12 Types of Blankets For the Most Comfortable Sleep (with Pictures)

Types of Blankets

Cozy and comfortable blankets are the essential items that every home needs during those cold wintry nights or cool summer evenings. These bedding accessories are ideal for snuggling up with when you want to watch TV or laze about on the sofa. A comfortable blanket won’t just keep you warm, but it can also enhance your home’s interior decor.  

Blankets come in a wide range of patterns, colors, and materials. You can wrap them around yourself like a shawl or put them at the bottom of the bed to keep your feet warm during the cooler seasons. But how do you pick the right blanket for you?

The following is a list of 12 different types of blankets based on their materials as well as the pros and cons of each one.  

1. Cotton

Cotton Blanket

Cotton blankets can be used all year round and are excellent material to choose because of their high breathability and comfort benefits. They provide additional warmth in the fall when used in conjunction with a thicker blanket. These blankets are made from 100% cotton fabric and the most popular type is the Egyptian cotton variety, which is more durable and of higher quality.

Another high-quality material is organic cotton that’s better suited for people who suffer from allergies. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to opt for organic cotton blankets in order to minimize the chances of experiencing an allergic reaction.

Pros:
  • Breathability of cotton helps regulate body temperature, thus perfect for summer
  • Comfortable feel against the skin
  • Cotton is 100% hypoallergenic, which makes it perfect for babies and anyone with sensitive skin
  • Very popular material for bedding and garments
Cons:
  • Cotton is lightweight so it’s not suitable for cold winter nights
  • The color can fade over time 

2. Silk

Silk Blanket

Silk is another popular blanket material for those who prefer a more luxurious bedding than cotton. This weighted material is expensive but feels great against the skin and is incredibly comfortable to sleep in. Not only is silk extremely soft to the touch, but it also comes in a variety of patterns and colors to match your bedroom. That being said, silk is much less durable than many other materials and very difficult to care for.

Pros:
  • 100% hypoallergenic
  • Luxurious-feel and look
  • Dust and mites proof
  • Mold and bacterial resistant
  • Very soft to the touch
Cons:
  • Expensive, especially if it’s pure silk
  • Not breathable
  • It can fade easily, especially under direct sunlight


3. Down feather

Down Feather Blanket

Down feather blankets are mostly made from geese or duck feathers as a filling in the blanket. These types of lightweight natural blankets are designed to trap heat, which makes them ideal for cold winter nights. Down blankets are very comfortable and you can choose from thinner versions depending on the season you want to use them for. 

Down feather blankets are perfect for people who find comforters too warm, but bear in mind that these blankets can also be just as warm as thick comforters that may cause nighttime sweating.  

Pros:
  • Exceptionally hard-wearing material that can withstand extreme wear and tear
  • Easier to clean
  • Ideal for cold winters
Cons:
  • Some people are allergic to duck or geese feathers
  • More expensive than cotton

4. Linen

Line Blanket

Linen blankets are ideal for summer as they help relieve the skin from excess heat. These types of blankets remain clean for longer and don’t stick to the body. Unlike cotton blankets that can eventually lose their color after each wash, linen is more likely to stay soft and retain its original color no matter how many times it gets washed.

Linen is also known for its environmentally-friendly properties. This material is free of pesticides as it has the natural ability to prevent mold or bacterial growth from forming in the fabric. The health benefits of linen blankets stretch to quicker recovery and healing, which make this material the best for summer blankets.

Pros:
  • Linen takes the top place for being the most durable natural fiber and twice as strong as cotton
  • Withstands extreme wear and tear, which makes this type of blanket ideal for toddlers and pets
Cons:
  • Linen can feel quite rough to the touch, but it will soften after a few washes
  • Softer linen blankets are more pricey
  • Can wrinkle easily

