Best Blankets For Winter

blanket reviews

Oct 17

With the winter quickly approaching, there is no better time to pick out the perfect blanket to keep you warm.

Imagine snuggling up with a cozy blanket and a warm mug of coffee to start your day. Or climb in bed to a pre-heated bed, compliments of an electric blanket.

Children with anxiety or special needs may benefit from the security and comfort of a weighted blanket that feels like a warm hug.

Here is what you need to know about picking out the best blanket for winter, along with a few options to get you started.

The 5 Best Blankets For Winter

1. Weighted Blanket by YnM

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2. Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket Pro Controller

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3. Premium Weighted Blanket by InYard

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4. Sherpa Luxury Blanket

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5. Queen Polar-Fleece Thermal Blanket

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The Weighted Blanket by YnM for Adults weighs 15 pounds for individuals around 140 pounds.

It measures 60 inches by 80 inches. The inner material is made of 100 percent cotton.

The compartments contain non-toxic, odorless and hypo-allergenic sand pellets, which are thought to be more comfortable than plastic pellets.

Pros

  • Naturally reduces stress. The blanket is designed to be approximately 10 percent of your bodyweight to promote relaxation and reduce stress. You can pick the weight you want based on how much you weigh. The company states that it is perfect for anxiety and adhd.
  • Machine washable. The inner layer of the blanket is machine washable on a gentle or low setting. It can be air dried. For best results, take it to a dry cleaner or buy the removable duvet cover, so it’s easier to clean.
  • Versatile. Use the inner layer with the duvet cover on cold days and remove it on warm days.

Cons

  • Pieces sold separately. The duvet cover is sold separately from the inner weighted layer.

The blanket is designed to help you fall asleep faster and get better sleep by calming the nervous system by mimicking a hug. It is ideally suited for children and adults with anxiety, ADHD, autism, OCD and sensory processing disorders.

Our Recommendation

Weighted Blanket by YnM

(4.5 out of 5.0 editors rating) 

The Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket with EasySet Pro Controller fits a queen or king-sized bed.

It comes with an EasySet Pro Controller that has a ten-hour automatic shut off button and a heat setting that ranges from one to ten.

The material is made from 100 percent polyester. Measurements are 90 x 84 x 0.2 inches.

Pros

  • Preheat option. The blanket allows you to warm up your bed before you climb in.
  • Shuts off automatically. The blanket has an automatic off button that deactivates the warming features after ten hours in case you forget to turn it off.

Cons

  • Fire risk. Because there are wires that run through the blanket, there is always a risk of a fire.
  • Not durable. Some reviewers claimed the blanket lost heat gradually over time or stopped working altogether.

The blanket allows you to preheat your bed on cold nights. You can adjust the heat settings and rely on an automatic off feature that kicks in after ten hours. As with all electric blankets, there is a risk of the blanket becoming too hot or catching fire.

(4.3 out of 5.0 editors rating) 

The Premium Weighted Blanket by Inyard weighs ten pounds and is ideally suited for anxious children.

Its material contains non-toxic and hypoallergenic plastic pellets that feel like the ones used in Beanie Babies.

The front of the blanket is made of 100 percent cotton, and the back is made of cotton flannel.

Pros

  • Naturally calming. The weighted blanket provides gentle pressure that feels like a hug to offer a calming effect for children with anxiety, autism or ADHD after therapy or school sessions.
  • Made in the USA. The company also provides a money-back guarantee.

Cons

  • Hand washable. The blanket should be hand-washed only and hung out to air dry, which is not always convenient for parents of small children.
  • Plastic pellets. Some reviewers complained that the blanket was too hard because it was filled with plastic pellets.

The minimum age for children using this blanket is two years old. It is designed to provide a calming sensation for special needs or anxious children. The recommended weight is 10 percent of the child’s body weight plus one pound. Avoid covering a child’s neck or head with a weighted blanket.

(4.8 out of 5.0 editors rating) 

The Sherpa Luxury Blanket measures 90 inches x 90 inches and is made of 100 percent microfiber polyester.

It comes in a variety of different colors and has a reversible design. It weighs 5.8 pounds.

The top layer is a velvet-like material that feels similar to mink.

Pros

  • It’s soft. Manufacturers claim the blanket is lightweight, soft and wrinkle-resistant.
  • Five-year warranty. The blanket comes with a five-year warranty if you’re not satisfied with the purchase.
  • Machine washable. Because it is made with shrink-resistant fabric, the Sherpa Luxury Blanket can be machine washed in cold water and then tumble dried on low heat. Never add bleach.

