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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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