Are there any preference to the best duvet covers? I just moved to Idaho from California and the thin sheets that I was using for my bed were not keeping me very warm in the 20 degree nighttime temperatures. I realized that I needed to buy a duvet. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and found an ample selection, but I was shocked at how high the prices were.
For those of you who don’t know what a duvet is, it is a comforter that is filled with down, or the feathers of certain birds. The benefit is that the feathers serve as insulation, much the same way geese are able to withstand being outside in cold freezing temperatures in the winter. A duvet cover is the protective sheet that goes over the duvet.
Some of them tend to “leak” feathers. These are usually the cheap ones you can buy at Walmart or other discount stores. A good, quality duvet will not leak feathers and will be able to stand up to years and years of heavy usage.
That question really depends on your budget. Some of them are “year round”, meaning they can be used in both winter and summer time (and spring and fall). Others are only for sum or only for winter. When researching the best one to buy, you need to ask yourself how much money you’re willing to spend. A good rule of thumb is $100 for the duvet and $50 for the cover.
The cover serves another role, it prevents any “stains” from happening and ruining your expensive duvet. It also serves to change the overall color. If you get tired of a certain pattern or color on your bedding, you can always buy a new color or pattern.
Washing and care are somewhat challenging. It is not advisable to put your duvet into the washing machine, as it will ruin it. If you absolutely have to have it cleaned, take it to your local dry cleaners and they will have a safe solution to use to remove the stains. For the covers, as long as they’re not made out of expensive silk, you can throw them in the washing machine. When it comes time to dry, it is usually recommended that you air dry them, as the dryer will inevitably shrink them and cause damage to the fibers.
We will be reviewing the various duvets and duvet covers available for purchase online, and we’ll let you know which ones are right for your particular budget.