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Best bedding sets 2022: revamp your bedroom with a brand new duvet cover

From luxurious Egyptian cotton to colourful and fun patterns, here are the best bedding sets that look and feel fantastic.

By Alice Cruickshank | Last updated May 4, 2022

Neutral bedding with a grey bed

Is there a better feeling than slipping into crisp, new bed sheets? A new bedding set is an affordable way to transform your bedroom decor in an instant. 

We often put lots of thought and money into choosing a good bed or mattress, but bedding can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought. A soft, breathable duvet cover set is as crucial to a good night’s sleep as anything else, and if you’ve been putting off buying new bedding then we’re here to help.

Whether you’re after the best luxury money can buy, or something affordable and stylish to jazz up your bedroom in a flash, here are the best bedding sets to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall bedding set: Dunelm Pure Cotton Duvet Cover

Gold coloured duvet and pillows

Price: £19 - £36 | Buy now from Dunelm

Dunelm is a staple for affordable, quality household items, and this pure cotton bedding is everything you’d expect from the brand. It’s crafted from sustainably sourced cotton, and with a thread count of 180, it’s easy to care for and iron. It’s also available in a massive range of 25 colours to match or contrast any colour scheme, and the plain design is easy to change up with different throws and cushions. This duvet cover is available from a single to a super kingsize, although pillowcases are sold separately. For a versatile and cost-effective choice, this Dunelm cotton duvet cover is an excellent choice. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

2. Best budget bedding set: George at Asda Grey Eucalyptus Birds Reversible Duvet Cover Set

Bedding with a subtle grey bird print

Price: £10 - £16 | Buy now from Asda

“I get mine from George at Asda! It lasts for ages, washes well and looks nice” - recommended by Mumsnet user, EvilPea

“I second George! I bought some after it was recommended on here and it’s great quality for the price” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, TheFlis12345

“As others have said, Asda is amazing. Their super king sets are such great value” - vetted by Mumsnet user, soberfabulous

Mumsnetters can’t get enough of bedding from George at Asda. There’s certainly a lot going for it: it’s very affordable, easy to care for, and comes in a wide range of stylish designs to suit all tastes. Plus, matching pillowcases are included. Most of the bedding at George is reversible, so you’re getting two great looks for the price of one. We were particularly drawn to the Grey Eucalyptus Birds bedding set. The neutral colour option and pretty design would work in a variety of bedroom styles. 

Key specs

  • Material: 52% Recycled Polyester and 48% Cotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

3. Best quality bedding set: The White Company Savoy Bed Linen

Luxury bedding with contrast piping that has a hotel feel

Price: £25 - £275 | Buy now from The White Company

“White Company 400 thread count are just gorgeous. Have had them about 3 years and love them” - recommended by Mumsnet user, LittleOverWhelmed

“White Company seconded” - rated by Mumsnet user, Greenhand 

“The White Company isn't cheap (better value in their outlets) but it really lasts” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, plm456

They say your home is your castle, and you’ll sleep like royalty in this ultra luxurious bedding from The White Company. Crafted from 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton, the Savoy range is extremely soft and breathable. The contrast cord trim is available in different colour options, and adds to the expensive look and feel. This bedding is definitely expensive (especially if you're going for the full hotel-style layered effect), but Mumsnetters believe it to be a good investment that provides years of luxurious sleep. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Egyptian Cotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King, Emperor

4. Best Egyptian cotton bedding set: Dunelm Dorma Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Percale White Duvet Cover

neutral bedding on a grey bed

Price: £46 - £76 | But now from Dunelm

“Dorma from Dunelm. It’s lovely and really good quality. I have two sets and rotate them every week” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Fraternaltwin

If you’re someone who lives for Egyptian cotton sheets, then the Dorma range from Dunelm is one of the best out there for luxury soft sheets. A thread count of 400 is generally considered to be the peak in terms of being both soft and lightweight, and this duvet cover provides exactly that. The pure white shade gives a luxury hotel feel, and serves as a neutral backdrop for your favourite throw. This is certainly a pricey option though, and pillow cases are sold separately.

