The 12 Best Duvet Covers Of 2024, Tested By Southern Living

The 12 Best Duvet Covers Of 2024, Tested By Southern Living


Everyone loves the look and feel of hotel bedding. The duvets are crisp, clean, and, in most cases, supremely white. Unfortunately, attempts to replicate this white whale in most homes are often futile. Hotel-chic quickly turns to hotel-shabby, depending on the amount of traffic in your bed (looking at you: kids and pets). For those who don’t have a full staff dedicated to keeping their duvets in tip-top shape, duvet covers are your best workaround.

“Duvet covers are a must,” says interior designer Nate Berkus. “The bed is most often the focal point in the bedroom, so it’s also a great opportunity to make a room feel more layered, personal, and indicative of your own style.” As a bonus, Berkus reminds us that “you can easily throw them into the washing machine when you do the rest of your sheets, so they are really easy to keep clean.” 

To date we’ve tested 56 duvet covers, evaluating them on quality, texture, durability, and value. In addition to Berkus, we also tapped Byron Golub, vice president of product and merchandising at Saatva for insight on which factors are most important when choosing a duvet cover. Whether you like your bedding soft and buttery or light and crisp, there’s something on this list for everyone.

L.L. Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Comforter Cover Collection

L.L. Bean


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    5/5

Scoring top marks in every category across the board, we could immediately tell this duvet was high quality, so it hits our list as the best duvet cover overall. Out of the package, L.L. Bean’s Pima cotton comforter cover has a silky-smooth hand and feels quite substantial. Our initial inspection showed flawless stitching and a hidden button closure, which was securely fastened to the duvet cover. This duvet cover is designed with four ties at the corners and a row of buttons across the top to keep the duvet securely inside. The ties are generously sized, so they’re easy to manipulate. 

We found this duvet cover to have quite an appealing texture. It’s softer and smoother than other cotton comforter covers, but it has some heft to it, which we think contributes to a better drape on the bed. While it has a nice weight, it’s not too thick or too thin. The duvet feels nice on your skin when lying under it and will likely make for a great year-round cover for most. Plus, it’s soft enough on your skin that you can skip the top sheet.  

Post-wash, we didn’t see any loss of seam integrity or loose threads across the cover, nor did we notice any shrinkage. Like many of the comforter covers on our list, the foundation stain proved to be a challenge. While the stain faded around the edges, it was still noticeable post-washing. We should note, however, that this duvet cover performed better on the abrasion test. After 30 wipes with sandpaper, we didn’t notice any holes or rips in the fabric. However,  the color, as expected, was slightly faded. 

Material: Supima cotton | Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king | Closure: Hidden button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Bare Home Duvet Cover

Amazon


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    5/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    5/5

What’s Great About It

  • It feels soft and buttery, it sleeps cool, and it performed better on the stain test than most duvet covers on our list.

While it’s the least expensive cover on our list, Bare Home’s duvet cover performed incredibly well across all categories, so naturally, it hits our list as the best budget option. 

The cover is made from 100% polyester microfiber fabric that’s brushed for added softness and durability. Design-wise, this comforter cover features a hidden zipper closure that keeps your duvet out of sight and eight ties that keep it from shifting. We will add that this duvet comforter cover seems slightly oversized for the insert. While some people may not even notice it, it is worth mentioning because the added space may allow for more shifting and more frequent adjustments than you’d like. 

Overall, the microfiber fabrication gave this cover a soft, buttery feel, which seemed to get even softer after washing. This cover has a heavier drape but feels incredible when lying underneath it. And while you might think that a heavier drape automatically means that it sleeps warm, we didn’t find that to be the case. Overall, the fabric is light and thin, so you may want to add a top sheet if you sleep cold. 

Its performance on the stain test was quite impressive, as well. In fact, it performed better than most of the duvet covers on our list. The oil and coffee stains completely vanished post-wash, and 95% of the foundation stain was gone. This duvet cover also performed well on the abrasion test. After the fact, you couldn’t tell where it was rubbed. 

While this duvet cover retails for less than $40 for a queen, we suspect it’ll check a lot of boxes for plenty of folks—it’s lightweight, feels buttery soft, and repels stains beautifully. Throw in the fact that it washes exceptionally well with minimal shrinkage and there are 27 color options—buyers have a lot of flexibility. 

