Our 12 Favorite Outdoor Blankets for Fall

Autumn evenings around the fire pit just got cozier.

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September 30, 2021

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 before purchase 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 outside. 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.

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 two dapper color combinations and an optional embroidered monogram in your choice of 20 unique lettering styles.

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A soft sherpa lining and buttery-soft striped print come together to create the ultimate reversible outdoor blanket for the fall and winter months. The plush design is made extra cozy from the brushed cotton fabric that you can enjoy fireside and wash out the smoky scent between use.

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The Rumpl Nanoloft Puffy Outdoor Blanket combines your beloved cloud-like duvet cover with the nostalgic sleeping bag fabric to provide you 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. Scoop up the Rumpl in your choice of four colors: cypress green, black, deepwater blue or a coral-turquoise combo called patina pixel fade.

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Autumn picnics are cozier than ever with this handsome, waterproof herringbone outdoor blanket. The dual-sided blanket is crafted with a classic, wool-inspired herringbone upper and a waterproof polyester backer that promises to keep you dry throughout your meal and easy, wipe-down cleaning when it’s time to pack up. Our favorite part? Each blanket is designed to roll neatly after use and comes complete with a luxe, faux-leather carrier strap for a polished picnic commute.

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This striking serape blanket is handwoven by native artisans in the Tlaxcala, Mexico with warmth and comfort in mind. The vibrant design is rich with color and crafted from durable, non-scratchy recycled acrylic and cotton blend that promises to shield from the brisk, autumn breeze while spending time outdoors.

$19.95 | Benevolence LA $19.99 | Amazon

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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$138

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 at a time.

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Stay warm and toasty while enjoying the outdoors with this woven throw blanket. The fringe-trimmed blanket is crafted from 100-percent Eco-Wise wool and features a textured thread and a timeless plaid motif for a cozy, lived-in look from the very first use.

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Fluffy sherpa lining is offset by water and wind-proof backing to yield the ultimate tote-along blanket for outdoor sports events, camping, picnics and stargazing alike. Each blanket comes with three layers for comfort and is machine washable for years of use. Snag the roll-and-go blanket in the colorway of your choice: navy and gray, black and gray or a red-and-gray buffalo check.

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The stunning stripe motif and creamy teal, terracotta, gold and white color palette make this acrylic-blend blanket a fail-proof find for your outdoor adventures this fall. The punchy throw is handcrafted in Mexico from acrylic, polyester and cotton and is even machine washable for extra-low maintenance care.

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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.

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Whether you’re camping under the stars or enjoying a makeshift backyard tailgate with your family, this buffalo-plaid fleece throw is a must-have for outdoor entertaining this fall. The red-and-black color palette is fitting for crisp, fall days and chilly winter months, and the embroidered monogram adds a touch of personal flair.

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