What is the difference between a blanket, comforter and a duvet insert?

Posted by Stefan Hunter on 29th Jan 2024

What is the difference between a blanket, comforter and a duvet insert?

Whether in Canada or the USA, the terms "blanket," "comforter," and "duvet insert" refer to different types of bedding, each with its own specific characteristics and uses:

  1. Blanket:
    • Definition: A blanket is a single layer of warm, insulating material. It's typically lighter than a comforter or duvet insert.
    • Material: Blankets can be made from a variety of materials, including wool, cotton, fleece, or synthetic fibers.
    • Use: Blankets are often used for additional warmth on top of a bed sheet or under a comforter or duvet. They can also be used on their own on warmer nights or in other areas of the home for coziness.
  2. Comforter:
    • Definition: A comforter is a thick, fluffy bedding top layer that is typically quilted or stitched to ensure that the filling stays evenly distributed.
    • Material: The filling can be down, down alternative, cotton, or synthetic fibers. The outer material is usually a softer fabric like cotton or polyester.
    • Use: Comforters are designed to be used as the top layer of bedding for warmth and are usually paired with a set of matching bed linens. They are a standalone bed covering and do not require a cover.
  3. Duvet Insert:
    • Definition: A duvet insert is similar to a comforter in terms of filling and purpose but is usually plain white or off-white and is meant to be inserted into a duvet cover. We also call comforters with duvet tabs as duvet inserts.
    • Material: Like comforters, duvet inserts can be filled with down, feathers, or synthetic fibers.
    • Use: The duvet insert is placed inside a duvet cover (the duvet cover ties attach to the duvet insert tabs to lock them in place), which can be removed and washed regularly. This allows for easier maintenance and the ability to change the style of the bedding without having to replace the entire duvet insert.

In summary, a blanket is a single-layer covering that provides additional warmth, a comforter is a thick, quilted bed covering that is used on its own, and a duvet insert is a fluffy, quilted insert designed to be used with a duvet cover for easy cleaning and style flexibility.