Sleeping in hot weather requires a change of bedclothes – and bedding. Enter, the summer duvet.
While rising temperatures are welcome during the day, they can be difficult to contend with at night when you’re trying to get to sleep.
When buying a summer duvet, there are two important things to consider; filing and tog rating.
What does tog mean?
Tog is a scale of warmth but more specifically, it is the effectiveness of the material’s ability to trap warm air. Therefore, the lower the tog, the cooler you will be.
What tog rating should I look for in a summer duvet?
A duvet with a tog rating of 4.5 and lower is what to look out for in summer.
Does a higher tog mean the duvet is thicker?
Tog ratings do not have an effect on the thickness or thinness of the duvet – thickness is dependent on material.
What is the difference between natural and synthetic fillings?
Natural duvets are filled with duck and goose feathers, as well as down all of which are more insulting so tend to be warmer with less filling.
Synthetic duvets are composed of polyester, which will need more material for the equal Tog rating.
Synthetic options can be made from hollowfibers or microfibers, the former being a more effective way to trap warmth with the latter as a higher quality option that mimics down in a more lightweight way.
Choosing between these types of duvets is a matter of personal choice, budget, and allergies - with many allergy sufferers preferring synthetic duvets.
If you can’t sleep without something covering you, don’t despair. We’ve rounded up the best summer duvets with super low tog ratings, which tells you how warm it is. The lower the tog, the cooler you’ll be throughout the night.
From all-vegan, to synthetic and duck and goose feather, see our favourite summer duvets below
Devon Duvets Botanic Duvet Double Ultralight
Handmade in the UK, we think this duvet will give you your best summer night's sleep yet. Made with natural and sustainable, plant based materials everything from the packaging to the duvet is biodegradable.
Both the outer casing and filling of this duvet contain a cellulose fibre called Tencel Lyocell, a natural and ethical fibre derived from sustainable botanic sources, which is made by dissolving wood pulp and using a special drying process.
Machine washable at 30 degrees, you can line dry it or tumble dry on a low setting. This duvet comes with a 5 Year Devon Duvets Guarantee and it's also registered by The Vegan Society.
£150 | Devon Duvets | Buy it now
Scooms Hungarian Goose Down Duvet 4.5 tog
This naturally breathable duvet is made with 90 per cent Hungarian goose down (gloriously comfortable) with 10 per cent small goose feather to add a little weight, creating a wholly comforting effect.
It's light, blissfully quiet (no stiff scrunching sound each time you roll over) and offers a clever little feature.
This 4.5 tog duvet comes with small snaps at the border so you can attach the Scooms 9 tog duvet to make a toasty 13.5 tog duvet for winter, or you could separate for a lighter cover as the seasons change.
Given the unpredictable British weather we think this is one the best options you can cuddle up with all year long.
£160 for double | Scooms | Buy it now
John Lewis & Partners Natural Collection Hungarian Goose Down Duvet, 2.5 Tog
Made from Hungarian goose down (who live in one of the coldest regions on the Continent), this double duvet feels soft and luxurious. It's a patchwork of pockets to ensure the down is evenly distributed all the way across.
£120 for a double | John Lewis | Buy it now
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Fogarty 1 Tog Duvet
This super-slim duvet is perfect for humid nights that are just short of being actual water. The filling is synthetic, features non allergenic properties and is ideal for people with allergies.
The price is very agreeable for anyone umm-ing and aahh-ing over the cost of a second duvet.
£24 for double | Dunelm | Buy it now
Akojo Market Like Children Do Blanket
If the idea of a duvet feels too stifling, why not try a colourful blanket instead?
This piece, designed by South African artist Fran Labuschagne, features cheerful artwork on 100 per cent cotton, so it's light and breathable - perfect for balmy summer nights.
Measures 140 x 180cm and ships to the UK. If you don't know about Akojo Market, check them out — it's an absolute treasure for interesting finds and beautiful, handmade gifts and accessories.
£220 | Akojo Market | Buy it now
Slumberdown Summer Cool 4.5 Tog Duvet - Double
Made for warm summer nights, Slumberdown's Cool Duvet is light, soft and comfortable all night long. The 4.5 tog duvet is also machine washable at 40c and can be aired in the tumble dryer, meaning you can keep it fresh all season long.
Suffer from allergies? This duvet is made from 100 per cent hollowfibre filling and a 100 per cent polyester cover making it non-allergenic.
£14 | Argos | Buy it now
Simba Hybrid® Duvet
If you don't have the funds or storage for separate seasonal duvets, Simba offers an attractive option in its Hybrid duvet.
Made with heat regulating OUTLAST technology that was originally conceived for astronauts, it will keep you toasty in the winter and cool as a cucumber over the summer months.
The lightweight 10.5 tog duvet is made with a mix of 90 per cent duck down and 10 per cent feathers, resulting in a super light duvet. The exterior is finished with a silky 300 thread count cotton on one side, so you won't wake up in the middle of the night in a hot sweat.
SALE: From £155 | John Lewis | Buy it now *On sale now online at John Lewis
M&S Duck Feather & Down 4.5 Tog Double Duvet
When the temperature rises and sleeping becomes more difficult, head to M&S for this luxurious 4.5 tog duvet. Filled with 85 per cent new white duck feather and 15 per cent new white duck down encased in a pure cotton cover, it's simultaneously lightweight and snuggly.
Machine washable and breathable, you'll wake feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
£35 | M&S | Buy it now
The Bettersleep Company Cool Summer Weight Microfibre Duvet 2 Tog Double Bed
A fantastic value option, this climate controlled duvet from The Bettersleep Company is just 2 tog and covered with 233 thread count fabric, helping to wick moisture away from the skin while you rest.
More of a quilt than a duvet, this is thin and light making it ideal for anyone who has a tendency to overheat at night. Just add a blanket or throw over the top to layer up as the mercury dips or rises over the summer.
£18.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
Superior Classic All-Season Down Alternative Comforter
Add a splash of colour to your summer bed linen with this heavy blanket with baffle box construction from Amazon. Available in orange, coral, camel brown and blue, the blanket comes in one size (56 x 15 x 43cm) and is filled with Down Alternative Microfibre in a plush Microfibre cover.
The baffle box construction and stitching means that the filling will stay in place. Machine washable.
£43.19 | Amazon | Buy it now
For it's sincere quality and sustainability, we're giving the Botanic Duvet from Devon Duvets our top pick — well made, perfectly cosy and beautifully draped across a bed.
Scooms duvet is the most versatile option in our roundup as we love the fact you can dial up and down the tog just by removing one of the duvets through the click buttons.
It also makes it perfect for ending arguments with anyone sharing a bed with someone that’s forever too hot or too cold. Sweet summertime dreams are made of this.