Material: Microfiber | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full, queen, oversized queen, king/California king, oversized king | Closure: Hidden zipper closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Lulu and Georgia Cultiver Linen Duvet Cover Set

Lulu and Georgia


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    4.8/5

  • Durability

    4/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Those who like the look and feel of linen may want to try Cultiver’s entry into the category. As expected from linen, this comforter cover feels quite weighty, and the fabric is thick, but it’s still soft to the touch. It’s finished with a button closure and is designed with internal ties to keep your duvet secure in the insert. This comforter cover is pre-washed for softness, and surprisingly, it’s machine washable and dryer friendly—not typical for linen fabrics. 

Our initial inspection revealed a duvet comforter of exceptional quality. We didn’t see any fabric flaws, snags, or loose threads. The internal ties were securely sewn, as were the buttons. Like our budget pick, this duvet cover is also generously sized. There was a little extra fabric, but not so much to detract from the look and handling. 

Out of the wash, we didn’t notice any change in texture, nor did we notice any shrinkage. And, though minimal, there did appear to be some color fading. Also, post-wash, the inside ties and buttons maintained their integrity. 

In terms of stain resistance, this cover’s performance was just okay. While the coffee stains were completely removed, the oil and foundation remained. The oil stain was somewhat lighter, but the foundation stain was still quite evident. This duvet cover didn’t hold up well on the abrasion test either. There was some visible color loss, and with repeated sanding, it faded to white.

Overall, we found this linen duvet cover to be softer than expected, so much so that you can skip the top sheet if you’re so inclined. This fabric was weighty, and while we had concerns about it sleeping too hot and not being breathable, it was actually quite pleasant to lay under. All told, we found it to be warm and soft without overheating. 

This duvet cover is made well,  plus it feels and looks good. However, it comes up short on stain resistance and durability, which may be a deal breaker for some folks. 

Material: Linen | Sizes: Twin, queen, king, California king | Closure: Button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Sunday Citizen Natural Premium Bamboo Duvet Cover

Sunday Citizen


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    5/5

  • Durability

    4/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Those looking for a little assistance in their nighttime temperature regulation will likely find it here with Sunday Citizen’s bamboo duvet cover. Made from 100% viscose from bamboo, this duvet cover is naturally thermoregulating. For a few added bonuses, it’s buttery-soft, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly. 

Out of the package, we found this duvet cover to be pretty well made. The seams were uniform, as was the color throughout the duvet, and the buttons were securely fastened to the fabric. This cover also has a nice hand; it’s silky, substantial, and feels cool to the touch. Laying under this cover, we found that the fabric breathed well. It’s warm but not too hot, so overheating was not an issue. 

While this cover held up through the wash quite well, we noticed some shrinkage, and it failed the stain test. All the stains remained; some even bled onto the opposite side of the duvet cover. On a more positive note, it performed reasonably well on the abrasion test. We noticed minimal lint coming loose after rubbing and only some slight color fading.

Overall, this duvet cover earns top marks for its thermoregulating properties, buttery-soft texture, and maybe even some points for being environmentally friendly. Potential buyers should note, however, its less-than-stellar performance on the stain test. For those with regular visitors to their beds at night (tiny or furry), this may not be your best bet. 

Material: Viscose from bamboo | Sizes: Full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Sijo AiryWeight Eucalyptus Duvet Cover

Sijo


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    4.9/5

  • Texture

    4.9/5

  • Durability

    4.3/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Those who sleep hot may want to take a closer look at Sijo’s AiryWeight duvet cover. Made from Tencel lyocell fiber, or as the brand says, “the fancy name for eucalyptus fibers,” this duvet cover is soft, cool, and moisture-wicking. If you’re looking to drop the temperature a little while you sleep, this might be it. 

Our first impression of this duvet cover is that it’s silky, lightweight, and has an elegant feel to it. While we found this duvet cover to be well-made, and we like the fact that it had eight ties to keep the inserts in place, we took a little issue with the hard plastic button snaps. Overall, it seems like a poor choice for this fabric weight. Plus, the snaps are positioned at the center of the duvet cover near the head, which seemed odd. 

Post-wash, we found the duvet cover to retain its silky integrity. While we didn’t notice any shrinkage, the cover was noticeably wrinkly. For lack of a better description, it looked like silk pajamas that had been slept in. 

Like many of the duvet covers on our list, this one also fell a little short on the stain test.  While we couldn’t find any trace of the coffee stain, the foundation stain didn’t budge, and the oil stain seemed only slightly lighter.  On the abrasion test, we found that there was minimal lint released after rubbing, and this duvet cover looked stretched out and puckered where the fabric was abraded. 

