The Fluffier, the Better When It Comes to the Best Comforter Sets
Try something textured for extra depth.
Published Aug 21, 2021 1:45 AM
A good comforter is like a good coat: It goes with anything but makes a statement all on its own. There are a number of factors to consider when picking out a set to top your bed—for sisters Lindsay and Elizabeth Fair, the designers behind Salem, Massachusetts–based Dwell October, texture is key. “It’s so important to consider texture when curating bedding,” they say. “To us, the fluffier the comforter, the better!” And San Francisco designer Leah Harmatz loves using one as the base for a neutral palette. “It’s serene and relaxing at the end of a long day,” she says of comforters in shades like cream and soft gray.
The best comforter sets make the decorating process much easier. You can start with the two shams that are usually included, and from there, add and subtract things like throw pillows, quilts, and throw blankets to make your bed the place to be every night. Here are six picks that make us want to change into our pajamas ASAP.
- Best overall: Belgian Flax Linen Comforter Set
- Best value: Bare Home Comforter Set
- Best pattern: Urban Outfitters Geo Sun Comforter Set
- Best heavyweight: Casaluna Heavyweight Linen Blend Comforter Set
- Best textured: Candlewick Comforter Set
- Best jersey: The Company Store Jersey Knit Comforter Set
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Fill material: The two main fillings you can expect to see in comforter sets are cotton and polyester, and each has its advantages. Cotton is a natural fiber, and it’s now possible to find great organic options. It tends to be lighter than polyester, so we love it for summer. If you’re allergic to cotton, wool, or feathers (other things routinely used to make comforters), consider a polyester-fill set. As a bonus, man-made stuffing tends to trap warm air more efficiently, making it a go-to for cold nights.
Size: Just like mattresses and sheets, comforters come in varying sizes. Unlike actual beds, though, those sizes aren’t always standard—one brand’s queen is another brand’s full, and vice versa, thanks to factors like bed-frame construction and mattress depth. That’s why we suggest taking measurements before you go shopping, and to think about how much space you want your comforter to cover. Some people like enough fabric to cover the sides of the bed, while others prefer that it doesn’t hang down at all. It’s a matter of personal preference: There’s no right or wrong answer here!
Warmth: When searching for a comforter set, the goal is to find one that keeps you warm enough without being too warm. If you’re a hot sleeper, a set marked lightweight is probably your best bet. Want to be a little toastier? Look for words like heavyweight and ultrawarm.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Belgian Flax Linen Comforter Set
This comforter and coordinating shams are made of linen (on the outside) and polyester (on the inside), which is a best-of-both-worlds moment. You get the softness of linen and the durability of man-made stuffing, plus the satisfaction of knowing the set is certified as Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex. It comes in 16 different colors—we especially love Loden (a super-on-trend soft green) and Fig, a perfect muted purple. The shams are also sold separately, which is practically an invitation to get creative and do some mixing and matching.
Best Value: Bare Home Comforter Set
Sometimes what you need is something simple and classic—a neutral piece that will go with anything. That’s where this set really shines. The box-stitching adds visual interest, while the 20 colorways include shades both neutral (sand) and bold (a fun hot pink that would really pop against white bedsheets). It’s also the most affordable option on this list, which is one of the many reasons it’s a best-selling product: Nearly 20,000 reviewers have rated the set an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Best Pattern: Urban Outfitters Geo Sun Comforter Set
Urban Outfitters has long been a go-to for housewares with a funky edge, and this set will be the star of the bedroom. Its sunrise and sunset pattern, rendered in desert-inspired hues of ochre and pink on a white background, is the perfect foundation for pulling out accent colors to build the rest of your room’s look. The cotton-blend fabric is designed to stay crisp after repeated washings, too, which is great for sleepers who prefer cooler temperatures. Other comforter sets by UO come in a variety of highly covetable patterns, including vintage-inspired florals and boho-chic paisleys.
Best Heavyweight: Casaluna Heavyweight Linen Blend Comforter Set
For maximum warmth without a ton of bulk, spring for this set. The man-made filling is great for holding in heat (a must on midwinter nights), while the linen-blend fabric and sateen backing give it an ultra-luxurious feel. It doesn’t disappoint on the style front either—the raw edges on the shams make it look ever-so-slightly unfinished in the best way. It comes in 12 stylish colors, including a sweet blush pink and an earthy golden yellow.
Best Textured: Candlewick Comforter Set
A textured comforter is a great way to add depth to your bed without having to layer multiple items, which is one of the reasons we love this set from West Elm. The organic cotton outer layer is trimmed with tone-on-tone tufts, giving it the feel of a vintage piece with the comfort and durability of something modern. As a bonus, it’s made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, from cotton certified to the Organic Content Standard.
Best Jersey: The Company Store Jersey Knit Comforter Set
Jersey bedding is great for when you just want to feel comfortable—like slipping into your most perfectly worn-in T-shirt. And if jersey sheets are luxurious, a comforter set in the same fabric is even better. It also comes in a Twin XL size, making it ideal for anyone setting up a college dorm bed. At a medium weight, this is a year-round option, and it comes in 14 different colors, meaning you’re sure to find one you love.
Pro Tips for Buying and Styling a Comforter Set
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match! A complete set looks polished, but we love adding additional throw pillows for added color and texture
- Look for fabrics that speak to you: “I gravitate toward natural, organic materials such as cotton and linen,” says Harmatz.
- For guest rooms, prioritize comforter sets that are easy to wash, says the Dwell October team: “That will make changing the bedding between guests a breeze.”
Is it okay to wash a comforter in the washing machine?
While you’ll want to follow any care instructions on the comforter set you end up buying, one of its most appealing factors is that it’s meant to be tossed into the washing machine! To keep it fluffy, wash your comforter on the gentle or delicate cycle, and then try an age-old trick and throw a few tennis balls into the dryer—they keep each piece of the fabric constantly in motion, which prevents larger items like comforters from bunching and lumping.
What type of comforter is best for hot sleepers?
If you’re a hot sleeper, you want to pick a comforter that won’t get kicked off the bed in the middle of the night! Some brands are now making specially designed cooling comforters, but it’s also possible to stay cool by looking for natural fibers like linen and cotton, both for the comforter’s exterior and its filling.
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