The best summer duvet picks for keeping it cool

We all love summer (that’s a given right?), but trying to sleep in hot weather is definitely one of the downsides. Enter, the summer duvet. Our top picks for the best summer duvet options not only include cooling duvets but ones with breathability and anti-allergy properties, making sure night sweats are a thing of the past yet you remain cosy, even on the warmest evenings.

Most summer duvets have a much lower tog rating than a winter duvet and many are designed with moisture-wicking features to keep you sweat-free, which we will always take as a win. All-season duvets are a good option, too, if you want the choice, but summer duvets can be good year-round if you tend to run warm. It really is personal preference.

When looking for a summer duvet, cotton is one of the materials you’ll probably expect to see front and centre of most designs, but you’ll find a variety of different fillings, from goose feather to synthetic fillings, just like winter duvets. Thanks to new technologies, plenty of duvets with microfibre or hollowfibre fillings are now also suited to hot weather, designed to be moisture-wicking and to regulate the temperature to keep you cool, while you can find lower togs in feather filled duvets if you prefer that feeling.

What are the best summer duvets?

We’ve detailed plenty about our favourite summer duvets picks a little further down but if you are in a rush and you want to find yourself a high-quality summer duvet for a good night’s sleep in the upcoming summer months quickly, we have listed a couple of our top choices below. You’ll find the best hypoallergenic summer duvet, the best hybrid summer duvet, the best budget-friendly summer duvet and the best luxury summer duvet from left to right, with an at a glance round up below.

To rank the best summer duvets, we’ve tried to put all of the ones included in this guide to the test, assessing how they performed on a range of factors, and where that wasn’t possible we have considered a number of features before recommending them. Overall, when choosing which brands and duvets to include, we looked at the quality of the materials, the design, how fluffy they were, their tog rating, and how affordable they were.

What tog rating is best for summer duvets?

In the summer months, you want to look for a lower tog rating, ideally a 1.0 to 4.5 tog is good for a summer duvet. The lighter you go, the more likely you are to only bring it out during heatwaves. A 1.0 tog summer duvet won’t really give you any warmth on cooler, breezier nights for example, so we’d recommend opting for around a 4.5 tog, unless you’re naturally a warm sleeper. Tog rating, however, isn’t as important as it used to be as many brands (including Simba) no longer use it as a way to measure duvets. Instead, keep an eye out for temperature-regulating materials.

What duvet cover material is best for summer?

You might think that the inside component of your duvet set-up is the most important in determining how comfortable you are in a heatwave. While the choice between natural fillings and synthetic fillings certainly makes a difference, the duvet covers you use also play a big role. You want to make sure you have a breathable, lightweight duvet cover which is moisture-wicking for warmer weather, preventing you from overheating and allowing the summer duvet actually do its job of keeping you cooler.

So what materials should you be looking at? The best options tend to be linen, bamboo or Egyptian cotton duvet covers, all of which are breathable, lightweight, feel cool to the touch and work to wick moisture, overall contributing to a cooler, dryer and more pleasant hot weather sleeping environment. Percale cotton also tends to feel even more lightweight making it a good choice for year-round sleeping. Grab a summer duvet below and then head to our guides to the best linen duvet covers and the best Egyptian cotton duvet covers and you’ll be set.

What is the best duvet for keeping cool?

When it comes to summer duvets, your options are either: something super lightweight that’ll simply reduce the amount of material on you and help to keep you from overheating, or a duvet that might still be a bit heavier but actively works to keep you cool thanks to thermo-regulating properties. Often, this latter category incorporates specific cooling technologies or materials, as well as more innovative fibre constructions and designs to help circulate air overnight, or to eliminate moisture, keeping your sleeping environment as dry as possible.

Simba duvets are great for this, as well as Hungarian goose down duvet options, micro-fibre duvets, and comforters brands like Rest, which use Evercool fabrics. Whichever style works best for you comes down to personal preference, with some people still wanting that comfortable weighty feel in the summer, and others finding it hard to sleep even under something with a very low tog. Either way, if it works to regulate your temperature in some form or another, you’ll find investing in a summer duvet will make a major difference to your comfort when sleeping through the hotter season.

What are the different fillings for summer duvets?

Duvets are available in a number of different fillings and that doesn’t change between the different months. You’ll find fillings including down and feather, microfibre, wool and silk, all of which can be used throughout the year and all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. Down and feather are lightweight and breathable offering good temperature regulation, but they aren’t always suitable for allergy sufferers. Microfibre filled duvets are a hypoallergenic option that is often affordable and good at wicking away moisture, but they aren’t always as cosy as down. Wool is naturally breathable and temperature regulating and is generally considered a good option all year, while silk is luxuriously soft and breathable, but can be expensive.