It's hot, it's a bit stuffy, air doesn't circulate very well, you sweat a lot. I'm not talking about the jungle, I'm talking about your bedroom in the summer. We've seen record temps across the nation and while that might make grilling out and going to the beach fun, that heat is not welcome is in the bedroom when you're trying to sleep. With this in mind, we've rounded up all of our favorite items to stay cool at night in your bedroom this summer.
For a lot of the country, central AC is a given in every home. However, if you live in an urban apartment or a city that doesn't get hot that often, you may be fending for yourself when the dog days of summer come around. The obvious solution (and in many cases, only solution) is to install a window AC unit. These are our top picks.
This powerful air conditioner is one of the best you can buy. You can choose from 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000 BTU models, it claims up to 35% in energy savings and can connect to Alexa or Google Assistant — whichever smart home you prefer. The thing that sets this one apart is that you can still use the window when it is installed.
- It's relatively affordable
- Installation can be difficult
One of Wirecutter's picks for the best AC unit, this ultra-quiet machine will keep you cool all summer long without the hum of a normal AC taking over your eardrums all day. Not only is it quiet, but it keeps a sleek profile, ensuring that it doesn't take over the room with its looks. Plus it has several smart features, including built-in wifi, voice control and geolocation to know when you're home.
- Convenient, energy-efficient smart features
- Only 6,150 BTU
If you're not looking forward to giving up sunlight for an eyesore of an AC unit, then this one from July is for you. It has a minimalist aesthetic thanks to the customizable cover that hides most of the air vents on the front of the unit. Also, to account for the environmental impact of AC, July uses a refrigerant that causes less emissions.
- It's beautifully designed and you can choose from a variety of colors
- More expensive than other models
Let's face it, air conditioning is expensive. If you don't want to break the bank on AC or just want something to circulate the air, a tower fan is your best bet. Give the palm leaves a rest and buy one of the most affordable cooling devices out there.
This tower fan consistently scores points with reviewers — it has over 35,000 reviews on Amazon and a score of 4.6 out of 5. It has everything you need from a tower fan: three quiet speeds, wide oscillation, night mode and even a remote control.
- It's well-reviewed and relatively affordable
- You will hear a quiet hum when it's on
Although probably not as famous as Dyson's line of vacuums, the brand's sleek and modern (if not futuristic) fans are also very popular. The only downside is this one is about four times what a typical tower fan costs. But it also doubles as an air purifier, so you can use it all year long.
- Also purifies the air
This budget pick isn't packed full of features, but it does what you want it to do: It keeps the air moving. It has three different speeds, a timer that goes up to eight hours and it oscillates — all of which can be controlled with the remote.
- It's the best bang for your buck
- The higher the speed, the less quiet the fan will be
If you're having trouble sleeping, then a sleep mask is a low-commitment, budget-friendly solution to try. From light-blocking to relieving pressure to cooling you down, there are a variety of masks out there to help you (or your eyes) stay cool.
This multifunctional sleep mask is a bargain and can serve a lot of purposes. The beads that fill the mask give a sort of weighted blanket effect over your eyes, helping to relieve pressure while also blocking out light. And for an extra cooling effect, you can throw the mask in the freezer before using it.
- It's budget-friendly
- Elastic is loose
Instead of one solid rectangle of fabric, this mask from Manta Sleep connects two circular pieces that provide pressure around — but not directly on — your eyes. The eye pieces are filled with ceramic beads for a cooling effect that can be heightened by spending some time in the freezer.
- The velcro strap offers a customizable fit
- The feel of the mask may take some getting used to
This blackout eye mask from Ostrichpillow is great for sleeping in your bedroom or while traveling. The soft modal fabric and foam fill are very breathable. Plus, it has an adjustable strap, and it's machine washable.
- Sleek design
- Not recommended to be frozen
Often overlooked when deciding how to set up the perfect bedding situation, the pillow is sadly something we could all probably pay a bit more attention to. Not only do you not want to sleep on an uncomfortable pillow, but you also don't want it to leave your face all sweaty and sticky throughout the night. These are our favorite pillows to keep you cool.
Our pick for the best pillow you can buy (cooling or otherwise), the Coop Home Goods Pillow has a machine-washable bamboo cover that keeps you cool all summer long and shredded memory foam that perfectly cradles your head. It also has adjustable fill, meaning you can make it as firm or soft as you want, depending on how you sleep.
