It may seem like a contradiction at first: who needs a blanket when the temperature outside is a balmy 78 degrees? But the best summer blankets to keep you cool all night are just cozy enough to help lull you to sleep without making you sweat.
A lot of us associate blankets with comfort, warmth, and rest, which is why sleeping under sheets just doesn’t feel the same. And that’s where summer blankets come in. And not only will these blankets not make you sweat, but their heat-regulating properties can also help cool you down.
The best ones for warmer nights are made from breathable, moisture-wicking materials and feature a lightweight, airy weave. Some great materials and fabrics to look for include cotton, bamboo, silk, linen, and microfiber. All of them offer a good amount of breathability to help prevent you from overheating — and on top of that, they're often soft, too. If you tend to sweat a lot at night, you may want to avoid options that are 100% cotton, since it has poor moisture-wicking abilities (aka it will absorb sweat but dry very slowly).
So without further ado, here are 10 amazing summer blankets to keep you comfortable all season long.
1. A Flax Linen Blanket That Absorbs Moisture
This soft and natural 100% pure flax linen throw blanket has two major super powers: it can absorb and wick moisture, which leaves your skin feeling cooler, and it is thermo-regulating, which means it'll warm you up in the winter and cool you down in the summer. Its quality, double-sided weave will ensure it lasts a long time. The plaid blanket comes in four different colors: blue, green, red, and a gray/brown (pictured above).
What fans say: "This blanket has been great during the past few weeks of hot & humid summer. Without AC in the house, something needed to give and I ordered this blanket. It always feels cool, even when the bedroom is in the 80’s and muggy. Well worth the money! Side note, the color is brown not grey as stated in the description."
- Available sizes: One size (87 by 79 inches)
2. A Breathable Thermal Cotton Blanket
This breathable summer blanket is made from 100% ring spun cotton and has zero chemicals or synthetic materials — so you can feel good about leaving one on the couch, another one on the bed, and a third one on the patio (because you never know where you'll need a summer throw blanket). It's available in twin, queen, and king sizes so you can use it on your bed or just have something extra big and cozy for the couch.
What fans say: "I love this blanket. It is of very good quality, the size perfect. It is not "flimsy" at all. I live in Arizona and need a lightweight blanket in the summer. I washed and dried it before using and it had very little shrinkage if any at all."
- Available sizes: Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, King
3. A Hypoallergenic Down Blanket For Your Bed
A hypoallergenic down comforter that has sewn-through construction means the down filling won't shift around as you move. It's lightweight and, when used without an added blanket, provides the perfect amount of warmth during the summer.
What fans say: "This down comforter is exactly what I was looking for. Well made and the perfect weight. It is billed as good for summer, but I will be using it year round. I tend to get really hot when I sleep so this light weight down comforter is perfect. I am very happy with my purchase."
- Available sizes: One size (104 by 94 inches)
4. This Cotton Basket Weave Blanket For All Seasons
Aside from the fact that it comes in 15 sweet shades like pearl blue and lemon, this 100% cotton blanket is perfect for all seasons. It's lightweight, breathable, boasts a classic basket woven design, and is oversized so that no amount of shrinking will make it anything less than the perfect fit. It comes in two sizes for your bed: full/queen or king.
What fans say: "I chose this blanket mainly for the gorgeous yellow color, but I love everything about it! It's SO soft, thick, well made and generously sized. I have it on a king mattress set and it has plenty of overhang, more than my comforter or most of my quilts have. I've washed and dried it several times and it fluffs right up with no noticeable shrinkage, minimal shedding in the lint trap (after a couple of washes) and only a few stray threads. I thought it would look nice folded at the bottom of the bed, but it's way too comfy to be ornamental. Now it's replacing my heavy comforter, it’s plenty warm enough for spring nights, without feeling heavy or hot. I feel like it will be great for summer and even fall and winter, with a little layering. I'm back to get another, in a different color."
- Available sizes: Full/Queen, King
5. An All-Season Down Alternative Comforter With Bold Color Options
Made with 100% polyester microfiber, this all-season down alternative comforter is perfect for summer snoozing and comes in 12 fun shades like dusty orange (shown above), coral, and turquoise. The sewn-through baffle box construction (with double-needle stitching) ensures the polyfill stays evenly distributed. It comes in twin, full/queen, and king options.
