And although you may want to catch the rays outside, you don’t want to overheat while you’re trying to sleep at night.
Cool bed sheets are a staple during the summertime, and can enhance the quality of sleep you get during those hot months!
Not only are cool bed sheets great for the warmer part of the year, but they’re perfect for those hot sleepers that wake up in night sweats or have interruptive sleep because they overheat throughout the night.
Qualities of Cooling Bed Sheets
Cooler bed sheets have a couple of qualities in common that may help on your search for a cooler sleep at night.
Fabric: While looking for the best cooling bed sheets, most bed sheets are either made of bamboo (rayon) or microfiber. Lately microfiber bed sheets are increasing popularity, but they’re especially known for their moisture-wicking properties, which is great for those night sweaters. Bamboo sheets are also known for their silk-like feels cool to touch, and their breathability.
Texture: This can play an important role in keeping the temperature down. Sateen weaves bring a silk-like feeling to fabrics that feel cooler on the skin.
Weight: Look for a lighter sheet! Durability does not always go hand in hand with the weight of a sheet. Thinner sheets are a great option for summertime, or if you’re just looking to keep the temperature down so you can sleep through the night.
Nectar’s bed sheets are made with certified organic cotton. With a soft, silky feel and a luxury-hotel inspired satin finish, these sheets are ultra-breathable so hot air wicks away from your body all night long. The single-ply 300-thread count construction helps to prevent wrinkles.
Every set of Nectar sheets comes with a luxury bottom fitted sheet, a luxury flat top sheet, and two luxury pillowcases. These sheets are available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes.
If you’re looking for a set of luxury sheets, you’ve found them. These high-quality sheets are made of 100% natural rayon derived from bamboo.
They have a thread count of 300, and a sateen weave, which will keep you cool during the upcoming summer nights!
These sheets are breathable, and naturally moisture wicking, making them 3 degrees cooler than cotton sheets.
These sheets are on the thinner side, making them great for keeping down the temperature as well, and they resist pilling.
They also come in a rayon fabric bag with a fitting bed sheet, 1 flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases. It’s recommended to wash in cold water, as hot water increases the chance of pilling, and to dry on low heat. To avoid wrinkles, remove immediately from the dryer.
High quality bamboo sheets
3 degrees cooler than cotton sheets
Colors may differ from pictures
May not be good for allergies due to washing recommendations
Do you sweat in your sleep? These Utopia Microfiber bed sheets are moisture resistant, so they won’t keep in the smell of your sweat.
This printed brushed sheet set has added softness due to its brushed microfiber yarns.
Extremely breathable, these sheets are great cooling bed sheets if you don’t want to break the bank. To get the best results from your microfiber sheets, wash them before using, as they get softer with each wash!
Not only are these sheets extremely comfortable, but they’re wrinkle resistant and hypo-allergenic.
This 4-piece set comes with a flat sheet with a 4-inch self-hem, a fitted sheet fitting mattresses up to 15 inches, and 2 pillowcases. These sheets are machine washable on easy care, and tumble dry low or air dry. If you like the dainty pattern of these sheets, there are also curtains and a comforter set that matches!
Gets softer with each wash
Can be stiff at first
May not be exact match in pattern & color to the Duvet Cover Set
What are some of the best cooling bed sheets? Microfiber sheets. While most are looking for the comfort of cotton with a high thread count, you can save half the money and buy brushed microfiber sheets.
These hotel luxury bed sheets are made of double brushed microfiber yarns, meaning both sides of the sheets are made with a silky soft texture.
Perfect for the summer months when the heat can interrupt sleep, these sheets are made to be breathable and cool.
This set comes with 2 pillow cases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet with deep pockets, fitting mattresses up to 16 inches.
With 6 color options, you can even find the best color to compliment your summer décor! Not only are these sheets inexpensive, but there’s a bulk discount if you decide to buy more than 1 set.
Looking for a cool bed sheet set for summer that is also eco-friendly? You’ve found them! These Cariloha sheets are made from luxurious viscose from bamboo, making them incredibly soft and great for the environment.
Not only are these sheets naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, but they are made out of twill weave, making them extremely soft to the touch. These sheets naturally repel odors allergens, and do not cause skin irritations like other chemically treated fabrics.
These Cariloha sheets are on the pricey side, making them an investment for your sleeping experience. They do have a lifetime quality guarantee, so if something happens to your sheets you can exchange them without a problem!
Calling all hot sleepers! Just as the product name suggests, these sheets are made for those that sweat at night, and have a hard time sleeping due to the hot temperature.
These sheets are made with breathable SMART fabric that has moisture-wicking management. This material is made with athletic grade, and allows air flow while regulating cool as well as warm body temperatures.
That’s right! Not only are these sheets great for hot sleepers, but they keep cool sleepers staying warm with its thermal control qualities.
While these sheets are an investment, you can feel the quality through their sturdiness. Not only are they soft from the start, but these sheets will only get softer with each wash. Also included with your purchase, is a 1 year warranty.
This Egyptian Cotton sheet set is a steal. With a 450 thread count and a sateen weave, these sheets are made of high quality without having to pay a hefty price tag.
The sateen weave gives the sheets a feeling of luxury rather than the cozy feeling of flannel. While these sheets may be too hot for some during the summer, they’re great sheets for cooler months if you tend to sleep hot.
