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Duvet vs. Comforter: What's the Difference?

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Whether you're a duvet or comforter type of person, the quality of your bedding is crucial. While both duvets and comforters act as blankets, the two have slight differences. Bedding can get expensive, especially if you opt for hypoallergenic, all-natural, or vegan products.

Knowing what to buy can save you big bucks in the long run. The last thing you want is to spend a chunk of cash on bedding that will end up in the guest room.  

What Is a Duvet? 

A duvet consists of two pieces — the duvet cover and the insert. The insert is a soft blanket, sometimes filled with feathers or other materials, and put inside the cover. Like the bread on a sandwich, the cover is an outer case that protects the duvet insert. 

Duvets can last longer than a comforter as you can wash the outer layer far more often than you need to clean the duvet itself. Not to mention, duvet covers are usually reasonably priced, so you can switch up the color or design without having to replace your whole blanket.

Pros and Cons

Duvets have pros and cons, but so does most everything (even chocolate). At the end of the day, you just have to find out what will work best for you. 

Pros

Easy to clean

Duvets are nice because they're easy to clean. All you have to do is unzip the outer layer and toss it in the wash. 

Duvet covers are much thinner than an entire comforter, so it won't take as much time in the washer or dryer. 

More versatile 

Considering the cover can be removed and replaced with different colors and patterns, we'd say the duvet wins the versatile portion of this contest. 

If you love re-decorating and switching it up often, we think a duvet might be more up your alley. 

Warmer

Duvets are a bit thicker than comforters, as their filling offers more insulation. If you're a cold sleeper, or if you s/o like to keep the AC below freezing at night, we suggest investing in a duvet. 

Cons

Can clump together 

Since a duvet is not a quilted blanket, it might be prone to some clumping. This can get frustrating, but the fix is super easy. 

Put your duvet in the dryer to help remove clumps. Simply place your duvet in your dryer with a few tennis or dryer balls. Give the duvet ten minutes before removing it and massaging out any remaining clumps. Put back for ten more minutes, and your duvet should be clump-free. 

Another method to remove/prevent your duvet from clumping is by turning it around once a week or so. All you have to do is rotate the head and foot of the duvet every so often. This method helps prevent the material from sitting in one stop for too long, which can cause clumping. 

Difficult to insert

This con is quite minor and is dependent on what kind of duvet you purchase. You will most likely only experience this if your duvet isn't the highest quality. However, with practice, you can put your duvet together in around five minutes

The insert can be difficult to fit inside the cover if it's not the correct size, which happens more often than you'd think. This can be easily avoidable by reading reviews online before purchasing. 

Also, always read the washing labels. Once your duvet cover shrinks, it can be nearly impossible to fit the insert in. Yes, you can always buy a new cover; but that takes time and money, and we’re busy sleeping.

Not as warm 

We may have already touched base on this aspect, but the duvet is known for its lightweight and movability, so if you're looking for a heavy-duty winter blanket, then this might not be for you. 

Some people sleep hot, and some sleep cold. The optimal room temperature during sleep is between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. It really depends on personal preference. If you're a warm sleeper no matter the season, then a duvet may be right up your alley. 

What Is a Comforter?

Now that you know what a duvet is, let's talk about comforters. Depending on what you grew up using, comforters may be super familiar or totally foreign. Either way, we have more information to offer!

Comforters are quilted blankets, often filled with cotton, hence why they're a bit warmer than duvets. Once you purchase your comforter, they're ready to use — no cover needed. 

Comforters are quite convenient as there is no need for a cover. Plus, they're (often) sold in sets, so you won't have to go searching for a matching sheet and pillowcases. 

Duvets have their fair share of pros, but so do comforters. You shouldn't rule either out before analyzing both lists provided — let's get into it. 

Pros

Great prices

Comforters are usually easier on your wallet. But that's not to say they are cheap by any means. You can still get a very high-quality comforter without breaking the bank. 

Comforters are usually less expensive because you only need to buy one piece. You must make multiple purchases with a duvet, as they aren't usually sold in sets with sheets and pillowcases either. 

It comes ready to use

Unlike a duvet, there is no need for assembly — your comforter comes snuggle-ready. While duvet assembly is quite easy, it may be something for you to consider. We know how crazy life can get, and anything that can save us a few minutes is worth it. 

Won’t clump up 

Unlike a duvet, your comforter is quilted, so you won't have to worry about it clumping up. 

Lightweight 

If you live in a known state for its hot summers, then a comforter might be your best option. Yes, comforters are plentiful in the wintertime but can get too big and bulky come those warmer months. 

Comforters might be too hot for the summer, but that's not to say you can't just buy both and switch them out throughout the year, right? Or, if you’re a true comforter fan, you can even layer two on top of each other. Either way, you can be comfortable and cozy. 

Cons

Difficult to clean 

If you don't have an ant-bacterial comforter, you may find yourself constantly wanting to wash yours. If so, you may want to consider a blanket that is a bit easier to wash. You should consider an antibacterial comforter. It stays cleaner for 3x longer; less laundry equals more free time.

Antibacterial bedding can offer other benefits, such as super healthy and clear skin. 

Can flatten overtime 

Comforters are notorious for flattening overtime. This is due to the cotton inside losing volume. Not all comforters are made of Supima cotton; some last longer than others. 

This can be easily avoidable if you purchase a high-quality comforter. All it takes is a bit of review research to avoid this bedding mishap. 

Sweet Dreams 

The start of a good night's sleep starts with your bedding. There is no better feeling than hopping out of a hot (or cold) shower and snuggling up in your warm comforter or duvet. We think either is a great option, but it's dependent on what you're looking for.

Now that you know all the pros and cons, the only thing left to do is buy your new bedding — whether it be a duvet or comforter, good quality sleep is a Miracle


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