The Best Editor-Tested Throw Blankets

updated Dec 15, 2023
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Despite the name, throw blankets are not something to just toss in your shopping cart without careful consideration. They can be pricey, sometimes even investment-worthy, based on what they’re made from, how and where they’re made, and who made them. Unlike most bedding, throws come in more textures, designs, weights, and material blends than even we can’t keep up with. However, once you know what you like, it makes it a hundred times easier to shop around. Finding the “perfect” throw might take a little trial and error, but thanks to the many blankets AT staffers have owned and tested over the past year, at least some of the hard work has already been done for you.

If you’re like us and care about all the little details that make a well-designed home, read on. If you’re on a fast hunt for the best throw blanket out there and hoping for a source you can just trust without the fuss, you’ve also come to the right place. Below, you’ll find the best throw blankets for decorating, cuddling, picnicking, and so much more.

The Best Throw Blankets

What to Consider When Buying a Throw

Material has everything to do with a blanket’s texture, quality, and appearance. Natural materials are reflections of the environments in which they’re produced. The production of synthetics, however, has come so impressively far that a few can even beat their wool, cashmere, and fur counterparts in weight, feel, look, and performance. Before settling on a throw’s material, though, think about where you’d want it to go, if there’s a color or design scheme you have in mind, and what size it should be. Does a lack of storage space mean your Netflix blanket also has to look good? Does a surplus of space call for the added coziness of a few intentionally placed throws? We’ve broken down the biggest things to consider when shopping for a throw blanket so you get what you expect the first time and don’t overspend on replacements.


While attractive synthetic blankets do exist, they’re few and far between — and many tend to sacrifice softness or durability to achieve it. While this isn’t the case for all polyester, nylon, or other synthetic-blend blankets, it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re on the hunt for a throw that is cozy, worth displaying, and can stand the test of time. Blends of cotton, wool, cashmere, and even polyester or nylon have developed over the years and, somewhat surprisingly, yield some of the softest and most durable blankets we’ve ever tested.

If you’d rather opt for a throw that’s all-natural, how do you know which wool is best? Is cashmere really always the softest option? We’ve broken down the different types of natural materials you’ll see on blanket labels to give you a better idea.

Wool: Sheep’s wool is usually what can be expected when a label simply reads “wool.” Its fibers are more porous than alpaca, and are filled with pockets of air rather than being hollow, yielding wool that’s thicker and usually heavier than alpaca but just as soft (if the quality is high). It’s great for cold weather or, in the case of finer knits, year-round use.

Alpaca: Alpaca hairs are hollow, unlike other wool fibers, giving them even strength throughout each strand. It yields a tighter, finer knit and a lighter weight than other wool fibers. It’s hypoallergenic, water resistant, and self-extinguishing if it catches fire. Alpaca is excellent for warmer weather but also suitable for year-round use.

Merino: Named for the pelt of the merino sheep from which it is sourced, merino wool has a unique ability to absorb and eliminate odor-causing bacteria, even more than other wools, making it a great textile option for households in warm or humid climates, prone to drafts, or with furry family members.

Cashmere: Produced from the hair of goats in Mongolia, Iran, and South American countries (to name a few), cashmere is known as a fiber that yields some of the finest and softest knits in the world and still works when blended with cotton or wool.

Pro tip: As it turns out, that “pokey” feeling often associated with wool blankets and garments is directly tied to the diameter of the hair fibers that make up the wool. The wider the diameter (or thicker the hairs), the more uncomfortable a wool will be, especially over time. Different animals produce hairs with different thicknesses, which is why certain wools create some of the coziest textiles in the world while others with nearly the same name make up the itchy wool sweaters of yesteryear.


It’s important to keep in mind that untreated natural fiber textiles like cashmere and wool will shrink, mat, or otherwise distort if not washed and dried properly. The best practice is to follow the brand’s specific instructions, but when in doubt, get your blanket dry cleaned or, in a pinch, hand wash in cold water with mild, natural detergent and air dry. Synthetics are usually machine washable, but check care instructions before purchasing to make sure your lifestyle aligns with the throw blanket’s washing needs.


There are a few material and textile certifications we mention that are worth looking out for when shopping for anything from mattresses to bedding and other textile decor like napkins and even table runners.