These 100% cotton sheets even have a lifetime guarantee, allowing customers to receive money back if these sheets are not fully satisfying.
Included is 2 pillow cases, 1 flat sheet, and 1 fitted sheet fitting mattresses up to 16 inches. It is recommended to machine wash cold on a gentle cycle, and tumble dry low.
Great quality material
Become softer after washing
Nice stripe detailing
May be not very soft before couple washings
May run smaller than normal
Why Invest in Cool bed Sheets?
They’re a simple fix if you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re waking up hot. While some mattresses do tend to retain heat, like memory foam mattresses, buying a bed sheet set is a much quicker fix to your problem. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper.
If you’re not a hot sleeper, these sheets are great for the summertime. No one wants to be sleeping in flannel sheets during the summer. These sheets will be thinner, and cooler on your skin, allowing you to enjoy the summer heat outside and not while you’re trying to fall asleep.
Flexibility for your sleeping experience. Bed sheets are the clothes for your mattress, and just like we have different clothes for different occasions, seasons, and purposes, so does your mattress! Sheets can even differ in just style and appearance.
The hassle of waking up overheating during the night is finally over! Don’t settle on sheets that constantly have you waking up in sweat.
You deserve to have a restful night’s sleep without the worry of soiling your bed, and there are sheets that can easily solve this. Cooler bed sheets tend to be thinner, are usually made out of microfiber or bamboo, and have a silky or sateen texture to them.
Don’t look far for a cooler night’s sleep, there are plenty of options of cool bed sheets to make sure you’re getting the best sleep you can possibly get. Happy sleeping!
Blankets / Kelsey Woodbridge
When you think of summer, you probably envision yourself lounging on the beach, enjoying the nice weather while you listen to the waves crashing.
Yet, not every summer day is filled with clear blue skies, and visits to the beach. Some are filled with rain or heavy storms that turn into impromptu movie days.
Others may reach lower temperatures, towards you get to the end of summer. Not to mention, the days may be hot, but depending where you live, the nights can still get pretty chilly. And what can make your dreary summer days better? A comfy summer blanket.
We all tend to have quite the collection of winter blankets because with all the comfy fabrics and patterns, they’re hard to resist! But a search for a summer blanket?
Those are much harder to find. Plus, when you’re planning for summer, a beach blanket sounds more fun.
Yet, summer blankets can be extremely useful if you’re in a climate with weather that fluctuates, or you tend to spend a lot of summer nights outside when the temperature has dropped.
The best summer blankets have a couple of qualities to look for.
Regular Blanket vs Summer Blanket
First, you may be wondering how is a summer blanket any different from a regular blanket? Depending on the purpose of your blanket, there may not be a difference, but most likely your wool winter blanket wouldn’t help you in the summer heat.
A blanket for the summer is more equivalent to a throw blanket you’d keep on your couch. Their purpose is to add a layer of warmth, just like wearing a light sweater.
Usually they tend to be more loose knits, giving breathability, and they’re more lightweight to adhere to the warmer climate. Let’s get a little more in depth.
Qualities of a Summer Blanket
Lightweight: Even if it gets chilly during a summer day, you don’t want an extremely thick fabric. Look for fabrics that can be made into a thin blanket like cotton, polyester, or bamboo. A thinner blanket will be better suited for the season, and can always be layered with other blankets to provide more warmth.
Breathable: Finding a blanket that is made out of a breathable fabric will prevent trapping unnecessarily heat in the blanket with you, and overheating you. The goal of a great summer blanket is not to create a barrier between you and outside, but rather to add a layer of warmth. A breathable fabric give you the perfect balance. Look for cotton and bamboo fabrics!
Cool: This may seem obvious, but looking for blankets with cooling properties is great for those that are looking to use their summer blankets inside. If you are looking for a blanket to replace your thick comforter or quilt, or are a hot sleeper, blankets made of bamboo or specifically engineered fabrics to feel cooler will help combat heat.
Available in different sizes: A blanket for the summer could mean anything! Whether you’re using it on your bed, on the couch, outdoors, or in the car, there are many different purposes a summer blanket can provide. Make sure that when you’re searching for a blanket, you’re looking for the correct size, or you’re looking at blankets that are available in many different sizes!
This light blanket is perfect for a cool summer night by a fire pit. Made out of 100% polyester, it’s soft to the touch while also staying durable and fade resistant.
Due to its microfiber composition, this blanket is also resistant to wrinkles, leaving it with a plush texture. This fleece blanket can be used for many different seasons, whether it’s a lightweight summer blanket or used as a layer for colder seasons.
It’s available in a throw, twin, queen, and king sizes. Available in 14 different colors, you can find a color that will compliment your summer décor.
It’s recommended to machine wash on a gentle cold cycle, and tumble dry on low heat.
Nothing sounds better than a breathable cotton for the best summer blanket during rainy days. This Utopia blanket is 100% weaved cotton, giving it unique texture and cute square pattern!
The design is made of dobby weave with waffle square patterns to give a modern styled blanket. Being a 100% cotton blanket, this blanket is not a plush or fluffy blanket, which makes it great as a lightweight layer during the warmer months.
Measuring 90 by 90 inches, it will fit a queen or full bed, accounting for any shrinkage after wash. To wash, it’s recommended to machine wash and dry on delicate. Available in neutral colors, you have the option to buy it in white or grey.
