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Whether it's a throw, quilt, or coverlet, blankets provide the ultimate balance of functionality and style. "Blankets are such a lovely way to add softness to a lounge space," says Decorist designer Katy Byrne, adding that they're especially needed during the colder months.
We compiled expert recommendations from Byrne, then researched and tested high-quality options of various sizes and materials. Our top choice is the Chunky Cable Knit Throw from The Company Store, a warm, welcoming blanket made of ultra-soft combed cotton.
Ahead, the best blankets for every room and budget.
Best Overall: The Company Store Chunky Cable Knit Throw
Only one size
If we could only pick one blanket to snuggle with until the end of time, we'd have to go with the Chunky Cable Knit Throw from The Company Store. It's woven from 100 percent ring-spun cotton, an ultra-fine yet durable fiber. The cotton is also carefully combed for an extra-soft feel and a distinctly drapey quality.
This blanket features a sweater-like cable knitting pattern, giving it a subtle three-dimensional texture. While the design is reminiscent of fall and winter comforts, we can easily picture it draped over a front-porch rocking chair in the summer or in a sunroom during the spring.
There are four neutral, seasonless colors to choose from. However, it only comes in one size, 50 x 70 inches, which is 10 inches longer than the standard throw blanket size. The Cable Knit Throw looks great at the foot of a bed, tossed over the back of a sofa, hung on a blanket ladder, rolled up into a basket—you name it. We also love that it's machine-washable and even dryer-friendly.
Best Budget: Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket
Not a high-end design
On a budget? Bedsure is a solid choice. The brand's Sherpa Fleece Blanket earned a 4.8 out of 5 overall score from our home tester, who said it's incredibly soft. In addition to the wallet-friendly price tag, she appreciated that it's machine-washable and dryer-friendly.
This blanket has velvety microfiber fleece on one side and sherpa (faux sheepskin) on the other. We love that it comes in over 20 colors and four sizes, including throw, twin, queen, and king. While it doesn't have a particularly high-end look or feel, our tester said it maintains its shape and texture after washing and drying.
Best Splurge: Parachute Alpaca Bouclé Throw
On-trend yet versatile
Lightweight and fluffy
Open to splurging on a high-end blanket? Look no further than Parachute. The brand's Alpaca Bouclé Throw is woven from—you guessed it—alpaca wool and a polyamide (microfiber) blend. Featuring a distinctly soft and nubbly bouclé texture and a 4-inch fringe on each end, it's on-trend but also super versatile.
This blanket only comes in one size (50 x 70 inches) and two colors, cream and light gray. Still, the neutral design is a perfect choice for year-round use. The only other thing to note is that the fluffy, lightweight fabric calls for dry cleaning.
Best Faux Fur: Pottery Barn Faux Fur Alpaca Throw
Nice weight and warmth
Tricky to dry
Pottery Barn makes our favorite faux fur blanket. The Faux Alpaca Throw clocked an almost-perfect overall score from our home tester, who said it has a nice weight (800 grams per square meter, to be exact) and excellent warmth. She also loved the luxuriously soft texture.
The vegan fur-like material is acrylic, and the back is polyester fleece. We like that this blanket is machine-washable on a cold cycle and technically dryer-friendly. However, our tester said the layers tend to separate in the wash, and drying takes a really long time (whether you tumble it or let it air-dry).
Best Weighted: Bearaby Tree Napper Weighted Blanket
Oeko-Tex and Fair Trade certified
Byrne is a fan of the Bearaby Tree Napper. "It's absolutely gorgeous," she tells The Spruce. "I drape one over most sofas in living areas." This chunky-knit weighted blanket is available in three weights ranging from 15 to 25 pounds. It's made of Tencel lyocell, organic cotton, and a tiny bit of spandex for flexibility.
The thermal-regulating materials also help cool you off when you overheat and insulate your body if you get the chills. Our home tester reviewed the brand's Cotton Napper and said it has an instantly calming feel. She also said it's surprisingly breathable for a weighted blanket. The Tree Napper is pricey, but we appreciate that it's Fair Trade and Oeko-Tex certified, ensuring it's made by ethically treated workers and free of harmful chemicals.
Best Lightweight: Nest Bedding Organic Waffle Throw Blanket
Light yet lofty
GOTS and Oeko-Tex certified
Sustainable supply chain
For something a bit lighter, consider the Organic Waffle Throw from Nest Bedding. As the name suggests, it's made of organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). It's also Oeko-Tex certified, ensuring it's free of substances that could harm you or the planet.
Not only that, but it's made in a solar-powered facility with a recycled water-dying technique and arrives in recycled packaging. The blanket itself is relatively thin, folding or rolling up compactly for storage. However, it also has a lofty appeal, thanks to the waffle weave. We just wish it came in a couple more sizes.
Best Patterned: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Barefoot in the Wild Throw
Chic and versatile
Ultra-plush and stretchy
Only one size
We also like the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw. While the line has lots of lovely solid hues, the leopard-print Barefoot in the Wild collection is irresistibly chic and surprisingly versatile. This blanket is woven from polyester into an ultra-plush, stretchy knit material.
