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Best Cooling Blankets for Hot Sleepers - Blankets for a Cool Sweat-Free Sleep

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Today we'll be reviewing twelve of the best cooling blankets for those of us that just can't seem to keep cool under the covers. Sleep is vital for our physical and mental health, and nothing is quite as destructive to sleep quality as a bed that's overheated and stuffy.

With this review, you'll be able to pick the perfect blanket to fit your needs and keep you sleeping soundly.

Our Best Picks

Before we get into the full list, we'll go over some of our favorite products for different customer needs.

If saving money is your primary concern, the 3D Air-Fiber Fleece Cooling Blanket by LEISURE TOWN is going to be your best bet. It's a fairly simple little blanket, but is very durable and has excellent reviews.

If you really want to take advantage of Outlast's temperature-regulating technology, the All Season Temperature Regulating Hypoallergenic Blanket by Design Weave is a great choice. It's a luxurious blanket with excellent temperature regulating abilities that allow you to fully experience the unique benefits of Outlast fabrics.

For a great cooling weighted blanket, either the Premium Adult Weighted Blanket and Removable Cover by Quility or the YnM Weighted Cool Heavy Blanket would fit your needs. The Quility blanket is better if you want a more traditional blanket with the option to use it in the wintertime, while the YnM blanket is better if you need heavy-duty cooling power or moisture-wicking.

The Cooling Blanket Spectrum

Cooling blankets can be made from regular bedding materials, like cotton, rayon, or linen, but need to be specially designed to be lighter and more breathable. Blankets made entirely from bamboo rayon or linen tend to be the coolest, but cotton is also a good choice, especially when made with a proper thread count and soft weave. Heavier fabrics like wool or polyester, tend to hold heat and need to be especially thin to work as cooling blankets.

Outlast technology

Outlast technology offers a more advanced heat management option. Outlast fabric was developed by NASA to counteract the extreme temperatures found in space, and it works the same way to keep you cool at night. Special polymer capsules contain phase change materials, which either hold on to or release heat depending on their temperature.

This unique strategy of releasing or absorbing heat to maintain a constant temperature will hold a bubble of consistent, comfortable temperature around your body. Outlast technology blankets are particularly excellent for bed partners with different preferred sleeping temperatures, as they can provide cooling or warmth depending on what the ambient temperature demands. No more fighting over which covers to use!

Weighted blankets

Weighted blankets are yet another great type of cooling blanket for the bed. These unique blankets have plastic, ceramic, or glass beads contained in the fabric to make them heavier and provide a comforting hugging sensation. For many people, this pleasing stimulation can help to alleviate anxiety or stress, and often leads to a better night's sleep.

The added bonus of weighted blankets is that the spaces are woven into the blanket to contain the weighted material also make the blanket more open and breathable. In some cases, even the weighted material itself can help keep you cool by drawing heat away from your body.

Unfortunately, some people find the pressure from a weighted blanket to be stifling or uncomfortable, so you should definitely try one out before committing to buying it.

Weighted blankets range everywhere from five to thirty pounds of weight, so even if you don't like a lot of pressure, you may be able to find one that fits your needs.

Most manufacturers recommend starting with a blanket that is around 10% of your body weight plus one pound.

Smart Cooling Options

One last option that we will discuss at the end of the article is an air-cooled or air conditioning blanket, like the BedJet. This brilliant piece of smart technology uses special cloud sheets and a fan to increase ventilation and dramatically cool down your bed. This kind of technology can be a lifesaver when regular cooling blankets aren't enough.

Outlast Cooling Blankets for Hot, Sticky Nights

All Season Temperature Regulating Hypoallergenic Blanket by Design Weave

This blanket comes with a 300 thread count cover made entirely from sateen weave cotton. Sateen weave leads to a softer, silkier texture than regular cotton, and is particularly suitable for hot sleepers.

Within the blanket are a half and half mixture of Outlast material and polyester fiberfill. The Outlast gives this blanket exceptional temperature regulating capabilities, allowing you to stay thermo-neutral even in a hot and stifling bedroom.

The other half of the fill could be problematic, as polyester is known not to be as breathable as natural materials and sometimes holds on to heat. However, most reviewers reported that this blanket was on the thicker side, but not stifling or overly hot.

This blanket comes in four color options and is hypoallergenic. Some minor complaints were that the blanket runs on the small side, to begin with, and also tends to shrink substantially in the wash. Additionally, there were comments that this product is quite heavy for a supposedly lightweight blanket.