5. Fleece

Fleece is a soft and delicate material that keeps you warm on cold wintry nights. Most fleece blankets tend to be made from just a single layer of polyester fabric. This means you’ll get a softer and warmer blanket that can be used as a secondary layer or as the bed cover.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive and versatile to use as a throw blanket
  • Soft to the touch
  • Lightweight material
  • Environmentally friendly as it can be made from recycled materials
Cons:
  • Not very breathable
  • Doesn’t absorb moisture
  • Not fire retardant 
  • Can cause static electricity in dry and cold air conditions
  • Some people are allergic to this material

6. Woven acrylic

Woven acrylic Blanket

Woven acrylic is often used as an alternative to cashmere or wool since it’s cheaper to buy and lighter in weight. Acrylic is an easy material to care for, and even though it’s a synthetic material, it does look very similar to natural fibers. Woven acrylic blankets are washing machinable and their colors won’t fade over time. Furthermore, due to the synthetic properties of acrylic, it is more resistant to damage from moths.

The downside of acrylic blankets is their possible toxicity risk to some people who have sensitive skin or allergies. Acrylic isn’t an environmentally-friendly material as lots of different chemicals are used in the process.  

But that’s not the only downside to acrylic blankets. This item of bedding can get rougher with each wash, although it’s durable and doesn’t wear out quickly. Still, after a dozen or so washes, the blanket won’t feel very nice against your skin. It may be best to use the blanket as a top layer instead.

Pros:
  • Highly durable fabric 
  • Inexpensive
  • Doesn’t wrinkle easily
Cons:
  • Non-breathable
  • Gets rougher after a few washes
  • Not suitable for sensitive skin
  • Some people are allergic to acrylic

7. Polyester

Polyester Blanket

Polyester blankets can be washed many times over and still retain their original color and shape. A popular choice of blanket is the polyester and cotton blend, which is soft to the touch and highly durable.  

But just like acrylic, polyester is a synthetic fabric that can be toxic to some people’s skin since it’s made from lots of petrol-containing chemicals; so if you’re allergic to such material, it’s better to opt for the pure cotton blanket as a safer alternative.

Pros:
  • Wrinkle-free material 
  • Highly durable and withstands wear and tear
  • Inexpensive
  • Colors don’t fade after each wash
  • Doesn’t shrink after each wash
Cons:
  • Not as breathable as cotton
  • Can be static
  • Gets rougher over time
  • Unsuitable for people suffering from certain allergies or sensitive skin
  • Can stick to the skin when wet

8. Microfiber

Microfiber Blanket

Microfiber blankets are perfect for cold wintry nights, especially if you choose the heavier types. This material is a blend of polyester, wool, and other fibers for extra smooth texture.

This unique blend of fibers is an affordable option that feels luxurious and smooth to the touch. In fact, microfiber blankets are much cheaper than silk, but with the same luxurious and soft texture.

The beauty of such blankets lies in their threading process. The microfiber sheets comprise of more than 700 threads per square inch. The heavier variety is composed of around 1600 threads per square inch. This threading process is intricately down to create a strong and at the same time, thinner surface.

The small weaving of microfiber threads allows the fabric to be much more resistant to stain than many other fabrics. This is because the woven material is so tightly threaded that it protects against liquid penetration and stains. This results in a highly stain and liquid resistant man-made fabric that requires minimal maintenance.

Pros:
  • Very easy to clean. Simply put them in the washing machine on high heat
  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of colors to choose from
  • Soft to the touch
  • Withstands wear and tear without losing its shape
  • Stain-resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
Cons:
  • Flammable
  • The blankets are made from chemicals, which are bad for the environment
  • Human and pet hair fibers can stay in the fabric if not washed properly
  • The thinner varieties of microfiber blankets won’t keep you warm in winter
  • Attract static electricity
  • Some can shrink after the first wash if not properly dried

9. Chenille

Chenille Blanket

Chenille blankets consist of a dense and soft surface that comes in a wide variety of designs. These blankets are mostly made from cotton, but you can also find other material blends like acrylic, polyester, or rayon.

To create a vintage or retro look in your bedroom, a chenille blanket would be the ideal option. They were made popular back in the 50s as shawls, and are now also used to make throws, blankets, and garments.

