The best duvet covers can be the answer to a good night’s sleep. Remember how well you slept when spending the night in a hotel’s crisp white bedding? Or that time you stayed in your friend's guest house who only invests in luxury linens? Our point: when you do experience great bedding, you seem to sleep soundly. But we do understand that recreating that boutique feel at home can seem like an expensive ordeal. Egyptian cottons cost, don’t they?
Thankfully, you don’t have to overspend for the best duvet sets. In fact, there are good value covers, in a range of materials and prices for all budgets. It’s all about finding the right set for you.
You may not need to consult a sleep specialist to know choosing the best bedding can have an overall impact on sleep. But ask any design expert and they’ll tell you duvet covers are a worthwhile addition to your bedroom. That’s why we’ve taken the time to test them all. Tried and evaluated by a team with various sleeping needs and different home styles, we’ve sourced the best duvet covers to upgrade your bed. From percale to linen, from the best white sheets to best patterned covers, there's a set to suit every sleeping style and bedroom aesthetic.
As well as a new duvet cover, investing in the best mattress for your sleeping position can help you drift off quicker. And whilst you’re in the market for fresh bedding, consider whether your duvet is right for you with our best duvets buying guide.
The best duvet covers and sets to buy in 2022
Getting at least 8 hours of essential shut-eye may be only a dream to some, and sadly, we might not be able to alter your sleep routine. But in attempt to get the soundest sleep possible, when you do get the time to rest your eyes, here are our top picks of the best duvet covers - from bedding favourites such as Beddable and DUSK to affordable homeware brands like Habitat and Matalan.
Considering we spend about one-third of our time in bed, it makes sense to invest in making it the most comfortable place to be. Upon testing Beddable’s washed cotton range, it quickly became our overall best duvet covers for exactly this reason! Making it difficult to get out of bed, mind (especially for an early morning rise), Beddable bedding sets are by far the cosiest. With a buttery feel, that’s still breathable for warmer weather, once you’ve bought this bedding, there’s no going back to less luxurious sets.
These covers are Oeko-Tex certified and crafted in Portugal from 100% long-staple 400 thread count cotton, but it’s the washed finish that really gives it a premium feel. It does have plastic buttons, however, something that, ever so slightly, downgrades the set. Still, they’re easily hidden with inside button closure. We did mention this was an investment buy. But Beddable works to make the bedding buying process as simple as possible. Taking the hassle out of searching for a sheet in exactly the same colour shade and fabric, Beddable give you the option of adding on a fitted or flat sheet as part of their bedding set bundle. Or, for the full fresh set experience, you can indulge in their move-in, or luxe set, which also includes a down duvet and pillows, plus a bedspread and scatter cushion. Paying a little extra for fuss-free bedding to create the ultimate sleep sanctuary? We think it’s worth it.
Our Ecommerce Editor in Chief Lindsey Davis, loves this linen set from Bedfolk, taking the top spot as editors choice. In particular, Lindsey favours this duvet set for how it washes. She found it washed best at 40 and tumble dried fine, getting softer with each wash in fact. She’s also known for not being one to iron, if she can get away with it, so the relaxed linen texture worked great for throwing onto the bed, straight out of the dryer.
Besides being easy to care for, this linen duvet set has cooling qualities for ultimate breathability and amazing eco-credentials (made in Portugal with European flax from Belgium and France). Since linen tends to work well for the summer months, the lightweight feel of the material might mean it’s not best for the colder temperatures. At a reasonable price though, these linen covers are an ideal summer bedding buy.
In the same percale fabric often used by hotels for their crisp, luxurious feel, DUSK’s Portofino bedding set is our best percale bedding choice. When slept under, we found that boutique standard we were hoping for. On the reverse of the percale side is a soft waffle texture, that was a little warm for our hot sleepers. So, it’s perhaps not the best for the summer months. The thickness of this duvet cover also means it takes a while to dry, especially if you’ve not got a tumble dryer or would rather opt to air dry. However, due to the tight weave and longer wefts that create the grid-like pattern (with no elastane) you won’t have to iron this set to achieve a sleek finish.
