Simple answer – there’s no one choice that suits everybody, the best coverlet for your bed will be the one that meets these 3 criteria: it’s high quality and oozes luxury but with a decent price tag, suits the color scheme of your bedroom (with white coverlets and diamond coverlets being a universal choice), is just the right size (the all important question – should I get a king or queen coverlet?).
Let an interior designer facilitate this decision for you – let us share our experiences about what gives you the right bang for your buck and what’s a waste of money.
When I started the website it was all about mattresses, but as my visitors showed great appreciation for the statistically accurate and completely unbiased reviews and the precision and reliability of the Menta rating I broadened the topics.
That’s why we have to consult experts in respective fields when we compile these guides – with this guide on the best coverlets we are proud to have the help of Ann Nowak, a renowned interior designer from Soldotna, AK.
Here’s what you’ll see in the review:
- for the impatient ones we’ll present the winners right of the gate – a table of best rated coverlets
- we’ll dig deeper into why these coverlets are the best in digest reviews
- we’ll look at what customers said about these products
- well ask Ann to clarifiy what to look for in a coverlet
So, here is the list of winners – the best rated coverlets and respective ratings:
What’s the difference between a quilt and a coverlet?
The line between these two is so fine that it’s not easy to explain but let’s try and recount the main differences:
- a coverlet is closer to a bedspread, only smaller and designed to be primarily a decorative piece. It’s woven, whilst traditionally what you would call a quilt would be made out of pieces of yarn sewn together
- A coverlet size is just right if it fits so that it falls just below the mattress line on a bed. There is no such rule for a quilt.
- A quilt is meant to be more practical and used to keep you warm, especially during your daily naps.
- A quilt is most often a bit larger than a coverlet, but again, heavier and warmer
Let’s move on and clarify some of the terms that we’ve used or will be using in this guide on coverlets.
What is a matelasse coverlet?
The word matelasse is used just to describe a certain kind of fabric look – most of the time it’s silk or wool and it’s weave is such as to make it’s surface look raised and quilted.
Anyway, let us dig into the reviews and see what’s so good about these coverlets to make the users and our Ann love them so much – the digest reviews of the coverlets that are voted as best.
Here’s what you’ll see in this in depth look at these coverlets:
- the basic facts as the company provided them
- the main PROs and CONs the users had to share
- Our conclusions and Overall Ratings
Chezmoi Austin collection matelasse coverlet
-(voted no.1 both by experts and users) – king coverlet (and California king)
What the company had to share – the basic fact sheet:
- microfiber making which makes it suitable for a washing machine
- available in 9 different colors
- just the right size for a coverlet
- a complete set – bedspread of 118 x 106 inches that fits both King and California King size beds + two shams of 20 x 36 inches
That tells us the basic facts but let us get to the gist – let’s look at the positives and negative the users had to share about this bedding piece:
The positive experiences – the PROs:
- just what I was looking for, and for over a year now…just the right size and beautiful colors, everything I wanted from a coverlet
- I got the king coverlet and the size is just right…
- looks much more luxurious and expensive than it actually is
- completely true to color as I saw it on my screen
- I’m so glad I took the chance and spent a few extra bucks instead of buying piece after piece of those cheap ones at Walmart
- worth every penny, you can feel it’s top quality right out of the box
- a breath of fresh air after those heavy and bulky quilts I used for years, very practical and easy to maintain
- I worried if it would be true to size since I was looking for a true king coverlet for months never finding the right size
- absolutely love this coverlet, light and pretty, oozes quality, especially in Salmon
- I stopped using a bed skirt when I got it, it’s just big enough to cover the sides of the bed
- a bargain for this quality and it arrived just in time
- I researched for days about high quality coverlets before I went and got this one…very satisfied with the purchase
- I have Husk Gold painted walls and just couldn’t find the right match for the bed cover and this Chezmoi in blue is just right but would also be great with blueish and greenish tones. I’m getting a second one just in case they run out of stock
- the company really delivered on the “over-sized” promise and this is what I needed, makes my life much easier
- just right in weight to give a little warmth for a nap and just light enough to easily fit my small washing machine…
Read more reviews of people who actually own this product:
Things the users didn’t like about this Chezmoi matelasse coverlet:
- I expected a bedspread that’s quilted and this is not what I opted in for
- don’t really like the material, I expected it to be fuller and heavier
- it arrived with one of the seams already torn
Our conclusions and Overall Rating
Ann and I have been compiling this reviews for months before I published and since then we updated it twice and all through that time this coverlet was the no.1 best-selling coverlet on the market.
