Duvet Vs Comforter: Understanding Duvet Types

When summer turns to fall and the nights are enveloped in a slight chill, wrapping yourself up warm in bed brings cozy restful sleep. But, do you use a duvet or a comforter? Let’s distinguish between the two so you can find the best one for your sleep needs.   

duvet is a soft blanket filled with down feathers,  goose, duck feathers, wool, silk, or synthetic filling

What’s the Difference Between a Duvet and a Comforter? 

A duvet is a soft blanket filled with down feathers,  goose, duck feathers, wool, silk, or synthetic filling. They come in various sizes from twin to emperor size and the tog rating determines its warmth. You could have a slim summer duvet and a thicker duvet for the winter months. 

A comforter is similar to a duvet but tends to be thinner. It is quilted or fluffy and available in various colors and patterns. A duvet cover protects the duvet and changes the style of your bedding with different colors and patterns

What is a Duvet?

A duvet is a type of bedding that originated in Europe. It looks like a fabric pocket filled with feathers, wool, silk, or synthetic material that covers the entire bed. It keeps you warm as you sleep and can add a colorful element to your bedroom aesthetic as the duvets duvet covers come in a multitude of colors and patterns

Duvet Sizes

Bed Size

Duvet Size 

Duvet Price (Approx)

Twin - 38”x75” 

Twin - 68”x86” 

$29+ (depending on filling)

Twin XL - 38”x80”  

Twin XL - 68”x90” 

$30+ (depending on filling)

Full - 54”x75” 

Full - 78”x86” to 86”x86”

$34+ (depending on filling)

Queen - 60”x80” 

Queen - 90”x90” 

$39+ (depending on filling)

King - 76”x80” 

King - 104”x92” 

$34+ (depending on filling)

California King - 72”x84” 

California King - 104”x92” 

$34+ (depending on filling) 


TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) Ratings 

Duvet 

TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) Rating 

Ideal for Room Temperature

Lightweight Summer Duvet

0.2 TOG

75°F and 81°F

Any Season Duvet

1.0 TOG

68°F to 75°F

Winter Duvet

2.5 TOG

61°F to 68°F

Winter Duvet 

3.5 TOG

Below 61°F


Duvet Construction

The construction of the duvet is important to its comfort and longevity. It must be stitched in a way that keeps the filling intact as you move the duvet around in your sleep and when it’s removed and washed. 

  • Baffle Box: checkerboard construction that holds filling in place 
  • Quilt Stitching: same appearance as baffle box but without the additional fabric strips used to reinforce the stitching 
  • Channel: parallel stitching (straight lines instead of a checkerboard) so the filling can be redistributed to colder areas on your body  
  • Gusset: walls of fabric around the perimeter of the duvet in baffle stitching creates a more luxurious feel

Duvet Fillings

Duvet Filling Type 

Best For

Goose down

Soft and warm but avoid if allergic 

Duck down

Less fluffy than goose but warm, avoid of allergic 

Down alternatives

Synthetic fiber such as polyester, affordable but could be less durable than premium duvets  

Cotton

Affordable, cooling, breathable, and machine washable, great summer duvet 

Wool

Heavy, luxurious, super warm, and breathable. Great winter duvet

Silk 

Soft, light, and comfortable, great for the summer heat


Fill Power 

Less than 400

Lightweight, low loft, great for summer and hot sleepers

400-600

Higher loft for chilly nights

600-800

High loft, all-season comfort, great for cold sleepers 

800+

Highest loft for cold climates and those who sleep cold


Duvet Shell Cover

  • Cotton is breathable, machine washable, and affordable, look for a 300 thread count  
  • Polyester is synthetic yet affordable, is durable but may sleep hot
  • The cotton-poly blend is a little more breathable than polyester yet still affordable and durable 

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What is a Duvet Cover? 

The beauty and fun of using a duvet are that you get to play around with the style of top sheet, covers, and pillowcases. Bedding sets typically include a duvet cover and pillowcases in various colors and patterns that can easily be removed and washed. The duvet cover protects the duvet from dirt and spillage. Duvets and comforters differ in this respect because the outer cover of the duvet can be so easily changed. Whereas a comforter typically does not need a changeable cover. 

What is a Comforter?

A comforter is additional blankets that most people use as a top blanket on the bed. Typically soft and fluffy, it adds warmth to winter nights and can be used as a couch blanket too. Comforters are like quilts in their stitching that look like patchwork or embroidery. A comforter set can range from minimalist to ornate design and can include bed shams and pillows to complete the look. Some comforters are dry clean only due to their fabric and construction. Check the label for cleaning instructions. Comforters usually provide less warmth than duvets but a bed in a bag and comforter set could provide premium comfort when combined, especially if you live in a colder climate.  

Does a Comforter Need a Cover?

A comforter is designed to not need a cover. Unlike a duvet that is typically plain white in color, a comforter is designed with a built-in cover that can be colorful to match any aesthetic. Most comforters are thin enough to be machine washable but be mindful of the fabric and watch for dry clean only tags.    

washing your duvet or comforter at a low temperature with good quality laundry detergent could extend the durability

How to Wash a Duvet or Comforter 

Sheets blankets, duvet covers, pillowcases, and most bedding are usually thrown into the washer at high temperatures. But, washing your duvet or comforter at a low temperature with good quality laundry detergent could extend the durability of your duvet or comforter. Air dry if possible so as not to cause shrinkage or damage to the shape in a dryer. 

Duvet Vs Comforter: Pros and Cons 

Duvet 

Comforter 

Solid white fixed cover 

Various colors and prints 

Various thickness depending on seasons

Typically one thickness 

Available in various sizes 

Available in various sizes 

Removable cover sold separately  

Fixed cover 

Matching pillowcases 

It may be difficult to find matching pillowcases

Some are machine washable 

Some are machine washable 

Large selection of fabrics and different filings 

Typically made of one material  

Top sheet not required 

Top sheet required 

Duvet covers make it easy to change bedroom aesthetic as they are easily removed  

Fixed cover so more costly to change bedroom aesthetic 

 

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Conclusion  

When it comes to duvets vs comforters the winner is determined by your bedroom climate, personal taste, and sleep style. Those who feel the cold at night may prefer a duvet over a comforter. Those who sleep hot may enjoy the cooling relief of a slim comforter. If you live in a cold climate, a duvet with a comforter as a top blanket provides much warmth and coziness. Duvets and comforters are in many colors and patterns, sizes, and materials. They can be plain or elaborate in design so both have positive attributes but the universal element of duvets and comforters is their ability to add a comfortable and luxurious touch to your bedroom.