If you easily get cold even during the summer and are looking for a cozy blanket, you’ve found it! This plush fleece blanket is also a great replacement for a comforter or quilt when the nights get too hot.
This summer blanket is made out of 100% microfiber polyester, and is 350 grams per square meter, making it soft but still lightweight.
Because it’s made out of polyester, this blanket does not pill, fade, shed or wrinkle. It’s also hypoallergenic and is not made of any harmful substances, making it safe for everyone.
The Aidear blanket can be purchase in a throw, twin, queen or queen size, making it versatile for many purposes. It’s recommended to machine wash on gentle, in cold water, and to air dry or tumble dry low.
Suffer from anxiety or insomnia? Weighted blankets are great way to treat many conditions and improve your sleep, however because they are weighted they aren’t the most ideal summer blanket.
However, this weighted blanket has SMART fabric that brings breathability and moisture wicking properties. Made with a bamboo cover, this blanket is cool to touch and has glass beads that keep you cool during the night.
This weighted blanket with the bamboo cover is available in 3 different sizes, allowing you to choose the best sized blanket for your purpose and the correct weight for you.
It can be machine washed, but due to its heaviness, it’s best to spot clean or buy a removable cover.
Available in different weight & buying options
Great for hot sleepers or as a summer weighted blanket
Like the feeling of a heavy blanket, but looking for a lightweight and cool blanket for the summer? This bamboo blanket gives the weight of comfort, but has a silky feeling to it, making it great as a summer blanket.
It’s made out of 100% bamboo viscose, which makes it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
This is a great quality for the summer when it can get extremely hot and humid because this fabric resists mold and fungus buildup. Due to this, you could even store it outside!
It’s available in a throw, tin, or queen size, and can be bought in 4 different colors. It’s also machine washable!
Heavy weight with silky feeling
Cool blanket for the summer
100% bamboo viscose
Some experience odd smell at first
Not many color choices
Whether you’re looking for an extra blanket for your bed, a car blanket, or a campfire blanket, there’s always a need for a summer blanket.
Summers days are usually feeling with a lot of sunburns and extreme heat, but at night the temperature can significantly drop, making a light blanket the perfect summer accessory.
And there’s always the building that blast freezing cold air conditioning during the summertime.
If you’re someone that’s always cold, you know the struggle of having to bring a sweater wherever you go even when it may be extremely hot outside.
If you keep a light summer blanket in your car, you can just bring it inside with you!
There are few things to keep in mind. Know what you’re going to use your blanket for.
A summer blanket is different for everyone, and the type of blanket you chose should be specific for your needs!
If you’re looking for a blanket for your bed, make sure it comes in large enough sizes.
If you’re looking for a blanket to use while you sit outside, look for a breathable cotton.
If you’re looking for an outdoor blanket, you may want to look for other blankets that have waterproof surfaces and are made of durable fabric.
All and all, it’s just a blanket! As long as the company has a good return policy, feel free to order a blanket and see if you like it in person, as you always have the option to return it!
Sleep Accessories / Marissa Gvozdenovich
Realistically, a fan is just plastic blades that move air around. But, this simple machine can help with relaxation and comfort, which, in turn, improves sleep.
Generally, people use fans while sleeping for two reasons: to cool them down and/or for the white noise that they provide. Both of these reasons are a matter of personal preference and your sleeping situation.
Fans for Sleeping —Key Considerations
Noise: Although it would seem that people sleep best in quiet environments, studies have shown that white, background noise can help people sleep because it allows our brain to turn off. White noise prevents us from overthinking and hearing every little noise that can interrupt sleep. Basically, the consistent background noise that fans provide can mask other sounds and thoughts, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
However, not all fans sound the same. Oftentimes, you will find fans that are virtually noiseless, while others can make as much noise as all of your home’s appliances combined. Whether you prefer either of these or you are somewhere in the middle, there are fans available that have what you are looking for.
Temperature: A large part of being comfortable at night is temperature, and most people find it difficult to sleep comfortably if they are too warm. Sleep experts have determined that the optimal sleeping temperature is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit, which is significantly cooler than the average room temperature. Then, factor in sheets, blankets, PJs, and heat from other bodies, and it is no mystery why fans become necessary for comfortable sleeping.
Ironically, fans make air hotter due to the mechanisms and electricity needed to make the blades turn. Fans only work because our bodies start sweating when they are overheated, so the air hits our damp skin, giving the perception that the air feels cool. But, this doesn’t matter. If the fan is helping you, even just mentally, there is no reason not to use one for sleep.
So, although you probably won’t find a fan that can cool your bedroom from 74 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it can provide the cool breeze that you need to feel comfortable. Keep in mind that your preferences may change with the seasons, so look for a fan with high, medium, and low settings to address this.
Fan Type: There are four main types of fans—tower, desk, pedestal, and box— and they are generally named for their shape. Tower fans are usually about 3 to 4 feet tall and have a narrow cylindrical shape; desk fans are circular and small with a stand meant to be placed on a surface that isn’t the floor; pedestal fans are shaped like a lollipop with a circular-shaped fan at the top of a stand that can be about 3 to 4 feet tall; box fans are square, have no stand, and can be placed on the floor or on a surface.
