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A comforter is used directly as a bedspread. A duvet is typically accompanied by a duvet cover, which protects it and matches the décor of your room.
Both comforters and duvets can be filled with a variety of materials such as silk, wool, down or synthetic material.
A comforter tends to be slightly larger than the surface of the mattress so that it can fall properly. Duvets are generally more fitted, as they are often used in conjunction with bed skirts.
Comforters should be washed on a regular basis. Duvets can require more maintenance depending on the filler and the material of the cover that protects it. Regardless of your choice, make sure to read the cleaning instructions beforehand..
Duvets are comfortable and efficient. Additionally, they’re ideal in any temperature, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Down duvets give off more heat than synthetic ones and absorb moisture easily.
The quality of a duvet depends on the down (usually duck or goose). The source of the down is a excellent indicator of quality. The Canadian Association of Down states that the best quality comes from Canada and Europe.
Down comes from the underside of a duck or goose’s wings and stomach. Down traps air and is a thermal insulator. Down filling is better than feather filling because with feathers, you run the risk of being poked by rough stems.
The most popular material for synthetic duvets is polyester. This type of filler can be a nice alternative for people with allergies but just like a duvet, you need to pair it with a casing that suits your needs.
Silk duvets are an excellent alternative for people with allergies. Silk is hypo-allergenic, protects against mites and naturally drapes around your body. They are also extremely breathable and cool – good for those who become overheated easily.