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Duvet Covers We Love for 2019
We drew on our research, interviews with bedding experts, and years of experience testing sheets (most of our duvet cover picks are made with the same fabric as sheets we recommend) to come up with these criteria for a duvet cover:
Softness: We wanted covers that were soft enough to use without a top sheet, directly against the skin—most (but not all) of our picks met this criteria. A duvet cover should keep its softness after being washed and dried. We know from our years of testing that companies often add finishes to home textiles to give them shelf appeal, and once those are washed away you get a true sense of the fabric’s feel, so a cover should feel as soft or softer out of the dryer as it does out of the package.
Natural fibers: Natural fibers are more breathable and best for regulating temperature, so we looked specifically at covers made from high-quality cottons and linens. They do wrinkle and shrink more than synthetics, but they can also be washed on hotter temperatures (cotton can withstand more heat than linen), which is the best way to get them clean. If you tend to stain your bedding, choose white, the easiest color to wash on hot with bleach or OxiClean.
Solid construction: The best duvet covers have strong seams that don’t fray, they shrink minimally in the wash, and they have securely attached buttons, zippers, or snaps at the closure.
Inner ties: Not every cover we recommend has inner ties to secure the cover to a duvet, but most of them do—it’s a definite bonus for keeping the duvet from bunching up inside the cover. You can use duvet clips to keep them secure without ties (I’ve used this style many times over the years), but they can break easily, so invest in a few sets for backup.
A variety of colors and prints: A duvet cover is the first thing you see on a made bed so it’s often the focal point of a bedroom. We focused on covers with plenty of color options, and some with prints, to fit a variety of tastes and room styles.
Range of sizes: We looked for covers available in all bed sizes. Not every cover we recommend comes in every size, but there is enough variety here to find something that will fit.
Reliable brands: We pay attention to companies’ responsiveness, website navigation, inventory, return policies, and the quality of the bedding itself so that we’re confident that you will have the same experience we did. From our years of testing bedding we know the brands that are the most consistent—from their fabrics to their quality control to their customer service. No cover is perfect, and we’ve noted the flaws we found in our picks (and if they’re worth overlooking).
Since 2016, we’ve researched 37 covers and tested 15, all on a king-size bed. We measured them straight out of the bag, then again after a wash to account for any initial shrinkage. We compared all of the fabrics for smoothness, softness, pilling, and weight.
We washed and dried all of the covers without any fabric softeners, and with all of their closures fastened. We also left them in the dryer for a while after the cycle was finished. In everyday life, we’re not always right there to pull laundry out immediately, and we wanted to see how wrinkled and rumpled these covers would get. We also folded every cover after washing to see if the seams stayed straight and even—twisted seams and uneven sides can look messy on a made bed. Then we put each cover on our test duvet and laid it on the bed to see how it looked, and crawled under each to see how they felt as we moved around and (often) fell asleep.
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Our European batiste is luxuriously soft, sheer and light as a feather. You’ll love the way the 330 thread count, 100% combed cotton drapes gracefully against your skin.
Elegantly finished with a diamond satin stitch on hem of flat sheet and pillowcases (sold separately). 15” fitted sheet stays secure with elastic all around. Tested for harmful substances and certified to the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Portugal.
Care instructions: Machine wash warm. Wash dark colors separately. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Remove promptly from dryer and iron warm if desired.
The HC Collection Duvet Cover Set adds plenty of pizzazz to your sleeping space without costing you a fortune.
Made from the softest, finest, double-brushed microfiber, the HC Collection Duvet Cover Set is silky and cool against your skin. It’s also a great choice for allergy sufferers because microfiber resists dust mites and other allergens.
Although the HC Collection duvet cover is woven from threads even finer than silk, it resists pilling, wrinkling, shrinking, and staining. The duvet cover is strong and durable, and fairly breathable as well, although microfiber will never beat 100% cotton in that regard.
This is one of the best-selling duvet cover sets on Amazon, with 9,800-plus reviews and an average of 4.1 stars. Buyers like the duvet cover’s softness, calling it «silky and velvety at the same time.
On the downside, some customers felt the manufacturer’s claims of «Egyptian quality» were deceptive, as those words describe cotton, not microfiber. Still, the vast majority of customers were very pleased with their purchase.
The duvet set closes with buttons, but it has no inner ties to simplify bed making. The set — which includes two matching shams — comes in 15 different solid colors, including black, navy, lavender, taupe, and chocolate brown.
Pros: Inexpensive price, soft feel, easy-care, lots of colors to choose from
Cons: No inner ties, no twin size, microfiber is not as breathable as cotton
Buy on Amazon for $24.99