Recently, techy “bladeless” fans have been introduced to the market, but the traditional styles are still more popular and reliable. Additionally, there are between-the-sheets fans that vary in design, but each one is meant to be placed under sheets and blankets for a more direct cooling experience.
The biggest differences between the fan types are how much air they move and where they are meant to be used. Generally speaking, tower and box fans are more powerful and push more air than desk and pedestal fans, and each fan varies in their stand and size, which determines where they should be placed.
However, the type of sleep fan you need can also come down to the other features the fan has. Do you need a sleep fan that oscillates? Would it be helpful for the fan to have a remote or timer? Should your sleep fan be controlled by an app? Should it have multiple speeds? Each of these features should help contribute to the ultimate goal, which is restful, uninterrupted, comfortable sleep.
Fan Location: Where the fan will be positioned can help you decide on the right sleep fan for you. Fortunately, the different types of fans vary in their shapes and sizes, so they have almost all spaces covered, but there are a few more points to think about. Consider the space in your bedroom in terms of how close you want the fan to be to you, how big the fan is, if the fan needs space to oscillate, if anything will block the airflow, and if the fan will go on the floor or on a surface.
Some of these points are a matter of preference, while other are simply about working with the space you’ve got. For example, certain individuals want to fan to be blowing air directly on them while they sleep, while others are more concerned about the noise, so the location is less important. Plus, if you are working with limited space, there is always the option of hanging your fan from a wall or the ceiling or choosing a small fan that fits your needs. Once you have determined where the fan will go, it is easy to see which type of sleep fan will fit that location.
What Are the Top Five Fans for Sleeping?
Here is a summary of the top five fans for sleeping, each offering a unique combination of desirable features. All of these products are highly rated, and sleep tested.
The Lasko Wind Machine 3 is rugged and high-quality, and it can be described as a cross between a desk fan and a box fan. The circular-shaped fan measures 20 inches across and features a large, safe carrying handle.
This fan pivots on its stand, allowing for the perfect angle of air flow at all 3 of its speed settings.
The Wind Machine 3 is also equipped with The Blue Plug, which is a safety feature on all Lasko fans that cuts off the electric current to the fan if the fuse detects any kind of electric fault. The fan weighs just over 9 pounds and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
The Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator is a personal desk fan that can be used on a surface or mounted to a wall. It is lightweight at just over 2.5 pounds, and it is available in 11 inch or 15-inch sizes.
This fan is energy efficient and features an aerodynamic design, which is how it can move lots of air in such a small frame.
When resting on its stand, the fan head pivots, allowing you to adjust the angle of the airflow.
It has 3 speed settings, which can move air up to 32 feet, plus it is quieter than previous models and has a removable grill for easy cleaning. Finally, Honeywell offers a one-year limited warranty with the purchase of this fan.
Great value for the price
Works as a window-mounted fan also
Powerful for its size
Subtle white noise
May not be best for white noise—fan is virtually silent
The Lasko Wind Curve is a tower-style fan that is 42.5 inches tall, has 3 speed settings, and optional oscillation. The stylish and sleek design makes it easy to fit into small spaces, plus it comes in 3 sophisticated designs that allow it to blend in with surrounding décor. It also controls the air quality in the room with its Fresh Air Ionizer feature, which reduces static electricity and traps pollutants in the air. This fan is convenient to use with its remote control, carrying handle, and 7.5 hour auto shut-off timer. Lasko also offers a one-year limited warranty with the purchase of this product.
The Holmes Blizzard Power Fan is a hybrid box/desk fan and has several special features, including a rotating grill that multiplies airflow. It also comes equipped with a remote control, 3 speed settings, hidden cord storage, an 8-hour timer, and 2 special sleep/breeze settings. This fan weights just over 5.5 pounds, has a 12-inch blade diameter, and an oversized carrying handle. Holmes offers a three-year limited warranty with the purchase of this fan.
Grill can be removed for cleaning
Powerful for its size
Customizable with all of its settings
Powerful air movement may be too loud
Small LED lights could be a nuisance in the dark
Lasko Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan
This powerful pedestal fan can cool large spaces with its 90-degree widespread oscillation option and tilting head.
The fan head measures 18 inches, and it sits on an adjustable stand that can be anywhere between 38 and 54.5 inches tall.
This energy efficient fan has 3 speeds, each producing a soft humming noise.
Like other Lasko fans, the Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan has The Blue Plug safety feature, which cuts off electricity to the fan if it detects any kind of electrical shortage.
This fan is available in white or black, and you can choose the option of having a remote control. Lasko offers a one-year limited warranty with the purchase of this fan.
Easy to clean
Height of fan is appropriate for height of bed
Easy to assemble
Base/stand may not be stable
What Else Should You Consider When Using and Purchasing Fans for Sleeping?
As is the case when buying any product, there are a large variety of sleep fans on the market, and sometimes it can be difficult to weigh all of the different options and features.
The recommended sleep fans listed above represent a large range of options, but there are a few other ideas to consider, such as how easy the fan is to clean, how energy efficient it is, its durability, its price, its portability, and of course, any disadvantages to using a fan for sleeping.
Every home has dust, and depending on the other inhabitants of the home, it could also have hair and pet dander.
This is why being able to clean the fan thoroughly, inside and out, can make a big impact on the quality of the air your fan blows around your home.
