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Weighted blankets are a useful sleep aid but are often limited in their design sensibilities.
The Bearaby Napper uses organic cotton to weave the most attractive weighted blanket I’ve tested.
The Napper you receive may be heavier than advertised; the 15-pound I ordered actually weighed 24 pounds.
Cotton Napper (small)
Recent studies have shown promising results that weighted blankets can help aid in sleep and reduce anxiety. But often brands prioritize the functional weightiness of the blanket over the aesthetic. Many traditional weighted blankets get their extra weight from small glass beads sewn into the filling, so keeping those in place and secure is priority number one. Often, weighted blankets are limited in colors and styles, but Bearaby has set itself apart by focusing as much on the look of its blankets as the performance.
Instead of using glass beads to add weight, Bearaby’s blankets are made entirely of organic cotton woven into an exaggerated chunky knit. Each strand comprises layers and layers of cotton rolled together. And if you think it would be impossible to produce a blanket with the same weightiness as one that uses glass beads, you’d be wrong. I tested 11 weighted blankets for our buying guide to the best ones you can buy, and the Bearaby Napper was one of the most effective at providing gentle pressure.
What is the Bearaby Napper like to use?
The blanket I received was actually much heavier than advertised. Bearaby makes 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound versions of its blanket, and common wisdom says to use a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight. Based on those guidelines, the brand sent me its 15-pound version to test, but it weighed in on my home scale at 24 pounds. I laid the blanket out on my floor to measure it – each iteration of Bearaby’s blanket varies in size by a couple of inches – and confirmed that it was indeed intended to be the 15-pound blanket.
I didn’t actually mind the extra weight, and after testing so many weighted blankets I actually came to appreciate a weighted blanket that was heavier than guidelines might suggest for me. But it’s absolutely something to keep in mind if you prefer a lighter blanket overall. I spoke to sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Rebecca Robbins, and she assured me that as long as you can move freely under a weighted blanket that you can choose whatever weight suits your preference.
I’ve used the Napper both as a throw blanket on my couch and as a sleep aid in bed and it performs both functions very well. The open weave allows for increased airflow preventing overheating, which I appreciate in both settings. Because it’s so bulky, it does take up lots of room on the couch, so I prefer to drape it over my bed while I sleep.
The Napper is fully machine washable and dryable, but I, unfortunately, have not been able to test how well it holds up once washed. The blanket is too bulky to fit into my apartment’s space-saving washing machine. But I’ve been testing it for nearly six months now and it still looks as clean and bright as the day I got it, and it hasn’t retained any smells.
Cons to consider
The Napper’s open weave is its number one aesthetic benefit, but it can lead to some awkwardness when trying to shift it around. If you pull too hard in any of the loops, they can misshape. I’ve had to be especially careful when shifting it around in the night, but I haven’t had any permanent gaps form yet. The open weave can also lead to fingers and toes poking through, so if that’s something that might bother you, check out our other weighted blanket recommendations here.
The bottom line
If you’ve held off on buying a weighted blanket because you didn’t want one to clash with your bedroom or living room decor, Bearaby has your interests at heart. The Napper manages to be one of the most attractive weighted blankets I tested without compromising on quality or weightiness. Just be warned that the blanket you order may actually be heavier than advertised. The 15-pound blanket I tested actually clocked in at 24 pounds. Whether or not this is a pro or a con strictly depends on personal preference. The Napper is also fully machine washable, barring it fits in your washing machine.
Though research remains limited, some recent findings say that weighted blankets can aid in sleep and reduce anxiety by providing constant gentle pressure, so we tested 11 weighted blankets to find the best ones.
If you toss and turn at night, wake up frequently, or find your mind racing as you try to fall asleep, you might benefit from adding a weighted blanket to your bedding. Usually weighing somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds, weighted blankets provide gentle constant pressure as you sleep, and recent studies have shown promising results in their ability to ease anxiety and reduce insomnia, though research still remains limited.
I spoke with Rebecca Robbins, sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and she said the reason why weighted blankets tend to work is actually quite primal. “It really hearkens back to the way we entered the world,” said Robbins. “You were in a womb, compressed on all sides by water and fluid, and so there was a sense of pressure. We try to emulate that with infants, by swaddling them. We might look at weighted blankets as the adult version of swaddling or emulating those circumstances where we feel at ease.”
