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Some people get through the hot summer months with just a flat sheet, but those who enjoy using a blanket in the summer know how difficult it can be to find the right one. With a staggering array of styles and materials available, choosing a blanket that will keep you comfortable yet cool even in the warmest temperatures can be overwhelming.
To make it easier for our readers to choose a summer blanket, we’ve decided on the summer blankets we think are the best on the market. No single blanket is likely to be perfect for everyone, so we’ve broken down our rankings into a variety of categories.
Blankets may seem like a simple purchase, but there are plenty of details you should know before making a decision. We’ve gathered information about the factors you should consider before buying, as well as details on the best materials for a summer blanket you’ll love all season long.
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Light and breathable cotton, an appealing textured feel, and a very affordable price point make the Standard Textile All Seasons Cotton Blanket a standout choice. The blanket is popular in luxury hotels worldwide, allowing you to bring home the feeling of hotel extravagance for a fraction of the cost you might expect.
Cotton is an ideal material for summer blankets, as it wicks away sweat throughout the night and breathes easily for the right amount of warmth with a satisfying weight. This version adds a textured feel for both visual and tactile interest, without the usual warmth of a textured weave.
The blanket is available in twin, queen, and king sizes, as well as a color choice of white or natural. Like most cotton blankets, it can easily be machine washed as well as tumble dried on low.
There are few downsides to this excellent choice, but not everyone will enjoy the feel of this blanket. Those who prefer a more consistent texture may prefer a blanket with a smoother weave rather than the slightly uneven feel of this option, while people who sleep cool in the summer may prefer a blanket with more weight.
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A summer blanket that both looks and feels great doesn’t have to come with a high price tag, as proven by eLuxury’s All Seasons Metro Blanket. This blanket has a low price point, as well as stylish texturing, a range of attractive colors, and a comfortably soft feel.
Lightweight and airy, this blanket adds weight and summer-friendly warmth to any bed. It has a subtle chevron texture, which adds dimension without sacrificing the blanket’s soft 100% cotton feel. Customers can purchase it in three sizes (twin, full/queen, and king) and each is slightly oversized to drape elegantly and comfortably cover those who share the bed. A selection of five neutral colors, including navy blue, makes it easy to find the right shade to add a classic accent to your bedroom.
While marketed as an all-season model, we believe this lightweight blanket would work best during the warmest months. However, its light texturing makes it ideal for layering, and it’s a practical choice for everything from guest bedrooms to snuggling up on a sofa. Like most cotton blankets, this one is machine-washable and can be tumble dried on low settings for easy care.
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The Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket offers classic elegance and comfort that will last you through summer and the rest of the year. Waffle blankets are a classic choice for good reasons — not only do they look good, but their texture traps pockets of air to help keep you comfortable at a range of temperatures. Cotton wicks away moisture and breathes easily for summer use, but the blanket also pairs well with heavier layers in the cooler months.
Made with 100% organic cotton, the blanket is available in four neutral shades that could look great in any bedroom. Three sizes are available — twin, full/queen, and king/California king — and the blankets themselves are generously sized to drape over the edge of your mattress. Cotton is easy to clean, and the Boll & Branch blanket can be washed at home as needed.
While we expect most people will enjoy this well-made blanket, not everyone will be comfortable with its price-point. It is also unlikely to please those who prefer a softer touch, as the waffled texture can feel rough to some people. That said, Boll & Branch offers a 30-night trial and free returns, making this blanket a risk-free choice for summer luxury.
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For the eco-conscious shopper, 100% organic cotton is a must. The Grund Organic Throw Blanket pairs GOTS certified organic cotton with a soft, subtle texture for lightweight summer comfort. It’s also free from harsh chemicals, as the company uses natural dyes and does not use bleach, formaldehyde, or any other toxic substances in its processing or manufacturing.
Due to the use of natural dyes, the blanket is available in three neutral colors: cream, taupe, and slate grey. Despite being called a throw, customers can purchase it in two sizes that roughly correspond to an oversize full or queen. Gund has chosen a classic ribbed texture for this model, which provides visual and textural interest without extra insulation. As a result, this blanket is highly breathable and makes a great choice for customers who find other summer blankets too warm.
While more expensive than many non-organic competitors, this blanket still has a significantly lower price-point than other 100% organic blankets on the market. We are particularly impressed by the quality of its construction, with a classic and comfortable rolled edge and high-quality stitching to ensure its durability over many summer nights. Caring for it is also easy, with the manufacturer suggesting that owners wash on a cold, gentle cycle and hang it to dry.