A dirty fan is especially harmful to people who suffer from allergies or asthma because the flow of air can activate the allergens and irritants.
Similarly, fans can cause sinus irritation even for people who don’t suffer from allergies or asthma.
A fan blows dry air, which can irritate your airways creating mucus, blockage, and pressure, as if you caught a never-ending cold.
Luckily there are solutions to this: buying a fan that is easy to clean or using a humidifier with the fan.
Equally important is the fan’s energy efficiency. Since your sleep fan could be running for hours at a time every single day, it is a good idea to find a fan that won’t make your electric bill go up.
Many of the fans available are already built to be energy efficient, but you may want to consider running your fan on a lower setting to save even more energy.
As a side note—this also impacts your fan’s white noise; generally, a higher speed setting creates more noise, but that is a matter of your personal preference.
Lastly, think about how long you expect your fan to last. This will help you determine how much you want to spend, as well as what you can expect for the amount you pay.
Usually, the more you pay, the more durable your fan will be and the longer your fan should last.
But since sleep fans aren’t often moved from their spot in your bedroom (unless you’re also looking for a fan you can travel with), they should remain stable.
It is up to you to decide how much you are willing to invest in a fan, and what your expectations of it are.
Fans for Sleeping —Final Thoughts
Even though sleep fans are just simple machines, the impact they can have on your much-needed rest should not be understated because they address some basic prerequisites of the ideal sleep: comfort and temperature.
Although sleep fans may have a few disadvantages, most people agree that the perfect one can make all the difference.
Sleeping Bags / Marissa Gvozdenovich
Camping can be an expensive hobby. Whether you are going on a backpacking expedition or setting up a tent for just one night, the cost of all of the equipment you need can really start to add up. One piece of gear that you don’t want to cut out of the budget is a sleeping bag.
Sleeping bags can cost anywhere between $18 and several hundred dollars, but it is possible to find a quality sleeping bag for a good price. In general, sleeping bags are priced based on the quality and quantity of the materials they are made with, as well as any special features or accessories that they have. So, when looking to purchase a sleeping bag on a budget, you will have to find a balance between the features you need and want with the amount you are willing to spend.
What do you need to know about budget sleeping bags?
How It Will Hold Up To Weather: It is reasonable to think about the type of weather you will encounter when sleeping outdoors, so this is one of the first and most important factors that most people consider when searching for a sleeping bag. In fact, the weather you will endure while using your sleeping bag determines many of the features to look for.
First, each sleeping bag is temperature rated—this indicates the lowest temperature at which the sleeping bag will keep you warm while wearing one layer of clothing. Most sleeping bags are rated between +15 degrees Fahrenheit and +50 degrees Fahrenheit, but some are rated as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Since warmth is perceived and that one layer of clothing can vary, it is best to choose a sleeping bag that is rated for a lower temperature than you expect to experience, just to be on the safe side.
Weather also includes any precipitation. If there’s a chance you will get rain, snow, or any other kind of moisture, it is crucial that your sleeping bag be at least water resistant because a wet sleeping bag can be dangerous. Even if you don’t expect to encounter precipitation, it is still a good idea to err on the side of caution and have a sleeping bag that resists moisture. Many sleeping bags are made with water resistant materials, but they can also be treated with a water proof substance for extra protection.
How Heavy It Is: If you plan on carrying your sleeping bag any significant distance (i.e. backpacking), its weight could become an issue. Usually, the warmer the sleeping bag, the heavier it is, and the more it costs. Because of this, most budget sleeping bags are rated for higher temperatures or are considered to be summer bags. But if this doesn’t jive with your camping expedition, there are some cold weather bags that are budget friendly, too.
Its Shape and Size: While the shape and size of a sleeping bag doesn’t play a particularly large role in its price, it does impact warmth and comfortability. Generally, a fitted sleeping bag keeps more warmth inside, but it allows for limited movement. Knowing this, you can consider the 4 main sleeping bag shapes: rectangular, barrel shaped, mummy, and double wide.
As you might expect, rectangular sleeping bags are shaped like a rectangle, but they provide lots of space and comfort. The barrel shape is like a modified rectangle that is wider at the shoulders and narrower at the feet; this makes them spacious and slightly warmer. The mummy shape is the most fitted of them all and hugs the entire length of your body; this shape provides the most warmth and least amount of movement. Double-wide sleeping bags are essentially the size of two rectangular sleeping bags and are meant to sleep two people. Although double-wide sleeping bags are spacious, there are two bodies to keep heat in.
Because sleeping bags vary in shape and size, it’s important to check the specific dimensions of the product you want to buy to ensure it will fit your body. For example, mummy bags are narrow, so they may not fit all body sizes whereas rectangular or barrel-shaped bags are more accommodating. Be sure to give yourself an extra couple of inches all around, depending on the shape you choose. You may also want to take note of the zipper on the bag you wish to purchase. Some bags have full-length zippers for easy entrance or the option for ventilation while others have shorter zippers to keep warmth in.
What It’s Insulated With: Sleeping bags are insulated with either synthetic fill or down fill. Synthetic insulation is the less-expensive option, so all budget-friendly sleeping bags will have it. Usually synthetic insulation is made from polyester, nylon, or cotton, and it is durable, hypoallergenic and fast drying. But, synthetic fill can be bulkier and heavier than down fill. Some people may want to splurge on a down-filled bag because it is recommended by the pros, but down insulation can be an allergen and is virtually ruined if it gets wet.
