Best Wool Blankets 2018 - SleepingCulture.com

Best Wool Blankets

If you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, you know the weather doesn’t always corporate with your planned activities. But isn’t that the draw to enjoying the outdoors? You just never know what you’re going to get, and overcoming this is part of the attraction. When’s the last time you camped and it completely down poured during the middle of the night? This happens to the best of us, even if we only go camping once a year. You can never be over prepared when spending the night in nature. Equipping yourself with the best items, like a great wool blanket, can sometimes be the difference between life and death.

It isn’t just leisurely trips that could benefit from lifesaving products, but those in the military are usually required to have a wool blanket included in their pack. Wool blankets are known for having great qualities that can aid in emergency situations, but also are great blankets that will keep you extremely warm and are water repellant in wet climates.

Benefits of a Wool Blanket

There is a reason wool blankets can be used as emergency blankets, and are also great camping blankets. They have great qualities that not a lot of people are aware of!

  • Warmth: Wool is most widely known for its ability to provide warmth and regulate your individual body temperature, which most use to keep them warm during the winter. Wool is great at insulating, in order to keep warm air in, but it’s also great at doing the opposite when it’s warm outside.
  • Breathability: Surprisingly, good quality wool blankets provide warmth and breathability. Most synthetic fibers on the other hand, do not make breathable fabrics. As wool keeps you warm during the colder months, it can also use its breathability to keep you cool during the warmer months by letting air in and getting rid of other heat and moisture.
  • Water-resistant: Wool naturally repels water, making it a great fabric to use for outdoor blankets in wet climates, or emergency blankets in order to keep moisture out. This also makes it resistant to rot, mold, and mildew!
  • Fire-retardant: Wool is also naturally fire retardant, so it’s a great blanket to use by the campfire where other blankets could easily catch fire. This is also another great quality for an emergency blanket in case you need to extinguish a fire, you can cover it with a wool blanket.
  • Anti-allergenic: Wool does not keep static, so it does not attract dust and dirt. Those that are allergic or extremely sensitive to dust or house mites, may see benefits when switching their bedding to wool instead of a heavy duvet or comforter.

Care Instructions of a Wool Blanket

Since not many know about the benefits of wool, then it’s likely they don’t know about how to care for wool. When wool gets dirty, the dirt sits on the surface of the fiber, so it does not take much to clean it. However, when you do it’s important to know how to treat a wool blanket, as it’s not the same as other blankets.

  1. Brush your blanket. Regularly brushing your wool blankets with a soft-bristle brush will help to improve the structural strength of the blanket and will also make the surface of the blanket not so hard. Just brush down the long axis of the blanket.
  2. Immediately clean liquid stains from blanket. Wool is naturally water repellent but after soaking for a few minutes in its dense fabric, the stains will stay. After that, they are incredibly hard to remove. To clean stains, take warm water and mild detergent to soak the area you spilled and blot.
  3. Wash on cold water and with wool safe detergent. Since dirt sits on the top layer of wool, you simply can put your wool blanket in the washer with cold water and your wool safe detergent, allowing it to soak for 15 minutes in the detergent/water. Then put the washer on a gentle cycle, letting it run for about 2 minutes. Stop the cycle, and manually switch to a rinse cycle. That’s all!
  4. Air dry your blanket. On the reviews of most wool blankets, there are comments about the wool blanket falling apart in the dryer or continuing to shed. In order to avoid this it’s important to air dry your blanket while also washing your wool blanket properly. The dryer can crush the wool fibers and destroy the softness of them.

Olive Drab Green Wool Blanket

Whether you’re looking for just a wool blanket to use during the winter or an emergency blanket, this is a great option for the price. This blanket is 80% wool, making it great as a warm blanket during cold weather or to be used as a layering blanket during harsher conditions. Measuring 66 by 90 inches, this blanket is a perfect personal sized blanket! Weighing about 3.5 pounds, this wool blanket has a decent weight to it without feeling like an extremely heavy blanket. It is recommended to machine wash cold, and dry on low heat or air dry. Or, dry clean.  Plus, this wool blanket comes in a stylish military green color.

