Our 12 Favorite Outdoor Blankets for Fall
Autumn evenings around the fire pit just got cozier.
Bask in the autumn breeze with a bottle of red in one hand, a charcuterie board in the other and a beautiful outdoor blanket wrapped around your shoulders for a cozy night under the stars. Not certain what to look for when selecting a long-lasting outdoor throw? We’re taking the guesswork out of the equation and presenting you with our top picks for outdoor blankets, all of which are designed with durability, versatility, softness and — of course — style in mind.
The key to finding your ideal outdoor blanket is considering how you plan to use your blanket and selecting the best fall-friendly materials to accommodate those needs. There are endless materials and fabrics wielded to create outdoor blankets, but some are more appropriate for certain settings than others.
Wool Outdoor Blankets
If warmth, natural materials and top-tier insulation are your top priorities for an outdoor blanket, wool is for you. The organic material is a longtime staple for staying warm outdoors because wool has an innate moisture-wicking property that keeps water away from your skin longer than other fabrics. Plus, it's naturally fire-resistant, making it an ideal throw to keep on hand for backyard bonfires.
Acrylic Outdoor Blankets
Acrylic blankets are a must-buy for anyone who loves the look and feel of wool but prefers to sidestep animal-derived materials. Like wool, this synthetic material is moisture-wicking and mildew resistant. Unlike wool, acrylic is highly flammable and should not attend any backyard bonfires without adult supervision.
Sherpa Outdoor Blankets
Sherpa is a faux shearling material made to keep you warm and toasty no matter how low the temps drop. Fluffy sherpa blankets are our go-to for just about any indoor or outdoor event because they’re cruelty-free, budget-friendly and often eco-friendly alternatives to other popular materials. Scoop up a sherpa-lined throw to bring teddy bear softness to your outdoor sofa evenings or front porch sits this fall and winter.
Fleece Outdoor Blankets
Fleece is another wool alternative that’s ideal for football games and camping adventures alike. The lightweight material is great for rainy days, too, because it dries out quickly and insulates your body heat to keep you warm in the dreariest of weather.
The Rumpl Nanoloft Puffy Outdoor Blanket combines your beloved cloud-like duvet cover with the nostalgic sleeping bag fabric to provide you with the ultimate outdoor blanket for all your outdoor excursions. The quilted design works as a cozy-warm wrap for chilly afternoons on the porch or laid flat as a waterproof picnic blanket to enjoy stargazing after dark.
Editor Keri Sanders swears by this blanket for any and all outdoor adventures. "I bought this blanket over 10 years ago, and it's still in great condition," she says. "One side is a super warm fleece, while the other is completely waterproof. I keep it in my car, and I can't tell you the number of times it's come in handy for an impromptu picnic or a rainy day camping. I also love it for use in my hammock since the waterproof side works well to keep the wind off."
YETI's Lowlands Blanket will be your go-to for concerts, picnics and everything in-between. The all-terrain blanket features a durable waterproof utility layer with a padded insulated interior that's designed to repel dirt, burrs, pet hair and more. Your pup will love it just as much as you.
Wrap up and enjoy the stars from the comfort of your back porch with this personalized plaid throw blanket. The classic design is crafted from pure virgin wool in Pendleton’s American mills that boast a buttery, cashmere-like softness and come with a leather carrier. Each blanket comes in four dapper color combinations and an optional embroidered monogram in your choice of 20 unique lettering styles.
Shop this beautiful traditional wool blanket for nights by the fire pit. The genuine Merino lambswool blanket is designed and handwoven in Ireland and comes in a vibrant autumnal checker pattern. The blankets measure 80 inches long and 56 inches wide to provide comfort for up to two people.
The stunning stripe motif and bold color palette make this acrylic-blend blanket a fail-proof find for your outdoor adventures this fall. The punchy throw is handcrafted in Tlaxcala, Mexico on a traditional wooden loom from acrylic and cotton and is even machine washable for extra-low maintenance care. They even get softer and more comfortable with every wash. Plus, we love that for each blanket sold, Benevolence LA donates to Water Mission, a charity focused on fighting poverty and building sustainable water systems.
Warm wool joins forces with soft cotton for this elevated outdoor blanket. The Scandinavian-inspired design is crafted to last, and each blanket is handwoven on a jacquard loom in a modest mill in Guimaraes, Portugal. Once woven, each blanket is brushed and washed to yield a fluffy, cloud-like texture your entire family will fight over while spending time outdoors. Choose between a blue, camel-black or gray hue, then personalize your throw with an optional monogram for a final, sentimental touch.
This 40-by-60-inch blanket is perfect for laps and shoulders when temps dip. Plus, it's machine washable and dryable and resistant to shrinking, pilling and fuzz. Lay it across your sofa arm or across your patio chair — it's the most versatile blanket you'll own.
The Lightspeed Outdoors XL Blanket is durable yet cozy with its rugged rainproof and windproof outer shell and soft poly fleece interior. Although generously sized, it packs down into the included stuff sack for easy transport.
Loom-woven and hemmed on all sides with contrast lock stitching, the Arcturus Military Blanket looks right at home in the woods, at a tailgate or on your sofa. The wool blanket is triple-washed during production, making it softer, more hygienic and less susceptible to shedding. Not only is it machine-washable, but it actually gets softer with each wash.
Don't let the price scare you — this blanket is worth it if you're looking for a long-lasting outdoor blanket. Made of weather-defying Sunbrella acrylic, it's ultra-durable, resists stains and mildew, and the colors won't fade over time. Plus, it's machine washable and dryable.
This timeless linen throw blanket will be your new go-to for lounging indoors and out. The simple striped design comes in four fresh hues and is crafted from 100 percent linen and offers ideal warmth for outdoor living. The breezy material is machine washable, making this blanket easy to revive after a long night outdoors.
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