What are the top six budget sleeping bags?
Here is a summary of the top six budget sleeping bags, each offering a unique combination of desirable features. All of these products are highly rated, sleep tested, and under $25.
The Sunridge bag is a warm weather, adult sleeping bag rated for temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It has synthetic, polyester insulation, with a brushed polyester outer shell. This sleeping bag can accommodate people up to 5 feet 11 inches tall, and it is equipped with ZipPlow and Roll Control. ZipPlow is Coleman’s system for keeping fabric away from the zipper to prevent snags, and Roll Control makes it easy for one person to roll up and pack the sleeping bag. The Sunridge bag has a rectangular shape, and it can be zipped to a second bag to accommodate two sleepers.
The Outdoorsman Lab Lightweight Sleeping Bag is ideal for warm-weather camping trips, with a temperature rating of 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It has several special features, including an integrated pillowcase, an interior pocket, and straps for a sleeping pad. This sleeping bag is ultralight, weighing just 1.6 pounds, and it measures 73 inches by 29.5 inches. Its shell is water repellent, plus it comes with a compression sack for storing and transporting. This bag can also be zipped to a second bag to accommodate two sleepers. Outdoorsman Lab offers discounts when purchasing one or more of their products together.
The Ohuhu Sleeping Bag is a rectangular-shaped, waterproof bag with a nylon shell and synthetic polyester insulation. It is lightweight at only 1.72 pounds, and it comes with a space-saving carrying sack. This bag is rated for temperatures between 48 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike many other bags, this one has the option of a left-side zipper or a right-side zipper. Both options measure 75 inches by 34 inches when unrolled, and two bags can be zipped together to accommodate two sleepers at once.
The OuterEQ Sleeping Bag is lightweight and comfortable for people up to 5 feet 11 inches tall. It has a polyester shell, a soft cotton liner, and cotton synthetic insulation. This rectangular sleeping bag has a temperature rating of about 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, plus it is machine washable. The OuterEQ bag comes with a convenient compression sack for each storage and transport, and it is available in army green and dark blue. OuterEQ also offers discounts when purchasing two or more of their camping products together.
The Egoz Peanut is a modified rectangular sleeping bag that has a drawstring hood to keep your head warm. It is rated for 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, and it is built with synthetic 300 GSM insulation, a cotton liner, and a polyester shell. This water-resistant bag comes with a drawstring carrying bag, and it measures 83 inches by 30 inches, so it can accommodate someone up to 6 feet 6 inches tall. This bag is easy to clean and built to last.
Great quality for the price
Easy to roll up and pack
Easy to clean
Comfortable and warm
Zipper requires gentle handling
May be smaller than expected
Active Era Premium Lightweight Single Sleeping Bag
The Active Era Premium bag is a water-resistant, warm-weather sleeping bag. It is rated for temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the right clothing, it is safe in temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. The Active Era bag is constructed with synthetic 200GSM hollow fibre filling, and a polyester shell. This extremely lightweight, rectangular bag is machine washable and comes with a carrying bag that’s equipped with a handle and drawstring. It measures 75 inches by 30 inches, and it weighs just over 2 pounds.
Great quality for the price
Extremely compact and portable
May be a tight fit
May not live up to temperature rating
What else should you consider when using and purchasing budget sleeping bags?
There is more to consider when buying a sleeping bag on a budget. First, think about the other people on your camping trip. There is an even bigger incentive to look for inexpensive sleeping bags if you are purchasing them for multiple people, but as mentioned earlier, not all budget sleeping bags are the same. Some sleeping bags are gender and age specific, which affects the warmth of the bag. Luckily, there are budget-friendly sleeping bags available for everyone in your party.
Next, think about any extras you would want. There are several sleeping bag accessories available, but those could stretch the budget. If you are tempted to buy specialized pads, shells, pillows, or the like, there are cheaper ways to get the same result. Most of these products can be replaced by regular blankets or heavy clothing. Bring along a large comforter for more padding under the sleeping bag, layer up for more warmth, and bunch up a sweatshirt for the perfect camping pillow. Plus, a water repellant spray can replace a shell, and it can be used on multiple pieces of equipment.
Lastly, it is critical to not expect the quality of a REI, L.L. Bean, or North Face brand sleeping bag when purchasing a bag that is under $25. In general, the sleeping bags on the list above are meant for casual campers on an occasional basis, not for extreme temperatures and professional expeditions. If you keep this in mind, you will be extremely happy with the quality you get for an inexpensive bag.
Budget Sleeping Bags— Final Thoughts
Sleeping bags are cheaper and more accessible than ever, so if you are looking for a quality bag at a great price, it’s certainly possible to find it. But, it is important to note that the expression “you get what you pay for” could always come into play when buying inexpensive items, so budget sleeping bags will never be top of the line, but they can address your sleeping bag needs. In the end, determining the best bag for you and your adventure is all about weather, weight, shape, size, insulation, and your comfort.
