You can never go wrong with a nice night in, especially when you could use some time to unwind and recharge. And whether you curl up with a book on the couch or opt for a movie marathon, there's one thing you're guaranteed to need: a cozy throw blanket.
Nowadays, the options are endless and shopping for the throw that works best for you can be overwhelming. To avoid the headache and skip to the cozy part, we rounded up a range of throws across a range characteristics that are hands down worth adding to your home. Whether you’re looking for something lightweight, plush, or somewhere in between, we’ve certainly got you covered.
Here, the best throw blankets you should add to your collection ASAP.
Best Overall: Boll & Branch Sweater Knit Throw Blanket
Dimensions: 50 x 70 inches | Material: Organic cotton | Care: Machine wash cold, gentle cycle
What’s better than a throw blanket that feels like your favorite sweater? Boll & Branch's Sweater Knit Throw Blanket checks all the boxes: It’s soft as can be, made completely from GOTS-certified organic cotton, and packs a lot of style.
Plus, it comes in four earthy colors, all in a nice neutral palette. Designer Mary Patton suggests going with one of the neutral colors: “It can add balance, and going with a lighter tone will bring an extra layer of softness into your space,” she says. At the same time, the dark green hue makes a solid seasonal buy. “Green will add a pop of color that you can switch out depending on what time of year it is,” says Patton.
Best Budget: H&M Throw with Fringe
Dimensions: 51 x 67 inches | Material: Polyester | Care: Machine wash cold, line dry
It's not easy to find a cute throw blanket for under $30, but this H&M find checks all the boxes. Made from soft recycled polyester and complete with a stylish fringe trim, this blanket is perfect for wrapping around your shoulders while you work from home or displaying at the foot of your bed. It's available in two muted colors (dusty rose and yellow), and has a good weight for year-round use.
Best Splurge: The Citizenry Alto Alpaca Throw
Dimensions: 50 x 70 inches | Material: Baby alpaca wool | Care: Dry clean only
Alpaca wool is one of the most luxurious materials out there, and The Citizenry's Alto Alpaca Throw is proof. Handwoven by master artisans in a Fair Trade facility in Peru, this blanket is a high-quality piece you won't regret splurging on. It has a subtle herringbone pattern and is complete with eyelash fringe, so it's definitely a throw you'll want to show off on your sofa or bed. It also makes for a great gift, especially for a housewarming or wedding.
Best Lightweight: Cozy Earth Bamboo Throw Blanket
Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Viscose bamboo | Care: Machine wash cold and dry
Bamboo is apparently the secret ingredient to a lightweight blanket, and Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Throw Blanket is proof. It provides a light layer for those chilly nights and won't cause overheating, since bamboo is a temperature-regulating fabric that feels cool yet cozy.
It's also naturally hypoallergenic, plus it's durable and easily machine-washable. It’s definitely more expensive than other options, but it's a worthwhile investment that’ll last for many years.
Best Faux Fur: Frontgate Luxury Faux Fur Throw
Dimensions: 50 x 70 inches or 68 x 88 inches | Material: Acrylic, modacrylic, polyester | Care: Machine wash cold, dry clean recommended
A hidden gem in the world of cozy is Frontgate's Faux Fur Throw, which is amazing to snuggle up with and adds a luxe vibe to your room, all without harming any animals. This luxe blanket looks and feels like the real thing, but it's actually made entirely of acrylic and polyester. Moreover, the interior is lined with soft velvet polyester that makes it even more enticing. One side is for pure aesthetics while the other is made for cuddling up with. It also comes in two sizes and five colors, so you're sure to find the right one for your space.
Best Plush: L.L. Bean Wicked Plush Throw
Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches or 60 x 80 inches | Material: Polyester | Care: Machine wash, dry on no-heat setting
As stated in the name, this L.L. Bean throw is indeed wickedly plush. If that doesn’t make it a winner in this category, we don’t know what will. As expected, this best-selling blanket is irresistibly soft and comes in a variety of colors, so take your pick.
To make it even better, the throw comes in both large and extra large sizes, so you're guaranteed to be cozy whether you use it on the sofa or in bed. Plus, clean-up couldn’t be easier—just pop it into the wash and call it a day. It's also one of the more budget-friendly options, so you can add it to your cart and grab a couple more for your family and friends.
Best Chunky: Anthropologie Chunky Knit Wool Throw Blanket
Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches | Material: Wool | Care: Dry clean only
On the hunt for an extra homey blanket? Look no further than Anthropologie's Chunky Knit Wool Blanket. Unlike other blankets that are more neutral, this one is a maximalist's dream come true. If you want a dramatic piece that’s sure to make an impact, this is it, especially with the vibrant colors available. It's made entirely from cozy wool and has a chunky knit construction, so it's both extra cozy and perfect for adding a decorative touch to your space. Choose between four bright and gorgeous colors, including a hot pink ombré and cool teal.
