The 12 Best Blankets of 2021

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This is a lightweight waffle-weave cotton blanket that's perfect for all seasons.
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This plush fleece blanket will keep you cozy, and it's affordable, too.
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Made from pure virgin wool, this blanket is incredibly soft to the touch and machine washable.
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Made using French-inspired matelasse techniques, this quilt-like coverlet will add a subtle yet chic texture to your bed.
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Great for year-round use, this soft yet sturdy blanket is made of 100% combed Egyptian cotton.
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This popular weighted blanket is proven to promote more restful sleep by simulating the feeling of being wrapped in a hug.
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The blanket has an automatic 2-hour timer, so you can fall asleep toasty, but won't overheat throughout the night.
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Made without pesticides or harsh chemicals, this pick is stylish, warm, and made from 100 percent organic cotton.
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This temperature-regulating blanket wicks away moisture and humidity.
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This tightly woven knit cotton throw is lightweight, cozy, and perfect for all seasons.
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Whether you're lounging on the couch or curled up in bed, a comfy blanket is a must-have. The best blankets offer the perfect amount of warmth and style, and you have a variety of fabrics—from breathable cotton to warm wool—to choose from. To help you decide on the right blanket, we've tested and researched a variety of styles, colors, and fabrics.

Below, these are the best blankets to cozy up with in bed or on the couch.

Best Overall: Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket

Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket

For all-season comfort, the Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket is a cozy and stylish choice. The blanket is made from 100 percent organic cotton that's GOTS, OEKO-TEX, and Fair Trade certified, so it's ethically produced and free from harmful chemicals. Because it's lightweight, it's perfect as your main blanket in the summer and pairs well with a quilt or comforter for extra warmth when it gets chilly. The blanket has hand-bound edges and a waffle weave that adds texture and softness without making the blanket super bulky.

The blanket is available in three sizes—twin, full/queen, and king/California king—and you can choose from four neutral colors that are sure to match your bedroom or living room decor.

Best Budget: Balichun Soft Fleece Blanket

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 travel or throw-sized options, 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.

Additionally, 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.

"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."—Gabriel Bell, Product Tester

Best Wool: Pendleton Eco-Wise Washable Wool Blanket

Pendleton Wool Blanket

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.  

"Perhaps one of the best things about this blanket is that it can be machine-washed and line-dried, saving you many trips to the dry cleaners. All that said, the Eco-Wise is lighter than most true winter-warrior wool blankets, so it probably won’t keep you warm on its own during freezing cold nights."—Gabriel Bell, Product Tester

Best Lightweight: Parachute Matelasse Coverlet

Parachute Matelesse Coverlette

If you're looking for the look of a quilt but not necessarily the weight, check out this matelasse coverlet from Parachute. Made of 100% combed cotton, it's light enough to be used in the warmer months or layered on top of your duvet. The raised vertical stripes add a subtle texture, and because of its crinkled appearance, you won't have to worry too much about keeping it perfectly folded on your bed. Available in three neutral colors (White, Dune, or Pebble Grey) and two sizes (Full/Queen and King/California King), you'll be sure to find the right fit for your room.

Best Cotton: The Company Store Legends Luxury™ Egyptian Cotton Blanket

Legends Luxury™ Egyptian Cotton Blanket

For a traditional option, look for a woven blanket that adds texture and breathes throughout the night. 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.

Made of a premium, 100% combed Egyptian cotton, the ribbed Legends Luxury Blanket is soft yet sturdy and ideal for year-round use. It's available in four different sizes and eight colors, and comes pre-shrunk for extra convenience. It holds up well wash after wash—which is great for those with allergies or pets, allowing you to reduce irritants without ruining the blanket.  

For a more personal touch, you can also opt to monogram it with your initials or a name up to seven letters (note that this will add 10-15 days of production time).

Best Weighted: Gravity The Weighted Blanket for Sleep

Gravity Blanket

Do you want a blanket that makes you feel like you’re wrapped in a hug? Say hello to your new (blankie) BFF: The Gravity Blanket is one of the most popular weighted blankets out there. You can order it by size (single or queen/king) and also by weight, which ranges from 15 to 35 pounds. 

Proponents of weighted blankets say they’ll help you relax—leading to better rest, whether you’re out for the night or getting a Sunday snooze on the couch. The blanket is available in neutral colors, and has a micro-plush duvet cover. Glass beads inside the blanket provide the heft and comforting weight. 

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 inches by 60 inches, 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.

The multiple heat settings make 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.

Best Organic: Pottery Barn Diamond Organic Cotton Blanket

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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 percent 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. 

Best Cooling: Sleep Number True Temp Blanket

Sleep Number True Temp Blanket

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 Sleep Number True Temp Blanket uses patented 37.5 technology to attract and remove moisture and help regulate your temperature throughout the night. Active particles in the blanket move heat and humidity away so you can stay comfy while you sleep.

In terms of fabric, the cover is made from 300 thread count cotton and polyester with polyester filling, and it's OEKO-TEX certified to be free from harmful substances. It's also machine washable and dryer-safe for easy care. The cooling blanket comes in five versatile colors with stylish satin piping along the edge. Choose from queen or king sizes.

Best Knit: West Elm Cotton Knit Throw

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Crafted with a cozy, tightly woven seed stitch, this 100 percent Cotton Knit Throw is a great layering blanket that’s lightweight enough to use year-round. Available in eight stylish colors with ribbed edge detailing—including classic white, midnight blue, and horseradish yellow—there’s sure to be a shade to complement your living room decor. When the weather gets chilly, the blanket can also be used to add extra warmth and style to your bed.

The soft cotton knit throw comes in two sizes, and it’s easy to care for by machine washing. If you’re looking for a chic blanket that’s as cozy as your favorite sweater, this knit throw is a great pick. 

Best Fleece: L.L.Bean Chunky Cabled Fleece Throw

Cable Knit Fleece Blanket

If you want something extra soft and cozy to curl up with at night, a plush fleece blanket is sure to do the trick. This pick from L.L.Bean is especially snuggly, with a soft faux sherpa lining that will make it hard to get out of bed. Its chunky cable design will look great draped over the back of your armchair or at the bottom of your freshly made bed.

This blanket measures 50 x 60 inches and is made of acrylic and polyester. Choose from four different color options, from Cream to Rustic Red, to best match your space. If the blanket gets dirty, the whole thing is machine washable and can be tumble dried.

Best Microfiber: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Heathered Throw

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Heathered Throw

Do you crave total softness? The Barefoot Dreams CozyChic throw delivers—made from polyester microfiber, it’s perfect for year-round cuddles on the couch. Since the blanket is made from polyester, it's cozy, but breathable, so it won't get too hot if you want to break it out in the fall or spring.

The blanket measures 54 x 72 inches—a little bigger than a standard throw, but not quite oversized, so it's good to share between a couple people sitting together on the couch or bed. It's also washer and dryer friendly, and won't pill over time.

Final Verdict

Our top choice is the Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket (view at Boll & Branch) because it's made from 100 percent cotton, lightweight enough for all seasons, and comes in neutral colors that will match any decor. If you want to get super cozy on cold nights, we recommend the Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket, which is soft, monogrammable, and comes in a wide range of colors.

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.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Lily Sperry, a lifestyle writer and commerce editor at The Spruce. When shopping for blankets and bed linens, she tends to prioritize design over comfort. She's a huge fan of Parachute's Matelasse Coverlet, which happens to check both boxes.

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