A firm mattress, a crisp sheet, and a warm, cottony blanket – what more can you ask for?
A little piece of heaven that’s what!
I’m talking more than just throw pillows and overly-stuffed animals; I’m talking about the luxurious, feathery-soft feel of a duvet. Any bedroom would just fall a little bit short of perfect without it.
What’s a Duvet, You Ask?
It’s certainly NOT a comforter.
A duvet is that plump, filled sheet that is used in place of several linens which usually consists of a bed sheet, blanket, and comforter. A duvet is of European origin and is primarily filled with feathers, down, wool, or other synthetic material. In the U.S., duvets are commonly mistaken for comforters but a very obvious distinction between the two is that duvets, like pillows, have covers which are referred to as – wouldn’t you guess – duvet covers.
Some prefer the comfort and convenience a duvet offers because you can use it solo, which means you don’t have to worry about blankets, sheets, or whatnot. Call it being a minimalist or just plain lazy, but making up the bed in the morning can definitely be a pain.
Duvets are commonly used as is because it has excellent thermal control. But unlike comforters, that you can just machine-wash along with other bed linens, duvets are stripped off of their covers with the cover being the only thing that’s machine-washable. Duvets are usually sent out to the cleaners for dry-cleaning but with a good, tough cover, you can limit these visits.
If you’re a (crazy) bedroom junkie like me, you’ll love the comfort and warmth a quality duvet provides. I like mine rested on top of my sheets and I still use a separate blanket when I sleep. After all, there are no rules as to how you should use a duvet. Whether you plan to use it solo for a hassle-free bed arrangement or pile it on top of your other favorite covers, you can do whatever makes you feel better when you sleep.
But what does matter with using a duvet is the type of material used for its covers. Although, the duvet itself is an important concern, the fact that the cover is the part that directly gets in contact with your skin makes it equally as important. And, in this article, we’ll discuss it one by one.
Silk never fails to make anything look extra grand and elegant. From clothes to robes, and sheets to pillow cases, silk makes everything look a tad bit romantic. Duvet covers, too, is available in silk fabric but you’ve got to pay the price in order to get your bed looking nice.
Silk is much more expensive compared to most fabrics available in the market – they’re high maintenance too! If you have a dog, a kid, or an urge to eat in bed every now and then, you better stay clear of this kind of duvet cover.
It stains easily and it can’t be machine-washed – you’ll have to take it out for dry-cleaning. On the other hand, if you’re young, single, and living it big – go ahead and indulge yourself! Make sure to turn the air conditioner extra cool during summer nights though, silk tends to make you feel quite humid.
Duvet covers are available in upholstery fabric as well. This kind of fabric makes it possible to adorn the cover with more intricate designs and details. It’s typically more durable – especially for people with pets – as this kind of cover is resistant to cuts and punctures.
However, they’re not very compatible with washing machines. Because of the material used in making upholstery fabric, like nylon or rayon, the cover can carry a bit of weight and may make you feel uncomfortable during your sleep.
The thickness and weight adds to the warmth of the duvet and may result to a heavy, humid rest. Upholstery covers can be all creative and pretty, but still comfort should remain your priority.
You’ve probably heard of Percale before. But no, it’s not a kind of material – it’s a kind of weave. Percale is woven in a one over one under pattern making the cloth tight but still breathable.
Luckily, duvet covers are offered in Percale cotton as well. Generally, cotton is a soft, lightweight material but not all kinds of cotton last long. The cheaper ones out in the market that’s simply labeled as “100% Pure Cotton” may be made of American upland cotton.
This kind is okay (for its price), but it’s not as soft as cotton should be and definitely not durable enough. What you would want is Egyptian cotton for your duvet cover. It’s super soft, airy, durable, and it gets even better every time you launder it. With a soft cotton material combined with the crisp Percale weave, you’ll have better sleep for sure!
Best Duvet Covers of 2018
Below are some of the best top selling duvet covers available on Amazon. They are available in the usual sizes of Twin, Full, Queen and King.