Prevailing wisdom states that you should purchase a weighted blanket that’s at least 10% of your body weight, but there are a variety of other factors to consider. For more advice on what to consider when buying a weighted blanket, click here or scroll to the bottom of this guide.
I tested 11 of the most popular weighted blankets on the market to determine the best ones you can buy, evaluating them for how well I slept while using them, quality of materials and construction, how easy they were to wash and care for, and, of course, how comfy and cozy they were.
Pros: Looks just like a normal comforter, lots of plush fill, made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, has duvet cover loops, accepts returns in any condition within one year of purchase
Cons: Dry clean only, duvet cover sold separately, difficult to adjust while using it
One of the biggest downsides to weighted blankets that I discovered while researching this guide is that design options are limited, and finding one that matches your bedding is no easy task. Over the testing period, I often hid the less pretty ones under my existing comforter, which quickly led to overheating.
If you don’t want to stack blanket upon blanket or compromise your bedroom’s look, you’ll want a weighted comforter, and Brooklinen makes the best one I tried. It looks and feels just like a traditional plush comforter … only with an extra 20 pounds of weight integrated by way of small glass beads. The blanket itself is made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, and it’s soft enough to throw on your bed without a duvet cover.
That being said, we recommend adding a duvet cover — corner loops make it easy to tie one on — because the blanket itself is dry-clean only, though it can be spot-cleaned and spot-dried with a hair dryer in a pinch. Adding a duvet cover allows you to keep the blanket cleaner longer. Brooklinen sells them separately, but any duvet cover of your choosing will do.
I found that the 20-pound comforter I tested actually weighed closer to 24 pounds, but the extra weight didn’t make too much of a difference once I laid it out on the bed. Sleeping under it was pretty dreamy (excuse the pun). I felt enveloped by the cushy fill, but not too overwhelmed or overheated. I did find that it was difficult to adjust while lying under it due to the weight and size, but I found this to be true for just about every comforter-sized weighted blanket I tested.
Senior editor Jada Wong is also the proud owner of this weighted comforter and after using it for over a year, she still finds it positively impacts her sleep. “I sleep more deeply, my legs are less restless, and my body just feels like it’s getting a big hug for eight hours,” she said.
This blanket is expensive, but considering that it will entirely replace your comforter instead of being an additional blanket on your bed, it’s worth the investment. The biggest downside is that it’s difficult to clean, and if you do need to go the dry cleaning route, a bill for a comforter could run you anywhere from $20 to $50. Though Brooklinen advises against putting it in the dryer, Wong has done to refresh it not and again and it’s held up fine. “It’s still looking great — there are no holes or rips to report,” she said.
Because this comforter is such an investment, you want to make sure it’s right for you, and Brooklinen is not going to stick you with a product you don’t love. The brand has an incredibly lenient return policy, accepting returns for any reason in any condition within 365 days of your purchase.
The best cooling weighted blanket
The BlanQuil Chill‘s unique cover disperses heat and stays cool to the touch as you fall asleep, but its slick fabric can cause it to slide off the bed.
Pros: Stays cool to the touch, no beanbag feel, glass beads don’t shift, 60-night sleep trial
Cons: Slides off the bed easily; internal blanket is spot-clean only; only one size, one color, and two weights available
The BlanQuil Chill is the weighted blanket I have the longest relationship with. It’s been on my bed for about a year and a half, and I’ve had two iterations of the design.
I sleep hot, and while the blanket’s cover does an excellent job of staying cool, the side touching your body absorbs heat more quickly. I often found myself adjusting an arm or a leg to find a cool spot on the blanket à la flipping to the other side of the pillow. I lined up all the cooling blankets I tested for this guide and ran my hand across each one and the BlanQuil felt noticeably cooler than all the others, plus it did the best job of “refreshing” itself by dissipating heat and getting back to its cool baseline.
It’s only available in one size, 48 inches by 74 inches, which is just a bit bigger than a twin mattress, and two weights: 15 or 20 pounds. It’s not a blanket that’s intended to be shared, but I drape mine over my queen bed horizontally so both my partner and I can benefit. Glass beads add weight, but there’s no beanbag feeling, and I’ve never felt them shift in a way that causes the blanket to feel lumpy or uneven.
