The 19 Best Summer Blankets for Hot Sleepers
After one too many summer nights of trying the one leg in, one leg out method to keep cool under our down comforter, we finally caved and bought a cooling blanket. Two words: life changing. The lighter design gave us that cozy, cocooned feeling we craved without raising our body temp. Want in? Yeah, we thought so. From the lightest quilt you've ever nuzzled under to a blanket made with special cooling tech fibers, here are 19 summer blankets that deliver a blissfully sweat-free night’s sleep.
- Why We Love It: Moisture-wicking, bamboo-derived viscose
This viscose number has a super-soft and fuzzy "hand" (the term for the feel of the fabric against your skin), that reminds us of our snuggliest winter flannel. But it's woven in a way that doesn't feel heavy and it regulates your body temperature so you're never too hot or too chilly while you sleep.
- Why We Love It: Nine colors, raised stripe design
It's a double winner: One, this blanket is made of luxurious long-fiber Egyptian cotton, so it feels incomparably creamy against your skin. Two, the length of the blanket has a raised rib pattern, making it look distinctive against the rest of your bedding.
- Why We Love It: Stain-resistant
One's need for a good summer blanket is not limited to the bed chamber! One must also have a perfectly weighted couch and floor-napping throw. That's where this recycled polyester and soft TENCEL lyocell blend comes in. Sewn in swirling round stitches and offered in orange, brown, shadow (a dark charcoal) and plantain hues, it also makes for a picnic spread.
- Why We Love It: Long staple cotton, sateen shell
Brooklinen created this comforter specifically for warmer climates and hot sleepers, so you can rest assured (literally) that you won’t overheat. It’s filled with 600 fill-power down, so it’s fluffy but still breathable. And the baffle box construction ensures that the down stays evenly distributed no matter how much you toss and turn, because there’s nothing worse than a lumpy bedspread.
- Why We Love It: Machine washable, tech-enabled temperature regulation
This 100 percent cotton, synthetic-filled blanket is made with phase change material (a bedding innovation that's a spin off-technology from space travel), which senses your body temperature and adjusts to keep you from getting too hot throughout the night. Pretty smart, if you ask us. Since it’s just $75 for a queen, we’ll be buying one for each member of the family.
- Why We Love It: Dual-sided, elegant Provençal style
For the unfamiliar, a coverlet is a thin blanket similar to a bedspread that can be used in place of your duvet during unforgiving heat waves. This one from Parachute is the best of the best. Made from 100 percent combed cotton, its woven pattern is meant to mimic matelassé, a French technique that creates the look of a quilt, minus the actual stitching. Buyers note that it washes nicely and is insanely soft.
- Why We Love It: Machine washable cover, range of weights
Good news: Just because a weighted blanket is heavy doesn’t mean you'll wake up in a puddle of sweat. The proof? This cooling weighted blanket from Therapedic. It's made from bamboo, which is naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, so it keeps you way cooler than cotton. Just be sure to opt for one that’s about ten percent of your body weight to ensure that your blanket doesn’t feel too heavy.
- Why We Love It: Standard 100 Oeko-Tex certified, safe from harmful substances
Like your blanket to have the slightly furry feel of a stuffed animal but don't want to feel stifled by the heavy weight of thick covers? This cuddly blanket fits the bill, and it's trimmed in faux suede for a sophisticated, finished appearance.
- Why We Love It: Durable fabrication, matching shams
Ditch your heavy winter duvet in favor of this reversible star-stitched quilt. It comes with two shams, which will instantly make your bedroom look more put together. But perhaps the best feature? The entire set is machine washable, making it super low maintenance.
- Why We Love It: Moisture absorbing, eye-catching stitching
Each Buffy Breeze is made from eucalyptus that’s harvested from regenerative forests and sewn together with 100 percent recycled thread. Oh, and the entire production process is waste-free. As the name implies, this comforter is ideal for anyone who tends to wake up coated in sweat (like our reviewer). According to her and the over 3,000 positive reviews, it lives up to its name.
- Why We Love It: Sumptuous pattern, storage bag
The 100 percent long staple cotton of this blanket is so soft and silky, you’ll want to keep it on your bed all year round. And with eight different colorways, you’re bound to find one that goes with your bedroom decor. The over 200 five-star reviews speak to its quality, ideal size and comfort.
- Why We Love it: Double-sided design, sturdy hemming
Think fleece is only reserved for winter? Think again. The lightweight material of this one is a super soft option for summer too. Added bonus: It comes in 10 colorways. We like to break it out on chillier nights (or when you accidentally crank the AC a little too high).
- Why We Love It: Muslin fabrication, cute patterns
You don’t want them overheating in their crib, so tuck them in with this bamboo-cotton blend blanket in the warmer months. The breathable material will help regulate your child’s body temp.
- Why We Love It: Allergen-resistant, luxurious feel
The 100 percent Mulberry silk strands are durable and naturally temperature regulating as well as being anti-bacterial and mold-repellant, which makes them ideal for persons suffering from allergies or asthma. That's the practicality—the luxe is, you're sleeping on luxurious pure, super-soft silk!
- Why We Love It: GOTS certified organic cotton
This crinkled cotton fabric is breathable and feather-weight (imagine a top sheet on steroids). The 100 percent GOTS certified organic cotton is grown in India and woven in Portugal, so that you can take a well-earned nap in your bedroom.
- Why We Love it: Bold design, meticulous quilting
This soft cotton blanket marries traditional katha quilting with contemporary design. On one side, it's a medley of neutral colorblocking; on the other, a solid dark grey with subtle stitched accents.
- Why We Love It: Feels like a warm hug, six heathered hues
Like to really swaddle yourself into a blanket that stretches with your body? Knit blanket lovers don't have to miss out on summer blanket action with this heathered knit that has more than 3,800 five-star reviews. "Love this blanket. I wanted something light for hot San Diego summers," one reviewer reports, praising its "nice sweatshirt feel."
- Why We Love It: Moisture-wicking, breathable
On one side, it's 100 percent cotton. Flip it over, and the reverse is Japanese Arc-chill Cool Technology Fabric, touted as having a cooling factor of .4, twice as much as most cooling blankets. TLDR: You wake up cool and refreshed, not summer sticky.
Which type of blanket is best for summer?While even a person who naturally runs cold will want to sleep with the AC on hot summer nights (but not aiming directly on you, as a study suggests), the degree of warmth varies from sleeper to sleeper. However, there are some similarities when it comes to preferred fabrics, which typically skew to cotton and lightweight weaves such as cotton voile rather than heavy knits. And while synthetic fabrics like polyester have not traditionally been known for their breathability and are thus are avoided by hot sleepers since they trap in heat, a new generation of synthetic tech fabrics keep your body heat moving and regulate temperatures while you sleep.
What to look for When Buying a Summer Blanket:
- Machine Washable: And if it's dryer safe, that's a bonus.
- Durable stitching: A lightweight quilt or matelassé coverlet that needs mending is more trouble than it's worth.
- Color fast: You want to be able to nap in white jeans without waking up with stains from your summer blanket on you.
- Super soft materials: In the summer, you'll have fewer layers on your bed, so each one should ideally needs to be as silky as your favorite sheets.