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Egyptian Cotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

5. Best linen bedding set: Simple & Opulence 100% Linen Duvet Cover Set

Bedding in a classic linen colour and texture

Price: £130 | Buy now from Amazon

Linen is a natural fibre with many great qualities, and its incredible breathable properties mean it’s especially suited to hot sleepers. This luxury linen bedding set is available on Amazon, and provides a cool and comfy sleep. It includes a duvet cover and pillowcases, with a natural, earthy look. Reviewers say the quality is wonderful, and the bedding is soft and comfy rather than tough and scratchy. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Linen
  • Sizes: King, Super King

6. Best bamboo bedding set: Marks & Spencer Bamboo Blend Duvet Cover

white bedding in a neutral bedroom

Price: £32.50 - £59 | Buy now from Marks & Spencer

“M&S Bamboo bedding. Absolutely the BEST I've ever had and I've spent a fortune on Supima cotton in the past. My DH takes a pillowcase with him as he travels for work” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Indoorcatmum

“Yes to the M&S bamboo range. Very reasonable, comfy and as good as Egyptian cotton. Purchased for spare bed and ended up on our bed.” - Nannyamc

If you’ve never slept in bamboo sheets, they offer unparalleled cosy softness. This set from Marks & Spencer is a 70% bamboo viscose, 30% cotton blend, for comfort and easy care. As well as a 300 thread count for a luxurious night’s sleep, bamboo also offers great temperature control that’s ideal for hot sleepers. We recommend purchasing the matching bamboo blend sheets for even better climate control. Marks & Spencer’s bamboo bedding range is available in a variety of neutral colour options to work with most decor. 

Key specs

  • Material: 70% Bamboo Viscose, 30% Cotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

7. Best patterned bedding set: Orla Kiely Scribble Stem Cotton Duvet Cover

A classic Orla Kiely print of abstract leaves adorns this bedding

Price: £22 - £85 | Buy now from John Lewis

Orla Kiely’s iconic prints are a design classic, and there’s a whole bedding range available from John Lewis. It's made from 100% cotton with a 200 thread count, and is soft and breathable. There are several different designs available to purchase, but the versatile and colourful Scribble Stem set particularly caught our eye. Matching pillow cases are sold separately, so don’t forget to add some to your shopping cart!

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

8. Best striped bedding set: Sleepdown Navy Blue Banded Stripe Reversible Soft Easy Care Duvet Cover

Sleepdown striped bedding set

Price: From £19 | Buy now from Amazon

With over 8,000 positive reviews on Amazon, you can rest easy that this bedding set from Sleepdown will serve you well night after night. It's soft and easy to care for and requires minimal ironing thanks to its Polycotton make up. The set is reversible so you can switch things up in an instant: there's a classic design featuring fine stripes and more of a bold, blocky print on the reverse. As well as the traditional navy option, there's also a softer grey version and a light teal set.

Key specs

  • Material: Polycotton
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

9. Best colourful bedding set: Casabella Printed Duvet Quilt Cover Bedding Set

Vibrant patchwork sheets in a purple bedroom

Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

This affordable bedding set will inject colour into any room. There’s an array of bright designs available, and each set includes both a duvet cover and pillowcases. Despite the low price tag, reviewers say they're impressed with the quality, and that the vibrant colours don’t run or fade after washing. 

Key specs

  • Material: N/A
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King, Super King

10. Best checked bedding set: Lanqinglv Geometric Duvet Set

Lanqinglv geometric bedding set

Price: From £19 | Buy now from Amazon

"Amazon has some really good sellers and products with high thread count" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Bluntess100

This monochrome geometric bedding set will provide a modern update to any bedroom. It's hypoallergenic and fade resistant and it's pretty low maintenance thanks to its wrinkle-free microfibre design. Pillowcases are included but our favourite feature is the zipped edge which makes it super easy to make the bed (duvet corners are secured by handy ties).

Key specs

  • Material: Microfibre
  • Sizes: Single, Double, King

How to choose the best bedding set

Choosing the best bedding set for you depends on a variety of factors. Natural fibres are good for temperature regulation, whilst polycotton is easy to iron. Aim for between 200-400 thread count for the best combination of softness and breathability. 

What’s the best material for bedding? 

There’s a common held belief that Egyptian cotton bedding is the best money can buy. However, it really depends on your needs. It’s true that Egyptian cotton is extremely soft and breathable. However, past a thread count of 400, your bedding will likely be thick and not any softer. 

Other natural fabrics that work well for bed sheets and duvet covers include bamboo and linen, which are both great for temperature control. Polycotton may be less glamorous (and contains polyester), but its benefits are that it is much cheaper, and it is also easy to iron and care for. 

How often should you wash bedding?

You should ideally wash your bedding once a week to keep your bed hygienic and fresh. 

What’s the best bedding set to buy in the UK? 

We weighed up cost, quality, and colour options, and decided that Dunelm Pure Cotton Duvet Cover and the matching pillowcases is the best bedding set to buy. 

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know nothing beats a recommendation from a real parent, first we headed to the Mumsnet threads to see which bedding sets Mumsnetters recommend. We then read other ‘best buy’ lists and reviews on the internet, and considered our choices in terms of comfort, style and value for money. 

Why you should trust us 

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