We all have our favourite blanket that we enjoy snuggling up in when the weather turns cold, but which fabric makes for the best blanket feel? We take a look at 5 different fabrics to see which comes out tops in the ultimate blanket battle.
The great thing about cotton is its remarkable versatility as a fabric. With the advent of synthetic materials such as polyester, cotton’s popularity as a blanket fabric came under threat – the polyester was cheaper and stronger than the cotton. Thankfully, the blanket gods found it in them to unite synthetic and natural and now the two live harmoniously. The synthetics give cotton blankets a bit of substance and durability and make them less prone to creasing. Cotton’s versatility and breathability make it the perfect complement to plush comforters, providing light warmth all night long. And if you’re allergy-prone, then cotton should be your go-to blanket fabric. We give cotton a thumbs-up with a 9/10 as a blanket fabric.
This is probably the most traditional of all the blanket fabrics. The fibre structure of wool traps air between it allowing for a fantastic combination of breathability and insulation. It’s a great insulator because its natural fibre draws water (sweat) away from the body, allowing it to evaporate quickly. Wool is heavy, but will moderate your temperature, no matter the weather. The fabric makes a blanket that is perfect for all seasons. For all these reasons, wool scores an impressive 8/10 as a blanket material.
This one’s for the environmentally-conscious among us. Most fleece blankets are made from PET, a resin that’s gleaned from recycled plastic bottles and used to make synthetic fibres. Fleece mimics many of the same qualities of wool. As a synthetic, it has a remarkably soft texture to it, is surprisingly warm, and ‘wicks’ moisture away from the body. Unlike wool though, it doesn’t carry with heaviness, making it the perfect picnic blanket material or throw over. Fleece scores a wintery 8/10.
Cashmere blankets get their name from the wool of domesticated Cashmere goats. The wool is extremely fine and yields an exceptionally soft, lightweight, downy fabric. Cashmere blankets generally require a little more care than other blankets and are going to be a little pricier, but the luxurious texture of the fabric can be worth it. Its affordability and upkeep do, however, affect its overall score, at a decent 7/10.
Silk blankets and silk blanket blends are especially sought-after pieces of baby bedding, because it’s just that soft. Silk is also used in small doses to both soften and strengthen other blanket fabrics without weighing them down. For this reason the material scores a decent 6/10 as a blanket material – unless you’re a baby, of course.