The 14 Best Blankets for Snuggling, No Matter the Weather
There’s a wide world of bedding we’ve scoured to find the best blankets, all to help you get the best rest you can (while prettying up your interiors). While a quick office brainstorm about what makes a memorable blanket yielded less than illuminating descriptions (“comfy,” “cozy feeling” and “the best fabric” are among prized attributes), we uncovered a wide range of blanket styles that people preferred. That’s why our list includes a weighted style (like a warm hug for restless sleepers), a lightweight blanket for hot sleepers and even a faux fur model for the person who loves its cuddly feeling.
While you may, of course, restrict any of these blankets to the bed or couch, we included a throw that’s ideal for road trips and in your plane carry-on, as well a bug repellent pick that we’d happily take on an outdoor adventure.
1. Best Organic: Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket
2. Best Value: Utopia Bedding Fleece Blanket
3. Best Weighted: Bearaby Cotton Napper
4. Best Lightweight: Madison Park Windom Microfiber
5. Best Wearable: The Comfy
6. Best Outdoor: Outer Bug Shield Blanketd
7. Best Luxe: Sferra Waffleweave Blanket
8. Best Throw: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw
9. Best Cooling: Sleep Number True Temp Blanket
10. Best Heated: Brookstone Fleece Heated Plush Blanket
11. Best Fleece: Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket
12. Best Wool: L.L. Bean Washable Wool Blanket
13. Best Faux Fur: Everlasting Comfort
14. Best Earth-Friendly: The Buffy Breeze
1. Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket
Ethically sourced organic cotton is turned out in a waffle weave that just gets more springy the more it’s washed. In seven muted colors, this generously sized blanket is as pretty as it is versatile. Neat binding makes the cotton edges crisp and clean.
2. Utopia Bedding Fleece Blanket
You’re getting a lot of warmth for not much money from this micro-plush blanket with double-needle stitching on the hem for durability. Both sides of the blanket, which comes in grey and navy, have cuddly pile, so any way your wrap this around you, you’re well covered. Machine washable, just pop this baby into the dryer on low tumble and it will last for years as the lightweight shoulder season blanket—and deep winter extra bed layer—you depend on.
3. Bearably Cotton Napper
Weighted blankets are the perfect bedding element of our times, giving us a steady hug as we’re chasing away unpleasant thoughts before drifting off to sleep. But many shoppers resist the fuzzy comforter covers or baffled comforter housing of most weighted blankets so don’t take the plunge. This gorgeous knitted version made with fat strands of organic cotton is a happy option, and our reviewer liked it for its ability to evenly distribute weight. Available in seven hues and three weights (15, 20 and 25-pound iterations), this blanket’s going to look as good draped over your couch as it feels tossed over you as you nap on that couch. Washing it is a bit exacting—you’ve got to keep tumbling the blanket gently until it dries, since if you hang it half-wet, its knit body will stretch—but it’s so worth it.
4. Madison Park Windom Microfiber
We nominate this as the workhouse of your bedding wardrobe, since this blanket offers so much. First off, it’s treated with Scotchgard, so stains are repelled and easily wash right out in the normal washer cycle. The 100 percent microfiber means its durable and that whichever of the 16 bold colors you choose, it will resist fading. And the three-inch satin trim is a fancy finishing touch.
5. The Comfy
Our PureWow 100 reviewer tossed off the shackles of sartorial shame at wearing a blanket and gave this hooded, shapeless creation made of synthetic material a 94/100. (Great minds think alike—the company was bankrolled by Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank.) Available in 15 colors and patterns, we are especially fans of the red buffalo plaid iteration, since it is as classic as the Comfy is wacky.
6. Outer Bug Shield Blanket
This super-lightweight throw (it’s 50 x 60 inches) is treated with a natural insect repellent derived from chrysanthemums that is invisible to the naked eye, impossible to feel on the polyester fabric and most surprising of all, doesn’t give off any detectable odor. So we were stunned when our reviewer told us that when she draped it around her shoulders at a nighttime picnic during summer, her friends got completely eaten by mosquitos but she was left unmolested by any biting insects. The anti-insect coating is supposed to last for 25 wash cycles, after which we’re happy to use this as a couch napping blanket or a pashmina-like scarf during the winter.
7. Sferra Waffleweave Blanket
Combed cotton in a textured waffleweave from this storied Italian linen maker is the height of understated elegance, as are the color choices of white, ivory or mushroom. Oversized for a full/queen, this 100-inch square blanket is super-soft and exactingly finished, and the perfect weight to use as a coverlet in summer or as a thin extra layer in cooler seasons.
8. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw Blanket
With 16 shades to choose from, this microfiber blanket is going to coordinate with any living room—a good thing, since anyone snuggling into a sofa for a nap or movie time is going to want this all to themselves. It has the fuzzy texture of a plush teddy bear, and is non-pill, wrinkle-resistant and doesn’t shrink in the washer or dryer. And if you’re up for it, the 72-by-54-inch size is generous enough to share.
9. Sleep Number True Temp Blanket
This hypoallergenic blanket is filled with active particles that attract and remove moisture, and even displace body heat. That means that not only do you not wake up all sweaty, you don’t get that claustrophobic overheated feeling in the first place. The cooling filling here is called 37.5 technology, and it lasts the life of the blanket. This blanket comes in queen and king sizes, and since it's not just cooling but also temperature regulating, co-sleepers with very different nighttime metabolisms can both enjoy a comfy rest underneath it.
10. Brookstone Fleece Heated Plush Blanket
Soft microfleece is turbo-charged with 10 heat settings, including a four-hour automatic shut-off. A 19-inch cord stretches from your bedside to any outlet, and unlike many electric blankets, this one is machine washable. Available in cream and grey, this clever pick eliminates the need to pile blankets high on the bed; instead, you can replace mounds of quilts with one slender warm blanket.
11. Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket
A rainbow of colors—28 to be exact—with fluffy Sherpa on one side and super-soft fleece on the other. It’s machine washable and durable enough to not only be used on the bed, but also as an ideal couch cover to save upholstery from everything including pet hair and children’s dirty fingers.
12. L.L. Bean Washable Wool Blanket
Not too heavy but very warm, this 100 percent wool blanket is a yarn-dyed herringbone pattern that interweaves cream tones with blue or camel. Created by historic American mill Pendleton, this is a quality product that’s sure to become a family heirloom. We especially like the whipstitched edges and how, unlike many wool items, this blanket is safe to wash and dry in a machine—but you’ll need to find a large commercial one because wet wool gets uber-heavy.
13. Everlasting Comfort Luxury Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Best Faux Fur
This plush blanket resembles pieced fur pelts sewn together to make a double-sided and cuddly couch blanket. It’s 100 percent machine-washable polyester and comes in eight colors, so it will blend into whatever color scheme your living or family room has going on. We recommend buying multiples, since at 50 by 65 inches this is ideally sized for one person, and unless you have a couple of them at hand, there’s bound to be some fighting over who gets the fur blanket during movie night.
14. The Buffy Breeze
This temperature-regulating comforter has a special claim to eco-fame: It's made with eucalyptus fiber instead of cotton. Both the shell and the fiber inside (attractively kept in place by swooping stitching channels) are made of the stuff, which uses less water than cotton to grow and is super soft and silky. (And the company plants four trees for every three it harvests.) Bonus design feature: There are loops in every corner to tie onto comforter covers, which you'll want to use since this is a dry-cleaning-recommended option.