The zipper on the removable washable cover of the first version of the design was quite weak and broke just a couple of months into its use. It couldn’t handle the weight of the blanket and it popped as I was adjusting it on the bed. But BlanQuil has since improved this shortcoming and reinforced the zipper. It feels much stronger now, and I’ve yet to have a problem with it. I even stress tested it by holding the weight of the blanket against the zipper, and it held strong.
One persistent shortcoming that still remains in the new iteration is a consequence of the material used in the cooling cover. The fabric has a bit of a sheen to it and is therefore a bit slick. If you toss and turn at night — which I do, even under a weighted blanket — the blanket will slide off the bed. As soon as it gets off-center, the blanket’s own weight in combination with a lack of friction provided by the cover will cause it to start to slide.
I’ve mitigated this a bit by sandwiching it between my top sheet and my comforter, but it’s still not a reliable fix. Because of this, I debated not choosing this as the best cooling blanket, but none of the other cooling blankets I tested even came close to keeping me cool for as long or as consistently. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect cooling weighted blanket, but I consider the BlanQuil Chill to be the best cooling weighted blanket for now.
The best weighted throw blanket
The open-knit construction of the Bearaby Napper keeps you cozy yet cool as you lounge on the couch, it’s entirely machine washable, and it’s one of the heftiest blankets we tested.
Pros: Aesthetically minded design, has significant heft, made from organic cotton, washable and dryable, comes in three weights and multiple colors, 30-day return policy if blanket remains unwashed
Cons: Doesn’t fit in compact washing machines, takes multiple cycles to dry, open weave may catch toes and fingers, heavier than advertised (though this may be a pro, depending on your preference)
Many of the weighted blankets on the market emphasize function over form, often because they have to encase and evenly distribute heavy beads. But in the case of the Bearaby Napper, all the weight comes from the dense organic cotton strands hand-knit into one of the most aesthetically-minded weighted blankets I’ve ever seen.
If you’re not convinced straight-up cotton could be woven into a blanket with significant heft, you’d be sorely mistaken. This is a really heavy blanket — so much so that the blanket I tested, which was advertised as the 15-pound version, actually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. I even contacted the company to verify that they sent me the right item, and they assured me they did.
The Nappers are offered in 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound versions, and each one has slightly different dimensions, so I was able to confirm that mine was intended to be the 15-pound version. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that they’re heavier than advertised — I appreciated the coziness — but it’s something to keep in mind when you order.
A blanket this heavy — and bulky — can be tough to shift around, and if it’s going to live on your couch, it will take up quite a bit of space. As I’ve continued to test this blanket, it became too bulky to keep as a throw on the couch to I shifted it to my bed. It drapes nicely over me and my partner on top of our existing comforter, but the open weave makes it prone to stretching if you need to pull it up in the night. It hasn’t misshapen in any significant way, thankfully.
The open weave of the Napper allowed for plenty of airflow, so it didn’t feel as stifling as some of the other blankets I tested. It’s not quite a cooling blanket — Bearaby does offer one called the Tree Napper that I haven’t tested — but it doesn’t trap heat. The holes in the weave are quite large, though, so if you’ll be bothered by some toes or fingers poking through, you might want to look elsewhere.
The Napper is fully machine washable and can go in the dryer on the delicate setting. I wanted to see how the blanket washed and dried as part of my test, but it didn’t fit in my space-saving apartment-sized washing machine — certainly something to keep in mind if you’re in the same boat.
It’s currently available in eight colors, and Bearaby often launches limited edition seasonal colors as well.
The best on a budget
Weighted blankets are typically expensive, but the Luna Weighted Blanket is downright cheap despite being constructed from Oeko-Tex-certified cotton and filled with natural glass beads.
Pros: Excellent quality at a low price; comes in wide variety of colors, sizes, and weights; fully machine washable; Oeko-Tex Certified construction; true to weight
Cons: Thinner blanket than some others on our list
I’ll be the first to admit that most of the weighted blankets on this list are true investment pieces, but Luna bucked the trend by offering an excellent weighted blanket at a wallet-friendly price point. Not only was it the most affordable of all the blankets we tested, but its quality also matched or exceeded other weighted blankets at much higher price points.
