Cooling blankets employ various mixes of natural fibers and synthetics. Cotton, bamboo, and other organic materials are weaved with manufactured materials to provide a light functional covering that washes and dries easily. Here is a list of a few cooling blankets that we find pretty chill.
One of the early employers of bamboo fiber as a cooling agent, Dangtop has studied bamboo’s properties for years and continues to improve on its fine product with well-researched weaves that feel cool and comfortable atop your body as it does their job. Its bamboo mix gets high marks for sustaining your coolness and dryness throughout the night, allowing a consistent and even sleep. No tossing and turning or throwing blankets on and off. It’s machine washable (gentle), but to avoid any shrinkage, air dry it in a cool ventilated area (no sun).
Elegear believes it has advanced the ability of its cooling blanket with a two-faced fabric that blends a full-cotton inner side with what it calls Japanese Arc-chill Cool Technology Fabric on the top side. What is Q-max? This method measures the instantaneous value of heat loss which happens when skin comes into contact with a cooling fabric. At almost five feet wide and nearly seven feet long, the Elegear can cover a twin bed, be packed for camping, or simply become that go-to blanket for hot, still, or restless nights at home. They are machine washable, too.
The Kpblis collection offers several different sizes for different needs, topping off at nine feet by 7 ½ feet. That means it can blanket almost any sized bed, cover a few of your overheated little ones on a camping trip, or be a perfect addition to a porch or sunroom that heats up at certain junctures of the day. Made with 100 percent natural bamboo microfiber, its diamond pattern design is as functional as it is attractive, allowing air to circulate through to you unencumbered. We like dark grey, but it also comes in a variety of colors.
Careful laundering it
Ailemei uses what it calls Japanese Cold Fiber to provide a 0.441 Q-max cool sensing value, landing it among the top blankets in this category. The two-sided feature is designed to accentuate that rating, transferring your body heat and thereby allowing you to remain cooler. It is offered in four separate sizes to tailor to various applications and is machine washable (the manufacturer recommends using a laundry bag to help the blanket retain its shape.)
Great accent piece
Like the blanket above, this product comes with Ailemei’s double-sided cooling effect technology, only this style offers an attractive beach-themed print embroidered with seashell, coral, starfish, and seahorse patterns adorning its mica nylon interweave. The top side, which is 35 percent PE, has a jersey-feel finish to it, while the inner layer is made with 100 percent of the cooling fabric, which is finished to provide a silk-sheet feel to it when it’s next to your body.
S. Ruxton is a contributing writer to Islands, an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff. S. Ruxton has spent considerable hours poking around the Caribbean. To power down, he particularly loves to wander around Fort-de-France in Martinique or Philipsburg, St Maarten.