PROS
  • Outlast technology actively regulates temperature
  • Sateen cotton cover is breathable, durable, and extra soft
  • 4 colors
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Reviewers report it is thick without feeling suffocating
CONS
  • Cotton tends to retain moisture
  • Filling is 50% polyester, which can hold heat
  • Runs small and tends to shrink in the wash
  • Reviewers report it is heavier than most lightweight blankets
  • Expensive
All Season Temperature Regulating Hypoallergenic Blanket by Design Weave
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Wool Outlast Blanket

If you want to make use of advanced Outlast technology without spending a whole lot of money, this is the product for you. It's the most budget-friendly Outlast blanket on our list by a significant margin.

The other material used, other than Outlast, is wool, which is a bit of an odd choice for a cooling blanket. While wool is durable and repels moisture, it also has a lot of insulating power and is more typically found in warming products. However, this is a very thin blanket without any fill, so the wool material may not be a big issue.

This product features six color options and attractive, pleasantly textured chevrons woven into the fabric, to help match the blanket with your personal bedroom décor. It's also odor-free and hypoallergenic, as well as conveniently machine washable.

Reviewers have unfortunately mentioned that this blanket, despite its slim dimensions, tends to sleep on the warm side. It's definitely a high-quality blanket, but may not be the best choice for exceptionally hot sleepers due to the wool.

PROS
  • Temperature regulating Outlast technology
  • Wool is durable and repels moisture
  • Odor-free and hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • Woven in chevron stripes to provide comfortable texture
  • 6 color options
  • Inexpensive for Outlast blanket
CONS
  • Wool tends to insulate and hold in heat
  • Some reviews mention that it sleeps warm
Wool Outlast Blanket
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Outlast Temperature Regulating Chevron Wool Blanket

This blanket is quite similar to the previous wool and outlast blanket, with a makeup of 51% wool and 49% Outlast fabric. However, this product carries an additional Outlast Silver Comfort Rating, which is the second-highest rating of temperature regulation ability.

The blanket comes in four color options and also has nice chevron stitching details. It's constructed from durable wool material, which is odor and moisture resistant and antimicrobial, but also tends towards the warmer side in terms of insulation.

We, unfortunately, can't say for sure whether this blanket sleeps hot or not because the website currently does not have any reviews for this product. This indicates that it may be a newer and relatively untested product. I would personally recommend going for the previous wool-Outlast blanket instead, which has established reviews and a lower price tag.

PROS
  • Temperature regulation by Outlast technology
  • Wool is durable and repels moisture
  • Antibacterial and odor resistant
  • 4 color options
  • Outlast Silver Comfort Rating
CONS
  • No reviews on the website
  • Wool tends to insulate and hold in heat
Outlast Temperature Regulating Chevron Wool Blanket
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Temperature Regulating Lightweight Cooling Comforter by Cool-Jams

Similar to the Design Weave blanket, this comforter is made with a high-quality cotton cover and stuffed with half and half Outlast and polyester fiberfill. This comforter also comes with ClimaDry technology, which supposedly gives the bedding an extra moisture-wicking boost.

The Outlast fabric featured in this blanket helps to maintain a consistent, comfortable body temperature. However, it's only Bronze Outlast Certified, which means that it has much more limited temperature-regulating power compared to products that are Gold or Silver rated. In fact, the website even states that to get optimal temperature control, this product needs to be used with Gold-rated products like their sheets.

This temperature regulating blanket will be particularly fluffy and light feeling due to the box stitching, which gives the fill more space to move and fluff up inside. Unfortunately, this same comfort-adding property can also increase the blanket's insulation and heat holding properties, mainly when half of the fill is polyester.

There are no reviews currently listed on the website, so we can't know whether customers found this blanket to sleep hot or cold.

PROS
  • Cotton cover is sturdy and breathable
  • Outlast technology for temperature regulating
  • ClimaDry: moisture-wicking fabric
  • Machine washable
  • Box stitching for more loft and fluff
CONS
  • Only Bronze Outlast Certified: limited temperature control
  • Fill is 50% polyester which can hold heat
  • No reviews
Temperature regulating lightweight cooling comforter by Cool-Jams
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Cooling Weighted Blankets for Hot Summer Nights

Gravity Blanket

The Gravity Blanket is the first weighted blanket on our list and one of the best-known weighted blanket products on the current market. This has led to a rather hefty price tag: The Gravity Blanket is far and away from the most expensive weighted blanket on our list at $249.99.

