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The 20 Very Best Duvet Covers

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​​While the right mattress might make for a painless night’s sleep, and the best sheets will keep you perfectly comfortable during that sleep, a duvet cover does double duty — it protects your comforter and adds a design element to your bed, tying everything together. Because a duvet cover isn’t typically what you’re sleeping directly on or under, choosing one is often more about aesthetics and style than fabrication. But those after a very specific feel — or if you forego a flat sheet altogether — can of course get duvet covers in a range of materials including cotton, linen, and alternative fibers like bamboo. To find the best duvet covers, we talked to 22 interior designers and other folks we trust about their favorites. The options on the list include luxurious hotel-style duvet covers, brightly patterned statement pieces, and plenty of linen options. The prices shown are for queen-size duvet covers unless otherwise noted.

What we’re looking for

Material

Like sheets, duvet covers come in a range of fabrics. But the most common material is cotton (whether in a percale or sateen weave) or linen. That doesn’t mean, however, that your bedding has to be made up of all one fabric. As Lee Mayer, CEO of online interior-design service Havenly, told us when we spoke to her about how to create tonal bedding, putting together an appealing bedscape is “all about layering and texture.” Even if your sheets are a crisp percale, your duvet cover doesn’t have to be. In fact, adding a rumpled linen duvet cover or a shiny velvet one can provide contrast and a little more texture.

Still, some fabrics are heftier than others, and depending on the season, you may want to change out your duvet covers a couple of times a year. A cotton percale cover will feel — and look — lighter than a velvet one, for example. Linen, on the other hand, varies in weight, and can work in both warm and cool weather.

Style

As mentioned above, a duvet cover can be your chance to add a bit of color, texture, and visual interest to your bed. Even if you prefer solid sheets, you may want to play around with a striped duvet, or one in a subtle floral pattern, or something in a plush velvet.

Best overall duvet cover

Material: European flax linen, Lightweight | Style: 10 colors

We’ve written before about how sweaty sleepers love Parachute’s linen sheets for keeping cool, so it’s not too surprising to hear that the brand’s linen duvet cover comes highly recommended by three of our experts (plus Strategist writer Dominique Pariso): Havenly staff designer Madison Shoemaker, Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design, and designer Tina Rich. “I almost always choose linen because I love the laid-back look,” Rich told us. Plus, you can branch out from basic white or flax-colored linen with Parachute’s saturated shades that include indigo, ochre, and a dusty pink. Shoemaker calls the duvet cover “casual and comfortable,” especially for those who sleep hot, “as the linen is breathable and provides more insulation than cotton.” She also notes that the brand uses 100 percent European flax, “which starts out soft and only gets softer over time.” Another feature that she likes is that the duvet cover is great for pets: “It’s an easy-to-clean material that resists dog hair,” Shoemaker says. Pariso calls this a “really nice beginner linen” for those looking to try linen bedding without committing to a full set of sheets. It’s available in 10 colors.

Best (less expensive) linen duvet cover

Material: Washed linen, Lightweight | Style: Five colors

If you followed along with our obsessive linen-sheet testing, you know we’re big fans of the natural, breathable fabric. Still, as we’ve noted, it can get pricey. Emmanuelle Bernard, the founder of Hoem, recommends this linen duvet cover as a relatively budget-friendly option. One thing she likes about it is that it comes in a range of colors. (She particularly likes the baby-pink shade and suggests pairing it with contrasting pillows to achieve a Scandinavian look.) “Linen duvet covers in pastel hues are my favorite because they give a boho sort of look to my bedroom,” says Bernard, who notes that this model is stonewashed, which gives it “a vintage look, makes it very comfortable,” and even makes it more natural-looking because it “comes with some wrinkles.”

