Getting a good night's rest is important, and when it comes to sleeping well the whole night through, the right bedding makes a world of difference. The best duvet inserts come in a variety of fill materials — from down to microfiber to eucalyptus — and each one offers different qualities, like fluffiness or natural temperature regulation, so you can find the most comfortable comforter for you.
What To Consider When Choosing A Duvet Insert
The first thing you’ll want to consider is the fill. A classic pick, goose down is lightweight, insulating, and offers
a feel that’s cotton candy-soft. It does compress somewhat easily and is pricey, so if you’d like to save a little money, you can opt for a fluffy combination of down and feathers. Keep in mind, though, that a combo will be slightly less soft, and you’ll want to have a good duvet cover to keep any feathers from poking through. If you’re budget-conscious or have allergies, a down-alternative duvet made with microfiber is a great pick, but it will sleep a bit warmer than natural options. If you sleep hot, on the other hand, and are willing to splurge, silk filling is breathable, temperature-regulating, and hypoallergenic, though it may not be warm enough for those who live in colder climates.
The material for the duvet's shell can range from cotton, polyester, and even eucalyptus. While cotton is breathable and durable, it may not be as cost-effective as polyester. Polyester can be
semi-breathable and moisture-wicking depending on the weave, though it may trap some heat. And eucalyptus is temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and breathable, making it a great choice for hot or sweaty sleepers.
Last, you'll want to consider the duvet's care instructions. While many down-alternative duvets are washer- and dryer-friendly, some of the more luxurious options, like silk or goose down, tend to be dry clean only.
Shop The Best Duvet Inserts In a hurry? Here are the best duvet inserts: 1. The Overall Best Down-Alternative Insert: Utopia Bedding Down-Alternative Duvet Insert 2. The Runner-Up: Bedsure Down-Alternative Duvet Insert 3. Editor’s Choice: Buffy Cloud Comforter 4. The Best Goose & Feather Duvet Insert: Royoliving Down Comforter 5. The Best Down Duvet Insert: Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter 6. The Best Duvet Insert For Hot Sleepers: LilySilk Comforter 7. The Best Color Options: KASENTEX Down-Alternative Comforter
Ready to check out the best duvet inserts? Keep reading.
1 The Overall Best Down-Alternative Duvet Insert What's great about it: If you’re paying attention to down-alternative comforter reviews on Amazon, you’ll notice that this one boasts an impressive 4.7-star overall rating after more than 95,000 people have weighed in. The Utopia Bedding comforter is a budget-friendly, year-round option that’s earned the devotion of many. Because of its siliconized fiberfill, it’s super soft, fluffy, and relatively lightweight. The fill is 350 grams per square meter (GSM), making it a little warmer and thicker than the runner-up, and the corner loops allow you to attach a cover. With box-style stitching construction, you won't have to worry about the fill shifting around and bunching up. It also has a soft polyester shell, making upkeep a breeze — you can easily throw this duvet in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and either let it air dry or tumble dry on low. A rave review: "It is perfect! Kept its shape and fluffiness after washing.. Doesn't get weighed down by my percale duvet cover. Seems like it it would be heavy but stays cool. Amazed by its affordability and would purchase again hands down.” Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King | Care: Machine washable 2 The Runner-Up What's great about it: Filled with cozy 3-D microfiber, this comforter is another one of the best down alternative comforters out there, yet clocks in at 300 GSM, making it a little less thick than the first option — but a good choice if you’re looking for something lightweight. With a shell made out of polyester, it features corner loops and a box-stitch construction to help keep the filling in place. This durable duvet is also hypoallergenic, and on top of that, it's machine-washable and dryer-safe. A rave review: “I'm a hot sleeper so I want something that's heavy enough to help me sleep, soft, and cools fast so I don't overheat. This is the perfect year-round duvet: warm in the winter and the right amount of cool in the summer. It's so soft and comfortable that I feel like I'm sleeping in clouds. 100% recommend this duvet!” Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King | Care: Machine washable 3 Editor’s Choice: An Eco-Friendly Duvet Insert What's great about it: If you're looking for something more environmentally conscious, each Buffy Cloud comforter prevents 50 plastic bottles from going to a landfill. The hypoallergenic material is resistant to allergens, mites, and microbes. The gossamer fiber filling is warm, cozy, and fluffy, while the shell is made out of eucalyptus material that's durable, breathable, and super soft. This duvet is a great option for year-round use, and it is machine-washable for easy cleaning.
