“Warm weather” and “down bedding” don’t exactly go hand-in-hand—especially if you, like me, are currently suffering through 90-plus degree nights in New York City with no air conditioning. However, if you, also like me, are one of those people who would rather sweat to death underneath a blanket than dare sleep on top of it, this one’s for you. I got to the bottom of whether a comforter or duvet was the best option to stay cool on hot summer nights.
First, let’s break down the difference between the two (because they’re often used interchangeably). “A comforter is usually one piece. It has duvet-like fillings such as down, feather, wool, and other synthetics fiber. And it also has a stitched-in cover that’s designed to be shown on top of the bed and can not be removed,” explains Jacob Xi, co-founder of Olive Wren Home. “Similar to the concept of a pillow and a pillowcase, a duvet is usually an insert to a duvet cover that slips over the duvet to protect it.”
Duvet covers tend to be less expensive than a full-on comforters, so if you like to change your decor up with the seasons, this might be the way to go. They also are often easier to wash (though as anyone who’s tried to put them back together post-wash can attest: the process isn’t actually that easy).
There’s a third option, though, that you may not have considered: “A quilt is a bit lighter than a comforter, with less fill to make up the construction,” explains Vicki Fulop, co-founder of Brooklinen. “They work well as an alternative to comforter during warmer months or as a layering piece in the winter.”
As for what you should use during the summer? It’s a matter of preference. “It really depends on your sleep preference, because quilts provide a nice weigh while not holding in too much heat,” says Fulop. “Those who have strong AC or live in cooler climates, however, might want to look for lightweight comforters [or duvets].” There’s another thing to consider if you tend to run hot at nights: the fabric of the blanket you choose. Reach for breathable fabrics, like cotton or French linen, according to the pros. Here are there faves.
Whether you’re a quilt, comforter or duvet person, scroll through for some of our favorite picks in every category. Sweat-free summer sleep, here you come.
Embroidered Lilou Quilt, $248
Buffy Comforter, $150
Aldalora Quilt, $269
Parachute Quilt, $249
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