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Down-filled comforters are a cold weather classic, but the right down blanket can be perfect for the summer as well. The Puredown Lightweight Down Blanket pairs natural down with 300 thread count, satin-weave cotton for a luxurious and lightweight feel. The comforter is available in four colors (white, grey, slate blue, and sage green) and it is accented with a classic satin trim. Customers can choose between queen and king sizes.
Although down insulates well for warmth in the winter, it is also highly breathable — making for a cool, airy blanket that works well even in hot weather. Puredown’s version uses 75% down and 25% white feathers for a comforter that is soft, rather than “crunchy,” and the satin-weave cotton prevents any sharp shaft points from poking through. The well-sewn box stitch helps keep the down and feathers where they ought to be.
Winter-ready down comforters can come with a high price-point, but this lightweight version uses less filling and is therefore more affordable, even when compared to cotton blankets. One of the few downsides is its care, as it is dry clean only and cannot be laundered at home. It is also more difficult to layer than cotton, potentially making it less practical for year-round use.
Whether you like breezy comfort or want a summer-friendly weight, we’ll cover what you need to know to find the right blanket for your needs.
Just as with other sleep accessories, choosing the right summer blanket means keeping a range of factors in mind. These vary in importance — both overall and depending on your personal needs and preferences — but are each crucial to consider. Some impact the feel and warmth of a blanket, while others have more of an effect on the blanket’s longevity, ease of care, or appearance.
Depending on the personal importance of each category, you may be happy to settle for a blanket that isn’t ideal in some of them. Others, however, should guide your purchase, as you will likely be unhappy in the long-term with a blanket that doesn’t fulfill your needs.
Blankets are available in a wide range of sizes, from smaller throws to those meant to drape elegantly across a king size bed. Summer blankets are available in many sizes, but the majority are meant for bed use. Throws, however, may be a great option for couch use, or if you and your sleep partner each want a different type of blanket.
Different materials have different properties, and deciding among them may mean sacrificing one quality for another. Blends are also common, marrying the qualities of one material with another and sometimes overcoming their drawbacks. We’ll cover materials more in depth in the next section, as they are one of the most important factors when choosing a summer blanket.
Different weaves have different textures and looks, but weaves can also impact how warm a blanket is. For example, waffle weave blankets are surprisingly warm despite usually being lightweight due to the heat-retaining qualities of their pocketed design. However, it is possible to choose a summer blanket with an otherwise too-warm weave by choosing one with a highly breathable fabric.
Blankets should keep you comfortable all night long, but the best ones also add style and interest to your bedroom. Cotton and synthetic blankets tend to be available in a wide range of patterns and solid colors, while blankets made from wool are usually a solid color or available in large, simple patterns. Many people prefer to purchase a summer blanket in simple, neutral colors that look great in any bedroom.
Very few summer blankets feature a removable cover. Because of this, it’s crucial to consider how the blanket can be cleaned and cared for before purchasing it. Synthetic fabrics and cotton tend to be the easiest to care for, while other options may require dry cleaning. Regardless of your blanket choice, using a flat sheet beneath it is the easiest way to keep it clean throughout the summer.
Summer blankets tend to be less expensive than those intended for winter, as they are usually thinner and therefore use less fabric. Organic materials, particularly wool, are usually more expensive than synthetic fabrics, though cotton is also extremely affordable.
The majority of retailers offer returns on blankets, but few will accept a blanket that has been used or is out of its original packaging. If you’re on the fence about your purchase, make sure to read the return policy closely before buying or opening your new blanket.
The material a blanket is made from impacts its feel, warmth, weight, care, and appearance. As these are the concerns most people have when purchasing a summer blanket, it’s easy to see why the choice of material is worth closer look.
Overall, the preferred fabric for most summer blankets is 100% cotton. Cotton is uniquely suited for summer weather, as it is highly breathable, allowing for good airflow and a cooler sleep while also wicking away moisture to avoid feeling clammy on hot summer nights. It has a light but satisfying weight that appeals to nearly all sleepers, and it is much easier to care for than other natural materials, like wool.
Most blankets that aren’t made of cotton are made using wool or synthetic materials. Although popular and very comfortable under the right conditions, most wool and synthetic blankets are too warm for summer use. There are exceptions, of course, such as lightweight wool blankets, particularly those made from cashmere. Synthetic fabrics are generally less breathable than natural materials, but cotton-polyester blends and some other lightweight varieties may still be a comfortable choice at an affordable price.
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