The Best Editor-Tested Duvet Covers You Can Buy Now

updated Mar 19, 2024
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Duvet covers are some of the more versatile home items we can shop for. Once armed with a great duvet insert, the wide world of duvet covers instantly opens up to you. They can stylistically change up your space as well as transition you between different seasons depending on what material strikes your fancy. Adding one to your bedding is also an easy way to extend the lifespan of your favorite comforter and make laundry days a lot less bulky and daunting.

Due to the sheer amount of options out there, we did some research and found the best duvet covers on the market across a variety of materials and in a range of price points. Plus, we have plenty of tips on how to pick the best duvet cover for your sleep style, space, and taste. Whether you’re looking for linen, cotton, or eucalyptus, check out our favorite duvet covers below.


The Best Duvet Covers

What to Consider When Buying a Duvet Cover

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to purchasing a duvet cover. Unlike with sheets, which spend most of their time in hiding beneath blankets and pillows, you need to consider all the elements that go into duvet covers. Since this is time you probably don’t have, we’re here to break down the most important factors we think about when it comes to choosing a duvet cover. From what we test for to materials to certifications, here are the details that help us narrow down our search.

Material

As with sheets and comforters, the fabric that makes up a duvet cover is really important. It not only determines the cover’s longevity, washability, and style but also dictates the feel of the cover and suggests whether it will be cooling or cozy (or both). Here are four of our choice materials when it comes to covering your comforter.

Cotton: Soft and breathable, cotton fibers can be woven into a few different kinds of weaves, including percale, a more matte, traditional cotton weave, and sateen, a weave that yields a silky, more instantly cooling fabric. It doesn’t have very much stretch, which allows it considerable longevity. The production of organic cotton has less of a negative impact on the environment than traditional cotton production.

Linen: Generally better for hot sleepers or people in warmer climates, linen is durable, absorbent, and breathable. It’s typically highly ventilating, but the fibers are thick and have a tendency to wrinkle (popular today, but worth considering if you tend to go for a more clean look). Linen is made from flax, which is usually sourced from Europe.

Bamboo: Fabric made from bamboo rayon is as soft as (if not softer than) cotton and usually has a shiny, drape-able texture. The bamboo plant goes through extraction and treatment and yields a sustainable alternative to synthetic materials.

Eucalyptus: The process of making lyocell starts by harvesting wood from eucalyptus trees. Compared to cotton, its production process uses less water and energy overall. The resulting fabric is soft and smooth, cooling, moisture-wicking, and durable.

Benefits

So, why even buy a duvet cover? For one, a duvet insert that isn’t decorative should be both protected by and adorned with a cover if you intend to use it long-term. Covers can take the brunt of an insert’s wear and tear and, unlike a decorative comforter, make it easier to launder bedding at home. They can also change the style of your bedding by adding a pop of color or new texture to the room.

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 and have been tested for and are 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.

What We Look for in a Duvet Cover

We tested a wide variety of duvet covers, judging them based on the following criteria:

  • Comfort: What material is it made of? Is it temperature regulating or directing? What makes it comfortable and for whom?
  • Convenience: Is it machine washable? Does it have buttons, snaps, or ties to fasten it to or around a duvet insert?
  • Aesthetic: Which decor styles does the duvet cover fit? Does it come in a variety of colors and/or prints? Does it look as well-made as it is?

The Best Duvet Covers

Approved by Oprah and AT editors alike, Cozy Earth excels in home comforts from bedding and bath essentials to loungewear. The brand’s Bamboo Duvet Cover was THE editor-favorite this year, boasting 16 colors that match the beloved bamboo sheet set. Made with 100% premium viscose, a fabric derived from bamboo pulp, this silky smooth duvet cover is a step up from the norm. “I’ve tested a lot of duvet covers over the years, but this Cozy Earth one takes the cake,” says SEO commerce editor Sarah. “It’s one of the softest I’ve ever tried, it keeps me cool (a must as a hot sleeper), and it comes in some of the prettiest colors I’ve come across. But the best part about this duvet is how smart the interior design is. Most duvet covers feature ties or snaps in each of the four corners, but this duvet adds extra snaps to the center of each side, making sure your insert never moves. I truly don’t think I’ll ever use another duvet cover again.”

Specifications:

  • 100% bamboo
  • Bottom tie closure with interior snap closures
  • Available in 16 colors and 3 sizes
  • Machine wash cold; then tumble dry normal
  • 100-night sleep trial

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a duvet cover that can be used all year long; those who prefer a cooling duvet cover; those who love bamboo bedding.

