The Best Summer Blankets – 2018 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

While summer heat can be oppressive at times, most people still like to doze off with the comfort of a soft and cozy blanket. Despite the temperature, a blanket can bring a feeling of relaxation and tranquility that helps you sleep soundly.

A summer blanket should be comfortable and able to provide moderate warmth if summer nights turn chilly. At the same time, it shouldn’t be so warm as to cause you to wake up in a sweat from overheating. A good blanket should also have a nice feel and an appearance that meshes with the style of your bedroom or living room.

This guide will help you find the perfect summer blanket. We’ll highlight our top choices for the best summer blankets and provide you with buying tips and information to help you find the right blanket for you.

The Best Summer Blankets of 2018

Editor’s Choice – Sofia’s Linen Pure Flax Blanket

Most Luxurious – Sferra Kingston Blanket

Best Natural Fiber Blanket – Super Cozy Bamboo Blanket

Best Summer Down Comforter – DreamTek Summer Down Comforter

Best Value – eLuxury 100% Cotton Luxury Metro Blanket

 

How We Decided
26 summer blankets considered –– 29 hours of research –– 4 sleep experts consulted

Summer Blanket Reviews

Sofia’s Linen Pure Flax Blanket – Editor’s Choice

Highlights
  • Large-sized throw for use all around the house
  • Available in 4 patterned plaid colors
  • Naturally breathable and won’t retain excess heat in summer
  • Thick enough to still use as a layer in winter

Our Editor’s Choice for the best summer blanket is the Pure Flax Blanket from Sofia’s Linen. It offers a perfect mix of design and materials so that it delivers both rustic charm and great performance for a blanket intended for summer use.

The Sofia’s Linen Pure Flax Blanket comes in one size — 87” by 79” — which is larger than a normal throw but a bit smaller than a normal twin-size blanket. This makes it perfect for use as a throw around the house during summer evenings or to take with you to bed where it can add warmth and comfort without a risk of causing you to overheat. Linen, made from the flax plant, has a coarser feel than many blanket materials, but this is also the basis of its breathability and durability. It feels thick, which allows the blanket to be cozy and even usable as a layer during winter weather.

Sofia’s Linen offers this blanket in 4 different colors, all with a plaid pattern, so you can find the version that will match best with your furniture. With its unique size, homely design, and quality materials, this blanket takes our top spot in this category.

Sferra Kingston Blanket – Most Luxurious

Highlights
  • Made with 100% high-end cotton
  • Thermal waffle weave adds breathability and style
  • Available in 6 different color choices
  • 30 day return policy

The Sferra Kingston Blanket has both the look and feel of luxury. It is made with 100% cotton that is especially soft to the touch. Great attention to detail has been paid to the stitching and overall composition of the blanket, giving it that smooth and plush feel that is so soothing during a summer night.

The thermal waffle weave provides additional texture that feels nice against the skin. This weave also helps with breathability as airflow can pass through the weave, dissipating heat and moisture. Like most cotton blankets, it will pull moisture (such as sweat) away from your body so you don’t wake up feeling clammy. At the same time, this blanket delivers enough warmth to keep a chill away or to use in conjunction with other blankets during the winter.

The waffle weave also provides a nice visual element that makes the blanket look like it could be used in a luxury hotel. It’s available in 6 different colors, so you’re certain to be able to find an option that will complement your interior decoration.

Though it is a more expensive option that other blankets on our list, it won’t be hard to be won over by this luxury blanket. And in the event that you aren’t happy with it, Sferra offers 30 nights for you to try out the blanket and return it for a refund if you aren’t satisfied.

Super Cozy Bamboo Blanket – Best Natural Fiber Blanket

Highlights
  • Naturally derived from 100% bamboo viscose
  • Bamboo fiber offers profound softness
  • Thin and cool to the touch
  • Available in 4 colors

The bamboo blanket from Super Cozy is our pick for the best natural fiber blanket. It is made from 100% bamboo viscose, which has a distinct feel and performance relative to most other standard blanket materials. In particular, this material is quite thin yet provides a helpful light layer of warmth that proves especially useful during the summer. At the same time, you don’t have to worry about sleeping hot with this blanket: the bamboo is naturally ventilated with tiny woven holes, and it feels cool to the touch. It’s an absorbent material, so sweat gets pulled away from your body if you start getting hot.

