The 19 Best Summer Blankets for Hot Sleepers

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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 linen quilt you've ever nuzzled under to a NASA-developed comforter made with special cooling tech fibers, here are 19 summer blankets that deliver a blissfully sweat-free night’s sleep. (And, if you're curious about what to look for in a great summer blanket, we've got that info, too—just scroll all the way to the bottom to get our tips.)

How We Chose The Best Summer Blankets

After researching the top-reviewed blankets on the web, we vetted them based on the following criteria:

  • Super soft materials: In the summer, you'll have fewer layers on your bed, so each one above is verified to be as silky as your favorite sheets.
  • Durable stitching: A lightweight quilt or matelassé coverlet that needs mending is more trouble than it's worth. That’s why every option above is built with longevity and durability in mind.
  • Color fast: We made sure each blanket’s yarns are build to be color-leak-resistant. Afterall, you want to be able to nap in white jeans without waking up with stains from your summer blanket on you.
  • Care: While most comforters and luxury blankets are spot-clean only, we were careful to only include throws that have a machine-washable construction (and if it's dryer safe, that's a bonus).

The Best Summer Blankets at a Glance

Cozy Earth

Best for Cooling

1. Cozy Earth Bamboo Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Soft on the skin, moisture-wicking and prevents feeling sticky, regulates body temperature, lightweight and breathable, available in 4 sizes
  • Materials: Viscose from Bamboo
  • Care: Machine-washable

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. One reviewer raves: “It is lightweight, yet warm and ridiculously soft. Like sleeping in a cloud.” They also add: “It’s also the best of all worlds. A perfect layer for winter and great all by itself in the summer.”


Best Moisture-Wicking

2. Elegear Revolutionary Cooling Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Proprietary cooling fabric on the top prevents sweat and stickiness, Egyptian cotton on the bottom offers a smooth and silky feel, breathable, hypoallergenic, available in 8 colors and 4 sizes
  • Materials: ‘Arc-chill cool’ fabric and Egyptian cotton
  • Care: Machine-washable

On one side, it's 100 percent cotton. Flip it over, and the reverse is a propriety Japanese Arc-chill Cool Technology Fabric, touted as having a cooling factor of .4, which is twice as much as most cooling blankets. Not to mention that it’s machine-washable and designed to quickly evaporate moisture from the surface of the fabric (so you’ll wake up cool and refreshed, not sweaty and sticky). “I have night sweats and the blanket has made a world of difference. No more uncovering and covering back up during the hot flashes,” says one reviewer. And another adds: “The cooling material fits like one of the moisture-wicking athletic shirts. Very smooth and soft. It’s also held up well in the washer if you wash it cold.”


Best Design

3. Brooklinen Black Graham Lightweight Quilt

  • Why We Love It: Ultra-soft, color-blocked design with stitched accents, four colorways, lightweight yet cozy, available in 2 sizes and 4 colors
  • Materials: Long-staple cotton
  • Care: Machine-washable

This ultra-soft long-staple cotton blanket marries traditional Katha quilting with a contemporary design. On one side, there’s a medley of neutral color-blocking; on the other, a solid dark grey with subtle stitched accents. And aside from its good looks, it’s also a lightweight and breathable option for summer: “It is exactly the weight I needed. It keeps the chill off but cool in Sacramento summers when the AC struggles to maintain 74 degrees at night. Soft and cozy,” one reviewer writes. The real kicker, however, is how it holds up over time: “Although it’s white, and does get dirty, it washes so well. Over 6 months later, the quilt is still so soft, unstained, and overall in perfect condition,” another reviewer writes.


Best Coverlet

4. Parachute Matelasse Coverlet

  • Why We Love It: Dual-sided design, elegant Provençal style, soft and snuggly texture, lightweight, lightweight and ideal for layering, available in 2 sizes and three understated hues
  • Materials: Premium combed cotton
  • Care: Machine-washable

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. It also has a mid-weight feel that’s enveloping without being stuffy: “We purchased this to replace our down coverlet for summertime, since I’m a very hot sleeper, and it’s been wonderful. Light and breathable, I barely notice it’s there, but it still has enough of a presence for me to feel secure,” writes one reviewer. Plus, another buyer notes that it washes nicely and is pet-approved: “We have cats who sleep in our bed so I've already washed it several times and it [holds up] great.”

Serena and Lily

Best Throw

5. Serena and Lily Fisherman's Knit Throw

  • Why We Love It: Hand-knit yarns are carefully twisted for an extra soft surface, mid-weight feel, oversized dimensions make it a great sofa throw, available in 3 coastal colors
  • Materials: 100 percent premium cotton
  • Care: Spot clean only

Our need for a good summer blanket isn’t limited to the bedroom. One must also have a lightweight knit that doubles as eye candy for your couch or accent chair. That's where this carefully hand-twisted cotton number comes in. Not only does its design pull inspiration from the cozy knit sweaters once worn in old, Irish fishing villages (per the brand), but the mid-weight feel offers the perfect amount of cushion during cooler summer nights. What’s more, it features an oversized, 60- by 80-inch size (perfect for movie nights) and it’s available in three coastal colors, including white, ivory and blue.

