The 8 Best Plush Blankets That Are Seriously The Softest Ever

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by Yoona Wagener
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When you're feeling chilly, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with one of the best plush blankets. These cozy blankets vary in texture from velvety to fluffy, so a lot of your buying decision will come down to personal preference. While most plush blankets are made from fuzzy synthetic polyester (often polyester fleece or soft microfiber), certain words can indicate their texture. Blankets described as "sherpa" are usually thick and plush, like sheep wool, but are made of vegan material. Faux fur or “minky” blankets have softer, shaggier fibers that can resemble real fur. Fleece blankets or those made of microfiber are a little more varied — they can be lightweight and velvety or similar to fluffy faux fur or sherpa.

To figure out a blanket's warmth, you'll want to consider the grams per square meter (GSM) measurement, which describes the thickness of the textile. It’s pretty standard for blankets to have a GSM of 250 or higher, but the higher the GSM, the heavier the blanket. Beyond GSM (which isn't always available), look at how the manufacturer describes the weight (light, mid-weight, or heavy) and warmth (medium, very warm, or appropriate for multiple seasons). For extra warmth, consider blankets with a layer of filling or a design that layers more than one piece of fabric.

Finally, consider the size and format that suits you best. Whether you choose a throw, bed, or even a weighted blanket, you’ll have to clean your blanket eventually, so consider the care instructions. Most blankets are machine washable, but some require gentler care.

Whether you’re looking for a blanket to go on the couch or your bed, these eight plush blankets will keep you warm and cozy.

A Double-Sided Plush Blanket Designed With Sherpa & Fleece

Starting at $30 for the smallest size, this sherpa fleece blanket won't break the bank and will keep you warm even on colder days, thanks to its double-sided microfiber polyester design. There's a lighter-weight 220 GSM soft fleece side, and a fuzzy sherpa side with an ultra-warm 280 GSM, so you can customize your warmth. It’s also a breeze to care for since it's machine washable. (Just make sure to follow the care instructions about washing in cold water and on the delicate cycle to keep this blanket fluffy.) Plus, it comes in four different sizes and 25 colors, so you're sure to find the right one (or ones) for your space.

Positive review: “I was a little skeptical when I first saw the blanket, it's not super thick (Midwest winters are COLD), but it DEFINITELY holds in the heat! This is probably the warmest blanket I have ever owned, this thing is like magic. Definitely recommend!!”

  • Available sizes: 50 x 60 inches — 108 x 90 inches
A Chic, Fluffy Faux Fur Throw Blanket

This machine-washable, fuzzy faux-fur throw blanket looks so much more expensive than it is, and Amazon fans can’t get enough of how cozy and soft it feels. The secret to its fluffy softness is the double-sided construction: Both sides of the blanket are microfiber, but one side resembles lush faux fur while the other side has a thick sherpa fleece feel. While the manufacturer doesn't provide a GSM measurement for this throw, it does rate it as lightweight and indicates medium warmth. Choose from 20 colors and five sizes.

Positive review: “I have 2 of these now, and will eventually own like 20. I keep one on my couch for movie nights. They are light enough to not feel cumbersome, but they are warm and cozy and totally snuggle-able. They wash well (the blue one left blue fuzzies on everything-- would recommend not doing with other items-- but they came out soft & fluffy!”

  • Available sizes: Twin — 60 x 70 inches
A Soft, Smooth Plush Blanket For Any Season

This Bedsure fleece blanket boasts a whopping 115,000+ Amazon ratings, and it’s one you can reach for any time of year — a total failsafe, all around. Available in four sizes and a variety of colors, this 100% microfiber plush blanket has a smooth, soft texture on one side and a fleecier feel on the other, and both are pleasant to wrap up in. Its thickness rating is a medium-weight 240 GSM. Even after washing it several times, Amazon customers applaud the lack of pilling and continued softness.

Positive review: “It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights.”

  • Available sizes: 50 x 60 inches — 108 x 90 inches
A Heavy Plush Comforter For Your Bed

If you're looking for a plush comforter for your bed, this Vellux bed blanket will do the trick. The whole blanket is made from 100% polyester: The outer layers are soft and minky with a quilted stitching pattern, while the inside is filled with a premium polyester fill that gives it a lofty feel. Most satisfied Amazon shoppers report that it's a medium to heavy blanket and very warm. The manufacturer doesn't offer GSM for the Twin and Full/Queen sizes, but in the Amazon customer section, it lists the King size blanket as measuring a very warm 495 GSM, the heaviest out of all these picks. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic, machine washable, and dryer-safe.

