Quilts are a practical, lightweight type of bedding, and their unique patterns and stitching add decorative flair to any space.
To find the best options, we purchased top-rated quilts, which our team of home testers slept with and laundered over several weeks, evaluating their quality, fabric, durability, warmth, effectiveness, and overall value. Backed by research and testing, our best overall pick is the Brooklinen Lightweight Quilt for its versatile weight and pattern design and cozy 100 percent cotton construction.
Here are the best quilts.
Best Overall: Brooklinen Lightweight Quilt
Attractive, reversible design
Perfect weight for multiple uses
Soft and cozy fabric
One-year return period
Limited color selection
Takes longer to dry
Who else recommends it? Today and Best Products also picked the Brooklinen Lightweight Quilt.
What do buyers say? 88% of 300+ Brooklinen reviewers rated this product 5 stars.
Brooklinen is known for offering high-quality linens at reasonable prices, and its Lightweight Quilt didn’t disappoint. This quilt earned top marks from our tester, thanks to its beautiful construction, soft fabric, and cozy feel. The quilt is crafted from 100 percent cotton, and it comes in two patterns—one with cute X-shaped stitches, and the other with simple dotted lines down the length—which look the same on both sides, allowing you to reverse the blanket as needed.
Each of these quilts is hand-stitched by artisans, and we were impressed by the quality of the stitching and material. While marketed as a lightweight quilt, we found it to be more middle-of-the-road in terms of warmth—especially when compared to some other products. However, our testers said it could easily be used year-round, as it’s breathable enough for warm weather use and adds another layer of insulation in the winter. Our only real complaints are that the color options are fairly limited (most of the options are a white-and-blue combo) and the quilt often takes several dryer cycles to completely dry.
Best Budget: Laura Ashley Home Ruffle Garden Collection Quilt
Bright, colorful pattern
Stitching matches design
Lightweight enough for summer use
Good value when on sale
Aesthetic isn’t for everyone
Not the warmest option
Well-made quilts are often just as expensive as comforters, but the Laura Ashley Home Ruffle Garden Collection Quilt is a great value (especially since it’s regularly on sale). This quilt has a light and airy feel thanks to its crisscrossed ruffle design, which is made up of colorful floral fabrics. However, our tester noted that the aesthetic isn’t for everyone, especially since the quilt only comes in one color.
This quilt is on the lighter side in terms of weight and has minimal batting inside, making it best for summertime use. Our testers liked that the stitching of the quilt matched its design—something not often found on budget-friendly quilts—but it didn’t provide much warmth on truly cold days.
Best Splurge: Serena & Lily Baywood Quilt
Luxe, elegant design
Ideal weight for year-round use
The Baywood Quilt is truly an heirloom-quality piece, and our testers were instantly smitten by its elegant appearance and luxe fabrics. It earned mostly fives in our testing, and while we have many positive things to say about this quilt, there’s no denying it’s a big splurge.
This quilt is made from a cotton-linen front that has a slight texture, and it has a cotton voile fabric on the reverse. The blanket was easy to launder when coffee was accidentally spilled on it, though we did notice a slight amount of pilling on the reverse after it went through the wash. The edges feature oversized scallops for a quaint and homey appearance, and we loved the weight of the quilt, which is just right for multi-season use.
Best Patchwork: L.L.Bean North Star Patchwork Quilt
Traditional patchwork design
Comfortable weight for multi-season use
Neat, durable construction
Doesn’t collect much pet hair
Only one color option
Line dry only
True patchwork quilts can be tricky to find, as many manufacturers simply print faux patches onto fabric. However, the L.L. Bean North Star Patchwork Quilt features a traditional construction made up of individual pieces of fabric, and our testers thought it would make a beautiful statement piece for any bedroom.
This classic quilt features shades of pink, blue, green, yellow, and tan, and while the description says the hues were inspired by vegetable-based dyes, it doesn’t appear natural dyes were actually used. The stitching of the quilt is neat and precise, and the cotton construction was a nice mid-weight that would lend itself to multi-season use. Just note that there’s only one colorway available and the quilt needs to be line dried to preserve its construction.