You may have seen these celebrity-favorite blankets on the occasional episode of The Kardashians. And we're here to tell you the hoopla is legit. The price is steep, and there's only one size available (54 x 72 inches), but the cuddly, cozy feel is like no other. This blanket is also conveniently machine-washable.
Best Textured: Coyuchi Topanga Organic Matelasse Throw
Crinkled chambray surface
Only one size
To add some texture to your space, go with the Coyuchi Topanga Throw. It's made of 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton and loomed using a matelasse technique. This gives it a quilt-like quality without the extra weight or stitching.
The Topanga's crinkled chambray surface features subtle stripes on each end for a hint of contrast, while the raw edges have zigzag stitching to prevent fraying. This blanket only comes in a throw size, but you can choose from four stylish hues. It's also conveniently machine-washable, and you can toss it in the dryer or air-dry it to save energy.
Best Wool: Brooklinen Honeycomb Wool Throw Blanket
If you're partial to wool, this textured number from Brooklinen might be your best bet. The Honeycomb Throw Blanket is ethically sourced from animal fleeces and made in a family-run mill in Germany.
The one-of-a-kind piece is naturally insulating with inherent thermal-regulating properties. Boasting a weight of 1,600 grams per square meter, you can bet it'll keep you warm in the winter. It's expensive, which is often to be expected with genuine wool. Also, while you might be able to clean it at home, the brand recommends dry cleaning.
Best for Sleeping: Cozy Earth Bamboo Blanket
Soft and cozy
Only one color
Looking for an extra bedding layer? Cozy Earth has you covered—literally. Made of bamboo-derived viscose, this blanket provides natural temperature regulation. This means it'll cool you off if you overheat and warm you up when you're feeling cold. Bamboo is also breathable with inherent moisture-wicking abilities, making it an excellent choice for folks who get night sweats.
The fabric is soft and smooth with an ever-so-slightly fuzzy quality. This blanket comes in four sizes, including twin, queen/full, king, and baby. There's only one color available (white), but this may not matter if you place it between your duvet and top sheet.
What to Look for in a Blanket
You can tell a lot about a blanket by paying attention to the material it’s made out of. For one thing, you can determine what it’s likely to feel like—both in terms of texture and weight. "I always prioritize a soft touch," says Minneapolis-based designer Jennifer Morris. "[S]omething you want to pull up to your chin.”
In terms of specific materials, cotton is more likely to feel breathable and lightweight, for example, while faux fur is likely to feel fluffy and heavy. Wool may feel cozy to some and scratchy to others. And while synthetic materials like polyester and microfiber may be less expensive, they tend to trap heat, which might make hot sleepers uncomfortable.
Another key indicator of a blanket’s performance is its weight, which is typically measured in grams per square meter (or GSM). Blankets with a higher GSM will be heavier and warmer—the average is around 200 GSM, which is comfortable enough on its own during the summer but better as an extra layer in winter.
Throw blankets tend to come in pretty standard sizes. But when you’re talking about bed blankets, size can vary a lot more. Many blankets come in standard bedding sizes like Queen and King, but take note that cotton blankets are prone to shrinking, so you may want to look for one that's oversized.
Cozy blankets are great, but cozy blankets that are easy to care for are even better. Keep an eye out for options that are machine washer- and dryer-friendly—they’re more abundant than you might expect. Of course, always pay attention to your blanket's care instructions, especially where drying is concerned. Most blankets need to be tumble dried on low or even no heat, and some need to be line-dried. Additionally, larger blankets might fare better in commercial washers.
How often should you wash your blanket?
How often you should wash your blanket will depend entirely on how often it’s used. If your blanket sits at the foot of your bed, largely untouched, you can probably get away with washing it every few months. But if you snuggle up with your blanket nightly—like you do with your sheets and comforter—you’ll want to wash it every 1–2 weeks.
Where should a blanket be placed on a bed?
When making your bed, it can be tough to figure out where to put your blanket. And while there is a “right place” to put your blanket, that “right place” depends on the kind of blanket you’re using.
If you’ve swapped your heavy comforter with a summer-friendly blanket, your blanket should go above your top sheets—exactly where you’d put your comforter. But if your blanket is merely a layering piece, it should go between your sheets and your comforter.
Finally, if your blanket is more of a decorative top layer—or if you only use it some of the time—it should go on top of your comforter. According to Chaumien, you can fold it at the foot of your bed, toss it over the side of your bed like a throw, or cover your comforter with it entirely.
How often should you replace your blanket?
There’s no one-size-fits-all timeline for buying and replacing blankets. A blanket that’s kept in tip-top shape can last for years, whereas an improperly cared for blanket may need to be replaced within months. If your blanket is stained, matted, or otherwise disheveled, consider replacing it ASAP. But if your blanket is still soft and usable, there’s no real need to replace it.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a seasoned commerce writer specializing in textiles and home goods. She interviewed an interior designer for this piece, who offered product recommendations and insight into styling blankets around the home. After considering several options reviewed by our testers and dozens more from top-rated brands, she narrowed it down to comfortable, soft, thoughtfully designed blankets with cozy, textural appeal. Theresa has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019, where she writes about bedding, furniture, and decor. You can find more of her writing on Byrdie, MyDomaine, and more.