Best Blankets

A lot of home goods manufacturers are producing their products overseas these days, including blankets. It is tough to find something high quality and American made! That’s why we set out to find the best blankets made in the USA. Below is our research and findings, along with all the factors we considered in our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we found 5 manufacturers that are truly making the best blankets of every variety in the USA: Faribault, Pendleton, Maine Woolens, American Blanket Company, and Bates Mill.

We selected blankets made from synthetic materials, organic cotton, and Merino wool. Synthetic materials are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a blanket that is durable and easy to clean. We recommend organic cotton if you have sensitive skin and want a hypoallergenic product. These blankets are breathable and ideal for the summertime. The wool blankets we selected are sold by Faribault Mill or Pendleton. These two brands use high-quality wool, and Faribault Mill works with Merino wool exclusively. We highly recommend these Merino wool blankets because it’s a type of wool that feels extremely soft thanks to its fine fibers.

Below are all of our recommendations split out by a few categories: wool, cotton, fleece, patterned, heavy blankets, and camping blankets.

Top Recommendations

Best Blankets Best for:
Faribault Mill Alpine Wool Blanket Wool
Pendleton Blankets Patterns
Maine Woolens Savannah Cotton Throw Blanket Cotton
Luster Loft Fleece Blankets from American Blanket Company Fleece
Bates Mill Basketweave Blanket Heavy Blanket
Faribault Mill Cabin Wool Blanket Camping

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Here is what you need to know about the six blankets we recommend.

Best Wool Blanket

Faribault Mill Alpine Wool Blanket

When we first tried the Alpine Wool Blanket from Faribault Mill, we fell in love. This blanket is so comfortable and warm! We like the soft and lightweight feel of these high-quality blankets and they come in a variety of styles and colors to choose from.

The Faribault Mill is located in Minnesota and is known for making high-quality blankets with Merino wool. Merino sheep have soft wool with fine fibers. The result is a wool that feels extremely soft. These blankets use virgin Merino wool, which means that the wool has never been processed or woven before.

There are three sizes to choose from, including twin, queen, and king. There are seven soft and neutral colors available that will blend in with your bedroom décor. You can also wash these blankets in the machine as long as you use a cold cycle. Overall, you really can’t go wrong with the Alpine Wool blanket, whether it’s just a throw on the sofa or in the bedroom.

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Things we like:

  • Soft Merino wool
  • Regulates temperatures
  • Three sizes available
  • Seven colors available

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Patterned Blankets

Pendleton Blankets

A patterned blanket is a fun way of adding some colors or theme to a room. Pendleton is a brand that stands out thanks to the impressive selection of patterns.

This brand offers wool and organic cotton blankets. The wool blankets are a better option for the winter or cold climates, while the cotton blankets feel more breathable. The dimensions available vary from one blanket to another.

We love this brand because you can find blankets with geometric designs, animal themes, Native American motifs, and other patterns. Some blankets also have fringes. It’s easy to find the perfect blanket to complement your décor!

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Things we like:

  • Huge selection of patterns
  • Colorful blankets
  • Different sizes available
  • Wool and organic cotton blankets
  • Machine washable

Things we don’t like:

  • Some designs only come in one size

 

Best Cotton Blanket

Maine Woolens Savannah Cotton Throw Blanket

This cotton blanket is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a throw that feels soft and breathable. One of the advantages of sleeping with a cotton blanket is that this material is hypoallergenic. It’s ideal for babies and adults with sensitive skin. This blanket will help regulate your temperature in the summer and is warm enough to use in the winter as well.

We like that Maine Woolens only uses cotton to make this blanket. The blanket features a striped pattern and has a textured finish that feels soft and comforting. It is also machine washable.

You can order a 50×60” throw or choose a 50×72” throw with fringes. The colors available include blue, red, gray, tan, and other soft hues.

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Things we like:

  • Cotton is the only material used
  • Blanket feels soft and breathable
  • Striped pattern
  • Textured finish

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited selection of sizes available

 

Best Fleece Blankets

Luster Loft Fleece Blankets from American Blanket Company

Made in Fall River, Massachusetts, the American Blanket Company offers incredibly soft fleece blankets in five vibrant colors. We like these blankets because fleece is the perfect material to insulate you from the cold air of a winter night. The soft and plush feel of that material is very comfortable and is ideal for kids.

