Let's talk blankets. Typically, you'll throw one on your bed and forget about it until nighttime. But, every once in awhile, you'll come across one of the best thermal blankets around and you'll wonder how you've managed to get through life without one.
Thermal blankets are breathable yet warm, providing just enough coziness to take the chill away without making you sweat. They're perfect on their own during summer or for layering during winter, and are also ideal for transitioning between seasons. And, since they're usually pretty affordable and super lightweight, they're also great for camping, picnics, and the beach.
The five thermal blankets on this list are all machine-washable and come in a variety of colors, sizes — from twin to king — and price points, though few will break the bank. If they remind you a bit of hospital blankets, their similarities start and end with the fact that they keep you insulated without added bulk. Otherwise, these blankets range from plush and polar-fleece blankets that are surprisingly thin to all-season waffle blankets that work equally well in Florida and Wyoming.
1. A Lightweight, Breathable Thermal Blanket For All Seasons
This thermal blanket is made with a herringbone twill design woven from cotton and comes in twin, full-queen, and king sizes. You can choose from nine colors, including grey, teal, and light pink, and its medium weight makes it the perfect choice if you want an all-seasons blanket that's warm, but breathable. It's machine washable and, according to reviewers, won't shrink or lose its shape after repeated washings.
"I was looking for a lightweight blanket for my couch as the summer months approach," writes one reviewer. "I needed something other than fleece as I have a pug who is like a walking space heater and gets warm quickly. Needless to say, this blanket is pug-approved!"
2. A Polar-Fleece Thermal Blanket That's Perfect For Cold Weather
With more than 2,500 mostly positive reviews, this queen-size polar fleece thermal blanket scores points for its two-sided brushed fabric, which makes it ultra-soft, and its ability to help retain heat on the coldest nights. Perfect for outdoor camping or backpacking, this machine-washable blanket comes in twin, full-queen, and king sizes and four neutral shades: grey, navy, chocolate, and tan.
If you're searching for a lightweight, breathable blanket, this isn't it. But one reviewer says that's exactly the point: this throw blanket is as warm as it gets.
One reviewer, who compares this blanket to being wrapped up in your favorite hoodie, says, "I love it. Dense material, will not 'pill'. It produces zero lint. Not meant for summer use. Easy to wash, and it will last for a decade or more."
3. A Warm, Fuzzy Microplush Blanket That You'll Want To Cuddle Up In
There are a number of great thermal blankets out there that keep you insulated in cooler temperatures, but this is the one you'll really want to cozy up and snuggle under. It's designed with microplush material, which makes it soft and warm, and is queen size — perfect for a partner and even better if you plan on binge-watching your favorite show solo. The nine color options are as sumptuous as this fabric and include sky blue, chocolate, olive green, and silver grey.
"This product is wonderfully soft, with a denseness that won't vanish after many washes," writes one reviewer. "Also, it won't slip off the bed like the velvet plush blankets do. I love it."
4. An All-Season Waffle Weave Blanket That's Ideal For Warmer Climates
This queen-size thermal blanket, which also comes in twin and king sizes, is made with 100 percent cotton in a classic waffle weave design. This is an all-season lightweight blanket that takes the chill out in autumn and cooler summer days, but is also airy enough to suit you if you live in a warmer climate.
"Was a bit skeptical as I have a whole closet full of blankets," said one reviewer. "This one is perfect. Lightweight, easy to launder, not too hot for our Florida climate. I will definitely order more."
5. A Budget-Friendly Blanket That Looks Brand New After Repeated Washings
The price of this thermal throw blanket is just right, but you won't be sacrificing anything in terms of quality. This 100 percent cotton thermal blanket is a soft, medium-weight blanket that can be used for layering on cold nights or all by itself for just a bit of added warmth. At only $15, it's worth buying a bunch to keep in your car and on hand for guests. Reviewers say it doesn't shrink in the wash and never snags, either.
"Great for the beach, for my dogs to sit on in the car, or for them to sleep on them on the floor," said one reviewer who loved how this blanket retained its quality after being washed. "In fact, I intend to purchase two more to use in our living room as a throw on our couch and chair."
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