I tested the 15-pound queen-size blanket, and the glass beads inside were barely noticeable, producing no beanbag effect. Where many other cheap weighted blankets are loaded with chemicals, the Luna Weighted Blanket is Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning it contains no harmful materials.
The blanket itself is much thinner than some of the others I tested, but in a sea of products known for causing sleepers to overheat, a thin blanket was actually a welcome change. It stayed breathable, and was light enough that I could easily adjust it in the middle of the night. It wasn’t quite as cozy as some of the others, but it’s a great option to layer with your usual comforter or use during the warmer months.
As I’ve continued to test these blankets, the Luna has become a bit of a travel-sized weighted blanket for me. Now that I’ve gotten so used to sleeping with a weighted blanket, I have a hard time going without. I wouldn’t recommend taking it on an airplane — it’s a bit bulky for that — but the Luna is thin enough that it folds up to a size that can easily be tossed in the trunk of my car for road trips.
The 60-inch by 80-inch blanket was a true 15 pounds according to my scale, but that weight was dispersed over a larger surface area than some of the other blankets I tested, making it feel lighter. Speaking more generally, that’s something to keep in mind: you’ll feel more pressure resting under a full-size blanket than a king-size one of the same weight.
Luna’s blankets are available in a huge variety of colors, sizes, and weights from a five-pound kids’ blanket to a 30-pound king-size one. The larger and heavier you go, the most expensive the blankets become, but even the largest and heaviest blanket won’t break the bank. Each blanket comes with duvet loops, so it can be tied into a duvet cover if you prefer, but there are enough color and pattern options to match most bedroom decor.
It’s also one of the easiest blankets to clean that I tested. The entire thing fit into my compact washer-dryer, and was fully dry within one cycle — and I swear, it got softer after just one wash.
Pros: Great for those who need a heavier blanket, weight is evenly distributed, no beanbag feel, cover is machine washable, comes in three colors, low profile blanket
Cons: Queen/king size only comes in 35 pounds, cover should be washed before use, too heavy to adjust in the middle of the night, inner blanket is hand-wash only, customers are responsible for return fees
Prevailing wisdom states that you should use a weighted blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight, but many blanket brands we tested max out at 25 pounds. So if you weigh more than 250 pounds, you may find yourself struggling to find a weighted blanket that feels sufficiently heavy. Larger blankets, like king-sized ones, also distribute their weight over a wider surface area, so they don’t feel as heavy.
When I first received the Gravity 35-pound blanket and it was folded up in its packaging, I thought it would feel impossibly heavy once laid out on the bed, but I found it to be pretty manageable, even though it was much heavier than recommended for my weight. It did tend to slide down the bed, and I’d often wake up about a foot lower than usual because I was chasing the blanket around through the night. It was simply too heavy to pull up or adjust while laying under it, though someone stronger than me will likely not have this issue.
One strange issue I encountered with this blanket was that the micro-plush duvet cover that it comes with felt oddly greasy out of the package. It left a film on my hands as I tried to smooth it out over the bed. But the zip-on cover is removable and washable, and a run through the wash resolved the issue. The inner blanket is hand-wash and air-dry only, but I can’t imagine hauling such a heavy blanket into and out of a washing machine, so this is probably the most practical way to clean it anyway.
The Gravity blanket is low-profile without any excess fill, so it’s a thinner blanket that won’t add a lot of bulk to your bed. That said, it’s not as plush or cozy as something like the Brooklinen comforter, which does also come in a 35-pound version, though it’s much more expensive.
Gravity’s 35-pound blanket is available in three colors, and it’s the only weight Gravity makes in a queen/king size. The brand also makes “single” size weighted blankets that measure 48-inches by 72-inches. I tested a 15-pound one with a cooling cover and found that it performed well, but there was nothing that made it really stand out from the pack.
How we test weighted blankets
There are several factors I took into consideration while assessing weighted blankets. Aside from general coziness and comfort provided by each blanket, I also assessed things like quality of material, value, weight options, and aesthetics. For example, a blanket that came in more color and weight options beat out a blanket of equal quality that came in fewer options. I also considered things like return policies, sleep trials, and how easy these blankets were to clean.
