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Down Comforter vs Duvet: Which is Best for You?

Updated June 1, 2020

The difference between duvets and comforters isn’t distinct, and this leads to these terms being used interchangeably. There is a difference, however, and this can change how you model your bed. The choice between a duvet and a comforter comes down to preference, but it’s best to know that there is a choice, and you shouldn’t make the mistake of purchasing a duvet and then a comforter, expecting the same results.

Duvet Down Comforter
Used with a Duvet cover (individual piece) Comes as an entire set-piece
Wide Variety of Fillings Available Down Filling
One-piece & easy to clean Easy to match pieces


Used with a Cover

The duvet itself is what you would call an insert, the piece of bedding that acts as a sort of stuffing. While the original creation of the duvet required down to be stuffing, you can now find different feathers and synthetic fibers used in duvets.

The duvet itself is completely white or any shade of white. To protect the duvet from getting dirty, you’ll need a duvet cover. The cover lends protection and longevity to the duvet.

This cover can be any color of your choice and is the only part of the duvet that needs to be cleaned. It’s better to have more than one cover so you can change and wash them often. Plus, washing the cover is less of a hassle than cleaning the duvet itself.

Variety of Fillings

When duvets were new, they were only stuffed with down for a light, thermal effect while you slept. Now, there is an expansive variety of stuffing you can come across. The natural fillings consist of down, feathers, a combination of these, silk, and wool. The synthetic fillings are hollow fiber and microfibre.

The natural fillers are typically better at regulating temperature and keeping you warm. Synthetic fibers are, of course, no match against the feel of the natural filling. They are better, however, if you experience allergic reactions against natural stuffing such as feathers.


Duvets are an extremely convenient choice if time and space are two things you don’t have an abundance of. If space is a problem, then fret not for all you need is one duvet insert and a couple of covers. The covers are all that need to be cleaned if there are stains and smells; the duvet inside will remain perfectly intact. Most duvets nowadays can be used all year round. There are some options that have more than one layer you can shift around during the year for lighter or heavier coverage.

Alongside convenience, you also get the versatility factor. With a duvet cover, it becomes easier to change the look of the bedroom more frequently.

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Down Comforter

Comes as an Entire Set

A comforter usually comes as an entire bed set. There are pillowcases and the actual comforter. The most common count is three pieces inside of a set; one comforter and two pillowcases. This is not only convenient for decorating your bedroom, but it also makes accessory shopping easier.

You won’t have to worry about mixing and matching your cases with one another. You can purchase a bundle of comforters to last you the whole year and make do with an excellent array of colors and designs. You can save money as well, buying entire sets of bedding rather than having to buy each piece individually.

Down Filling

While comforters do come with different types of filling, there is a certain appeal in down filling that can’t compete with others. The general idea of the comforter is to act as either a bedsheet for your mattress or as a cover to take over yourself. With a down filling, you get the lightest and most efficient thermal regulation. Other fillings can be efficient in one part (lightweight or thermal regulation), but you’ll rarely ever find a combination of both aspects better than down filling.

Since down is a breathable filling, it helps keep you dry from sweat as you sleep. At the same time, the loft of down clusters is what traps air and keeps you warm during cool nights.

You can measure the loft of the down by viewing the fill power designated to the comforter. Among down choices, goose down tends to be much loftier than duck down.


The convenience factor of a comforter is rather different from that of a duvet’s convenience. A comforter comes in an entire set, so you have already removed the need to mix and match your covers and cases until you are satisfied. There is a wide variety of designs and colors when it comes to the comforter market. If you feel like decorating your bed, then there is no better option than a comforter set.

One downfall to comforters is that they can get very dirty which means the whole set becomes useless if one piece is ruined. Down filling can usually be machine washed which may make cleaning procedures easier, but to keep the original loft of the down, it’s better to air dry.

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Final Thoughts

The choice between a duvet and a comforter comes down to your priorities. It’s entirely up to you to make the final decision and see which type of bedding is better for you.

Down filling offers a whole unique advantage on its own. There are so many synthetic alternatives to the effect of down that it’s hard to remember why down used to be so favored. With down’s sudden comeback in the market, however, it’s becoming more and more obvious. Down is lightweight and won’t make you sweat during the night. It also regulates your body’s temperature better than synthetic substitutes. One issue that used to be a huge downfall has now been cleared as well! Down is known to trigger allergic reactions in some people, which is why users would stray away from it. With a hypoallergenic cover, this is no longer an issue.