The Best Blankets – 2019 Reviews and Buying Guide

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Quick Summary

Even from our earliest days, we tend to have a favorite and beloved blanket. And the desire for that cozy feeling doesn’t go away in adulthood.  While lots of materials can offer warmth, a good blanket does so much more by offering a look and feel that you love.

With such a diverse variety of blankets, it can be a serious chore to find the one that’s best for you. This guide helps narrow it down, offering you our top choices for the best blankets in several categories. In addition, we’ll describe the important background and shopping considerations that can help you get the most satisfaction out of your new blanket.

The Best Blankets of 2019

Editor’s Choice – PHF Waffle Blanket

Best Coverlet – Snowe Softexture Coverlet

Best Throw Blanket – Brooklinen Pendleton Throw Blanket

Best Quilt – Calla Angel Pure Cotton Quilt

Best Cozy Fleece Blanket – Great Bay Home Sherpa Stretch Knitted Blanket

Best Lightweight Summer Blanket – 2PO 100% Cotton Thermal Blanket

How We Decided

 

24 blankets considered –– 52 hours of research –– 4 sleep experts consulted

Best Blankets – Tuck's Top 6 Picks

PHF Waffle Blanket – Editor's Choice

Highlights
  • 100% cotton
  • OEKO-TEX 100 certified
  • 8 color options
  • Year-round temperature neutrality
  • 30-night sleep trial

The PHF Waffle Blanket has earned our title of Editor’s Choice for several reasons. Crafted from pure cotton in a chunky waffle knit, the blanket is exceptionally breathable without feeling too lightweight or flimsy. As a result, it is suitable for year-round use; it keeps sleepers cool during hotter times of the year and provides warmth and insulation when the temperatures dip. It also has a soft texture that can be beneficial for sleepers with sensitive skin.

The Waffle Blanket is OEKO-TEX 100 certified, which indicates no harmful chemicals or dyes are used during production. PHF offers eight solid-color options to accommodate customers with different aesthetic tastes, along with Twin, Queen, and King sizes. The blanket is a great option for value-seekers; it is widely sold for less than $50 in all three sizes. Those who purchase the blanket on Amazon.com also qualify for that site’s 30-night sleep trial.

Snowe Softexture Coverlet – Best Coverlet

Highlights
  • 100% long staple cotton
  • OEKO-TEX 100 certified
  • 3 color options
  • Loose weave structure for optimal breathability
  • Free shipping and returns

A coverlet is a type of bedspread that features a woven face over cotton or linen backing; they cover the entire bed surface but do not drape over the sides of the bed. Our pick for Best Coverlet is the Softexture Coverlet, which is crafted from blended Egyptian cotton with a fine, ultrasoft feel. The coverlet is double-faced, which gives it some depth for added insulation, but it is also cool and breathable. It also has a 2″ hemmed border for added durability and structure.

Snowe has earned the OEKO-TEX 100 certification for this product, ensuring no harmful chemicals or substances are used. The coverlet is available in Full/Queen and King sizes, along with three solid-color options. It can be washed and dried in conventional machines, making it fairly low maintenance in terms of cleaning and care. Snowe offers free shipping for U.S. customers, along with hassle-free returns and exchanges.

Brooklinen Pendleton Throw Blanket – Best Throw Blanket

Highlights
  • 100% wool
  • Made at the Pendleton mill
  • 2 pattern options
  • Great insulation for cold weather
  • Lifetime warranty

Our Best Throw Blanket is the Brooklinen Pendleton Wool Blanket. Crafted at the official Pendleton mill in Oregon, this blanket is made from premium Eco-wise wool that is sustainably and responsibly sourced, making it a great option for eco-conscious shoppers. The material also offers exceptional warmth and insulation, but it doesn’t have the scratchy texture that frequently draws complaints about wool blankets. In addition to comfortable layering, the blanket also provides great decor accenting; two attractive plaid patterns are available. Both designs have fringed edges for added aesthetic appeal.

Unlike many competing wool blankets, the Pendleton Wool Blanket can be washed and dried in conventional machines and does not require spot or dry cleaning. The price-point is fairly reasonable, considering the premium material construction, and Brooklinen also offers a full satisfaction guarantee with free returns and exchanges. The blanket is backed by a lifetime warranty, as well.