Hotel-worthy, in both material and style, this duvet cover has the ability to turn a bedroom from average to luxurious. For a premium night's sleep, at a reasonable price, you can’t get any closer to satisfactory slumber. The pillowcases are available to be bought separately, bumping up the price for a bedding bundle. Though who says you have to coordinate with matching pillows? We think the duvet cover would look just as good with plain white pillowcases.
Typically, linen is synonymous with summer since the breathable fabric is perfect for warm weather. However, MADE.com’s Brisa 100% stonewashed linen bedding works well, all year round. With a heavyweight fabric that works to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, it’s our best linen duvet set. For our tester especially, it was the pre-washed finish, working to regulate body temperature, that made it stand out. No more rough textures and itchy fibres we’ve previously encountered, this duvet cover starts soft and stays soft with every wash.
If you like the effortless look that comes with fresh-out-the-dryer linen, then this bedding is sure to add depth to bedroom decor too. A little more expensive we know, but it’s the best linen bedding set that’ll elevate your bed, in both summer and winter. Plus, arriving hand-wrapped and beautifully packaged, if you can’t justify spending yourself a good night’s sleep then gift better sleep by giving it as a present.
This Bedfolk relaxed cotton duvet set is ultimately effortless. The 100% cotton fabric, garment washed for softness, provides the lived-in look of linen with the lightness of premium cotton. The best of both worlds, in our opinion. Whilst testing, we really appreciated its easy to care qualities that make it a great alternative to linen. Its matte finish means it doesn't look overly crumpled after washing. Instead, it offers a deliberately slept-in look. As for getting into bed itself, the smooth texture is welcomed as you slip under the sheets.
This sleek feel comes from a fine single-ply cotton weave that also contributes to breathability. If you’re a hot sleeper or getting prepared for summer temperatures, it’s definitely a set that shouldn't take too much consideration. For comfort that requires minimal effort on your part (aside from the fiddly button closure that is) this relaxed cotton bedding is perfect for doing just that, relaxing.
Despite Soak and Sleep’s French linen bedding being quite an investment, it will last you for years to come, making it the most durable duvet cover on this list. The no-frills plastic packaging perhaps doesn't do it any favours on first impressions, and as linen tends to be, it did feel somewhat scratchy. However, once washed, gently tumbled in the machine and hung out to dry, it soon became one of the softest linens we’ve tested - most likely due to the quality of fabric. Pure French linen, woven with flax from Normandy creates a soft, flat weave that just gets better with age.
The looser weave also allows for warmth to dissipate, helping to regulate body temperature. Lightweight and breathable, it’s perfect for warmer weathers - and for those prone to overheating. In fact, we tested this duvet set during two summer heatwaves and it gave us the best night’s sleep out of all, each time. Durable and detailed, this linen duvet cover also features handy closure ties that thread easily through loops to secure the duvet neatly in place.
Not having encountered hemp bedding before, we were eager to try La Redoute’s Helm Hemp duvet cover to see how it compared, as a sustainable option for those looking to be more eco-conscious, to other materials. Upon testing, we found the texture to be similar to linen. We were surprised by the slubby feel of the fabric, which was rougher than cotton but wasn't as scratchy as linens tend to be. It also has a weightier feel, providing a warmer option to average linen that's great for all-season use and drapes beautifully over the bed. Not forgetting the pretty range of earth toned colours to choose from.
Despite featuring plastic buttons, of course this is a far more sustainable alternative. Hemp uses less water to grow than cotton and requires less reliance on pesticides. It’s also known to be a stronger fabric, historically used for ropes and sails - which should make for bedding that is made to last. That we would hope, considering this bedding is quite an investment.
