Deciding Between a Duvet vs. Comforter: Which One is Right For You

White Bed with white pillows and comforter

Changing up bedding is like getting a fresh new start; it’s one of the best feelings ever. But when it comes to choosing the type of blanket you want, your mind might be playing a game of tug-of-war as you decide between a duvet vs. comforter. Are duvets a better option than comforters or is it the opposite?

If you’re having trouble deciding between duvets and comforters, don’t worry! In this article, we’ll compare both kinds of bedding and talk about each of their pros and cons. And if you’re not familiar with duvets and comforters, we’ll answer some basic questions you might have, such as “What is a duvet?”, “How do duvets work?”, and “What is a comforter?” Let’s dive in!

What is a Duvet?

Duvets originated in Europe. They are the upper layer of your bedding that keeps you warm at night. They are typically made out of cotton to be soft and comfortable while you are sleeping. A well-made duvet has stitching to evenly distribute the stuffing, which can include down, silk, wool, feathers, polyester, or down alternative. They are basically a fluffy insert and most of the time are white.   

What is a Duvet Cover?

So, what are duvet covers? A duvet cover is the large cloth bag that covers the duvet to protect it from dirt. The duvet covers closes with a zipper or buttons to keep the duvet safely inside while you sleep. Duvet covers come in a variety of different colors and patterns that can be made out of cotton, linen, or silk.  

What is a Comforter?

A comforter is the American version of a duvet. Comforters are a huge fabric bag that is filled with stuffing, like down, wool, silk, or cotton. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and a cover is not necessary for it. They often come with sheets and pillow covers that are color coordinated. Usually when you sleep with a comforter you sleep with a top sheet to create a barrier between the comforter and your body for hygienic purposes. 

The Main Difference Between a Comforter and a Duvet

The main difference between a duvet and comforter lies in the number of pieces each comes in. A comforter consists of only one piece of bedding while a duvet is made up of two separate pieces: an insert and cover. You can think of the insert and cover like a pillow and pillowcase; the insert acts as filling and fits into the duvet cover just as a pillow would with a pillowcase. However, with a comforter, the filling is evenly distributed inside the single-piece bedding.

While comforters don’t require a cover of any kind, you can still use a duvet cover on one (especially if you want to keep yours clean). Comforters can also be used as the insert of a duvet, but it’s up to you to decide on how you want to arrange and use your bedding.

Rolled up white comforter

The Pros and Cons of a Duvet

There are numerous factors you should consider when buying a duvet. Below is a table to summarize the pros and cons of this type of bedding:


Pros

Cons

Easier to clean

The filling can clump up

Easy to replace the duvet cover

Can be difficult to assemble

Fluffier in texture with lightweight fabrics

Have to buy and change covers

Can change the style of it with ease

Duvet can drift out of place inside the cover

Only need to wash the duvet cover, not the duvet 

Doesn’t provide as much coverage (overhang)

You don’t need to worry about a top sheet because you have the duvet cover 

Can be more pricey since duvets and duvet covers are sometimes sold separately



Rolled up white comforter

The Pros and Cons of a Comforter

Here’s another table to help you weigh the benefits and drawbacks of having a comforter:


Pros

Cons

Has built-in filling that’s evenly distributed

Difficult to clean (many are dry-clean only)

Ready to use right out of the bag

May not be warm enough to use in the winter

Often comes in matching bed sets

Deflates over time

Adds a layered look to your bed

Making the bed in the morning takes longer with the top sheet added

No assembly required / minimal setup

They need to be cleaned regularly because they don’t have a cover

Maintains its overall shape

Often times too big to fit in the washing machine

 

Common Questions

We searched the internet to find the most commonly asked questions about duvets and comforters. Here are the answers to your questions:  

Is a Duvet thicker than a Comforter?

Yes, a duvet is thicker than a comforter. A comforter is one piece and typically has less stuffing than a comforter. This makes the comforter slightly flatter and cooler than a duvet. 

Can a Duvet be used as a Comforter?

As mentioned before, a duvet is just a fluffy insert. You’re going to need to put a duvet cover over it to be comfortable while you sleep. Once you have that settled, you can use it as a comforter. If you just want one piece and not worry about a cover, you should just use a comforter. 

Which is Better: a Duvet or Comforter?

When it comes to which one is better, it really comes down to your own personal preferences. Both are great options to keep you warm during the night. If you like to have a layered bedding style and don’t want to deal with a duvet cover, then choose a comforter. If you like a simple look and don’t want to waste time making the bed, then buy a duvet. 

Duvet vs. Comforter: The Final Verdict

The final verdict of duvets vs comforters comes down to you. Both are designed to keep you warm at night and do a great job doing it. It’s up to you to pick which one fits best with your personal preferences when it comes to bedding. Now when you look for your dream bedding, you know what you are looking for depending if you prefer having a duvet or comforter. 


Contributing Writer: Rebecca Lee and Madeline Collins