Australia’s Best Warm Blankets for Winter
We’ve searched high and low for the best winter blankets in Australia and compiled a list of the top seven. Regardless of your needs and tastes, you’re bound to find your dream blanket to cosy up to on a winter’s night.
Nothing makes an evening in front of the fire or a night tucked in bed with a hot cuppa as snug as a blanket draped over you but choosing the right one can be a tricky task. You’ve got endless factors to consider and thinking of them all can be overwhelming. You want your blanket to be affordable but good quality; warm but soft material; durable but weighted just to your fancy.
We researched and assessed a range of factors so we could confidently recommend the best blankets to you. These factors (such as price, weight, warmth and material) can be found at the bottom of the page under our ‘Buyer’s Guide’, but first, let’s delve into the best blankets we found so you can hunker down during the Aussie winter.
How we picked the best for you
We scoured the internet and after looking and assessing many blankets we’ve gone ahead and picked the top seven. Regardless of your budget, preference or lifestyle, you’re bound to find something you like.
Discover our picks: Australia’s Best Warm Blankets
- Best Splurge – Sheridan Australian Washable Wool Blanket
- Editor’s Pick – Sheridan Culver Blanket
- Budget Pick – Luxe 520gsm Microfibre Blanket
- Best Weighted Blanket – Calming Blanket’s Adults Weighted Blanket
- Great for year-round use – Sheridan Cotton Weave Blanket
- Best for babies/toddlers – Frenchie Pure Wool Blanket
- Bargain Pick – Bianca Norwood Cotton Blanket 320gsm
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best warm blankets of the year!
1. Sheridan Australian Washable Wool Blanket – Best Splurge
For that slick hotel finish, this is the blanket you are after. Pair it with any bed and you will have visitors marvelling at your chic style.
Customers highlight the unbeatable quality of the Sheridan wool blanket and how it is suitable for both winter and summer. This blanket comes in all sizes and is made from 100% Australian wool with a 100% cotton herringbone binding. Wool is a natural insulator as the crimped wool fibres trap the air which creates a thermal barrier but it is still highly breathable and very soft. The cotton binding couples with the wool material is what makes this such a luxurious choice.
This blanket is a bit on the pricier side but the cost reflects the premium quality. The retail price for the single/double costs $479.99 and the queen/king costs $529.99. However, if you are a member of the Sheridan you can purchase this blanket for roughly $200 less.
The blanket is machine washable which is another huge bonus for all the busy folk! However, it is recommended to only put it on a gentle wash at 40°C to protect the natural fibres.
The product can be returned or exchanged within 30 days from date of purchase and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Customers seemed very happy with this purchase and Suzi007 from Sydney even said on the Sheridan website:
“A week ago I purchased a Sheridan wool blanket it is a high standard quality. I won’t share my Sheridan blanket with anyone. The wool blanket is a positive purchase”
Final verdict: Although you’re paying for its quality, this warm wool blanket will add that touch of luxury to your home. If you’re a believer in quality over quantity, then this is definitely worth the investment. This blanket is different from all the other blankets on this list because of its top-notch Australian wool material and classic style.
2. Sheridan Culver Blanket – Editor’s Pick
This blanket adds sophistication to any house and it is easy to see why it is the editor’s pick. The use of duck down feathers and a grid pattern is what makes this blanket so different from the Sheridan Wool blanket above.
The warmth of this blanket comes from the luxurious blend of duck down and feather and the classic grid pattern which evenly distributes the warmth. During cold Aussie nights, this blanket will definitely keep you warm if you layer it with a duvet. Many customers like the fact it is hypoallergenic and versatile enough to also be used in summer.
Customers rave about the lightness of the blanket and the smooth material which makes it so comfortable. Tash M said on the Sheridan website:
“Extremely warm and not heavy on the body. Perfect for layering, so cozy and holds its shape with the grid stitching.”
This blanket comes in either a steel-grey or dusty pink. Both these colours are on-trend but classic enough to stand the test of time.
The single/double blanket retails for $279.99 and the queen/king costs $299.99. Sheridan members can purchase this blanket for roughly $50 less. The product can be returned or exchanged within 30 days from date of purchase and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Final verdict: We love the stunning colours and its versatility in the sense you can use it on its own or pair it with a duvet or another blanket for chillier nights.
