Difference Between a Duvet and a Comforter

Curling up under cozy bedding is the perfect ending of the day. But with so many comforter options available, what's the best bed cover option? In the battle of duvets vs. comforters, there's no clear winner. Each has its own distinct aesthetic and the potential for warmth and coziness, but they do have distinct features that may sway you one way or the other.

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Difference Between a Duvet and a Comforter

Duvet Basics

A duvet requires two pieces: an inner flat bag with the filling (much like a comforter) which is the duvet, and the duvet cover, which protects the inner bag. Duvets come with a variety of fillings including down, feathers, synthetic materials and wool.

The duvet slips into the duvet cover, which is essentially a big fabric pouch sized perfectly to hold the duvet. Most covers have tabs or loops inside to keep the duvet in place, but it can be challenging to get the duvet perfectly inside the cover. Duvets sometimes shift or twist, which can be a pain.

You can get the covers in a variety of patterns and fabrics. Because they come off, you can swap out covers or wash them easily. Many people choose duvets and covers without top sheets because of the ease of washing the cover.

Comforter Basics

A comforter is a quilt with filling inside an outer cover. It's essentially a thick blanket with a layer of filling between two layers fabric. Most comforters have stitching or quilting through the layers to keep the filling from shifting. Comforters usually have synthetic fibers as the filling. They commonly come as part of a bedding set with coordinating sheets, pillowcases and other bedding pieces to make decorating easy.

Most people pair comforters with top sheets to create a barrier between you and the blanket. Comforters take a little more work to wash since they are large and take up a lot of space in the washing machine. Top sheets are much easier to wash, so using the two together means your comforter stays cleaner longer to reduce the need for washing.

Comparing Duvets and Comforters

Both options keep you warm at night, so how are they really different? Compare the pros for each option to see which one sounds more appealing for your bedding needs.

Why you might prefer a duvet:

  • The separate cover lets you easily change the look of the bed without replacing a whole set of sheets and decor.
  • You can easily wash the cover without washing the insert since it's removable.
  • A duvet may last longer since you can remove the inner layer and wash just the cover.
  • Many people use the duvet and duvet cover set in place of separate top sheets and comforters, so making your bed is easier with a single topper.

Other people prefer comforters for the following reasons:

  • They're easy to put on the bed, spreading like a blanket.
  • Comforters usually lie flat and smooth, unlike duvets, which sometimes get twisted or shift inside the cover.
  • Washing a comforter is a one-step process; with just a single layer, you don't have to worry about removing a cover then replacing the insert every time you launder your bedding.

Duvets and comforters serve a similar function in your bedroom. Your choice comes down to your preferences for things like the ease of making your bed, washing your bedding and changing the look of your bedroom.