Pros:

  • 80% wool
  • Durable & all 4 sides are stitched
  • Machine washable
  • Affordable
  • Fire retardant

Cons:

  • Blanket sheds a lot during first wash
  • Some say thinner than expected

EKTOS 90% Wool Blanket

Do you take a lot of outdoor camping trips or own a cabin? This wool blanket is great to have around in case you need an extra layer. Made of 90% wool and 10% other synthetic fibers, it’s sure to keep you warm during outdoor activities or even as a car blanket. This wool blanket weighs 4.4 pounds, providing a substantial layer of weight and comfort. It measures 66 by 90 inches, making it a great multipurpose piece for bedding, a ground cover, extra insulation, or even as a bed roll. This blanket is fire retardant, which makes it great to use next to a campfire. The sides have overlocked edges to keep it durable and reduce any fraying on the edges. If you want to preserve the fabric, many recommend not machine drying, in order to prevent shedding.

Pros:

  • 90% wool
  • Overlocked edges
  • Substantial weight to it
  • Neutral grey color
  • Fire retardant
  • Large enough to cover 2 adults

Cons:

  • Sheds a lot after washing
  • May have a chemical smell

Stansport Heavy Weight Wool Blanket

If you’re looking for a basic wool blanket that’s budget friendly, this one will do the trick. Made of 55% wool blend, this still has a large composition of wool to keep the blanket heavy and warm for winter nights or outdoor treks. Weighing about 4 pounds, this wool blanket gives a nice layer of protection from the outdoor elements. With its woolen weave it’s naturally water repellent, so it’s great if you’re visiting a wet or cold climate. This also makes it great as an emergency blanket, as it measures 60 by 80 inches. It is recommended to dry clean only, to preserve the blanket and avoid extreme shedding.

Pros:

  • Water repellent
  • Available in 2 different colors
  • Extremely affordable!
  • Weighs 4 pounds
  • 55% wool blend

Cons:

  • Dry clean only
  • May smell at first

Arcturus Heavy Military Wool Blanket

Looking for a military quality wool blanket? This one definitely suits the bill. This Arcturus blanket is a thicker blanket, weighing over 4 pounds, and has 550 grams per square meter density. It’s comparable to the US Military Surplus blankets, in high quality composition and durability. This wool blanket is made of 80% wool and 20% synthetic blend, making it great as an emergency blanket or just to keep you warm. The wool makes it so even if wet, this blanket will still keep you warm.  This blanket is machine washable, and recommended to put it through a few washes and tumble dries in order to make it soft enough for home use. It measures 66 by 80 inches.

Pros:

  • Military grade quality
  • 80% wool blend
  • Available in 3 different colors!
  • Over 4 pounds
  • Stylish looking hem detailing
  • Not scratchy out of the box

Cons:

  • Not great quality stitching
  • Some say sheds a lot
  • A few say comes with chemical smell

Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Blanket

Now, if you’re looking for a luxurious wool blanket, look no further. This wool blanket is made of 100% wool, making it the highest priced out of all the wool blankets on this list. Made out of pure virgin wool, this blanket will leave you warm without sweating or feeling claustrophobic. This blanket provides warmth while also letting your skin breathe. If you’re looking to get rid of bedding that’s synthetic, this is a great alternative to a bulky duvet cover or if you find your comforter too heavy. This Pendleton wool blanket measures a large size of 90 by 96 inches which will fit a full-size bed comfortably. It’s also machine washable, but recommended to air dry.

Pros:

  • 100% wool blanket
  • Large blanket
  • Great alternative to synthetic bedding
  • Available in 9 other colors & 6 different sizes
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not machine dryable
  • Some say it’s a little scratchy

All in all, wool blankets are not like any other blanket. If you find a good quality wool blanket, then it should last you a very long time. Make sure you are taking proper care of your blanket by keeping it away from your dryer, even if the care instructions tell you it’s fine. Lastly, make sure wherever you’re buying your blanket from that they have a good return policy, just in case you aren’t satisfied with the product.

About Kelsey Woodbridge

Kelsey is a lover of anything comfy, especially her bed. In fact, you will most likely find her in her bed drafting a new article, watching New Girl, or just lounging in fuzzy socks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *