10 Best Cooling Comforter Reviews for 2020

Miss the cozy feeling you’d get under a warm comforter in winter? Good news – comforters aren’t limited just to the winter months!

Needless to say, your winter comforter won’t work quite well in warmer months – sleeping under a hot comforter will be a sweaty mess in summer. You need the right kind of comforter for that.

Well, today, we are going to help you with finding the best cooling comforter for your needs. First, we’ll showcase our top 10 picks for the cooling comforter category. And then, we will give you a number of tips on choosing the right summer comforter for your needs and preferences.

10 Best Cooling Comforters

In this section, we’ll quickly go through our top picks to help you better understand what you are dealing with. We’ll cover the key benefits and drawbacks (largely based on buyer reviews!) of each to allow you to easily tell the comforters apart.

Once you are done with our reviews, we’ll then move on to our buyer’s guide. There, you will receive helpful tips on choosing the right comforter and get more context for our reviews.

1. KARRISM All-Season Down Alternative Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Brushed microfiber.
  • Filling: Microfiber filling.
  • Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, Oversized King, California King.
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Let’s start off with something not too cool. With a fill weight of 350 GSM, the KARRISM comforter is one of the warmer options on our list. It’s not specifically made for summers – instead, it’s advertised as an all-season comforter. With that, it’s a nice option for not too hot sleepers.

The KARRISM comforter offers microfiber filling – a not too frequent sight in comforters. The microfiber appears to be breathable and moisture-wicking, allowing you to stay cozier at night.

What’s also pretty interesting in the KARRISM down alternative comforter is that it has 8 loops for easy cover fitting – 4 in the corners and 4 on the sides. Typically, comforters only have 4 corner loops, so the 8 loops should make inserting this comforter into a cover easier.

The wavy box-stitching in this comforter looks pretty nice as well, and it also keeps the filling from shifting around. The KARRISM comforter is machine-washable too, so taking care of it should pose no challenge.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Good price.
  • 8 loops for easy cover fitting
  • Machine-washable.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • On the warmer side among our comforter picks.

2. COHOME All-Season Down Alternative Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Microfiber-like brushed cover.
  • Filling: Polyester.
  • Sizes: Full, Queen, Oversized Queen, King, California King.
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The COHOME down alternative comforter is still on the warmer side, but with its 300 GSM filling, it should be a little lighter than the KARRISM comforter we’ve just reviewed.

When it comes to materials, both the filling and cover here are made of polyester. The COHOME comforter has a moisture-wicking ability too, and most buyers had no complaints about sweating.

The overall build in the COHOME down alternative comforter is pretty nice as well. It’s fluffy and comfy, while the box-stitching seems solid and should easily withstand repeated machine-washing. The COHOME comforter also has loops for cover fitting.

Our main dislike with this comforter is the product description – it’s really confusing. COHOME first tells you that the filling is cotton, then it turns out to be polyester. Although this doesn’t take away from the product’s quality, it was pretty annoying.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Good quality.
  • Comfy and fluffy
  • Can be machine-washed.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Confusing product description.

3. COTTONHOUSE All-Season Down Alternative Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Brushed polyester or microfiber.
  • Filling: Polyester.
  • Sizes: Twin, Queen/Full, King, California King.
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This down alternative comforter from COTTONHOUSE is the most highly-rated comforter on our top. As of this review, it had 5 stars on Amazon after over 70 reviews! Now, the rating will probably change with time as more people purchase this comforter, but such a high rating is a rare sight nonetheless.

The COTTONHOUSE all-season comforter boasts excellent quality and comfort. This bedding is fluffy, thick, and the box-stitching doesn’t allow the fill to move around. The 8 tabs make cover fitting easy, and you can machine-wash comforter as well.

In terms of warmth, the COTTONHOUSE comforter is again a little warm. It has 300GSM fill weight and offers good all-season performance. The cover (which appears to be made from brushed microfiber) is also breathable and deals with moisture pretty well.

And perhaps the best thing about this comforter is that it’s not too expensive! With that, the COTTONHOUSE down alternative comforter offers great value for the money.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Excellent quality.
  • 8 tabs for easy cover fitting
  • Machine-washable.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Nothing to complain about.