Crate and Barrel

Best Quilt

6. Crate and Barrel Belgian Flax Linen Quilt

  • Why We Love It: Stitched linen design reverses to solid color percale, fill is lightweight and breathable, self-binding tailoring, available in 5 washed hues and 2 sizes
  • Materials: Belgian flax linen
  • Care: Machine-washable (on cold)

Ditch your heavy winter duvet in favor of this Belgian flax linen quilt. Its chambray design and softly variegated tones will instantly make your bedroom look more put together, while the solid cotton percale backing and pure cotton batting offers a year-round feel: “The weight makes it perfect for any season—I bought it for summer as a lighter layer for our bed, but as it has been cooler than expected these last few weeks it has made the perfect layer under a medium comforter for where we live. It breathes really well so we don’t overheat at night either,” writes one reviewer. The quilt also machine washable, making it super low maintenance: “The fabric and colors have stood up to multiple washing, and it fits in an extra large capacity washer & dryer easily, making cleaning at home much more convenient.”


Best Down Comforter

7. Brooklinen Lightweight Down Comforter

  • Why We Love It: Cooling and breathable, fluffy yet lightweight, sateen shell prevents shifting and lumps from forming over time, hypoallergenic, available in three fill/size options
  • Materials: Long staple cotton
  • Care: Dry clean if needed

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. In a Brooklinen bedding review, Assistant Editor Sydney Meister writes: “I wanted something super-fluffy for that just-out-of-a catalog bedding look, but lightweight enough that I wouldn’t feel suffocated in my sleep. This comforter hit both categories with flying colors. Not only did it give my bed that cozy, sink-into-me aesthetic, but I was cool and comfortable sleeping under this one all [summer] long.”


Best Down Alternative Comforter

8. Slumber Cloud Lightweight Comforter

  • Why We Love It: Outlast technology developed by NASA, stores and releases heat based on your body temperature, hypoallergenic, OEKO-TEX certified, available in 3 sizes
  • Materials: 100 percent cotton and down alternative fiberfill
  • Care: Machine-washable

This 100 percent cotton, fiber-filled blanket is NASA-approved with Outlast technology, which is a “phase change” material that helps regulate your body temperature, preventing sweat from happening in the first place. The 100 percent cotton cover gives the blanket its breathability, while the down alternative ClimaDry fiberfill helps wick away moisture, so you stay sweat-free while you sleep. One reviewer backs this up, writing: “This comforter is perfect for both hot and chilly sleepers. It really does seem to adjust to both hot flashes and chilly room temps. During a frigid Christmas week blizzard, we were kept very comfortable under this—despite our drafty house trying to keep up with sub-zero temps and gale-force winds. Next week, when the temperature rose [by] 50 degrees, we were just as comfortable under this lightweight comforter.”


Best Weighted Blanket

9. Casper Weighted Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Available in 10-, 15- and 20-pound weights, clinically proven to reduce anxiety, cotton helps circulate air away from the body, quilted channels keep the fill evenly distributed, thin construction that doesn’t suffocate
  • Materials: 100 percent cotton outer shell with microbead fill
  • Care: Spot clean only

In a PureWow100 review, this weighted blanket was awarded 89 points out of 100 for its impressive ability to keep you cool all night long. Per former Editor Kara Cuzzone, “unlike most weighted blankets, which are made from micro-fleece, polyester or cotton blends, this one has a 100 percent cotton outer shell, which gives it a cool-to-the-touch feeling…the breathable cotton also helps circulate air away from your body—which explains why it doesn’t turn my bed into an oven by 3 a.m.” She also adds: “Another perk? How thin this blanket is. I once owned a weighted blanket so thick and heavy that I got too lazy to pull it up from the end of my bed [but] that’s definitely not the case here. I opted for the 15-pound version, and though that may sound like a bit of a workout to get settled under, the thin construction makes it easy."


Best Organic Cotton

10. Coyuchi Topanga Organic Matelasse Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Feather-weight feel, reversible design with slim stripes on one side and ombre on the other, GOTS certified and toxin-free, organic shape expands and contracts over time
  • Materials: 100 percent organic cotton
  • Care: Machine-washable

This light cotton fabric is breathable and feather-weight (imagine a top sheet on steroids). While the blanket is made with a crinkled finish that creates an airy, pliable shape that expands and contracts over time, its reversible design features slim stripes on one side and ombre on the other, so you can change the look of the bed with a quick flip. The real kicker, however, is the 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton that’s grown in India and woven in Portugal, so you can take a well-earned nap knowing it’s free from harmful chemicals and toxins. “This light fluffy blanket is just what I needed for upcoming hot weather—soft, airy, and doesn't slide around. The blue-ish (cool) color is lovely too,” one reviewer writes. To that end, it’s also available in six eathy colorways that span from a warm desert pink to a forest Juniper green.


