Wool Blankets: How Do They Compare?
Staying Warm with Wool Blankets
While wool blankets may cost more than fleece, acrylic, or cotton blankets, in some instances, they are worth it. They are cozy, warm, and soft and you can find them in the right size to fit any bed.
On this page you can learn a bit more about the advantages wool offers, get a few tips on how to care for them properly, and find some quality blankets from which to choose.
The Pros and Cons of Wool
A wool blanket offer a number of advantages over the typical acrylic or cotton blanket that many people are accustomed to using. These blankets provides more warmth for the weight. Certainly the thickness of a given blanket will vary, but in general, they are quite light. On the other hand, wool will tend to wick away moisture and keep you cooler as temperatures rise.
A wool blanket is also wrinkle resistant. If they do wrinkle, these can generally be removed by simply hanging the blanket up. These blankets tend to last for years and will look as good as new for a long time to come if cared for properly. (Tips on caring for wool are provided below.)
Blankets made with this natural fiber also work well for those who suffer from allergies and asthma because they resist bacteria, mold, dust mites, and so forth, thanks again, to the moisture wicking of the wool fibers.
In addition, these blankets are low maintenance, however, care should be taken to clean them properly so that any shrinkage is avoided. A wool blanket must be dry cleaned. Washing and heat drying them can cause the blanket to lose it's softness and smooth texture as well.
These blankets also tend to be naturally fire resistant. In fact, specially made wool blend blankets are often used as emergency blankets for smothering small fires as well as providing emergency warmth.
While wool can often be very soft, some people do have a reaction to it. For them, other blankets may be a better choice or they may need to use a wool blanket only on top of a sheet or something similar to prevent direct contact with their skin.
Taking Care of Wool Blankets
Wool blankets don't require too much care but it is important to clean them as the manufacturer suggests. Most wool blankets will shrink when washed and dried unless specially treated. If the manufacturer indicates a blanket is washable, the blanket can generally be laundered in cold water on a delicate cycle. They can then be air dried or perhaps placed in the dryer on a "no heat" cycle since heat can also cause shrinkage.
In many instances, the blanket may require dry cleaning.
If your wool blanket collects dirt, lint, and so forth or it "balls up"/forms "pills", then it can be brushed with a bristle garment brush. When storing, it should be placed in an air tight container.
Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Blankets
Pendleton Eco-Wise wool blankets are available in a variety of colors including brown, gold, blue, gray, green, orange, red, white, and multi-colored. They are made of 100% pure virgin wool and are soft to the touch. These lightweight blankets will provide the warmth you need without weighing you down. They have whipstitch edging with a matching yarn and can be machine washed for easy care.
These blankets are available in King (108" x 96"), Queen (90" x 96"), and Twin (66" 96") sizes.
Alpaca Wool Blankets
These blankets are made of the finest imported Alpaca wool and is the one of the softest wool blankets available. This wool is hand woven on wooden looms in Ecuador and is best cleaned by dry cleaning, although light soiling can be handled with water.
These blankets are available in burgandy, ivory, purple, and earth tone colors. They are Queen sized, measuring 60" x 86".
Authentic Hudson Bay Wool Blankets
Available in Green and Scarlet, these Hudson Bay wool blankets are available in a variety of sizes. The one pictured here is for a full sized bed and is green with black stripes. The wool is loomed in England and is water resistant. Dry cleaning is recommended for cleaning.