A throw blanket is usually 50″ x 60″, since its purpose is not as a bedding staple but more as a decorative addition to a room, even if you choose to drape it along your bed or cozy up with it from time to time. Because this is often the case, especially for those who work or learn from home, brands have been releasing longer, wider, or generally larger throws. While they still may not make the Queen-sized cut, larger throws are ideal if wrapping up in one is as important to you as displaying it. Keep in mind where you think you may drape (and store!) your throw — even a few extra inches of blanket can end up being simply too much for a space.


Throw blankets made from more natural materials like wool, cashmere, cotton, and hemp, among others, tend to have a higher price than those made from synthetics. As expected, cashmere blankets can cost a pretty penny, but may also be more than worth it if they’re intelligently crafted and well taken care of. Opting for a cashmere blend — perhaps with cotton or wool — can be less expensive and still provide the supple softness you’re seeking. Sometimes a little goes a long way.

What about that wool or cashmere blanket that’s a few hundred dollars, even thousands? First of all, there’s a market for everything. Second, the environment in which the animals are raised and live, including the nutrition it offers, determines the strength and thickness of each natural fiber. Remember how a fiber’s diameter determines its softness? Where your wool comes from matters a lot, not only from the standpoint of environmental awareness but also because it can literally determine the feel, warmth, durability, and even design of your wool or cashmere blanket.

What We Look For in a Throw Blanket

We tested a range of throw blankets, from wool to linen and heated to weighted, judging them on the following criteria:

  • Quality: What is it made of? Where is the material produced and in what environment? Does it shed or pill?
  • Look: Is it inviting? Is it big or small? Does it drape, fold, or otherwise display well?
  • Feel: Is it soft? Is it thin or on the thicker side? Is it heavy or lightweight? Is it heated?

The Best Throw Blankets

When it comes to high-quality and luxurious home goods, AT editors can’t get enough of Luxome. The brand has designed some of our favorite bed sheets and bath towels, and now it’s made a mark with the Ultra Plush Throw. Made with a soft and cooling blend of polyester and viscose from bamboo, this fuzzy blanket has a plush ribbed knit that gives it an overall ultra-cozy feel and appearance. It’s available in nine calming hues, ranging from a bright white to cool midnight blue, and can be purchased in a snuggly 50-inch x 70-inch size or a shareable 75-inch x 100-inch.

“I’ve never loved a throw blanket as much as I love this Luxome one, and I’ve tested a lot of throw blankets over the years,” says commerce SEO editor Sarah. “It’s quite literally the softest throw I’ve ever had that somehow doesn’t lose any of that softness after a wash. It’s also the perfect size for truly wrapping up in and is perfect for year-round use, whether it’s as a bed blanket in the winter or as the occasional wrap on slightly chilly days (as well as summer ones when I accidentally put the air conditioner too low). If you’re looking for the Rolls Royce of blankets, you’ve found it — and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on every chic color.”


  • 78% polyester, 22% viscose from bamboo
  • Available in 9 colors and 2 sizes
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; lay flat to dry or tumble dry on lowest setting

Who It’s Best For: Those who prefer a soft and plush throw; those who want a plush throw blanket that’s not chunky.

Good to Know: While air drying this throw is recommended, if you must use a dryer, do not use dryer sheets as they will diminish the quality of the blanket.

Best Budget-Friendly: Bedsure Fleece Throw Blanket

For a bed blanket that’s warm, soft, easy to care for, and super affordable, allow us to introduce the Bedsure Fleece Blanket. “Trust me when I say that the phrase ‘You get what you pay for’ doesn’t apply to Bedsure’s Fleece Blanket,” says Best List editor Britt, whose entire family, from Louisiana to California, owns and adores this Amazon find. And they’re not the only ones; this baby has nearly 125,000 five-star reviews. Although the cozy microfleece blanket is lightweight, it’s warm enough for tons of users (including Britt) to use all year round. And it’s available in a whopping 29 colors!

Bedsure’s buttery-soft blanket comes in seven sizes, including standard bed sizes, a kids’ size, and an oversized throw that’s perfect for sharing. “I’ve used it as an additional bedding layer on chilly nights, and even draped it over a section of the couch to prevent my dog’s hair from getting all over the furniture,” Britt says. Don’t worry, it’s machine washable, so the hair-covered blanket was as good as new on laundry day.