The following are three tests I ran each blanket through to assess general user experience.
Sleep test: I slept with each of the weighted blankets on my bed for at least three consecutive nights. I noted how well I slept overall and how the blanket regulated my sleep temperature. I also paid attention to how well the blanket stayed in place as I slept and how easy it was to adjust it while laying under it. Part of this test also included making the bed every day. Hauling a weighted blanket is harder than it looks.
Wash test: I washed every weighted blanket or cover that was machine washable at least once to ensure that they held up well in the wash, and didn’t shrink, shed, or otherwise show signs of wear. I noted if the added weight made them more difficult to haul into and out of the washing machine. I also discovered that one of the machine washable blankets was so bulky it didn’t fit into my washing machine. For those blankets that weren’t machine washable, I made note of the care instructions and factored that into the cons of the blanket as I assessed them.
Weight test: I wanted to ensure each blanket was actually the weight it was advertised. To get an accurate reading, I weighed myself and then weighed myself again while holding each blanket, noting any discrepancies in the advertised weight versus the actual weight.
Long-term testing: Though my initial testing period lasted roughly one month, we acknowledge that issues may present themselves with extended use of a product. I have continued to test all of the top picks since this guide was published in November 2020. This guide is periodically updated with new findings and long-term discoveries.
What else we tested
Yaasa Weighted Blanket: The Yaasa Weighted Blanket is a knit-style blanket similar to the Bearaby Napper. The two blankets are the same price, but Bearaby had Yaasa beat when it came to quality. Yaasa’s weave was much tighter and therefore allowed for less airflow, and the material also felt spongier and less cozy than the Napper’s. The Yaasa blanket was also dry clean only.
Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket: The Baloo weighted blanket struck a great balance between comfort and cost. It’s not as expensive as the high-end blankets we’re recommending, but it’s not as affordable as the Luna. And its construction and quality felt similar enough to the Luna that we’d rather recommend the one that’s even more affordable.
Helix Weighted Blanket: The Helix blanket is dual-sided with a white sherpa fleece side and a gray minky fleece side. I found the sherpa side especially cozy, and so did my cat. But it had one of the worst beanbag effects of any of the blankets I tried, and there is only one size and color option available, though it did come in three weights. If this blanket suits your style, it’s a decent buy for an affordable price.
YnM Weighted Blanket: The YnM Weighted Blanket is Amazon’s number one bestseller in weighted blankets, so we wanted to put it to the test. It’s a perfectly serviceable budget blanket, but the glass beads created a sort of beanbag effect that the Luna did not. Plus, the Luna is even cheaper and made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton, and the YnM is not.
Gravity Cooling Blanket: Gravity is probably the best-known weighted blanket brands on the market, so I wanted to give them a shot. The blanket itself is well-built and high-quality, but the cooling cover did little to actually cool me off as I slept. It just felt like any other weighted blanket, and didn’t do much to distinguish itself from the other blankets I tried.
Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket: Brooklyn Bedding’s weighted blanket is dual-sided with a silky cooling side and a minky textured side, and it was my favorite dual-sided weighted blanket. The silky side stayed cool to the touch and the bumps on the minky side provided a nice sensory option. It didn’t feel beanbaggy and the weight was evenly distributed. But it was only available in one size, two weights, and one dark gray color that severely limited how many home decor scenarios it would work within.
What we’re looking forward to testing
Bearaby Sleeper: This is the only weighted blanket I’ve discovered designed specifically for couples. While there’s little data available to determine the best weight for a couple to share, Bearaby has eliminated some of that guesswork by weighting the two halves of the blanket differently, allowing you to choose the right weight for each person. This is especially useful if you and your partner are drastically different sizes and therefore would benefit from different blanket weights. The two halves can unzip from each other and become two distinct blankets. Right now, they are sold out, but Bearaby has assured us that they’ll be restocking soon, and we hope to test it once they do.
Luxome Luxury Weighted Blanket: The Luxome weighted blanket comes with a reversible cover with a plush minky fabric on one side and a cooling bamboo fabric on the other. This allows you to customize your blanket with the seasons. I’m curious to see if this versatility actually makes a difference in how the blanket affects my body temperature. It’s also a nice mid-range option in terms of price, and I’m hoping to add some more affordable options to this guide.
