Duvet or Comforter? Here’s the Difference
When it comes to bedding, what is most important to you? Do you hate making the bed? Do you prefer bedding that’s easy to wash? Are you someone who wants to switch up the look of your bedroom often or with the seasons?
Determining simple factors like these can help you decide whether you should be using a duvet or a comforter. However, how do you decide?
Here’s everything you need to know to make an informed decision on whether a duvet or a comforter is the right fit for you:
Duvets vs. Comforters
Duvet and comforters are often used interchangeably, but while they perform the same function, they actually offer totally different benefits.
Duvets + Duvet Covers
Duvets are comprised of two pieces—the duvet and the duvet cover. Also called a “duvet insert” to differentiate from duvet covers, the duvet is usually plain white in color, but can be dressed up by a nice, colored duvet cover that you typically purchase separately. While you purchase the duvet separately from the duvet cover, it’s very common to buy duvet sets that consist of a duvet cover and matching pillow shams.
Duvet inserts are not quilted or stitched. Since they are placed inside of a duvet cover, they don’t need to look as decorative as comforters. Their main john is to provide warmth and comfort.
A huge difference between duvets and comforters is that duvet inserts are typically bulkier and more heavily stuffed for maximum plushness. The thickness of duvets makes them a great choice for colder climates where more thermal insulation is needed to stay warm.
Comforters are the flatter, lighter American counterpart of a duvet. They typically contain soft stuffing like wool, silk, cotton, or synthetic fibers—but in lesser amounts than duvets. Since comforters hold less filling, they are oftentimes lighter and cooler than duvets. Additionally, comforters don’t necessarily require a cover as a duvet does. However, you can opt to use one if you wish whether it is to change up the look or for added protection.
When it comes to comforters, the material you choose can change how it affects your sleep. Fabrics like cotton or microfiber can hold in body heat during cold winter nights, while materials like bamboo fibers are light, cooling, and temperature regulating for warmer months (or in the case of sweaty sleepers, all year round!).
Comforters are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials.
Things to Consider
Whether you’re Team Comforter or Team Duvet, bedding is the one place where you can truly have it all, from functionality to comfort to aesthetics (all for an affordable price, too). There are a few things to keep in mind in terms of styling, care, and pricing.
Duvet Styling vs. Comforter Styling
If you’re one to get inspired often to change up the look and feel of your bedroom, a duvet cover might be the perfect choice for you.
Duvet covers allow you to quickly and easily change the entire vibe of your room without having to completely redecorate. Simply just remove your previous cover and shams and store those and then throw on your new cover! Update your bedroom for the seasons, holidays, or just because! The possibilities are endless, to say the least.
Comforters alone can make redecorating difficult since they typically come crafted with colors or patterns.
Need some styling inspiration for your bedding? Be sure to also check out our Style Guide here.
Duvet Care vs. Comforter Care
Duvet inserts and comforters both can be difficult and expensive to clean, and if not maintained often, can build up germs. This is especially true if you opt not to use a top sheet a night. Ideally, comforters should be washed at least once a month.
With a duvet cover over your insert or comforter, there is no need for a top sheet or worrying about washing your insert or comforter as often since there is an extra layer of protection. They keep your bedding free of germs and prevent everyday wear and tear (especially for us who enjoy midnight snacks in bed).
Since a duvet cover is the equivalent of two bedsheets, you can simply remove the duvet cover, throw it in your washing machine, and voila! (As an added bonus, they store easily in your linen closet, too). If a cover happens to get stained or ruined, it can easily be replaced, as well.
Duvet Prices vs. Comforter Prices
Duvets and comforters can be around the same ballpark prices, but materials, filing, and features can make the price differ—all of which matter in terms of getting a good night’s sleep. Remember, higher prices don’t always mean higher quality. Take time to research all the things mentioned above when purchasing your bedding.
Inserts and covers are often sold separately, so to complete your bedding may be pricier than simply choosing a comforter (which often comes in a bed-in-a-bag situation).
Keep in mind, however, that duvets and covers offer versatility, simplicity, and added protection at night. So the extra expense may be worth it to most shoppers.
When it comes to prices, take into consideration not only the price of the duvet or the comforter but the price of maintenance, as well.
If you’re using a comforter without a cover, maintenance may be a hassle and costly. Since they can be bulky and large, you may have to take a special trip to get your bedding laundered at a laundry mat or dry cleaners.
Regardless of which one you choose for your bed, it is important to keep it protected from body oils, germs, and bacteria (or the occasional spill from breakfast in bed).
Now that you know all about the differences between duvets and comforters, and you’re ready to find the right fit for you!
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