The Right Duvet Cover Is A Sleep Game Changer: Here Are The Top 4 We’ve Tested This Year

The Right Duvet Cover Is A Sleep Game Changer: Here Are The Top 4 We’ve Tested This Year

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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that getting a good night’s sleep is something that we wish for every time our head hits the pillow. While there are many factors that contribute to whether or not this actually happens, such as your mattress, pillows and sheets, another thing to consider is your duvet cover.

A duvet cover adds a protective layer between you and your comforter; think of it as a pillowcase for the duvet (or comforter), where you can easily wash the cover without having to wash the bulky thing underneath it. A duvet cover also allows you to change the look and feel of your bedding without having to change the entire comforter.

CNN Underscored tested 12 of the most popular duvet covers, evaluating everything from quality to the color options available. After a few months of testing, there were four that gave us the best night’s sleep:

Hands down, the Casper Sateen Duvet Cover (starting at $99) was the best duvet cover we tested. From the moment we took it out of the bag, we knew this one would be a winner. Between the zipper closure at the bottom to the hidden holes on the corners to more easily attach the cover to the duvet, the design of this duvet cover blew the others we tested out of the water — all for a middle-of-the-road price tag.

For the colder months, or for those looking to outfit their cozy cabin, the L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Comforter Cover will give you the utmost softest feel while adding some warmth, as it was made from the thickest material we tested. And at less than $100 for a king-size cover, its quality and comfort surpass the price.

Want something a little more than plain Jane when it comes to design? If so, the Boll & Branch Signature Eyelet Duvet Cover is the perfect middle ground: It’s elegant but adds some design elements with borders. A full overlay also covers the bottom buttons, completing the design border. The quality is superb, with all stitching, ties and buttons fully secure. Note that this duvet cover isn’t cheap — in fact, it’s the most expensive of all we tested — but it’s one of the few luxury brands that also includes shams, making it easy to ensure that your bedding will match.

If you love walking into a hotel room and getting comfy on those sleek-looking beds, you’ll love the Mellanni Microfiber Duvet Cover. With hidden button covers and matching shams and pillows, this comfortable duvet cover will lend an elegant vibe to your bedroom — at just around $30 in total for a five-piece set, an absolute steal in our book.

Best duvet cover overall

The Casper Sateen Duvet Cove checked all the boxes for us: For starters, it’s 100% cotton with a smooth, sateen feel that’s soft, not silky. During our testing, washing the cover was a breeze, and it dried completely with one cycle.

Best duvet cover for warmth

If you’re looking for a cover that’s ultra soft with a little added warmth, you’ll absolutely love the feel of the L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Comforter Cover.

Best luxury duvet cover

From its silky smooth feel to its elegant design, the Boll & Branch Signature Eyelet Duvet Cover is the epitome of luxury in every way. That combination of buttery smooth comfort with unparalleled craftsmanship puts it above anything else we tested.

For those on a tighter budget, you simply can’t beat the Mellanni Microfiber Duvet Cover. At around $30, you get not just the duvet cover but also two shams and two pillowcases.

CasperCasper Sateen Duvet Cover

The Casper Sateen Duvet Cove checked all the boxes for us: For starters, it’s 100% cotton with a smooth, sateen feel that’s soft, not silky. During our testing, washing the cover was a breeze, and it dried completely with one cycle.

It was also unmatched in terms of features and quality. While most other duvet covers are fastened at the bottom with buttons — which can be time-consuming and, frankly, annoying — this one uses a zipper, fully hidden on both the top and the bottom, so you’ll never see it or feel it against the skin. Throughout the entire testing process, we buttoned many buttons, and there were many times we had to redo the process, as we missed a button somewhere. Having a zipper to close the cover in literally a second? Truly a game changer.

Then there are the ties. Instead of two pieces of material tied in a bow, this cover features a snap tie, which means you’ll secure the corners through the duvet cover by snapping the material together; they very snugly snapped to ensure the duvet didn’t move around. While it might not sound like it makes a big difference, when you need to take the duvet cover off of the insert, not having to untie the ties is quite helpful. The snaps also stayed fully secure and never came undone.

Now, the real highlight of this product: With every duvet cover we tested, we had to rummage our hands inside the duvet to get those ties attached. With this cover, though, there are hidden holes on the outside of the corners, allowing easy access to tie — or in this case, snap — the ties to the duvet cover to secure the two items together. This is extremely unique and truly made this comforter stand out against the rest.