From a comfort perspective, it’s also soft and pleasant to wrap yourself up in. It has a textured finish that gives additional visual appeal to the blanket and that makes it easy to drape on your bed or on furniture in your living room. It’s available in 4 different colors, so you can find the one that most fits your personal style and the style of your home.

DreamTek Summer Down Comforter – Best Summer Down Comforter

Highlights
  • 395 thread count, long-staple cotton sateen shell
  • 600+ fill power down
  • Sewn-through to help hold down fill in place and prevent excess loft and bunching
  • Smart snap system for adjustable thickness and heat

Contrary to popular belief, down isn’t just for winter, and the DreamTek Summer Down Comforter is a perfect example. While down’s reputation is for heavy warmth, a down comforter can be designed to be perfectly comfortable in the summer.

In the case of the DreamTek, the interior fill has 600 fill power, which is enough to keep you warm, but not the kind of fill power designed for frigid winter nights. The fill is held in small compartments because of the sewn-through stitching of the blanket. By holding the fill in tighter compartments, it does not have as much loft, so it doesn’t deliver quite as much insulation. It also does not need to be fluffed as often.

This blanket also It also has a cotton shell with a thread count of 395, and this cotton material can help draw moisture away from your body. The long-staple cotton delivers both softness and durability, so you can count on using this blanket for years.

If you want to a thicker and warmer comforter, you can attach multiple DreamTek blankets together using the smart snap system. This allows you to create a thicker comforter or even one that is thicker on one side than the other. All of these features make this a fantastic summer comforter and one that can be used in the winter as well.

Highlights
  • 100% cotton for soft feel and lightweight warmth
  • Zig-zag weave gives pleasant texture for look and feel
  • Available in 8 different colors
  • Comes with 30-day satisfaction guarantee

The Metro Blanket from eLuxury Supply is a straightforward blanket that provides excellent bang for your buck. It is made with 100% cotton that gives the blanket a comfortable feel against the skin. Cotton offers warmth but without trapping heat; in fact, it helps with breathability and pulling sweat and moisture away from the body. For this reason, this makes a great all-season blanket since it can be used on its own in the summer or in layers during the winter.

The texture of the zig-zag weave pattern offers a nice look in any of the 8 different colors that are available. Whether you intend to use it in your bedroom or living room, this blanket should fit in nicely.

The price is right for the Metro blanket and represents a great value given the quality of the materials and design. In addition, there’s a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so you can get a full refund if you decide to return the blanket during this window.

Summer Blanket Buying Guide

Not sure how to pick out a summer blanket? This guide will take you through everything you need to know including the basics and tips for finding a quality product.

What is a Summer Blanket?

The term summer blanket may be new to you, and it may not be clear how these are separate from more standard, conventional blankets. As the name implies, a summer blanket is meant for use during the warmer times of the year. In practice, this means that summer blankets tend to have a few defining characteristics:

  • Less loft and insulation: the thickness and insulating power of a summer blanket is much less than a blanket intended for use during the winter. This may mean the use of materials that do not retain as much heat and/or using less of these materials.
  • Enhanced breathability: a summer blanket should permit airflow so that all the heat from your body is not trapped under the blanket. This is often accomplished by using a slightly looser weave along with less insulation and fill. In addition, a summer blanket usually helps absorb and/or wick away moisture so that you don’t feel clammy if you start to heat up and sweat at night.
  • Lightweight: the total weight of a summer blanket is usually less, and this is normally accomplished by using lighter materials. This also helps make it easy to store a summer blanket away when winter comes.

How to Choose the Right Summer Blanket for You

To determine which summer blanket is right for you, it can be helpful to think about some of the most important elements of this type of blanket.

