The Best Editor-Tested Comforters and Duvet Inserts You Can Buy Right Now

updated Sep 5, 2023
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Buying the perfect comforter can be an intimidating task — not only does it set the decor tone for your bedroom, but there are also so many comfort factors to consider. Are you a warmer sleeper? How soft do you want your comforter to be? Do you prefer a duvet that lets you switch out the design ad hoc? The list goes on and on. It’s also worth mentioning that in the past 10 years, comforters have come a very long way. Tons of new bedding brands have sprung up, innovating how comforters are made and raising the bar for how bedding ought to be. To really break things down and help you determine which comforter is right for you, we’ve tested the highest-rated comforters on the market and handpicked the best. Whether you’re a hot sleeper looking to cool out under an airy comforter or a bargain shopper looking for a quality comforter under $100, you’re guaranteed to find the right comforter for you below.


The Best Comforters

What to Consider Before Buying a Comforter

Finding a comforter should be easy, right? In theory, yes, but in reality, there are a surprisingly vast number of choices. Depending on what type of sleeper you are and where you live, you’ll need to consider weight, fill, and material. Other considerations:

Down vs. Down Alternative

Down comforters: These are the traditional comforters many of us grew up with. They’re filled with down that’s found under the feathers of birds, usually geese and ducks. Because down is naturally insulating, down comforters don’t need as much fill to keep you warm, and they tend to last longer. That said, they’re typically more expensive and can trigger allergies in some people — not to mention the ethical dilemma of using down.

Down alternative comforters: If you go the down alternative route, the options are improving. Nowadays you can find down alternative comforters that feel very much like the real thing, without the ethical concerns and allergic reactions of real down. Depending on the fill material, down alternative comforters usually need more filling because the synthetic materials aren’t as insulating and can also end up being less breathable. They are, however, typically much less expensive.

There are a plethora of down alternative comforters on the market. You can find options made from Tencel fiber (a sustainable material made from the wood pulp of trees), wool, cotton, silk, and even bamboo. All of these are worth looking into, especially if you’re a hot sleeper (wool can surprise you!) or are trying to live more sustainably.

Fill power

“Fill power” is the standard for measuring the fill of a down comforter. It refers to the volume of one ounce of down at its maximum loft, or height. So, the higher the fill power, the higher the down cluster, which typically translates to higher quality, better insulation, and higher loft. However, fill power does not refer to the comforter’s weight — in fact, a higher fill power often means the comforter is lighter in weight. Most comforters fall between a fill power of 300-800. If you’re looking at a comforter that is not filled with down, you might see its weight measured by GSM, or grams per square meter. It’s important to note here, however, that a higher GSM means a heavier comforter.

You’ll also want to think about weight, longevity, and ease of care. Remember that down comforters don’t need a ton of fill to keep you warm, so you might want to go for a lighter-weight down comforter if you sleep hot. Down comforters also tend to last longer, so you might decide the higher price tag is worth it for a longer-lasting product. If you have pets or kids, though, note that many down comforters cannot be thrown in the washer (although some can, so double-check care instructions).

Climate

Finally, consider where and when you’ll use your comforter. If you want something that can be used all year round, go for a lightweight or medium-weight option. If you prefer to switch bedding with the seasons, go with a heavy comforter for the winter. And, of course, if you live in a warm climate, you might skip the down alternative options in favor of down or something slimmer and more temperature-regulating.

Certifications

  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certifiedProducts are free of harmful synthetics and dyes.
  • Made in Green by OEKO-TEX certifiedMaterials used in products are traceable, tested for, and free from harmful substances.
  • GOTS certifiedProducts align with the Global Organic Textile Standard, which defines the worldwide recognized requirements for organic textiles.
  • Cotton LEADS program: A reliable cotton supply chain providing raw material that is responsibly produced and identified.
  • Made Safe certified: Products are nontoxic and made with safe ingredients/materials.
  • Fair Trade certified: Products are created in alignment with the economic standards in place for manufacturers to equitably distribute the benefits of ingredient, material, or product trade.
  • Global Cotton Initiative partnerThe production process uses fewer synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, increases cotton yields, reduces water usage, improves soil health, and applies decent work principles.
  • Climate Neutral certified: Products created by a company that actually offsets more carbon emissions than they generate, making them carbon negative.
  • Responsible Down Standard: Ensures as much as possible that down and feathers don’t come from animals that were subjected to unnecessary harm.

