What's the difference between a duvet, a duvet cover, and a comforter?

Duvets and comforters are made in various styles, materials, and weights. Choosing a duvet or comforter will depend on what type of sleeper you are.

A duvet is a plain, usually solid-colored, filled quilt that is the size of your bed. Duvets are usually heavier than comforters.

A duvet cover is a light, often patterned/decorated shell that is meant to go over your duvet. If your duvet is the ‘pillow’, think of the duvet cover as the ‘pillowcase’.

With a duvet cover and duvet insert, the duvet insert will only need to be washed about once a year since it isn’t in direct contact with the sleeper, prolonging the life of the insert. Additionally, since patterns go in and out of style, you can simply buy a new duvet cover instead of purchasing a whole new comforter.

A comforter is a patterned or colored, lightly filled quilt that will be larger than your bed size. Comforters don’t have a removable outer cover, so since it's in direct contact with the sleeper, it will need to be washed more regularly. As comforters are typically bulky, frequent washing can cause the comforter to break down more quickly.

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