What Is a Coverless Duvet—and Should You Try One?

Coverless duvets, popular in Europe, are essentially the same thing as comforters, eliminating the need for a separate duvet cover. They come in various colors and materials but require regular cleaning. They simplify bed-making but limit customization options compared to traditional duvets. The choice between them depends on personal preference and lifestyle.

If you’ve ever struggled to put the cover on your duvet by yourself, then you’ve probably dreamed of a simpler solution. Duvets are plush, comfy, and cozy, but there are some downsides as well. Most notably, it can be a struggle to get the cover onto a duvet.

Enter “coverless duvets,” which have become increasingly popular in Europe—where duvets are the norm—thanks to their simplicity and ease of use. Many people love that you can cut down on the extra step of keeping up with a duvet cover.

If you’re curious to learn more about the coverless duvet (and what might be the closest option to this product here in the US), then you’re in the right place.

We’re here to break down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about coverless duvets, including what they are and how they differ from traditional duvets.

What is a coverless duvet?

A coverless duvet is a bedding product that’s currently only sold in the UK. (The most popular one out there is the Night Owl Coverless Duvet from the Fine Bedding Company.)

Essentially, a coverless duvet is a fabric bag filled with stuffing that has the cover already sewn into it. It’s basically the same thing as what we refer to here in the US as a comforter.

You’ll see tons of all-white or beige coverless duvets, but there are also some that have bright colors and fun patterns—so it’s truly a one-step finisher for making your bed.

They’re typically filled with down or down alternative, while the outer material can be made from materials like cotton and linen. Usually, a coverless duvet is used with a top sheet for hygienic purposes.

Coverless duvets are fully machine washable in cold water and can be tumble-dried on low. If you hate storing duvet covers or wrestling with putting one on, then a coverless duvet (or comforter) may be a good option for you.

Are coverless duvets a good idea?

Coverless duvets can be a good idea, but they have both pros and cons. It’s important to think through these before buying one.


  • They’re ready to use: You don’t need to get a cover for a coverless duvet—you can just put it on your bed and you’re good to go, no wrestling with a duvet cover required.
  • They come in lots of colors and designs: There are plenty of colors and patterns to choose from, so you can easily find a coverless duvet that suits your bedroom design and personal style.
  • There are various material options: Similar to duvets and duvet covers, coverless duvets are available in a variety of materials so you can customize the feel based on your preferences.


  • They require regular maintenance: You have to clean coverless duvets regularly because they’re used without a cover and therefore get dirty faster. Plus, they can be hard to clean, and fitting the entire thing in a washing machine might be difficult.
  • They can make it take longer to make your bed: Since you’d ideally want to use a top sheet along with a coverless duvet, it can take longer to make your bed in the morning.
  • They don’t allow for as much customization: With a duvet, you can switch out the cover whenever you want to try a new style. However, with a coverless duvet, you can’t do that.

Get cozy with these Saatva duvets and comforters

All-Year Down Alternative Comforter

Cuddle up in the plush, airy luxury of our natural cotton comforter with a unique blend of 3D down alternative and sustainable lyocell fill. It keeps you warm and cozy in the winter but stays nice and breathable in warmer months.

Embroidered Sateen Duvet Cover Set

Add a luxuriously inviting finish to your bed with our organic cotton duvet cover and matching shams. Silky-soft 300 thread count sateen weave gets softer with every wash.

Banded Percale Duvet Cover Set

Sleep soundly in cozy luxury with our banded percale cotton duvet cover and matching shams. They’re made from breathable long-staple cotton that gets softer and better with every wash.


What is the point of a coverless duvet?

A coverless duvet is a good option if you’re tired of struggling to put a duvet cover over your duvet. Plus, they come in lots of different colors and patterns to suit your aesthetic.

Are coverless duvets worth it?

This depends on your lifestyle. If you like changing up the look of your bedroom with duvet covers, then you might want to stick to traditional duvets. However, if you prefer to not have to wrestle with getting a cover onto your duvet, then a coverless duvet might be right for you.

Are coverless duvets hygienic?

Coverless duvets are hygienic. They’re typically machine washable, so you can pop them into the washing machine and wash them whenever you want. However, note that they can be difficult to fit into a washing machine. If you use a coverless duvet with a top sheet, then you can prevent dirt and skin cells from accumulating directly onto the piece of bedding for a more hygienic experience.

Is a coverless duvet the same as a comforter?

Yes! A coverless duvet is the same thing as a comforter. It’s a term mostly used in Europe, where duvets are the norm. It differs from a duvet because it’s just one piece. You can find coverless duvets in a variety of colors and patterns.

Find the best bedding for your needs at Saatva

If you need help giving your bedroom a total refresh, Saatva offers a variety of bedding options, including traditional duvets and duvet covers, comforters (aka coverless duvets), blankets, and quilts to suit your sleep preferences.

Check out the following comforters and duvet cover sets to give your bed an upgrade:

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