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|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 – Magic Linen Waffle Pattern Blanket
Best Wool Blanket – Creswick Australian Mills Wool Blend Blanket
Best Cozy Fleece Blanket – Great Bay Home Sherpa Stretch Knitted Blanket
Best Light, Summer Weight Blanket – 2PO 100% Cotton Thermal Blanket
The Magic Linen Waffle Pattern Blanket is our Editor’s Choice for its combination of warmth, style, and overall performance. It is made with a blend of linen (58%) and cotton (42%). Linen is derived from the flax plant and is known for being durable as well as moisture-wicking. Because the linen is stone-washed and blended with cotton, the blanket takes on a softer, more inviting feel without losing the benefits of the linen fabric. The waffle pattern and color choices give the blanket a classy appearance that fits in with all types of interior decorating. The blanket provides enough warmth to knock out a nighttime chill in the winter or to be used alongside a comforter or heavier blanket in the winter months.
This blanket is able to machine washed and dried, and given the quality of the materials used in making it, you can expect it to last for years. With its versatility, comfort, and appearance, the Magic Linen blanket jumps to the top of our list and stands out as our Editor’s Choice.
Our choice for the best wool blanket is actually a wool blend that comes from Creswick Australian Mills. This company has been making wool products since the 1940s and in this blanket combines 70% wool with 30% nylon to give the blanket a unique feel and look that has won over customers again and again. The combination captures the benefits of wool while also getting extra stretch and durability.
The wool in the blanket comes from Australian sheep and is known for its density. It is also wool that is recycled from surplus production and tends to have a feel that is simultaneously soft yet textured. Wool is naturally temperature regulating and able to provide warmth while wicking away sweat and excess moisture. It is also hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial.
The textured look of this blanket makes it usable in almost any bedroom, and it is also available in a broad range of colors to suit the color palette of your home.
The Sherpa Stretch Knitted Blanket from Great Bay Home gets our recommendation as the best cozy fleece blanket. It is made with soft and textured polyester that offers the look and feel that fleece is known for. It is a lightweight blanket that is great for all-season use. In the winter, it can be layered among other blankets for extra warmth and softness, and in the summer, it can be used alone or as a throw. It is available in multiple solid colors and patterns allowing you to pick the one that will look the best in your bedroom or living room.
The Great Bay Sherpa Stretch blanket is sold at a price that fits most budgets, and it comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that allows you to return it for a refund if you aren’t happy with it for any reason.
Our choice for the best light (summer) weight blanket is the 2PO 100% Cotton Thermal Blanket. This blanket is made with all cotton fibers delivering a blanket that is soft to the touch and durable like most cotton products. Cotton is absorbent, so the blanket helps pull sweat away from your body if you start overheating on a summer night. The patterned weave of the blanket also helps it dissipate heat and prevent you from sleeping too hot. At the same time, this blanket can still provide enough heat to be used in conjunction with other blankets during colder months.
In addition to its strong performance, this 2PO blanket is available at a budget price that is accessible to almost all shoppers, and it is offered in more than 10 colors to best fit your home decor.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
While we’ve covered the primary considerations, there are a few other factors that may be relevant to many customers.