We spend a third of our life in bed so what’s on top of your mattress is just as important as what’s underneath. Therefore, today we are debunking the debate: comforter or duvet? Which one is the best option? What is the best type of fill? And what exactly is fill power? The term comforter and duvet often get confused since the United States and Europe use the terms differently, and often, interchangeably. While they both serve the same purpose, they are actually quite different.
A comforter is a thick, fluffy blanket that’s quilted together, with the filling evenly spread throughout. The insulative material used is traditionally down, feathers, or cotton. Comforters are often found in “bed in a bag” sets, saving you time and making bedroom coordination much simpler. This week, save 50% off select comforters over at Warm Things.
Duvets are another form of quilt, usually filled with down, feathers, or down alternatives. It is made from cloth sewn to form a large bag, which is then filled with a soft material. It is often paired with a duvet cover, which are useful because they protect your comforter and are easily removed and easy to wash. You can also quickly change the look of your bed without having to completely redecorate.
Best Type of Fill
The most common type of fills for duvets and comforters are goose, down, and down alternative. Goose down is the more expensive option, however is the fluffiest and most comfortable choice. Down alternative is a great substitute as it uses polyester fibers to mimic the warmth of a comforter, while also being much more affordable.
Another important factor to consider is the fill power. Normally the higher the number, the softer and fluffier the comforter will be. The most common fill power ranges between 550 and 750. However, keep in mind that a higher fill power doesn’t necessarily mean a warmer comforter. Warmth is actually determined by the comforter's weight so it’s important to take that in consideration when deciding on the best product for your sleep needs.
Comforters tend to be flatter and may need to be layered with blankets during cooler weather. With no protective cover, they require regular washing, which can sometimes become a hassle. Furthermore, in order to change the look of your bedding, you must switch out the entire comforter.
Duvets tend to be warm, but surprisingly lightweight. A duvet cover makes it easier to change the look of your bedding and doesn’t require washing as regularly. Duvets also tend to be fluffier than comforters and make bed making much easier.
So, which is better in the comforter vs. duvet debate? Like most bedding choices, that is somewhat subjective. Duvets are easier to maintain, while comforters are a more simplistic option. Ultimately, the choice is yours. So, what do you say? Do you prefer comforters or duvets?
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