Nothing says affordable luxury more than Egyptian cotton sheets that won’t cost you a fortune. Often assumed to be the most expensive on the market, The White Company offer their Essentials Egyptian Cotton range at a super affordable price. Being cheaper than other bedding sets on this list that are made from often inexpensive materials, we were intrigued to test the quality of these covers. They're finely crafted from 200 thread count cotton percale to make them feel crisp to the touch, just like hotel standard. Upon sleeping under, we did find this bedding to be extremely breathable. Being of a lighter thread count, we wouldn't recommend it for the winter season or cold sleepers.
Described as the foundation for beautiful bedrooms, this best Egyptian cotton duvet cover will bring a timeless look to your bedroom. Any bedroom in fact. Particularly great for guest rooms, you’re sure to bring the wow factor when your friends and family come to stay. Only available in a classic crisp white (what else would we expect from The White Company), with option to purchase pillowcases separately, your bed will never look so fresh. And since many love the simple, clean look of white bed sheets, what more could you want? Still, if you do like a pop of colour, then this set can be easily upgraded with bedspreads or cushions to suit your style.
For a stylish duvet cover, like something you’d find from a retailer, but for a slice of the price, this Habitat bedding set is our best value for money duvet cover set. At just £55 for a king size, it's a steal in both looks and comfort. Since this can be picked up whilst doing your weekly supermarket shop, we found its pretty patterned duvet to be surprisingly chic. Not to mention, it's made from 100 percent percale cotton with a 180 thread count, so there was no compromise on quality. That being said, this bedding set does take a little more effort to get looking its best. When we tested it, it came out of the dryer in definite need of an iron. So unless a very creased look, for the first few uses, is okay for you, then we would recommend giving this set a steam or iron prior to dressing your bed.
It’s best suited to summer nights, with its white tufted leafy design and lightweight thread count. But equally best for those who overheat or guest bedrooms that aren't slept-in too often. This set may not last a lifetime, but if you’re looking for a last-minute bedding buy that won’t take too much out of your pocket, then it might just do the job. Measuring up just as well as other sets tested on this list, with pillowcases included too, we couldn't help but be impressed with the overall value for money of this duvet cover set.
By Appletree Boutique, this cute polka dot duvet set is great for turning your boring bedroom into a stylish boudoir. It's our best stylish bedding set for its textured design that works to enhance an otherwise plain white colourway. Similar to our tester, we understand not everyone is a lover of patterns, but often you may want something a little more exciting than plain. And if you do want a touch of contrast, then it comes in a choice of nine neutral colours. Offering a great middle ground between simple and sophisticated, this is our favourite set that’s sure to compliment every bedroom decor.
Easy to style, but also easy to care for, you’ll be glad to know this duvet cover set doesn't need to be ironed. Rarely creasing after use, and washing considerably well, for the price, this fuss-free bedding set is an easy style upgrade. It is 100 per cent cotton, but in a low thread count, so be wary the great quality might not last too long. We’re still in the early stages of testing this set, but we’ll be back to update you on its longevity. For now, it's a great, safe option for those wanting to add a decorative touch to their bedroom.
If your bedroom is looking a tad tired and boring, inject instant personality with Furn.’s vast selection of colourful bedding sets in a range of patterns and prints. After all, we all look forward to jumping into bed at the end of the day, so why add to the anticipation with a stylish set to dive into? We tested the Theia Abstract Eye Set in clay pink that features a mystical watching eyes design. Bold and fun, this bedding instantly elevated the room from drab to fab.
For when you’re feeling a little less daring, however, there is a reversible side in a neutral colourway to switch the look when you need to. Whilst beautiful to the eye, we did find this bedding to be the roughest on our list. It is made from 100 per cent polycotton and features plastic buttons, meaning whilst great for all-season use, it’s not as soft or eco-friendly as other pure cotton covers. Though it is worth mentioning this is one of the cheapest options.
As far as plain white sheets go, these IKEA duvet covers are the best affordable set. In terms of pricing, IKEA is rarely out of reach. So if your pockets are stretched but you’re due a fresh set, then you can’t go wrong with this budget-friendly buy. Plus, affordable doesn't have to mean cheap. To the eye, no one would notice the difference between these inexpensive sheets and a slightly pricier white set. With smart press-stud fastenings, we surely couldn't when we tested it.