Slumber Cloud Weighted Blanket: In my ongoing quest to find a cooling weighted blanket that stays put throughout the night, I’m looking forward to testing the Slumber Cloud. It’s made using thermoregulation technology developed by NASA to keep astronauts comfortable in their spacesuits. The technology called Outlast uses small beads that absorb body heat when you get too hot and release it back to you when you get too cold. I’m fascinated by this concept and I’m excited to see if it works.
What weight should a weighted blanket be?
Many weighted blanket brands and sites like Healthline suggest choosing a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight. But Robbins adds that there are no clinically established guideposts for choosing a blanket weight. “It’s hard for the one size fits all approach because we’re all just so unique and have different physiologies,” she says.
This is especially true when blankets come in different sizes. A 15-pound throw blanket is going to feel much heavier than a 15-pound comforter since a larger blanket distributes its weight over a larger surface area. Robbins suggests trying out weighted blankets before purchasing them. If you can’t test weighted blankets in a store, look for brands that offer sleep trials or have buyer-friendly return policies like many of our top picks.
What if I’m sharing the weighted blanket with a partner?
If you’re sharing a weighted blanket with a partner, you’ll likely want something a bit heavier, mostly due to the fact that larger blankets feel lighter than smaller ones. A blog from Layla Sleep advises purchasing a blanket that’s roughly 7.5% of the couple’s combined weight. I reached out to the brand to determine how they established this number and a representative responded, “Most suggestions in terms of weight are based on anecdotal evidence. We also factor in the customer satisfaction data that we have when making suggestions, but ultimately the weight that’s right for any one person will depend heavily on personal preference.”
It’s important to note that this parameter hasn’t been established in any sort of clinical trial or scientific study, so take it with a grain of salt. As long as you’re comfortable and can move freely under the blanket, you should choose the weight that works best for you.
What size weighted blanket should I get?
If you are sharing a blanket with a partner and you both have similar body weights, you’ll want a weighted blanket that covers your entire bed. Many brands, including almost all of our top picks, offer blankets in multiple sizes to fit standard twin, full, queen, and king beds.
Some weighted blankets in these sizes are a bit smaller than typical comforters so the weighted blanket doesn’t hang off the side of your bed too much. Excess fabric that hangs off the side can pull the weighted blanket off-center as you shift around in the night.
If you and your partner are very different weights, consider opting for two smaller separate blankets in a throw or twin size. This way, you can each get the weight that’s most comfortable for you. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to worry about blanket theft in the middle of the night.
How often should I wash my weighted blanket?
Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President at The American Cleaning Institute, recommends you treat your weighted blanket like any comforter, washing it once or twice a year, provided it’s covered by a duvet cover that you’re washing monthly. If it doesn’t have a removable cover, the entire blanket should be washed roughly once a month.
This winter is all about staying in, so you’ll want to ensure your space is as comfy and warm as it can be. One of the easiest ways to spruce up your space and create a warm environment is to add a few throw blankets to your couch for you to curl up in at your leisure.
A good throw blanket will be cuddly soft, cozy, and warm yet breathable and durable enough to last you multiple seasons. The best throws will resist holding onto smells, moisture, or mildew to minimize the number of times it needs to be washed throughout the season.
Many of our picks have been thoroughly tested by Insider Reviews reporters and editors, and these are the ones that have risen to the top – even earning permanent spots on many of our couches. Whether you’re looking for faux fur, a weighted blanket, or a lightweight linen throw for the summer months, we’ve got a pick for you.
If you’re looking for a blanket that will keep you warm and cozy in the winter while not sacrificing aesthetic, the West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw is a great choice.
I have this blanket on my couch at home, and it’s easily the most fought-over throw we own. When snuggling up on the couch, my partner and I regularly play tug of war with this blanket because of how warm and cozy it is. It’s double-sided, with a high-pile faux fur on one side and a low-pile velvety fleece-like underside with both sides of the blanket offering unparalleled softness.
