Duvet vs. Comforter: Uncovering the Difference | Hotel Sheets Direct

Duvet vs. Comforter: Uncovering the Difference

- Hotel Sheets Direct Brand Team

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If you’re decorating a new living space or looking for a bedroom refresh — you’re probably on the hunt for new bedding. We understand that the abundance of options can make choosing tricky. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with decisions, we’ve got you covered.

Choosing the right bedspread

Whether you curl up like a cocoon or sleep with one foot out, everyone needs a main bedspread. This brings us to our two options and the stars of the show – duvets and comforters. Read on to get a full scope of their differences, pros, and cons to determine which is right for you.

What is the difference between a duvet and a comforter?  

What is a duvet?

According to the Sleep Foundation, a duvet is the French word for down, or the traditional, European-style fill of choice. Unlike a comforter that comes as one ready-to-go piece, a duvet comes as two separate pieces — an insert and cover. 

  • What is a duvet insert?: A duvet insert is the fill that gets zipped, tied, or buttoned in the duvet cover. Many duvet inserts are filled with cotton, down, feathers, or down alternatives, to name a few. 
  • What is a duvet cover set?: As we mentioned above, duvet covers are the casings in which the insert is placed. For easy shopping and styling, opt for a set that comes packed with both the insert and cover.
  • Our Top Pick: We love the lavish and luxurious Duvet Cover Set from Hotel Sheets Direct thanks to its supremely soft texture made of viscose derived from bamboo. As a bonus, this set also includes either one or two pillow shams depending on your bed size!

What is a comforter?

Unlike a duvet that comes as two separate pieces, a comforter comes as one piece. Easy assembly and evenly-distributed filling are just some of the reasons why many opt for comforters. In terms of fill, comforters are often packed with either genuine or synthetic materials. 

  • What is a down comforter?: According to Wayfair, down is the undercoat of the bird that’s lightweight, fluffy, and plush. If you’d prefer a synthetic option, you might opt for a down alternative comforter. 
  • What is a down alternative comforter?: Down alternatives mimic the feel of genuine down, but are sourced entirely from man-made materials like tencel or polyester. 
  • Our Top Pick: We highly recommend the Down Alternative Comforter from Becky Cameron Home due to its lightweight, barely-there feel and lush Micro-Down fiber alternative filling.
  • Comforter vs. Duvet: Pros and Cons 

    Now that you understand the basic difference between comforters and duvets let’s delve into the specific benefits and drawbacks for each option.

    Duvet pros

    • Quick and easy bed-making
    • Can change insert weight every season
    • Easy to clean
    • Enables styling versatility 

    Duvet cons

    • Insert bunches inside the cover 
    • Awkward or challenging assembly 

    Comforter Pros

    • Quick and easy assembly
    • Often comes in matching bed sets 
    • Built-in filling that doesn’t bunch up 
    • Lends more coverage and overhang 

    Comforter Cons

    • Not as warm as duvets 
    • Harder to clean or dry clean only 

    Other Considerations

    Now that you know the difference between the two, there are a handful of other factors to keep in mind when selecting a bedspread.


    While duvets and comforters fall within a similar range, the materials used make a big impact on price. For example, bedspreads made with genuine goose down are going to cost more than one filled with synthetic fibers. A great way to avoid a hefty price tag is to opt for bedding made from alternative materials like viscose derived from bamboo. We recommend exploring the soft and snuggly bedding collection by Hotel Sheets Direct to get a feel for high-quality alternative options. 

    While considering material, it’s also important to remember that duvets are sold separately. In other words, two pieces equals two purchases which can get pricey. To help combat a lofty bill, we’ve included some quick tips to help you keep costs down: 

    • Shop for a set: Purchase a set including both an insert and cover. Check out this set by Hotel Sheets Direct to customize your own duvet bundle!
    • Upcycle your old comforter: Reuse a comforter you already have as an insert. In this case, you’d only need to spend on a duvet cover. 


    As we mentioned earlier, duvets are generally easier to care for than comforters. Simply remove the cover and throw it in the washing machine for instant freshness. Say goodbye to that stale bedspread! 

    Although many comforters get a bad wrap for their high-maintenance “dry clean only” label, there are many options that are more manageable. We love this down alternative comforter by Beckham Hotel Collection that is 100% machine washable & dryable! Yup — it’s that easy!

    Style Preference

    Now that we’ve tackled comfort and care, it’s time for the fun part — styling! Comforters are well-loved for their drapey overhang and layering ability. They are also a great choice if you are looking for a clean, cohesive set. 

    If you’re someone who likes to revamp your room every few months (guilty), you might prefer a duvet. Duvets are sought-after for their full and fluffy appearance that won’t drape over the sides of your mattress. 

    Pro tip: Luxurify your bed even further with a set of two down alternative pillows by Beckham Hotel Collection, or ultra-soft, bamboo-derived sheets and pillow cases by Hotel Sheets Direct.

    Which is best for you?

    Now that you’re fully equipped with knowledge, it’s time to decide which option is right for you. When choosing, be sure to consider price, ease of care, and style preference. Sometimes, the best way to learn is through trial-and-error, so try out what you think will work best for your lifestyle and decor. We know whatever you choose you’ll be catching some Z’s in comfort and style.

    Contributing Writer: Jamie Hurt