4. NATURETY Summer/Spring Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Cotton.
  • Filling: Polyester microfiber.
  • Sizes: Twin, Queen/Full.
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If you love cotton, then consider this summer/spring comforter from NATURETY. Boasting a 100% cotton cover, this comforter offers excellent comfort and breathability – excellent for summer needs!

Although NATURETY doesn’t provide fill power or weight specs, it’s really thin and much lighter than comforters reviewed so far. It’s about half the weight of the previous comforters, so it should be great in summer months.

Like previous comforters, the NATURETY comforter is made pretty durable. The stitching (which looks like box-stitching) is tough and keeps the filling in place, while the polyester microfiber filling is durable and machine-washable.

One thing to keep in mind with this comforter is that cotton is breathable but not really moisture-wicking. So if you get really sweaty at night, you may not feel comfortable under this comforter. No buyer has complained about sweatiness so far, but cotton still typically isn’t great at moisture-wicking.

We also don’t really like that this comforter is only available in 2 sizes – twin and queen/full. Most other picks on this top have at least 3.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Quality, tough sewing.
  • Soft and breathable cotton cover.
  • Machine-washable.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Only 2 sizes available.
  • Not for sweaty people – the cotton cover doesn’t wick moisture well.

5. Byourbed Modal Cooling Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Modal fabric.
  • Filling: Microfiber.
  • Sizes: Full XL.
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Offering a fill weight of a mere 100 GSM, the Byourbed cooling comforter is an excellent option for summer nights. This comforter is also one of the lightest on this top and is a great purchase for hot sleepers.

The outer shell in the Byourbed is made from modal fabric – a mix of synthetic and natural materials. Modal fabric generally offers great breathability and moisture-wicking, so the cooling in this comforter should be pretty good. Aside from that, the modal fabric is rather soft and durable.

What also catches the eye in the Byourbed modal cooling comforter is the quilted stitching. This is very different from the box-stitching traditionally seen in comforters, but it should work no worse in preventing the filling from shifting.

The Byourbed modal cooling comforter also appears to be machine-washable, but we aren’t quite sure. Modal and polyester microfiber filling are usually machine-washable, but Byourbed doesn’t seem to explicitly state machine-washability anywhere.

Note that this particular comforter has a “full” size, but there are separate listings with other sizes available too. Unlike our previous picks, you’ll have to look for other sizes on your own.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Very cool and light.
  • Breathable and absorbent outer cover.
  • Eye-catching quilted fabric.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Doesn’t seem to be machine-washable.

6. INGALIK Down Alternative Bed Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Brushed polyester.
  • Filling: Microfiber.
  • Sizes: Twin, Queen, King.
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The INGALIK down alternative bed comforter is yet another all-season comforter on this list. It appears to be a good comforter for not too hot sleepers. The polyester cover and microfiber filling are moisture-wicking and cool, but the filling here appears to be medium.

When it comes to quality and construction, the INGALIK down alternative comforter is no different from our previous picks (in a good way). The box-stitching keeps the filling in its place just fine, while the fluff and durability have received praise from buyers.

Interestingly, this comforter is also available with a goose down filling, but it’s pricey and isn’t the best pick for summer. Natural down is generally really warm, so it works better for winter.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Soft, fluffy, and quiet.
  • Suitable for not too hot sleepers.
  • Down and down alternative fillings available.
  • Machine-washable in cold water.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Nothing really to mention.

7. Homelike Moment All-Season Down Alternative Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Microfiber.
  • Filling: Microfiber.
  • Sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, King.
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The Homelike microfiber down alternative comforter is a nice pick if you are on a budget. Of course, the build quality here isn’t the best, but it’s fine for the money. But more importantly, this comforter offers a pretty cool build with 180GSM fill weight. This isn’t the lightest on this top, but it’s pretty summer-y.

Note that the microfiber cover may make this comforter a little hot since microfiber isn’t that breathable. But since it’s moisture-wicking, you should stay cozy and sweat-free under it.

The two-tone reversible build is interesting too – by simply flipping the comforter, you can alter the vibe of your bedroom. There are a few color options available as well, so you should be able to find a good combo for your bedroom’s style.

