The Best Lightweight Quilts, Duvets & Doonas

Last Updated May 30, 2022

While there’s no denying snuggling up under a comfy doona is pure bliss in winter… in summer it’s the absolute last thing I want to do. I’m someone who needs something on top of them when they sleep – and a simple sheet won’t cut it. But at the same time, I don’t want a heavy duvet/doona making me hot and sweaty. The solution? A lightweight quilt, duvet or doona. If you can get an all-season quilt or doona – even better! We’ve put together a quick buying guide for the best lightweight quilts, duvets and doonas to help you survive the Aussie weather.

Best Lightweight Quilts/Duvets/Doonas

1. Ecosa Quilt Summer (Queen $370)

Made from all-natural and sustainably sourced silk and cotton, the Luxe Quilt delivers lightweight luxury without the nasties, and is 100% biodegradable at the end of its life. The sumer quilt is 300gsm, so it’s the perfect weight for those hot Aussie summer nights. Ecosa also has a mid-season quilt (550gsm) or an all-season quilt (300-550gsm).

 

2. Ettitude Bamboo Quilt (Queen $308)

Light and breathable, the Ettitude Bamboo Quilt keeps you cosy and is made with sustainable, 100% plant based CleanBamboo™ fabric shell, plus organic bamboo fibre filling.

You have the option to choose from 2 weights: summer or winter. Hypoallergenic, free from harmful chemicals and ideal for sensitive skin, this quilt is also rated STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

3. Tencel Ecorenew Quilt – Light Loft (Queen $379)

The Bambi Tencel® Ecorenew Quilt is made using a luxurious, sustainable, new-age fibre – Tencel®. Able to wick up to 50% more moisture away from the body than traditional cotton, Tencel® offers a silky-soft, satin-like feel made for a fantastic night’s sleep. Hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and biodegradable, it carries the Sensitive Choice seal of approval from the Australian Asthma Foundation. It comes in 5 sizes and has 3 lofts and all-season options too.

4. Sheridan Deluxe Dream Quilt (Queen $329.99)

The Sheridan Deluxe Dream Quilt is designed for those who want easy care plus a soft, down-like feel. Featuring a premium quality polyester fill with an antibacterial treatment and a box cassette stitch design to provide an even spread of warmth. It’s ideal for all seasons, featuring a lightweight design, whilst maintaining maximum loft and fullness.

 

5. microCloud Quilt (Queen $240)

microCloud hotel quilts are machine washable and tumble dry safe and are true commercial-quality quilts. With thermally efficient fill, this quilt intuitively regulates the sleeping environment, creating a nicel balance of airflow, warmth, and comfort. The quilts are breathable, hypoallergenic, odourless, and are anti-microbial and dust mite resistant.

Lightweight Quilt Buying Guide

Seasons and Climate

Living in Australia means experiencing some pretty hot weather year-round, but that’s not to say we don’t experience some wildly different climates across the country. For example, people living in QLD might enjoy lighter quilts, while Aussies in Melbourne of Tassie might need something a bit heavier. Depending on your preference you can find quilts that are all season, heavy or lightweight. We recommend switching out your quilt each season to get the most comfortable temperature year round.

Quilt Materials

Quilts, duvets and doonas come in a range of in-fill materials. Here are some of the most popular fillings:

  • Wool quilts
  • Cotton quilts
  • Bamboo quilts
  • Down and feather quilts
  • Microfiber quilts

Is a quilt the same thing as a blanket?

A blanket is traditionally a woven (usually woollen or cotton) single-layered cover. On the other hand, a quilt is a filled, double layered piece with a cover over the top.

Which quilts are the lightest?

How lightweight your quilt depends on the thickness or GSM of the inner quilt. So, the lower the GSM, the better. Lightweight quilts usually hover around the 300GSM mark.

What’s the difference between a quilt and a doona?

In Australia, doonas and quilts are the same thing.

What size quilt should I get?

Quilts come in standard sizes from single through to King. The size you need will depend on your mattress and bed frame. Generally, we say go a size up to your mattress to fits across the bed properly.

Final Thoughts

For the best lightweight quilt, choose something that’s around 300GSM and is made from bamboo or cotton.

Ally Burnie Head Dreamer Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.

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