Blankets / Kelsey Woodbridge
Now that it’s officially summer, and the heat is in full action, it’s the perfect time to go to the beach. With the sound of the waves crashing in the background, and a cooler with cold drinks and snacks, the beach is always a great idea! However, what’s not so great is coming back from a swim in the ocean and the sand on your feet starts sticking to your beach blanket. When you lay down to soak up a few rays, there’s sand stuck to your legs and arms. Then sand suddenly appears everywhere! It’s in your bag, your car, and maybe still on your body when you take a shower that night. It seems like an unavoidable part of a day at the beach, but the proper beach blanket can only make it better.
Quick Look at Our Top 9 Picks
Mad Grit Beach Blanket
The quality of the material is superior and comfortable for nursing and sleeping.
The clasps accompanying the bra are sturdy and easy to remove and reconstruct with only one hand.
The beach can be a great outing for the family, but an incredibly messy one. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re trying to relax, is stressing about how you’re going to clean up all the sand. That’s where a better beach blanket can help you out! Beach towels are best at keeping you dry after you dip in the ocean, but not as beach blankets. Whether you live by the beach, go to the beach every summer, or you’re just like being in the outdoors, investing in a beach blanket can cut down on so much unneeded summer stress! After all, the beach is supposed to be a place to relax, not worry!
What is a Beach Blanket?
This may seem like an odd question, but what is really considered a beach blanket? People use all different kinds of blankets at the beach. Some bring bed sheets, beach towels, tarps, or even tents. The possibilities are endless at the beach. The best beach blankets are those that work well at keeping the sand off the blanket, because that’s the number one hassle at the beach. Usually these blankets are made of more tarp-like material or mesh material because the sand can easily be swiped off or falls through back to the beach.
Beach blankets also usually have a way to secure to the ground in case of a huge gust of wind. You don’t want to be that person at the beach that’s constantly picking up their blanket to shake off the sand, and letting the wind blow it in the faces of everyone around you. Also, something that is comfortable. The family is usually sitting or lying on the beach blanket and no one wants to lay on a stiff piece of fabric. Lastly, sometimes they come with a way to compact them and easily travel with them like a small bag. This makes packing for the beach so much easier!
Qualities of the Best Beach Blankets
Look out for beach blankets that have these qualities:
Sand proof: Usually blankets that are sand proof has some sort of mesh material that allows the sand to drift through the blanket into the beach. This could also mean the sand doesn’t stick to the blanket, and can easily be wiped off.
Waterproof/Water resistant: If you like to lay close to the ocean, this is a good quality to look for in a beach blanket. Having a waterproof bottom layer will ensure that even if you set up your belongings in wet sand, you won’t have a wet bathing suit until you go in the ocean.
Compactable: It’s always a plus when a blanket comes with its own carrying bag! Beach blankets that can be folded up to small sizes and stored away in their own bag is incredibly convenient when there usually aren’t a lot of close parking spaces to the beach.
Securable: The best beach blankets come with some type of quality to keep them secured to the beach. Whether this is sand pockets, or stakes, these keep your blanket spread out on the uneven sand surface.
Lightweight: Sure enough, if your beach blanket is compactable into a small bag then it’s probably lightweight. Buying a lightweight blanket is much more ideal for beach than lugging around a heavy blanket that isn’t breathable. Plus, no one wants to carry around a heavy blanket on a hot summer day!
Thin: This may not be everyone’s preference, but lightweight and compactable blankets tend to also be thin. A thinner blanket does not mean it’s less durable, but thinner fabrics may be better suited for a blanket that will be in the sun a lot. Also, this can help with the breathability of the blanket. No one wants to lay on a thick and heavy blanket at the beach!
This XL family size beach blanket, has all the gadgets to give you and your family the perfect day at the beach without the hassle of laying on a sandy towel. It can fit 12 adults sitting or 7 adults laying with some room for your beach bags. The blanket itself is a 9 by 10 foot lightweight blanket made of parachute nylon. This makes the blanket extremely lightweight but also incredibly durable, and the sand falls right through the blanket. Allowing you to be sand free while soaking up the rays. This also includes 5 sand pouches in order to keep your blanket on the beach during a windy day, compression straps, a carrying pouch, stuff sack bag, and a Mad Grit bottle opener.
Does not hold sand
Lightweight & breathable material
Can be used for many purposes: picnic blanket, ground cover, roof shade cover, etc
This must-have beach blanket measures 9 by 7 feet, making it a great size to fit the entire family for a fun filled day at the beach. This Sand Escape Beach Blanket comes in a bag with compression straps, compacting it into a tiny carrier so lugging your beach belongings won’t be as much of a hassle. This beach blanket is made of lightweight and tear resistant nylon fabric and has 4 sand pockets to anchor the blanket to the beach. The nylon material of the blanket allows sand to drift through the blanket, instead of sticking to the top like most blankets. This beach blanket is available in 4 different colors to match your beach aesthetic.
This beach blanket is sure to fit the whole family, and keep the sand on the beach where it belongs. This parachute blanket packs into a small pouch, that can clip onto a backpack or your beach bag for easy carrying. It’s made with sand pockets to keep the blanket down on a windy day, and also comes with ground stakes that you can use to anchor the blanket down. There is a built-in zippered pocket to keep personal items that also conveniently keeps your items out of sight in public areas. It measures 8 by 8 feet, making this blanket definitely large enough for a 4-person family, and it’s available in 4 different colors!
