Although we are only midway through the fall, it’s easy to see that winter is just around the corner. Many parts of the country have already experienced significant snowfall and freezing weather, while others are noticing temperatures slowly dropping.
Despite the cold weather and snowfall – or maybe because of it – winter is the perfect time to get cozy and enjoy the indoors. One of the best ways to do this is with a nice warm, comfortable blanket or comforter. But not all blankets are created equal, so if you are looking to enhance your winter with a new one, look for some of these types to keep you toasty.
Wool is all-natural as it comes from sheep. Wool blankets have been around for a long time, and it’s no surprise that they still work wonders to keep you warm in the winter. They are heavy and soft but won’t make you sweaty thanks to their moisture-wicking and breathable properties. For a classic feel that won’t let you down, wool just may be the right choice for you.
Fleece is similar to wool, but it is made synthetically rather than from sheep’s material. It is hypoallergenic, so if wool makes you itchy or gives you rashes, it might be a better option. It is also a fair bit lighter and softer than wool while remaining breathable, so hot sleepers may prefer fleece to keep them cool and comfortable.
Cotton is another hypoallergenic material, but it is natural, unlike fleece. It is considerably lighter than fleece and wool but can still provide plenty of warmth thanks to the variety of thickness levels that are available. Another breathable fabric, cotton can surround you in warmth without making you overheat, so it makes blankets that can be used all year.
Polyester is a synthetic fiber material that provides a lot of warmth at a low cost. It is also incredibly sturdy and can hold up to even the toughest wash cycles, making it great for large families or those with pets. One downside is that it is not as breathable as natural fibers, but this could be a benefit for those who tend to get really cold.
Cashmere may be the ultimate luxury blanket for those looking to splurge. Cashmere is made from the soft fibers of goat’s wool, found in their undercoat. What makes cashmere so unique is that it is extremely warm despite being very lightweight – often even lighter than cotton. This means that it can fold down into a small package but will still open up to keep you warm on even the most frigid winter nights.
Acrylic is a man-made material that is often produced to emulate the properties of cashmere. While it doesn’t do so perfectly, it is still a viable alternative that can be found at a much lower price. What’s nice about acrylic is that it is machine washable and hypoallergenic, so you can enjoy a good acrylic blanket for years.