The 7 Best Blankets to Buy in 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Balichun Luxury 330 GSM Fleece Blanket at Amazon

“With 16 different color choices, you can also add a pop of color to your bed.”

Best for Night Sweats: Outlast Woven All-Season Temperature Regulating Blanket at Amazon

“Absorbs and stores heat to adjust as your body temperature fluctuates throughout the night.”

Best Wool: Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket at Bed Bath & Beyond

“Made from pure virgin wool so it’s incredibly soft to the touch and machine washable.”

Best Cotton: Hotel Collection Premier MicroCotton Blanket at Macys.com

“Holds up well wash after wash.”

Best Heated: Beautyrest Heated Fleece Blanket and Throw Combo Set at Amazon

“The blanket has an automatic 2-hour timer, helping you fall asleep without overheat.”

Best Organic: Pottery Barn Organic Diamond Blanket at Pottery Barn

“Stylish, warm and made from 100% organic cotton.”

Best Faux Fur: West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw at West Elm

“The gorgeous faded faux fur and the rich brown color works well with nearly all decor.”

 

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    Best Overall: Balichun Luxury 330 GSM Fleece Blanket

    Very Good

    If you want to add an extra dose of cozy that feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud, look no further than a fleece blanket — like the Balichun Luxury 330 GSM. This warm but lightweight blanket comes in twin, queen or king sizes, as well as a travel or throw-sized option (50” by 61”), so you can easily find the perfect fit for your bed. With 16 different color choices, you can also add a pop of color to your bed or keep things neutral and calm depending on your mood.

    If the 5-star reviews on Amazon raving about the blanket’s softness and breathability don’t convince you, the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out for yourself before you commit. If you’re looking for plush and comfort, a fleece blanket is always a great choice.

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    Best for Night Sweats: Outlast Woven All Season Temperature Regulating Blanket

    Good

    If you wake up night after night sweaty and steamy (but still crave that cozy “tucked in” feeling), we’ve got the blanket for you. The Outlast Woven All-Season Temperature Regulating Blanket absorbs and stores heat to adjust as your body temperature fluctuates throughout the night. Made from 50% Outlast (a material developed for NASA to regulate heat) and 50% polyester fiber fill, this blanket comes in twin, full, queen, king and throw sizes, as well as four neutral colors.

    Amazon reviewers love the Outlast Woven Blanket, stating it’s a great choice for those sweaty nights all year long. Owners also love how lightweight and thin it is, making it the perfect addition to a guest room or linen closet when you want to ensure you have the perfect blanket on hand for family and friends.

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    Best Wool: Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket

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    Courtesy of Bed, Bath and Beyond
    Very Good

    When the wind howls and your heating bill skyrockets, adding a wool blanket to your bed is a great way to stay warm without cranking up the heat. The Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Blanket is made from pure virgin wool so it’s incredibly soft to the touch and machine washable. Forget what you think you know about wool blankets — this one isn’t scratchy or harsh and will get softer each time you throw it in the wash. It comes in 14 colors, ranging from traditional red plaid to solid grey or blue, and ranges in sizes from twin to king.

    While wool may be too warm for summer months, it’s a great choice for your bed during the winter. A well-made wool blanket will last a lifetime, and we love the Pendleton brand because it will never go out of style and hold up year after year.  

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    Best Cotton: Hotel Collection Premier MicroCotton Blanket

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    Courtesy of Macy's

    For a more traditional option, look for a cotton woven blanket that adds texture and breathes throughout the night. The Hotel Collection Premier MicroCotton Blanket comes in white, silver, taupe and pool (a soft blue) and fits twin through king-sized beds. A cotton blanket is the perfect all-season choice, as it’s light and airy enough for summer but adds warmth under a cozy duvet when the temperatures drop. The Hotel Collection Blanket holds up well wash after wash — which is great for those with allergies or pets, allowing you to reduce irritants without ruining the blanket.  

     

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    Best Heated: Beautyrest Heated Fleece Blanket and Throw Combo Set

    This set comes with two blankets: one for your bed and one for your sofa or chair. The bed blanket comes in full, queen or king sizes; color options include ivory, blue and tan. The throw measures 50" by 60”, and it’s perfect for those chilly Sunday mornings with a cup of tea and a book. The blanket has an automatic 2-hour timer, helping you fall asleep without overheat throughout the night. It has five temperature settings, so you can crank the heat up or just add a bit of warmth when you need it. The queen and king sized blankets include two controllers, allowing you to customize each side of the blanket.

