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The 14 Best Throw Blankets for a Cozy Couch

Don’t throw away your chance at ultimate comfort.

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Unlike their larger comrades — the duvet, the comforter and the sleeping blanket — throw blankets are made to wrap around your body like a snuggly burrito, hang from your shoulders like a superhero, adorn a couch or add on top of comforters for an extra layer of warmth. They are the versatile hero of the blanket world, providing you mobile warmth around a chilly apartment, preventing soggy bottoms at picnics and acting as a protective barrier against shedding pets on your couch.

Not all throws are made equally, however. Here’s what you need to know before buying your next throw, along with blanket recommendations for every type of reason you might possibly want to get one (reminder: throw blankets make excellent gifts).

      Throw Blankets 101

      Check for Size

      Throws typically measure 60-by-70 inches. If you’re looking for more cozy real estate, or if you’re tall, you might want to go for a larger blanket.

      Pay Attention to Washing Instructions

      Throws and blankets are, in my experience of not paying attention to wash labels, the rare exception to my lazy ethos. Not following the washing instructions can lead to a crusty-looking, de-plushed blanket. I tend to go light on the detergent and nix the fabric softener while following the instructions.

      Note the Fuzz Factor

      Read the comments to see if the throw has a tendency to shed, which equals more fuzzies lingering in your home and on your person. No one wants to get distracted by a rogue fluff.

      Know the Throw’s Intended Function

      Is this a throw for decoration? For comfort? Knowing the throw’s use can help you determine what kind of blanket to get. You can get away with something thinner for decoration but might want to go for something thicker if you’re using the throw to keep you warm during the colder months.

      Find the GSM

      GSM, or grams per square meter, indicates the throw’s thickness. The higher the GSM, the thicker the blanket. This is important if you are typically on the warm side, temperature-wise: too thick of a blanket could leave you sweating. But, if you run cold, too thin of a blanket will leave you shivering.

      The Best Throw Blankets to Buy

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      Best Overall Throw Blanket
      Chanasya Super Soft Fuzzy Faux Fur Throw Blanket
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      Best Splurge Throw Blanket
      Area Home Liam Alpaca Throw Blanket
      Best Budget Throw Blanket
      Mainstays Extra Plush Lightweight Sherpa Throw Blanket
      Best Wool Throw Blanket
      Casper Pinstripe Plaid Throw
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      Best Throw Blanket for Children
      The Big One Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw
      Best Flannel Throw Blanket
      L.L.Bean Flannel Sherpa Throw
      Best Handwoven Throw Blanket
      The Citizenry La Calle Alpaca Throw
      a cat sleeping on a throw blanket
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      Best Throw Blanket With the Most Color Options
      Bedsure Fleece Throw Blanket
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      Best Weighted Throw Blanket
      Brooklinen Weighted Throw Blanket
      Best Celeb-Approved Throw Blanket
      Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw Blanket
      Best Wearable Throw Blanket
      Brookstone Nap Wearable Throw
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      Best Heated Throw Blanket
      Woolrich Tasha Mink to Berber Heated Throw
      Best Cashmere Throw Blanket
      Quince Cable Knit Cashmere Throw
      Best Oversized Throw Blanket
      Parachute Cloud Linen Gauze Throw
      Amanda Reed is Gear Patrol’s cannabis lifestyle writer.
      Johnny Brayson is Gear Patrol's associate home editor.
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