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Whats the Difference between a Duvet Cover vs Comforter?

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Finding the best accessories for your bed is not easy because there are different options to choose from. You will also need to be very sure of the items you are buying to ensure that you have only picked those that will give you maximum comfort when sleeping. When selecting bed toppers one of the most popular options are duvets and comforters. However, one of the major dilemmas most people face is differentiating between a duvet, duvet cover and a comforter. In this article, we shall explain their differences in order to clear your doubts. 

What is a comforter?

Comforters are thick, quilted and fluffy blankets that are used to keep you warm at night. They are normally made of synthetic fiber filer which is stitched or quilted in order to secure the filling. If you prefer to have a layered look on your bed, comforters are the best because they come as one piece. They also designed to be placed on top of your sheets. Apart from providing warmth, they give your bedroom a nice look.


  • You do not need to add an extra cover
  • Most of them comes in sets which includes pillows or blankets
  • They comes as one piece


  • They are not easy to clean

What is a duvet?

Just like a comforter, a duvet is used as a blanket to cover you when you are asleep However, they are thicker and warmer than comforters. You will also find that they are very soft because they are usually filled with feathers or synthetic fibers. The major difference between them and comforters is that they are usually placed inside a duvet cover which makes them easier to maintain. Even if duvets are lightweight, they are very warm.


  • Easy to maintain since they do not get dirty
  • They are not expensive
  • Very warm and soft


  • It is not easy to change the cover
  • They do not stay intact

What is a duvet cover?

A duvet cover is simply a protective layer which is placed on top of a duvet. They have a closure which allows them to effectively lock the duvet inside. Since duvets and comforters are a bit hard to wash, duvet covers will be very vital because they are removable and easy to clean. This means that you do not need to wash the duvets frequently. They are also available in different colors which means you can use different covers to give your bedroom a new look.


  • Easy to clean
  • Available in different styles
  • Most of them are durable


  • Not easy to put on a duvet

So which one is better?

If you are searching for the best beddings that will give you maximum warmth during winter, duvets will be the best. They are also great for those searching for an option that is easy to maintain. All you need to do is to buy a durable duvet cover which is easy to maintain. Comforters are also great but they are not lightweight.


1. Duvets – Wikipedia Page

2. Duvet vs Comforter –  Post by Diffen

3. Quilt,  Comforter, Duvet or Bedspread – Article by The Spruce

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