Read our full review of the Bedsure Fleece Throw Blanket.


  • 100% polyester fleece
  • 300 GSM
  • Available in 29 colors and 7 sizes
  • Made in Green by OEKO-TEX certified
  • Machine washable

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a good quality throw blanket that’s under $15; those who want a throw with lots of color options.

Good to Know: Though you might see some slight shedding at first, that effect goes away after a few washes.

Some throw blankets are worth the splurge, and the Faux Fur Ruched Throw from Pottery Barn is one of them. According to senior commerce editor Alicia, the throw’s “faux fur” blend of acrylic, polyester, and spandex feels almost deceivingly real. Combined with the weight of the blanket, “it feels like there is a small animal keeping me warm on my couch,” she confesses. “I have never been cozier in my life — and it doesn’t hurt that it looks great on my couch.”

The two-sided Faux Fur Ruched Throw is ultra-plush, reversible, and has a velvet binding to pull together its luxuriously cozy appearance. It’s available in both solid and ombre color options as well as two sizes, in case you want one all to yourself or one to share. “More than a year later, this is still our go-to winter throw blanket,” Alicia says. “Whether we need an extra layer on the bed or just want to be cozy on the couch, this is always what we grab. It’s by far the best throw blanket I’ve owned (and I have several in my small apartment right now!)”

Read our full review of the Pottery Barn Faux Fur Ruched Throw.


  • 85% acrylic, 13% polyester, and 2% spandex weave
  • 100% polyester back
  • 750 GSM
  • Reversible
  • Available in 10 colors and 2 sizes
  • Dry clean recommended
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100-certified

Who It’s Best For: Those who love the look of luxuriously soft throws; those who prefer faux fur blankets; those who want a throw blanket with matching pillows.

Good to Know: If you must wash this throw at home, machine wash cold on gentle cycle and line dry.

Who couldn’t use a little extra comfort this time of year? Pure Enrichment’s  2-in-1 WeightedWarmth Blanket provides just that. Made of a soft combination of micromink and sherpa, this 13-pound weighted and heated throw is conveniently reversible. Adding to its versatility is the fact that its heat element is also optional, because the controller can be detached at will. However, if you want the added temperature, there are four settings in total that allow the throw blanket to reach up to 105 degrees. For safety, a built-in timer even automatically shuts off the heater after two hours of consistent use. Lastly, the glass beads that add pounds to the blanket are sewn in strategically to provide an even distribution of weight throughout.

“After trying out each of the settings, I found that medium heat was my sweet spot,” says Britt. “I turn my A/C low at night to cool the apartment down before I go to sleep, and nearly dozed off on my sofa from how soothing the blanket felt!” She adds, “Without the heat, this weighted throw is so comfortable. Though the material seems like it would only be suitable for fall and winter, it’s not unbearably warm, making it just as cozy in the summer and spring.”

Read our full review of the Pure Enrichment WeightedWarmth 2-in-1 Heated Weighted Blanket.


  • Micromink and sherpa; glass bead fill
  • 13.3 pounds
  • Reversible
  • Features 4 heat settings and auto shut-off
  • Includes detachable controller and storage bag
  • Spot clean with a mix of mild detergent and water
  • 5-year warranty

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a heated blanket or a weighted blanket that’s good for the cold month

Good to Know: The temperature of this blanket ranges from 90-105 degrees.

As one of Brooklinen’s newer blankets, the airy and woven Lightweight Textured Throw is another home run for the editor-favorite home brand. It’s made from 100% long-staple cotton, which helps give it a soft and smooth appearance, and it has a stylish texture that sets it apart from the bunch. The throw is available in delicately rich tones of Sand, Dried Rose, and Basil, which make it just as decorative as it is useful.

This Brooklinen throw is my idea of a perfect blanket. It’s lightweight without feeling near threadbare, the texture gives it a subtle pattern that keeps it from looking too plain, and it feels great to wrap it around yourself,” Britt says. “The blanket also has a surprising weight to it while maintaining comfort and breathability, and you can tell how durable it is as soon as you put your hands on it. I’ve lent the blanket to family a few times but made sure it always came back to me!”