Looking at the few negative experiences and reviews one thing is evident – most of these talk about subjective things like the cover not being heavy enough. If you read the whole guide, you remember the part where we explained how a coverlet is not supposed to be heavy and what the people talking about it not being heavy enough should have ordered is a quilt or a duvet.
That’s why we didn’t take away any points in the categories that depict quality.
However it’s not perfect and we feel like it could be a tad less expensive. That’s the one point deducted for this Chezmoi is in the price category.
Overall Quality Rating 4.9 / 5.
Quebec Set Size Matelasse Coverlet
– for full and queen size beds
The fact sheet:
- material: microfiber
- includes: a coverlet and two shams
- can be used both as a decorative piece and a comforter
- universal classic patterns of the stitching blends in easily with a variety of room decors
- 6 color options
- sizes: full and queen
The good things the users had to share in their reviews of this coverlet:
- very soft and warm which is not usual for a coverlet, light but warm enough for a daily nap
- nicely quilted and feels great on the skin
- it looks and feels much more expensive than it is, I was surprised by the price tag
- quick delivery but I got the wrong color…the customer service was very professional and efficient and I got the right one within two days
- I got it in pink and yellow and they are both dreamy
- unlike most of the bedding I bought in the last few years, this coverlet feels very well made and built to last
- I’m a sucker for details so don’t judge me when I mention the perfect stitching on this piece of bedding
- very clean design, fits great into minimalist designs of bedrooms (such as mine)
- I remember paying two times as much for something of this quality at Bed, Bath and Beyond last year
- a bargain for this quality, nice white coverlet refreshed my bedroom and gave it a completely new look
- go with Ivory, it’s just gorgeous
- surviving months now of washing and drying without any significant change
What the users didn’t like as much – the CONs:
- it arrived defective, one of the seams was already coming apart…I’m waiting for my replacement
- I expected less of a rustic look when I ordered
Our review conclusions and Overall rating
The final Overall Rating of this Quebec coverlet is 4.9 / 5 which is pretty close to perfect. The one point deducted was for price, we still feel that it could be priced a few bucks lower.
But Overall feel and Quality is unsurpassed and although the Chezmoi is the best seller these days, we’ll take the liberty of saying that this is our favorite – a nice “rounded” product, everything you would expect from a matelasse coverlet (and we especially like it in white).
Pinzon 100% Cotton Avalon Matelasse coverlet
The only product on the list that is completely cotton and if you prefer it to synthetics, let us tell you that, when compiling this guide, this was the only coverlet that’s 100% cotton that made it into top 20.
So, if cotton is your thing, we would not bother to look any further.
OK, we said that in case you are just after cotton but let’s get back to our regular review form.
The specs of the Pinzon Avalon matelasse coverlet:
- sizes – twin, full & queen, king
- 100 percent cotton
- made in Portugal
- soft finish
- can be machine washed and dried
What the cotton-lovers had to share about their new “baby” – their PROs:
- I’m impressed by the quality/price ratio of this product, and I’m not easily impressed
- I’ve been looking everywhere for a matelasse cotton coverlet that would be reasonably priced. I was skeptic when I order this because of the low price, but it turned out to be everything I needed. Sincere recommendation…
- I was indecisive to order online because of how cheap it was. It arrived yesterday and I am glad to say, it’s not cheap, it’s just a bargain
- Just the right size and true colors, love it…
- An amazing buy at that price, amazing…
- Think no further, and I say this sincerely and from the heart, this must be the best coverlet for under $100…and it’s almost half that price, pufff…just can’t imagine finding anything this well made at that price…
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Some things users didn’t like so much about the Avalon matelasse:
- buyer beware, it does say cotton but don’t wash this on any temperature over 60C, mine shrunk 3 inches…
- the color on mine bled the first 2 times I washed it…
Overall Rating of the Avalon Matelasse
No doubt about one thing with the Avalon – the best price vs. quality ratio on this list. Period.
Very well made. It is imported and not poorly made in China but very well crafted in Portugal. So well in fact that we, as few of the users, wonder how can the company sell it at this price.
Maybe it’s going out of business, maybe it’s trying to get rid of last year’s stock but whatever it is, WE LOVE IT.
Not the best rated coverlet on the list but certainly best value for money and probably the only choice for those who can’t stand anything but the soft feel of cotton in their bedding.
Overall Quality Rating – 4.7 / 5.
Oversized Quilted Matelasse Coverlet
– by Web Linens
The basic facts as Web Linen tells it:
- suitable for use all round the year – light, soft & warm
- comes in queen and king size
- material – extra soft microfiber
- new product – still selling at factory price
The PROs from the mouth of the users:
- I needed something temporary for the moving period, so I ordered what I thought was a cheap coverlet but still decent in quality and looks. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised, this matelasse neither looks or feels cheap. Six months in and I’m still using it with zero intention or replacing it.
