Think of cold winter nights, light snow falling outside, with the bright moon making the snow shimmer on the tree branch outside your window, and you can hear the wood crackling in the fireplace as you burrow deeper into your warm woolen blanket, and slowly drift off to sleep. Woolen blankets often remind us of such feelings of warmth and rest. And no wonder, since wool have always been used in the business of making blankets and keeping people warm since time immemorial. From centuries past, woolen blankets have cozily wrapped up human bodies and kept it warm through the slightest of cold nights, to the heaviest of blizzards.
Woolen blankets can also be used for a number of things, aside from having a warm blanket for cold nights. It can be used as an insulation layer under the sheets to have a warmer bed. It can also be used as a couch throw for warmer cuddles. Bigger sized wool blankets can also be used as insulation curtains to prevent cold drafts from getting in from the window, helping keep the room warm and toasty on cold winter nights. Older wool blankets can also be placed in the car for emergency purposes, as you can never know when you need one. Speaking of leaving one in the car, these blankets can be used as sleeping bags too, and while we’re at it, it can be rolled into one comfortable pillow or cushion. There are even patterns that can be found online that use these blankets as fabric for sewing projects like jackets and coats. There are also videos that show how to make a makeshift chair with a blanket and some durable sticks.
With its versatility and usefulness, the woolen blanket has become an indispensable part of our lives. In this article, let us pay homage to the top woolen blankets that we could find and see what makes these warm, fluffy blankets stand out.
Ever Ready First Aid & Medical Warm Wool Fire Retardant Blanket
Though this olive green blanket may not be pretty enough for your bedroom, it is thick and warm enough for roughing it out in the woods, plus its big size of 66 x 90 inches, it can allow for blanket-sharing by the campfire. It is fire retardant, and though not totally water resistant, it can still keep its insulating properties even if it is a bit wet. It is an 80% wool, 20% cotton blend with all sides stitched, and it weighs 3 pounds. It is very similar to Marine and Navy issued blankets. So, if you need a no frill utility blanket that does its job right, then this is the one for you.
Rothco Wool Blanket
For the outdoor-loving person, this blanket is just right! It is excellent for camping and trips and it can withstand the cold and is more waterproof due to its 70% wool 30% synthetic fiber blend. And since wool fiber is naturally fire retardant, this is even safe to bring by the campfire. It is warm enough to use outdoor but thin enough to pack up in a bag. It is 62 x 80 inches in size and weighs 3.2 pounds. It comes in gray, olive drab, and blue.
SE Warm Blanket
Like the other two, this utility blanket is meant for taking out into the wilderness. It has a simple, low-key appeal to it that will endear it to the hardiest of adventurers. It comes in three colors: green, gray, and black. It also available in different sizes and weight, namely: 51 x 80 inch 2-pound blanket, 60 x 80 inch 3-pound blanket, and 64 x 64 4-pound blanket. It is an 80% wool 20% polyester blend, making it more water resistant and machine washable. With such versatility, it is easy to see why this is one of the favorites.
Ektos Wool Blanket
The Ektos blanket is made with 90% wool and 10% synthetic fibers. It is 66 x 90 inches in size and weighs 4.4 pounds. It is loom-woven and all its edges are stitched to prevent fraying. Since it has a higher percentage of wool, it is more mildew, static, and fire resistant than other blankets. It is soft and can even be used in the house as a throw on the couch or as an extra blanket on the bed.
Pendleton Crater Lake National Park Blanket
This blanket is part of the Pendleton National Park Blanket Series, with the other blankets named after other famous national parks like Acadia, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Rainier, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Badlands. It is vibrantly colored, with navy blue as a base and striped on two edges with red, orange, yellow, forest green, light green, light blue, and white. From looks alone, this blanket is a stand out from the rest in this list. It is available in five different sizes: twin, full, queen, 80 x 90 inches, and 90x 90 inches; and made with 100% pure virgin wool. It is very soft and does not itch. There are no petroleum odors that come typically with wool blankets.
If you are looking for a blanket that can be used indoor and outdoor and still retain its charm, then this one is the pick. Pendleton is a brand known for the quality and durability of its products, and have been in the business of making iconic blankets for more than 150 years. Their woolen blankets are even used as heirlooms that are passed down to younger generations. The price might be way too much compared to the other blankets in the list, but it is beyond doubt that this one is worth every cent that you pay for it.
What to look for
There is a wide variety of woolen blankets to choose from, and this list does not even come close to uncovering it all. I can, however, give you some tips on what to look for when you are out to buy one for your own.
- Budget – How much have you allocated for your blanket? What kind of blanket do you wish to have with your budget in mind? Be realistic in this regard. There are many wool blankets in the market that are cheap, but most of it are not pure wool and are blended with synthetic fibers. The cheaper blankets also are less durable and are not tightly woven, meaning they are of lesser quality and can easily tear. The more expensive blankets are sometimes 100% more in price but are softer, more durable, and can last longer than your average wool blankets.You can also try looking at garage sales, as there are used blankets that can still be used and are pretty enough to be decorated around the house.
- Use – What are you going to use the blanket for? If you plan on having a blanket and use it around the house maybe as a throw or a bed blanket, you might not need to buy one that is as thick as the one you use outdoor. Also, you might prefer something that is softer and more colorful than drab olive to make it blend to your room interior design. However, if you are out looking for a blanket that can withstand the worst snowstorm and blizzard while out in the wilderness, then the tops pick would be a utility blanket, a military standard issue is an even better choice. These kinds of blankets are also useful for emergencies, so it is best to keep one in your car trunk.
- Size and thickness – As mentioned earlier, know first why you are buying a blanket and what will you use it for. Who will be using it? There is no need to buy a queen sized wool blanket if you are going to use it as crib lining for your baby or for your children’s beds. You cannot bring a flimsy blanket when you are out camping. A big, thick, army standard woolen blanket would be best for that—especially one that is sized big enough for two, so there is room enough to cuddle by the campfire.
- Appeal – Think of where you want to use your blanket, and picture yourself using it. For the outdoorsy type, the military blankets would be a great look for those nights out in the wilderness. If you just need one for your dog to lie on, you can get one of those old, used ones that are sold in garage sales. But if you want to have a more colorful blanket to snuggle into, then there are a lot of choices to choose from.
Buying a wool blanket needs a lot of thinking. Be sure to set a budget first before setting out to buy one, know why you are buying a blanket and what will you be using it for. Read around online and check out what size and how thick you want your blanket to be, and what composition of wool it should have. Most of all, decide how you want your blanket to look. Would it be the of the colorful variety or would you prefer a more subdued monochrome? Remember that wool blankets can last a long time, and with proper care, it can even be handed down to your children.