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Summer blankets are light and and offer comfort even at higher temperatures. But there are many fillings and some factors to consider. No one should feel left out of a summer blanket, because allergy sufferers don't have to worry with allergy-neutral fabrics. But sometimes you don't know what to look for when buying a summer duvet.

With our big summer duvet test 2021 we would like to help you choose the best summer duvet for you. With the help of our guide, we would like to help you make a good purchase decision and choose the best summer duvet for you.




Summary

  • A summer duvet is available in various designs, whether for people who sweat heavily, for allergy sufferers or precisely for children.
  • The special thing about a summer duvet is that it is particularly thin, which makes it more air-permeable and breathable. This is very important for most people during the warm season.
  • When deciding what to buy, you should consider a few factors so that you can use your summer duvet for a longer period of time.

The Best Summer Duvet: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for a summer duvet

To help you choose a good summer duvet, we have listed some buying criteria. With these criteria we would like to help you make a good purchase decision. When buying a summer duvet, you should pay attention to the following criteria:

Washability

Depending on the filling material of your duvet, you will have to care for it differently. Some materials are only suitable for hand washing, others can be washed as a boil wash at 90 degrees. As a rule, the different materials have different temperature requirements. Here we have listed them briefly and clearly:

  • Polyester duvets at 30 to 40 degrees.
  • Microfibre duvets at 30 to 40 degrees.
  • Cotton duvets at 60 to 90 degrees.
  • Feather duvets and duvets made of natural fibres (animal hair) must not be washed in the washing machine.

Filling material

The filling material is one of the most important aspects, because the filling material decides which properties your summer duvet should have. The filling material usually also determines how you should care for your summer duvet. We have listed the most common materials here:

  • Camel hair: Camel hair or camel fluff is a very popular filling material. The camel hair filling makes a summer duvet much more comfortable and lighter on the skin. Because camels are perfectly accustomed to large temperature differences, their downy hair is perfect for people who sweat but freeze at night.
  • Silk: Silk can balance temperatures, cool and absorb a lot of moisture. This means that everyone can find rest in a dry bed climate. Silk is mainly only suitable for people with a small heat requirement who simply need a blanket to snuggle in.
  • Cotton: Cotton is an ideal filling material for a light summer blanket, as the material absorbs moisture very well and releases it into the environment. This means that a cotton blanket can provide a comfortable night's sleep in high temperatures. In addition, cotton is known for its high breathability and it is super light on the skin.
  • Lyocell: Lyocell is an expert when it comes to absorbing moisture. Lyocell can absorb 50% more moisture than cotton. Because Lyocell is so absorbent, it is perfect for people who sweat more.
  • Cashmere: Cashmere as a filling material is for people who want a light and thin duvet but do not want to freeze. On cooler summer days, the cashmere blanket keeps you pleasantly warm and offers a comfortable night's sleep.
  • Down: A typical down duvet is a thick, warm blanket that keeps you warm, especially in winter. Of course, you can also have a blanket with a smaller filling. This creates a summer duvet that has the ability to regulate temperatures ideally.
  • Softfill & Microfibre: A summer blanket made of softfill hollow fibres or microfibres is often used by allergy sufferers, because these blankets are very easy to care for and can be washed at 60 degrees or even higher temperatures. There are also special models that have special anti-allergenic finishes.

Filling weight

The filling weight is crucial for comfort. The heavier the blanket, the warmer you will be. The weight also determines how good the moisture balance is. For heavy sweaters, a heavy blanket is like a death sentence. That's why it's important to know what weight is best for you.

If the blanket is lighter, it also lies better on the skin and thus improves comfort.

On average, all materials weigh 700 grams for a size of 200x200cm, except silk, silk weighs a bit more with 900 grams for the 200x200cm model.

Dimensions in cm

The size of the summer duvet plays a big role in comfort. There are duvets that are designed for one person and there are also duvets that are designed for two people. In addition, there are duvets that are specially made for children.

Your requirements will determine which size model you choose. It is important that you choose a duvet that is not too small, as this would lead to heat loss.

The different size models are: 135 x 200 cm, 140 x 220 cm,155 x 200 cm,155 x 220 cm, 200 x 200 cm, 200 x 220 cm, 220 x 220 cm, 220 x 240 cm.

Oeko-Tex Standard

The Oeko Tex seal is internationally known for testing textile products.

The Oeko-Tex Association was founded in March 1992.

The seal states whether your duvet is free of harmful substances. The methods, criteria and limits for harmful substances are adapted, expanded and improved every year. If you see an Oeko-Tex seal, you can be sure that all the individual components of your quilt have been tested for harmful substances and are harmless to health. You will always find the seal, if it is present, on the label.

