13 Cozy Blankets to Cuddle Up With This Winter
As winter approaches (in the northern hemisphere, at least), many of those with chronic illness may be dreading the increase in pain and symptoms the cold weather can bring. While different conditions can make it difficult to regulate your body temperature or stay warm year-round, it becomes especially important during these upcoming wintery months.
To stay warm and cozy, many people snuggle up in bed or on the couch near a fireplace with a blanket – but finding the perfect blanket can be difficult. It has to be the right size, the right weight, the right texture, the right material… and the number of blankets available in the world can be quite frankly overwhelming.
1. Solaron Korean Mink Blanket
“Solaron Korean mink blankets,” said Carrie Jenkins. “Not real mink fur, just called that. They are heavy, soft and warm.”
Buy the blanket above for $79.99 from Amazon.
2. Sherpa Blanket
Jenny Williams Sarver recommended, “The super soft Sherpa blankets they sell at Costco. I buy one every year! They keep you warm and they are so amazingly soft.”
“Faux Sherpa!” added Jo Meier. “My cousin got me one in February, and it’s the comfiest, softest blanket I’ve ever owned, and I love my blankets.”
Buy a Sherpa blanket ($25.29 and up) from Amazon.
3. Berkshire Blankets and Throws
Laureen Pickering wrote, “Berkshire blankets and throws – so very soft and warm.”
Buy a Berkshire blanket ($24.99 and up) from Amazon.
4. Sunbeam Heated Blanket
Sarah Reis said, “I have a Sunbeam Dual Heated Blanket. It’s for a queen-sized bed, but I like to turn both sides on, lay on top of one half and fold the other half over on top of me so I’m a toasty burrito.”
Masha Polinski added, “I love my heated throw blanket. It provides just enough warmth without making me hot. My condition worsens with heat, but I do well on the low setting and it helps relieve my pain.”
Janessa Culliford said, “My Sunbeam heating blanket that goes on my bed under my duvet is the best gift I’ve ever received! Kudos to my amazing boyfriend for that. It’s wonderful to be able to have whole-body heating action when all your joints are hurting. Plus, bonus, the ‘double’ size and up have two-sided controls, so your half of the bed can be on max heat while your partner’s can be off. It’s awesome. It turns itself off after 10 hours.”
Buy the blanket above for $59.99 from Amazon.
5. NAP Blanket from Brookstone
“The NAP Deluxe Throw from Brookstone,” recommended Angela Gray. “My niece gave me one for Christmas and I carry that thing around like I’m Linus. It’s ultra-soft and the perfect weight. I never leave home without it.”
Buy the blanket above for $78.99 from Amazon.
6. Biddeford Heated Throw Blanket
“I have a Biddeford heated throw blanket. I love it. It has six temperature settings, so it’s easy to add just a little bit more warmth without it becoming too much. My body tends to quickly go from very cold to very hot, so I like that it has more adjustments than the ones that only have three settings,” said Hope Miller.
Buy the blanket above for $46 from Amazon.
7. Weighted Blanket
Meg Allan Cole said, “The weighted blanket is very comforting and soothes chronic pain. My BFF got it for me and it’s a game changer!”
Josh Hamblin recommended, “The Magic Weighted Blanket. I sleep so much better with it. I feel safe as the blanket hugs me to sleep.”
Buy the blanket above for $45.50 from Amazon.
8. Minky Couture
“Minky Couture blanket for sure!” said Marcia Kirchhofer. “Nothing softer! Can find them on sale too…”
Antoinettehurst Spivey added, “My favorite is Minky Couture. They are extra soft [and have] a little weight to them that helps [people with] fibromyalgia and comes in beautiful colors and prints.”
Buy a Minky Coutoure blanket for $126 from Amazon.
9. Snuggie Blanket
Kourteney Kennedy told us, “I have tons of blankets just bought from stores that do well, but I’m going to be completely honest, Snuggies are lifesavers. Or, rather, arm savers. I like writing when I’m out of commission for a few days, and in the winter, there’s no comfortable way to bundle up my arms, too. If they’re not covered they get goosebumps. But Snuggies let me continue to write, read, etc., while still staying comfortable and warm. Plus, they have tons of designs. I have a turquoise patterned one (dysautonomia awareness), and I’m going to get a zebra one (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome awareness) this winter. They’re just great blankets.”
Buy the blanket above for $15.99 from Amazon.
10. Microplush Heated Throw
Kylie-Sky Lindsey said, “This one [featured above]! It’s the longest lasting heated blanket I’ve had. I have the throw size, but I’d recommend getting the largest one you can afford because it doesn’t quite reach toes to shoulders.”
Buy the blanket above for $43.87 from Amazon.
11. The Big One from Kohl’s
Crystal Doyle told us, “Kohl’s – The Big One. It’s light but warm and will be on sale soon. They come in many colors. I love mine. And I buy them for friends and family for presents and they absolutely love them too!”
Buy the blanket above for $19.99 from Kohl’s.
12. Soft Touch Blanket from Kmart
Ashleigh Be wrote, “I got the Soft Touch Blanket from Kmart and it’s wonderful. It’s warm, snuggly and super soft, perfect for those who have fabric sensitivities that can accompany fibromyalgia.”
Buy the blanket above for $14 from Kmart.
13. Fleece Blanket
Kim Keough wrote, “I like the cheap fleece ones at Walmart or Target. They are usually around $10 to 20 depending on the size. I get a tight one and then a fuzzy soft one with a pattern to cheer me up.”
Dee Reed added, “I love the plush fleece blankets that are inexpensive and widely available.”
Buy the blanket above for $15.74 from Target.