Good to Know: This duvet cover is also available in a linen-bamboo blend. “I have a thing for linen — its natural charm and comfort make it a top pick for my bedding. So, when I was handed this duvet to test, my immediate response was a straightforward ‘yes, please, ‘” commerce SEO writer Haley says in her review. “What sealed the deal for me were the practical features: snap closures for a secure fit (no annoying ties!) and a discreet zip closure that blends into the overall design. All I wish is that they would have more color options so I could get another to match my bedroom!”

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, search no further than the Buffy Breeze Eucalyptus Duvet Cover. This super-soft, 300 single-ply thread count duvet cover is fully woven from eucalyptus, which offers ultimate temperature control by absorbing moisture more efficiently than cotton.

“Before trying Buffy’s Breeze Duvet Cover, I had only used 100% cotton duvet covers,” says AT contributor Nic. “I thought cotton was my favorite bedding material, but my mind was changed by this eucalyptus-based cover. It offers the durability and crisp feeling of cotton bedding, with the soft and satiny look of silk. It resists wrinkling and is easy to put on or take off my duvet when I want to wash it. Plus, if your duvet insert has corner loops, this duvet cover has corner ties sewn on the inside so you can attach it and keep everything in place.” Buffy also has a seven-night free trial and return policy, so you can truly try before you buy to ensure it’s a good fit for your sleep situation. 

Read our full review of the Buffy Breeze Duvet Cover.

Specifications:

  • TENCEL eucalyptus lyocell fibers
  • Button closure with interior corner ties
  • 300-thread count
  • Available in 26 colors and 3 sizes
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • 7-night trial

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a cooler and dryer sleeping experience; those who prefer non-synthetic materials.

Good to Know: This duvet cover is fully biodegradable, something to keep in mind when it reaches the end of its use.

*Honorable Mention: If you’re looking for an affordable duvet cover that offers more bang for your buck, look no further than the H&M Washed Cotton Duvet Cover Set. Available in seven colors, the complete bundle includes a duvet cover and matching pillowcases. “I loved the simple, minimal design and muted color of the duvet and pillow covers,” says brand activation senior manager Allison. “The 100% cotton material made these really soft and cooling! Since these come in solid, neutral colors this duvet would be great for layering with a patterned throw. The duvet didn’t have any ties to attach the blanket, but I found that my blanket didn’t move around much, just something to note!”

Boll & Branch is known for its high-quality, eco-friendly collections, including the Waffle Duvet Set. Made with 100% cotton, this waffle version of the brand’s duvet set offers a cozy, soft, and breathable textured bedding experience complete with matching pillow shams. “It looks nice, it’s made with organic cotton, and it’s perfect for those in-between temps,” says AT shopping director Jada. The brand’s signature fabric binding ensures a uniquely soft material that gets even softer with every wash. It has hidden zipper closures on both the duvet cover and shams, and the duvet cover also boasts interior corner ties for securing your duvet insert. 

Specifications:

  • 100% organic cotton
  • Zipper closure with interior corner ties
  • Available in 4 colors and 2 sizes
  • Includes duvet cover and 2 pillow shams
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; tumble dry medium
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and GOTS-certified
  • 30-day trial

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer super soft bedding; those who prefer a waffle texture.

Good to Know: The waffle texture may make it difficult to wash. Per Jada, “Trying to wash and dry the duvet cover takes a good amount of arm strength — the cover gets extra heavy when wet because of the extra threads that go into the waffle weaving — and several dry cycles. The weight of the waffle side makes the duvet cover wrap itself around into a giant ball that takes at least two cycles to dry.”

The Company Essentials Organic Cotton Percale Duvet Cover not only offers a high-quality and organic cotton option for bedding, but it’s also on the more affordable end. This 200-thread count duvet cover boasts a button closure and features four interior ties to hold your duvet in place. It’s also lightweight enough to keep you comfortable in any weather. “It is hot upstairs in my house, so this duvet cover is a dream,” says AT contributor Savannah. “It keeps us cool at night and has a lightweight feel that perfectly accompanies my heavy duvet insert.” It comes in six different colors, and Savannah says her bright white shade “never faded after a wash. It has held up very well.”

Specifications:

  • 100% premium organic cotton
  • Button closure with interior corner ties
  • 200-thread count
  • Available in 6 colors and 5 sizes
  • Machine wash cold, then tumble dry low
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and GOTS-certified

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer cotton bedding; those who prefer organic materials.

Good to Know: The Company Store recommends using non-chlorine bleach only as needed. 

