Unlike the attention-seeking mattress, which heralds its demise with a poky spring in your back or a sudden crater in the middle, duvets slip away quietly, the life leaving them in a slow flattening or gradual bunching up that even the most vigorous shake won’t dislodge. Your comforter—self-effacing layer that it is, content to let the sheets and duvet cover have all the glory—will not tell you when it’s ready to go to the great airing cupboard in the sky, But we will—and if you’ve had the duvet you’re currently sleeping under for more than five years, the time is almost certainly…now.
If not, perhaps you’ve just been spending an awful lot more time in bed lately (haven’t most of us?) and would like to elevate your duvet (or doona, for our Aussie friends) to the level of that perfect pillow or luxe sheet set you invested in? Maybe there’s a new partner on the scene who doesn’t share your love of enveloping down, or spring is coming and you can’t bear the thought of sweltering under 10 pounds of down fill come June.
Whatever your duvet scenario, and personal sleep preferences, we’ve slept the nights (and stuffed the covers, most maddening of tasks) and narrowed down the best duvets on the market right now.
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Best duvet for a couple: Casper Humidity Fighting Duvet
The cost: $500, Queen size
The composition: Merino wool and ethically sourced down
The review: It’s a dilemma that has plagued couples since the first cavepeople shared a wooly mammoth skin: One is sweating, while the other is moments from hypothermia. Enter this merino marvel! When we tested this, something semi-miraculous occurred: Two people, one running much hotter than the other, both found themselves sleeping in a warm pocket of air that was not a degree too hot or too cold. It was almost as if the duvet was magically calibrating to accommodate chilly feet and a toasty torso at the same time. That is thanks to the natural thermo-regulating sorcery of a layer of merino wool, which both insulates *and* wicks away moisture for that “just right” feeling. FYI: You might notice a rather audible rustle at first, but this will soften with use.
Best duvet if you don’t want down: The Endy Duvet
The cost: $220, queen size
The composition: Vegan down alternative
The review: If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a down duvet—it’s got that “crinkle,” if you know what we mean—but it’s not! Instead, it’s a premium, proprietary substitute that delivers that “slipping into bed at a really nice hotel” feeling, just without the feathers. This Canadian option is billed as an all-season duvet and did a brilliant job keeping us snuggly on cold winter nights, but if you run hot, this might be a bit much in the summer unless you’re cranking that AC. One small caveat: This duvet is slightly larger than standard, meaning you may have to get creative if you’re stuffing it into a cover from another brand. (Endy does sell its own covers that fit these duvets perfectly, natch.) Worth it for an airy, fluffy duvet whose aesthetic is picture perfect for those “lazy Sunday” instas.
Best duvet for spring or fall: Ikea Fjallhavre Duvet
The cost: $169, Queen size
The composition: Duck down and feathers
The review: At least twice a year—spring and fall, usually—we get into a temperature territory where a heavy winter duvet is excessive, but we’re not quite ready to transition over to the linen-sheets-only phase of the summer bedding calendar. Enter this perfectly midweight option. Airy and soft to the touch, it’s the light but still cozy option you’ll find yourself reaching for once April (or September) rolls round, plus the “walled” construction helps to keep the feather filling extra lofty and lightweight. Like many of the duvets we’ve included here, it has loops on the corners for you to tie your cover to, which will put an end to the dreaded “all the duvet is in one corner of the cover” syndrome.
Best duvet if you run hot: Purple Duvet
The cost: $129, Queen size
The composition: Polyester
The review: This all-season duvet ticks quite a few boxes: It’s budget-friendly, it’s hypoallergenic and it’s lightweight enough to use all year round, although the colder-blooded might need an extra blanket in the depths of January. Where it really fills a gap, however, is in the way it replicates that down experience—think that “crackle and crunch” sound of the feather fill—with an alternative material that accommodates warmer body temperatures of people who find the real thing sweltering. If you like your duvets particularly juicy, you may find this a little too light, but if you’re always hot? This might be just right.
Best duvet if you’re always cold: Brooklinen Ultra Warm
The cost: $499, Queen size
The composition: Hutterite Goose Down
The review: This one goes out to all the Never Warms—the people who, despite 10 blankets and three layers of Thinsulate pyjamas, still find themselves waking up at 2 a.m., shivering. With a pleasing heft that’s somehow not smothering, this made-in-Canada duvet kept us toasty on the literal coldest night of the winter. Minus 20 who? We were snug as the proverbial bug, although our rug was expertly crafted, primo quality goose down, sewn into a “baffle box” construction to prevent clumping. If you are even remotely over-heating inclined, this duvet will be your worst nightmare. But if you long to know what warm toes feel like? Add to cart ASAP.
Best duvet if you love luxury: Au Lit Essential Goose Down Duvet
The cost: $585, Queen size in “Classic” weight
The composition: Downmark certified goose down
The review: Maybe we’ve been reading too many bodice-rippers lately, but there’s something about this splurge-worthy duvet that feels fit for a Bridgerton. Is it the pillow-y, meringue-y way it lies on your bed, tucking the warm air around you while somehow feeling levitation-light? Or perhaps it’s the goose down, the Diamond of the feathered ton, infinitely rarer than duck down and prized for its warmth and lightness? This particular duvet, made by a Toronto linen institution, is “650 loft,” meaning it’s filled with a bit more ethically sourced goose down for more warmth—but not excessively so—and “puff,” an ineffable characteristic you’ll just know when you sink your hand into it. It’s an indulgent, decadent way to pass the night—and would only be improved if they threw a rakish duke into the deal.
Best duvet if you’re on a budget: Amazon
The cost: $51
The composition: Polyester
The review: If you’re in the market for a straightforward, unfussy duvet that you can chuck in the washing machine without a second thought, this is the down-alternative dream. Extremely wallet-friendly, this all-season duvet could be a great fit for a guest room (where you might wash it between stays) or in children’s rooms (where the reasons for prioritizing washability are numerous). And, despite the modest price point, it’s still very cozy, and helpfully has box-stitching to prevent the fill from moving around over time and while tumble-drying (on low, of course).
Best duvet if you hate feeling weighed down: Sleep Country LuxeSilk Duvet
The cost: $229, Queen size
The composition: Silk, Tencel and poly fibre
The review: If you haven’t had the pleasure of sleeping under a silk-filled duvet before, the best way we can describe it is: Imagine your slinkiest, most barely there silk slip—this is that, in bedding form. A dream come true for people who cannot abide the heaviness of a traditional down duvet, this duvet cocoons without smothering and keeps the chill off with an effortless fluffiness (it also contains Tencel fill made from eucalyptus trees). It’s an excellent candidate for summer sleeping for this reason. One downside: unlike the other duvets, this does not come with those handy corner ties for keeping duvet and cover together.
Best duvet if you want one for all four seasons: The Simba Hybrid Duvet
The cost: $249
The composition: Polyester
The review: Maybe you don’t have the storage for multiple duvets or you just can’t be bothered to switch it out, but there’s a place in the bedding pantheon for the “one and done” duvet. We can’t think of a better fit than this duvet with “space-inspired” technology. Created by a British mattress company, this ultra-lightweight comforter is made using two proprietary bits of tech: Aerelle® Cool Night fibres that, the brand says, are imbued with minerals that pull heat away from your body, and a Stratos® layer that stores said heat, then releases it back when it senses you’re getting cold again. That’s the theory, and in practice, it does keep the sweats at bay while maintaining a delightfully cozy feel. It’s also made entirely from recycled materials, a wonderful bonus all year round.
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