Best Cotton: Jungalow Sol Natural Dyed Throw Blanket by Like A Lion
Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches | Material: Cotton | Care: Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, tumble dry low heat
Jungalow is a great place to find colorful and patterned throws, and the brand's Sol Throw Blanket from their Like a Lion line is one of the best. Available in four earthy colors (clay, sand, marigold, and rust), it's made with 100 percent cotton and finished with chunky tassels for a fun and playful look. No matter which one you choose, you'll get a lightweight throw that's perfect for draping over the foot of your bed for a pop of color.
Best Linen: Parachute Cloud Linen Gauze Throw
Dimensions: 60 x 80 inches | Material: Linen/cotton blend | Care: Machine wash
According to Parachute, you can compare the Cloud Linen Gauze Throw to cuddling up with a cloud. Yup, it’s exactly as you imagined, with a feel that's extra soft, fluffy, and lightweight. What more could you ask for? It’s machine washable as well and has sleek edges that’ll remain intact through constant use. And unlike the other throws out there, this one won’t overwhelm your living area or take up too much space. It's available in three neutral colors, including a gorgeous terracotta, and is easy to fold up on the arm of your sofa.
Best Wool: Brooklinen Pure Wool Throw Blanket
Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Pure lambswool | Care: Dry clean only
Don’t hesitate to treat yourself to the Brooklinen Pure Wool Throw Blanket. This is an extravagant blanket made from soft lambswool that's handmade in a 100-year-old family mill in Germany. It’s basically like having it custom-made for you. Having this extra cozy blanket on your couch will make you never want to leave—and that’s how you can tell it’s the best of the best. It comes in two colors and is dry clean only.
If all else fails, lean into the coziness of sweater weather with the Boll & Branch Sweater Knit Throw Blanket (view at Boll & Branch). It looks great over a chair or your shoulders, and is made from 100 percent organic cotton. For something more budget-friendly, go for the H&M Throw with Fringe (view at H&M), which comes in two muted colors and has a stylish fringed finish.
What to Look for in a Throw Blanket
Throw blankets come in a range of materials, all of which come with their own pros and cons. Polyester blankets are typically the most budget-friendly and easy to care for, but they're known for trapping heat so aren't the best if you're looking for a bed blanket. Cotton blankets are breathable and typically have a lighter weight, making them ideal for year-round use, while wool blankets tend to be the warmest and heaviest options on the market.
The average throw blanket is usually sized at around 50 x 60 inches, which is a good size for wrapping around your shoulders or draping over your lap. There are larger sizes available if you're looking for a blanket that you can comfortably lay under without curling up in a ball, or if you want something that can be spread out over your bed as an extra layer. Be sure to consider how you plan on storing your blanket if you choose a bigger size, especially if you intend to place it in a cabinet or in a storage box once the warmer weather hits.
If easy care is a top priority for you, be sure to pick a blanket that's machine-washable. Polyester blankets are a good bet for easy cleaning, while cotton and wool have a higher chance of being dry-clean only. Plus, even if your blanket is machine-washable, you might have to take it to a laundromat if it's too big for your washer. Check the individual care instructions on your blanket, and act accordingly.
How big should a throw blanket be?
When it comes to throws, bigger is better. “The average throw blanket is 50 x 60 inches, which works for one person,” says interior designer and HomeGoods Style Expert Beth Diana Smith. “But if you really want a more luxurious feeling, I’d recommend looking for something bigger. I recommend 60 x 80 inch throws because it’s the perfect size for a Queen bed or anyone who’s a bit taller, and it definitely works for two.”
How often should you wash your throw blanket?
There’s no clear answer for how often you should throw your blanket into the wash, but the short suggestion is that it's simply based on your lifestyle. “The frequency at which you should wash a throw blanket is entirely dependent on use,” says Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts' Product Design Director Dennis Chan. “As many are made from delicate fibers, spot cleaning or dry cleaning is best when you feel a refresh is needed or to remove stains.”
What are the best places to buy throw blankets?
Quality, affordability, and convenience are the main considerations when shopping for a throw blanket. If you're looking for budget-friendly blankets, you'll have plenty of options when you shop at big box retailers and department stores. If you're more focused on quality materials and unique designs, check out local small businesses and hotel brands. Other great options include bedding and mattress brands, which typically carry decorative textiles as well as their usual sheet sets and mattresses.
Why Trust MyDomaine?
This article was written by Isis Briones, a freelance writer who covers design and travel. For this roundup, Isis consulted a variety of design experts and considered factors like style, quality, size, and materials to narrow down the number of throw blankets on this list.
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