What We Look for in a Comforter

We tested a wide range of comforters for our list, judging them on the following criteria:

  • Feel: How plush is the comforter? How heavy is it? Is it great for snuggling or does it stay put throughout the night?
  • Temperature: How insulating is the comforter? Is it cooling? Does it regulate or control temperature? Is it suitable for certain seasons or usable all year round?
  • Ease of care: Is it machine washable? Are its shell and fill made to last?

The Best Comforters and Duvet Inserts

Buffy is quickly rising in our ranking lists, and for a good reason! They consistently turn out amazing quality bedding, all while utilizing natural and recycled materials and making it their mission to have a low environmental impact with their products. Their Buffy Breeze Comforrter, constructed using eucalyptus rather than polyester, is perfect for hot sleepers. “I am obsessed!” says AT executive lifestyle director Charli. “As a VERY hot sleeper, I’m embarrassed it took me so long to try it out. Now that I have, it’s the only comforter I can imagine using in the hotter summer months or on a cold winter night where I’ve gone overboard on the heat. It is unbelievably soft, and I feel so cool both from the time I slide underneath it right on through the night to the next morning. It’s like magic and I’ll never go back!”

Specifications:

  • TENCEL eucalyptus lyocell shell and fill
  • 300 thread count
  • Available in 3 sizes
  • Fully biodegradable and compostable
  • Dry-clean only
  • 7-night trial

Who It’s Best For: Hot sleepers; those who prefer environmentally friendly brands,

Good to Know: If you take advantage of Buffy’s free trial, a temporary hold will be placed on your card, but the charge won’t go through until the seven days are up.

Not only is the Bare Home Reversible Down-Alternative Comforter affordable, but it also offers two looks in one! Available in seven color combinations, this reversible comforter also offers breathability all year long. “For an affordable comforter, I’d say this one from Bare Home holds up pretty well!” says Best List Editor Britt. “It has about the same plushness of the average comforter, so I didn’t find it to be too hot, which was a plus. This is a good-quality, basic comforter that would be great to buy if you don’t want to spend a ton on a luxury find.” This comforter is also hypoallergenic as well as stain- and wrinkle-resistant, making its care super simple. 

Specifications:

  • 100% microfiber
  • Available in 7 colors and 6 sizes
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Stain resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • OEKO-TEX certified 
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for versatility in their bedding design; those who prefer a hypoallergenic option in their bedding.

Good to Know: Bare Home’s hydro-brushing process creates a more durable product that’s less prone to rips and tears. 

For the ultimate luxe experience, look no further than the Cozy Earth Bamboo Comforter. Made with an enhanced weave, moisture-wicking fabric that feels so soft and comfy — Oprah even described their bedding as the “softest EVER” — it also has great temperature regulation, so you won’t have to worry about getting too warm. “Cozy Earth makes excellent bedding, and their bamboo comforter is no exception,” says Britt. “It’s lightweight but substantial, which makes it great for the in-between months as well as the summer. I didn’t use a duvet cover with it, though it’s recommended for the longevity of the comforter, but it held up great! It can be machine washed, but dry cleaning is recommended, which is totally understandable once you see it.”

Read our full review of the Cozy Earth Bamboo Comforter.

Specifications:

  • 100% bamboo viscose
  • Available in 3 sizes and 2 levels of fill
  • Spot clean or dry clean
  • 100-day trial
  • 10-year warranty

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer a silky-soft comforter; those who are comfortable dry cleaning their bedding.

