Designer Picks: Warmest Blankets

    The Ventra Down Comforter by Therm-a-Rest/CascadeDesigns.comThese blankets are rated for cold temperatures. They're ready for use at home or sojourns in that cabin in Vermont (the one that only has a small wood stove). More "technical" than pretty, these blankets are for the hardcore among you who save on HVAC bills by keeping your heat turned down low. Still, some of them are pretty darn good-looking (with that outdoorsy cachet) and I think you'll like them.

    LL Bean's Permabaffle Goose Down Comforter: LL Bean's Permabaffle Goose Down Comforter is made with hypoallergenic white goose down. The comforter construction keeps the fill concentrated towards the center while the boxed "baffle" construction maintains an even distribution of down fill to avoid cold spots. It receives high ratings from buyers for warmth and proportion. $339 (Twin) - $529 (King).

    The Space All-Weather Blanket: The Space All-Weather blanket is a super high tech, lightweight sheet that radiates 80% of body heat back to the sleeper. Available at REI and other outdoor stores, the Space blanket is a must-have addition to a car emergency kit, or in households prone to power outages due to snow and ice storms. It measures 84" L x 60" W and costs just $17.

    Army Blankets: Sometimes, what's old is what's best. Wool army blankets kept soldiers warm through many a cold war and vintage or reproduction military surplus blankets can still be purchased today. Heavy and warm, these blankets come in a variety of colors, at prices ranging from $14.99 to $39.99.

    Hudson Bay Candy Stripe Wool Blanket: The colorful and super warm Hudson's Bay blanket has been around since the English traded wool blankets for beaver pelts with the First Nations. Made of 100% wool, the fibers are selected for their ability to be water-resistant, soft, warm and strong. These colorful blankets are not only toasty, but also highly decorative and perfect for winter cabins and rustic locations. About $300.

    Therm-a-Rest Stellar Blanket: The Therm-A-Rest Stellar Blanket offers flexibility of use as it can be joined to other blankets and coordinating sheets via a snap system. Great for camping or backpacking, it packs up smaller than a sleeping bag yet provides a great amount of warmth. $69.95.

    Therm-a-Rest Corus Quilt: As with the Therma-a-Rest Stellar Blanket, the Corus Quilt offers modular construction that makes it easy to partner this down-filled quilt with fitted sheets and a sleeping pad. The down-fill is warm, yet lightweight and compactable, and the polyester outer shell wicks moisture away from the body. $239.95-$249.95.

    Woolrich Travel Blanket: The Woolrich fleece travel blanket (available at REI) is a perfect little blanket to throw in the car for use at picnics and outdoor concerts or as a handy blanket if the car breaks down. The fleece side is warm and comfortable and the reverse side will keep water away. Includes a handy carry sack. $39.95.

    Cuddledown 800 Fill White Goose Down Comforter: The Cuddledown 800 Fill White Goose Down comforter is one of the most luxurious on the market. The down is hypoallergenic and the German batiste cover is lightweight and washable. The tightly woven batiste fabric keeps the down feathers inside where they belong; the box construction keeps down spread evenly across the entire surface. $499 - $1,899.

    Linda Merrill writes for 

    Updated August 6, 2018.

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