Linen can bring a cozy, lived-in quality to your bedscape and keep you from overheating, too. Anthropologie’s Washed Linen Duvet Cover scored highly with our team for quality, durability, and its cooling properties. What makes it even more of a standout is that the cover is available in a variety of shades that aren’t limited to neutrals. You’ll find hot pink, melon, and yellow in the mix as well. The duvet cover is made from 100% European flax linen, comes in five sizes up to California King, and has matching pillow shams (sold separately) to fully complete the look.

“Overall, I am highly impressed with the Anthropologie duvet cover,” says senior project manager Rachelle. “Its aesthetic is both appealing and slightly rustic, adding a touch of charm to my bedroom. One standout feature is its durability — the fabric hasn’t pulled or pilled, maintaining its quality over time. The color is vibrant, and I’ve noticed a subtle cooling effect, enhancing the comfort of my sleep.” In summary, this Anthropologie duvet cover exceeded my expectations in terms of aesthetics, durability, and comfort. It’s a great addition to my space, and I would highly recommend it to others seeking a stylish and resilient bedding option.”

Specifications:

  • 100% European flax linen
  • Button closure with interior corner ties
  • Available in 10 colors in 5 sizes
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer linen bedding; those who prefer a breathable duvet cover.

Good to Know: If you’re using this duvet cover with a comforter that isn’t quite compatible with a duvet cover, Rachelle found a method that could solve the issue: “While the lack of ties on the insert may be a consideration, I found a simple solution by tying the cover’s ties around the corners of my comforter, resulting in a secure fit,” she says. “This workaround has proven effective, and I appreciate the adaptability of the duvet cover in this regard.”

Bamboo bedding has consistently been rising in popularity for its smooth feel, temperature regulation, and natural hypoallergenic properties. Nest Bedding has been popular among AT editors for its mattresses, pillows, and comforters. It was only a matter of time before a Nest Bedding bamboo product made it to the Best List. Even better: The brand’s Bamboo Duvet Cover and Sham Set is not only great bedding, it’s a fantastic deal. For under $200, you get a duvet cover and coordinating pillow shams that are made with 100% rayon from bamboo. The set is available in five bold and neutral colors and is suitable for year-round use.

“This was my first experience with bamboo bedding and I was SO impressed!” says Creative Studios senior writer Courtney. “It has such a luxurious and cool feel that’s perfect for warmer months. The silky fabric also makes for a really pretty drape, and it keeps its place around the duvet insert. I got Pewter, which IRL reads as more of a calm light blue, just enough color. My dog is also a big fan, and I’ve been surprised how well it holds up to pet hair and still looks clean and fresh!”

Specifications:

  • 100% rayon from bamboo
  • Button closure with interior corner ties
  • 300-thread count
  • Available in 3 sizes and 5 colors
  • Includes duvet cover and 2 pillow shams (1 pillow sham for Twin/Twin XL)
  • Machine wash cold; tumble dry low
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
  • 30-night trial

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer bamboo bedding; those who sleep hot; those with sensitive skin.

Good to Know: This duvet cover is compatible with Nest Bedding’s Silk Cloud Comforter and the editor-favorite Washable Wool Comforter.

*Honorable Mention: For an even more affordable option that doesn’t short you on quality, check out the Quince Bamboo Duvet Cover. “It’s beyond soft, and the material has a luxe sheen to it. It comes with a storage bag for washing,” says commerce editorial assistant Morgan. “A couple of cons are that it gets wrinkled easily and I’m a bit scared of snagging it, but overall, great for the price.”

Parachute is one of those brands we keep recommending for a reason. Not only does the brand offer a large range of home products, but ones that are also high-quality. The Parachute Sateen Duvet Cover is no exception; it’s buttery smooth and adds a feel of glamour to any bedroom set. “I love how silky smooth this duvet cover is. It makes the bed feel so luxurious, and the creamy texture is great to get comfortable under,” says AT social media manager Sam. “The neutral color is also great but subtle in a way that complements the room’s decor.” Made from 100% premium, certified long-staple Egyptian cotton, this machine washable duvet cover comes in six neutral shades sure to complement any space.

Specifications:

  • 100% Egyptian cotton
  • Button closure
  • Available in 9 colors and 3 sizes
  • Machine wash cool; tumble dry low
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer the look and feel of silk without the upkeep of actual silk; those looking to invest in a high-quality duvet material.

Good to Know: Matching sheets and pillow shams are sold separately. Parachute also offers carbon-neutral shipping and returns.