Linen duvet cover with best color range

Material: European flax, Lightweight | Style: 17 colors

If you’re looking for a linen duvet that comes in a range of colors, consider this one from Cultiver that Rich calls “amazingly soft.” “I’m such a fan of this linen duvet cover,” which is prewashed and woven from European flax, Rich says, naming olive, sage, and dusk as three of her favorite colors it comes in. There are an impressive 17 total colors to choose from, which is also what drew Strategist senior editor Winnie Yang to this cover. “I love Cultiver’s muted palette, which is especially well suited to linen,” she says. “The fabric itself was one of the more durable ones I’ve come across, as far as linen bedding goes, though still lightweight and soft.” Yang owned it for five years. Other touches like mother-of-pearl button closures give the duvet cover a luxe touch, and you can also buy matching pillowcases separately should you want everything to look coordinated.

Most durable duvet cover

Material: Organic linen, Midweight | Style: Seven colors

Coyuchi is another linens-maker we’ve written about before: The brand produces some of our favorite towels and jersey and linen sheets, so we weren’t too surprised to hear that Yang and Ashley Goldman, the founder of the Gold Hive are fans of its chambray, heathered-linen duvet cover. While pricey, “all of their products meet strict standards,” says Goldman. Yang, who switched from the Cultiver cover to this one about a year and a half ago, agrees. “It’s really well made, probably the nicest duvet cover we’ve ever owned,” she says. “The details and finishing are also really great. I like how the buttons are placed to sit hidden inside.” Plus, it’s durable: “It gets a lot of wear because both the cat and dog sleep on our bed.” Yang says it’s also “much thicker than any other linen bedding item I’ve ever owned” but “still airy and breathable,” making it great for use all year. “It basically only leaves our bed to get washed and then goes right back on,” she adds.

Best luxury linen duvet cover

Material: Linen, Lightweight | Style: Nine colors

Matteo’s sheets are among the softest linen sheets we’ve tested, so it comes as no surprise that its duvet covers came recommended by two interior designers. Alexander told us she “tends to incorporate a lot of linen duvets in my designs,” and that her “absolute favorite is Matteo bedding” because its fabric is “really luxurious, all made in L.A., and perfect without being fussy.” Designer Leanne Ford agrees: “Matteo has incredible soft fabrics and textures in gorgeous, rich colors.” Matteo’s duvet covers are made with zipper closures and come in nine different colors including clay, black, and pine green.

Best reversible duvet cover

Material: Hemp, Midweight | Style: Five colors

According to interior designer Elizabeth Gill, this would be a great duvet cover “for those who like to sleep naked” because one side of the reversible bedding is made of a natural hemp fabric that “feels soft to the skin.” The other side is a crisp cotton, and the ability to flip from one to the other allows you to “create a comfortable look for any bedroom.” Shown in a version with a natural-colored hemp side and white-colored cotton side, you can get the duvet cover in four more styles (including one that’s white on both sides).

Best percale duvet cover

Material: Cotton percale, Lightweight | Style: Four colors

Snowe gifted me this percale duvet cover (in slate blue) and I adore the way it looks on my bed. It’s clean and crisp, and the muted color only adds to its appeal. Two and half years later, it still looks as new and crisp as it did on day one. If you’re looking to achieve that hotel-style look (white-bedding purists should know it’s available in that shade and a handful of others), I would say it’s a worthy option. It also has a thread count of 500, the highest thread count of any comforter on this list, if that matters to you.

Best (less expensive) percale duvet cover

Material: Cotton percale, Lightweight | Style: 12 colors

If you’re looking for a less pricey duvet cover to complete a quintessential all-white bedding look, it’s hard to beat this one from Brooklinen, the maker of some of our favorite bedding, including (affordable) linen and sateen sheets. The cotton-percale duvet cover comes recommended by interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who says it will give a bed that crisp hotel look and feel. “We use a lot of white bedding only, so this is a great, easy, and comfy staple we suggest to clients,” she says. It also comes in 11 other colors and patterns, if you’re looking for a twist on the classic.

