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There are few things better in life than climbing under a comfortable blanket at the end of the day, but choosing the right one can be surprisingly difficult. Beyond comfort, shoppers should consider whether or not the blanket is easy to clean, if it can be used year-round or only in one season, and what fabric and design options are available.

As with most sleep accessories, there is no single perfect blanket that is right for everyone. Instead, your choice should be based on your personal preferences and requirements.

To help our readers choose the right blanket, we’ve put together a list of our favorite blankets and a guide to finding the right one. Whether you love the feel of wool or cotton, or whether budget-friendly or luxurious is your ideal price-point, we’ll guide you to a blanket that will keep you cozy and relaxed.

Out Top Picks for 2020

Snowe Softexture Coverlet

Best Overall

Who it's best for:
  • People who sleep hot and live in warm climates
  • People who like to layer their blankets
  • Customers looking for a washable blanket
Snowe Softexture Coverlet

The Snowe Softexture Coverlet is made of 100% percent long-staple cotton and washed for a soft and uniquely textured feel. Whether used with a simple top sheet in the summer or layered with other blankets for winter warmth, this blanket is likely to see plenty of use, keeping you comfortable throughout the year.

Long-staple cotton is stronger and softer than other varieties, and the blanket itself has a light but satisfying weight that is likely to please most sleepers. The unique texture adds visual and tactile interest, as well as allowing it to look good even when wrinkled or tossed casually over the bed. Unlike some textures achieved through specific weaves, the Softexture Coverlet has a light, loose weave that does not increase the blanket’s warmth.

The blanket is available in three neutral shades including white, ivory, and grey, and it has an elegant 2-inch self-hem finish for a polished look. While not stain-resistant, it can easily be laundered by washing with warm water and drying on a low setting. None of the colors should be bleached or ironed, including the white variety.

There are few downsides to this blanket, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone. It has a light and airy feel, which makes it ideal for hot sleepers but less appealing to cold sleepers or those looking for a true year-round blanket. Similarly, its thinner fabrication may not satisfy those in search of something plush and cuddly for the sofa.

Luxor Linens Vivace Ultra Soft Throw

Best Value

Who it's best for:
  • Customers looking for warmth
  • Shoppers on a budget
  • Anyone who appreciates a thick, velvety feel
Luxor Linens Vivace Ultra Soft Throw

Buying the right blanket doesn’t require breaking the bank, something that this Luxor Linens throw proves with its affordable price point and thick, ultra-cozy feel. While there are less expensive throws on the market, the Luxor Linens Vivace Ultra Soft Throw offers good value with the quality of its design and construction. Made from 100% polyester, this blanket is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to wrap up in something warm on the couch or in bed.

The same qualities that make polyester a poor choice for hot weather or warm sleepers — namely its impressive warmth and relatively poor air circulation — make it an ideal choice for winter use or for the permanently chilly sleeper. Poor breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities are an issue for some, but using this blanket with breathable, natural-fabric sheets is likely to keep most people comfortable.

The blanket is available in deep red, as well as pink and green varieties. As a throw-size blanket, it’s more appropriate for sofa use or for one person in bed than as a bedspread for a couple. A thick pile makes it extremely soft and velvety to the touch, even more so than the average polyester throw.

Synthetic fabrics like polyester tend to be easy to care for, and this blanket is no different. It gently repels liquid rather than soaking it in, which makes it stain-resistant and quick to dry, but it can also be machine-washed and dried on low as needed.

Brooklinen Throw Blanket

Best Luxury

Who it's best for:
  • Fans of wool blankets, particularly those made with cashmere or lambswool
  • Stylish shoppers looking for classic patterns
  • Anyone searching for a blanket likely to last for many years
Brooklinen Throw Blanket

These wool throw blankets from Brooklinen are carefully designed to be both beautiful and practical. A wide range of price points, patterns, and wool varieties allow shoppers to pick the blanket that is best for them, though every option offers the same high-quality construction and durable comfort.

Wool is one of the most traditional fabrics for blankets, and Brooklinen’s lineup clearly illustrates the reasons why. Pure wool is warm and inviting, but those who are able to splurge a little may be interested in the company’s lambswool or cashmere offerings. These options are extremely soft to the touch, with a breathable warmth to keep you comfortable on cold nights. Pattern and color availability depends on the type of wool used.