Homelike also advertises that this comforter is certified to be eco-friendly and safe in accordance with the Standard 100 from OEKO-TEX. OEKO-TEX is a Germany-based organization focused on creating trust in textiles and leather. We suggest that you research OEKO-TEX yourself, but it seems to be trustworthy.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Rather inexpensive.
  • Pretty light and great for summer.
  • Two-tone reversible design.
  • OEKO-TEX certification.
  • Machine-washable.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Flimsy.

8. NATURETY Summer Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Polyester.
  • Filling: Microfiber.
  • Sizes: Twin, Queen/Full, King.
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This summer comforter from NATURETY is similar to the NATURETY comforter we had on the number 4 spot. The cooling performance should be roughly the same, though the polyester cover may not be quite as breathable as the cotton cover from the previous NATURETY comforter.

However, thanks to its polyester cover, this comforter is rather pocket-friendly. The quality in this comforter appears to be good despite the price – we haven’t seen too many complaints about quality from buyers.

One thing we also like a lot about this comforter is that it has a floral-themed design. The floral patterns may not fit every bedroom, but they look nice and can work really well in the right interior. Most of our other picks typically have more “boring”, more uniformly-colored designs.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Pocket-friendly.
  • Looks nice.
  • Light and cool.
  • Can be machine-washed.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Although this comforter is made for summer use, it may be too hot for some people.

9. Besfor All-Season Down Alternative Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Polyester.
  • Filling: Polyester microfiber.
  • Sizes: Twin, Queen, King, California King.
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This down alternative cooling comforter from Besfor is one of the higher-quality beddings on this top. It’s a little pricey, but it appears to be built well and is well worth the money. 

The stitching has received no complaints from buyers, and the comforter feels sturdy enough to withstand repeated washing. If you hate noisy comforters, then this product should be a good pick too since its filling is designed to be noiseless.

The Besfor down alternative comforter is intended for all-season use, so it will work in both summer and winter months. And like our previous picks, the Besfor cooling comforter is a good pick for not too hot sleepers.

The filling and cover in the Besfor comforter are made from polyester. This comforter can’t boast excellent breathability, but it seems to handle sweat really well – no people have so far complained about excessive sweating under this comforter.

Besfor writes that the cover fabric in this down alternative comforter has a weight of 105 GSM, which is light and great for summer use. However, Besfor doesn’t provide fill weight figures, so we can’t say accurately how this comforter will compare against previous picks.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Quality contruction.
  • Noiseless filling.
  • Can be machine-washed.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Pricey.

10. HOMBYS All-Season Down Alternative Comforter

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Cover material: Polyester.
  • Filling: Polyester.
  • Sizes: Twin, Queen, King.
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Lastly, we have this down alternative cooling comforter from HOMBYS. This comforter is similar to the Besfor comforter we’ve just reviewed in build and overall quality, but it costs less. In the long term, the Besfor comforter will probably serve you longer, but the HOMBYS comforter still is a great buy for the money.

The HOMBYS comforter also has a low-noise filling, so your sleep should be undisturbed at night. Additionally, the filling and cover are pretty light and keep you sweat-free. And if you choose to insert the comforter into your own cover, you will be able to do so easily thanks to the corner tabs.

Another thing the HOMBYS comforter has going for it is the two-tone reversible design. Like with previous reversible comforters, this piece of bedding allows you to quickly alter the look of your bedroom.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Affordable.
  • Reversible two-tone design.
  • Low-noise filling.
  • Machine-washable.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Nothing to complain about.

What To Look For In A Cooling Comforter

Let’s now go through the key points that you should be considering when shopping for a cooling comforter. In this section, we’ll cover everything you need to know specifically with cooling comforters.

Fill power and weight

First things first, if the comforter manufacturer provides figures on fill power and weight, you should check them out.

Simply enough, you would want to go for a lighter comforter if you want cooling. A summer comforter should have low fill power AND low fill weight.

Fill weight is measured in GSM or ounces, while fill power is measured on a scale that usually goes from 400 to 800. You should get a comforter that has low fill power and weight – however, we can’t tell how low you should go.

How cool your comforter should be depends on your preferences, so we can’t claim that the lowest weight and fill out there will necessarily work the best. What if such a comforter turns out to be too cool for you? With that, you’ll have to find a good balance of fill power and weight for yourself.

