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Bedsheets get a lot of attention. But, what about duvet covers?
"Getting into a comfortable, cozy bed can be one of the simple pleasures in life," said Elina Winnel, a certified sleep coach and founder of The Sleep Expert.
Bill Fish, a certified sleep coach and co-founder of the Tuck sleep health site agreed: "While some people may not look at a duvet cover as something that has a large impact on your sleep routine, the little things all add up."
How to find the best duvet cover
- Go natural, especially if you run hot or cold: "Natural fibers adapt more easily to temperature fluctuations and allow our skin to breathe more easily. This enables us to regulate our own body temperature more effectively," Winnel said. "Polyester traps heat, and the skin doesn’t breathe well." Look for cotton, bamboo or a combination, which may be more durable, but avoid synthetic blends.
- Don't be fooled by thread count: Very high thread counts are less breathable, so higher isn’t always better for duvet covers, Winnel explained. "While a higher thread count can mean the material is softer and more durable, this isn’t always the case. It depends on the fabric. A higher-quality fabric with a lower thread count is better than a lower-quality fabric with a high thread count," she added.
- Egyptian cotton is worth the splurge: Long-staple, or Egyptian cotton, is known for its durability and softness, said Fish. He noted it can be pricier but said, "We do feel like Egyptian cotton is worth spending the extra money, as it will be part of your bedroom set for years to come."
- The weave is all personal preference: Sateen, percale, twill — these words all describe the weave of the fabric. Sateen is smooth and sleek; percale is a plain weave, more crisp and cool; twill has more of a robust feel, according to Tuck. Really, it's mostly about looks and texture preference: "Our bedrooms should be treated as a sleep sanctuary, and if the color and feel of your duvet cover make you feel calm, then you are off to a good start," Fish said.
- Look for fasteners: "Having your duvet insert get all bunched up into a corner is more than frustrating," Fish said. Make sure that your cover has buttons, clasps or ties, to keep the duvet in place. Also, check out the washing instructions — make sure it's not dry clean only, for example.
The best duvet covers, according to sleep experts
Fish loves Parachute because of its high-quality products. "The price tag of some Parachute products may scare people away, but it is important to remember that you spend roughly one-third of your life on your bedding." This duvet cover is made in Portugal and features much-raved-about Egyptian cotton. It comes in white, sand, light gray and slate.
If you're looking for 100% natural cotton, in a not-too-high thread count sweet spot, check out these more budget-minded duvet covers from Eikei, which are another Tuck pick with excellent customer reviews. The percale-weave cover has ties hidden inside and a button closure to keep your comforter in place. Oh, and it comes in dozens of colors.
Linen is an ideal choice if you're looking for a breathable fabric that doesn't feel overly smooth, and it has a weightier feel that can work well in all seasons, according to Tuck. Cultiver is a home decor company specializing in linens. Their duvets are made from 100% European flax, they come in tons of colors and they're pre-washed for softness. Plus, reviewers love them, with one stating, "The linen duvet and pillowcases are dreamy."
Other bestselling duvet covers to consider
This classic duvet cover from Brooklinen boasts over 3,000 reviews from shoppers. Thanks to its cool fabric, it's a perfect pick for hot sleepers that prefer a soft fabric. It's available in 12 different colors and three different sizes to complement any bedroom.
Belgian flax linen is a breathable fabric that helps keep you cool during warmer months and warm during colder months. This duvet cover set from West Elm gets softer with every wash and is crafted to keep its vibrant, crisp colors for a long while. You can purchase the duvet cover alone in over a dozen colors, or opt to purchase a sham set for a complete bedding upgrade.
This bestselling set is woven from microfiber fabric that is soft, lightweight and breathable. The duvet cover can easily be thrown in the wash for easy care, and you don't have to worry about ironing it since the fabric is also wrinkle-resistant. You can choose from over 45 colors and mattress sizes ranging from twin to California king for a comfortable night's sleep.
Available in two different sizes for full-size beds and up, this duvet cover from Parachute was crafted in Portugal from 100% cotton. The fabric is brushed for a soft feeling that you'll want to sleep on night after night.
This garment washed fabric features raw hemlines and a 100% percale-weave cotton for a natural look. Each set includes a duvet cover and two standard shams to help transform your sleeping space. More than half of the set's 168 reviewers said they would recommend it to a friend, noting that it has a casual, comfy feel.
This sateen duvet cover features hand-pleated detailing, a hidden button closure and inner ties that help keep the insert in place. The machine-washable cover can also be monogrammed for a personal touch.
Fuzzy details on this cotton duvet cover make it even more of a decorative piece for your bedroom without compromising comfort. Available for queen- and king-sized beds, you can snag this 4.4-star-rated duvet cover for less than $100.
This cotton duvet cover comes in four classic color options and is woven to a 400-thread-count percale. It's also certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard, meaning that it's made with non-GMO seed through the finished product.
An affordable option for both adult and children's bedrooms, this duvet cover set uses a zipper closure that is easy to maneuver. The full set includes the duvet cover and two pillow shams that are made from washed microfiber for a feel just as soft as cotton. It's amassed more than 2,000 five-star reviews from verified shoppers, with some calling it "incredibly lightweight and soft to the touch."
This vintage-inspired set holds a 4.9-star rating thanks to its textured look and feel. It's crafted from 100% cotton and includes both the duvet cover and matching shams. To keep things in place, it uses button closures and two corner ties to prevent the insert from sliding around while you sleep.
This top-rated duvet cover from DKNY is made from cotton and features a subtle striped design to complement every kind of bedroom design. The soft cover comes in two different colors and can fit twin-, full-, queen- and king-sized beds.
With more than a four-star rating, this duvet cover is another popular pick from Parachute. It's crafted from 100% Turkish cotton that feels soft and fluffy for a good night's sleep. One reviewer compared it to being "hugged by a cloud."
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This article was originally published on January 28, 2019.