The duvet cover also ships for free and allows for a 30-night risk-free trial. If you aren’t happy with your duvet cover, just send it back — for free — and you’ll be reimbursed the entire purchase price. There’s also a one-year warranty.

The main downside of this cover is its color selection, with eight colors to choose from, including your more basic hues, such as white, gray, driftwood and navy. That is to say, if you’re looking for something bright and vibrant, you probably won’t find any shades or designs that work for you.

We truly enjoyed not only how it felt sleeping with this duvet cover but also the many time-saving features that plenty of the others in our testing lacked.

L.L. BeanL.L. Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Comforter Cover

If you’re looking for a cover that’s ultra soft with a little added warmth, you’ll absolutely love the feel of the L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Comforter Cover.

Truthfully, we weren’t sure if we were going to like sleeping with flannel. If you sleep hot, the thought of an additional warm layer might not seem appealing. But despite the slight warmth it lended, we were delightfully surprised to find it breathable and not the sort of fabric that made us wake up sweaty. The material is also beyond soft (and our kids loved snuggling into our bed, deeming it their favorite cover).

We didn’t notice any piling even after being washed, although we did observe some lint buildup after washing this particular cover (though that’s somewhat expected with flannel, especially during the first few washes).

The duvet cover — available in eight different solid colors — features inner ties and hidden buttons on the bottom, and while it didn’t wow us in terms of elegant design as our other top picks did, that’s likely because, well, it’s flannel. The price point is also spectacular at less than $100 for a king-size duvet cover. Most of the other quality covers we tested were much pricier, making this what we consider a truly valuable purchase. L.L.Bean also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee for a full year.

Ultimately, this soft flannel cover exceeded our expectations, delivering a comfortable night’s sleep. If you’re looking for a little extra warmth and coziness in your bedroom, this cover will complete your bedding.

Best luxury duvet cover: Boll & Branch Signature Eyelet Duvet Cover (starting at $298; bollandbranch.com) Boll & Branch From its silky smooth feel to its elegant design, the Boll & Branch Signature Eyelet Duvet Cover is the epitome of luxury in every way. That combination of buttery smooth comfort with unparalleled craftsmanship puts it leaps and bounds above anything else we tested — though that does come at a hefty price.

Like most other covers we tried, there were inner ties and buttons on the bottoms; the ties were well made, and a fabric overlay fully hid the buttons. We could tell that every design element was well thought of and the quality top-notch.

The cover we tested was from the brand’s eyelet collection, which added some extra detail and a tasteful charm without seeming busy or over the top. Other designs in the line include hemmed, embroidered and colorblock, so while there are no plain options, there are some subtle design elements in basic colors. Unfortunately, though, the colors for the embroidered eyelet option are limited to white and pewter. (The other designs add some more color choices but are still just basic colors.)

Note that the duvet cover comes in only two sizes: full/queen and king/California king. This means if you’re looking for a duvet cover for a twin-size bed, you won’t find it here. The cover comes as a set with two shams, and while we didn’t focus on shams during our testing process, we do want to point out that their design was also top quality, offering the same embroidered eyelet with a zipper closure, which means your pillow will never fall out.

Storing this duvet cover was also incredibly easy. It comes in a bag (made of the same material) that easily fits the cover, even after it was slept in. While some other covers also came in a storage bag, fitting them back in after use was slightly challenging, and zippering the bag was difficult. There’s no zipper on this bag, which instead includes a cinched tie.

Similar to the duvet covers we tested from many other online-only retailers, Boll & Branch offers free shipping and returns and a 30-day risk-free trial.

With this being the most expensive cover we tested, we had high expectations from the beginning — ones that were certainly met. If your budget allows and you’re looking to upgrade the vibe of your bedding with something that’s equally elegant and functional, this is absolutely the duvet cover we’d recommend.

AmazonMellanni Microfiber

For those looking for something budget-friendly, you simply can’t beat the Mellanni Microfiber Duvet Cover. At around $30, you get not just the duvet cover but also two shams and two pillowcases. (In fact, this was the only set we tested that included pillowcases plus shams.)

Despite its low price, we found this cover, made of 100% polyester, to be almost just as soft as the Casper cover, though slightly thinner and with no fancy stitching. The inner ties and the buttons at the bottom — two-hole buttons, we should note, which are usually not a feature on high-end products but are fortunately fully hidden, thanks to the cover’s design — felt very secure. It’s available in 14 different color options: eight solid colors, plus six designs, including floral, paisley and polka dot.

