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Cotton Blanket vs. Wool Blanket vs. Fleece Blanket: What makes the best blanket?

Cotton Blanket vs. Wool Blanket vs. Fleece Blanket: What makes the best blanket?

What makes the best blanket - cotton, wool, or fleece?

Women in bed smiling, wrapped in Desert Blush Heritage Blanket from Authenticity50


Not every blanket is as cozy as the next but why is that? You may have tried a variety of throws or bedspreads that don’t have the weight, softness, or warmth that you’re looking for. While we started working on our own custom blanket we examined different materials, constructions and weights and spoke with expert manufacturers who had been weaving blankets for generations - including those in Maine, Oregon and Minnesota. We'll share what we learned from our journey in the post below.

When choosing a blanket, there are three popular options - cotton blankets, wool blankets, or fleece blankets. We found that one option stands out among the rest as a great, year-round blanket.

Dog laying on a couch with Blue Cotton Blanket from Authenticity50

Blankets are a nice way to accessorize a bedroom or living room, and they can also provide a sense of comfort and much needed coziness after a long day. When you’re shopping for a blanket online, there are endless options. How can you decide what blanket will work best for you? We found that medium-weight cotton blankets have the best balance of softness and breathability while still keeping you warm - while being easy to clean. Here’s how these blankets stack up.

#1 Cotton blankets

We found that cotton is the best material for blankets because it stays soft with lots of use and washing, keeps you cozy and warm on a cold day, and is perfectly breathable for use in the summer. We also love how easy they are to care for - because of their durability, cotton blankets can be washed in the washing machine on cool or warm, and dried at a low heat. 

The durability and softness of cotton inspired us to design our own woven cotton blanket - The Heritage Blanket. Featuring an updated herringbone style, these blankets are woven in Maine, and made with 100% American grown cotton.  

Authenticity50 label sewn into Desert Blush Heritage Blanket

"This blanket is beautiful - simple, easy to use and care for, and great in any season. But it's more than just beautiful - it's made close to home, provides jobs for our friends and neighbors, and is a testament to American quality and workmanship at the same price point as cheaply-made blankets imported from the other side of the world."

- Mary A. 


#2 Wool blankets

We have to appreciate how warm wool blankets are. When it comes to camping or really layering up your bed on a cold winter night, wool blankets are great for holding in heat to help keep you warm. What we don’t love about wool blankets is that they are a bit more effort to keep clean. While wool is naturally antimicrobial and does not require the same sort of care as some other materials, this can make a spill or pet accident more challenging, as you often cannot machine wash or dry wool. So be prepared to take extra care of your wool blankets and keep them away from dogs and cats.  

#3 Fleece blankets

While fleece blankets feel like the softest, snuggliest choice at first, they don't hold up well in comparison to wool or cotton blankets. After washes fleece doesn’t hold the same softness that they have fresh out of the package. Fleece blankets are typically made with a blend of polyester and other synthetic fibers. While fleece blankets can be made with recycled products, they are the least natural option when compared to wool blankets or cotton blankets. When it comes to the end of your blanket's life, fleece blankets are not biodegradable and can even contribute to the harmful amount of microplastics found in oceans, rivers, and lakes.


Prairie Yellow Cotton Heritage Blanket by Authenticity50, woman wrapped up with tea

In short, we decided to partner with our manufacturing team in Maine to weave our Heritage Blankets with 100% American grown cotton to give you a blanket that is the perfect blend of soft, warm, and breathable. It's perfect for every season, and goes with any style. With free shipping and free returns, plus a 100 Night Sleep Trial, what are you waiting for? Give these cotton blankets a try today.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 419 reviews
Ellen L. (Chicago, Illinois)
Best blanket!

Love the blanket, it's my favorite!

Candice M. (Cave Creek, Arizona)
Beautiful Looking, Warm and nice and large!

Very Pleased with this oversized comforter. Always had a down. But this blanket feels more secure and is just the right weight when sleeping and is pretty on the bed vs. White. We got the blue herringbone. Its a well made USA product.

Susan F. (Puyallup, Washington)
Best blanket!

Beautifully woven and quality stitching around the edges. The weight is perfect and so cozy and comfortable. I love this blanket. Best blanket purchase ever! Thank you for making it so well.

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Excellent quality, nicely sized (other companies have smaller measurements for a queen size blanket.) Beautiful color and it arrived quickly. Who could ask for more?

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Bought one for my wife and one for me for Valentines day. we are both retired we can’t believe it took us this long to purchase these great blankets. we didn’t know what we were missing!