Chenille blankets are incredibly soft to the touch and have a luxurious look that will complement any room decor. These blankets aren’t just highly decorative, but they also have the ability to keep you very warm in the fall and winter.

Pros:
  • Very soft to the touch
  • Water absorbent
  • Abrasion-resistant
  • Retain heat
  • Thick and strong
  • Versatile fabric
Cons:
  • Can be quite difficult to care for
  • Prone to distortion or stretching
  • Can shrink with age
  • Require dry cleaning 

10. Wool

Wool Blanket

While you may think that wool is only made from sheep, this textile can also be made from the fur of other animals like goats, camels, alpacas, and others. It’s the cashmere variety that mostly comes from goats.

Wool blankets are mainly suitable for cold climates but one of their main drawbacks is how rough and scratchy they feel against the skin. But having said that, they do a great job in keeping you warm and dry in the wet and cold seasons. This is because wool is water repellent and offers excellent insulation, thus retaining the heat.

However, during the warmer months, you can feel uncomfortably hot under a wool blanket. It is better to opt for a more breathable material in the warmer seasons for a more comfortable and relaxing night. On the other hand, if you live in a cold climate, wool would be the best option.

Pros:
  • Completely biodegradable, which means it’s environmentally friendly and a renewable resource
  • Has antibacterial properties, which doesn’t provide a suitable environment for bacteria, mold, or germs to breed
  • Since wool is antibacterial, it does not need to be washed often
  • Flame resistant
  • The best blanket material to keep you warm and comfortable in very cold climates
  • Highly durable and strong
  • Available in many different designs to match your room decor
Cons:
  • Good quality wool blankets come at a price
  • When soaked in water, it will take a long time to dry and feel heavy

11.  Bamboo

Bamboo Blanket

Bamboo blankets are one of the best materials to keep your body heat stable at night. This is because bamboo absorbs perspiration and prevents body heat from escaping through the fibers. You’ll be kept adequately insulated and dry, without having to worry about the sweat absorption since bamboo blankets are antibacterial and antimicrobial. In simpler words, they don’t create odors by holding bacteria so you can truly enjoy a good night’s sleep under a bamboo blanket.  

Bamboo is in fact more breathable than cotton and is now becoming the preferred type of blanket for hot sleepers.

Bamboos are durable enough to be used as quilts or blankets, but their biggest advantage is their incredible softness. These hypoallergenic blankets ward off allergies and dust mites from your bed as they reduce moisture. They are extremely breathable fabrics that make an excellent bedding choice.

Overall, bamboo blankets are very easy to maintain, very soft to the touch, and comfortable to lay on.

Pros:
  • Feel like cashmere
  • Machine washable
  • Absorb moisture more than cotton
  • Has antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Odor-resistant, which makes them last longer
  • Biodegradable and a renewable resource
  • Hypoallergenic, which makes them ideal for people with allergies
  • Last for many years
Cons:
  • While the price of bamboo blankets is high, the benefits you get in the long term will override the initial cost.

12. Vellux

Vellux blankets are most often seen in hotels. They are mainly made from foam and nylon, but some are also made from pure polyester. These types of blankets are very durable and warm thanks to their layers of polyurethane foam insulated with soft nylon. These fibers create a strong and warm blanket that can be washed in the washing machine without shrinkage. You can use a vellux blanket on its own, or as an additional layer under a comforter.

Since vellux blankets are made from two layers of foam between nylon fibers, they can withstand wear and tear. In fact, vellux blankets are more likely to last for several years (as long as 30 years!) than many other man-made fabrics.

These blankets are hypoallergenic, which makes them a good choice for allergy sufferers. And thanks to the 9 different color varieties that range from light blue to dark red, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice.

Pros:
  • Extremely strong and durable man-made material that will last for years
  • A top choice for hotels and families with toddlers
  • Very soft, plush-like texture
  • Get even softer with each wash
  • 100% hypoallergenic
  • Highly comfortable material as a blanket
Cons:
  • Not great for people who sweat a lot
  • Foam isn’t breathable
  • Not environmentally friendly since vellux is a man-made material

 

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