- It's a adjustable
- Adding or subtracting filling can get messy
When it comes to pillows, you can definitely trust that most top mattress brands will make a great quality pillow — and this cooling one from Casper is no exception. This foam pillow is cool to the touch and well-ventilated to allow for air flow.
- Stays cool for up to 12 hours
Another adjustable pillow, this option is brought to you by the makers of Brooklinen. The gel-infused antimicrobial foam filling keeps you cool, while the zippers on the sides of the pillow allow you to easily adjust it to your desired firmness.
- Easily adjustable
- Not machine washable
As the main piece of bedding you have contact with at night, you want to be sure that you pick out the right sheets to keep you cool when the summer heat rises. Is there anything worse than waking up covered in sweat? We're not sure there is. These are the best sheets for cutting down on the swamp.
Not only are the Percale Sheets from Riley our choice for the best sheets you can buy in 2022 (and won the same in 2021), they are great for hot sleepers thanks to the cooling properties of percale, which is made from long staple cotton and one of the most comfortable materials you can sleep on.
- The sheets are crisp and cool to the touch
- Percale has the tendency to wrinkle
Made from Tencel eucalyptus lyocell, these sateen weave sheets are pretty much made with the sole purpose of keeping you cool. They're dyed with OEKO-TEX certified natural dyes and are also biodegradable. Plus they come in a variety of soft, pastel colors and patterns.
- Available in a variety of colors
- On the thinner side
These are the coolest sheets out there — both in look and feel. These linen sheets have an immediate cooling effect, while also being cozy and soft at the same time. Oeko-Tex certified, these sheets are made to last and will only get better with time.
- Soft and lightweight
- Expensive and the top sheet is an extra cost
While it may seem silly to cozy up under a comforter in the sweltering heat, that's the way a lot of people like to sleep. Luckily, there are comforters out there that can easily transition from warmer weather to chilly nights by offering a cooling effect. Whether through the outer shell or inner fill, these are our best picks for the comforters that will keep you cool when you need it most.
This comforter is so cool that NASA had to get involved. It's lightweight and filled with a hypoallergenic, down-like fiberfill that still offers some weight for chillier nights. Plus, it has a 300 thread count cotton shell that adds to the comforter's breathability.
- Oeko-Tex certified
- On the expensive side
You may remember this name from the cooling sheets listed above. What can we say? Buffy does it again. Both the cover and fill are made with the same eucalyptus lyocell that keeps you cool while absorbing moisture. The only catch is it's on the pricier side.
- Both the fill and cover are designed to keep you cool
- It's thin and expensive
Although not specifically designed or marketed as a cooling comforter, this Amazon find offers excellent breathability, thanks to its soft, brushed fabric exterior. As an added bonus, it's machine washable and has almost 10,000 5-star reviews.
- It's budget-friendly
- Will need to be replaced eventually
A new mattress can be a big investment, but purchasing a mattress pad can be a good compromise to save money and extend the life of your mattress. And there are plenty of mattress toppers on the market that can offer the added benefit of keeping you cool. Whether foam or filled, here are some temperature-regulating toppers to consider.
Another find from SlumberCloud's NASA-approved tech, this temperature-regulating mattress pad absorbs or releases heat depending on what you need. It's also Oeko-Tex certified and comes in a variety of sizes, including Twin XL and California King.
- Quilted to keep filling in place
- Adds cushioning but not support
This mattress pad owes its cooling properties to 100 percent viscose from bamboo. The topper is quilted to keep the filling from moving around, and the outer shell is soft and moisture-wicking. Plus, the entire thing is machine washable.
- Strong elastic and deep pockets to fit any bed
- Doesn't offer much thickness or support
Believe it or not, the mattress beneath your sheets makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping you cool on a nightly basis. You spend a third of your life on this thing, so you want to make sure it is optimized for your specific sleep habits, especially if you're a hot sleeper.
As our pick for the best mattress for hot sleepers, this is an all-around great mattress with the added bonus of keeping you cool. The hybrid mattress has perforated foam to allow for extra air flow and breathability. The only downside is its high price tag.
- Support that helps align your spine
- It's expensive
This is our budget pick for the best mattresses of 2022, so not only will you get a cool sleep, but you'll also get a great deal. A layer of graphite- and copper-infused foam helps to keep the night sweats at bay. And at just $449 for a queen mattress, you'll never wonder if you made the right investment.
- A great price for a quality mattress
- No firmness level options