On top of that, it’s a Bustle editor pick;
Cristina Sanza says, “This comforter is still as fluffy as the day I bought it and I love the corner loops! I can tie on the duvet and the comforter stays snugly in place without shifting in the middle of the night.” A rave review: "Soft. Comfortable. Warm without being overly hot. The fabric feels silky and it is truly puffy like a cloud. If you like sleeping wrapped up in a marshmallow of plushy goodness, then this blanket is for you.” Sizes: Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, King/California King | Care: Machine washable 4 The Best Goose Down & Feather Duvet Insert What's great about it: Made with 20% down and 80% feathers, the fluffiest comforter on the list is both luxurious and extremely lofty — plus, it comes in three weights: all-season, lightweight, and winter. The down comforter has a fill power of 750, and while it offers great insulation, the 100% Egyptian cotton shell keeps things breathable. It’s box-stitched to keep the fill in place, and four corner tabs and four loops allow you to attach a cover. For convenience, this pick is machine-washable and dryer-safe. Keep in mind this is a combo of down and feathers, which do have quills. According to reviewers, a quill may poke out now and then, so if that’s a concern, it may be worth spending a bit more for a pure down comforter (or at the very least — investing in a good duvet cover).
For ultimate peace of mind, this pick meets the requirements for the
Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and Downpass for the ethical sourcing of feathers. A rave review: "If you love the feel of fancy, poofy duvets at hotels you'll love this duvet. It's crisp, puffy, but not overly heavy. It's EXACTLY what I was looking for.” Sizes: Twin, Queen, King, California King (lightweight, all season, and winter weights available) | Care: Machine washable 5 The Best Down Duvet Insert What’s great about it: It’s difficult to find an insert with more down than feathers, but this comforter from Puredown is guaranteed to have at least 70% down, so it’s cloud-like and suitable for all seasons. (Down also tends to be softer, and has a more lightweight, airy feel, but keep in mind that it will compress more readily than feathers.) Made from 100% cotton, the shell is soft and breathable and designed with corner tabs and loops for a duvet cover. Baffle-box stitching keeps the filling in place, and the piping around the edges adds a polished touch. One thing to note: This pick is dry-clean only, so it requires a little more effort in the upkeep department. A rave review: “I absolutely LOVE this comforter. So well made and a beautiful crisp white. I fluffed it up and put it in a duvet cover. Looks cozy on the bed and keeps me oh so warm. Five stars all around!” Sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, King | Care: Dry clean only 6 The Best Silk Duvet Insert For Hot Sleepers What's great about it: For those who get really hot while sleeping or live in a warmer climate, this natural silk duvet is naturally temperature-regulating to keep you cool and comfortable. Filled with 100% long-strand silk floss, the insert is super lightweight and soft, while the 100% cotton cover is breathable and has loops for attaching a duvet cover. Keep in mind that while down (and even down-alternative) comforters will generally “float” just a bit, this pick will hug your body.
The best way to maintain this silk duvet is by spot-cleaning it, but if a bigger refresh is needed, consult with your dry cleaner.
A rave review: "I love, love, LOVE this comforter! I had noticed over time that I would get periodically stuffed up, sneezy with our down comforters. My husband also sleeps “hot” and almost always would kick off his side of down comforter. The silk has been the answer for both of us— feels great &luxurious, lighter overall but still cozy/warm for me, and just right for my husband.” Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, California King | Care: Spot clean 7 The Best Color Options What's great about it: If you’re looking for a duvet insert, chances are you plan to use a cover, but if you want the option of switching out shades any time you like, this all-season microfiber comforter is a great pick that comes in chic colors like rose, pebble gray, and twilight blue. Even better? It’s reversible, so you get two hues in one. The comforter also has corner loops, so you can add a cover any time you like, and the box stitching keeps the 3-D fill in place. It’s also machine-washable and dryer-safe for effortless, no-nonsense care. Last but not least, it comes backed with a 4.7-star overall rating after more than 13,000 reviews. A rave review: “Oh. My. Goodness!!!! I LOVE IT. It is very comfortable, extremely soft and has the plush, cushiness (fluffy isn't the right word), that I love on my bed. If you like softness in every aspect of your bedding, then you will probably LOVE this as much as I do. It quickly became my favorite comforter!” Sizes: Twin, Queen, King | Care: Machine washable
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This article was originally published on
November 8, 2019