Duvet or comforter, which one should you choose? It can be tough to decide. After all, they both provide warmth and comfort for your bed. But that’s where the similarities end. They are two totally different types of bedding that have different benefits and drawbacks. When it comes to buy new sheets or a duvet cover, make sure you know the difference between these two pieces of bedding. This article will go over the main differences between a duvet and comforter.
What is the biggest difference between a duvet and a comforter?
The main difference between a comforter and a duvet is that the comforter is usually quilted with the filling evenly distributed. A duvet on the other hand has an insert that works as the fill. The insert fits into the duvet cover like a pillow in a pillowcase.
Typically, comforters are used as a decorative statement piece for the bed while duvets are typically seen on beds in hotel suites.
The duvet cover has an opening through which to insert the duvet. The finished appearance, usually of a duvet cover with matching shams that can be used in place of or in addition to other covers on your bed.
Pros and cons of a duvet
A duvet is a type of bedding that consists of two pieces of fabric. The loose-fitting duvet cover is what’s used to cover the duvet insert. Duvets are designed for warmth and can be flipped over to have two different looks. Considered as a good option for the summer, they’re more expensive than a comforter.
Duvets are lighter and thin as compared to comforters. They’re also easier to use since they have a simple design. The duvet cover is separate from the insert, which means it can be removed without changing the whole bedding ensemble. Duvets are popular in European countries especially in Sweden because they allow users to change the duvet to have a different look.
The Duvet filling can be hard to put back on if you are not used to it. The filling can also move around during use. This creates a rippled look to the duvet and it will be less comfortably to sleep in.
Pros and Cons of a comforter
A comforter is an additional blanket that can be used to keep the sleeper warm in their bed. It’s usually quilted and made of cotton, polyester, or down feathers. The comforter is a single piece of bedding, while a duvet requires two separate pieces – an insert and cover. Read below for the pros and cons of a comforter.
- A comforter is larger so it drapes down to the bottom of the bed. You don’t have to worry about a comforter slipping off your bed, as it will keep you warm even if one side is up and another side is down.
- A comforter will give you more warmth than a duvet because the filling is evenly distributed throughout the quilted fabric. It may be an extra expense but if you want warmth, this one’s for you.
- Since a comforter is just one piece of cloth, it comes in more sizes than a duvet cover
- A comforter’s insert is evenly distributed so you’re less likely to experience any cold spots.
A comforter could be easily damaged as it has less material surrounding it to protect its filling. It’s also not as easy to wash and care for as a duvet cover, which can be machine washed in cold water.
What to look for when choosing a duvet or comforter?
The first thing to look for when comparing duvet vs. comforter is the type of fabric it’s made out of. Duvets are typically a lighter weight and less expensive than comforters, and don’t need to be professionally cleaned like their heavier counterpart. Comforters tend to make for warmer bedding, but they can be on the heavy side if you need to move around in your bed a lot. Duvets are easier to clean than comforters, too, which is helpful if you suffer from allergies or dust-related sensitivities.
The are no set rules for how a comforter and duvet should be used in the bedroom, though the differences between them can affect the look of your room. Duvets, as previously stated, are made with quilting that is very thick and plentiful, offering a plush, pillowy look. Comforters are typically thinner and more lightweight, and offer a simpler appearance which gives off a clean look.
Which should you choose?
The choice between duvet and comforter is very much a personal preference. For some, the duvet/comforter can be switched out according to the season. This would mean that in winter, you may want to switch your duvet for a warmer comforter and vice versa for summer.
If you like the bedding to match, then comforter is great because it usually comes as a matching set. However, it might be possible to find a duvet cover in the style and color you want.
How to care for a duvet or a comforter?
It is important to take care of your bedding, especially if you are using them every night. A few tips for how to care for them are below:
- Wash the duvet cover or comforter at least twice a month. The washing cycle depends on if it is summer and how much you sweat! If you have more than one duvet set, wash them separately. It is possible to wash them together if they are in similar color. Use mild or natural detergent, never use bleach. The label usually recommends the temperature for the water.
- Shake them well to remove all excess water before drying them in the dryer on a low setting or line dry them outside.
- Don’t leave the laundry in the washer or dryer for days at a time as this will lead to bacteria growth and ruin your set.
The choice between a duvet and comforter is very much a personal preference. For some, the duvet/comforter can be switched out according to the season. This would mean that in winter, you may want to switch your duvet for a warmer comforter and vice versa for summer. If you like the bedding to match, then comforter is great because it usually comes as a matching set — however it might be possible to find another style or color of cover if this isn’t enough. How do you care for both? Wash at least once every two weeks (depending on how sweaty you are), shake well before drying low heat in dryer or line drying outside! And never leave them wet too long in the washer or dryer.
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