Best Blankets for Summer: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide
In the summertime heat many people crank up their air conditioning to cool down. For those without working A/C, or those who want to save money on their electric bill, finding alternative ways to keep cool can be tricky.
But many people just can’t sleep without a blanket. And while you’d naturally think a blanket will add to heat during the summer, we found that isn’t necessarily the case. All it takes is the right fabric and weave.
Summer blankets, such as cotton models with an open waffle-like weave, are designed to provide airflow to the skin and regulate temperature.
22 Best Blankets for Summer
|Amerisleep Allseasons Blanket||Year-round use and multipurpose throw||Fleece and Chill Fabric||$199|
|Sofia’s Pure Flax Linen||Year-round use||Linen||$129|
|Utopia Bedding Cotton Throw||No chemicals or synthetic materials||Cotton||$24|
|GOHD Bamboo Fiber||All-natural fibers||Bamboo Viscose||$62|
|Cocoon CoolMax® Travel||Soft and breathable||Polyester||$40|
|Downlite Hypoallergenic Down||High-end duck down||Cotton||$125|
|Lavish Home Chevron||Lightweight materials||Cotton||$27|
|Superior Cotton Thermal||Breathable materials||Cotton||$39|
|Dream Tek Summer Comforter||Adjustable snap feature||Cotton||$95|
|BedJet Cooling Cloud Sheet||Powered cooling||Cotton||$139|
|Zen Bamboo Goose Down||Wrinkle and fade resistant||Bamboo and Microfiber||$43|
|YnM Cooling Weighted||Reduces insomnia and anxiety||Bamboo Viscose||$99|
|Aidear||Good alternative to quilt or comforter||Microfiber Polyester||$35|
|Intelligent Design Microlight Plush||Lofty and soft||Microfiber||$31|
|Moon’s Sleepwares Mulberry Silk||Bacteria-resistant||Silk and Cotton||$100|
|Design Weave All-Season||Consistent temperature||Polyester||$70|
|Home Soft Things Knitted Tweed||Diamond texture||Microfiber Polyester||$37|
|Blanquil Chill Cooling Weighted||Improves sleep||Microfiber||$249|
|Target Threshold™ Gauze||Thinnest option||Cotton||$38|
|Boll & Branch Waffle||Organic cotton||Cotton||$180|
|Slumber Cloud Stratus Wool||Outlast® technology||Wool||$115|
|eLuxury All Season||Open weave||Cotton||$55|
The Amerisleep Allseasons Blanket is the rare throw you can use to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It has a two-sided design with black polar fleece and white Chill fabric. Naturally, the cooler side is the one with the Chill fabric, a material exclusive to Amerisleep that moves heat away from the sleeper and quickly dissipates it.
While you can wash your Allseasons Blanket in a washer, Amerisleep cautions against running it through the dryer. Instead, hang the wet Allseasons Blanket up to dry out.
The Amerisleep Allseasons Blanket comes in a throw size, measuring 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. It’s $199 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty. If you plan on upgrading your bed with breathable summer bedding, you can save 10 percent by bundling the blanket with Amerisleep’s cotton sheets. The blanket can also be bundled with a mattress protector and Amerisleep’s AS5 mattress.
Amerisleep Allseasons Blanket Highlights
- Dualsided warm and cool design
- 1-year warranty covering faulty workmanship
- Choose from different bundles for more savings
Sofia’s Pure Flax Linen blanket topped our list as the best blanket for summer. Its thermo-regulating features ensure it breathes during the summer heat and can be added as an extra layer of bedding during the winter. Its hygroscopic properties, or its ability to absorb liquid, wick away moisture and keep the blanket cool.
Made from 100% flax linen, Sofia’s Pure Flax Linen blanket may have a coarser feel, but it softens after each wash. Manufacturers weave the high-quality fibers, keeping the blanket durable and breathable. It feels thick, but not heavy.
Sofia’s Pure Flax Linen blanket comes in one size (87-inches by 79-inches). It’s larger than a throw, but smaller than a twin size blanket, and comes in 4 plaid colors.
Sofia’s Pure Flax Linen Highlights
- Hygroscopic material
- Available in 4 plaid color options
The Utopia Bedding Cotton Throw is made with 100% cotton. No chemicals or synthetic materials are present in the finished product. Because it’s made from pure cotton, it won’t feel plush or fluffy. Instead, the lightweight material is perfect for cuddling and won’t feel overbearing at night. The material’s open weave provides better airflow for regulating body temperature.
The care instructions indicate you should not hand wash this blanket. For a longer lifespan, machine washing in cold water on the delicate cycle, then tumble drying on low helps prevent shrinkage.