What fans say: "Great for the price. It looks and feels as expected. It's a light-weight comforter--ideal for summer. The material is soft to the touch. It's been washed a couple times, but since I purchased the white one, I only wash it with like colors and I do use bleach. It's held up with no tears of frays."
- Available sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, King
6. A Summer Down Comforter That Can Be Adjusted For Colder Temps, Too
Made with a 300-thread count cotton cover and filled with breathable, hypoallergenic down, this is an ideal summer comforter for those who like something with a bit more loft. It has a handy snap feature that allows you to attach a second comforter to it if you purchase more than one. And because it’s machine-washable and dryer-friendly, you can experience peak comfort without having to deal with any extra maintenance.
What fans say: "I ultimately chose this one because of the snap system - it seemed like an easy way to switch between winter and summer weights. I also wanted something machine washable. So far I love this purchase. It's the perfect summer weight and lays nicely without bunching. It is soft and fluffy - not stiff and crinkly and there are no feathers poking at me (as I've found with some down pillows). I'm hoping that, when I add the second one, it will be warm enough for New England winters."
- Available sizes: Queen, King
7. Natural Bamboo Fiber Throw Blanket That's Odor Resistant
Available in three different colors, this bamboo blanket facilitates great ventilation through a breathable fabric that’s cool and soft against your skin. It provides the perfect amount of warmth on a summer night, with one reviewer describing this “soft and lightweight” blanket as being “just what I wanted for the warm season.” Plus, bamboo fabric is naturally antibacterial and odor-resistant, making this an ideal blanket for those afternoon picnics and other outdoor summer adventures.
What fans say: "After a year of searching I finally have my perfect summer blanket. I have Aloha Soft (sister company of Cariloha) bamboo sheets that are wonderfully soft and cooling.I was searching for a blanket with same fabric & cooling properties.This bamboo/viscose blanket fabric is lightweight & soft to the touch. Plus it’s the perfect blanket for when you don’t feel like sweating under a normal blanket but don’t want to be cold with nothing other than a sheet."
- Available sizes: Throw, Twin, Queen, King
8. A Light Cotton Blanket With A Breathable Weave Design
This 100% cotton thermal blanket looks deceptively simple; it's lightweight, breathable, and far more affordable than a lot of comforters and quilts. But the woven basket weave pattern design also makes it sleek, modern, and super pretty — you won't mind leaving one or two on your couch.
What fans say: "This is a great material that'll shield from cold and light so that you don't have to put it away in the summer. Year round blanket for me. Glad I purchased this!"
- Available sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, King
9. This Quilted Cotton Throw Blanket With A Vibrant Pattern
This charming quilted throw blanket offers the best of both worlds: the shell is made of 100% cotton so it's soft and breathable, while the filling features a blend of cotton and polyester, so it's moisture-wicking, too. It comes in the traditional throw size of 60 by 80 inches, but it's also available in queen and king size, in case you prefer to use it on your bed. On top of all that, it's machine-washable on a cold, gentle cycle, and it comes in five colorful patterns.
What fans say: "This is beautiful!! So happy I purchased it. It's perfect for hot summer nights and the colors are very vibrant. So happy I took a chance on this!!"
- Available sizes: Throw, Queen, King
10. A Light Plush Blanket For Sweaty Sleepers
If you're normally a sweaty sleeper, this plush polyester blanket might just be your answer: it's soft and can easily be layered when the night is cooler than expected, but on its own adds a sufficient enough covering to keep you warm throughout the night — but never so warm that you wake up sweating and sticking to the sheets.
What fans say: "I love this blanket SO much! It's been ideal for these summer days where you need something to cover, but a sheet just isn't as cozy. [...] I've only washed it once so far, but it washed up well, and still has the same soft, cozy texture. I would make sure you wash it alone, as it is fuzzy and some of the fuzzies will show up on dark clothing. The color is also almost identical to the picture."
- Available sizes: Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, King
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