The Best Throw Blankets — The Guide 2018

No matter what time of year it is, a good throw blanket is always appreciated. Use them to cozy up on a chilly day, then keep them in the summer to add some color to your space. You’re also free to play around with texture — wool throws are great for a room that needs softening, while cotton throws add layers when you feel like your space is lacking in something. We’ve rounded up our top throws in five categories — wool, electric, fleece, cotton and faux fur — that are guaranteed to add warmth and style to any space.

Every week we bring new products into our “test lab” and have the whole office vote on their favorites, based on quality, appearance, and price. The winners become the Top Picks of our Annual Guides, which showcase the best products of the year.

Maxwell Ryan, our Founder & CEO, chooses his own Top Pick as well, and demonstrates his favorites in our Annual Guide videos and weekly Instagram story series. Come back every Thursday for a new Annual Guide and Maxwell’s Top Pick Instagram story!

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Our Top Pick

Throw blankets are hard to judge objectively, and everyone has their own favorite, but we did try out all these throws at the office and I was surprised to find that everyone gravitated to the one that was the LEAST showy; the one that simply crushed it for softness, homey color and “price be damned!” The Pettra throw is a beautiful, svelte throw that will dress up your bedroom or living room. It’s easygoing, making it perfect for wrapping around you as you sit and read or curl up on the sofa for a nap. It is more like an extension of your clothing than a traditional blanket!


WOOL

This cozy wool throw is perfect for snuggling up by the fire (or a couple of fir-scented candles — do what you need to do). Made by Pendleton in the US, it comes in five different colors (all with stripes) and is a wool/cotton blend.


The chunky knit blanket craze isn’t going anywhere, and we’re perfectly okay with it. Some of the best places to find these throws are Etsy shops like Colorways Gallery, which sells this gorgeous handmade throw in both white and gray.


ELECTRIC

If you need to warm up ASAP, check out this plush sherpa throw. It comes with six heat settings and 10-hour auto shut-off, so you’re guaranteed to stay nice and toasty as long as you want.


Our top pick in the electric category, this popular throw is used by several people in the office. It’s soft, inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors, and turns off automatically after three hours so you can sleep worry-free with it.


Spending a little extra money will get you this ultra plush throw that adjusts its temperature based on your environment, so you’ll get consistent warmth that suits your needs. It’s a bit larger than the average throw, so you’ll have every excuse to just stay in.


FLEECE

This plush sherpa throw from Bedsure is reversible, with a cozy flannel face that lets you enjoy both sides. Even though it looks heavy it’s actually fairly lightweight, and is perfect for indoor/outdoor living.


If there’s such a thing as too soft, this blanket might be it. You’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a cloud of cozy and will definitely be less inclined to leave your house. Be careful when washing this one — we recommend hand-washing to maintain the softness!


Speaking of soft throws, the Luster Loft Blanket is touted as being the “softest blanket made in America.” We have to agree — this throw is a luxury, with a silky smooth finish and weighted feel. Definitely worth the investment, or can be given as a thoughtful gift to your friend who lived the hygge lifestyle before it was in.


COTTON

What is it about cable knit that looks so good? This classic-looking throw elevates any furniture piece, whether it lays on the foot of your bed or drapes over a couch or chair. It’s also organic — Boll & Branch uses Fair Trade Certified cotton and eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes.


Our top pick in the cotton category, this soft and chunky throw from Serena & Lily is the perfect simple design for a decor throw. The bold stripe is timeless, and the lighter weight works for all seasons.


Another fabulous lightweight option, this throw from Coyuchi is suitable for any style and room. It comes pre-washed to give it a slightly worn look, and comes in four neutral hues. Even though it looks thin, it’s nowhere near skimpy.


FAUX FUR

Love the look of faux fur but not willing to shell out big bucks for it? Check out this inexpensive option from Bedsure — it looks shaggy but won’t shed, and has a smooth flannel underside that is just as cozy as the faux fur.


If shaggy isn’t your style, then the Fireside Throw from Anthropologie is for you. Made of ultra plush faux fur, this blanket looks and feels like a dream. It’s one of Anthropologie’s top-rated products — the reviews all agree that this is one of the best blankets out there.


Our favorite faux fur blanket, the Channel Throw is one of Restoration Hardware’s classic decor items. Crafted to look as close to the real thing as possible, this option is heavy, warm, and feels like something out of Game of Thrones.


Tips for Decorating with Throw Blankets

  1. Make it pop. Use a brightly colored throw that will complement the rest of the decor and tie the room together, or make it a statement piece that will spice up an otherwise neutral space.
  2. Go for warmth. Aside from creating physical warmth, throw blankets also cozy up a space by providing texture. If you have a bench or a chair that just doesn’t look inviting, try draping a throw over it — the difference is immediate.
  3. Revive old furniture. Love your older furniture but want to spruce it up? Throws are a quick fix to cover stains and tears, plus will make your antiques look more contemporary.

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