Best Organic: Coyuchi Pebbled Handstitched Organic Quilt
Beautiful hand-stitched construction
Certified organic materials
Excellent temperature regulation
Comfortable weight for year-round use
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a quilt made from better materials than the Coyuchi Pebbled Handstitched Quilt. It’s made from 100% organic cotton fabric and batting, and it’s even certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Our testers thought this blanket had a rustic appearance thanks to its hand-stitched pattern, which is inspired by traditional Indian Kantha quilts. While it is on the thinner side, they noted that it’s substantial in weight and does an unbeatable job regulating heat throughout the night.
We gave this quilt a perfect score for quality, fabric, warmth, and effectiveness, but we did notice that the stitching shrunk a tiny bit after going through the dryer. Additionally, it is on the more expensive side, but it’s justifiable due to the high quality of the materials and construction.
Best for Winter: Pottery Barn Cloud Linen Handcrafted Quilt
Several attractive color options
Thick and warm construction
Hides pet hair well
Too warm for summer use
Quilts aren’t necessarily designed to be used on their own—especially during the winter—but the Pottery Barn Cloud Linen Quilt is so thick that it very well could be. It has a cotton-linen front with wavy box stitching, and appears to have extra batting inside that gives it a slightly lofty appearance. Our testers noted that it was one of the warmest quilts of the bunch, and it doesn’t hurt that the fabric is soft and welcoming.
This quilt comes in a range of soft, calming hues, and we found that the textured surface helps to mask pet hair—always a plus. There weren’t any glaring cons that jumped out at us during testing—it’s both attractive and well-made—but we do think the blanket might be a little too heavy to use during the summer.
Best for Pet Hair: Nestwell King 3-Piece Quilt Set
Ideal for homes with pets
Takes several cycles to dry
If your pets frequently sleep on your bed, the Nestwell Quilt Set will help to hide the hair thanks to its textured fabric. Our testers found that this quilt is easy to wash and dirt stains come out easily, but it does often need two or more cycles in the dryer.
This quilt set comes with two matching shams, and it’s made from cotton with a polyester fill. It has a mid-weight that’s ideal for year-round use, and while the fabric isn’t the softest ever—we gave it a four out of five—it’s still cozy to climb under at night. Our testers rated this quilt highly in all the other areas, and it’s reasonably priced—especially when discounts are applied.
Best Quilt-Comforter Hybrid: Parachute Cloud Cotton Quilt
Cozy and lofty design
Fabric is extremely soft
Very warm in the winter
Lacks traditional quilt construction
Takes a long time to dry
If you find quilts too light and comforters too heavy, the Parachute Cotton Cloud Quilt might be the perfect bedding option for you. Though marketed as a quilt, our testers thought it was more of a quilt-comforter hybrid, as it’s loftier and lacks the all-over stitching you’d expect of a true quilt. Despite this ambiguity, we found this blanket to be exceptionally cozy and soft.
This blanket is made of a four-ply cotton gauze fabrication with additional polyester batting inside, and it’s extremely airy and light. Our testers noted it did a great job keeping them warm on winter nights, while still being breathable enough to be used during warmer months, too. The only downside is that the multi-layer construction takes a long time to dry after laundering.
Best Weighted: Baloo Weighted Blanket Throw
Soothing without being smothering
Edges are less weighted to prevent sliding off
Silky fabric doesn’t collect pet hair
Not the most attractive
Weighted blankets have gained popularity thanks to their cozy, soothing feel, and the Baloo Living Weighted Throw has a unique double-stitched design that gives it the appearance of a quilt. We tested the 12-pound throw blanket, and our tester thought it was the perfect weight for lounging, as it was comforting without being smothering.
This weighted blanket has a cotton exterior that’s silkier than we expected, and it’s filled with glass beads that provide its signature heft. It seemed like the box-stitched sections around the edges of the blanket have less filling, which prevented the blanket from slipping off the couch, and the shiny fabric didn’t collect much pet hair, which is always nice. However, our testers didn’t love the general appearance of this blanket—it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as a true quilt, and it’s more functional than decorative.