This duvet cover is cool to the touch and remains so in places that are not in direct contact with your body. If you’re the person who likes the cool side of the pillow, this may be the duvet cover for you. 

Material: Tencel lyocell fiber | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Buttons | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Riley Percale Duvet Cover

Amazon


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    4.7/5

  • Texture

    4.8/5

  • Durability

    5/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

For die-hard cotton fans, Riley’s percale duvet cover is a good option for your shortlist. Made of 100% cotton, this duvet cover is buttery-soft and cozy yet breathable. 

Out of the package, we found some loose looped threads on the back side of six out of the 10 buttons. While the buttons were securely attached, the loose thread loops left us feeling like there was something remiss in the construction of this duvet cover—not something you want to see at the price point. 

While this duvet cover feels quite crisp, it still felt soft against our skin, so soft that you could skip the top sheet. Lying underneath it, we found this duvet cover to be slightly warming, but there was no danger of overheating. 

Regarding stain resistance, we found this duvet cover to be one of the better performers on our list. Following the stain test and treatment, we found no evidence of the oil or coffee stain, and the foundation stain looked to be about 60% lighter. This cover also performed incredibly well on the abrasion test. There were no loose fibers, pilling, or holes to report. As a matter of fact, the fabric didn’t react at all to the abrasion test—a good testament to its durability and longevity. 

Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Buffy Breeze Duvet Cover

Buffy


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    4/5

  • Texture

    5/5

  • Durability

    4.8/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Those looking for a cozier sleep without overheating might try Buffy’s  Breeze duvet cover. Woven from Tencel eucalyptus lyocell fibers, it absorbs moisture to keep you cool and dry throughout the night, while the sateen weave bumps up the cozy factor just a bit. This duvet cover is dyed with Oeko-Tex-certified natural ingredients like turmeric, rose petals, bark, and gardenia. And unlike the other entries on our list, it’s fully biodegradable. 

Upon initial inspection, we didn’t find any flaws. Overall, it seems to be solidly constructed. While the buttonholes were all present and accounted for, we did find them to be a bit too large—so much so that it looks like the buttons would easily slip out just by tossing and turning at night. 

Though noticeably thin, this comforter cover was quite smooth and soft to the touch. We noticed a slight shrinkage post-wash, but there was no fading to report. It may be worth noting that the bottom ties for this cover are positioned on the sides. Ultimately, this causes the duvet to bunch at the bottom a little more than we’d like and may get in the way of a smoother look on the bed. That said, the ties did their job; they prevented the comforter from moving around inside the cover on the shake test. 

This cover felt nice against our skin and was quite pleasant to sleep under. Anyone who wants to skip the top sheet can do so without missing a beat. 

In terms of stain resistance, the coffee and oil were completely gone, while the foundation left a noticeable stain. In all fairness, this was our experience across the board, so Buffy doesn’t lose any points for that.  Notably, this cover held up pretty well on the abrasion test. While some fibers did come loose, there was no visible thinning or holes as a result of the rubbing. Aside from the loose fibers, it’s hard to tell the fabric was abraded at all. 

Ultimately, if you’re looking for an ultra-thin comforter cover that’s warm without adding unnecessary weight, you’ll find it here. 

Material: Tencel eucalyptus lyocell fiber | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Envelope and button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Quince Organic Luxe Waffle Duvet Cover

Quince


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    5/5

  • Durability

    4.8/5

  • Value

    5/5

Quince’s organic waffle duvet cover is a worthy contender for those who like a little texture to their bedding. It features a honeycomb design on the front that looks quite elegant and a classic 400-thread-count percale on the reverse side that feels soft and cool to the touch. 

In terms of construction, this duvet cover is equipped with four ties, which are fine for the most part, but we’d imagine the king size might need a little more support to accommodate a larger insert. 

While testing the comforter, we found the inserts bunched quite a bit, so much so it had to be readjusted each morning. While this cover is difficult to smooth out completely, it’s pretty lightweight and breathable. It seems to have its own loft, so when paired with a duvet, it has an exceptionally pillowy feel—almost like sleeping on a cloud. 

Overall, this duvet cover washed quite well. Even after six months of use and regular washing, we found that it still felt luxurious and looked like new. Even better, there was minimal shrinkage—not enough to make a difference in the fit. This cover exited the wash crinkly but still crisp, almost like a hotel-quality bedding. It may be worth noting here, too, that while you will notice some wrinkling in the fabric out of the wash, the waffle texture does a lot to camouflage those wrinkles.