In addition to being beautiful and exceptionally warm, wool is also strong and highly durable. Brooklinen improves on this with high-quality construction, leading to a blanket that is likely to last you many years, even with regular use.

However, wool blankets like these do have drawbacks. Brooklinen suggests dry cleaning when necessary, as wool absorbs a great deal of water and is difficult to dry without warping the blanket or leaving behind excess moisture. As wool is also very warm, these blankets are unlikely to appeal to those who live in hot climates or tend to sleep warm even in cold weather.

PlushBeds Handmade Luxury Wool Comforter

Best Wool

Who it's best for:
  • People who find wool to be scratchy but appreciate its warmth
  • Customers shopping for an eco-friendly comforter
  • Anyone searching for an all-season blanket
PlushBeds Handmade Luxury Wool Comforter

The Plushbeds Handmade Luxury Wool Comforter is ultra-soft to the touch, thanks to its 100% organic sateen cover. The wool is used as batting, where it provides warmth and moisture-wicking capabilities without its characteristic scratchiness.

Plushbeds uses environmentally friendly materials, including organic cotton and cruelty-free wool. Customers with sensitive skin will appreciate the company’s commitment to using wool that has been minimally treated, with no dyes or chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Even ecologically friendly blankets can be uncomfortable, but this comforter is among the softest and coziest blankets we’ve tested. Wool gives it an appealing weight and loft, while wicking away moisture and regulating temperature for all-season comfort and practicality. Though very warm or very cold sleepers may need to switch out or layer this comforter in winter or summer, the majority of people should find it keeps them at an ideal temperature throughout the year.

The blanket’s primary downside is its luxury price-point, which is due to the use of organic and natural materials. Solid wool blankets tend to be less expensive than those that use wool as a filling, since the latter variety often requires more wool to manufacture. The Plushbeds comforter is only available in white and cannot be washed at home, which may not appeal to those concerned about easy care and maintenance. A duvet cover can be used to protect the comforter and extend the time needed between cleanings.

Comma Home Faux Fur & Sherpa Throw

Best Double-Sided

Who it's best for:
  • People who want an ultra-cuddly blanket to curl up with
  • Customers interested in a faux-fur look
  • Anyone who appreciates blankets with two cozy textures
Comma Home Faux Fur & Sherpa Throw

Double-sided throws and blankets are extremely popular, and this high-quality Comma Home Faux Fur & Sherpa Throw is exceptionally comfortable. One of its sides features soft faux fur, while the other side is thick and warm sherpa fleece in a solid color.

The blanket is produced in two sizes, both of which are available in Wolf Grey and Honey Brown.  Both color options feature light patterning through the faux fur, while the sherpa fleece is a solid color that matches the faux fur’s most prominent shade. While most customers are likely to leave the blanket with the faux fur side facing out, both sides are attractive and lend a pop of neutral color to any bed or sofa.

Polyester made from recycled plastic bottles gives both sides of the blanket an extra-soft feel. The faux fur is slightly silky to the touch, with fibers arranged in different patterns for a realistic fur-like texture. Though it is made with polyester, the thick sherpa fleece side feels similar to wool fleece.

Thanks to both its use of polyester and the thickness of its fleece, this blanket is most suitable for cold weather or cool sleepers. It should also be used with a top sheet in bed, as polyester lacks the moisture-wicking capabilities of natural fabrics and can cause some people to feel clammy over the course of the night.

Riley Home Textured Cotton Coverlet

Best Cotton

Who it's best for:
  • Warm sleepers and those who like to layer their blankets
  • Fans of 100% cotton blankets
  • Anyone who appreciates a classic and versatile ribbed blanket
Riley Home Textured Cotton Coverlet

Cotton is one of the best fabric choices for blankets, and this textured cotton coverlet from Riley Home is breathable yet warm. This blanket is also easy to care for, elegant, and comfortable.

While wool and synthetic fabrics are both warmer than cotton, cotton blankets are perfect for using on their own in the summer or layered with other blankets in the colder months. This blanket is no different, and it is particularly likely to please anyone who tends to sleep hot even in cool climates. Cotton wicks away moisture efficiently and regulates temperature well thanks to its breathability, keeping sleepers comfortable even when the weather demands extra blankets.