3. Luxe 520gsm Microfibre Blanket – Budget Pick
Splurged a little too much lately? Then it’s time we present the pick which will go most gentle on your wallet.
This blanket is made from microfibre which is what makes it so luxurious and soft. Microfibre is a good material as it rarely fades in colour, is not prone to wrinkles and retains its shape well after washing. At 520gsm, this blanket is also one of the thickest on the list so is bound to keep you toasty.
Another bonus of this blanket is the range of colours on offer. You can pick between four colours – blush, pearl, sapphire and silver – which means even the most particular of people are bound to find something they like.
A slight downside is that some users found the blanket sheds fluff which can transfer on to the duvet and sheets. But this didn’t seem to bother other customers, who seemed delighted with their purchase and marvelled at how soft the blanket was. Bne said on the pillowtalk website:
“Absolutely love this product. It is incredibly soft to touch and will keep you warm. I do not use duvet, just these two blankets during winter and I find that it regulates my temperature much better.”
It is available in all sizes and ranges from $89.00 to $139.00.
Final verdict: An exceptionally soft and cosy blanket for a reasonable price. Another plus is that it is wrinkle-free and easy to wash. If you’re not happy with the blanket, you can return it unopened within 14 days.
4. Calming Blanket’s Adults Weighted Blanket – Best Weighted Blanket
Do you have issues sleeping? Well first, join the club! Second, take note of this weighted blanket that uses the knowledge of deep pressure stimulation therapy to create a blanket that reduces stress and improves sleep.
The blanket is around 10% of a human’s body weight which is scientifically proven to encourage calmness and help users drift off peacefully and if you’re a fan of holistic and natural medicine, then this blanket is something to consider. Many customer reviews praised how much the product assisted them in their sleep and how much more refreshed they woke each day.
This blanket is crafted with the utmost care as each pocket of the blanket is individually sewn and filled with environmentally-friendly glass microbeads. The company also pride themselves on being cruelty-free.
Measuring at 198x121cm, this blanket is available in a variety of weights: 2.2, 4.5, 6.8, and 9kg and the cost of every blanket is $299.00 (irrespective of weight). You can also purchase a Minky cover which adds 1.4kg of weight and costs an extra $49. Customers can choose between three colours – ocean, granite or quartz.
A downside of this blanket is that those who tend to overheat may not like this blanket, as the fabric is less breathable than other ones on this list. But the company allows you to test the blanket for 30 days, risk-free and if you’re not satisfied, you can return the product for a full refund. The used blanket will be donated to charity. It also comes with a 1-year warranty.
Alicia G said on the Calming Blankets website:
“Loving it! I have ADHD and wake several times a night but since getting the weighted blanket I’m waking less often and getting back to sleep faster when I do. My partner says I’m moving around less in my sleep too. My partner finds it calming too.”
Final verdict: It has over 600 reviews and generates a 4.7-star review so we’d say it’s a pretty safe bet. However, even if you’re sceptical, you’ve got nothing to lose because there’s the 30-day trial period. That’s a whole month you can test the product out and if you’re not happy, then pop it in the post!
5. Sheridan Cotton Weave Blanket – Great for year-round use
If you’re on the hunt for an elegant blanket you can use all year-round then look no further.
This 100% cotton blanket utilizes a tight weave stitch that not only looks good but provides an ultra-soft touch. A real plus of this blanket is its lightweight feel so it can be used alone in summer and layered in winter. Given cotton is a natural material, it evenly distributes warmth and it is far more breathable than its synthetic counterparts.
Customer reviews praise its lightweight feel and its tight weave. Merriment from Victoria said on the Sheridan website:
“This is a quietly beautiful, calm, closely woven lightweight cotton blanket. Just what I wanted, not a stretchy waffle weave.”
It only comes in two colours, a crisp white or light grey, but the product can be returned or exchanged within 30 days from date of purchase so if it doesn’t suit your vibe you can simply send it back. It also comes with a 5-year warranty.