It has a cozy, microfiber material and a gridded stitching pattern to keep the glass beads from shifting throughout the blanket. The blanket can be purchased in 15, 20, or 25-pound weights, allowing it to be used comfortably by a wide range of people. However, this would not be a right choice for children or particularly small adults as there are no weight options on the lighter side of the spectrum.

Unfortunately, the polyester exterior may be the downfall of this blanket, as many reviewers said that they found the blanket uncomfortably hot. There were also reports of the blanket coming apart and leaking beads after prolonged use and that it was significantly undersized.

PROS
  • Soft microfiber exterior
  • Weight relieves anxiety and facilitates more restful sleep
  • Gridded stitches to keep glass beads in place
  • Outer duvet is removable for machine washing
  • 2 color options
  • 15, 20, and 25-pound options
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Internal blanket is hand wash or dry clean only
  • Polyester tends to retain heat
  • Reviewers report that it sleeps hot, has low durability over time, and is undersized
  • High proportion of negative reviews
Gravity Blanket
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Premium Adult Weighted Blanket and Removable Cover by Quility

Despite being more than $100 cheaper than the Gravity Blanket, the Quility weighted blanket has a far higher proportion of positive reviews and comes with far more useful features.

The exterior is cotton rather than polyester, for a more breathable, cool, and durable sleeping experience. However, if you want to use this blanket in the wintertime or a cold climate, it comes with a minky polyester fleece cover, to add insulation, warmth, and softness.

The blanket comes with three layers of polyester padding, both to enhance comfort and to ensure that none of the weighted beads escape the blanket. Reviewers found that this blanket held up well even after prolonged use, and there were no reports of leaking beads.

One downside is that the internal blanket can only be hand washed or dry cleaned safety, which makes it a bit more challenging to keep clean if you wish to use it by itself. There's also a slight concern that the polyester padding might add heat-trapping properties to the blanket.

If you're looking for the soothing weight of the Gravity Blanket, but with more features and less bad reviews, this would be a perfect choice.

PROS
  • Cotton exterior is durable and breathable
  • Helpful in relieving anxiety and facilitating a more restful sleep
  • Comes with minky polyester fleece cover
  • 3 layers of polyester padding
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee with a full refund
  • 7, 15, 20, and 25-pound options
CONS
  • Internal blanket is hand wash/dry clean only
  • Polyester padding may add insulation and heat
Premium Adult Weighted Blanket & Removable Cover by Quility
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ZonLi Softest Weighted Blanket

Like the previous blanket, the ZonLi weighted blanket has a breathable and long-lasting cotton exterior rather than polyester. It also has two layers of polyester to prevent bead leakage.

Unfortunately, this particular blanket doesn't come with an additional duvet cover, but the company does offer a 20% discount when you purchase the weighted blanket and duvet cover together. The ZonLi blanket does have 14 different color options, so you'll be able to match the blanket to your bedroom décor even without a duvet cover.

This particular weighted blanket comes in 5, 12, 17, and 20-pound options, making it a better fit for small adults or even children.

Several reviewers have noted that the ZonLi blanket tends to run smaller than expected. There have also been complaints of stitching coming apart and of beads leaking even through the two layers of polyester padding.

PROS
  • Cotton exterior is durable and breathable
  • Weight is good for anxiety and more restful sleep
  • 2 layers of polyester padding
  • 14 color options
  • 20% discount when buying matching duvet cover
  • 5, 12, 17, and 20-pound weight options
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Doesn't come with duvet cover
  • Polyester padding may add insulation and heat
  • Hand wash only
  • Undersized
  • Reviews complain of bead leaking and overall low durability
ZonLi Softest Weighted Blanket
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CoolMax-Weight Blanket with 2 Duvet Covers for Hot and Cold Sleepers by Degrees of Comfort

In addition to being the least costly weighted blanket on our list, the CoolMax blanket has also really outdone itself with the range of weight options it offers. There are ten different weights for this blanket, from 5 all the way to 30 pounds. No matter what your size or shape, this blanket should have a weight to help you get the perfect weighted blanket experience.

The CoolMax blanket also features two different duvet covers to allow you to choose between a warm or cool sleeping experience. The polyester fleece cover is warm, insulating, and fluffy, while the CoolMax polyester microfiber cover is designed to sleep cooler and wick away moisture. Each duvet cover comes with ten anchor points to ensure the blanket doesn't slip around inside it.

