The 5 Best Winter Blankets

Winter is coming . . . and so is your need for one of the best winter blankets to keep the White Walkers — I mean, the chill — out. Stocking up on the coziest items possible is the best way to endure blizzards, cold nights, and iced-over windows. And, yes, there's certainly a lot to love about winter — namely, hot cocoa, and needing no excuse to binge-watch every Netflix series out there — but there's a lot more to love about it when your body temperature doesn't match that of the outside world.

And that's where these amazing winter blankets come in. Forget cotton and linen for a minute, or rather, store those babies in the basement for now. Because when it comes to choosing warm blankets that help retain body heat and make snuggling a possibility, the focus is on fleece, velvet, and thermal fabrics. These blankets come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs to match your décor, and they're guaranteed to hold up well after several spins in the washing machine.

But most importantly: These five highly-rated winter blankets are going to make hibernating so much fun, your friends will have to drag you out of the house come springtime.

1. A Reversible Throw Blanket With Fleece On One Side And Sherpa Wool On The Other

Bedsure Sherpa Throw Blanket, $30, Amazon

It doesn't get much warmer than this throw blanket, which is reversible and features a flannel face and Sherpa reverse. It's lightweight and cozy and you can choose among 14 shades and two sizes (throw and twin). Toss it in the washing machine when necessary and don't worry about it shrinking — the microfiber retains its shape and was designed to prevent such calamities.

2. A Warm And Fuzzy Fleece Blanket That Even Comes In Travel-Size

Merous Winter Fleece Blankets, $19, Amazon

This luxe-feeling polyester fleece blanket is affordable and comes in four sizes (twin, queen, travel, and king), but it isn't bulky. It's hypoallergenic, so it's ideal for anyone with allergies, and you can choose from tons of basic colors as well as zig-zag patterns. Plus, it has tons of rave reviews on Amazon, with most people being impressed by how soft and big it is.

3. A Polar Fleece Thermal Blanket That Retains Heat And Doesn't Shrink In The Wash

Utopia Bedding Polar Fleece Thermal Blanket, $25, Amazon

Few fabrics retain body heat as well as polar fleece thermal, making this winter blanket a top-notch choice for drafty living rooms and chilly bedrooms. It comes in twin, queen, and king sizes and four colors — grey, chocolate, tan, and navy. The fabric is brushed on both sides, which means you can expect it to be ultra-soft and snuggable. More than 2,500 reviewers are flipping out over the lush material, which they say lasts after a gazillion washes and never pills.

4. A Reversible Berber And Velvet Blanket That Doesn't Pill

Home Fashions Designs Reversible Berber And Velvet Blanket, $57, Amazon

This reversible blanket is basically the definition of "plush." Pair it with a light sheet or nothing at all during spring and layer it under or over your comforter during winter for added warmth. Elegantly sculpted velvet material on one side is soothing on the skin, while the reverse berber fleece keeps you cozy and snug. Choose among four light, pretty shades and four sizes: twin, full/queen, king, and throw.

5. A Faux-Mink Blanket With Quirky And Fun Designs

Lavish Home Heavy Thick Lush Mink Blanket, $43, Amazon

This faux-mink blanket comes in a variety of fun — albeit slightly kitsch — designs, like a wolf (perfect for Game Of Thrones fans), patriotic eagle, and marijuana leaf. It's super soft and warm, comes in a variety of sizes, and boasts hundreds of rave reviews. Though it will certainly keep you warm during winter, it's lightweight enough that it won't make you sweat, so you can even use it in spring and summer.

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