This blanket is available in full/queen and king/California king sizes, and in four neutral shades, including white, sand, slate, and navy. It has a classic ribbed texture for visual interest, a slight stretch, and a light weight. Each size is large enough to drape over the bed, rather than only being the size of the mattress itself. Like most cotton blankets, it can be machine-washed and tumbled dry on low to keep it clean throughout the year.

The cotton fabrication and high-quality construction result in a highly durable blanket that should stand up to years of regular use.

In-Depth Blanket Guides

How to Choose a Blanket

Choosing a blanket may seem simple, but there’s a wide range of blanket styles and materials to consider. Not only do these choices affect the blanket’s feel, but they can also determine whether your new blanket is easy to clean, what seasons it’s appropriate for, and other important factors. By learning about these differences in advance, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve chosen a blanket you’ll be using for years to come.

Types of Blankets

If you don’t know the difference between a quilt and a throw, or a duvet and comforter, you’re not alone. Blankets are one of the oldest forms of bedding, so it’s no surprise that history has given us such a wide range of options.

All the same, understanding the differences between blanket types makes the process of picking one over another much easier. While many offer similar features, each has its own benefits, drawbacks, and overall feel.

Comforter: Comforters are one of the most common blanket types, featuring attractive and comfortable fabric filled with a material like wool, down, polyfill, or cotton. As the cover and filling are integrated and thus harder to wash, comforters should be used with a top sheet to prevent them from becoming dirty.

Duvet: While similar to comforters, duvets are distinguished by their plain and often white outer fabric. They are meant to be used with removable duvet covers, which makes them easy to change the look of or clean regularly.

Coverlet: Instead of keeping you warm, coverlets are intended to add a decorative element to your bed. Many people remove the thin coverlet before sleeping, but some coverlets can be used to add comforting weight and extra warmth.

Throw: While blankets and throws are very similar, throws are usually smaller and are intended to be used outside of the bed. With this in mind, it’s still possible to use throws on your bed for both comfort and style.

Weighted: A relatively new addition to the blanket marketplace, weighted blankets are intended to help reduce stress and encourage deep sleep by relaxing the autonomic nervous system. Most have a design similar to a duvet or comforter, with glass or metal weights sewn in alongside a more traditional filling.

Heated: Modern technology has made heated blankets a safe and appealing option for anyone who finds that they get chilly in winter. A wide variety of heated blankets are available, each with different heat settings, voltage, fabrics, and warranties.

Afghan: While sometimes considered another word for a throw blanket, most afghans are slightly larger than throws and they are crocheted or knit from wool.Linen, cotton, and synthetic textile options are also available.

Waffle: Usually made from cotton, the texture of waffle weave blankets is designed to trap air. Because of this, waffle blankets are warmer than their lightweight feel would suggest, making them popular year-round, either alone or layered beneath other blankets.

Summer: Summer blankets are cooler than other types, making them a great choice for warm weather. While they are available in a wide range of styles and fabrics, the majority are made of cotton due to its moisture-wicking properties and good airflow.

Quilt: Quilts are similar to comforters, as they are made using sheets of fabric with batting between them for extra warmth. They differ in that quilts are usually far thinner, with distinctive decorative stitching to hold the batting tightly in place.

Blanket Materials

Although the style of a blanket makes a large difference in how it feels and performs, the materials used are just as important to consider. While some blankets are made using a single fabric type, many use a blend of materials to create the perfect feel at the right price.

As with other sleep accessories, some blankets use organic natural materials such as wool and cotton, for those interested in making their bedroom more eco-friendly.

Wool
One of the most traditional materials for blankets, wool’s deep warmth and moisture-wicking properties make it popular among a wide range of people, from survivalist campers to sleepy children. Pure wool blankets do have some downsides, however, with a high price-point and a long dry time if they get wet. Some people also find pure wool to be slightly scratchy; if this is true for you, you might want to consider a softer blanket with wool filling for the best of both worlds.

Down
Gathered from the plumage of ducks and geese, down is one of the most enduring fillings for blankets like comforters and duvets.  Down blankets are soft, lightweight, and exceptionally warm, but can trigger allergies in some people. Vegan down alternatives, made with synthetic materials, are also available.

Cashmere
A type of wool gathered from specially bred goats, cashmere is known as one of the most luxurious fabrics for a reason. Strong, soft, and very warm, cashmere blankets are one of the most comfortable blankets to sleep with. However, that kind of luxury can come at a high price, and caring for a cashmere blanket can be more difficult than those made from a less fickle fabric.