The Utopia Bedding Cotton Throw comes in three generous sizes and two neutral colors, white or grey These neutral tones can match any room. At $24, this throw blanket is our most affordable option for keeping cool during the summer months.
- Lightweight feel
- Machine washable
The GOHD Bamboo Fiber blanket is made from 100% bamboo viscose, making it super soft and silky to the touch. It sleeps three degrees cooler than the outside temperature, no matter the conditions. For a great night’s sleep, add a top sheet to this blanket. We don’t recommend using it in winter, since it may feel too cool.
Since it’s made of bamboo, the GOHD Bamboo Fiber blanket is naturally antifungal and antibacterial— great for using outdoors. The open-weave fabric allows better airflow, yet it has a heavier weight to it. Did we mention it’s also machine-washable?
Available in four different colors and four different sizes, the GOHD Bamboo Fiber blanket is a great option for any room. It may not be as durable as polyester, since bamboo material is known to shred, but it has a lovely textured appearance.
GOHD Bamboo Highlights
- Antifungal and antibacterial
- Great for camping
- Textured appearance
The Cocoon CoolMax® Travel blanket is made with CoolMax®, a special polyester material produced by Invista. It absorbs moisture and provides consistent airflow for exceptional cooling.
The Cocoon CoolMax Travel blanket can be taken anywhere. The small, lightweight material comes with its own carrying case. The CoolMax knit feels very soft, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin.
The Cocoon CoolMax Travel blanket comes in only one size (55-inches by 70-inches) and 13 different colors.
Some customers felt the blanket was too thin for their tastes, but many others loved the feel of this blanket.
Cocoon CoolMax® Highlights
- Lightweight feel
- Absorbs moisture
The Downlite Hypoallergenic Down comforter is made with 550 fill power high-end duck down. Fill power refers to the amount of fluff or loft in a down product. With 1-inch satin trim, this comforter is very soft and gentle to the touch. Additionally, the down is sewn throughout the comforter to prevent any shifting.
The Downlite Hypoallergenic Down comforter may not need any other bedding during the warmer months. Many customers were happy sleeping with only the comforter during the night.
Please keep in mind that this comforter was specifically designed for Downlite bedding— you may not get the same results if you use the comforter with other brands of bedding.
A nice perk to Downlite’s Hypoallergenic Down comforter is that it’s machine washable. There may be some potential for shrinkage, so be sure to read the care instructions before washing. It comes in two oversized options — queen or king, and is available in white or ivory.
- Ideal for those with allergies
- Minimal shifting down fill
The Lavish Home Chevron blanket is made from 100% Egyptian cotton— a high-quality cotton. Its lightweight, gentle texture feels great against the body, especially for those with sensitive skin. At $27, for a high-end blanket, it’s easily a steal.
Made with thermo-regulating properties, the Lavish Home Chevron stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter by wicking away moisture and providing consistent airflow for cooling. It’s a good blanket option for year-round use. It’s also machine washable, with easy care instructions.
The Lavish Home Chevron blanket has three sizes available: Twin, Full/Queen, and King. Each is oversized in case of shrinkage. It also comes in seven different colors.
Lavish Home Highlights
- Thermo-regulating properties
- 100% Egyptian cotton
- High-end materials
The Superior Cotton Thermal blanket is a 100% cotton lightweight, breathable throw at an affordable price. Attractive in appearance, the woven basket weave pattern improves airflow and adds flair to any living space.
The Superior Cotton Thermal is machine-washable and can either be air dried or tumble dried on low. The fabric is soft, not scratchy, and keeps its softness after washing. This throw can be used year-round for consistent comfort. Keep in mind, while this throw is breathable, it doesn’t wick away moisture.
The Superior Cotton Thermal throw is available in three sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, and King. With eight different colors to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a match for your room.
Superior Cotton Highlights
- Year-round use
- Soft, not scratchy material
- Woven basket pattern
The Dream Tek Summer Comforter has a 600 power down fill with a 395 thread count cotton cover. The down is hypoallergenic, and the fill power, or the amount of fluff or loft, is just enough to keep you comfortable during the warmer months, but not for cold winter nights due to the low fill power.
The down fill is held in smaller square compartments. There’s not as much loft or insulation, which means it doesn’t require constant fluffing. Another great feature is its adjustable snap option so customers can attach other Dream Tek comforters together to provide more warm.
The Dream Tek Summer Comforter is machine-washable and comes in three sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, and King. It only comes in white, so it may not be ideal for those looking for more color variety or those with children… or pets.