Most Eco-Friendly

11. The Buffy Breeze

  • Why We Love It: Weight, loft and fabric was engineered for warm sleepers, absorbs moisture at the surface, stitching conforms to body movements and locks fill in place, biodegradable and compostable, loops in the corners for duvet cover ties
  • Materials: Tencel lyocell eucalyptus
  • Care: Dry clean only

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 in sweat (as former editor Dena Silver mentions in a PureWow100 review). According to Silver and the over 3,000 positive reviews, it lives up to its name: “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,” Silver mentions in the review.

Sleep Number

Most Plush

12. Sleep Number Plush Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Ultra-fuzzy and soft to the touch, ideal weight for year-round use, Oeko-Tex certified and free from harmful chemicals, available in 8 colors and 3 sizes
  • Materials: Polyester
  • Care: Machine-washable

Like your blanket to have the soft 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 finish. “I prefer a heavier cover to sleep and I [tend to run hot at night]. This is the perfect weight and warmth. I’ve used it year-round in Kentucky and now in Florida,” writes one reviewer. It also gets bonus points for holding up in the wash: “This is my all-time favorite blanket! It’s lightweight, soft and warm. I’ve washed and dried it—no pilling and not a lot of lint, so it’s going to hold up well,” another person writes.


Best Guaze

13. Quince Airy Gauze Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Includes four layers of organic cotton gauze, pre-washed for extra softness and breathability, OEKO-TEX certified and free of harmful chemicals or pesticides, available in 4 earthy hues and 2 sizes
  • Materials: Organic long-staple cotton
  • Care: Machine-washable

It's a double winner: One, this blanket is made from organic long-staple cotton, so it feels incomparably creamy against your skin. Two, it features four gauze layers woven by artisans in India to create the most breathable, airy fabric you can imagine. Plus, it comes in four muted colors—including terracotta, dune, white and fog grey—where each hand-woven fiber was designed to hold up in the wash. “Soft, light, airy—it’s perfect,” writes one reviewer. “Beautiful shade of white. Material feels divine and washes/dries well (on low heat). No piling or stitch pulling. It’s my favorite everyday throw blanket,” one person raves in the reviews.


Best Textured

14. Threadmill Home Linen Herringbone Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Lightweight weave is soft to the touch, tone-on-tone herringbone pattern draws visual interest, includes matching storage bag, available in 11 colors and 3 sizes
  • Materials: Long staple cotton
  • Care: Machine-washable

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. Plus, the blanket’s 4.6-star rating with over 8,600 reviews speaks for itself: “Wanted a lightweight blanket for summer. This cotton blanket was perfect—tight weave so that it does not stretch and plenty of extra fabric to allow for shrinkage,” one person writes. “The weave pattern, ice blue color and soft texture make this a luxurious blanket. I love it so much that I ordered the Threadmill Linen long staple cotton sheets after receiving this beautiful midweight blanket,” another person adds.


Best Fleece

15. Oboey All Season Fleece Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Double-sided design, plush to the touch, cozy but not too heavy for warmer months, pill-resistant, sturdy hemming, available in 7 colors and 3 sizes
  • Materials: Microfiber
  • Care: Machine-washable

Think fleece is only reserved for winter? Think again. The lightweight material of this blanket 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). “It’s not heavy but it keeps me warm. I used it in the summer [and it kept me] cool, so it’s truly [an] all season [blanket],” says one reviewer. They also write: “This blanket gets washed at least once a week—I’ve had it for months—and it still looks brand new.”


Best Bamboo

16. Dangtop Cooling Bamboo Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Diamond-shape weave has a breathable design for cooling, is soft on the skin, moisture-wicking, includes a laundry bag, available in 9 colors and 4 sizes
  • Materials: 100 percent bamboo
  • Care: Machine-washable

It's made from bamboo, which is known for being naturally cooling. The fabric is lightweight and silky—and won't stick to the skin or feel stuffy—making it the perfect option for particularly hot summer nights. And on top of its cooling benefits, people with skin sensitivities have confirmed it’s soft and supple (instead of scratchy and itchy): “Bought this replace an itchy old cotton blanket and really impressed with the quality and softness of this. Washing before using it (air dry, per instructions) helps soften it up,” writes one reviewer. Just be sure to wash it on the cool setting and air dry it to prevent shrinkage.