The Brooklinen Lightweight Quilt checks all the boxes for a great piece of bedding—it’s extremely comfortable, attractive, and a versatile weight that can be used for multiple seasons. Plus, you can’t beat the brand’s one-year return period. If you’re willing to splurge a little, the Serena & Lily Baywood Quilt is another amazing quilt. It’s impeccably made from high-end materials and has a quaint, elegant aesthetic, but it comes at a premium price.
How We Tested the Quilts
For this article, we sent more than a dozen quilts to the homes of our product testers, where they used each blanket on a daily basis. In addition to evaluating the construction and quality of each quilt, our testers slept with the blankets for several days and washed each one in a standard washing machine. These tests were conducted during the winter, so our testers were able to evaluate the warmth of each blanket in cold weather. When testing was complete, each product was scored on its quality, fabric, durability, warmth, effectiveness, and value. These scores were combined with our writers' and editors' own research—as well as insights from experts—to put together this list.
What to Look for in a Quilt
When buying a quilt, make sure to look at what material it’s made from, as this plays a key role in its performance. Wool quilts, even when they're lightweight, are warmer, while cotton quilts tend to be lighter and more breathable. Polyester quilts are much more budget-friendly, but they tend to trap heat, making them less suitable for hot sleepers. The material will also dictate how easy it is to wash the quilt, but always be sure to check your individual quilt's care instructions.
Quilts are often described as light-, medium-, or heavy-weight. This denotes a quilt’s warmth, as well as the seasons and climates in which it works best. Heavy-weight quilts are often interchangeable with comforters, and are ideal for cold winter nights; lightweight quilts, on the other hand, are a go-to for summertime. Some quilts will list GSM, or grams per square meter, which refers to a quilt's density. Lightweight quilts and blankets will typically have a GSM between 150 to 350, while heavier quilts and comforters start around 500 GSM.
One of the great things about quilts is that they come in a wide variety of colors and designs. There are plain quilts made from just one fabric, and there are patchwork quilts that feature intricate designs. When you’re shopping, consider your home’s decor and find an option that complements it. Another important consideration? The quilt's use. Do you want something that will just be folded at the end of your bed for aesthetics, or do you intend to actually use your quilt? Will you use it all year long, or just seasonally? All of these factors will contribute to the design you want.
What's the difference between a quilt, a blanket, and a comforter?
Quilts, blankets, and comforters are not the same thing. “A blanket is only made of one layer,” Brooklyn-based interior designer Anaïs Chaumien says. A comforter is made of three: a duvet insert and a duvet cover (which lines both sides of the insert). A quilt is also made of three: two blanket layers—plus one layer of filling on the inside.
Because quilts are lined with stitches, the filling is typically held in place in small pockets. Comforters are not usually lined with stitches, so there’s typically more separation between the outer layer and the inner layer, giving them that fluffy appearance.
How often should you clean your quilt?
There’s no hard-and-fast rule for how often you should clean your quilt, so a good rule of thumb is to wash it as often as you’d clean a duvet cover or comforter. For many people, this means washing it every 2–4 weeks. Of course, this also depends on how often you use it—if you only have it draped on the end of your bed, you can get away with washing a few times a year.
How should you care for your quilt?
Quilts can vary a lot in terms of care needs, depending on the materials they’re made from and filled with. This is why it’s extremely important to read and follow the care instructions for your specific quilt. Some quilts are machine-washable and dryer-friendly, while others are dry clean-only. And following the care instructions for your specific quilt can help you keep your quilt in tip-top shape.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Camryn Rabideau, a product reviewer for The Spruce who has extensive experience testing bedding. She has previously studied textile science, and she has spent more than five years testing sheets, blankets, pillows, and more. She conducted firsthand testing of all the quilts included in this article, as well as using insights from other product testers for The Spruce.