Calla Angel Pure Cotton Quilt – Best Quilt

Highlights
  • 100% cotton
  • Prewashed and preshrunk
  • 4 color options
  • Filled with plush cotton batting
  • 30-day return period

Our pick for Best Quilt is the Pure Cotton Quilt from Calla Angel. The quilt is made from 100% cotton; the exterior cloth is decorated in an intricate geometric pattern while the interior is padded with soft cotton batting. The result is a hefty quilt that weighs in at roughly 6.5 pounds, ensuring good insulation in colder weather, while its thin profile and breathable construction make it suitable for warmer periods, as well.

The Pure Cotton Quilt is available in Queen and King sizes, and customers may also choose from four complementary colors. The quilt is prewashed and preshrunk before it ships; customers do not need to worry about the quilt decreasing in size with subsequent washes. Thick piping along the edges also helps contain the fill and extend the quilt’s overall lifespan. Calla Angel offers free returns for unopened and unused quilts within 30 days of the original purchase.

Great Bay Home Sherpa Stretch Knitted Blanket - Best Cozy Fleece Blanket

Highlights
  • 100% polyester
  • Plush fleece exterior
  • 9 color options
  • Cozy, durable, and easy to clean
  • 30-night satisfaction guarantee

The Sherpa Stretch Knitted Blanket from Great Bay Home gets our recommendation as the Best Cozy Fleece Blanket. Made from plushly textured polyester, this lightweight blanket offers year-round warmth – even when temperatures are exceptionally low. In the summer, it doubles as an attractive throw blanket. It is available in three sizes, as well as nine different solid-color and pattern options to accommodate customers with different decor and aesthetic tastes.

The Great Bay Sherpa Stretch blanket is sold at a price that fits most budgets, and it comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee with full refunds.

2PO 100% Cotton Thermal Blanket - Best Lightweight Summer Blanket

Highlights
  • 100% cotton
  • Lightweight for all-season use
  • 4 color options
  • Textured weave enhances breathability
  • 30-night sleep trial

Our choice for the best light (summer) weight blanket is the 2PO 100% Cotton Thermal Blanket. Made from cotton fibers, this blanket is exceptionally soft to the touch, as well as  durable. Because cotton is an absorbent fabric,  the blanket helps pull sweat away from the sleeper’s body; this helps keep them cool and comfortable, particularly in warmer climates. The patterned weave of the blanket also helps dissipate body heat. When temperatures drop, the blanket can be used for extra layering with additional sheets and blankets.

The Cotton Thermal Blanket is available in four solid-color options. It is widely available for less than $25, making it a great option for value seekers. The product is also backed by a 30-night sleep trial.

Blanket Buying Guide

Before you start shopping for a blanket, it helps to know about your options. In this section, we’ll review types of blankets, common materials, and other useful factors to consider.

What to Think About When Buying a Blanket

A key component of making a solid blanket purchase is knowing what things you should be considering as you look at products and evaluate them. Some of the key elements to keep in mind are detailed below.

Blanket Type

Before you go to buy a blanket, you’ll want to think about how you plan to use a blanket and which type of blanket you’re looking for. Some of the types of blankets include:

  • Standard Blanket: while there’s enough diversity to say that there’s no such thing as a truly standard blanket, we can use this term for a blanket that has a size meant to fit the standard bed sizes (Twin, Double, Queen, and King).
  • Throw: a throw is a blanket that is designed primarily for use around the house rather than for use in bed. The size is usually 70 inches by 50 inches, and many throws are lighter and more decorative as they are commonly draped over a couch or chair.
  • Afghan: the defining characteristic of an Afghan is that it is crocheted or has a look usually associated with a crocheted blanket. With large holes in the stitching, these usually don’t prove much insulation for heat, but many people appreciate them for their role in adding to home decor.
  • Heated blanket: these are blankets with an internal electric mechanism built-in to provide heat when the blanket is plugged in and turned on.
  • Weighted blanket: this type of blanket has added weight, often ranging from 5 to 30 pounds, built into the blanket itself. This added pressure can help some people feel more at-ease in bed through a process known as grounding. In certain people, this is believed to spur the production of hormones beneficial for sleep and mental well-being.
  • Quilt: this refers to a type of blanket that has an interior layer covered by material that has been stitched together. Quilts are usually known for a decorative design on the exterior stitching.
  • Waffle blankets: Waffle is a type of knitting technique that results in a textured grid pattern that resembles the surface of an edible waffle. Most waffle-knit blankets are made from 100% cotton. They are somewhat heavy but also thin; as a result, they provide breathable layering in hotter temperatures but also warm and insulate sleepers during colder times of the year.
  • Coverlets: A coverlet (or coverlid) is a thin type of bedspread designed to cover the top surface of the mattress without draping too much over the sides. Most coverlets feature a woven face with cotton or linen backing. They typically serve as decorative accent pieces, but many hot sleepers like using coverlets because they are fairly cool.
  • Summer blankets: Many people prefer not to sleep with a blanket during the warm summer months. However, summer blankets are ideal for those who like some layering even in hotter temperatures, and they may also provide decor accenting when not in use. The blankets are usually made from fabrics like cotton, linen, or rayon from bamboo; these materials are lightweight and breathable, and also wick moisture away from the sleeper’s skin to keep them dry during the night.