On a final design note, the buttons are plastic, but they have a pearly finish, which gives an elevated look.

Material: Organic cotton | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Eucalypso Heavenly Duvet Cover

Eucalypso


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    5/5

  • Durability

    4.5/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

If you typically sleep hot and prefer a lightweight duvet cover, try this one from Eucalypso. Made from 100% Tencel lyocell, this cover helps regulate the absorption and release of moisture to boost your body’s natural thermal regulation. But make no mistake, you don’t have to sacrifice the look and feel of lux bedding to sleep cool.  

We found this duvet cover to be lightweight, smooth, and buttery. The Tencel fabric is silky and relatively thin. And while it warms up quickly, it remains cool to the touch, so there’s no danger of overheating. This duvet cover was soft against our skin, and we suspect anyone who wants to skip the top sheet can do so without issue. Other design features include four corner ties to keep your duvet in place and hidden button closures. 

While this cover is designed to fit all standard-size duvets, we found that it was generously sized, with about 6 to 8 inches of excess fabric lengthwise. While it may cause the insert to shift a little, the ties keep the corners securely attached, so any necessary adjustments shouldn’t be a big deal.

Post-wash, we noted minimal shrinkage, no loss of integrity on the ties or buttons, and the overall quality remained the same. Like many of the other entries on our list, the stains proved to be a challenge. While the coffee was completely removed, the oil and foundation stains remained. The foundation was significantly faded, and it looked like the oil stain migrated around the fabric. All things considered, this duvet cover held up pretty well on the abrasion test—there was minimal lint released as we scrubbed the fabric. 

Overall, this duvet cover warmed up nicely and felt great on our skin when we laid underneath it. For the price, we felt like it was a good value, but you may want to keep its poor stain resistance in mind. 

Material: Tencel lyocell | Sizes: Full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Hidden button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Southern Living Simplicity Collection Tanner Duvet Cover

Dillard’s


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    4.4/5

  • Texture

    4.3/5

  • Durability

    4.8/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

When the mercury starts to drop, and it’s time to swap out your bedding, consider this duvet cover from the Southern Living collection at Dillard’s. This duvet has the look and feel of linen, but it’s actually made of 100% cotton that’s garment washed for a softer feel. You’ll find a printed tonal pattern on the front that reverses to a solid cotton percale. 

All in all, we found this duvet cover to have a pretty solid construction. It features double-needle topstitching on all four sides, which looked pretty good upon inspection. This duvet cover also features seven buttons along the bottom, and when we took a closer look, we found that six of the seven buttonholes had visible loose threads. The ties on the inside to secure the insert appear to be securely sound, and unlike some of the entries on our list, they were long enough to manipulate easily and even be double-knotted if needed. 

While this duvet cover didn’t feel particularly soft to the touch, it wasn’t scratchy or rough against our skin either. Further testing revealed that this duvet cover comes up a little short on breathability. For starters, it feels pretty heavy. After about 10 minutes, we got uncomfortably hot and began to sweat. Ultimately, this is a great choice for cold sleepers and a not-so-great choice for hot sleepers. 

Out of the wash, we noted slight shrinkage and plenty of wrinkles. This cover released all three stains pretty well. All three stains were 90% gone, and we could only see them faintly. While coffee was the easiest stain to remove on many of our entries, it was surprisingly the most visible and the largest stain on this duvet. This cover is pretty tough, and we’re not surprised it performed quite well on the abrasion test. After rubbing it 30 times with the sandpaper, there was little to no indication of abrading, nor did we note any loosening of fabric, distortion, or color fading. All in all, anyone who likes the feel of antique linen and the heft that goes along with it might like this duvet cover.

Material: Cotton | Sizes: Full/queen, king | Closure: Hidden button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Crane & Canopy Edie Taupe Reversible Duvet Cover

Crane & Canopy


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    5/5

  • Texture

    4.5/5

  • Durability

    3/5

  • Value

    4.5/5

Those who like to mix it up from time to time might consider this reversible duvet cover from Crane & Canopy. This 100% cotton cover features a small diamond pattern that reverses to crisp white cotton. Like many other duvet covers on our list, you’ll find interior ties to keep the insert in place and a hidden pocket zipper closure. The interior ties are generously sized, so you can manipulate them with ease and even double-knot them if needed. 