Suitable for allergy sufferers

If you have an allergy, you must be careful when buying a summer blanket. Many materials are not suitable for allergy sufferers. The most important thing is that the duvet can withstand at least 60 degrees when washed.

This will kill dust mites and what they leave behind. Based on the allergy you have to pay attention to the filling material. If you have an animal allergy, then you should definitely avoid animal materials and rather use synthetic materials. Also important is good breathability

Suitable for tumble drying

In principle, all fill materials of the summer blanket are suitable for the dryer, but you must consider a few aspects before you throw your blanket in the dryer. If your tumble dryer is too small and you wash your summer duvet, the quality may deteriorate.

The blanket must also not be dried at too high a temperature, otherwise it will lose its comfort.

To prevent the blanket from losing its fluffiness, it is recommended to put tennis balls or dryer balls in the dryer.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a summer duvet.

In this section, we answer frequently asked questions about summer duvets that you should consider before making a purchase decision.

What is special about a summer duvet and what advantages does it offer?

The special thing about a summer duvet is its high breathability and lightness, which is due to the low filling weight. A summer duvet should not be thick, as the name suggests it is made for the summer. A summer duvet is also individually adapted, i.e. which material you prefer, because each material has its own advantages.

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The right summer duvet provides the right feel-good factor in your bedroom.
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There are summer blankets that are made especially for people who sweat a lot; they absorb moisture much more than other filling materials. There are also summer blankets that are made for allergy sufferers. These summer blankets often have a material that can be washed at over 60 degrees, which kills dust mites.

What material should a summer duvet have?

The material that a summer duvet should have is determined by personal requirements. In the following table you can see an overview of the most prominent materials:

Material Description
Cotton Very absorbent, tear-resistant when wet.
Silk Thin cooling material, soft and supple, crease-resistant.
Down Suitable for allergy sufferers, moisture regulating, light weight.
Cashmere High tear resistance, lightweight, dirt and odour repellent.

Which fabric you choose depends on you, each filling material has its own special functions.

Who is a summer duvet suitable for?

A summer blanket is suitable for anyone who wants a blanket for high temperatures. The summer blanket absorbs moisture and thus protects you from catching a cold when the temperature drops quickly.

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Many people can't fall asleep without a duvet, and with the right one for summer you don't have to, even in high temperatures (Image source: Pixabay / Claudio_Scott)

A summer duvet is also there for comfort with materials that range from a light blanket to a cosy blanket. Allergy sufferers are also catered for with filling materials that are allergy neutral and washable at 60 degrees.

What types of summer blankets are there?

There are several types of summer blankets on offer. We will go into more detail in the following.

What are the characteristics of a summer duvet for allergy sufferers and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you are allergic, it is especially important to find the right summer duvet for you. As an allergy sufferer, you should pay particular attention to the properties and material of your duvet.

When buying a summer duvet, it is especially important that you make sure that your duvet is dust mite and dust repellent. Make sure that your duvet is washable. Washing kills the allergens that irritate your body.

It is important that your duvet can be washed at 60 degrees or higher. When buying, always look at the manufacturer's instructions, as they will tell you whether the duvet is suitable for allergy sufferers.

Materials that are suitable for allergy sufferers include microfibre and washable cotton. If you do not suffer from a house dust allergy, you can also use down.

Advantages
  • Suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Washable
Disadvantages
  • Depending on the material, not suitable for tumble dryers

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a summer duvet for sweaty people?

If you tend to sweat a lot, it is especially important for you to use a material that is particularly moisture-regulating. To prevent you from getting wet at night, your duvet should be absorbent and air-permeable.

A summer duvet for sweaty people is constructed in such a way that it stores your own body heat and releases it again so that you do not sweat due to heat accumulation.

A duvet for sweaty people often has a low filling material and can be washed at high temperatures. Materials that are suitable for heavy sweaters are down, lyocell and cotton.

Advantages
  • Moisture-regulating
  • Breathable
  • Washable
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for colder nights

How much does a summer duvet cost?

The price of a summer duvet varies from material to material. We have listed the types of material and their price ranges in a table:

Material Price
Camel hair 40-200€
Silk 30-100€
Cotton 10-50€
Cashmere 60-300€
Down 30-100€
Softfill 40-120€

When is a summer duvet suitable?

A summer blanket is suitable for warmer temperatures. This means on nights that are perhaps too cool without a blanket, but too warm to sleep with a normal blanket.

A summer duvet is also suitable for people who generally get warm quickly, but it is up to the individual to decide when to use a summer duvet.

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