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As the temperatures drop and we enter what can feel like an endless cold spell, now is the perfect time to think about investing in a new blanket or comforter for your bed. After all, bedding goes well beyond just aesthetics: Research shows that the surfaces we sleep on—mattresses, pillows, blankets, you name it—affect the quality of our sleep, and proper rest is vital to our overall physical and mental health.
So, when it's time to add layer or two to your bed, make sure you start out by doing your research. There's more to choosing warm bedding than simply selecting a standard blanket. You have options, and once you see how many offerings are available to you, the level of variety can feel overwhelming. To aid your search, we decided to bring you back to the basics.
First things first: What is the difference between a comforter, a quilt, and a coverlet? Comforters are usually heavier weight and filled with material like polyester batting, eco-fibers, or down feathers. Quilts, on the other hand, are typically more lightweight than a fluffy comforter (if you sleep warm, you may prefer this iteration over the former) and are composed of three layers, with batting in between. Coverlets don't have a layer of batting—and they often are designed to be layered on top of a comforter or blanket; they can also be used alone in warm climates.
A high-quality blanket is an investment—and often a splurge—so you want to choose a quality piece that will go the distance. To help you do just that, we pulled together some of the best blankets and comforters, for every preference and price point, on the market right now. We're sharing our picks for the comfiest, coziest blankets to keep you warm and comfortable all year long.
Pottery Barn Waffle Weave Blanket
Completely machine washable, this waffle blanket comes in an earthy colorway to suit most décor styles and palettes. It's also extremely comfortable, thanks to its 50% cotton and 50% acrylic composition.
Coyuchi Pebbled Handstitched Organic Quilt
Inspired by the traditional kantha quilts made in India, this handstitched piece was woven from organic cotton. We like the undyed style, which is made with multi-color thread for extra visual interest.
House No. 23 Dulca Bed Cover
Add some flair to an all-white bedding set made of 100% cotton with this striped coverlet. It will make your room feel comfortable and chic during any season.
If you're looking for a versatile quilt, look no further than this option from Snowe. It's comfortable enough to layer on top of your comforter during the winter or use alone as a bed topper come summer.
Serena & Lily Montauk Coverlet
This year-round cotton coverlet is the ultimate choice for those who experience four seasons. Layer it over a heavier comforter for extra warmth or throw it on top of a sheet when the temperature rises.
Hawkins New York Simple Linen Quilt
If you want a quilt that makes a statement, this terra-cotta-inspired iteration, made from soft Belgian linen, has bold, rustic appeal.
Brooklinen Linen Quilt
Searching for a classic linen quilt that will go with virtually any bedroom style or décor? Look no further than this Brooklinen pick, which has been stonewashed for extra softness and features attractive diamond-stitched accenting
Riley Home Queen-Sized Goose Down Comforter
An ultra-plush down comforter is a winter essential. We love this one, which is available in both an all-seasons weight and extra warm, so you can choose the option that's right for your sleep preferences. And thanks to smart corner ties, the piece won't shift inside your duvet cover.
Coyuchi Full Circle Recycled Cotton Blanket
This blanket consists of both Coyuchi's own recycled fabric (procured from their 2nd Home program) and organically grown material. It's a good choice for your bed and the planet.
Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket
This 100% organic waffle blanket is generously sized with soft dimensional texture—you get a cozy, comforting feel without any excess heft.
Sunday Citizen Snug Bed Blanket
The cozy microfiber material is designed to be extra fluffy (it features one fluffy layer of Sunday Citizen's snug fabric blend), but breathable. The blanket can actually be used all year round.
Hill House Home "The Dream" Matelasse Coverlet
The definition of classic luxury, this gorgeous blanket—we love the subtle texture—from Hill House Home doesn't feel overly prim or stuffy. It's made with 100% cotton and a garment washed matelasse coverlet.
Buffy "The Cloud" Comforter
Buffy's Cloud Comforter is not only incredibly comfortable, but eco-friendly, too. The blanket's outer layer is made from 100% eucalyptus fiber; the interior is filled with eco-fiber spun from recycled plastic bottles (roughly 50 to be exact!). The material is air blown and then layered until it feels like a cloud. Best of all, it comes with a seven-day free trial period so you can sleep on it (literally) before committing.
Schoolhouse Popcorn Grid Coverlet
A tufted loop construction gives this coverlet a nostalgic, retro vibe that still feels modern. It is made of 100% cotton with a traditional tufted loop construction by a New England-based family-owned textile factory.