Best for Kids

17. Little Jump Starry Sky Blanket For Toddlers

  • Why We Love It: Muslin fabrication is breathable and cooling, extra large dimensions are good for swaddling, available in 3 cute patterns
  • Materials: Bamboo muslin
  • Care: Machine-washable

Prevent your little one from overheating in their crib by tucking them in with this bamboo-cotton blend blanket during the warmer months. The breathable bamboo muslin material will help regulate your child’s body temp. It also measures an extra-large, 47 x 47 inches, making swaddling easier than ever. Take it from one new mother, who raves: “It is so soft and cool to the touch. Love it. Baby doesn’t get hot during naps in this. She would remove any other covers during her naps, but this she let’s stay on. Love the print too. I got the rainbow one and it is adorable.”


Best Silk

18. Melange Home Plaza Silk Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Luxurious and sumptuous feel, ideal all-season weight, good for those with allergies or asthma, holds up over time with proper care, available 5 muted tones and 3 sizes
  • Materials: 80 percent silk, 20 percent cotton
  • Care: Dry-clean only

This number’s silk strands are durable and naturally temperature regulating; the blanket is also anti-bacterial and mold-repellant, which makes it an ideal pick for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. Yes, the price tag is higher on this, but you're also sleeping on perfectly weighted, super-soft silk. One reviewer agrees, writing: “As someone who normally overheats during the night, I find this the perfect weight. I am comfortably warm and sleeping much better since I started using this blanket. And the feel of it is so soft and silky—I wish they carried silk sheets to go with it.” Just be sure to dry-clean only to prevent lint/fuzz/shedding that can come off in the wash.


Best Knit

19. Kawahome Jersey Thin Blanket

  • Why We Love It: Feels like your favorite cozy hoodie, breathable yet enveloping feel, doesn’t trap heat, pill- and shrink-resistant, available in 4 sizes and 6 colors
  • Materials: Polyester
  • Care: Machine-washable

Like to fully swaddle yourself in a blanket? You’ll love this heathered knit that has more than 3,800 five-star reviews for being cozy, but not stifling. “I wanted something light for hot San Diego summers,” one reviewer reports, praising its “nice sweatshirt feel.” Other reviewers also speak to its durability: “I’ve only had it a few weeks and have washed it four times so far. No piling or shrinking and washes well. It is super soft and comfy and not too heavy for even warmer months.”

What Kind of Blankets Are Good for Summer?

The degree of how hot or cold someone runs while sleeping varies from person to person. That said, there are some fabrics that are good for everyone during the hotter months, which typically includes cotton and lightweight weaves such as cotton voile, rather than heavier knits. And while synthetic fabrics like polyester have not traditionally been known for their breathability and are often avoided because they trap in heat, a new generation of synthetic tech fabrics keep your body heat moving and regulate temperatures while you sleep.

Materials to Look for in a Summer Blanket

  • Cotton: According to experts at Parachute, cotton is one of the most popular cooling fabrics for a reason: It’s breathable and inherently soft—making it great for anyone with sensitive skin—and incredibly versatile with several different plant varieties and weaves to choose from. As for summer blankets, the most popular weaves include long-staple Egyptian cotton (AKA the créme de la créme of luxury bedding) and organic cotton (planted from non-GMO seeds) and jersey (the same soft material used in many T-shirts).
  • Bamboo: Bamboo is one of the most breathable—not to mention environmentally friendly—materials in the world, thanks to its open-cell construction. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing softness for sustainability, because it’s just as plush as cotton (and, in some cases, softer). “Cotton can be extremely soft [at] high thread counts, but bamboo is naturally softer, stronger, more absorbent, more breathable and more eco-friendly than cotton,” explains Wanda Thompson, creator of Householdwonders.com. Not to mention that it absorbs five times more carbon and produces 35 percent more oxygen (making it a great moisture-wicking option for sweaty sleepers).
  • Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus Tencel—ehich a branded form of lyocell that’s known for its sustainable manufacturing processes—is the most popular iteration of this material, where “it’s one of the most environmentally responsible and eco-friendly fabrics in the world,” according to Elle Liu, founder of Eucalypso. “The weave creates a luxuriously soft, smooth texture, similar to silk. And sheets made with eucalyptus are naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial.”
  • Linen: “Linen is a go-to fabric for keeping cool,” writes former editor Brianna Lapolla in a round-up of the best linen sheets. “The fabric's unmatched breathability is thanks to the fact that it's loosely woven from flax fibers (which are more hollow than cotton fibers), [and] allows air to circulate more freely.” Plus, aside from it being the world's strongest natural fiber (30 percent stronger than cotton), “it can absorb up to 20 percent of its weight in moisture [and] it's so durable, you hardly have to worry about upkeep. Linen can be tossed in the washing machine with cold water when it's time for a wash.”

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