Dream Tek Highlights
- Adjustable sizing
- Moisture-wicking properties
- Ideal for couples with different temperature preferences
The BedJet Cooling Cloud Sheet is an electric-powered sheet that provides both cooling and heat. It comes with two wireless remotes, or a smartphone app, where temperature settings can be altered.
The BedJet Cooling Cloud Sheet improves even distribution of coolness across the sleep surface. Internal spaces built in the material cultivates better airflow. Customers have the option to buy one sheet with one control or one sheet with two different controls, the latter being ideal for couples.
The BedJet Cooling Cloud Sheet is machine washable and only available in white, but it does come in either a King or Queen size. Please note: this sheet is part of the BedJet Climate Comfort System, and not designed as a stand alone bedding piece. To experience the full cooling effect, customers will need to purchase the full system.
- Even cooling distribution
- High-tech cooling solution
- Machine washable
The Zen Bamboo Goose Down comforter is made with a blend of brushed microfiber and bamboo. It’s hypoallergenic, and wrinkle and fade resistant.
As a plush model, the Zen Bamboo Goose Down comforter has a stylish appearance. It’s machine washable and stays cool and fresh between washes.
The Zen Bamboo Goose Down comforter comes in three colors, but is only available in King/California King size only. Some felt it was too bulky as a summer blanket, but some customers preferred this.
Zen Bamboo Highlights
- Plush feel
- Stylish, luxury look
The YnM Cooling Weighted blanket can help improve sleep and may even assist in treating health conditions, like insomnia and anxiety. It sleeps one to three degrees cooler than a cotton weighted blanket. The company includes a 3-year warranty covering free mending in case of tears (shipping costs not included).
The bamboo cover and glass beads filling cool the blanket down while you’re using it. The bamboo wicks away moisture and provides even airflow.
The blanket is machine washable, but it’s highly recommended that you purchase a removable duvet cover and spot-clean the blanket only. It will extend the life of the blanket and reduce the risk of tearing.
The YnM Cooling Weighted blanket comes in eight different colors. Sizing and weight options depend on body weight. Typically, the best weighted blankets are approximately 10% of your body weight. The blanket itself is meant to cover the body, not the mattress.
- Improves sleep
- Different weight and size options
- Duvet covers available in different designs and covers
The Aidear blanket is a great option for those who get cold at night easily. It’s also a good alternative to a quilt or comforter— it has a weighted feel, but it’s still breathable and cooling. It’s made of microfiber polyester, a soft and hypoallergenic material.
What’s great about the Aidear blanket is that it doesn’t pill, wrinkle, fade, or shed. It’s durable and long-lasting. We do recommend machine washing to help extend the life of your blanket. Wash it in cold water on the gentle cycle, then tumble dry low.
The Aidear blanket comes in two sizes (Twin and Queen) and three colors— beige, grey, or green. It also comes with a 5-year warranty.
- 5-year warranty
- Ideal for those that get cold easily
The Intelligent Design Microlight Plush blanket is made of hypoallergenic microfiber. It’s soft and lofty, designed to add warmth and color to any living space. It’s also machine washable, making for easy care.
The Intelligent Design Microlight Plush blanket can either be layered during the colder months or used on its own as a throw. This blanket is especially ideal for those who live in extreme climates.
The Intelligent Design Microlight Plush blanket is available in eight colors. It also comes in three oversized options: Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, or King.
Intelligent Design Highlights
- Year-round use
- Machine washable
- Ideal for those who live in unpredictable climates
Moon’s Sleepwares Mulberry Silk comforter is made with a combination of cotton and mulberry silk and built for all seasons. Mulberry silk is one of the finest silks in the world. It comes from silkworms that have been fed only mulberry leaves. The results are long, pure white fibers.
Durable and ventilated for excellent airflow, the material is naturally hypoallergenic and bacteria-resistant. The casing is made of cotton with a sateen weave, making it more durable and silkier to the touch.
Moon’s Sleepwares Mulberry Silk comforter comes in six sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, California King, and Crib. It’s only available in white. While it is durable, we recommend adding a duvet cover to expand the life of this comforter.
Moon’s Sleepwares Highlights
- Year-round use
- Ventilated for better airflow
The Design Weave All-Season blanket incorporates Outlast® technology, which absorbs your body heat and stores it inside the blanket. Then, when your body cools down, the technology releases the stored heat, so customers stay comfortable throughout the night. Also, by regulating body temperature, couples can sleep comfortably under the same blanket, even if one sleepers hotter than the other.
Made with a cotton sateen weave, the Design Weave All-Season blanket is silky to the touch. It contains 50% Outlast® and 50% polyester fill. Customers will stay cozy and won’t overheat at night. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic, and an ideal choice for those with allergies.