1. Nestl Bedding Duvet Cover
This duvet cover claims to be cooler, more breathable and durable than cotton. It is also quite inexpensive too which is one of the benefits of micro-fiber duvet covers.
Machine washable and easy care to care for, this duvet cover is fade, stain, shrink and wrinkle resistant. If you experience the occasional allergies, then you’re love this duvet cover as it is hypoallergenic and therefore able to resist allergens and also has anti-bacterial properties.
2. Zen Bamboo 3-Piece Bamboo Derived Rayon Duvet Cover Set
Available in an array of colors, it is made from 40% Rayon Derived Bamboo and 60% Brushed Microfiber, to create a duvet cover that is incredibly plush and more durable than standard cotton duvet covers. It is lightweight but still warm and breathable to keep your body at just the right temperature throughout the night.
Besides being stain, fade and wrinkle resistant, bamboo is known to be naturally hypoallergenic as well as a natural germ fighter.
3. Utopia Bedding 3 Piece Duvet Cover Set
It is prefect for those people who suffer from allergies as it can effectively repel allergens and provide a surface free from allergens. It is breathable for a cool night, wrinkle and fade resistant and will not shrink after washing. Unfortunately, it is available in just 3 colors.
4. Utopia Bedding Printed Duvet-Cover-Set
For the lovers of prints, this duvet cover features intricate white fretwork patterns and is made from high quality double brushed microfiber for a soft and cozy feel. Aside from being soft, the duvet is also breathable and able to keep you warm and cool throughout the night.
It is hypoallergenic which means that people who suffer from allergies can use this duvet cover as it is able to resist allergens to keep the bed surface free from allergens.
Unfortunately, also comes in just 3 color variations.
5. Word of Dream Cotton Floral Print Duvet Cover
Word of Dream Cotton Floral Print Duvet Cover is made of 100% cotton with a thread count of 250 to create a duvet cover that is not only soft but also breathable and able to effectively regulate your body temperature for all round comfort.
It is also able to keep allergens at bay given its hypoallergenic properties therefore people who suffer from allergies can use this duvet knowing their bed surface is free from allergens.
There aren’t many designs to chose from as it is only available in 3 styles only.
6. Vougemarket 3 Piece Duvet Cover Set
Machine washable Vougemarket duvet cover is made form 100% Cotton and features pattern designs in ten styles but only available in King and Queen sizes. It is lightweight and breathable for just the right comfort.
For long lasting durability this set is fade and stain resistant and will also not shrink after washing.
It has hypoallergenic properties making it suitable for people prone to allergy attacks.
7. Italian Luxury 100% Combed Cotton Duvet Cover Set
Smooth and elegant and available in a few color choices, it is made from 100% cotton with a 220 thread count. It’s not only durable but also resistant to fading, staining and shrinking.
Of course this would not be the prefect duvet cover if it was not hypoallergenic, now would it?
These are just a few example of great duvets but really, the list is endless. Whether you decide to buy any of the above or chose to look for another, here some things to look out for along with the material;
- Hypoallergenic properties- I don’t know about you, but I sleep better knowing that my bed surface is free of allergens. And especially if you suffer from occasional allergy attacks in the bedroom, a hypoallergenic duvet cover is one of the best ways to combat this.
- Lightweight and breathable- You don’t want to feel bulky with something weighty over you as you sleep which is why you can’t have your duvet cover adding to the weight of your comforter or duvet. It should also be breathable to help in the regulation of your body temperature for a cool and comfortable night. Covers that are not breathable tend to get too hot making you hot, sweaty and overly uncomfortable during the night.
- Stain resistant- If you are the “breakfast in bed” kind of person having a duvet cover that does not absorb all your messes when they occur is a huge plus. Again even if you don’t have meals in bed, pets and kids can sometimes be your duvet’s undoing.
- Machine washable- Unless you love washing by hand, then I suggest this be one of the things you keep out for when when choosing your preferred most comfortable material for a duvet cover