- Value: 15/20
- Functionality: 16/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 19/20
- Aesthetics: 18/20
- Breathability: 16/20
- TOTAL: 84/100
I’d consider myself to be a pretty good sleeper, so long as my bedroom meets the following criteria: quiet, dark, cool and features a bed with a plush, fluffy comforter. It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees with 90 percent humidity at midnight; I want to snuggle up under a manufactured cloud and I do not want to feel a drop of sweat. Which is why, after hearing the 145th podcast commercial for the Buffy Breeze Comforter ($219), I was game to give it a try.
My fave podcasters breathlessly boasted that this blanket feels just like any winter-weight one does, but because it’s made with 100 percent eucalyptus fill it doesn’t trap heat like polyester or down. It’s also made from recycled thread, is cool to the touch and the eucalyptus fiber shell is temperature-regulating. All that to say: This blanket was made for down-blanket devotees who can’t give up that cozy feel...even in July.
I was pretty surprised when the box with my Breeze Comforter arrived and it felt heavy. As in, I wondered if I had accidentally ordered a weighted blanket. But once I opened the minimalist packaging—shout out to Buffy for being eco-friendly even in that category—I was not greeted with a weighted blanket, just a slim duvet. Indeed, it’s actually a rather thin blanket, but I can confirm that its wavy quilt detail looks just as cool IRL as it does on Instagram. (It also helps keep the down in place, FYI.) The blanket’s thin profile also proved to be a benefit when stuffing it into a duvet cover; once I tied the four loops and shook the cover over it, the whole process was much easier than it was with my oversized winter duvet. Sure, my bed didn’t look quite as picture-perfect as it does with four inches of down feathers covering it, but that’s to be expected from a thinner blanket.
So, how’d the Buffy blanket fare during my first night, which by the way, was spent with no AC on and a single fan running in the room? It was OK. I still had to do the whole one-leg-in-one-leg-out dance to get comfortable, but once I did, I dozed off and stayed asleep all night, waking up still feeling cool (and sweat-free). That’s right, no overheating here. A few nights later, when it was finally time to turn on the air conditioning for the first time, the blanket felt much more comfortable to settle in under.
However, it didn’t feel like sleeping under just a sheet, which was the perception I had before fluffing it over my bed. The Buffy Breeze is still a blanket, and the eucalyptus fill does keep things feeling warm but not toasty. Especially if you sleep with a down mattress topper, like I do, which is known to trap in a little extra heat.
But here’s the thing: I actually could see myself using this blanket all-year-round, not just in the summer months. When layered with a cozy cashmere or wool throw, it’s plenty warm enough for the depths of winter and it will definitely be my favorite place to be during the entirety of fall. While I don’t love that Buffy recommends sending it to a dry cleaner to wash (because it will certainly cost a fortune), the fact that this blanket is made using sustainable practices does, literally, help me sleep better at night.
So, if you’re looking for a life-changing blanket that will feel as if you’re sleeping in an air conditioning unit on the hottest day of the year, this is not it. But if you’re looking for a lightweight duvet that works for every season, is eco-friendly and cozy AF—and won’t make you sweat in your sleep—the Buffy is it. Sweet dreams!