Choosing Between a Duvet and a Comforter


We’ve already settled the differences and similarities between a duvet and a comforter. Remember that a duvet is slightly bulkier, lighter, and style-replaceable since it has a removable cover while a comforter is less bulky but larger, flatter, and more difficult to replace.

Not let’s talk about the different benefits and disadvantages that each has over the other to help you decide on which one to get.


A comforter is usually made with polyester as main material, although it can also come in cotton. It comes in a selection of different colors and prints that makes it very stylish.


No fuss. Since a comforter is flat in nature and heavier, it stays put and rarely shifts/twists, which makes it so much lower maintenance that its duvet counterpart.

Good for the style and coordination-challenged. Mixing and matching is sometimes not a strong suit for many. Good news, comforters come in bed-in-a-bag sets that have the same or coordinated styles. They styled and coordinated it so you don’t have to.


Not easy to wash. Most comforters are not machine-washable and are dry clean only. Be sure to check the label to see if they are machine-washable.

May need a top sheet. If a comforter is not machine-washable, you may need to use a machine-washable top sheet to protect it. Adding another layer to your bed always adds more time to your bed-making routine.

Tends to get less fluffy easily. Rarely can you see a bed-in-a-bag comforter stay fluffy and luxurious for longer times. That is because they have less fill than duvets, which means they will get lumpy and flat much faster.

Expensive for frequent style-changers. If you are one of those persons that need to change up styles after a certain amount of styles, you may need to buy more comforters that come in different styles. This can be extra-challenging if you have little room in your linen closet.



You might say duvets are higher quality cousins of comforters. They come in a variety of high quality fabrics and fills. They usually come in solid or dirty white or cream colors. Unlike comforters, duvets are sold separately.


Easily washable. Like pillows, duvets make use of duvet covers. Duvet covers can be easily thrown inside a washing machine and can be washed like a regular sheet.

Less steps to make a bed. Since duvets are easily removable and washed, you won’t need to use a top sheet to protect your duvet. This eliminates that extra layer, giving you one less thing to have to fight when making the bed.

Perfect for the fickle decorator. Duvet covers are less expensive than comforters and are easy to slip out of your duvet, making them the perfect choice for those that love changing styles every so often. Plus, it’s more cost-effective and comes in more options than you would comforter sets.


Doesn’t always stay in place. Rarely does a duvet stay in place due to its bulkier and lighter nature. No matter how much you pin, tie, and pray to keep the duvet cover in place, it rarely stays where it should. This can be a total headache because you may need to readjust them every day, unless you want to end up with a totally twisted bedding set.

Duvet inserts are tricky. Looking for duvet covers that are the right size is very tricky. Duvet covers often come in square or full/queen shapes and sizes, so digging up just the right size for your duvet is almost impossible. A high-quality, properly sized duvet can also be pricey, but once you have the perfect match, sleeping feels like a total luxury.

The Decision

After laying out the different pros and cons, I’m sure you’ve already made your choice. There’s no right answer. Whichever option you choose, you are sure to end up with something that you truly love.

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