Best Duvet Covers

Updated August 2019
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Buying guide for best duvet covers

Last Updated August 2019

A duvet cover is often described as a big pillowcase for your comforter. It’s also an economical way to refresh and redo your bedroom since duvet covers cost substantially less than new comforters. A duvet cover also protects your duvet insert or comforter from wear and tear, so you won’t need to replace it nearly as often.

The best thing about a duvet cover is that it eliminates the need to wrangle your comforter into a washing machine. It minimizes the number of times you take your still-damp comforter out of the dryer and wait a day until it’s fully air-dried. Cleaning a duvet cover is as easy as machine washing a flat sheet. Once you’ve lived with a duvet cover for a while, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.

There are plenty of duvet covers on the market for all sizes of bed, from twin all the way up to California king. Our shopping guide can help you select the ideal duvet cover for your needs, and we have some tips on how to navigate using a duvet cover once it’s on your bed. Take a look at our favorites, too.

An empty duvet cover doesn’t provide warmth, but it can be used in place of a flat sheet to cover you in warmer weather.

Key considerations

Materials

Duvet covers come in 100% polyester microfibers, cotton, linen, silk, satin, and blends, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, an all-cotton duvet cover can come out of the wash wrinkled. Microfiber duvet covers can look just like cotton, linen, silk, or satin and are easier to maintain than duvet covers made of other fibers.

Thread count

Much has been said over the years about the thread count in sheets, but it also applies to duvet covers. Thread count is the measure of threads in one square inch of fabric. High thread count doesn’t always mean high quality, but thread count does matter. The quality and weave of the cotton or fiber matters more.

Keep it simple and decide whether you like the cool, crispness that feels like a freshly pressed shirt or the soft, heavier feel of a silky, satiny shirt. A duvet cover with a thread count over 200 but still in the lower hundreds will feel like that crisp dress shirt. A duvet cover with a higher thread count, near 1,000, will have a heavier, satiny, and super-soft feel.

Size

Buying the right size duvet cover for your duvet or comforter is an important consideration. There are three camps when it comes to sizing: buy a duvet cover that’s smaller than the insert, the same size as the insert, or slightly larger than the insert. Take note that if you buy a duvet cover that’s a bit smaller than your insert or comforter (by two inches on each side), it will guarantee a snug fit, but the duvet cover could shrink after the first washing and no longer fit the comforter.

Soft and stays closed

This duvet cover gets high marks for its soft, lightweight brushed microfiber that’s comfortable even in warmer months. It machine washes well, holds up, and gets softer after each wash. It’s also a favorite for the hidden side zipper that keeps the duvet cover securely closed as opposed to buttons that may pop open. The set comes with two pillow shams, too.

 

Duvet cover features

Shams

Most duvet cover sets include one or two pillow shams. Shams come in different designs, including flanges or other types of decorative edging. Shams fit standard or king-size pillows, depending on the size of the duvet cover you purchase.

Ties

To hold a duvet, insert or comforter in place, a duvet cover may have a tie on each of its four corners. Some have only two ties, at the top. The way to tie a duvet insert differs from tying a comforter. A duvet insert has tabs at each of its four corners. Just attach the duvet insert tabs to the duvet cover ties. Comforters don’t have tabs on the corners. The traditional way to tie a comforter is a bit different. Grab a bit of fabric in each corner of the comforter and use the duvet cover’s ties to secure the comforter to the cover.

Closures

Duvet covers have various closures to keep the duvet insert from sliding out of the cover. You may find a discreet zipper located on the side of the cover, small buttons on top of the duvet cover, or snaps on one edge of the cover. A few duvet covers have exterior ties for closing, and there are some that fold over, doing away with any type of hard fasteners. The type of closure you choose is a matter of preference. 

Reversibility

It’s even easier to redecorate your bedroom with a reversible duvet cover. You don’t have to turn a reversible duvet cover inside out; you simply flip it over for a different color or pattern. You can find some striking coordinating styles. For example, a duvet cover may have one baby blue side and one soft pink side, or a duvet cover could have the same pattern on both sides but in two different colors. There are plenty of combinations to choose from when looking for a reversible duvet cover.

Duvet covers and bed sheets are made from similar materials.

Duvet cover prices

Inexpensive: In the $17 to $20 range, you’ll find microfiber duvet covers with a lower thread count (though many may not even give you the thread count), for twin, queen, and king sizes. The duvet covers at this price point may come in limited solid colors.

