A much asked question from friends and readers: What’s the best lightweight duvet to keep me cool at night?
A friend was complaining yesterday about how, even now the weather is cooler than the 37 degrees we had the other week, she still finds it far too hot in bed. So I logically asked her what tog her duvet was, and what it was made out of. Tog? She had absolutely no idea. Filling and cover material? Again, not entirely sure. A little homework was given and she replied after she’d got home. “10 tog and polyester,” she replied, “but this is the thinner duvet, the thicker one’s in the airing cupboard.”
No wonder she’s hot in bed. 10 tog is not a summer duvet – it’s the tog I use for much of the year but certainly not the summer months. And I personally wouldn’t choose a 100% polyester duvet with no cotton in sight to sleep under in the warmest weather either.
So which are the best summer duvets we’d recommend will keep you cool?
Fogarty 3 Tog Cool Duvet – from £22 at Dunelm
Fogarty make two very lightweight, thin duvets suitable for the hottest nights (or people!) Their 1 tog duvet isn’t worth buying to be honest – it’s barely more than a sheet but the 3 tog duvet is a little more substantial. It’s a value option cool duvet: 3 tog is one of the lowest togs available which is not very common. It won’t win awards for craftsmanship – the edging doesn’t shout ‘quality’ but it’s an acceptable budget summer duvet. My opinion: although 1.5 tog less, it’s not nearly as nice a duvet as the White Company one below for a similar price.
If you want to go for a synthetic duvet, this one’s the best of the bunch – I’ve bought 3 for our house. Extremely light, extremely soft, extremely washable; you’ll hardly notice it’s there – it’ll keep you cosy but cool. SALE on at The White Company too at the moment, so there’s 20% off that and the other White Company bedding.
If you want an incredible duvet which has serious technology behind keeping you cool, go for the Simba Hybrid Duvet. This is a two-sided duvet: a combination of down / feather with the other side being filled with space age OUTLAST® technology which helps regulate your body temperature. Although the price tag may make your eyes water, the research and guarantees provided by Simba are reassuring. We loved it and it’s been tested by other reviewers for night sweats with great results.
This all-seasons duvet comprises a 4.5 tog summer duvet and a 9.5 tog mid-weight duvet, which fastened together makes a 13.5 tog warm winter duvet. If you’re after something that will last you all year, this is a great buy. Although they’re polyester-filled so not the coolest or most natural material, the duvet has a 100% cotton high thread-count cover, so the outside helps to keep you cool with breathable natural fabric. It’s a great value year-round duvet – better quality than others at this price.
We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of natural fillings for duvets and when it comes to heat regulation, this is really important. Think sheep, think hillsides, think sun, wind, rain and snow… you get the idea. Nature has spent just a few million years figuring out what works best to keep creatures warm, and cool. A wool duvet will feel heavier than a synthetic or down duvet so takes a little bit of getting used to. We’d suggest a thin one like this one from Soak and Sleep, which isn’t too heavy, is superb quality and will keep you cool. Currently they’ve got a sale on too with up to 25% discount 🙂 so it’s a duvet worth buying.
Go to the Luxury Wool Duvet at Soak and Sleep
For other lightweight, cool, summer duvets – see our list of 4.5 tog and less duvet reviews