Warm and comforting
Lackluster color options
Pills and sheds
Easily damaged in the wash
There are three main things a great blanket should offer: warmth, comfort, and durability. Usually, a product that delivers all three comes at a high price. With that in mind, the Balichun Luxury Fleece Blanket seems too good to be true with its soft feel, impressive warmth, and budget-friendly price tag. So what’s the catch? Read on to find out what we discovered after snuggling up with it.
Material and Weave: Soft, soft, soft polyester fleece
With a super soft feel and a weight of 330 grams per square meter—basically the equivalent of a heavy hoodie—the Balichun blanket is surprisingly comfortable given its low price point. That said, though the 100-percent polyester blanket excels in the comfort category, it does have its drawbacks.
We found that out of the box, the blanket had a chemical-like smell and required a run through the wash before we could use it. We also discovered that the fabric is fairly low quality because it quickly began shedding and pilling as soon as we used it.
The Balichun blanket is surprisingly comfortable given its low price point.
Washing: Easy to wash, but beware of shedding
This blanket is oddly delicate. It started to shed right after its first cold-water wash (as suggested by the manufacturer). The blanket maintained its shape and didn’t lose any softness, but we’re betting that it will continue to deteriorate with each wash and daily use.
The fabric is fairly low quality and quickly began shedding and pilling as soon as we used it.
The brand suggests letting the blanket line dry. We did and found that it took quite a while to fully dry and had loose bits of fiber still on it afterward. Since it seems to shed so much, you’ll probably want to give it—and your bed or couch—a light vacuuming with an upholstery attachment every now and then.
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Color: Beautiful neutrals and iffy jewel tones
The brand definitely prioritized feel over aesthetic appeal with this product. While the basic whites, grays, and creams are perfectly fine, the jewel tones are garish, unconventional hues. Further, several reviewers complain the color of their blanket didn’t match what’s pictured in the product listing. We bought the green blanket and you'll notice that the blanket we received is a bit darker than what's shown on Amazon.
Price: Cheap construction, cheap price
Starting around $20 for a twin, Balichun’s fleece blanket is almost too cheap to pass up. It may not be the most durable, but this blanket is a bargain for anyone who needs a spare for guests or just something to curl up with when watching TV.
Competition: More durable options are out there
At around the same price point, the Eddie Bauer Herringbone Cotton Blanket offers the same comfort and warmth with a much-improved style. While it’s cotton rather than fleece—up to you which material you prefer—the Eddie Bauer blanket can be machine washed and dried without any worry about it falling apart. It also comes in a variety of neutral colors including white, navy, and chrome.
- Product Name Luxury Fleece Blanket Blanket
- Product Brand Balichun
- Price $39.99
- Product Dimensions 90 x 90 in.
- Material 100% polyester
- Fabric Weight 330 GSM
- Sizes Twin, Queen, King, Travel
- Warranty 30-day money-back guarantee