The West Elm Faux Fur Throw so soft that I regularly find my cat curled up on the blanket, and thanks to its faux-fur aesthetic, it easily hides the cat hair, so I don’t have to shoo her off of her favorite napping spot. My cat’s coloring is almost a perfect match for the blanket, and she often blends right in, so if you have grey or brown animals, make sure to look before you sit.
Insider Reviews editor Sally Kaplan also owns this blanket, and it’s her go-to at home. “The weight of the blanket is just heavy enough to keep me warm without totally overheating me, though I will say that I wish I had bought the larger size so my partner and I could curl up together without one of us having to sacrifice a little coverage,” she writes.
Unfortunately, the throw is dry-clean only, so if you spill something on it or just generally want to refresh it, you’ll have to plunk down some cash on getting it cleaned. But I’ve had mine for about a year, and it’s yet to get musty or smelly.
The best fleece throw blanket
The L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Throw is a reliable classic from a heritage brand you can trust — plus it’s soft, affordable, and machine washable.
Made with the same care and precision that the brand is known for, this fleece plush is an affordable option that will keep you warm in the winter months, but it’s lightweight enough that you can use it all year round — especially if someone in your home likes to crank the air conditioning to arctic temperatures. The fleece is brushed on both sides, giving it that extra softness that you’d expect from a good fleece blanket.
The Wicked Plush Throw comes in two sizes. I’d opt for the larger 60-inch by 80-inch option because I’m often sharing a blanket with a partner and a cat, but the 50-inch x 60-inch is a generously sized throw for personal use. If you want something even larger, you could opt for the Wicked Cozy Blanket which is made of the same fleece but is sized for use on your bed.
Unlike some of our other picks, the Wicked Plush Throw is machine washable, but do take care to dry it on a no-heat setting, lest the polyester fleece gets scorched in the dryer.
The best wool throw blanket
Made in America from 100% virgin wool, the Pendleton Motor Robe is a throw that will keep you warm through years of use.
Pendleton is another heritage brand we love and trust. Former Insider Reviews fellow Ciannah Gin has been using her Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Blanket on her bed for over four years, and she was so thrilled with it that she bought a second one. She writes, “Although the blanket is made from 100% wool, it’s surprisingly breathable. Mine haven’t shrunk, faded, or pilled in the four years I’ve had them.”
But the Eco-Wise is intended for use on your bed. If you’re looking for something more manageable in size, we recommend the Motor Robe. At 52 inches by 66 inches, the throw is still generously-sized but not so unwieldy that you’ll get trapped in it while watching TV.
The Motor Robe is made from virgin wool and the Pendleton brand has over 150 years’ worth of pedigree making blankets in the Pacific Northwest. The Pendleton website says the Motor Robe was developed from the tradition of those in need of extra warmth when traveling by horse-drawn carriage, train, or boat, but it will be just as welcome at home in your reading nook.
If you do plan to take this blanket on your journeys, it comes with a leather carrying strap that you can wrap around a rolled-up blanket. It’s a lovely aesthetic touch for those who want to store the blanket in sight — especially because the plaid patterns are so eye-catching — but don’t want it sprawled out on their couch all the time.
One large downside to this 100% wool blanket is the fact that it can be uncomfortable for those with sensitive skin. Gin found her Pendleton blanket to be too itchy to wrap herself up in without the protective barrier of her bedding.
Crane & Canopy has quickly become one of our favorite bedding startups. We love its duvet covers and sheet sets, and its throw blankets are absolutely top-notch. One of our favorite throws from Crane & Canopy is its linen throw, a lightweight breathable option that’s perfect for when you don’t want to be trapped under layers of wool or faux fur.
Insider Reviews deputy editor Malarie Gokey has this blanket at home and she loves it so much that she uses it on her bed in the summer even in spite of its smaller throw blanket size. She writes, “I can’t sleep unless I feel the weight of some sort of blanket on me, and in the summer, that’s very problematic — or it was, until I found this linen throw from Crane & Canopy. It’s super soft, breathable, and lightweight. It adds just the right amount of warmth on a slightly chilly summer evening when you want a light layer to wrap up in whether you’re on the couch, front porch, or what have you.”
Linen is known for its breathability, so if you overheat easily, this Crane & Canopy throw will be a lifesaver, especially when it’s warm out. Though linen does have the tendency to be a bit stiff when it’s new, this blanket will get softer and softer the more it’s used, washed, and worn in, eventually becoming one of the coziest in your repertoire.
