The main difference between a comforter vs duvet is that a comforter is just one bedding while a duvet requires two separate pieces — an insert and cover. A comforter is usually quilted with evenly dispersed filling, while a duvet has an insert that works as the fill. The insert fits into the duvet cover like a pillow in a pillowcase. Once you buy a comforter, it is ready to use and does not require any sort of cover. However, you can utilize a duvet cover on a comforter if you wish. Some people will do this if they want to protect their comforter from getting dirty.
What is a Duvet?
A duvet is a plush blanket that is typically filled with down, wool, or synthetic fibers. Unlike a comforter, duvets aren’t supposed to be quilted or stitched, so they have a less “finished” look. Duvet covers and coverlets are sold separately, while duvets are intended to be an insert. That means you can mix and match them with other bedding. Duvet inserts are usually warm enough that you don’t have to use additional sheets or blankets with them if you prefer not to.
What is a Comforter?
A comforter is a plush, heavy, decorative blanket that you use as your bed’s top covering. You can put sheets or other thin blankets underneath them. Usually filled with synthetic fibers like polyester or cotton blends, comforters are quilted or stitched in a pattern to ensure the material is evenly distributed and secure. Typically, comforters are marketed in bedding sets that also include coordinating items like sheets and pillow shams and are all designed to fit the exact size bed. They are meant to be the final piece, and so not meant to be covered with anything. This makes decorating your bed very simple.
Tips For Caring For Your Duvet or Comforter
Here are a few tips to consider when caring for your comforter or duvet. Take a look.
Wash them on a regular basis
For optimum hygiene, duvet covers should be washed as frequently as sheets and pillowcases. Your duvet insert should only require washing once or twice a year with average use. Depending on whether you use a top sheet or if you have pets, your comforter may need to be washed once or twice a month or just a few times per year.
Check wash load
Before beginning a cycle with a large duvet or comforter, you should make sure it fits loosely in a washing machine before you start a cycle. If not, consider bringing it to a laundromat with industrial-sized washers or a dry cleaner. Also, keep in mind that washing machines with agitators can tear comforters or become unbalanced with overweight comforters.
Avoid fabric softeners
Fabric softeners aren’t advised for use with down comforters even if you might use them in your daily routine when doing laundry because they tend to stick to the down and could harm the material.
Use cold water
If you choose to wash your comforter or duvet at home, choose cold water to prevent shrinkage.