What is the Difference Between a Duvet vs Comforter


If you’ve ever gone shopping for bedding for your home, whether for a bedroom or a guest room, you may have come across different terms for the types of bedding out there: Thread Count, Duvets, Duvet Covers, and much more. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy, in terms of materials, colors, sizes, and more. And it’s even more difficult when you don’t know what everything is, and what you need! Below, we’ll highlight the two and find out the differences between a duvet vs comforter.

What is the Difference Between a Duvet vs Comforter:

A Comforter:

Well first of all, a comforter is a fluffy and quilted blanket that sits over your sheets. It’s made of two pieces of fabric that are filled with synthetic or down fibers that add warmth to your bed. Usually you can purchase a comforter as part of a set with pillow shams and sometimes even as part of a bigger set that includes matching or accent color sheets as well. You can buy comforters according to bed size.

Pros and Cons:

They are great for allergy sufferers because they’re typically filled with synthetic fibers, and they’re also easy to clean and machine washable. Although a con is that they can be too big for most washing machines and will be need to taken elsewhere to wash. And if they aren’t very big, you may need to add extra blankets during the colder months.

A Duvet:

On the other hand, duvets are usually the top layer of bedding, usually made out of cotton. They are made up of two soft and flat pieces of a fabric bag that is usually white, but not always. They are filled with synthetic materials, such as down feathers, down alternatives, wool, or polyester. Sometimes duvets are referred to as “duvet inserts” or duvet cover sets. The word “duvet” comes from the French word for “down.” And that refers to the soft, fine layer of feathers under the exterior feathers on the bellies of geese and ducks.

Pros and Cons:

Duvets sit in a duvet cover so you can change the colors or patterns as often as you wish, for seasons, weather, decorations, etc. And with this, there is no need for a top flat sheet. Luckily, duvets don’t need to be washed often because of the duvet covers, and this is especially good because they are dry clean only usually. On the other hand, when duvets are down-filled, they aren’t good for allergy sufferers, but luckily there are synthetic options as well. Duvets also don’t hang over the side of the bed as far as a comforter so you may need to size up and get one meant for a bigger bed than you have.


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