A few notes on this duvet: It’s noisy. Right out of the box, the crisp outer fabric makes a rustling sound like windbreaker pants every time you move. Our tester also found that he looked a bit deflated when tucked into his duvet cover. All qualms aside, this duvet is still a great option for those who don’t run too hot (or live in warmer climates) and don’t want to shell out over $300 for winter bedding.
Best Down-Like Wool Option: Nest Bedding
Instead of clusters of goose down, duck down, or some sort of hypoallergenic alternative, this Nest Bedding duvet is filled with wool. Oldest boy! Although it may seem like the stuff of a “winter only” comforter, wool turns out to be a surprisingly breathable fabric. We previously crowned Coyuchi’s Wool Duvet Insert as our favorite of its kind, but after testing this one we had to re-evaluate: Nest’s All-Weather Duvet (which comes with ties to tie into a cover separate, so it’s technically more like a duvet) is surprisingly thin and light for the warmth it provides to your bed when temperatures hover around freezing. It’s a big plus if you’re hoping to avoid the feeling of being squeezed under a duvet that’s more like a plump one. weighted blanket. It’s also machine washable so you can give it a quick spin cycle before spring. At less than $200 on sale, it’s one of the more budget-friendly options on this list, more than covering the cost of the organic cotton cover it comes in.
Best Weighted Down Duvet: Brooklinen
Of course, any down mattress will immediately improve the comfort factor of your sleeping arrangements. But if you really want to maximize them, you can also get a weighted duvet instead. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a duvet insert with thick filling material instead of the more typical lightweight down filling. The result is something that doesn’t look like a cloud at all – it’s more like your favorite person in the world giving you a sweet hug. This Brooklinen comes in a bunch of different infill weights and sizes (up to California King) and ticks all the right boxes. Although they’re much heavier than most other down-alternative quilted duvets, our testers never overheated or sweated through their sheets while sleeping underneath. It’s kind of an advanced bedding move, so maybe try a cheaper one weighted blanket first before you really drop the dough on this one.
11 Other Down and Down Comforters We Love
Target’s Casaluna duvet is a dorm classic — there’s a reason the twin-size option has sold out online — but unlike your friend Greg, it was always meant for post-graduation excellence. At under $200, it’s one of the cheaper options on this list, but it includes many of the same features you’d expect to see in its more expensive counterparts. A light down duvet (with a fill power of 600) that is absolutely lump-free? Check. Hypoallergenic, cozy and soft to the touch in an Oeko-tex certified cotton cover? You bet.
The Feathered Friends mid-weight duvet has a luxurious feel to the touch. One of our testers described it as “extremely plush, like a gigantic pillow.” (Her pup loves it, too.) We think the Riley duvet offers slightly better value, but if you’re looking for something with a little more squish, this is a great alternative.
The West Elm duvet range includes four different options, each offering a different combination of warmth and volume. This down alternative version is ideal for warm sleepers – it has just enough moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating fill to be comfortable, but not stuffy. And thanks to its baffle box construction, that filling stays evenly distributed throughout the lightweight duvet. Probably the best cooling duvet is Snowe’s, but this one is a great alternative.
…and this West Elm duvet features a unique filling made from a combination of down and soft Tencel fabric, which is encased in an organic cotton sateen casing. The result is a plush yet breathable duvet with a buttery smooth exterior. Even if you don’t want to use a duvet cover, you’ll sleep perfectly under it.
Another wool option, this Coyuchi duvet is warm, but pleasantly light, and doesn’t really cling to the body like some heavier inserts. Of the many comforters and duvet inserts made by Coyuchi, this one is clearly our favorite. It’s a great option for anyone looking for an eco-friendly supply, and it’s heavier than the Nest Bedding option above if you prefer a heavier topper. It’s almost twice as expensive, which is why the Nest Duvet is always our top pick.
Like the Riley Extra Warm Duvet, Parachute’s All-Weather Duvet boasts a 750 fill power, a plush beanbag! We prefer to sleep under the thicker Riley, but if you want something lighter, the Parachute is the way to go.
We recently anointed this Clima duvet from stylish new bedding company Sijo with a Home Reward for its mid-weight, mid-size design that comfortably sees you through season after season. It’s designed to adapt to your body temperature (preventing you from freezing in the winter and keeping you cool when the mercury rises) with padding made from breathable, plant-based Tencel fabric, recycled polyester for the warmth and an exclusive cooling Clima technology fiber. . The duvet is fully encased in a lyocell and nylon shell that feels a bit manufactured, but also feels cool to the touch. Just be careful if you don’t use a blanket that the whole thing doesn’t completely slide off the bed.
If you want a fluffy duvet alternative to down, but you live on a shoestring (e.g. you’re a college student who just needs something cheap to protect your twin XL bed from the air conditioning), don’t settle for not to buy the first thing you see on Amazon. The Slumbercloud Cumulus duvet is finer than the ones we love from Snowe and Riley, but still thicker than your average wool blanket. According to the brand, they’ve also engineered their hypoallergenic, down-like “fiber fill” with NASA-approved temperature-regulating technology for warm sleepers. In practice, that means it’s just comfy enough to keep you warm in the winter, but you might want to add some fluffy pajamas into the mix if you’re a particularly cold sleeper.
Boasting slightly oversized dimensions to completely fill your duvet cover instead of looking sad and deflated, this Tuft & Needle Down Duvet Insert is a solidly lightweight option for warm sleepers who still want something on the plus side. soft. The only catch is that the duvet is quite noisy and tends to rustle when you turn over. Still, if you’re a heavy sleeper, chances are you’re sleeping without even realizing it.
For the eco factor, we like that the original Buffy Cloud duvet is made with a special filling made from recycled bottles, but we find it gets too hot and feels rougher than we’d like. Its sequel, the Breeze Duvet, sits somewhere closer to the middle, with a lighter feel, deliciously soft and cool-to-the-touch outer fabric, eucalyptus filling, and surprising warmth and comfort. Despite its airy brand, it’s not really breathable enough to lie comfortably in the summer without taking the covers off, but it’s perfectly warm and cozy for New York winters. Another plus is that it’s one of the few duvets that’s stylish enough to be left alone out of the duvet cover thanks to the billowing waves on the seams.
You don’t need to empty your wallet for slightly less welcome guests (like your significant other’s random cousin who somehow visits four times a year). The Linenspa All-Weather Duvet is a truly inexpensive duvet worth considering for your guest bedroom. It feels a lot cheaper immediately out of the box than the high-quality Snowe and Riley ones we recommend, but it offers an impressive amount of loft for the price.