While we’ve all heard the words “comforter” and “duvet” before, do we really know what the main differences are between them? It’s okay if you’re a little fuzzy on the details because we’ve outlined the main differences so you can finally choose a side in the great duvet vs comforter debate.
Duvet Vs Comforter
The main difference between the two is that one is essentially a giant bag stuffed with down and the other is actually a blanket filled with wool or down.
A duvet is definitely something a lot of us have had in our homes before, but because they’re commonly referred to as blankets or comforters, we might not have even noticed. Duvets are large white bags that are filled with down or synthetic fibers. The reason you may not have noticed is that duvets are often stuffed inside duvet covers, which can be an assortment of fabrics and designs.
Depending on the filling, size, and thickness, the cost of a duvet can vary greatly, but generally falls in the range of $30 to $200. They typically come in neutral colors such as white, gray, and black with corned tabs to easily use with a duvet cover. That said, it is perfectly acceptable to use duvets as is if you prefer the simple color/design.
On the other hand, comforters are blankets that have feathers, wool, or down all stuffed inside fabric. Comforters don’t have additional covers because they’re already made from a variety of fabrics printed with various designs and colors.
Besides the additional style choices and fillings, comforters can be more economical as many are sold with matching pillow shams, and sometimes event sheets and bed skirts. Depending on the size, material, and additional bedding including, a comforter can typically costs between $30 and $200.
Duvet Pros And Cons
If you’re looking to get a duvet then there are some things you should know.
- Easily swap a lighter duvet in the summer and heavier duvet in the winter while keeping the same cover.
- To update or change the decor of your bedroom, all you need to do is swap the duvet cover.
- A cover isn’t required so it acts as a great top blanket all on its own.
- You shouldn’t wash the actual duvet itself and really only need to wash the duvet cover, which also makes laundry a little easier.
- There are a variety of fillings and thickness depending on your climate and preferred sleeping needs.
- Duvets have the potential to get really messy. With the down and the different sizes of duvet covers, it can be difficult to keep everything in place. If your duvet cover is a bit too large, the duvet itself can be tangled inside the cover and you’ll need to rearrange everything more than once.
- Now, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t look for a duvet cover that does have a little leeway because you want to make sure your duvet stays puffed for maximum warmth. But finding a proper duvet cover can be difficult and, depending on the one you want, it can be expensive as well.
Our Top Duvet Pick
This 100% microfiber duvet features boxed stitching to keep the filling in place. Light enough for summer but cozy enough for winter, simply pop into your washing machine for easy cleaning.
Comforter Pros And Cons
If you’re leaning towards getting a comforter, then here are a few things you should know.
- For simplicity’s sake, it’s easy to get everything you need with the many bed-in-a-bag sets out there.
- Comforters don’t need to be accompanied by a cover which means that you don’t have to worry about constantly shifting the comforter and its cover around. They stay in place and you can just drape it over your bed.
- You can easily wash most comforters without needing to strip off a cover first. Just plop it into the washing machine and wash with the rest of your loads.
- They’re pretty inexpensive and if you grab them in a bed-in-a-bag set then you’re getting even more bang for your buck.
- They’re not always easy to wash. Though you can throw most comforters in the washing machine, some of them might prove to be a little too large for some machines, which means you may have to trek to the laundromat.
- Remember that not all comforters can be placed in the wash. Some of them need to be dry cleaned and only dry cleaned. If that’s the case, it’s recommended that you use some sort of cover like a top sheet. If you use a top sheet, then it could become a pain to have to make your bed in the morning because now you have to deal with arranging both covers as opposed to just one.
Our Top Comforter Pick
Which Is Better?
At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. One isn’t inherently better than the other, and with so many options on the market today, it’s easy to find the feel, weight, and look you want without much hassle!