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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.
Our Editor’s Pick is the Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover, which is a standout product for several reasons. The cover is made from premium long staple cotton in a crisp percale weave, giving it a comfortable hand-feel that can be likened to hotel bedding. The duvet has a 270 thread count, and has a light and breathable design that is ideal for hotter weather, but it also offers warmth and insulation when the temperatures drop. The duvet can also be washed and dried in machines, making it easy to clean.
The cover has corner ties, which prevent it from sliding around at night. Customers can choose from more than a dozen color and pattern options to match different aesthetic tastes. Twin, Full/Queen, and King sizes are also available. Brooklinen offers a full satisfaction guarantee to all customers.
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.
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.
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.
The Sateen Duvet Cover from Parachute takes the title as our pick for best sateen cotton duvet cover of 2019. The material in the cover is made entirely from long-staple Egyptian cotton, which is known for its durability and softness. The sateen weave used in the material for this cover gives it an extra-smooth feel without making it overly shiny. This sateen duvet cover is breathable, so it can feel cool in warm temperatures yet provide warmth in winter. You can also choose among four colors to pick the one that will look best in your bedroom.
The cover has four 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.
Linen is a popular duvet material because it is naturally light and airy, making it especially well-suited for warmer temperatures. However, many sleepers find it excessively crisp and scratchy. The Snowe Linen Duvet Cover is a notable exception. Crafted from premium Italian linen treated with Snowe’s proprietary air-washing technique, it has an exceptionally soft feel compared to other linen products. The cover is also equipped with internal ties and durable rubber bottoms to keep it in place and prevent sliding during the night.
Customers can choose from Full/Queen and King sizes, along with three neutral color options. Snowe offers free shipping, as well as a 90-night sleep trial with full refunds on all returns.
Egyptian cotton is considered the crème de la crème of luxury bedding, and the Yalda duvet cover from Pure Parima is no different. While the Egyptian cotton label has become a falsely used marketing claim, that is not the case with Pure Parima. Certified by the Cotton Egypt Association, this 100% Egyptian, extra-long staple cotton is the real deal. In fact, their cotton is sourced from the Nile River Valley, making it even more authentic.
But it’s the feel of this duvet cover that will leave you singing it’s praises. The sateen weave creates a soft, silky feel that kisses your skin. The Yalda duvet cover wraps elegantly around your insert and uses a zippered enclosure making it easy to put on and take off.
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.
While the names are often used interchangeably in the United States, there is a difference between a duvet and a comforter
|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|
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.
There are quite a few options to choose from when deciding on the material for a duvet cover.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.