We live in Florida and I had tried a down comforter - the lightest one I could find - but it was still too warm - unless we were having one of our extra cold but infrequent nights. I decided to try a down blanket, having heard this was lighter yet. I was surprised at how pretty the cover is. It could be used as a bedspread. We use it as the only blanket over the top sheet and it is working out very well. I do set the thermostat to 70 A/C on mild nights or we might be kicking it off. We've had it since the fall and are very pleased with how light weight it is and it gives us just the right amount of warmth for Florida winter's cool nights. We haven't washed it yet, but we own down vests and I expect the down blanket to launder as well as the vests.