The Best Editor-Tested Duvet Covers You Can Buy Now

updated Aug 23, 2023
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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 increase the life of your favorite comforter and make laundry days a lot less bulky.

There are a lot of options out there, so 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.


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 three 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.


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.


  • 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

Parachute is one of those brands we keep recommending for a reason. Not only do they offer a large range of home products, but they’re also consistently high-quality goods. The Parachute Sateen Duvet Cover is no exception; it’s buttery smooth and adds a feel of glamor 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.


  • 100% premium long-staple Egyptian cotton
  • Sateen weave
  • Available in 3 sizes in 6 colors
  • OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified
  • Machine wash cool with mild detergent, then tumble dry low

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.  

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 percent cotton duvet covers,” says AT commerce SEO writer 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.


  • TENCEL eucalyptus lyocell fibers
  • Sateen weave
  • Available in 3 sizes in 14 colors/patterns
  • Machine wash cold, then 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.

Brooklinen has made a huge name for itself in bedding, so it’s no surprise that its Woven Texture Cotton Duvet Cover made our list! If you’re looking to splurge, this lightweight cotton duvet cover will keep you comfortable all year long. “This is one of Brooklinen’s most beautiful duvet covers, for sure!” says Best List editor Britt. “The subtle texture and coloring of the Soft Oat duvet cover brings warmth to my bedroom, and it has a good thickness to it that’s still breathable and light.” The duvet cover is available in two colors, Soft Oat and Rainwater, though the latter won’t be around for much longer, as it’s part of Brooklinen’s Last Call section.


  • 100% long-staple cotton
  • Available in 2 sizes and 2 patterns
  • OEKO-TEX certified 
  • Machine wash inside out

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer cotton bedding; those who prefer a more textured design for their duvet.

Good to Know: This cover is pre-washed to ensure it’s nice and soft when it arrives at your door. 

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.”


  • 100% premium organic cotton
  • Plain weave
  • Available in 5 sizes and 6 colors
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • GOTS certified
  • Machine wash cold, then tumble dry low

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. 

If you’re looking to completely revamp your bedding situation, the Urban Outfitters Relaxed Linen Duvet Set is a great way to start. This set comes with a relaxed linen duvet cover and a matching pillow sham set, available in neutral tan and white shades. This lightweight weave made from European flax yarns offers a cool and breathable material that’s also super soft for snuggling in for the night. “I was a little sus, but I love this duvet cover!” says AT Creative Studio senior writer Courtney. “It’s sooooo soft, and the beige color is a perfect warm-weather neutral that looks great with all of my sheets (solids, patterns, linen, sateen). It’s honestly a little softer and easier to clean and put over my duvet than a very pricey one that I have!”


  • European flax; 50% cotton, 50% linen
  • Available in 2 colors in 3 sizes
  • Includes duvet cover and 2 pillow shams
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
  • Machine washable

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer linen bedding; those who prefer a breathable duvet cover; those who prefer a duvet cover set with matching pillow shams.

Good to Know: This duvet set was made using 50% responsible materials, including recycled materials, textiles made with responsible sourcing, or any components externally certified for reduced environmental impact.

Boll & Branch has come to be known for its high-quality, eco-friendly collections, including the Waffle Duvet Set. This duvet set offers a cozy, soft, and breathable textured bedding experience in their waffle duvet cover and matching pillow shams made from 100% cotton. “It looks nice, it’s made with organic cotton, and it’s perfect for those in-between temps,” says AT shopping director Jada. Their 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. 


  • 100% organic cotton
  • Includes duvet cover and 2 matching pillow shams
  • Available in 4 colors in 2 sizes
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, then tumble dry on medium

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.”