Cooling duvet covers are just as important as cooling comforters. Not only do they protect your duvet from funky odors, but they regulate your body's temperature and take it down a notch whenever you overheat.
"Colder temperatures facilitate sleep rhythms and support melatonin release," says Abhinav Singh, MD, MPH, medical director of the Indiana Sleep Center, fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and medical review expert at the Sleep Foundation.
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With that in mind, here are our top duvet cover picks for people who tend to heat up at night.
The Best Duvet Covers for Hot Sleepers
- Best Overall: Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover (From $95.20, Brooklinen.com)
- Best Value: Nestl Duvet Cover (From $24.99, Amazon.com)
- Best Cotton: Quince Organic Luxe Waffle Duvet Cover (From $79.90, OneQuince.com)
- Best Bamboo: Sunday Citizen Premium Bamboo Duvet Cover (From $180, SundayCitizen.co)
- Best Linen: Parachute Home Linen Duvet Cover (From $280, ParachuteHome.com)
- Best Silky: Eikei Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover (From $89.80, Amazon.com)
How We Chose
We tapped two sleep experts, who shared their recommendations on what to look for in a cooling duvet cover. We selected these products based on the following criteria:
- Ease of cleaning
1. Best Overall: Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover
- Oeko-Tex Certified
- One-year warranty
- Can stain easily
A duvet cover should be lightweight, comfortable and stylish, and this one from Brooklinen checks all the boxes. Not only is it made of 100 percent cotton and 270 breathable threads, but it also comes in five timeless colors — white, cream, grey, oxford stripe and window pane — making this classic duvet perfect for hot sleepers who want to snooze in style.
Additionally, the cover is Oeko-Tex Certified, which means it's free of harsh chemicals.
When you buy this cover, you'll be guaranteed a one-year warranty and can return or exchange your product within 365 days of purchase with free shipping for U.S. customers.
Buy it: Brooklinen.com; Price: From $95.20
2. Best Value: Nestl Duvet Cover
- Machine washable
- Buttons instead of a zipper
Breathable, lightweight and comfortable, Nestl's Duvet Cover is a budget-friendly option with prices starting under $25 for a twin.
The covers are cool to the touch, so you don't have to worry about overheating at night. What's more, the brand touts that the covers are like hotel-quality and for good reason: They're made of soft microfibers that give users a relaxing experience.
To wash, simply throw it in the washer and tumble dry on the lowest setting.
3. Best Cotton: Quince Organic Luxe Waffle Duvet Cover
- 100 percent organic cotton
- Free of toxins/chemicals
- Can only be bought at OneQuince.com
Unlike wool and nylon, cotton-based duvet covers keep you cool and dry, and this option from Quince is constructed out of 100 percent organic cotton. It's lightweight, breathable and is free of harmful toxins and chemicals.
Plus, the button closures and ties keep your comforter in place, and the duvet cover comes in three neutral colors — white, sand and grey — that will match the decor of your home no matter the style.
Buy it: OneQuince.com; Price: From $79.90
- Machine washable
- Can only be bought at SundayCitizen.co
Sunday Citizen's duvet covers are made of 100 percent viscose from bamboo. The brand's thermoregulating technology regulates your body temperature so you don't overheat, and you won't have to worry about breaking out thanks to the hypoallergenic fabric.
Beyond being breathable and buttery soft, the duvet cover is antimicrobial and won't absorb funky odors and bacteria. If you do find that your cover needs a clean, machine wash cold and tumble dry on low heat.
Buy it: SundayCitizen.co; Price: From $180
5. Best Linen: Parachute Home Linen Duvet Cover
- 100 percent European flax
- Oeko-Tex Certified
If you heat up during the night, try this linen duvet cover from Parachute Home, which is constructed with 100 percent European flax. Linen-based covers tend to be a great choice for hot sleepers because of their moisture-wicking abilities, which will keep you cool and sweat-free as you sleep.
This cover comes in three sizes: twin/twin XL, full/queen and king/California king — and you choose from 12 earthy colors. Bonus? It's Oeko-Tex Certified.
Buy it: ParachuteHome.com (From $280); Nordstrom (From $280)
6. Best Silky: Eikei Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover
- Super soft
- Comes in a variety of colors
- Can lose shine after washing
If you are looking for a breathable duvet cover that is silky soft, this Eikei Egyptian cotton duvet on Amazon fits the bill. It is lightweight, breathable, made out of 100 percent cotton and is Oeko-Tex Certified. It is also machine washable, but must be washed on a delicate cycle to keep the edges from fraying.
You can purchase it in a variety of hues and patterns, giving your bedroom a fun pop of color.
Buy it: Amazon ($89.80); EikeiUSA.com (From $88.80)
What to Look for in a Cooling Duvet Cover
1. Cooling Technology
Most cooling duvet covers are constructed out of a blend of fibers and materials that make them breathable, such as cotton, linen and viscose.
As you sleep, these fibers absorb excess heat and moisture to prevent you from overheating. When you get cold, the materials release heat back to your body to keep you warm.
2. Material and Breathability
If you're a hot sleeper, it's best to avoid thick duvet covers, especially covers made of wool and nylon, which trap heat. Opt for linen, viscose, cotton or a blend of those materials, as they tend to be lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics.
Your duvet cover should also be soft and comfortable, says Nilong Vyas, MD, a board-certified sleep expert and medical review expert at the Sleep Foundation.
The best cooling duvet covers are usually lightweight. If you're looking for a slight pressure when you sleep, pair a lightweight duvet cover with a weighted comforter.
Whether you own a twin-sized comforter or a California king, you should choose a cooling duvet cover that's the size of your comforter. For example, if you have a full-sized comforter, you'll want to order a full-sized duvet cover for the best fit.
Depending on the quality and materials, cooling duvet covers typically cost between $100 and $250. There are also budget-friendly options under $100, including Nestl's Duvet Cover and Quince's Organic Luxe Waffle Duvet Cover.
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