What’s the Difference Between a Comforter vs Duvet?

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Have you ever purchased a duvet thinking it was a comforter or a comforter thinking it was a duvet? I have! Shamefully so. I know there are labels. However, these two items look so similar. Thus, if you are not fully paying attention to the labels you can easily add the wrong item to your shopping cart. Especially, if you are shopping in the store and you’re rushing.

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Overall, purchasing bed linens can be overwhelming because there are many different types including comforters, duvets, coverlets, mattress protectors, top sheets, bottom sheets, quilts and so on.

Plus, a few of these bed linens function similarly, so what do you choose? In this guide, the difference between a comforter vs duvet set is discussed. Use this guide to help you decide which product better suits your needs.

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What is a Comforter?

A comforter is a soft, fluffy, thick bed linen filled with down, feathers, wool, silk or synthetic fibers. If you’re really into bedroom decor, a comforter is a highly recommended item – it really helps coordinate your bedroom decor.

In fact, it is one of the bedroom decor items that demand attention. Hence, if it’s not chosen based on your overall bedroom decor theme you can easily create an unbalanced distracting look. Therefore, always consider your bedroom decor theme before purchasing a comforter.

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Now while a comforter can be purchased separately, you will find the best deals if you purchase a comforter in a set containing additional bed linens like top sheets, bottom sheets, and pillowcases.

However, whether you purchase a comforter separately or in a set you can easily find the perfect comforter to coordinate with your bedroom decor because they are sold in many different patterns, and colors.


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What is a Duvet?

A duvet looks like a comforter. In fact, you can easily purchase a duvet by mistake thinking you purchased a comforter especially if you’re not really paying attention to the labels on the package. Overall, a duvet is a good alternative to a comforter but what is a duvet really?

A duvet is a type of bed linen consisting of an insert and a cover. The insert is a soft bag filled with down, feathers, wool, silk or synthetic fibers, just like a comforter. However, unlike the comforter, the insert is typically protected from dust with a removable cover.

Therefore, if you suffer from allergies, a duvet can be very helpful since the insert is protected. Plus, you can easily change your cover as often as you need to.

If you’re considering purchasing a duvet, Walmart and Amazon offer amazing deals. However, pay special attention to the description to ensure you are purchasing exactly what you want. Furthermore, note duvet inserts and duvet covers are usually sold separately. However, duvet sets are becoming popular. Hence, it is not uncommon to find affordable duvet sets offering a duvet cover, with pillow shams.

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Can I Use My Duvet Cover On A Comforter?

Yes, you can use your duvet cover on a comforter! The duvet cover will protect your comforter just like it protects the duvet insert. In addition, the duvet cover will keep your comforter clean and functional longer. Thus, saving you money in the long run due to having to wash your comforter a lot less.

However, carefully choose the size. Since comforters are typically thicker than duvet inserts consider purchasing duvet covers that are slightly bigger.

 

What’s the Difference Between a Comforter vs Duvet?

Duvets are similar to comforters. In fact, it is so easy to mistake one for another since they both look and feel very similar. However, there are important differences you ought to know including:

Difference Between a Comforter vs Duvet: Components

Duvet usually requires a cover, unlike a comforter.

Difference Between a Comforter vs Duvet: Coordinating

A comforter requires a top sheet a duvet doesn’t – the duvet cover acts as that top sheet.

Difference Between a Comforter vs Duvet: Decorating

It is easier to change your decor with a duvet by just changing the cover, unlike the comforter where the whole comforter needs to be changed.

Difference Between a Comforter vs Duvet: Cleaning

The comforter is easier to clean since there’s no cover – all you have to do is take it off the bed then place it in the washing machine. In contrast, the duvet must be taken off the bed then the duvet insert and duvet cover must be separated before washing.

 

How To Care For Your Comforters and Duvets

Use these tips to care for your comforters and duvets.

Avoid Liquid Unless the Comforter and Duvet Is Being Cleaned

Firstly, keep your comforters and duvets away from liquids unless you’re cleaning them. I learned the hard way a white comforter and red wine just don’t mix.

If you ever spilled red wine on a white comforter or duvet you probably know the struggle. In fact, as soon as the wine hits the surface you have to sprint to clean it immediately.

Overall, it can be a challenge to remove the stains unless you use a laundry detergent like OxiClean. Therefore, avoid liquid especially those with the potential to stain your comforter or duvet.

 

Remove Your Makeup Before Bed

Remove your makeup before bed. Yes! That’s very important if you want to maintain a clean comforter or duvet. Makeup transfer and a comforter or duvet don’t mix either. In fact, depending on the shade of your foundation, you can easily stain the comforter or duvet. My foundation shades are always in the deeper shade range, hence jumping on my bed with a full face of makeup has consequences.

 

Avoid Eating Greasy Food On Your Bed

Just like liquid, avoid eating greasy food on your comforter or duvet if you want them to stay cleaner longer and last longer. In general, the more you wash your bed linens the more likely you will have to replace them sooner. Therefore, if you want to save money keep your comforters and duvet sets clean longer.

 

You May Choose To Dry-Clean But …

Comforters or duvets can be dry-cleaned. However, personally, I never felt the need to dry clean my comforters or duvets.  Instead, I use my favorite Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent or OxiClean White Revive and Downy Ultra Liquid Fabric Conditioner to clean them and they always look and smell amazing after cleaning. So you definitely don’t have to dry clean your comforter or duvet –  you can clean them yourself.


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Which is Better Comforter vs Duvet?

Comforter vs duvet, hmmm. Honestly, there isn’t one better than the other. In fact, it just depends on your preference and what works best for your situation.

As noted above while both bed linens are similar they have differences that make one a better option based on individual needs. Therefore, choose the best one for your situation.

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