Positive review: “This is a super soft and luxurious blanket that is between heavy and light...just right. It is very warm and cozy. I love the luxurious feel to it especially when lying on it while lounging after work. I love that it tolerates machine washing and drying without losing its luxurious feel.”

  • Available sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, King
A Cozy Weighted Blanket That Feels Like A Warm Hug

If you're interested in the soothing, sedating feel of a weighted blanket, why not choose one that's plush? This Quility blanket comes in multiple weights and sizes, so you can find your ideal hug-like feel. In total, there are seven layers of fabric, plus the polyester filling, all contained inside a removable, machine-washable, mink-like cover. Some customers caution that this blanket could be too warm for hot sleepers, but most agree that the comfort of the plush fabric adds to its appeal and contributes to sounder, cozier sleep. Choose from seven different colors and styles.

Positive review: “Finally bought a weighted blanket after my brother and mother both recommended getting one. Now instead of piling on all the blankets to get the weighted effect all I need is one. Super soft and comfy. Weight distribution is even so there's no imbalances across your body as you sleep or sit on the couch with it. Definitely would recommend.”

  • Available sizes: 36 x 48 inches / 5 pounds — 86 x 92 inches / 30 pounds
A Reversible Plush Blanket In A Nordic Fair Isle Pattern

Featuring one sherpa fleece side and one plush, this reversible throw blanket brings double the coziness. Meanwhile, the classic fair isle pattern adds a Nordic-chic touch to your interior design, whether you toss this at the end of your bed, over a couch arm, or across the back of a chair. This fair isle pattern is available in three colorways — including the midnight blue version linked here — though if you don’t love that particular pattern, you can opt for timeless plaid instead.

Positive review: “Everyone who sees this asks where to get one. Great blanket - big enough, warm, looks good in the living room. [...] These are thick plush, no shedding, wonderful colors [...] Loved it so much I bought a second one for the other chair.”

  • Available size: Throw
A Gorgeous Plush Blanket That Looks & Feels Like Velvet

Amazon reviewers are obsessed with this gorgeous plush blanket, which has earned a 4.6-star average out of over 48,000 ratings. It’s made of 100% microfiber that’s designed to look as radiant and feel as blissfully soft as velvet — it’s so soft, in fact, that many reviewers use this as a baby blanket, or on their beds in lieu of a typical comforter. Its 280 GSM weight keeps you warm, but it won’t feel suffocating for hot sleepers. Choose from 26 luxurious shades, like camel, ivory, and olive green, along with eight sizes. Ringing up at just $16, you may want to pick up one for every room in your house.

Positive review: “Looks extravagant and is very soft and thick with good quality. Bought other ones from different brands and they lost a lot of quality in the wash, but this one has held up great. Rich color. Really happy with this purchase.”

  • Available sizes: 30 x 40 inches — 104 x 90 inches
Editor’s Pick: A Luxurious Faux-Fur Blanket That Feels Impossibly Soft

This faux-fur blanket comes highly recommended by a Bustle editor, who loves its luxuriously soft, cozy feel, and how expensive it looks. There’s a velvety-soft layer on the other side of the dual-sided blanket, so you can switch up the aesthetic and the feel. The manufacturer doesn’t list the GSM, but reviewers confirm that it has a satisfying heft, “but not warm enough to make you start sweating,” as one shopper wrote. The chocolate shade pictured above is especially rustic-chic, though you can also opt for equally sophisticated gray or ivory shades. Choose between two sizes.

Positive review: “This throw is absolutely beautiful! A very well made piece, with a luxurious and rich look and feel to it. VERY SOFT material, front and back. Medium in weight, not ultra heavy, yet not at all flimsy or lightweight. This throw is definitely appropriate for all four seasons. The size is definitely accurate. Plenty big enough for a typical throw blanket. I highly recommend it, and would not hesitate in purchasing another. Very pleased!”

  • Available sizes: 50 x 60 inches, 63 x 87 inches

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