Best hotel-style duvet cover

Material: Cotton percale, Lightweight | Style: Border pattern

Some will say that to truly give your bed a timeless, high-end hotel look at home, you simply can’t go with anything other than Frette’s minimally designed bedding. Besides lending an air of elegance to your bed, Frette linens are also famously comfortable. “The fabric is of the highest quality: durable yet soft as silk to the touch, which is important because with a duvet cover, the breathability of the fabric has a direct effect on how restful your sleep will be,” says architect and interior designer Campion Platt of Campion Platt Interiors. But Frette bedding can be expensive, which is why we were thrilled to learn about its diffusion line, Frette At Home, that Decorist designer Audrey Margarite told us about. This duvet cover, which is about $100 less than Frette’s classic hotel-style duvet cover and looks pretty much identical, is made from percale and is embellished with two subtle lines of satin-stitch embroidery. It still has that “crisp and tailored” look of a “boutique hotel room,” according to Margarite.

Best microfiber duvet cover

$33

Material: Microfiber, Lightweight | Style: Eight colors

For something that’s affordable, super-soft, and a somewhat playful, consider this one that Decorilla design expert Devin Shaffer calls his “go-to bedding for the past few years.” Made with a soft microfiber, it uses oversize ties for fastening — Shaffer calls them no-fuss — that give the duvet cover a more casual, bohemian feel. He prefers the khaki color shown, which he says “creates a backdrop for a variety of throws and pillows.”

Best sateen lyocell duvet cover

Material: Bamboo lyocell, Lightweight | Style: Eight colors

Unlike the cotton or linen duvet covers on this list, this one from Ettitude is made from organic bamboo lyocell fabric, which has natural thermoregulating (a.k.a. cooling) abilities, in a sateen weave, making it a great option for folks who sleep hot. It comes recommended by Jess Blumberg of Dale Blumberg Interiors. “It’s modern, minimal, and super-soft,” she says of the silky-smooth duvet cover available in summery shades like mint and sky blue. “And it doesn’t hurt that it’s sustainable, hypoallergenic, and relatively affordable, too.”

Best velvet duvet cover

Material: Cotton velvet, Midweight | Style: Four colors

Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Atlanta-based interior-design studio Forbes+Masters recommend this velvet duvet cover, calling the bedding “so classic” and great for “year-round use” because its cotton-velvet exterior is backed with natural flax-hued Belgian linen (so you’re not actually sleeping beneath velvet). It’s available in seven jewel tones, including dark green, navy, gray, and ivory, and you can purchase matching shams separately if you want a more cohesive look.

Best (less expensive) velvet duvet cover

Material: Viscose-blended velvet, Midweight | Style: Three colors

For a velvet duvet cover with a bit more texture, try this one that comes recommended by Shaffer, who calls its crushed (not smooth) fabrication “avant garde.” The finish, he explains, adds makes it a bit more luxe and glamorous. Made from a viscose blend with cotton backing, the duvet cover is available in blush, stone, and blue, in addition to the platinum shown.

Best waffle duvet cover

Material: Waffle weave cotton, Midweight | Style: Four colors

A woven duvet cover, like this one, can add a bit more visual interest to your bed without the statement-making look of a louder pattern. Shoemaker says this style is “subtle and luxurious” thanks to its 100 percent waffle-weave cotton material, which gives it a natural woven look that she calls cozy, comfortable, and sophisticated. New York Magazine deputy editor Alexis Swerdloff also owns this cover and loves its waffle-y look and the fact that it’s on the thicker side, making it ideal for colder months. Available in white, gray, and midnight blue, the duvet cover is also reversible (its other side has a smoother cotton-percale weave).

Best jacquard duvet cover

Material: Cotton jacquard, Midweight | Style: Two colors

Atlanta-based interior designer Leah Alexander says that the “Estela duvet cover is bold and graphic but simple and versatile.” After buying it for her own bed, former Strategist writer Chloe Anello says she couldn’t agree more: “I like patterns and prints and color,” she says, “while my boyfriend likes black, white, and occasionally navy blue,” adding that the duvet cover checks all their boxes. If you want a punchier look, it pairs well with colorful sheets. But the duvet cover will look just as nice with simple white ones, too.

Best floral duvet cover

Material: Cotton sateen | Lightweight | Style: Floral

If you’re looking for prints, designer Ariel Okin recommends Texas-based Biscuit Home as a great source for duvet covers with interesting designs. Options range from more traditional florals and splatterware to neon cacti and tiny constellation prints. The covers are made from cotton sateen, and matching sham covers are also available to purchase separately. The florals are a bit reminiscent of the much pricier D. Porthault’s patterns, making these a good option for those looking for a budget version of the French house’s linens.