One unique element of this cover is its lifetime guarantee. Mellanni states that you can return the cover at any point for any reason — no questions asked. While many other duvet covers allow for a risk-free trial period of a month or two (and L.L.Bean even offers a one-year return policy), we didn’t find any brand that matched this same generous policy.

If you don’t have the budget for a luxury duvet cover, you’re looking for a second set or you need to outfit a guest bedroom, we think the Mellanni Microfiber Duvet Cover is an excellent find, providing the best bang for your buck.

As mentioned above, a duvet cover serves two purposes: a protective cover for your duvet and a decorative piece to your bed’s overall design. Ultimately, it’s an added element that can be swapped out often for different seasons or to change the look and feel of your bed without actually changing the duvet insert. This is especially convenient since duvet covers are less expensive and significantly easier to store. This also allows you to wash just the duvet cover instead of the big and bulky duvet or comforter, which many times are dry clean only or too big for your washing machine. It also means you don’t need a top sheet — a personal preference for some.

Duvet covers also have many common features. Inside of the four corners of the cover, you’ll typically find ties. This allows you to secure your cover to the duvet, as most inserts also have loops to be tied to. This keeps your duvet in place so it doesn’t get bulky and slip around within the cover.

Once your duvet is in place, with the ties secured (if the cover has them), you’ll then need to secure the top and bottom cover together. Typically, most duvets have buttons, but some will have a zipper or ties. Not only does this allow the cover to stay secure, but it also adds to the overall design of the duvet cover.

Although there are hundreds — and maybe thousands — of different duvet covers available, we picked the top 12 to truly put to the test to find the best one. This means we slept (a lot) with each duvet cover for three nights total. On the first night, we slept with the cover right out of the box, without being washed. We then washed the duvet cover and slept with it again for the next two nights.

We compared performance, quality and durability as well as the overall buying options for each duvet cover. We put price aside in our matrix, but this is definitely something to consider when you make your purchase, as duvet covers can range from the $20 mark all the way to over $300 (and more).

We also tested three different fabric types: cotton, linen and flannel. Of course there are some other synthetic fabrics out there, but these are three of the most commonly found fabrics, so we wanted to see if fabric type truly made a difference in giving us a better night’s sleep — as well as how each fared in the look and feel department.

So after months of testing — and sleeping — this is ultimately how we evaluated each duvet cover to find our winners:

Performance

Sleep feel: We wanted to gauge how each duvet cover felt while sleeping. Was it soft and breathable? Or was the cover stiff and crinkly? We found duvet covers were on both ends of the spectrum and then everything in between. Initial feel: Immediately after taking each product out of the packaging, we wanted to see how the duvet cover felt. This helped us determine whether or not the cover needed a wash (or two) to get that full softness feel. Post-wash feel: After washing each duvet cover, we slept with the duvet cover again. To our finding, most had the same feel, although there were a few that got even softer. Fit: Although we tested all king-size covers, each had slightly different dimensions. This was actually quite surprising to us. This allowed us to see how each cover fit on a regular king-size comforter — was there extra room to spare, or was it a more snug fit? Quality/durability

Post-wash/post-use durability: After washing each duvet cover, we wanted to get a sense of how the cover held up. We found that all covers stayed intact, but since we didn’t test them after months of use and wash, we can’t comment on the durability after a year of use. Quality: We really looked into the quality of each duvet cover, which included checking out the seams, buttons, zippers and ties. Were the seams strong, or were there loose threads? And were the buttons, zippers and ties solidified in place or loose? Internal ties: To our surprise, almost all of the duvet covers came with inner ties to keep the duvet or comforter in place, although some seemed more secure than others. Options

Size options: We wanted to make sure that the duvet cover came in sizes for all bed types. Color options: This included visiting the site to see how many colors and design options there were. Each duvet cover was evaluated using the metrics described above, then given a score. Individual metric scores added up to a total category score. Categories were then added together to get the final tally of points to determine the winner. Here’s how we broke down the scoring:

Performance had a maximum of 45 points: sleep feel (15 points), initial feel (10 points), post-wash feel (10 points) and fit (10 points). Quality/durability had a maximum of 40 points: post-wash/post-use durability (15 points), quality (15 points) and internal ties (10 points). Options had a maximum of 15 points: size options (10 points) and color options (5 points). Parachute Sateen Duvet Cover (starting at $150; parachutehome.com)

Parachute HomeParachute Sateen Duvet Cover

From the moment we took the Parachute Sateen Duvet Cover out of its packaging, we fell in love. From the initia

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