The real difference, however, becomes apparent after washing. It’s crafted from 100 per cent cotton, but is low in thread count, making this set feel a little stiff when it comes out of the wash - especially if you don’t have a tumble dryer to soften the sheets up. After a few nights though, the smooth, natural texture of cotton comes back, and it doesn't need ironing. Most suitable for guest bedrooms or smaller hotels, inns and B&B’s, that don’t require the wow factor, this IKEA set is reliable for less-frequent use and short stays. Though not if your best is super-king size, unfortunately. It may not provide the plushest of sleep, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
How to choose the best duvet cover
Choosing the best duvet cover and bedding sets for you is essential to getting a great night's sleep. Before buying your next fresh set, it's important to consider material, thread count and style, all in relation to your sleeping needs.
Which material is best for a duvet cover?
It’s worth noting that the best material for bedding is often considered a matter of personal opinion. In fact, experts at Soak and Sleep suggest it’s important to start with what fibre and fabric would suit you best. “There are plenty of options to choose from, but first consider what sort of sleeper you are. If you get hot during the night, opt for natural fabrics such as linen, hemp or cotton, and if you're looking for an easy care range that doesn't need an iron, then a polycotton would be a great choice.” Equally, if you’re often cold in bed, you might prefer the weightier feel of washed cotton. And of course, it also depends on the season. Percale is often the go-to in summer months and brushed cotton in the winter for its cosy qualities. So whether you’re looking for a duvet to regulate your temperature, a cover that’s cool and crisp or one that’s suitable for all seasons, then the material can matter most.
To help find what fabric is best for you, here’s a breakdown of the best material options to choose from:
Linen: A particularly good choice for hot sleepers, linen has a loose weave that releases heat and moisture as you sleep. But, the slubby texture means it doesn't feel cold to the touch either, making it a great material to last you all year round. Actually, bedding experts at DUSK recommend “layering linen up in winter with wool mix throws, for ultimate comfort”.
The nature of linen means it often doesn't need ironing. Known for its crumpled texture, that looks better, even after every toss and turn, it’s an effortless option that’s also easy to care for. But beware linen can initially feel itchy or rough. Though it should become softer with every wash, especially if you choose to tumble dry over letting it air dry to a crisp. If you like the relaxed look with organic texture, then linen is a great option for adding a laid back vibe to your room.
Cotton percale: A cotton that’s woven with one thread over, one thread under, has a cool crisp quality that is perfect for summer months. It's definitely smoother than linen, but due to its matte finish, it’s not as silky as sateen or hemp. Percale is often used on hotel beds, and so is the closest to that of a luxury boutique feel.
In our testing experience, the best cotton percale bedding starts at a thread count of 200 and goes to 400. Any higher and they lose their lightweight feel. The tightly woven texture becomes less breathable and could then lead to unwanted night sweats.
Bamboo or Hemp: Heralded as an eco-friendly alternative to cotton, due to the plant’s fast-growing habit that requires little to no water or pesticides, the manufacturing process of bamboo or hemp fabrics makes it a great sustainable option.
Super smooth and silky textures that are cool to the touch, these factors make bamboo and hemp lovely for draping over your bed. Less structured than cotton or linen, it will fall around contours and cling to the corners of your bed. Whilst bamboo and hemp bedding claims to be highly temperature regulating and moisture wicking, we did find it wasn't as breathable like linen.
Washed or brushed cotton: Often used interchangeably, whether the cotton is washed or brushed refers to a slight difference in finish. No longer having to wait for harsher fibres like linen to soften up, washed cotton goes through a pre-washed process that avoids a ‘fresh out of packet’ stiffness. Brushed cotton, on the other hand, is when the bedding is treated with a coating that gives a soft, brushed feel.