Cotton
Blankets made from cotton are considered some of the best on the market, as only cotton can offer strength, breathability, moisture-wicking, eco-friendliness, and comfort at an affordable price point. While cotton alone is not as warm as other fabrics, those with an insulating fill can combine comfort and warmth for the ideal blanket.

Polyester 
Synthetic materials are not always the right choice for a blanket, but polyester blankets, particularly those featuring a cotton and polyester blend, can offer comfort and warmth for years at an affordable price. There are downsides, such as increased amounts of static electricity, but for many people these are outweighed by upsides like stain-resistance and affordability.

Fleece
Man-made fleece is one of the cuddliest materials available for blankets. With their thick pile, velvety touch, and soothing warmth, fleece blankets are exceptionally popular in cold weather. As with all synthetic fabrics, fleece can have poor airflow, and some people find that fleece can irritate their skin.

Acrylic
While less popular than they once were, acrylic blankets — many with a satin trim — are still used every day by countless people. Though these types of blankets are prone to pilling, higher-quality acrylic blankets are less susceptible to this. Additional benefits include stain resistance, easy care, and substantial warmth.

Other Factors to Consider

While a blanket’s style and material are two of the most important considerations, as both have a significant impact on the way a blanket will feel, there are other factors to consider when buying a new blanket. Some of these factors have an impact on how a blanket functions, some affect how easy it is to clean or take care of, and others have a purely visual impact.

Depending on your preferences, some of these factors are likely to be more important to you than others.

Size: Blankets are available in a wide range of sizes, from tiny baby blankets to huge blankets meant to drape over a king size bed. Throw blanket sizes are ideal for both cozying up on the sofa and for one person in bed, while larger sizes can be awkward outside of the bed but are the best choice for couples in search of warmth.

Loft: Loft measures the height of pillowy blankets such as comforters and duvets. While loft height is primarily a personal preference, blankets with a higher loft tend to be warmer and more durable than ones with a lower loft.

Weight: While weighted blankets are popular for their glass or metal-enhanced weight, all blankets — from the fluffiest duvet to the densest wool — have their own weight, which may or may not indicate how warm they are. Some people find heavier blankets comfortable, while others prefer a blanket with a lighter feel.

Warmth: Most blankets tend to be fairly warm, but they range from breathable summer styles to heavy versions meant for the coldest winter nights. Depending on your needs, you may want to purchase a heavy and a lightweight blanket for use during different seasons, or layer your lighter summer option during the winter for extra warmth.

Weave: A blanket’s weave affects its texture, appearance, and warmth. Most people choose a weave based on the first two options, but it’s important to also consider the third. For example, waffle-weave blankets are warmer than they appear thanks to the air trapped by their pocketed design.

Organic Materials: Eco-conscious shoppers may want to consider a blanket made from organic and natural materials. This rules out synthetic fabrics such as polyester or man-made fleece, but many shoppers appreciate a cozy, comfortable blanket made from organic wool, cotton, or down.

Care & Cleaning: For anyone concerned about staining or cleanliness, a duvet offers the easiest choice. Instead of having to clean the entire blanket, you can just remove the duvet cover on laundry day. Blankets without a cover, on the other hand, range from the easily laundered, such as the many blankets made from synthetic materials, to those requiring careful dry cleaning.

Color & Pattern: Blankets are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Synthetic and cotton blankets tend to have the widest array of choices due to the ease of dyeing those fabrics, while wool blankets usually have woven patterns. If you’re interested in easily changing the look of your bed, you may want to consider purchasing a duvet insert and multiple covers.

Price: A blanket’s price is most closely connected to its design and the materials used. While there are benefits and drawbacks to all materials used, from pricey cashmere and down to more affordable synthetic options, there are excellent choices available at all price points.

Return Policy: Most retailers offer returns on blankets, but few will accept a blanket that has been used or is out of its original packaging. If you’re uncertain of your purchase, make sure to read the return policy closely before purchasing or opening your new blanket.

Warranty: The majority of blankets do not come with a warranty. Those that do tend to be styles like weighted blankets or electric blankets, as their use is most likely to be impacted by manufacturing defects. If your blanket does have a warranty, be sure to read the provided information closely to ensure you are using it in a way that does not void said warranty.