Prices start at $159.95 unless you are a member of the Sheridan in which case you will get a decent reduction. The blanket can be machine washed but should be air-dried to protect its longevity.
Final verdict: Pure cotton is hard to beat – a great soft material that feels nice on your skin but also adds decent warmth. The fact this can be used all-year-round gives you excellent bang for your buck!
6. Frenchie Pure Wool Blanket – Best for babies/toddlers
This is one for all the eco mums and dads out there looking for a special blanket for your wee one.
This Frenchie blanket is made in Australia from 100% Australian merino wool. Merino is a top choice for blankets because it efficiently traps the heat between the fibres which makes it unbeatably warm. Merino also has a relatively small environmental footprint because the material is completely biodegradable and renewable (given the sheep grow a new coat each year).
A real stand out of this blanket is the unique design of French Bulldogs (hence the name ‘Frenchie’) printed all over the blanket. This pattern was carefully drawn and then programmed into the knitting machine to ensure it would not become distorted when printed on the fabric. It took over 60 hours to programme the design and it is beautiful. However, if you don’t like French Bulldogs (or your golden retriever is going to get jealous) then this blanket is probably not for you.
This hypo-allergenic and fire-safe blanket is just $149.00 and comes in a grey, baby blue or pastel pink. This blanket is easy to care for because it’s both washing machine and dryer friendly.
A downside to this blanket is that they do not offer refunds. If you’re not happy with the blanket you can exchange the product or get store credit but you must let the company know no more than 14 days from the date of purchase. The blanket must be unused and with all its original tags.
Final verdict: The quality of Australian merino can’t be beaten and we simply love the dog design. Just bear in mind that you cannot return and get a refund for the blanket.
7. Bianca Norwood Cotton Blanket 320gsm – Bargain Pick
Did we save the best until last? Because who doesn’t love a bargain?! The single size starts at $61.72 and comes with a next day dispatch and a 30-day return guarantee.
This cotton blanket features a unique diamond weave pattern and is rounded off with a hemmed edge. It comes in three colours – snow, coal or stone – and can be put on a cold machine wash.
It’s only 320gsm which won’t be the warmest blanket on the market but it will be perfect for reading on the couch or for layering on your bed.
Final verdict: A worthwhile purchase as you are getting great quality for a very reasonable price. The subtle but interesting diamond pattern on this blanket is a real stand out.
Buyer’s guide: Factors to consider when buying a blanket
Not sure where to start? Don’t fret! Here’s the breakdown of everything you should consider before you take the plunge and buy your dream blanket.
We all have different price points and our blanket choices are likely to reflect that. It is worth investing in a quality blanket because the material will be far more durable instead of needing to be replaced in a couple of years.
Given we are recommending the best blankets for an Australian winter, you may think “well, of course it needs to be warm!”. The thing is though, people have different baseline temperatures and many people don’t like to be stuffy at night. For those people, a lighter and therefore cooler blanket might be a better purchase. Some people may also want a lighter blanket that is more versatile and can be used all year round. Others will prefer having two sets of blankets – one for summer and one for winter and therefore strictly be on the lookout for a warm winter blanket.
The fabric and feel of a blanket is important to a lot of people. If you want a blanket to snuggle into as you star-gaze at night, then you’ll probably want a very soft blanket (such as merino) so it’s not irritating on the skin. If it’s just for layering on your bed at night, then you could concede a little on the actual feel of the material and opt for warmth instead.
Some people like few covers on them at night and others like to feel the weight of their blankets. It is just a personal preference. Take note of the gsm (grams per square metre) as they are an important indicator of weight. The higher the gsm goes, the heavier the blanket will be.
If you have children or pets, being able to throw your blanket in the washing machine might be a high priority for you. Some blankets need to be hand washed or washed alone in the washing machine so this is something to consider.
Sometimes you buy something online and it just isn’t as soft as you imagined or the colour is different than you anticipated. It is therefore handy to know the return and exchange policies of a company before you buy a product.
Phew, we know that’s a lot to take in but we hope you found this guide for the best Australian winter blankets useful. If you’ve got any further questions, queries or thoughts, leave a comment below — we’d love to hear from you.