  • 100% cotton
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Dry clean recommended
  • OEKO-TEX-certified

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a throw blanket that doubles as decor; those who want a lightweight blanket that doesn’t feel paper thin.

Good to Know: While this throw is considered lightweight, it’s good to use all year round.

*Honorable Mention: Muslin Comfort’s 365 Throw is the smaller alternative to the Best List-winning 365 Blanket. “It’s a fantastic pick if you’re looking for a lightweight throw,” Britt says. “It comes in a huge range of colors, but good luck getting your hands on one since many shades tend to sell out quickly. Still, it’s not impossible! I loved this throw so much, I ended up gifting one to my cousin for Christmas one year.”

In case you missed it, the knitwear pros at Verloop have a line of home goods that instantly elevates your space in dynamic color. Plants have been upgraded with the brand’s colorful planter sleeves and one of Verloop’s mini rugs provided colorblock flair to one staffer’s kitchen. Throw blankets were naturally what the team at AT had to try out next. The Chunky Checkerboard Knit Throw is one of 10 blanket designs from Verloop, and it alone has three color options. Oh, and it’s reversible. The 50-inch x 60-inch throw is made with soft acrylic fabric that’s machine washable and low maintenance.

“Visually, it’s absolutely stunning. The woven texture is so interesting up close and from a distance, and it really elevates the checkerboard print,” says commerce editorial assistant Morgan. “It’s also so versatile with its weight — I’ve been using it as a bed blanket on top of my comforter and it’s surprisingly warm, but I definitely see myself using it during the summer, too.”


  • 100% soft acrylic
  • Reversible
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; then lay flat to dry

Who It’s Best For: Those who love colorful throws; those looking for a breathable knit throw.

Good to Know: If you love to coordinate, matching 18″ Chunky Checkerboard throw pillow covers are also available.

Nuzzie’s Knit Weighted Blanket has gone through some changes since its first editor test at AT, but its ultra-soft and breathable open-knit design has remained the same. This chunky weighted blanket works well as a throw and a bed covering to make you feel cozier than ever. The Nuzzie blanket is covered in smooth jersey fabric and filled with recycled materials made from plastic bottles, making it hypoallergenic both inside and out. An added bonus is that because this blanket isn’t filled with beads, the weight stays evenly distributed no matter how often you tote it around throughout the day. The blanket is available in nine colors, including a vivid marigold.

“While the color was the head-turner, the feel of the Nuzzie Knit Weighted Blanket is why I’m keeping it around,” says Britt. “Its fabric is as soft as a T-shirt! Not just any T-shirt, but the one you’ve had for years and refuse to get rid of until it falls apart because it’s achieved just the right level of softness. The border of the blanket has a slightly larger weave than the middle, making it ultra-comfortable and easy to maneuver. I spent hours under it while I binged Squid Game on Netflix and never got too warm.”

Read our full review of the Nuzzie Knit Weighted Blanket.


  • Jersey knit; 100% recycled fill
  • Reversible
  • Available in 9 colors and 4 sizes
  • Spot clean or dry clean

Who It’s Best For: Those who love the look of a chunky knit blanket

Good to Know: While this weighted blanket is machine washable, it’s not recommended, as friction from the washing machine can cause pilling.

If there’s one thing AT editors love, it’s a prize find on Amazon. The Cozy Bliss Faux Fur Throw is one of them. For starters, it’s a less expensive option for a well-made faux fur throw. To make it even better, this blanket can be used year-round without a care. It’s soft, fluffy, beautiful, and incredibly giftable if for no reason other than the fact that it comes in 11 colors. “This has been the best blanket to keep cozy with as the seasons changed,” says social media manager Sam. “It’s not only comfy but it also looks great on a bed.”

The Cozy Bliss throw has a faux fur top and a smooth and plush underside that makes it snuggly all over. It also adds a sophisticated touch to your living space, no matter where you drape it. Most of the colors are available in the throw blanket variation; however, if you want one that’s large enough to share, it also comes in Twin and Queen sizes.


  • Polyester
  • 350 GSM
  • Available in 11 colors and 3 sizes
  • Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; tumble dry with no heat
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100-certified

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a plush throw with many options; those looking for a faux fur throw under $100.

Good to Know: It’s recommended that you wash this blanket before the first use.