Difference Between a Comforter and Duvet

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Today we will talk about the difference between a comforter and duvet —

Wait a sec, a comforter is different from a duvet?!

Truly an astounding revelation! Kidding aside, this reaction holds some truth at the very least though. If you already know that a comforter is different from a duvet, then great. However, a majority of people mistake the two as being one and the same. Mind you, they are distinguishably different – though they are grouped in the same family: Linens.

As we go further, we’ll discuss the major differences between the two bedding choices and maybe even throw a bit of healthy competition in the mix.

What are Comforters?

Beds feel colder and lonelier without comforters – literally and figuratively speaking. After all, they are a part of the “Big 4” of any bedding arrangement which generally consists of: pillow covers, a bed sheet, comforter, and blanket.

Comforters usually lie on top of a bed sheet to improve comfort and help you catch more Z’s. They’re also great for winter nights as you can cozy up to them instead of thin blankets; they do well at regulating heat.

The physical appearance of a comforter would resemble a traditional quilt with wide, crossing stitches to help contain and distribute the soft material inside evenly. Like sheets and blankets, comforters are machine washable. Although the fill and fill power can vary across brands, we generally have two major types of material used to fill comforters.

Materials used for comforters

  1. Down

Usually used from the fine feathers found near the breast area of a bird, down material is undeniably softer and fluffier compared to other materials. It’s cozy, and traps heat effectively letting you experience a warm and sound slumber. We have two kinds:

  • Duck – this is more commonly used as fill material in America, a cheaper alternative compared to goose down.
  • Goose – Fluffier compared to duck down and more commonly used as filler in comforters made from Europe.
  1. Down Alternatives 

Truly, down material provides unrivaled warmth and fluffiness but they’re not for everyone – especially for people who are highly susceptible to allergies. To cater to the needs of this population, we also have comforters made from hypoallergenic materials such as:

  • Cotton – A good alternative for someone with a stuffy nose. For this kind of material, organic cotton is best for they contain little to no chemical additives and are usually unprocessed.
  • Cotton-Polyester – A 50/50 blend of soft and firm is great for people who like don’t feel comfortable sleeping in overly soft bedding.
  • Gel – The most expensive among the three but also the softest. Having a comforter filled with gel-fiber will surely give you a heavenly sleep.

What are Duvets?

Duvets don’t feel lonely as they are used to being alone. After all, with a duvet, you wouldn’t need any other bed linen (except for pillows). Duvets are designed in such a way that it does not require the company of a sheet or a blanket. If you’re looking to buy one, look forward to hassle-free mornings!

Duvets offer a solution to lazy mornings when you just can’t help but feel tired to do anything. With a duvet, you don’t have to worry about making the bed. Just spread it out and voila – it’s done!

One very distinct characteristic of a duvet is that its cover and body are separate. The body of a duvet (the part that is filled) cannot be laundered using a machine. Instead, they need to be sent out for dry-cleaning every once in a while. However, it’s not like you can soil a duvet that easily! The duvet cover acts as a screen that can help shield the duvet from tough stains – similar to how bed sheets protect mattresses. The cover is machine-washable so keeping a duvet is not really that troublesome.

Materials used for duvets

  1. Down – Like comforters, duvets use down fillers as well. The only difference is that duvets are not designed like quilts but is rather plain with a lesser volume of stitches – mostly on the sides. And similar to comforters, it can be made from two types of birds as well which are again:
    • Duck
    • Goose
  2. Synthetic – We also have duvets made of synthetic materials. Duvets of this kind are cheaper than down and also compatible with people who are prone to allergies.
    • Microfibre – Made of very fine fibers, this kind of material is comparable to the softness of down.
    • Hollowfibre – This type of material is used similar to how microfibers are used but only that they feel more coarse and wire-like.
  3. Feathers – Another alternative to down that also provides a warm and soft feel but much heavier. This kind uses regular feathers which tend to be much larger than the fine feathers used with down.
  4. Wool – A natural material like down and feathers, wool is great for trapping air and thermal control. Best part – it’s also hypoallergenic!

I personally use a duvet because:

  • I don’t particularly like how comforters tend to sag after several washes. You wash the entire thing, including the filler, so it is no surprise that the material will wear itself out eventually.
  • I like the warmth a duvet embraces me with; it compliments my body’s temperature when I sleep.
  • I like choosing pretty patterns and try all sorts of material for my duvet cover.
  • I’m just lazy (don’t judge me).

How about you? What’s your choice between a comforter and duvet?






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