But generally, fill power of lower than 600 works well for summer months. As for fill weight, we’d say that probably anything below 250-300 GSM should work fine. But again, you’ll have to determine yourself how low you can go while staying comfortable.

Moisture wicking

The second feature to look for in a cooling comforter is moisture wicking. Now, this feature doesn’t actually make you cooler, but it allows you to sleep more comfortably.

Moisture-wicking fabrics can pull moisture away from your skin, making it easier to evaporate. A moisture-wicking comforter won’t feel sticky on cold nights, allowing for a cozier sleep.

The moisture-wicking ability of a comforter is determined by its cover fabric. Among fabric types that have this feature are:

  • Polyester (also called PE or poly).

  • Polypropylene (PP).

  • Nylon.

  • Spandex.

  • Bamboo.

  • Wool.

  • Silk.

Most synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester are moisture-wicking, but not all. If in doubt, check the product description – if the comforter does have a moisture-wicking cover, you can be sure that the seller will mention this somewhere.

Alternatively, check out buyer reviews and see if anybody has complained about excessive sweat. If many people have complained, then that comforter may not be the best pick for summer use.

Keep in mind that in terms of moisture wicking, cotton is the least optimal material. Although cotton is very absorbent, it easily gets saturated with moisture, becoming a wet mess at hot nights. A good moisture-wicking fabric will trap moisture rather than allow it to pass through itself.

Cover material

For cooling, many cover materials can work. But which material will be the best for you depends on your preferences and whether you sweat a lot.

Common cover materials in comforters include:

  • Cotton. Although cotton is not moisture-wicking, it’s one of the most breathable fabrics out there. We’d say that if you don’t sweat a lot, then give cotton a try. Cotton is soft as well, especially premium blends like Egyptian or sateen cotton.

  • Microfiber. Microfiber is a very popular cover material in comforters. It’s synthetic and, unlike cotton, offers excellent moisture-wicking performance. If you sweat a lot, microfiber could work wonderfully for you.

Microfiber is also tough and doesn’t break down as easily as cotton after washing. Good microfiber textiles are very soft and smooth as well, but perhaps not as soft as cotton.

With that said, microfiber isn’t nearly as breathable as cotton. If you aren’t a very hot sleeper though, this should not be a big problem for you.

  • Polyester. Polyester textiles feel coarser than microfiber because the fibers of polyester aren’t as fine. Not only that, but microfiber tends to be more breathable. 

On the other hand, polyester is typically more durable than microfiber, and the price is slightly lower as well. If your budget is limited, polyester can be a nice choice. Otherwise, go for microfiber.

One thing to note – microfiber is actually also made from polyester, but its fibers are much finer. So in terms of moisture-wicking, the two synthetic fabrics are pretty similar.

  • Silk. You may see silk in some luxurious comforters. Silk isn’t easy to clean and is costly, so it’s not that popular in comforters. However, silk stays cool and offers great moisture-wicking performance. In terms of feel, many people also love the softness and smoothness of this fabric.

  • Wool. Wool is another rather costly material, but it’s cheaper and easier to take care of than silk. This fabric also offers great moisture-wicking and breathability, so it’s an excellent cover material for a comforter.

  • Bamboo. Bamboo is much more absorbent than cotton and boasts much faster drying. This translates to better cooling ability and comfort – bamboo doesn’t stick to the skin as much as cotton. Bamboo fabric is also hypoallergenic.

Note that not all bamboo fabric is equal. If you want to enjoy the properties of true bamboo, then avoid bamboo rayon (also called bamboo viscose). The manufacturing of rayon involves dissolving the wood pulp and then reshaping it into fibers. This process alters or removes the benefits of natural bamboo.

True bamboo fabric is rare these days, so false advertising is possible. In the US, false advertising may lead to legal charges under FTC, so you are unlikely to be deceived. But you should still be careful.

Filling

The filling is no less important than the cover, but the rules here are a little bit different. Below, we’ll talk about which materials are suitable for summer months and which should be avoided.

