When choosing a duvet cover, consider the type of look you want. If you prefer a crisp, smooth appearance, opt for one that’s an inch or two bigger than your insert.
The best linen duvet cover we tested came out of the wash free of snags, wrinkles and imperfections.
1. Soft & Breathable
A high quality duvet cover is made from materials that are soft and comfortable. You’ll also want to look for shell material that wicks sweat and improves breathability. Finally, look for a quality inner fill, such as down or an allergy-friendly alternative.
If you’re shopping online, look for reviews that provide specifics such as thread count and construction. Also, consider buying in-person at a large retail store to see the product and feel it. You’ll also be able to compare products side-by-side to find the best one for your needs. Lastly, keep in mind that some retailers offer risk-free trials.
2. Durable & Long-Lasting
A duvet set includes two parts: a cover and a filler. Both have an impact on the look and feel of your bedding but the shell material will have the biggest effect on your sleeping experience.
A microfibre duvet is a fine synthetic man-made fibre that is soft and silky. The fine strands trap warmth well but can’t match the loft of down.
A linen duvet is another luxe option that feels lightweight and breathable. It’s also a good choice for those with allergies, as the natural temperature-regulating fabric helps balance humidity and ease allergy symptoms. Look for a cover that has corner ties and a button closure, and consider choosing a brushed version that’s Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. It’s more durable than unbrushed cotton percale and doesn’t wrinkle easily. It’s also available in darker colors for moodier bedrooms.
A high-quality duvet cover will keep your comforter clean and fresh for years to come. Look for covers made of breathable materials like natural cotton, eucalyptus-derived Tencel lyocell or bamboo viscose, which all resist wrinkles and shrinkage.
While the fill material is a big consideration, the shell fabric plays an equally important role in your duvet’s feel and durability. Look for a breathable material such as cotton, polyester or a cellulose fiber, like those from eucalyptus or bamboo.
3. Comfortable & Hypoallergenic
Many people buy hypoallergenic duvets to avoid allergic reactions, which can ruin a good night’s sleep. Hypoallergenic doesn’t mean the duvet is anti-allergy, though—that’s a specific treatment that reduces or eliminates dust mites and their allergens from bedding materials.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, look for a duvet with a down alternative fill. This material mimics the feel of goose down but comes from synthetic fibers, so it’s safe for those with allergies.
If you’re concerned about ethical production and sustainable sourcing, opt for organic cotton. It’s breathable, resists wrinkles, and gets softer with every wash. It’s also a top pick of our testing crew. Compared to other options, it’s soft, warm and airy without feeling too puffy. It also meets Global Organic Textile Standards for environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing. It’s also a great option for couples, thanks to snap (not tie-off) corners and deeper color options that suit a moody bedroom.
4. Lightweight & Easy to Wash
It’s easy to overlook washing your duvet, but like all of your bedding, it should be washed regularly. This helps reduce the risk of stains and prevents your duvet from becoming a home for dust mites (microscopic mites that thrive in damp warm conditions).
The best way to keep your bedding clean is by following the care instructions on the tag. Some duvets may require dry cleaning or have specific washing instructions, so always check before attempting to wash at home.
The best duvets are made with natural materials that are breathable and soft to the touch. For example, cotton sateen is cool to the touch and gets softer with every wash. In addition, this material allows air to pass through more easily than other fabrics such as flannel and percale. Similarly, bamboo fibers are strong and absorbent but soft to the touch.
5. Breathable & Cool
How to chose a duvet is very important for your sleep as it definitely affects you in terms of keeping you cool and comfortable all night long. Look for a cotton or bamboo duvet cover that uses 37.5 particle technology to dissipate heat, and breathable fabric that won’t trap too much heat during the day.
Also, make sure to consider the fill power of the duvet (its insulating ability), its shell material and stitching style, and whether or not it’s Oeko-Tex certified. A higher fill power means the duvet is lighter and will retain its shape better.
If you want to keep things simple, look for a microfiber duvet set that isn’t too hot and features corner ties instead of buttons (it will save you on future arguments over who gets the duvet).
6. Easy to Clean & Stain-Resistant
A high-quality duvet is usually easy to launder, which means you won’t have to worry about stains or wrinkles. However, it’s still best to read care instructions carefully, especially when buying a fabric that may require dry cleaning.
If you want your duvet to be free of odors and stains, opt for this 100% cotton option that’s made with premium long-staple fibers. It’s also breathable and won’t hold onto heat, which is great for hot sleepers. It’s available in a variety of colors and comes with a zipper closure, snap buttons and corner ties for easy insertion.
The fabric used to make a duvet cover affects the look, comfort, and durability of your bedding. Look for a material that is soft to the touch, breathes well, and resists wrinkles. You’ll want to choose a natural fiber or one made without harmful chemicals or pesticides, like cotton, bamboo, linen, and silk.
This cotton sateen duvet cover was a testing crowd favorite for its crisp, cool feel and softness. Its breathable fabric allows air to pass through easily, making it perfect for hot sleepers. It also passed our stain-resistance test with flying colors, shrinking only a slight amount after wash and releasing the tested stains completely.
For those interested in going green, consider a recycled hollowfibre duvet (also called re:down or rPET). It uses recycled polyester that is melted and then spun into fibres to reduce microfibre plastic pollution.
Many people are familiar with washing their sheets on a regular basis to minimize allergens that can gather in your bed. However, many people don’t think about washing their duvet inserts on a similar schedule. The good news is that a high quality duvet is easy to clean and stain-resistant. You can wash your duvet on the gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent.
Experts suggest washing your duvet separately from the cover to avoid tangling and snagging with other items in your laundry machine. Alternatively, you can dry it at the laundromat if you prefer not to hand wash it yourself. When it comes to drying your duvet, make sure you use the dryer’s lowest heat setting to keep it fluffy and soft.
7. Soft & Comfortable
The best duvets are soft to the touch and provide a comfortable sleep experience. The softness of a duvet depends on the outer shell and inner fill materials as well as the stitching type (baffle box is recommended).
The sizing of a duvet cover also plays a role in comfort. To get a good fit, choose a cover that is one to two inches larger than your duvet insert. This will ensure that your duvet stays in place and prevent it from being bunched up at the bottom.
Lastly, look for a duvet that has a high fill power, which indicates how much insulation the inner material provides. Also, check for a label that states the fabric meets a certain standard for environmental and social responsibility. This can be an indicator of quality and is particularly important if you’re looking for organic or eco-friendly bedding.