Good to Know: Not only does using a duvet cover with this comforter preserve its longevity, but it also validates the warranty.

Best Lightweight: Bedsure Comforter Set

If your ideal sleep experience is to emulate snoozing on a cloud, the Bedsure Comforter Set is here to meet those needs. Charli calls it “EXCELLENT quality for the price and just as lovely in person.” The comforter features a chic pinch-pleat pattern sure to spruce up your bedroom space and it comes in a whopping 20 colors, so you won’t have to worry about it matching your existing decor. Your dollar will also go a long way with this set, which comes with the comforter, a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, two pillow shams, and two pillow cases.

Read our full review of the Bedsure Comforter Set. 

Specifications:

  • 100% polyester
  • Available in 20 colors and 6 sizes
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified
  • Machine washable

Who It’s Best For: Those who live in warmer climates; those who are looking for a complete set of bedding; those who want a more decorative comforter; those who would prefer a comforter they can use most of the year

Good to Know: The comforter might arrive a bit wrinkled, but once it settles (or if you pop it in the dryer or iron it) “the beauty really comes out,” says Charli.

The name says it all with the Coma Inducer Oversized Comforter — it’s so plush and soft that it’s bound to send you into the deepest sleep of your life. This ultra plush comforter is also filled with thick polyester perfect for snuggling right into your bedroom space. “I was worried about testing this comforter in the summer, but it’s surprisingly breathable for its super plush design,” says Britt. “I didn’t sweat at all underneath it, and my room is the warmest in my apartment!” Not only does this comforter offer ultimate comfort, but it also elevates your bedroom space with its lush design. “The oversize style looks amazing on my bed — it’s just enough to drape beautifully without piling up too much on the floor,” says Britt. 

Specifications:

  • 100% polyester; 280 GSM
  • Available in 2 sizes
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer plush material for their bedding; those who aren’t too warm of sleepers and can handle a warmer material in their comforter.

Good to Know: You can also add matching sheets to complete the look. 

If you’ve ever been intrigued by a down option for your bedding, the Quince Luxe Goose Down Comforter is a great place to start. Not only is the quality superb, but you also have the option to choose between an all-season weight or a lightweight option, depending on your sleeping preferences. However, the hallmark of a down comforter is that it doesn’t need as much material to keep you warm (and by proxy should be more breathable), so regardless of the option you choose you shouldn’t be drowning in your bedding. “The thing I like most about this comforter is simply how easy it is to lift up and move around,” says AT contributor Nic. “One of my biggest pain points with heavier comforters is how they can make me feel almost trapped under them.” 

Read our full review of the Quince Luxe Goose Down Comforter.

Specifications:

  • 100% cotton sateen shell
  • European white goose down fill
  • 700 fill power
  • Available in 3 sizes and 2 thickness options
  • Made in the USA
  • Responsible Down Standard (RDS)
  • Machine wash cold

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer a lightweight material for their comforters; those who want the luxury of down.

Good to Know: Quince’s down is sourced responsibility to ensure the best practices for animal welfare. 

If you’re hesitant to commit to a down comforter, whether it be for cost or ethical reasons, the Saatva Lightweight Down-Alternative Comforter can provide you with the look and feel of down. Its lightweight material is perfect for hot sleepers and/or warmer weather. It even boasts a lighter fill than down to ensure ultimate breathability. “For a bed with two people and one dog this duvet has been great — doesn’t get overly hot, but still feels cozy,” says AT home projects editor Megan. And another edge that this comforter has over down: It’s 100 percent hypoallergenic. 

Specifications:

  • 100% cotton percale shell with lyocell fill
  • Available in 3 sizes 
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; tumble dry low
  • 1-year limited warranty

Who It’s Best For: Those who don’t want to commit to down but who still want the same look and feel; those who prefer a hypoallergenic bedding.

Good to Know: This comforter has wave quilting that ensures the fill remains evenly distributed, maintaining its longevity.