Cons

  • Becomes stiff after washing. Some reviewers claim the blanket became stiff and fell apart after washing. Others argue it attracted static.

The Sherpa Luxury Blanket is soft and comfortable to keep you warm on cold days. It’s lightweight and is made from wrinkle-resistant fabric. It can be machine washed and dried on low heat for an easy to keep item.

Our Recommendation

Sherpa Luxury Blanket

(4 out of 5.0 editors rating) 

The Queen Polar-Fleece Thermal Blanket is budget-friendly and measures 90 inches by 90 inches.

It is made of 100 percent polyester polar fleece and two-sided brushed fabric. The blanket comes in a wide variety of color options and sizes

Pros

  • Machine washable. The blanket can be machine washed on cold and thrown into the dryer on low heat. Never use bleach.
  • Shrink-free. Manufacturers of the blanket claim that it will not shrink after washing and drying it.
  • Budget-friendly. This polar-fleece blanket is priced for budget-conscious families.

Cons

  • Too thin. Some reviewers claim that the blanket is not thick enough and doesn’t keep you warm.

This is the best option for those on a budget, but still wanting to stay warm during the cool winter.

(4 out of 5.0 editors rating) 

Winter Materials You Should Look For

When picking out a winter blanket, you’ll want to start with pinpointing what type of material you need.  Here are the must need materials you will find in the best blankets for winter to keep you warm.

Natural fleece is a good option if you want a soft blanket while a weighted blanket may contain pellets for a secure feeling.

Here are some winter materials to pick from.

materials

Natural Fleece

A blanket made of fleece will feel luxurious. It is usually made of wool fabrics, but other fabric such as cotton and silk can also be used.

Other terms used to describe fleece may include a “brushed” surface. Fleece is best suited for someone who wants extra softness

Cotton

A cotton blanket tends to be easy to clean as it is machine washable. It is made of the fibers from the cotton plant, which are spun into yarn and woven into a blanket.

If you are looking for a blanket that feels as nice as your cotton clothing does, go with a cotton blanket.

Wool

Wool is a fabric made from the fleece of sheep, lambs, goats, alpacas, and llamas.

The animals are sheared of their wool when they are less than eight months old, and the fabric is used to make clothing and other wearable items. Wool tends to be soft and thick for a warm blanket.

Cashmere

Cashmere is soft and fine. It comes from the Cashmere goat that is raised in parts of India, Iraq, Iran, Tibet, and Pakistan.

Cashmere is best suited for warmth when combined with cotton, fleece or wool.

Down

A down blanket is a lighter version of a comforter. It’s very soft and comforting, but because it tends to be lighter, you may want to look for a down blanket with a flannel cover to add an extra layer of warmth.

Flannel

A flannel blanket tends to be thin but warm. It is made from wool, synthetic fiber, or cotton. It’s often decorated in a plaid pattern.

It can be brushed with a fine metal brush rub to raise the fabric fibers to make it extra soft. A flannel blanket would be best suited for someone who wants a thin yet warm blanket for cold winter nights.

Pellets

Some blankets contain pellets to add weight. Most weighted blankets include plastic pellets. Some people find them to be too hard,

so if you're not a fan, look for a weighted blanket made with sand pellets that tend to disperse around your body better.

What else you should know

Size

Best winter pillow size

After picking out your material, measure your bed to make sure you purchase the right size.

Most blankets come in twin, queen or king bed sized. You can also buy a throw blanket to snuggle with on the couch or in a chair while watching TV.

Heat

Wool, cashmere, and cotton blankets tend to be the warmest.

They have less space between the fibers in the blanket to trap warm air. A down blanket can also be used as an insulator at night.

Best winter pillow heat

Allergy

Best winter pillow wash

If you have allergies, make sure your blanket can be washed in warm or hot water to kill allergens.

If you’re not one to take your blanket to the dry cleaner, get one that can be washed in your washing machine at home. Then determine whether it can be air dried or thrown in the dryer on low heat.

Moisture

Pay attention to how much moisture a blanket traps. Blankets with natural fibers, such as wool and cotton, are absorbent while polyester and nylon are not.

Finally, determine how durable you need the blanket to be. Ask yourself who is using the blanket. If it is for a child or pet, you may need a more substantial material. Here are some top recommended blankets to choose from.

Conclusion

To pick out the perfect winter blanket, start by determining which fabric is right for you.

Then, measure your bed or the space of the area you’ll keep the blanket. Wool, cotton, and cashmere blankets tend to be warmest while polyester and down blankets are ideally suited as insulators.