The Best Blankets and Comforters to Keep You Warm All Winter Long
Add an extra layer (or two) to your bed this cold-weather season.
These days, we could all use some extra comfort—and there's nothing more comforting than a cozy blanket. 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 winter bedding than simply selecting a standard blanket. You have options, and one you see how many offerings are available to you, the level of variety can feel extremely overwhelming. To help you on your search, we decided it was important to start by bringing you back to 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 is 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. Ahead, our picks for the comfiest, coziest blankets to keep you toasty warm all winter long.
Martha Stewart Collection
House No. 23
Add some visual interest to an all-white bedding set with this striped coverlet. It will make your room feel comfortable and chic this season.
Shop Now: House No. 23 Dulca Bed Cover, $150, luluandgeorgia.com.
Serena & Lily
This all-seasons cotton coverlet is the ultimate choice for those who experience four seasons a year. Layer it over a heavier comforter for extra warmth or throw it on top of a sheet when the temperature rises.
Shop Now: Serena & Lily Montauk Coverlet in Fog, from $198, serenaandlily.com.
Hawkins New York
If you want a quilt that makes a statement, this terra-cotta-inspired iteration, made from soft Belgian linen, has bold, rustic appeal.
Shop Now: Hawkins New York Simple Linen Quilt in Terra Cotta, from $395, verishop.com.
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, shifting inside your duvet cover is never an issue.
Shop Now: Riley Home Queen-Sized Goose Down Comforter, from $399, rileyhome.com.
If you're looking for a printed statement quilt—as opposed to a more standard style—this pretty floral option has a playful, '70s-inspired look.
Shop Now: Anthropologie "Elsie" Percale Quilt, from $178, anthropologie.com.
Boll & Branch
This 100-percent organic waffle blanket is generously sized with soft dimensional texture—you get a cozy, comforting feel without any excess heft.
Shop Now: Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket in Shore, from $160, bollandbranch.com.
ABC Carpet & Home
This gorgeous cotton voile quilt is a beautiful lightweight option—and it's reversible, too, with a blue floral print on one side and a subtle cream geometric pattern on the other.
Shop Now: ABC Carpet & Home Jasmine Cotton Voile Quilt, $325, abchome.com.
Hill House Home
The definition of classic luxury, this gorgeous coverlet—we love the subtle texture—from Hill House Home doesn't feel overly prim or stuffy.
Shop Now: Hill House Home "The Dream" Matelasse Coverlet in Powder Blue, $200, hillhousehome.com.
Buffy's Cloud Comforter is not only incredibly comfortable, but eco-friendly, too. The blanket's outer layer is made from 100-percent 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.
Shop Now: Buffy "The Cloud" Comforter, from $129, buffy.co.