Best striped duvet cover

Material: Cotton, Lightweight | Style: Striped (two colors)

“I love cabana stripes,” says former Strategist writer (and stripe chronicler) Hilary Reid, who has this striped duvet cover in light blue. While cabana stripes are inherently bolder due to their thicker width, Reid says that “for a bedspread, I prefer them to be a bit subdued,” like they are on this style from Hay. She likes that the duvet cover’s white stripes aren’t pure white — “more like a very light, almost-blue-sage green” — and that the blue is a “lovely shade of periwinkle, which looks equally elegant and subdued as it does beachy.” Reid adds that the duvet cover’s cotton material is “soft and cool” and doesn’t get too wrinkly, either. It also comes in a striped yellow version.

Best embroidered duvet cover

Material: Cotton percale | Lightweight | Style: Six colors

This duvet cover from Matouk — which several of our designers recommend for luxurious bedding — features the brand’s signature chain pattern, which makes it a little more interesting. Margarite admits it’s expensive but calls the duvet cover “perfectly classic,” adding that the embroidered design is “timeless and will never go out of style.” Okin often uses the Chain Duvet for her clients’ projects, as does Gill (who prefers it in silver, which she says is a “neutral-yet-elevated” choice). Scott Sloat, a partner at David Kleinberg Design Associates, is a fourth fan of Matouk’s luxury linens — though his favorite style is the Lowell, a pricier (by about $200 bucks) option with a thicker, sateen-stripe border that he says is “refined and modern,” adding that it “comes in a whole range of colors that makes it very versatile.”

Best custom color duvet cover

Material: Supima cotton sateen | Lightweight | Style: Custom color

When you need a very specific shade of blue or mauve to complete your bedroom vision, Flaneur will custom-dye a Supima-cotton duvet in a sateen weave just for you. “Flaneur is my go-to for duvet covers because of the amazing quality and color-customization option,” says designer Sasha Bikoff. “In a bedroom, the duvet’s purpose is to either introduce a burst of a new shade or to perfectly match the rest of the existing hues, so Flaneur allowing clients to choose from any existing Pantone color is an amazing option.” The company also offers some ready-to-order duvet covers in unique colors like sky blue, light pink, and lilac, and each one comes with a zipper enclosure.

Best (glow in the dark) flannel duvet cover

Material: Cotton flannel | Midweight | Style: Glow-in-the-dark

If this duvet cover looks familiar to you, it’s because you’ve seen it on the beds of not one, not two, but three celebrities: singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, actor Diana Silvers, and singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams. Strategist deals writer Leah Muncy noticed the “decidedly tasteful” duvet on their Instagram accounts and, after some intense sleuthing, found it came from Garnet Hill and has a surprisingly affordable price. The cotton flannel cover’s design, complete with glow-in-the-dark stars, is kitschy in a good way. If it’s too playful for an adult, we think it’s a stellar option for kids.

Some more duvet covers we've written about

Our experts

Leah Alexander, interior designer
• Vanessa Alexander, Alexander Design
• Emmanuelle Bernard, founder of Hoem
Sasha Bikoff, interior designer
• Jess Blumberg, Dale Blumberg Interiors
• Tavia Forbes, Forbes+Masters
Leanne Ford, interior designer
Elizabeth Gill, interior designer
• Ashley Goldman, The Gold Hive
Audrey Margarite, Decorist designer
• Monet Masters, Forbes+Masters
Ariel Okin, interior designer
• Dominique Pariso, Strategist writer
• Campion Platt, Campion Platt Interiors
Madison Shoemaker, Havenly staff designer
• Hilary Reid, former Strategist writer
Tina Rich, interior designer
Devin Shaffer, Decorilla design expert
• Scott Sloat, partner at David Kleinberg Design Associates
• Alexis Swerdloff, deputy editor at New York Magazine
Ghislaine Viñas, interior designer
• Winnie Yang, Strategist senior editor

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The 20 Very Best Duvet Covers