As we handled this duvet cover and laid under it, we found that it had a certain crispness to it. While we wouldn’t describe the fabric as scratchy, we wouldn’t describe it as soft either. For those looking for a luxurious, buttery feel to their bedding—this isn’t it. And while soft isn’t a descriptor we’d use, it’s still comfortable enough that we could lay under it and sleep just fine without a top sheet. 

Out of the wash, we found this duvet cover had the most shrinkage out of any we tested. And considering its fabrication, we surprisingly didn’t see a lot of wrinkles or creasing. This cover performed a little better on the stain test than some of our other entries. While the coffee and foundation seem to have faded significantly, it looked like the oil stain leaked through to the other side of the duvet. 

Incidentally, we found that the pattern side of this cover hid stains fairly well, whereas they were more visible on the plain white side. This cover performed poorly on the abrasion test—sanding caused both rips and holes in the fabric. 

Coming in at just under $200, this comforter cover really nails it in terms of flexibility, but it comes up a little short on the hand feel. Moreover, its poor performance on the abrasion test might have implications for its durability and longevity. 

Material: Cotton | Sizes: Twin/twin XL, full/queen, king/California king | Closure: Hidden pocket zipper enclosure | Care: Machine wash and dry

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Piglet In Bed Linen Duvet Cover

Piglet In Bed


Our Ratings

  • Quality

    4.6/5

  • Texture

    4.6/5

  • Durability

    4/5

  • Value

    4/5

If plain white bedding or boring taupe don’t quite do it for you, this linen duvet cover by Piglet In Bed with almost 40 color and print options might be shortlist worthy. From 100% linen that’s pre-washed for softness, this comforter cover should do nicely to keep you cool in the summer and cozy in the winter — also perfect to pair with Christmas sheets during the holidays.

All in all, we felt that this comforter cover was well constructed. The seams look sharp and intact, and the pattern is in alignment. Initially, the buttons seemed a little flimsy—so much so that we questioned their integrity. After handling and washing, however, we found that looks were deceiving in this case. The buttons were actually quite solid. Not only did they remain closed on the shake test, but they exited the wash looking no worse for wear. We will note here that while the buttons did their job, they don’t hold the top and bottom of the duvet cover together tightly enough, so you might find the insert peeking out of the cover more often than you’d like.  

While this wasn’t the softest or smoothest duvet we tested, it wasn’t the roughest either. And while it isn’t super soft, it still feels nice on our skin when lying under it. Its coarseness might lead you to believe that a top sheet is non-negotiable, but we didn’t find that to be the case. We think you could get away without using a top sheet. 

Interestingly, this duvet cover performed quite well on the stain test. The coffee and oil were completely gone, but like many other entries on our list, the foundation was a considerable challenge—leaving a noticeable stain. While the abrasion test didn’t yield any holes or tears in the fabric, it did release some fibers, and there was clear evidence of abrasion where we rubbed. 

Material: Linen | Sizes: Twin, full/queen, king/California king| Closure: Button closure | Care: Machine wash and dry

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The Bottom Line 

Scoring top marks across the board, the L.L. Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Comforter Cover is our top pick. It’s smooth and silky but still feels quite substantial. Overall, it feels nice on your skin and is a solid choice for year-round use. For a more budget-friendly option, the Bare Home Microfiber Duvet Set sleeps cool and performed better than much higher priced options in our stain testing. 

Our Testing Process

To date we’ve tested 56 duvet covers in our Lab, many of which we’ve also tested long term in our homes. First, we inspected the quality of the duvet cover right out of the package. We looked for any loose threads, uneven threads, snags, discoloration, loose buttons, stuck zippers, or other imperfections. For duvet covers with a print, we made sure the print pattern matched at the seams. We also assessed how easy or difficult it was to insert a duvet into the cover, how easy it was to take the cover off, and the ease of using the closing fasteners. We also performed a shake test to evaluate how stable the inserts were inside the duvet, how well the interior ties held on, and whether the button closures withstood movement.  

To test how well each duvet cover released stains, we stained each one with coffee, jojoba oil, and foundation makeup. We treated and cleaned each stain and then examined the results. We noted which duvet cover released stains easily and which were more stubborn. We then washed each item, noting its appearance as it exited the wash and measuring for shrinkage. We also abraded each duvet cover with a sanding block to determine how well it might withstand the wear and tear of life. 

