Sustainably sourced wool
Easy to clean
Rough to the touch
Pendleton isn’t an iconic brand for nothing. With an unwavering focus on classic, high-quality wool products, the company has stood the test of time. Even now, in an age of eco-friendly initiatives, the 150-year-old company has kept up to speed with their sustainably sourced Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket. We tried it out for a week to see if this blanket offers all the comfort, quality, and warmth that’s made the brand a multi-generational favorite.
Material and Weave: Strong, sustainable, washable wool
According to Pendleton, the Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket is crafted from sturdy virgin wool. Basically, that means it’s not subject to the frayed fibers and structural weaknesses of recycled stock. Like any high-quality wool, it’s also water-, stain-, and odor-resistant, and capable of lasting decades if properly cared for.
So where does the eco-friendly angle come in? The wool used in this blanket comes from sheep farms that practice more sustainable livestock care and feeding practices, resulting in a lower carbon footprint. The dyes also come from natural sources, reducing water pollution during the manufacturing process.
Like any high-quality wool, it’s also water-, stain-, and odor-resistant, and capable of lasting decades if properly cared for.
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.
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Texture and Washing: Slightly softer after first wash
Like a lot of other wool blankets, this one has a slightly rough texture. It did, however, get a little softer after we ran it through the wash and allowed it to line dry. Just keep in mind that but when fully soaked, wool tends to become quite heavy, so you’ll want to clean the Eco-Wise separately if you have a top-load washing machine.
Since the wool is somewhat scratchy, we wouldn't suggest pulling the blanket over bare skin. It's not sandpaper-level scratchy, but you'll notice it.
This wool blanket is unique in that it can be put in the washing machine.
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Color: Classic, stylish patterns
While this blanket doesn’t come in Pendleton’s iconic National Park or Southwestern patterns, the checkered and plaid motifs available are quite handsome. Most of them are timeless, too—an important consideration if the product will be in your home for decades. The more muted patterns also come in handy if you don’t want a bold blanket dominating the room.
Price: Pricy, but a worthwhile investment
At more than $200, Pendleton’s Eco-Wise Blanket certainly costs more than cotton and polyester options. That said, given wool’s longevity, this piece is a worthwhile investment.
Competition: A question of feel vs. care
Another high-quality blanket is Faribault Woolen Mill Co.'s Pure & Simple Altitude Wool Blanket. It can also go into the washing machine, which matches one of the Pendleton blanket's biggest selling points. The Faribault blanket is made of virgin wool, and, since the brand doesn't call out that it's sustainable, we're assuming it's not. It's a bit pricier too—$250 for the queen size.
Both blankets are roughly the same thickness, but if you're looking to use your blanket as an accent piece too, opt for Pendleton. The Faribault blanket seems more fitting in a rustic setting than draped chicly over your couch. Plus, the Pure & Simple blanket comes in only four solid colors. Faribault has other plaid and striped options as well, but they don't look as refined as the Pendleton patterns.
- Product Name Eco-Wise Wool Washable Blanket
- Product Brand Pendleton
- Price $229.99
- Product Dimensions 66 x 96 in.
- Material 100-percent virgin wool
- Warranty Lifetime