    Reviewers love the multiple heat settings and say it makes crawling into bed on those chilly February nights much more relaxing. Add a heated blanket to your bed this winter and watch those heating bills drop.

    Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best electric blankets​ article.

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    Best Organic: Pottery Barn Organic Diamond Blanket

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    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    If you suffer from allergies or sensitive skin, organic bedding is a great way to reduce irritation. Made without pesticides or harsh chemicals, the Pottery Barn Organic Diamond Blanket is stylish, warm and made from 100% organic cotton. It comes in twin, full/queen and king/California king sizes, and is available in five different colors — so you can customize it to your liking. The organic cotton holds up well wash after wash, which makes it perfect for pet owners. We also love the diamond weave pattern, which can add a bit of texture to your bed without overpowering your decor scheme.

    For an additional charge, you can even add a custom monogram—always a thoughtful gift idea for family and loved ones. If you want a great all-around blanket, the Pottery Barn Organic Diamond Blanket is a great choice for every climate. 

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    Best Faux Fur: West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw

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    Courtesy of West Elm

    Not all blankets are created equal, and the West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw is definitely a cut above the rest. If you’re looking for something a little unusual to add a bit of flair to your bedroom or reading nook, a faux fur blanket is a striking choice. This 47" x 60" blanket looks great folded at the bottom of your bed or tossed over a sofa or chair. While it’s built for style more than sleeping, we love the gorgeous faded faux fur and the rich brown color that works well with nearly all decor. The front of the piece is made 84% mod-acrylic and 16% polyester, while the backing is 100% polyester.

    Pair the West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw with a solid cotton blanket to mix and match textures in a trendy chic way.

    Check out our other reviews of the best faux fur blankets available on the market today.

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How We Tested

We bought three top-rated blankets and our reviewers tested them for 144 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these blankets, from their style to their material and weight. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Blanket

Material Blankets can be made from a variety of materials, including fleece, wool, cotton, polyester, faux fur, and more. Each has different benefits: Fleece and wool are known for being warm, while cotton is great at regulating temperature and is also easy to wash. Consider how warm you want your blanket to be — as well as its care instructions — when choosing a material.

Weight 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 — for winter use, you’ll want a blanket with 300 GSM or more.

Style Of course, you’ll also want to think about the style of the blanket you buy. There are many to choose from — from patterned blankets to knitted ones — but the best option for you will depend on your individual style and existing decor.

Test Results: Balichun Luxury 330 GSM Fleece Blanket (Best Overall)

Very Good

What We Like

  • Extremely soft

  • Warm

  • Great value

What We Don't Like

  • Polyester not ideal for green buyers

  • Needs more available colors

  • May not be very durable

“There's no better description for the soft, velvety feel and texture of this blanket than heavenly,” gushed one of our testers. Plus, according to one reviewer, its warmth and “surprisingly low price tag” made it a great overall find. However, as one tester noted, eco-friendly buyers may not be enthused about its polyester material. Also, one of our reviewers thought that its available colors “may have the more stylish shopper looking elsewhere” and that “its durability may be a concern over time.”

Test Results: Outlast Woven All Season Temperature Regulating Blanket (Best for Night Sweats)

Good

What We Like

  • Regulates temperature effectively

  • Warm yet breathable

  • Would work during several seasons

What We Don't Like

  • Fabric feels cheap

  • Not smooth against skin

  • Not very durable

One of our testers explained this blanket’s best feature: “It carries off the neat trick of regulating body temperature, making sure that even while it keeps you warm, it remains cool to the touch. The result is a blanket that can carry you through several seasons and never leaves you swampy or shivering while using it.” There were, however, some downsides: “The feel and look of the fabric is cheap and dull — and the faux-satin border only compounds the problem,” reported one reviewer. “Further, the fabric just screams out for easy staining and lacks a smooth feel against the skin.”

Test Results: Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket (Best Wool)

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Courtesy of Bed, Bath and Beyond
Very Good

What We Like

  • Satisfying texture and weight

  • Sustainable material

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like

  • Less warm than expected

  • Slightly rough

“This blanket offers exactly the kind of weight and texture you'd want on a cold night either in bed or on the couch,” observed one of our testers. Our reviewers also liked the fact that it’s machine washable and made from sustainable materials. In terms of negatives, our testers noted it was less warm than it looks. One reviewer also commented on its texture: “As a slightly rough wool blanket,” he said, “it's something no shopper would want against their skin for that long.”