Finally, we laid under the duvet covers for 10 minutes to assess the softness of the covers, how they felt against our skin, and how warm or breathable the cover was for the duration. We are currently long-term testing many of these products and will update this piece with fresh insights as we have them.

Southern Living / Grant Webster


Tips for Choosing the Right Duvet Cover

Materials

Berkus says, “It’s really about what feels good to you. Cotton is durable and easy to care for, whereas linen has a very relaxed look but tends to wrinkle more.” While Berkus says he loves the crispness of the cotton, it really depends on where you live and how you like to sleep. And finally, he adds, “you might need to switch things up depending on the season.”  

Common fabric choices for duvet covers include:

  • Cotton, which is usually lightweight, breathable, and easily maintained. 
  • Microfiber is usually softer and less expensive than cotton but is also known to trap heat. 
  • Bamboo has become increasingly popular over the last decade or so. It has a smooth and silky texture and is known for its durability. Bamboo also has thermoregulating properties, so it sleeps pretty cool. 
  • Linen is a popular choice for bedding materials. It tends to have some heft and rough texture, and it’s not the best in terms of breathability. 

Closure

Duvet covers typically come with three closure options—buttons, snaps, and zippers. Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference. While snaps offer a secure closure, they can be challenging to manipulate. Zippers are also secure, but their rough feel and texture can be a deal breaker. Buttons are a popular option because they’re equally secure, easy to manipulate, and often hidden to boot. 

Care Instructions

Some duvet covers are machine washable and dryable, while others require hand washing or dry cleaning. Here again, it all boils down to a matter of personal preference. Just keep in mind that dry cleaning costs will add up over time, whereas machine washing is easier on the purse strings. 

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More to Consider

Cozy Earth Linen Duvet Cover: While this duvet cover is soft, it’s not soft enough to skip a top sheet. In terms of stain resistance, this cover performed much like the others on our list. The stains were lightened but not completely removed, and you can still see the edges of each. Post-wash, we noticed some shrinkage, and our initial inspection revealed construction flaws like loose threads and misaligned stitching, which were concerning. 

Ikea Bergpalm Duvet Cover and Pillowcases: Made of 100% cotton, this duvet cover was pretty thick and sturdy—somewhere between thick cotton and duck cloth. It’s not soft, but it’s not starchy either, and while we could sleep with it against our skin, most people would probably prefer a top sheet. While it features a hidden button closure that completely encases the inserts, and the insert fits nicely in the cover, this cover doesn’t have interior ties to prevent the insert from moving around, which is a big concern. 

Questions and Answers

How much should a good duvet cover cost?

The pricing of duvet covers will vary greatly depending on the brand, materials, size, and features. You can expect to find options ranging from $35 to upwards of $500. But you don’t necessarily need to break the bank when buying a duvet cover. Our testing revealed some great options for less than $40, and most of our picks came in under $200.

What is the best type of duvet cover for hot sleepers?

While synthetic materials certainly have their selling points, Berkus says, “Natural materials such as linen and cotton will be the most breathable and are more cooling than synthetic fiber.” 

Digging a little deeper, Golub says cotton and linen are your best bets for sleeping cooler. “Cotton is the most popular bedding fabric because it offers excellent airflow and moisture-wicking properties,” he says, adding that if shoppers have a choice between sateen and percale weaves, “percale is the more breathable option of the two.” Golub also notes, “Linen feels warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It has excellent airflow, a soft and comfy feel, and superb moisture-wicking abilities, making it an excellent option for hot sleepers.” 

How do you keep duvet covers in place?

Duvet inserts are notorious for moving around inside their covers, but there are ways to keep them in place. First, make sure your duvet is the right size for the duvet cover. A perfect fit will keep slippage to a minimum. Second, most duvets are equipped with corner ties to help keep them in place. And while they may seem like just another step, corner ties do a lot of the heavy lifting to keep duvet inserts in place—no matter how restless you are at night. 

Why Trust Southern Living

This article was written by Sharon Brandwein, Certified Sleep Science Coach and freelance commerce writer. Over the last six years, Sharon has written product reviews and roundups for a variety of online publishers. 

To compile this list of the best duvet covers, we tested 56 duvet covers. We eagle-eyed the sewing and construction. We laid under them, tossed and turned, stained them, and washed them to find the best of the best. For expert insight, Sharon spoke to interior designer Nate Berkus as well as Byron Golub, vice president of product and merchandising at Saatva. 



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