Material

A natural starting point for evaluating a blanket is looking at its materials. Generally you don’t want something very heavy in a summer blanket. Light and airy materials typically garner the most customer satisfaction and typically with a low to moderate amount of fill. At the same time, there should be enough material to provide a bit of warmth and to give you that cozy feeling of being wrapped up in a blanket. Some of the specific materials used in summer blankets include:

  • Cotton: you’re almost certainly familiar with cotton already, and this is a popular choice for summer blankets because it is soft, pulls moisture away from the body, and can be woven to be very airy.
  • Linen: this is a material derived from the flax plant that has a heavier feel but that is excellent at staying cool and allowing plenty of airflow around the body. It is not soft like cotton but can give a comforting feel around the body.
  • Silk: this extremely smooth material is naturally cool to the touch and is extremely light, making it a quality material for a summer blanket.
  • Down: down comes from the underside of the feathers of geese and ducks and is most commonly used in winter blankets because of its powerful insulating properties. However, down can be used in lesser quantities in a summer blanket allowing customers to take advantage of down’s lightness and softness.
  • Wool: this is a naturally breathable and moisture-wicking material but that can also give warmth when needed. Wool can have more tedious washing requirements although washable wool can go in the washing machine.
  • Polyester: this synthetic material can be formulated to have a feel like down or one closer to cotton (although not quite as soft or absorbent). It is often a low-cost option and one that is lightweight and easy to clean.
  • Natural and organic materials: fibers for summer blankets may be derived from natural materials (such as bamboo). These are often lighter and breathable and can provide a nice alternative to the more standard bedding materials. Keep in mind that not all natural materials are organic. Whether you prefer natural or organic materials depends on your personal preferences as well as your budget and other factors (such as allergies or chemical sensitivities).

Weave

The weave of a blanket is something that you’ll notice based both on how a blanket looks and how it holds in heat. The tighter the weave, the more likely a blanket is to be warm and to keep heat in.

You’re also likely to come across some specific terminology as it relates to the weave. For example, percale is a type of cotton weave that layers vertical and horizontal yarns in a 1:1 ratio. This gives percale lots of breathability but not quite as much softness as sateen, another type of cotton weave that produces a smoother but slightly less breathable material. Twill is a diagonally-patterned weave with more pronounced texture that can feel rougher. A waffle weave creates a pattern that looks like its name, and these tend to be more breathable and have a distinct look. Knit weaves usually leave larger holes in the fabric, which means more breathability but less heat retention.

Durability

When you buy a new blanket, you want to know that it’s going to last plenty of time to make your investment worth it. Durability will be affected by the material, the type of weave, the thread count, and how you use the blanket. Materials like cotton tend to hold up well, especially if it’s a quality thread count and cotton fabric. Cotton and polyester are also usually easier to wash without damaging the material. Silk and down, on the other hand, can be durable but require more attention to specific washing instructions.

The more you use the blanket, obviously, the more wear-and-tear it will have. In addition, with more use, it may require more frequent cleaning that over time will break down the materials. However, most summer blankets should last for several years.

Cleaning

When it’s hot, you sweat more, and this can mean that a summer blanket gets dirty faster. This is especially true with materials that rapidly absorb moisture and if you use your summer blanket without a top sheet. As a result, you’ll want to wash your summer blanket with some frequency, and this can make simple cleaning a nice plus. Materials like cotton and polyester are normally machine-washable while materials like silk, wool, and down usually require more careful cleaning.

Other Things to Consider

Other factors to consider as you select among different summer blankets include:

Style/Pattern

Since you likely will use your summer blanket without other bedding or blankets, it will normally be visible. This puts more priority on finding a blanket that fits with your personal sense of style, and this is even more true if you want to use a summer blanket as a living room throw. Look at the decor in your home and your bedroom to get a sense of what colors or patterns might look best.

Return Policy

A customer-friendly return policy can be a huge benefit, especially if you’re thinking about buying a more expensive summer blanket. The ability to return a blanket within a set period of time (usually 30 days) can help give you peace of mind that you won’t get stuck with a blanket that doesn’t work for you. Whenever possible, look for a blanket that comes with the option for returns or at least exchanges in the event that you don’t love it.