- nicely packaged and arrived on time, looks and feels just as described
- I used the factory price promotion, which was a few bucks over 50 and for that price, it is a true steal
- it really is just right to be used all year long
- just the best matelasse coverlet I ever had (and this is my 6th) , soft, great craftsmanship and very affordable…I’m thinking of getting these for my sisters for Christmas
- not just a matelasse cover, it’s just soft and heavy enough that it can be used as a duvet
- ivory is just gorgeous
- it’s true that it doesn’t change when washing and drying, doesn’t bleed at all and holds shape great
- survived more than a dozen washing and drying cycles without any bleeding of the color or change in shape
- nothing beats a soft touch of cotton, even in a coverlet
- I’m a tailor and I was surprised by the quality of stitching in a piece of bedding that’s priced so low
- just a great product overall, my every recommendation
Less pleasant user experiences with this matelasse coverlet – the CONs:
- just doesn’t look right, looks kinda cheap for my taste. It is affordable but you can see it’s not premium quality
- this is not quilted, I hate when a product is not as advertised
- good enough for my spare bedroom, but I am getting something prettier and richer for my main bedroom
- not really over-sized for a queen bed, falls maybe half an inch short, call me a perfectionist but this is going back
- I got the wrong color, ordered Ivory and got something in some strange brownish shade
- I expected a thicker coverlet, this is just a thin cover
Overall Menta Ratings and our final thoughts
No matter how many times we kept getting back to this matelasse coverlet, our ratings and thoughts were inconclusive.
We read one customer saying that it’s true to size and the color is as advertised.
Then how do we rate it?
We have a rule of thumb, if one review says that it’s (for example) not true to size for every 15 reviews that say the opposite we account that to a factory defect. This coverlet was on that “red line” in more categories than we like. In some categories we didn’t know what to think so we postponed publishing the review of this piece coverlet for weeks.
One thing is certain, this is a new product and the plus side of that is that it will probably be offered online at factory prices (often seen in the industry these days) while the company collects reviews to be competitive.
And if you do manage to get at that price (a bit over 50 it is more than worth it) but in quality it doesn’t come close to some of other entries on this list, we simply have to say this.
Most of these negative comments were about the looks and the feel of the material finish, so the two points deducted are in the categories of appearance and finish – bringing this coverlet to an Overall rating of 47 / 50.
This rating is still pretty good because the ratings were very good in other categories – IT IS very well made for the price (especially if you get it in time to use the factory pricing), it is warm enough to be more than a coverlet and holds very well in washing (both size and color).
Anyway, this coverlet is still a “newbie”. We’re keeping a close eye on you, Web Linens.
Courtyard Matelasse Coverlet
– by Marriott Hotel (Rippled)
- light and nicely quilted to make a nice flat sheet or a decorative top layer
- wash it once before first use without any detergent to get the gorgeous rippled texture
- fine blend of cotton
- a lush luxurious finish activated right after the first wash
- suitable to be washed and dried in a machine
The PROs as provided by the users:
- I am very satisfied I found this product, the part about the first wash is completely true
- a bit overpriced but worth it, luxurious look and feel makes it eye catching and leads people into thinking you must’ve paid hundreds for it
- easy to care for, wash and dry
- great balance between a flat sheet and coverlet, I love it
The CONs as the users shared them:
- this is not what I expected for the money I paid, it’s basically a set of a sheet and two pillowcases
- When I saw the words “Marriot Hotel” I was expecting the same quality, this is not even close and it’s going back
Reviews digest and the final rating
It’s never a good idea to misrepresent a product, especially in the name. When you say Marriot Hotel people expect luxury which is not really what you get with this coverlet.
Overall Menta Rating of 45 / 50 with two points deducted both in quality and finish but we have to be fair and say that our feeling is that it’s not because it lacks so much, it’s more because the company make an effort to make this coverlet appear to be more than it is – a luxury item and we had to somehow tell the customers what they can expect.
Finally, it’s overpriced, we feel that it should be priced 30-50% lower.
Good, but not great, especially for that price.
Final thoughts on the matelasse coverlets and their reviews
Let’s make this very short and simple for you.
If it was us and we wanted a simple high-quality coverlet we would go with the Chezmoi or the Quebec matelasse coverlets.
And if you like the soft luxurious feeling of cotton, then you’ll probably be closer to the Pinzon.
And remember, things change and we adapt to that by revisiting this guide every two months so that you can get relevant and fresh info.
Any other coverlet you own or especially liked?
Please do tell us about it in the comments below so that we can look into it.
Sweet dreams from Ann and James
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