Material

One of the biggest factors that influence how a blanket will perform is its material. The material directly affects warmth, feel, breathability, and more. There is no single material type that is the best; instead, the best blanket in any situation depends on your preferences (such as for softness) and how you plan to use the blanket (such as with a comforter, layered with other blankets, only during certain seasons, etc.). Some of the most commonly-used blanket materials include:

  • Wool: wool is a material derived from sheep that is well known for its antibacterial and moisture-wicking properties. It offers significant warmth, but it remains highly breathable, so it can be used in all seasons. Wool may not be as soft as other materials but still has significant softness.
  • Down: this material is taken from the underside of the feathers of ducks and geese. Down is very soft, light, and extremely powerful when it comes to insulating. It makes for excellent winter comforters but may also be used with less fill in all-season comforters. Given its characteristics, down tends to be expensive.
  • Cashmere: cashmere is similar to wool, but is often more expensive. Its soft feel pairs with many of the properties of wool, such as breathability and warmth.
  • Cotton: cotton is used in a broad array of bedding products thanks to its soft feel. It is generally smooth and plush and absorbs moisture (such as sweat), which gives it decent breathability. Cotton may be quilted to give it a textured feel and/or to have small gaps or holes in the threads to boost breathability even more.
  • Polyester: polyester blankets are usually a low-cost alternative to other materials. Polyester can be formulated in a handful of ways to give it different textures and properties. Polyester is less breathable than cotton and easily conducts static electricity.
  • Fleece: fleece is a synthetic version of wool. Usually cheaper than wool, it has similar warmth, density, and feel and is often a good alternative for people with wool allergies. Fleece is not as breathable as wool and can be unsuitable for certain times of the year.
  • Acrylic: acrylic is a synthetic version of wool or cashmere that is warm and hypoallergenic. Acrylic blankets tend to be both lighter and cheaper than wool and cashmere. Acrylic blankets easily conduct static electricity and is susceptible to pilling, a form of  normal wear and tear that causes tiny balls of fabric to form on the surface.

Weave

How a blanket is woven can influence its performance. For example, when the weave is very loose, it’s harder for a blanket to offer nearly as much in terms of heat retention. However, it may still be excellent for a light layer or for decoration. A tighter weave provides more heat but also usually less breathability and more issues with holding in moisture or sweat along with the heat. Knowing how you intend to use a blanket can help you choose whether you want a tighter or looser weave.

Durability

As you would expect, the material and weave of a blanket will have a direct effect on the durability of the blanket. Materials like down and wool tend to be very durable but also usually cost more and require more complex methods of cleaning and maintenance.

How you use your blanket will also affect durability as a blanket that gets nightly use or one that is regularly being moved around the house and used in different places is going to have more wear-and-tear and a greater need for regular washing that may cause it to break down more quickly.

Size

Most standard blankets are manufactured in accordance with normal mattress sizes. However, there are exceptions, including throw blankets, that are smaller. It’s always wise to check the dimensions of a blanket in relation to your bed to make sure that they will line up well.

Color and Pattern

Your blanket can play a significant role in your bedroom’s overall style and aesthetic. It can serve as a textural contrast or accent color for your bed. If you’re thinking about a blanket as part of your broader bedroom look, make sure to consider the design of your bedroom as a whole and the different sheets and other bedding that you usually use.

What Else Should You Consider?

While we’ve covered the primary considerations, there are a few other factors that may be relevant to many customers.

  • Organic materials: some materials, like cotton or wool, can be made to meet standards for organic production. Customers looking for organic materials can look for products with a certification according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
  • Return policy: if you’ve done your research carefully or if you’re buying one of our top picks, the odds are you won’t need to return the blanket. But if you find that you aren’t happy with your purchase, you may be able to return the blanket for a full refund. Look for blankets that have a customer satisfaction guarantee that lets you make a return in that case.
  • Ease of cleaning: most blankets can be easily cleaned with your washer and dryer. But some have very specific washing requirements, so if you want the simplest and most convenient cleaning option, make sure to look into the washing instructions before you buy a blanket.