7 Cooling Bedding Options to Keep You From Sweating This Summer

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Totojang/iStock via Getty Images

Depending on your geographical location, heading into the hotter half of summer can feel like living in a broiler. Warm nights can be especially unpleasant, with skin sticking to sheets and creating a sweat-infused mess of laundry. Fortunately, not all cooling solutions require higher utility bills or a window installation. Check out these seven cool bedding products—including sheets, blankets, and even pet-friendly innovations—that can make sleeping a breeze.

1. Clone Pillow; $119


Stay cool and snuggle an inanimate object with the Clone Pillow, a body pillow that uses shredded memory foam and a removable cooling gel layer for a cold respite from high temperatures. The 14-inch-by-49-inch pillow draws body heat away, while the 100-percent cotton pillowcase allows your skin to breathe.

Buy it: Clone Pillow

2. TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Pillow; $169 to $209


Keep a cool head with this Tempur-Pedic pillow—available in king or queen sizes—that uses cooling gel to direct heat away from your face and neck.

Buy it: Tempur-Pedic

3. I AM Cool Pillow; $40


Not a fan of gels? This heat-reducing pillow uses a cotton-polyester blend to wick away heat in a manner similar to sweat-wicking sports apparel. It's also designed to maintain its shape over time thanks to a specialized filling process.

Buy it: eLuxury

4. The Regulator Bed Sheets; $129 to $169


For a complete cooling experience, consider this sheet set from My Sheets Rock. The Regulator is made of bamboo rayon, which, according to the company, transfers heat up to twice as effectively as cotton bedding. The sheets are available in sizes from twin to king. Note that while My Sheets Rock advertises its products as being designed for men, we'd argue that sweatiness knows no gender. (In fact, pregnant and menopausal women might especially benefit from cooling sheets.) Mental Floss's Shaunacy Ferro took a set of Regulator sheets for a spin and found them to be a breezy, extra-soft addition to her summer bedding rotation.

Buy it: My Sheets Rock

5. Leisure Town Mattress Pad; $50 to $70


Mattress toppers can resolve some of the discomfort associated with a firm mattress, but the wrong kind of material can trap heat. This topper is made of 100 percent cotton and offers cloud comfort without the additional sweat.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Dangtop Bamboo Blanket; $25 to $30

The Dangtop Bamboo Blanket is pictured
Dangtop, Amazon

Like snuggling up in a blanket even when it’s warm? This blanket from Dangtop is made from bamboo to provide a cozy throw while still moving heat away from your body.

Buy it: Amazon

7. AmazonBasics Elevated Cooling Pet Bed; $22 to $33


Pets can get hot as they sleep, too, which is why this elevated pet sleeper is a perfect solution. The raised platform allows air to circulate underneath your furry friend. Choose from sizes small to large.

Buy it: Amazon

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Get Cozy With Bob Ross Slipper Socks

Always Fits
Always Fits

Setting aside the evening to binge-watch The Joy of Painting videos is a foolproof way to have a relaxing time. In case Bob Ross's inspiring mantras and soothing landscape paintings aren't comforting enough, now you can boost the coziness factor with a fluffy pair of slipper socks branded with the beloved artist's likeness.

These socks from Always Fits capture the warm and fuzzy feeling of watching Bob Ross craft his masterpieces. The inside is lined with wooly sherpa material, and the outside is made from a velour blend. Non-skid grips protect the bottoms, so you can pause your binge session to get a fresh canvas or refill your tea mug without slipping across the floor. The socks are patterned with cartoon versions of Bob Ross—complete with his paintbrush, easel, and signature perm—against a background of happy little trees.

The comfy footwear is available in two sizes: small/medium (women's shoe sizes 5 to 8) and medium/large (sizes 8 to 10). One set is available for $18 online, with discounts applied to bulk orders of five or more.

If you're looking for more ways to get in the Bob Ross spirit, you don't have to stop with slipper socks. Mugs, T-shirts, and coloring books inspired by the artist are all available to purchase.

Bob Ross slipper socks.
Always Fits

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The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port. 

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 Kickstarter goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100-$120 if you pledge fast. You can back the ChopBox here.

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