Polyester fleece is easier to clean compared to wool, and you can wash these blankets in a washing machine. This synthetic material is durable, and the structure is designed to keep you warm.

You can choose from six different sizes, and American Blanket Company offers a lifetime warranty on these blankets.

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Things we like:

  • Blanket feels warm and soft
  • Six sizes to choose from
  • Synthetic material is durable
  • Easy to clean

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Heavy Blanket

Bates Mill Basketweave Blanket

Feeling the weight of a heavy blanket can be very comforting and help you get a good night’s sleep, and we couldn’t recommend the Bates Mill Basketweave blanket more. Bates Mill uses preshrunk cotton to create a soft blanket that feels heavier than other products and is super comfortable!

This blanket uses a tight woven pattern that retains heat. The tight criss-cross pattern of the blanket actually allows you to pack more material to increase the weight of the blanket. This blanket is an interesting compromise between a regular blanket and a weighted blanket. There is no weight added, but the tightly-woven cotton is heavy enough to feel comforting.

The tight weaving pattern prevents pet hair from getting stuck in the blanket too. It’s a real advantage if you have a pet who likes to cuddle in bed with you!

You can order a smaller throw size, or choose from a twin, queen, and king size. There are two colors to choose from, including white and an off-white color called antique.

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Things we like:

  • Blanket feels warm and reassuring
  • Four sizes to choose from
  • Preshrunk cotton is a soft and durable material
  • Pet-friendly option

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited selection of colors

 

Best Camping Blanket

Faribault Mill Cabin Wool Blanket

We tested out the Cabin Wool Blanket from Faribault Mill by the fire pit and loved how comfortable and warm it was, despite being lightweight. The Merino wool is super soft and it’s easy to pack with you while you’re camping.

Merino wool has fine fibers and feels softer than other fabrics. This soft wool results in a warm and comfortable blanket that insulates you from the cold or humid air. It’s a smart choice if you don’t have a lot of packing space since wool is warm and compact.

You can choose from three sizes, including twin, queen, and king. There are three striped color patterns available that create a rustic cabin look and will make your camping trip feel more authentic. You can throw this blanket in the washing machine when you get home, but make sure you use a cold cycle.

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Things we like:

  • Quality blanket that is warm and durable
  • Soft Merino wool
  • Insulates you from cold and humid air
  • Three original color patterns

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Recap: Best Blankets Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Materials

Not all materials are created equal. The quality of the materials you get is often reflected in the price of the blanket you purchase. Here are a few of the materials we considered:

  • Wool – Heavy and warm with good insulation. Some people are allergic to wool though, so know before you buy!
  • Cotton – Cotton is super durable and hypoallergenic. Check the weave of the blanket to see if it’s light enough to use in the summer, or more of a winter variety.
  • Fleece – Super cozy and wicks away moisture. Soft to the touch and great for kids.
  • Synthetics – These are materials like acrylic, microfiber, and polyester. They are warm, but often attract static electricity and attract dust. These are a more affordable option.

We compared different blankets to select products made with high-quality materials. We feel confident about recommending these six blankets because the materials are durable and will keep you warm.

Transparency

You should take the time to find out more about manufacturers and the materials they use. Choose a blanket made by a manufacturer that is transparent about the materials used and where these materials come from.

Transparency is especially important when shopping for a wool blanket. Information about the origin of the wool and type of wool used usually indicates that you’re getting a quality product.

Warmth and Breathability

The right blanket depends on the area where you live and how you will use the blanket. We recommend choosing a soft cotton blanket that is lightweight and breathable for warm weather. Cotton will do a great job of regulating your temperature while you sleep.

A wool blanket is a better choice if you want insulation from cold air or humidity. We recommend wool blankets for camping or the winter.

Synthetic materials are another option worth exploring. You can find synthetic blends that are both warm and breathable.

Value

We want to make sure you’re getting the best blanket for your money. After all, we’re consumers too! We took out 5 brands from consideration where we felt like the blanket quality didn’t live up to the price tag.