Updated — March 14th, 2019

The Best Warm Blankets for Winter

Ride out winter from underneath one of Australia’s best warm blankets. Our guide covers a range of blankets, from weighted to wool, that can be ordered online and delivered Australia-wide.
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Our buying guide

Sure, summer may have the sunshine, beach days and ice cream, but winter is pretty great too. It gives you the best excuse to stay inside, cuddle up, lose yourself in a Netflix marathon and drink your body weight in hot chocolate.

The best addition to that dream winter scenario? A warm, cuddly blanket.

We’ve pulled together Australia’s best warm blankets for winter. Here you’ll discover our top picks in a wide range of blankets, including weighted, wool and organic cotton. Even better, with a few clicks they’ll be winging their way to your door without you even stepping away from the sofa.

How we picked

We began by looking at a range of Australian retailers, ensuring that all the blankets were available online across Australia. We then considered key criteria, like a sensible price point, quality, size, and appearance. Finally, we gathered real customer reviews to understand how the blankets performed – the good, and not-so-good.

The blankets that were consistently well received, looked great and delivered that warm feeling we were after became our top picks.

You might notice in our section 'What to consider when buying a warm blanket for winter', we’ve got some expert input from Debbie Farrell, Bedding Buyer at Pillow Talk – one of Australia’s largest home linen specialists. Although we picked her brains to help you choose the best blanket, she didn’t influence, review or have any say in our top picks.

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Here are our top picks for the best blankets in Australia.

Editor’s choice: Calming Blanket

From $299 at Calmingblankets.com.au

Women laying in bed covered in calming weighted blanket

When it comes to a winter blanket, we reckon you want something warm, cosy and comforting. The Calming Blanket Weighted Blanket delivers this – and more. That ‘more’ is a better, more restful night’s sleep.

Calming Blanket is an Australian owned and operated company, dedicated to helping people have a great night’s sleep. Their Weighted Blanket provides deep pressure therapy, helping to relax you. A technique known to therapists for decades, the extra weight can activate your nervous system in a positive way. This allows you to calm down quicker, relax more easily, and sleep better.

The Weighted Blanket contains non-toxic, hypoallergenic glass beads to help with even weight distribution. The cover is Ultra Soft Minky Fabric, giving it a comfortable, luxurious feel but still machine washable. With an inner tie system, it helps the weight stay evenly distributed across your body and avoids bunching.

The Weighted Blanket comes in a variety of weights and sizes: choose the one that’s nearest to 10% of your body weight for best results. It’s available in kids, single and queen size. It also offers three modern, neutral colours and free shipping, Australia-wide.

Customers rave about how their sleep quality has improved – they’re getting deeper, more restful sleep. Because of its weight and Minky cover, it’s very warm, making it perfect for winter nights.

In our opinion, a blanket that can help you sleep better is a definite winner.

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Wool Blanket: Pillow Talk Annaliese 375gsm Wool Blanket

From $89.00 at Pillowtalk.com.au

A pile of multi-coloured wool blankets

An Australian-owned company, Pillow Talk is devoted to comfort and helping you find it. Their Annaliese 375gsm wool blanket is a great example of that. Made of Australian wool, it’s super soft and warm. Wool makes a great choice for a winter blanket: it’s naturally durable, breathable, flame retardant, sustainable and biodegradable.

It’s also beautiful to look at: a traditional check wool blanket in muted, calming pastels. It’s probably like the one your grandma used to have. Blanket-stitched edges give it a quality finish. It’s available in four sizes (cot, double, queen and king) and is dry clean only.

Customers love how warm, soft and beautiful it is – we reckon it’s the perfect natural winter blanket.

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Organic Cotton: West Elm Double Cloth Blanket

From $219 at Westelm.com.au

West Elm blanket draped across the end of a bed

Born in New York and with multiple stores across Australia, West Elm prides itself on over 90% of its products being exclusive and designed in-house. Its Double Cloth Blanket is made of 100% organic cotton, making it healthier for you and the environment. This is backed up by its certification to the Organic Content Standard (OCS).

The woven-look blanket is reversible, featuring blue-grey and cream colours with a contrasting border of 88% cotton and 12% linen. It’s available in double / queen and king size. It’s easy care too: you can machine wash it on a cold, gentle cycle; tumble dry low; and warm iron.

Throw it on your bed or snuggle under it on the sofa to get you through the colder winter months.

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Microfibre: Pillow Talk Luxe 520gsm Microfibre Blanket

From $59.00 at Pillowtalk.com.au

A pile of Luxe microfibre blankets

Pillow Talk is all about the comfort with their Luxe 520gsm Microfibre Blanket. Heavier than cotton, microfibre gives a soft feeling. At 520gsm, this blanket is thick and luxurious. Using premium materials, it’s soft and incredibly warm.

It’s available in four modern colours to suit a range of home décor and in three sizes: single, queen and king. It’s generously sized so you can tuck it under your mattress, helping to avoid that middle-of-the-night cold-feet feeling. It’s even machine washable.

Customers praise how ‘exceptionally warm’, soft, cosy and comfy this blanket is and how well it washes.

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Throw: Country Road Hous Throw

From $129 at Countryroad.com.au

Pink Country Road throw draped over the end of a bed

Founded in Australia, Country Road designs products for an authentically Australian way of life. Their Hous Throw is modern and simple. Made of 100% cotton in a lightweight and open weave, it’s available in a soft pink shade.

At 130cm x 170cm, it’s the perfect size for throwing onto the end of your bed or sofa.

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What to consider when buying a warm blanket

To help you choose the best warm winter blanket for you, we’ve enlisted the help of Debbie Farrell. As Bedding Buyer for Pillow Talk, she really knows her stuff. Here are her top tips:

1. Material choice

If you’re looking for a blanket to be your primary source of warmth, great choices include natural fibres such as wool or heavier microfibres like mink.

To make them feel warm, some people like their blanket to feel heavy but weight and warmth aren’t always connected. As a great all-rounder, a high GSM (grams per square metre – the weight of the fabric) cotton blanket is suitable for use in most of Australia, except for during the very depths of winter.

2. Natural fibre vs synthetic

If you want to add a blanket to an existing quilt, Debbie always recommends adding a nature fibre blanket if you have a natural fibre quilt. Adding a synthetic blanket to a quilt made of natural fibre will be extremely warm, and too much for most people.

3. Blanket placement

Always remember the blanket goes under the quilt. This goes back to Debbie’s previous point about adding a natural blanket to a natural quilt, rather than synthetic.

A natural quilt needs to be able to expel extra warmth whereas a synthetic blanket holds onto it. This makes the two fibres contradict each other and for an uncomfortable night’s sleep.

4. Changing seasons

Blankets aren’t just for winter. For the in-between months, they’re a fantastic lightweight option to pop on the bed.

By Sarah Idle
Last Updated — March 4th, 2019