The Design Weave All-Season blanket comes in four sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, and King. It’s available in white, linen, midnight blue, and stone gray.
Design Weave Highlights
- Outlast® technology
- Ideal for couples
The Home Soft Things Knitted Tweed throw is another lightweight option for those seeking a comfortable material. This blanket is designed as a light, breathable option during the summer or a nice additional layer in the winter. The knitted tweed design provides consistent airflow.
The blanket’s diamond pattern provides texture— a great addition to any living space. Unlike others on the list, this throw is finished with adorable knotted braid tassels along the width.
It’s also machine washable, with the material becoming softer after each wash. As part of the production process, the fabric is heat-treated to lock in color, making all 39 color options fade resistant.
Home Soft Things Highlights
- Lightweight material
- Machine washable
- Year-round use
The Blanquil Chill Cooling Weighted Blanket is our most expensive option thanks to its high-tech features. The blanket’s cooling glass pellets maintain constant pressure on the body to improve sleep and reduce anxiety and insomnia. This is also known as deep touch pressure stimulation
It’s designed to wick away moisture and absorb body heat. Sizing and weight is based on a person’s body weight. Weight should equal 10-15% of your current body weight.
Our favorite feature of this weighted blanket is the consistent cooling during the first 15-20 minutes of snuggling up. It’ll then regulate body temperature for a constant comfort, so you don’t have to worry about overheating.
- Wicks away moisture
- Reduces anxiety
- Removable cover
19. Target Threshold® Gauze
The Target Threshold™ Gauze blanket is our thinnest and lightest option. It’s barely thicker than a top sheet. Made from 100% cotton, it has a crinkle-like appearance.
The combination of soft cotton and gauze-like texture makes the Target Threshold™ Gauze blanket an ideal summer choice, especially for hot sleepers. This thin, breathable fabric promotes excellent airflow. Some may find it too thin for their tastes.
The Target Threshold™ Gauze blanket comes in three colors: light gray/white stripe, white/blue stripe, and pink. The light gray/white stripe is only available in Twin and Full/Queen, while the other two colors come in Twin, Full/Queen, and King.
Target Threshold™ Gauze Highlights
- Gauze-like texture
- Slightly thicker than a top sheet
- Machine washable
The Boll & Branch Waffle blanket is made of organic cotton. With a fluffy waffle weave, it has a nice texture, creating an appealing look. It has more loft than some cotton blankets. A springy feel separates this summer blanket from the rest.
The open weave of the Boll & Branch Waffle blanket allows consistent airflow; however, there may be a risk of snagging. The organic cotton is Fair Trade Certified™and GOTS certified, meaning the organic cotton is ethically and sustainably sourced.
The Boll & Branch Waffle blanket comes in three sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, and King/California King. Each size is purposely larger than normal to ensure correct dimensions after washing to reduce the risk of shrinkage. It comes in four colors: white, natural, shore, and pewter.
Boll & Branch Highlights
- Fair Trade and GOTS certified cotton
- Fluffy waffle weave
- Machine washable
The eLuxury All Season Metro blanket is made of 100% cotton, with a zig zag weave. The cotton provides comfort without trapping heat by using moisture-wicking properties. The luxurious open weave allows for excellent airflow.
The eLuxury All Season Metro blanket provides consistent comfort in every season. Its breathable properties make snuggling during the warm months possible.
The company offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Customers can return it for a full refund.
The eLuxury All Season Metro blanket comes in three sizes (Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, and King). It comes in eight color choices: charcoal, ivory, light blue, navy blue, plum, sage, taupe, and white. It’s also machine washable.
- Machine washable
- Year-round use
- 30-day satisfaction guarantee
What Is a Summer Blanket?
No matter the temperature, people generally sleep better when snuggling with a comfortable blanket. A summer blanket should be breathable and lightweight— the perfect combination to sleep comfortably and cool. Summer blankets provide some warmth should the night turn chilly, but they don’t overheat and disrupt sleep. They should also have a nice feel and appearance to add decor to any living space.
How Heat Affects Sleep
Heat tremendously impacts sleep. When we prepare for sleep, the body starts to cool down. This process allows faster, deeper sleep.
Higher temperatures make this cooldown harder. Falling asleep and staying asleep is more difficult when overheating is a risk. Summer blankets improve airflow and cool down the sleeper, encouraging healthy, restorative sleep.
What to Look For In a Summer Blanket
Before heading out to find that cooling summer blanket, you need to know a few things first. Features such as material, weave, and care instructions can determine how it will perform and how long it will last. You may choose one for summer use only, or a cozy blanket that can be used year-round.
Material is one of the first facets to research when seeking the best summer blanket. Choose light and airy fabrics. The material should provide some warmth, but not to the point of overheating. The following are a list of ideal fabrics for summer:
- Cotton: One of the more popular choices because of its soft, moisture-wicking properties. Cotton provides excellent airflow.
- Linen: Stemming from the flax plant, linen’s not as soft as cotton at first, but the fabric will get softer after each wash. It fosters a lot of breathability (more so than cotton).
- Silk: Very smooth texture, light, and cool to the touch, but very expensive.
- Down: Mostly used in heavier blankets meant for cold weather, down can be used in smaller quantities in summer blankets for a light softness.
- Wool: Despite wool’s reputation for being a warm material, it is very breathable, a feature brought about by its moisture wicking abilities.
- Polyester: Synthetic material to feel like down or cotton. It’s low-cost and easy to clean.
Weave refers to how threads are woven together to form a fabric. The tighter the weave, the warmer a material will become due to restricted airflow. In contrast, a looser weave allows better airflow for a cooler material. Some weaves produce certain textures and patterns, like the waffle with its square-like, raised pattern.
It stands to reason that you want a blanket to last — it doesn’t make sense to spend money on a product only for it to fall apart after a couple of uses. Durability is affected by material, weave, and use. For example, cotton holds up well. It’s easy to wash and regularly used.
Regularly using your blanket requires more cleaning, and if you don’t do this properly, it may cause the material to deteriorate sooner than expected. Most summer blankets should last for several years.
Hot weather results in sweat, which can lead to grimy bedding. This is especially true in materials designed to absorb moisture. More dirt requires more washing and, depending on the type of material, this process can either be a breeze or quite time-consuming.
Cotton and polyester are the easiest materials to maintain. Running them through the washing machine is all they need. Other materials, like silk and wool, may need more care like spot-cleaning or dry-cleaning. As a good rule of thumb, you should wash your blankets every two weeks— or as often as you clean your bedding.
Style and Pattern
You may be sleeping with fewer layers during the warmer seasons to stay cooler. That means your summer blanket is more visible to the eye. You may want to consider your choice of color when choosing a summer blanket.
This stands true for throw blankets as well. Choose one that reflects your personal style. With a wide variety of different colors and patterns, you’ll be sure to find one to make your living space pop.
A return policy gives shoppers peace of mind. Refunding or exchanging an item helps customers have security in their purchase.
Not every summer blanket is perfect, and accidents happen. Major shrinking or fraying threads can warp your blanket. You may not like the blanket after testing it for a few days. Whatever the reason, it’s nice if the blanket has a return policy— most usually last 30 days. Do your research on a company’s specific return policy before making a purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are cotton blankets good for summer?
Yes, cotton fabric is an excellent way to stay cool on a hot summer night. Cotton keeps you warm but is light enough to let unneeded heat escape, keeping you from waking up early because you’ve grown too hot. You can sleep with just a cotton blanket in the summer and pair it with a warmer blanket when it starts to get cooler.
What bedding is best for hot sleepers?
If your temperature tends to run a little bit hot and you wake up in a sweat, a good first step is to minimize how much bedding you’re sleeping with. Some people sleep best with only a thin top sheet, no extra blankets.
You also want to consider the materials in your bedding. Cotton or linen sheets are both breathable fabrics, making them an excellent choice for a hot sleeper.
Is a fleece blanket good for the summer?
A fleece blanket is a good blanket overall, but you’ll likely feel sweaty if you try to sleep under a fleece blanket when it’s hot outside. That said, there are lightweight fleece blankets thin enough to let you sleep cool. You might want to pack a thicker fleece blanket away and save it for the winter.
What thread count is softest?
Roughly speaking, a higher thread count can translate into a softer fabric. However, some companies will use thinner and weaker threads to achieve a greater thread count, at the cost of producing a flimsy fabric. Most quality fabrics have a thread count in the 200 to 800 range.
What type of bedding is best for hot weather?
Lightweight, breathable bedding is your best bet for sleeping comfortably through the summer heat. You can even turn your current sheet set into cooling bedding with a simple DIY trick.
Simply take your top sheet and pillowcase, seal them up in a plastic bag, and slip them inside the freezer before bedtime. Take them out and place them on the bed when it’s time to sleep. While your chilled sheets won’t stay cool all night, the crisp coolness can make it easier for you to fall asleep.
Have You Found Your Next Summer Blanket?
During those hot summer nights, it’s nice to have a light blanket you can cozy up to without overheating. Summer blankets offer better breathability than regular blankets, regulate body temperature, and promote good rest.
If you’re looking to complement your summer blanket with cooling sheets, check out this article.