Summer duvet / Lightweight duvet / 4.5 tog duvet
In warmer weather or if you're generally a hot sleeper, the right summer duvet or lightweight duvet can help you keep cool and sleep more comfortably during the summer and throughout the whole year.
Our top recommendations for the best summer duvet and bedding:
- A 4.5 tog duvet is the ideal tog rating for a summer duvet. The lower the tog rating, the less insulating the duvet, so aim for a tog rating of at least 7.5 tog or lower.
- Natural materials, like cotton, down, feather and wool, are much more breathable and sweat wicking than synthetic bedding.
- A high percentage down duvet provides 3-4 times more air circulation than a synthetic duvet.
What to consider when buying a summer duvet or a lightweight duvet:
- What tog is a summer duvet?
- What is a summer duvet? - materials
- What is a summer duvet? - construction
- What is a lightweight duvet?
- Down duvet fill weight
- Down duvet fill power
- What sizes do summer duvets come in?
- All seasons duvets for the summer
- Washing your duvet and bedding in the summer
- Top 10 tips for sleeping well during the summer months
Summer duvet tog guide
A tog rating of at least 7.5 tog and lower will ease your sleep during the summer. A 4.5 tog duvet is an ideal tog rating for a summer duvet.
- A 9 tog duvet is perfect for the spring and autumn months.
- An all seasons duvet can be a great investment, giving you options for each season of the year; a 9 tog spring and autumn duvet, a 4.5 tog summer duvet and the option to combine the two duvets to make a 13.5 tog winter duvet.
Our all seasons duvet comes in a lovely reusable fabric storage bag, so you can handily store one duvet during the months you're not using it.
Summer duvet materials & breathability
The best summer duvets will help you avoid poor sleep and waking up feeling sticky and tired. As well as the tog rating, you need to consider the breathability of the summer duvet materials. A summer duvet with good breathability will help any moisture from sweat to escape more easily. Naturally breathable duvet fillings like goose down, offer up to four times better air circulation than synthetic duvet fillings.
Summer duvet construction
The construction of a summer duvet can also help you manage your body temperature as you sleep. A pocket construction, such as Box or Baffle stitched, ensures that the duvet filling is evenly distributed and doesn’t all sink down to your toes. It also gives the down duvet filling more space which increases fluffiness and breathability.
The scooms 9 tog duvet has extra side walls in the pockets, giving the down more space and allowing for extra fluffiness and breathability.
Lightweight duvets and bedding can help you to have a better night’s sleep for a variety of reasons - if you get too hot when you sleep or suffer from night sweats; if you have restricted movement due to age or injury; or if you’ve had a recent operation. A lightweight duvet won’t weigh you down awkwardly and should help you sleep much more comfortably.
A lightweight duvet can come in a variety of tog ratings. A heavy synthetic duvet can provide 4.5 tog summer warmth and so can a much more lightweight goose down duvet. Check the duvet fill weight, which is the weight of the duvet filling, before you buy.
Down duvet fill weight
The higher the fill weight, the heavier the duvet. However, a heavy duvet doesn't necessarily equal a warmer duvet. In down or feather duvet fillings, fill power not fill weight measures the effectiveness and quality of the insulation provided. So, a duvet with high fill weight but low fill power will be heavy and provide poor insulation.
(Note that 'GSM' means the weight of the filling within a square metre.)
Down duvet fill power
Down-rich duvets are a great choice as a lightweight duvet as they still provide superior warmth and temperature regulation. Down is the best natural insulator and offers the greatest warmth to weight ratio. Goose down has a larger number of fluffy filaments than duck down or feather which means it is a more lightweight duvet filling.
Down fill power measures the quality and effectiveness of down and feather. The fluffier the down is, the greater the number of air chambers and therefore, the more effective it is at insulating. So a higher fill power provides a more insulating and lighter weight duvet.
What sizes do summer duvets come in?
Summer duvets come in all the normal duvet sizes. Here are the standard UK sizes that we sell on scooms:
Should I get an all seasons duvet for the summer?
An all seasons duvet can be a flexible option to buy at any time of year, as it combines a lower tog duvet with a medium tog duvet. Typically a 4.5 tog duvet is paired with a 9 tog duvet giving you a summer heat duvet and an autumn heat duvet that can be combined to make a very toasty 13.5 tog if you need it.
During the summer months, you will want to easily be able to store your autumn duvet. We suggest a large dust proof breathable bag that is the right size to hold the duvet and won't damage the filling by squashing it. All scooms duvets come in a free fabric storage bag.
Do I need to wash my duvet and bedding more in the summer?
If you have the right tog summer duvet made with naturally breathable materials, such as down and cotton, then you shouldn't need to wash it more than usual during the summer months. See our guide to duvet care.
If you have a synthetic duvet, it will trap more moisture when you sweat at night providing a breeding ground for nasties and so you may want to wash it more frequently. Remember though, that synthetic duvets made from microfibre, hollow fibre or soft as down, are all filled with a form of plastic which will release microplastic pollution into the water system during washing.
If you can, we recommend that you dry your duvet outside during the summer as the sunlight acts as an antibacterial force.
Make sure you wash your bed linen such as sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases once a week. See our guide to changing your bed linen.
Our top 10 tips for sleeping well during the summer months
A low tog rating and breathability are the most important things to consider for a summer duvet. And fill weight and fill power are the key elements to think about for a lightweight duvet. But how else can you make sure you're sleeping as cool and comfortably as possible?
- Breathable bedding - natural materials are sweat wicking and temperature regulating - choose cotton sheets and down or wool duvets.
- Lower tog rating - the lower the tog rating, the less insulating the duvet - pick a 2.5 to 7 tog duvet.
- Ideal room temperature - the best sleeping temperature is 17 to 18 degrees - try shutting your curtains during the day to keep the temperature down.
- Air your room - keep the window open or use a fan for a cooling breeze while you sleep.
- Cotton nightwear - wearing cotton next to your skin allows air to circulate and will absorb any sweat.
- Avoid drink or food too close to bedtime - stimulating caffeine, alcohol or a big meal will all keep your body working throughout the night increasing your body temperature.
- Cool down before bed - a cold or warm shower will cool you down before sleep - warm showers trigger your body's natural cooling response.
- Drink water - keep a cold glass of water by your bed to sip when your mouth feels dry.
- Cooling tips - fill a hot water bottle with icy water or store your pyjamas or pillowcase in a cold environment for an hour before bed.
- Avoid body contact - sleeping too close to someone else's body heat can increase your own body temperature!
Top summer duvet faqs:
What tog is a summer duvet?
The lower the tog rating, the less warm the duvet. So, you might want a lower 4.5 tog duvet for the summer, a medium 9 tog duvet for spring and autumn and a higher 13.5 tog duvet for the winter.
What is a summer duvet?
A summer duvet should be 7.5 tog or lower, made from a naturally breathable filling like goose down and covered in a temperature regulating and sweat wicking fabric such as 100% cotton.
What is a lightweight duvet?
The lower the fill weight, the lighter the duvet. Look for the GSM of the duvet before you buy, which will tell you the weight of the filling within a square metre. A lightweight duvet shouldn't weigh you down awkwardly and should help you sleep much more comfortably.