Rather than glass beads or plastic pellets, this blanket uses nano-ceramic beads, which supposedly give it a silkier and more pleasing texture.

Unfortunately, several customers found that this blanket sleeps on the hot side, despite its promise of cooling. There were also a few mentions of the ceramic beads bunching up in the corners of the stitching.

PROS
  • Weight relieves anxiety and facilitates more restful sleep
  • 2 duvet cover options for hot or cold temperature needs
  • Nano ceramic beads for improved texture
  • 3 color options
  • 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30 pound weight options
  • 10 anchor points for blanket inside duvet covers
  • Inexpensive
  • 365-day money-back guarantee
CONS
  • Polyester tends to hold heat and be less breathable
  • Reviewer complaints of sleeping hot
  • Beads bunch in corners of stitching
CoolMax - Weighted Blanket w/ 2 Duvet Covers for Hot & Cold Sleepers by Degrees of Comfort
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YnM Weighted Cool Heavy Blanket

This last weighted blanket on our list is unique in that it features a 100% bamboo rayon exterior. Bamboo rayon is an exceptional material for hot sleepers, as it doesn't hold heat at all and is very fast drying so it won't retain sweat or humidity. With its moisture-wicking, heat resistant properties, this may be the best summer blanket on our list.

This weighted blanket has a smaller stitched compartment to keep the beads properly distributed, and there's even an extra layer of cotton material between the rayon exterior and polyfill interior to ensure the beads don't leak. The blanket also comes in six different weight options, so it should work for the majority of people.

As with all bamboo rayon products, some customers just don't like the slippery, stretchy texture, which is just so different from cotton or polyester. There were also some customer complaints that this blanket was smaller than advertised. Overall reviews were mostly very positive.

PROS
  • Bamboo rayon exterior is cool and moisture wicking
  • Weight can help ease anxiety and is helpful for sleep
  • Smaller compartments for better bead distribution
  • An extra layer of cotton between bamboo and polyfill
  • 3-year warranty of free mending
  • Machine washable
  • Renewable and eco-friendly
  • 7, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 25 pound weight options
CONS
  • Some don't like the slippery, stretchy texture of bamboo rayon
  • Doesn't come with duvet cover
  • Undersized
YnM Weighted Cool Heavy Blanket
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Other Types of Cooling Blankets

DANGTOP Air Conditioning Cool Blanket with Bamboo Microfiber

Here is another bamboo product, though this one isn't a weighted blanket. The blanket is made of "bamboo microfiber", which is likely a mix of bamboo rayon and polyester microfiber. The company does not disclose how much of the blanket is rayon and how much is microfiber.

The SMART fabric featured in this blanket is engineered to be breathable and naturally cooling. Due to the combination of bamboo and microfiber, this blanket dries exceptionally quickly to reduce moisture in the bed. It's also very affordable for a bamboo rayon product.

Reviewers commented that this blanket sheds excessive amounts of lint and shrinks dramatically in the wash. It also doesn't come in king or queen sizes. It's also important to note that the unique texture of bamboo rayon just isn't pleasant to some people, so keep that in mind when making your purchase decision.

PROS
  • Bamboo fabric is naturally cooling and drying
  • Renewable and eco-friendly
  • 6 color options
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Company does not disclose what percentage is bamboo versus polyester
  • Some don't like the slippery, stretchy texture of bamboo rayon
  • Sheds lint
  • Doesn't come in king or queen sizes
  • Shrinks dramatically in the wash
DANGTOP Air Conditioning Cool Blanket with Bamboo Microfiber
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Cooling Throw Blankets by Elegear

Elegear's cooling blanket is another unique offering. One side of the blanket is made from traditional cotton, while the other is 80% mica nylon and 20% polyethylene. This "cool fabric" is meant to be noticeably cool to the touch and provide high moisture-wicking capabilities. Specifically, the cooling side of the blanket contains Japanese Q Max cooling fibers intended to absorb body heat due to their larger-than-average fibers.

Perhaps best of all, this blanket has a high proportion of good reviews. Many reviewers noted that this blanket slept noticeably cooler for them than traditional blankets, and they considered it a true cooling blanket.

