THE GREAT DEBATE: Duvet vs. Comforter

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 16
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I am wrong then. I use the term “duvet” for those slipcover thingys that you slide over a comforter (generally plain and white). Are we all talking about the same items? I don’t do down or feathers of any sort due to allergies.

Post # 17
1702 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Down comforter + duvet cover

Post # 18
175 posts
Blushing bee

What part of the country? I was team duvet in New England but I’m now team comforter in the humid south. 

Post # 19
6535 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mrslovebird12 :  We were gifted a duvet by my aunt – in the summer it lives in the bag in which it came.  In the winter, it’s the only reason we don’t die (kidding, but holy moly do we love it).  I bought a cover for it which we wash periodically and while it’s in the wash, the duvet goes back in its bag to keep the cat off.  When the weather warms up, the duvet goes away and we have a comforter – I had a quilted one but it was always too heavy for comfort (literally, not temperature-wise).  Now we’ve got a nice, lightweight but still well-stuffed comforter instead.  I was going make the bed to take a pic since you asked, but the cat was already there.  I’m pretty sure she laughed at me.  Here’s the stock intead. comforter duvet cover (no we don’t have the rest of that, just the cover – shams are for people with too much time on their hands, lol)

I guess my recommendation is: both!


Post # 20
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


Post # 21
423 posts
Helper bee

Im a comforter girl personally. Ive tried duvets and like the ease of washing and changing color schemes, but Ive never found that can hold the comforter in place without bunching and/or movement. Im a person who constantly changes positions while sleeping. Luckily my washer is large enough to comfortably accomodate a King comforter. 

Post # 22
1244 posts
Bumble bee

We have a front loading washer that I swear was not built to wash king sized anything. 🙁 My neighbour and I were discussing comforter vs duvet because we both have comforters and washers that are too small. She said they just throw it out and replace it each year. I admit that I haven’t washed mine in a year because it doesn’t fit. Any ideas how to clean it? 

Post # 23
5120 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

We have three dogs that sleep on the bed, so we need to be able to wash the bed covering often. We also have a king bed and our washer isn’t huge so it was more practical for us to get a duvet. We’ve done comforters in the past, but they either don’t fit in the washer or the stuffing gets ruined in the dryer (air drying is tough because we live in FL, it’s so humid it takes days for anything that big to air dry). I’m far to lazy to go to the dry cleaners or laundromat every week. I’ll admit that the duvet is a PITA to get into the cover. We don’t really have issues with it sliding around once it’s in there, but it makes making the bed take much longer. 

Post # 25
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I was team duvet when I was in a colder apartment. They’re so soft and cozy and luxurious. But now my apartment is heated well and i never want more than a comforter or blanket. I’m a really hot sleeper though!

Post # 26
2017 posts
Buzzing bee

You can also get different weights of duvets filled with different things. Feather filled, synthetic, cotton, etc. we have a summer and winter weight duvet 

Post # 27
3226 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Team comforter with an extra blanket or two! The biggest thing is that duvets don’t use sheets, just the covers, and my husband sleeps really warm.

Post # 28
119 posts
Blushing bee

lilredcat :  my friend takes hers to the local laundromat as they usually have 1-2 super sized washing machines.

Post # 29
1353 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

ana2017 :  No. A duvet CAN be filled with feathers/down, but most modern-day duvets are filled with synthetic material just like a comforter. The only difference is that a duvet is plain white, and you put a cover over it that you can take off and wash whereas a comforter has a pattern on it, and it’s not so easy to wash.

OP, personally I prefer duvets because I can switch the covers whenever I want, which is cheaper than buying new comforters, and the covers are easy to clean.

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