Considered the softest bedding material, best for keeping cosy during cold weather, we wouldn't recommend it for use in the summer. We found if the material does get hot, it can be prone to bobbling. Best not to tumble-dry either! And if you have pets, the soft texture can be easily scratched and pulled by claws and paws. So unless you’re set on keeping them off the bed, this fabric probably isn't the best for you.
Egyptian Cotton: Luxurious by name, luxurious by feel, Egyptian cotton bedding is known for adding opulence to any bed. Fabrics made from Egyptian cotton tend to be softer, finer and longer lasting than other cotton variants, due to a tighter, stronger weave. So there’s no surprise it usually sits at a higher price point.
For an investment buy, it sure does look premium. With a smooth, sleek finish, that’s sure to be a hit with guests, it's a great option for when friends and family come to stay. Typically in a crisp white or cream colourway, choose Egyptian cotton to create a formal setting, if simple luxury is what you’re looking for.
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Good to know
Hearing a lot of bedding jargon that you don’t understand? Thread count and certifications can often make upgrading your duvet cover set a little overwhelming. We spoke to bedding experts at Beddable to help understand what these terms mean.
What is thread-count?
Thread count is the number of threads woven into the fabric, per square inch. Often misunderstood as the indicator of general material quality, thread count also determines the feel, breathability and durability of your bedding. “The common notion that a higher thread count is better, is not always true” , says Beddable experts. “A higher thread count results in thicker bedding, improving its durability. But as the density increases, duvets can lose their softness and breathability. Also making it more difficult to iron”. Therefore, consider whether duvet covers are comfortable, durable and easy to care for, and whether the thread count number is best suited to you.
What is Oeko-Tex certification?
Oeko-Tex certification guarantees products do not use any harmful toxins and chemicals during the manufacturing process. It is recommended to choose bedding by manufacturers that hold standard Oeko-Tex certification, especially for those who suffer with sensitive skin or allergies.
How to care for your bedding
From changing, washing and drying your bedding, to putting it on and storing it away, there’s a certain way to do things, if you want your bedding to last that is. We can’t save poor quality duvets from coming out creased or bobbled in the wash, but with help from experts at Bedfolk, we can offer some useful tips on how to best care for your covers.
What is the best temperature to wash bed sheets?
The general recommended temperature is 40°C for washing bed sheets, but if you have overslept your bed wash day, then the hygiene care option or a 60’C wash will be better for killing bacteria. For the best results, do check the care guides on the label.
Hanging your sheets outside or on a clothes rail is a fine way to dry your duvet sets. If you do have a tumble dryer though, putting your bedding on a low temperature, a slow cycle is great for getting our creases and softening up harsher materials like linen or percale cotton.
How often should you change your bedsheets?
There isn't a set rule book, and many can admit their bedding could do with a wash. But as a general guide, Bedfolk suggest your “sheets should be changed once a week, with every two weeks considered as fairly standard. Now before you panic thinking about all of that extra washing, there are a few variables that can change that time frame. For example, in summer, you may be clammier during the night. So, changing bed sheets once a week would definitely be a good idea. We would always suggest switching the type of sheet depending on the time of year. Come the cooler months, you sweat less at night so washing bed sheets every couple of weeks will do the trick”.
Befolk also suggest “pillowcases should be washed at least once a week but if possible, every three days. Let’s be honest, how many of us just strip our beds and throw everything into the wash together? Well, that could be where we're going wrong. If you think about it, the pillowcase collects the most oil and skin cells as our face is on it all night. Not to mention our hair too. That’s why it’s recommended that you change your pillowcase every three to six days. Of course, the easiest way to combat this is to have several sets of pillowcases so that you can work on a seamless rotation rather than washing and waiting for one set to dry.”
How to put a duvet cover on
The bigger the duvet, the more stressful putting a clean duvet cover on tends to be.
Our top tip, to avoid needing a lie down afterwards, is to turn the duvet cover inside out before you put it on. Place your hands inside the duvet cover and take hold of the two far corners. Holding these corners of the cover, grab the top two corners of your duvet and shake the duvet cover down over the duvet so it ends up the right way around.