A couple of downsides are that this blanket doesn't come in king or queen sizes and is only really large enough to comfortably cover one person. Some reviewers also noted that it's almost too thin and lightweight to be comfortable. However, if you're in need of a very small, easy to carry personal blanket for traveling, this might be the perfect product for you.

PROS
  • Nylon and polyethylene side provides cooling and moisture-wicking
  • Cotton side is durable, soft, and breathable
  • Special fibers to absorb body heat
  • Machine washable
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Reviewers say it sleeps noticeably cooler than most blankets
CONS
  • No king or queen sizes
  • Bordering on too thin and lightweight
  • Size makes it only work for one person
Cooling Throw Blanket By Elegear
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3D Air-Fiber Fleece Cooling Blanket by LEISURE TOWN

This last blanket is by far the most budget-friendly on our list at only $23.99. It's a reasonably simple polyester blanket without a lot of extra features, but that hasn't stopped it from racking up a very high proportion of positive reviews.

The LEISURE TOWN blanket is highly lightweight, and its 3D air fiber has superior airflow and cooling sensation compared to traditional polyester fleece. Rigorous testing has shown that this thin little blanket will hold up to over 40 washes with no piling or fleece shedding. Don't let its small stature fool you; this is a durable blanket.

The biggest complaint regarding this blanket was that it could be challenging to dry after washing because it's highly absorbent and holds on to a lot of water. If you sweat a lot in your sleep, this might not be a right product for you, as it will hold the moisture and become damp rather than wicking it away.

PROS
  • 3D air fiber has better airflow than traditional blankets
  • No shedding or piling even after 40 washes
  • Machine washable
  • Very lightweight
CONS
  • Polyester sometimes retains heat
  • Some reviewers had difficult drying after washing because it keeps so much water
3D AIR-Fiber Fleece Cooling Blankets by LEISURE TOWN
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Quick Comparison Table

Comparison of Best Cooling Blankets
Category Exterior Material Interior Material Cost (queen-size)
All Season Temperature Regulating Hypoallergenic Blanket by Design Weave

Outlast

300 thread count sateen cotton 50% Outlast, 50% polyester fiber fill Check Price
Wool Outlast Blanket Outlast 51% Merino wool, 49% Outlast acrylic NA Check Price
Outlast Temperature Regulating Chevron Wool Blanket Outlast 51% wool, 49% Outlast acrylic NA Check Price
Temperature Regulating Lightweight Cooling Comforter by Cool-Jams Outlast 300 thread count cotton 50% Outlast ClimDry fiberfill, 50% polyester fiber Check Price
Gravity Blanket Weighted Polyester microfiber Glass beads Check Price
Premium Adult Weighted Blanket and Removable Cover by Quility Weighted Cotton (with optional minky polyester fleece cover) Three-layered polyester padding with glass beads Check Price
ZonLi Softest Weighted Blanket Weighted Cotton Two-layered polyester padding with glass beads Check Price
CoolMax-Weighted Blanket for Hot and Cold Sleepers by Degrees of Comfort Weighted Polyester fleece cover or CoolMax microfiber polyester cover Nano ceramic beads Check Price
YnM Weighted Cool Heavy Blanket Weighted 300 thread count bamboo rayon Polyester fiberfill with glass beads Check Price
DANGTOP Air Conditioning Cool Blanket with Bamboo Microfiber Other Bamboo microfiber NA Check Price
Cooling Throw Blanket by Elegear Other 80% mica nylon, 20% polyethylene cool fabric on top, 100% cotton on the bottom NA Check Price
3D Air-Fiber Fleece Cooling Blankets by LEISURE TOWN Other Ultra fine polyester fleece NA Check Price

What if You Need More Cooling Power?

For some of us living in particularly hot or humid regions, even the best cooling blanket isn't going to be good enough. What do you do then?

Luckily we live in a time when there are more smart bed cooling systems on the market than there ever have been before. Everything from water-cooled mattress pads to under blanket fans can be used to keep you cool and comfortable. Many of these products utilize smart technology to adjust and program them.

Two specific products that tie in with cooling blankets are the bFan and BedJet. bFan is a simple fan that blows air underneath your covers. While it's a great idea, keep in mind that the product is not adjustable to your specific needs.

BedJet, on the other hand, is a smart product that can circulate cooled air under the covers and is completely adjustable and programmable. It works best with a cloud sheet that holds the cooled air around your body, to create a sort of air conditioning blanket.

Check out our other reviews to learn about the best smart cooling systems for your bed in more detail.