Compacts into bag
Keeps sand off blanket
Stakes are not very long
Very lightweight so no padding if you’re on a bump surface
Looking for a beach blanket that still has the soft feeling of a towel? This blanket is 100% cotton peshtemal. Peshtemal is a type of cotton that is usually found in Turkish towels, having extra-long fibers which makes them softer and much more luxurious. This blanket measures 63 by 86 inches, making it a great size for a beach blanket, picnic blanket, or as a tablecloth. This material makes it extremely lightweight, quick drying, and eco-friendly. Because these blankets are so lightweight, they are easily compactable, giving you more room in your beach bag. Wanting a larger blanket? This beach blanket has buttons that makes it connectable! It’s also available in 10 different color options, allowing you to find your favorite beach blanket look!
Becomes softer with each wash
Versatile – can be used as a bed blanket & many other purposes
This blanket is made for the outdoors! With durability in mind, this blanket was made for outings like picnics, a day on the beach, or camping in the wilderness. To withstand the elements, this blanket is made with a waterproof bottom layer, making it great for keeping sand from sticking on your blanket. Unlike many other blankets, this one could handle wet sand without making the whole blanket absorb the moisture. It has a fleece top layer, available in 2 different colors. It comes with a case to keep your blanket in with a backpack strap, and a pocket for all of your personal belongings. Measuring 72 by 57 inches, this beach blanket can easily fit 2 adults.
Looking for a water resistant blanket? This is the one! This 100% polyester blanket is sure to keep the moisture away, like wet sand or grass. This durable blanket will ensure that the stand stays on the beach with its durable and water resistant backing. It also has padding to make your experience a little more comfy when laying on outdoor surfaces like uneven sand or dirt. This beach blanket is measured 55 by 70 inches, making it suitable for 2 people to lay on. It comes with a zippered tote that the blanket compacts into, making traveling with this blanket lightweight and stress free! This beach blanket not only has a waterproof coating, but it’s also BPA-free and due to its smooth inner lining, can easily be wiped down from outdoor festivities.
Available in 3 colors/patterns
Versatile – can be used as a pillow or stadium seat cushion
Love to go to the beach, but hate the feeling of the sand sticking to you and your blanket? This CampMe beach blanket is sand proof! It has an inner and outer square, with the outer square made of a mesh material in order to let the sand stay off the rest of the blanket. This blanket is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if you’re blanket is put on wet sand and or kids run on the blanket after jumping in the ocean. It’s extremely lightweight, weighing under 2 pounds, and it compacts into a small carrying bag to make traveling easier. This beach blanket comes also comes with 4 metal stakes so you’re blanket stays on the beach even during those windy summer days.
Looking to give a beach blanket as a gift? This blanket is not only great for the beach but also for a great cause. When you buy a Benvolence blanket, you are giving back to a community. These blankets provide clean water for villages in Africa, and the mission of this company is to spread generosity. This chi blanket is perfect for the beach! It measures 65 by 40 inches, and is made of 100% acrylic. Unlike of Mexican blankets, these are not itchy and get softer with each wash! Not only are these great beach blankets with their vibrant designs and durability. Plus, this is a great gift for anyone who’s always outdoors! They are available in 5 different vibrant colors.
Versatile – can be used as blanket, yoga mat, or other outdoor activities
If you’re looking for a cheap blanket with a stylish design, you’ve found the one. This Mexican Falsa blanket brings a taste of Mexico to the beach side! This blanket measures 47 by 68 inches, making it a spacious personal beach blanket. It’s made of a mix of acrylic and cotton recycled fibers, making this beach blanket eco-friendly. They’re also incredibly durable, as they’re handwoven and imported from Mexico. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Available in 24 different colors, you’re sure to find the blanket that best fits your beach aesthetic. Although it does not come with the product, there is a blanket carry strap available for purchase.
Handwoven from Mexico
Versatile – can be used for yoga, camping, picnicking, or home décor
Made out of recycle fibers
Available in many different colors
Shed lots of fuzz
Colors may not be completely true to picture
A Few Other Qualities to Consider
Here are just a few other tips and tricks for your beach blanket buy.
Find a blanket that’s washable. Just in case little George spills ketchup and stains the beach blanket, you know you can throw it in the washing machine and it will look brand new. Plus, an outdoor blanket should always be washable.
Find a blanket that’s versatile. Beach blankets have a lot of qualities that you may be looking for in other outdoor blankets. Save the money, and make sure your blanket can be used for other outdoor activities like camping or picnics.
Find a large blanket. Even if you don’t plan on going to beach with the whole family, it usually smart to invest in the larger blankets. This way, you have the option to hold more people and you can reserve a larger spot on the beach!
Find a blanket with a personal belongings pockets. While this may not be completely necessary, it’s definitely incredibly convenient. These pockets are great places to put your keys, wallet, and phone if you don’t like lugging around a large beach bag.
Arriving to the beach with a suitable beach blanket is a necessity, and it’s not a large investment. Most beach blankets are under $30, meaning after a family of 4, it’s probably the same amount of money it costs you to get into the beach. Preparing yourself for a fun day outside will only let the fun continue even when you have to pack up to go home. No more trails of sand in your car with a sand proof beach blanket! Plus, many of these beach blankets can also be used for other outdoor activities such as camping, picnics, seat cushions, yoga, and much more. And, most come in stylish patterns/colors so you can find your spot in the mist of others at the beach.