A big part of getting a good night’s sleep is your bedding situation. There’s something magical about snuggling in a well-chosen comforter that will keep you cozy and warm all night. But, when shopping for new bedding, the choices can make everything a bit confusing. How do down comforters differ from duvets? What about duvet covers? What does fill power even mean? Which is a better down alternative? Do you even want an alternative? It turns out choosing the right bedding can be trickier than we thought. Read on to learn more about down comforters and whether they are the same as duvets.
Before we even get into the debate of comforters versus duvets, let’s talk about down. A trendy material down refers to feathers from duck and geese underbelly. Down comforters are notably soft, fluffy, and warm – hence their popularity. These comforters are also lightweight and breathable so that you won’t feel weighed down.
Now, because down is made from feathers, some people prefer alternatives. Down alternatives are very similar to down, but they’re made from cotton, synthetic fibers, or rayon materials. They offer a cruelty-free option that’s also best for people with allergies or budget shoppers.
Though these words are often used interchangeably, there are some differences. So, let’s try to break it down a little bit more. A duvet is solid white, filled with a down or a down alternative inside a duvet cover. The duvet cover is a classic bedsheet that’s only sewn shut on three sides, the fourth side lets you insert the duvet, and then it closes with large buttons, ties, or a zipper.
On the other hand, a comforter is a warm piece of bedding that can be colored, patterned or any other scheme. It might also be filled with down but have more flexibility. Comforters are often filled with synthetic materials, down alternatives, and more eco-friendly options. Unlike the duvet, a down comforter is sewn on all sides and won’t let you stuff it with anything else. You also won’t need an additional cover to use a comforter.
With so many bedding options to choose from, it can be challenging to decide. Both comforters and duvets have their pros and cons, and the right one for you will depend on many personal considerations. To help you choose between down comforters and duvets, consider these factors.
Here we’re talking specifically about down comforters and duvets. But, if you have allergies, you might prefer a polyester or easy-to-clean material that helps you get rid of dust, mites, and dirt. Also, your material will change the weight of the blanket and the amount of heat it holds. Heavier fabrics are great for the fall and winter, while lighter-weight materials can be ideal for the summer months.
A high-quality duvet can often last longer than a comforter, mainly because it requires fewer trips to the washer. However, duvets often require dry-cleaning services, which means it can be more expensive to keep up than a comforter. On that same note, down comforters usually cost more than down alternatives. This is because down comforters also require dry-cleaning, making them a more expensive option.
Here’s another factor to consider, your bedding should fit your lifestyle. If you’re not planning to make monthly trips to the dry cleaners, then a down comforter might not be the best option. Homes with pets or children might prefer more machine-washer-friendly options like synthetic comforters, for example. When the filling is down, any accident means you need to take a trip to the dry cleaners and have specialized cleaning products at home to prevent a stain. Synthetic comforters can easily be thrown in the washer machine for a quick rinse and be as good as new.
Lastly, you have to consider durability. Duvets are often longer-term inversions than comforters. Because the duvet uses a cover and needs dry-cleaning, it tends to last longer. However, when you get a high-quality down comforter and follow the caring instructions closely, it can stay with you for years to come.
How you sleep and how you feel comfortable matters a lot. A duvet tends to be much heavier than comforters. But, you can still find weighted comforters if you prefer to feel the weight over while you sleep. Some people even like to have a couple of differently weighted comforters in their collection to swap them as needed, especially as the seasons change.
Our bedding collection at Lands’ End includes linen sheet sets, duvet covers, comforters, down comforters, and even flannel sheets. Browse our ever-growing collection to find the right bedding for you. With hundreds of styles to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find the one that matches your style and decor.