Once most of the duvet is inside, you can tuck in the bottom corners and fasten the duvet cover closures. You may need to adjust the corners and sides, to get them perfectly lined, all the way around - paying particular attention to the top part to ensure you're not left with any areas of empty cover.
How we tested these duvet covers
Slept under by more than one member of our team, these duvet covers have been tested by different sleepers, with different needs. From those who overheat to those who find themselves in need of additional heat, a range of sleepers have tried these bedding sets so you can source a good night's sleep. Used for several nights, and where possible, during a variety of weather conditions, we’ve got a good idea of which duvet works best in each season. We’ve put them in the washing machine, more than once, dried, tumble dried and even stored away to mimic everyday use. This is an updated guide, and some bedding sets have stayed their place as best, but you might want to check back to see how long they last.
Here are some comments from the team, about the duvet covers they reviewed as best:
Louise is our go-to for UK sleep content. She tested our best overall duvet set. "My beddable bedding set is by far my favourite. Whilst the colours on offer are stylish and timeless, it’s the material that wins me over. It’s buttery soft, but breathable - I look forward to sliding into bed every time I have this set on."
Lindsey's best choice in duvet covers is one to consider. She tested Bedfolk's linen bedding set, amongst many others, and found it to be the one she sleeps in best. "I treated myself to this set because I had the linen throw and wanted the cooling advantages of breezy linen for my duvet set, too. The look is just the icing in the cake – definitely a good investment as it looks high end and relaxed at the same time. It will go with everything".
Having two bedrooms in her rented flat, Annie has tried more than one of the bedding sets on this list - DUSK's Portofino one, being the one she likes most, for more than one reason. "First thing's first: it has the ability to turn my bedroom from looking average to luxurious. It's hotel-worthy and not just in looks. Its thick waffle side is great for the winter, for keeping you that extra bit warm, and it washes like a dream. It's the perfect size and the best thing about it is that it doesn't need to be ironed to look nice! Total win win, and the price tag is super reasonable".
Annie also loves Habitat's best value for money duvet cover. "It's so pretty yet subtle as I'm not really one for patterned bed sheets, but I don't like to go too plain. It's nice and soft and washes well, although some people might want to iron it before putting it on their bed. For me, I skip the ironing and the creases always fall out over 1-2 days of use. It reminds me of Urban Outfitters but for a slice of the price!"
With a tight budget, Ecommerce Writer Molly tested the most affordable duvet cover. "This bedding set from IKEA gets the job done if you love having white sheets like I do, plus they have a nice textured edge. The main selling point is that they are uber affordable, as you would expect from IKEA."
Amy is our Decor Editor, and has tested quite a few on this list. With an eye for detail, there's no surprise Amy found Soak and Sleep's French Linen set a stand out from the rest. "This is my favourite linen bedding set, and I've tried and tested quite a few! I'm generally a hot sleeper and the lightweight weave is perfect for summer, making the bedding super breathable and regulating temperature, it also gets softer with every wash. I also love the fact that linen looks better slightly rumpled so doesn't need ironing, and the white option makes for a fresh, relaxed look that will go with any bedroom decor style".
Amelia is RealHomes' Content Editor. A lover for all things chic, Appletree Boutique's polka dot bedding was a win. "I wanted plain white bedding so my pink herringbone throw and colourful cushions would stand out, but as a lover of pattern I just couldn't bring myself to buy plain. These discreet textured spots are so cute and fun but they don't take over the scheme.'
Assistant Editor at Real Homes, Alison tested the White Company's affordable Egyptian Cotton duvet set. "In a messy world, this bedding set gives me a little bit of The White Company calm and pristine lifestyle. The White Company shops are my happy place."
Homes Editor Karen was yet to try linen bedding. Having tested with a no preconception of the best linen duvet covers, she enjoyed comparing the feel of fabrics. Choosing the MADE.com's bedding set as the best linen duvet covers, Karen says "I love the softness of it. Plus its warm in cold weather and cool in the summer. It's also a lovely colour."