Among common filling materials used in comforters are:

  • Cotton. We’ve already established that cotton is breathable but not moisture-wicking. However, since cotton filling does not come in contact with your skin, moisture wicking loses its importance with cotton fillings. Thanks to its breathability, cotton is one of the best materials to have in a summer comforter. It’s tough as well, but it’s not as fluffy as polyester.

  • Wool. Wool textile is great both when used in covers and filling. This material offers high breathability along with moisture-wicking, but it’s costly and heavy.

  • Silk. Silk offers worse insulation than wool, but this is great because it won’t get as hot. But, as mentioned above, silk will be out of budget for most of our readers, and the benefits in coolness may not be worth the money.

  • Down alternative. Down alternative is typically made of polyester, and the breathability of polyester varies on the yarn size and knit (more on that later). As mentioned earlier, look for low fill power and weight if dealing with down alternatives. 

Note that any filling other than down can be advertised as a down alternative, including fillings like cotton or wool.

  • Goose down.  Goose down should probably be avoided – it is thermally insulative and can feel warm. With that, goose down works the best from late fall to early spring.

  • Duck down. Duck down is a little cooler than goose down, but it’s still pretty warm. We’d say that duck down is a good option for all-season use, but when it comes to hot months, it should probably be avoided.

One thing to note with down comforters – comforters filled with bird feathers are not ideal for people who have allergies. Besides, duck or goose down isn’t exactly eco-friendly. If these two points apply to you, then you may want to avoid down altogether and go for hypoallergenic down alternative fillers instead.

Fabric thread count

The thread count in the cover fabric can also somewhat affect the coolness of a comforter.

Typically, thread counts in comforters go from 100 to 600 per square inch, perhaps even more. The higher the thread count, the softer and smoother the cover gets – qualities that many people love.

However, coarser fabric with lower thread count actually works better for cooling purposes. If there are fewer threads per square inch, then there are simply more openings for the air to go through. 

So we strongly recommend that you avoid extra-high thread counts. Look for a comforter in the 300-600 range, though lower, of course, would be better.

Other Things To Consider In Cooling Comforters

On top of the points we talked about above, you should probably consider a few other things as well. These don’t relate specifically to cooling performance, but they are still important to pay attention to.

Construction

Nowadays, comforters are very commonly made in box-stitched construction. This type of construction prevents the filling from shifting around inside the comforter, keeping it consistent.

Another, less popular construction is the baffle box. It performs the same purpose, but box-stitched construction usually works well enough, so you don’t even need to look for anything else.

Ease of care

Next, consider ease of care.

Ideally, your comforter should be machine-washable. However, not every kind of material can be machine-washed. Synthetics usually can be, while many natural fibers are not tough enough.

If in doubt, check the product description of the comforter – if it says that machine-washing is allowed, then go for it. Don’t forget to check the recommended method and temperature of machine-washing as well!

Note that in our opinion, a comforter that cannot be machine-washed but works perfectly for your needs is preferable to a comforter that can be machine-washed but doesn’t quite match what you want. If you pick wrongly, machine-washing will help little – you’ll be reminded of your poor choice every night.

Loops for cover-fitting

Most comforters have loops or tabs in the corners, and some comforters additionally have loops on the sides. The purpose of these loops is to help you with inserting and fitting your comforter to a cover.

A cover isn’t a must for a comforter, but if you are intending to encase your comforter, then it would be ideal if your comforter had cover-fitting loops. These would make your life much easier.

Size

Lastly, consider the size.

Comforters come in a wide variety of sizes – from twin to king, and even bigger. However, keep in mind that comforters usually aren’t sized exactly like the beds they are intended for. Most often, they are slightly bigger to create that overhang that many people like.

Some comforters will overhang more, while others less. To make sure that you get what you want, check out the exact dimensions of the comforter at the desired size.

Final Words

Finding the best cooling comforter will probably be quite challenging – you’ll have to determine yourself how cool your comforter should be.

Additionally, there are quite many things to consider in comforters. The variety of comforter features can be confusing, and some manufacturers, unfortunately, don’t list all the specs of their comforters, making shopping more challenging.

If necessary, try to gather as much info as you can and do some additional research on comforters. Although our buyer’s guide should be sufficient to get you going, feel free to do extra digging if you feel that something’s missing.

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