The best weighted throw blanket
A weighted blanket can help reduce anxiety, and the Bearaby Napper is the perfect size to keep on your couch.
The Bearaby Napper is our pick for the best throw blanket in our full buying guide to the best weighted blankets. I tested it alongside several other weighted throws, and it stood out right away. Not only is it eye-catching with its hand-knit chunky design, but its weight is truly hefty and it provides an even gentle pressure as you lounge on the couch.
Unlike other weighted blankets that are filled with glass beads that can create a sort of beanbag effect, the weight of the Napper comes solely from the density of the organic cotton yarn. The knit design allows for plenty of airflow, so you won’t have to worry about feeling stifled by the blanket.
I received the 15-pound version for testing, and it actually weighed in at 24 pounds, which is much heavier than advertised. I didn’t mind the extra weight, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re sensitive to the additional pressure.
The Napper is machine washable and dryer safe, but it didn’t fit in my compact apartment-sized washing machine, so if you don’t have a full-sized unit, you may have to take a trip to the laundromat.
Cashmere is often regarded as the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to wool. The expensive yet incredibly soft fabric is generated from the soft undercoat of cashmere goats native to the Himalayas where temperatures can drop to -30°C ensuring cashmere is one of the warmest materials on the market.
Naturally, cashmere is an excellent choice for a throw blanket thanks to the material’s warmth, softness, and breathability — if you’re willing to splurge on the high price tag.
What sets Williams Sonoma’s Recycled Italian Cashmere Throw apart from the pack is that key word, “recycled.” Instead of utilizing virgin cashmere, Williams Sonoma collects the leftover wool from other knits and reweaves them into new yarn, cutting down on waste and reducing the environmental impact of these blankets by 92%.
The cashmere they collect has already been dyed for other projects. Instead of redying it, they allow the slight variations in color to shine, giving each throw a unique, slightly mottled coloration.
The Recycled Italian Cashmere Throws are produced in Prato, Italy at a mill that has been weaving cashmere dating back to the 12th century, so you can be assured that your throw has been produced with the highest quality of care and skill.
Like all cashmere, this throw is dry-clean only, but thanks to cashmere’s inherent antibacterial nature, it will resist smells for quite a long time, so you’ll likely only have to clean this blanket once a season or if you spill something on it.
Chunky knit blankets were all the rage a couple years ago, and it’s no wonder the trend has persisted. A good chunky wool blanket draws the eye right away and becomes a focal point of any warm and cozy space. While they’re often more form than function due to their tendency to misshape with use, if it’s a beautiful piece you’re after, the ShepsWool Chunky Knit Merino Wool Blanket is a great throw at a reasonable price.
ShepsWool hand-knits all of its blankets from merino wool roving — a material made using a wool-gathering technique that aligns all the fibers in one direction. The roving has a soft, pillowy feel to it, unlike a tightly wound yarn. While this gives it the perfect look, it does make it more delicate, and blankets made from it can start to pill and shed with extended use.
This 40-inch by 60-inch throw is best sized for decorative use, but it’s large enough to cover one person. If you’re looking for something larger to share with a partner, ShepsWool also offers 62-inch by 80-inch and 90-inch by 100-inch versions.
While wool will keep you the warmest and cashmere might be the most luxurious, there’s often nothing cozier than an old well-worn hoodie. A jersey knit blanket turns that sweatshirt into something you can spread over your couch and cuddle up with during movie night. But good ones are surprisingly hard to find, and they’re often emblazoned with college logos.
The Pottery Barn Teen Sweatshirt Blanket keeps it simple in either heather gray or navy with some subtle seam detailing for visual interest. The underside of each blanket is a lighter shade of the primary color. And don’t let the “Teen” designation trouble you; this blanket is sophisticated enough to suit any living room or TV den.
While this Sweatshirt Blanket isn’t a true throw dimensionally speaking, the Twin size will easily serve as an oversized throw and you won’t have to worry about playing tug of war with kids, dogs, or anyone else vying for blanket space. If you want to go truly oversized or put this one on your bed, it also comes in a Queen/King size.