Mid-range: Most better-quality microfiber duvet covers for all size beds can be found in the $20 to $40 range. You’ll begin to find more fashion colors, attractive patterns, reversible covers, higher thread counts, brushed finishes, and thicker fabrics. More zipper closures are found in this price range. In the $25 range, you’ll begin to spot all-cotton duvet covers for twin beds.

Expensive: From $40 to $80, you’ll begin to find luxury, higher thread count, all-cotton duvet covers for queen and king beds. At around $40, you’ll find microfiber duvet covers for California king beds. Reversible, all-cotton duvet covers are found at the higher end of this price range.

EXPERT TIP

A duvet cover with a thread count of 250 to 500 is ideal for durability, softness, and comfort.


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EXPERT TIP

Multiple duvet covers can be stored compactly because they fold flat, unlike bulky comforters.


Staff  | BestReviews

Tips

  • Consider microfiber. The microfiber fabric may pill substantially less than a duvet cover made of more traditional polyester fabric.
  • Go dark. If you have a boldly patterned or vividly colored comforter that you’d like to insert into a duvet cover, consider a darker solid color or darker pattern cover. A comforter saturated with color may show through a white or light-colored duvet cover.
  • Go light. A white duvet cover may be your best bet if you frequently use acne treatment medicine at night. Even if you rinse well, a medication or cleanser with benzoyl peroxide can potentially bleach or stain a colored sheet or duvet cover.
  • Try the “burrito” method to put the insert into the duvet cover. To make it easier to insert a duvet or comforter into a duvet cover, use the burrito or California roll method. There are plenty of online tutorials to help. Put your duvet cover on the bed inside out, with the opening at the foot of the bed. Lay the insert on top and align the corners. Start rolling the layers from the head of the bed down to the foot. When you reach the opening of the duvet cover, flip each corner over until you see the right side. Then unroll the duvet cover so the right side shows and the insert is inside. Shake it out and you’re done.

Quality workmanship

The fabric is the star of this duvet cover. Thanks to meticulous workmanship and thicker cloth, the 100% cotton holds up in the wash. This crisp, cool cover is soft and comfortable to the touch. It also comes out of the dryer wrinkle- and pill-free, which is especially nice for cotton.

Other products we considered

If you’re looking for something other than the duvet covers in our matrix, we have a few more for you. We love the simplicity, soft feel, and price point of the microfiber AmazonBasics Duvet Cover Set. When you’re looking for a luxurious, silky duvet cover at an unbeatable price, consider one of our favorites, the three-piece Nestl Bedding Duvet Cover Set. If you want the function of a duvet cover but the look of a luxury comforter, you’ll like the pillowy texture of the microfiber Vailge Pinch-Pleated Duvet Cover. It has a side zipper closure and comes with matching shams that are also pinch-pleated all over.

A duvet cover eliminates the need to constantly wash a bulky comforter or clean a puffy duvet. The duvet cover protects the comforter or duvet from dirt, body oils, sweat, and dander. It’s much easier to wash a duvet cover that flattens out when empty.

FAQ

Q. Can I put a comforter inside a duvet cover?
A.
Yes, you can, but watch the sizing. Duvet covers vary a bit in size regardless of whether it’s for a twin, full, queen, or king bed. For example, one king duvet cover measures approximately 104 x 90 inches while another brand’s measures 110 x 96 inches. A standard king comforter is 102 x 86-88 inches, which won’t have any trouble fitting into a king duvet cover. It may be a bit different with a queen duvet cover. One may measure 90 x 90 inches while another may be 94 x 96 inches. A standard queen comforter is 86-88 x 96-100 inches. The comforter won’t fit into the first queen duvet cover and will just barely squeeze into the second one.

Q. How can I keep a regular comforter from moving around and bunching up inside a duvet cover?
A.
If the duvet cover you purchase has ties inside each corner, just grab the corners of your comforter with the ties. Another solution is to sew ties on each corner of the comforter. Though it’s extra work, this allows you to secure both sets of ties together (the duvet cover’s and the comforter’s). This will reduce the bulk created at the corners of the duvet cover. There are also inexpensive duvet clips, pins, clasps, grippers, and even magnets that are designed to join the corners of the comforter and the duvet cover from the inside or outside. If the comforter fits tightly inside the duvet cover, you may not need to use any fasteners at all.

Q. What’s a duvet?
A.
It’s common to be confused about the difference between a duvet and a duvet cover. A duvet is constructed much like a comforter and is what you insert into a duvet cover. The word “duvet” comes from the French word for down feathers, which is a popular filling for duvets. A duvet is almost always plain white, so it won’t show through a duvet cover. Warm, lightweight duvets are sewn with baffle boxes or channels, much like comforters, so the down or other filling won’t shift.

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