey duvet covers a favorite.

Closures and Inner Fasteners

A duvet cover will have an opening on one side that allows you to place the duvet inside. Once the duvet is inside, you can seal or close the cover. There are different methods for closures including buttons, clasps, and zippers. None is inherently better than another, but some customers may have a preference for the look, usability, or convenience of one of these types of closures.

One issue that can arise with a duvet cover is the movement of the duvet within the cover. For example, it may become bunched up or overloaded to one side of the cover, requiring the whole blanket to be fluffed.

To avoid this issue, most duvet covers are constructed with ties or other fasteners to attach the duvet to the interior of the cover. Most customers prefer a cover with some type of fastener to help keep the duvet balanced inside the cover.

Sizing, Color and Design

Although most duvets and duvet covers follow the standard American sizes of queen and king, there is no standard for what these sizes mean in terms of real dimensions. When buying a new duvet cover, it’s important to make sure it will fit the insert well with no excess fabric.

Another factor to take into account is how you want your duvet (and cover) to fit your bed. Some people prefer only a small amount of overhang, while others want an oversized comforter which will overhang their mattress all the way to the floor. What you prefer is a personal decision, but always remember to choose based on feel rather than looks. An oversized duvet may look incredibly cozy, but its appeal lessens if it restricts your movement once you’re in bed.

Duvet covers come in a wide variety of designs, from single colors to patterns. Look for a cover that will fit in well with the layout and color scheme of your bedroom including the walls, furniture, and other bedding. It’s easy to switch duvet covers if you get tired of how it looks, so don’t be afraid to try something new.

Pricing and Return Policy

Duvet covers vary quite widely in price. This is mostly due to the material used (for example, linen is more expensive than cotton) and the quality of the material and manufacturing process. Other factors in the price include brand name, whether the cover is organic or fair-trade certified, and extra design features like ruffles or edging.

Of course, it’s possible to find good deals on high-quality duvet covers by lesser-known brands, or through sales. Waiting to find a good duvet cover at a good price is a better idea than choosing a less comfortable, less well-made version. You’ll save money in the long run, and your sleep health is more than worth it.

Some duvet covers are sold with a return policy that allows you to try out the cover in your bedroom for a period of time (usually 30-60 nights) with the option to send it back for a refund if you don’t like it. Make sure to look at the details of the return policy if you are for any reason unsure about the cover you’re purchasing.

Duvet Cover Care

Duvet covers make taking care of your duvet more manageable, but they require some care of their own to stay in excellent condition for their whole lifespan.

Washing instructions will vary depending on what materials your duvet cover is made from. Cotton and polyester require very little maintenance, while satin and linen should be washed more carefully. Your duvet cover should have a tag (usually on the inside) detailing its wash instructions. Avoid using fabric softeners, as this will leave residue on your cover, weakening the fibers and attracting dirt.

All bedding benefits from air-drying, but most duvet covers can also be put into a dryer if you don’t have time or room for a clothesline. If this is important to you, make sure to double-check if the cover is dryer-safe before purchasing.

Additional Tuck Resources

Now that you’re familiar with duvet covers, you might be interested in finding the perfect insert. To read about our picks for the best comforters and learn more about other types of bedding, visit the links below: