When buying a blanket is best to focus on proven manufacturers. Choosing a suspiciously cheap product from the brand “No name” can have negative health effects.
It happens that unscrupulous manufacturers make bedding from low-grade materials that have a low hygroscopicity (ability to pass moisture) and a small air permeability. As a result, a person sweats a lot, and a microclimate with high temperature and humidity forms under the blanket. In addition, when dyeing textiles can be used toxic substances that, on contact with the skin and in the respiratory tract, cause allergies, as well as increase the likelihood of developing respiratory and neurological diseases.
The best blanket manufacturers are considered
The products of these companies are tested in independent laboratories before entering the market. Blankets are tested for strength, hygroscopicity, safety, the presence of toxic substances, etc. All products of these manufacturers are certified.
Bedding made of down are characterized by softness and ease. They retain heat well, provide optimal air exchange and absorb moisture.
The properties of the blanket are affected by the ratio of down and feather in the product. The more fluff in the filler, the better the product. The most expensive extra-class bedding contains 100% of down, goods of the first category - 70–90% of down, half-down goods - up to 70%.
Dust mites can live in fluff - the cause of the development of allergic reactions: allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, etc.
Insulation from down absorbs moisture well, because of which the blanket can become "damp."
A separate type of downy products are swan down blankets. Swan's down is a synthetic fiber, which is distinguished by its low weight, elasticity and hypoallergenicity. Dust mites and other dangerous microorganisms do not start there. In addition, he does not lump together and keeps his shape well. But such a filler is poorly absorbed by moisture (a person sweats more under it) and ensures insufficient air circulation. If it is used in a warm room, it may cause overheating.
Wool bedding is very popular. And it is not surprising - they are warm, durable and hygroscopic. Sheep, camel and cashmere goat wool are most commonly used in the production:
Camel hair has healing properties. It is believed that it helps with stress, strengthens health, has a positive effect on blood flow and helps patients with skin diseases and diseases of the joints. However, some brands point to the camel wool product, although the actual fill is made up of synthetic fiber. This "minor" nuance is usually reported on the label in small print.
Sheep wool, like camel wool, has medicinal properties, but it is heavier than camel hair and requires regular dry cleaning.
The undercoat of the Kashmir goat is an expensive and high-quality filler. It is very warm and light, does not cause allergic reactions and unpretentious in the care. Some cashmere blankets can be machine washed.
It should be noted that cashmere bedding is a premium product. They have the highest cost. Most low-end models - from sheep wool.
Silk products are pleasant to the body, well pass the air and remove moisture. They can be a good alternative to woolen and downy bedding, as they do not contain microorganisms that cause allergies. Thermal insulation properties of such products depend on the amount of filler.
Bamboo fiber can be used as a packing. It does not start mold, dust mites and other microorganisms, so it is great for allergy sufferers. Bamboo blankets are unpretentious in the care - they are designed for machine washable.
It should be noted that the replicated beneficial properties of bamboo fibers (rejuvenation, reduction of muscle pain, penetration of beneficial vitamins and amino acids under human skin, etc.) have not been scientifically proven.
Moreover, most of the bamboo blankets on the market are not bamboo. The label "Bamboo" or "Bamboo" is used as a marketing ploy, and in fact the products consist of polyester and viscose fiber, or a combination of synthetic materials and bamboo.
Such products are absolutely harmless to health, as dust mites, molds, fungi, etc., do not start there. They have high wear resistance, unpretentious care. Most often in the production of blankets are used:
Holofiber is 100% polyester. It is very soft, light and keeps its shape well.
Ekofayber - an environmentally friendly filler. its properties resembling holofiber. It also consists of polyester, but differs from holofiber in its density and thickness of fibers.
Comforel - by its properties similar to "swan's down." It has the longest service life among all synthetic fillers.
Tinsuleyt (artificial down) - has a small weight, but it warms very well. It should not be used in the warm season.
The main criteria for choosing a blanket
Blankets are childish, one-and-a-half and double.
One and a half-sleeping models are designed for one person, as a rule, their width is 140 cm, and length - 205 cm (according to GOST). If the queen-size quilt is Euro standard, then its width will be 155 cm and length - 215 cm.
For two people, you should choose a product 200x220 or 172x205 - these parameters correspond to GOST, which means it will be easier to buy bed linen for them.
Children's products often make up 120x120 and 110x140 cm.
Despite existing standards, the size of blankets manufacturers may vary greatly. Therefore, when buying, pay attention not to the marking “one and a half” or “double”, but to the actual dimensions of the product.
Choose a cover from natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk). This will increase the durability of the product, and the blanket itself will be more pleasant to the body. It is important that the cover is well breathable and absorbed moisture.
For winter or summer
When choosing a blanket, it is important to determine the degree of warmth. It corresponds to the density of the filler per square meter and is indicated on the label in the form of suns or dots. The more filler, the more suns.
One sun means that the blanket is suitable for summer.
Two points mean that the blanket is well breathable and suitable for warm rooms.
Three sunshine show that the product can be used at any time of the year.
Four dots mean that the product is suitable for use in poorly heated rooms.
Five suns show that the blanket is very warm. It will warm in the most severe frosts.
What blanket to buy - tips on choosing
When buying a duvet, pay attention to the look of the filler. In the production of goose down is most often used. It is weightless, fluffy and warm. Sometimes cheap models contain duck down and feather. This filler is quite heavy, it often rolls into lumps. The most common, rare and high-quality is fluff loon - it has excellent thermal insulation properties, good hygroscopicity, softness and lightness.
When buying products from down and synthetic fillers choose models with cassette, not quilted tailoring. The filler in such blankets is contained in special sections. It is evenly distributed over the product and is not collected in the corners. In quilts, the filler can move, forming empty, unheated areas.
When prone to allergic reactions, prefer blankets with silk, bamboo, cotton or synthetic filler.
Wool blankets will be an excellent choice for older people suffering from joint pain, as well as heat-loving people.
How much is a blanket
The cheapest are the blankets of batting. Their cost varies from 600 to 1500 rubles, but some models can cost 4000-6000 rubles.
The cost of products from synthetic fillers is about 550-10 000 rubles.
The highest quality grade of silk is considered to be a grade A Class Mulberry, and the most affordable is Tussa. Often these varieties are combined, and the price of the product depends on the amount of silk in the filler. Sometimes synthetic filler is added to silk fibers. Products from Mulberry, as a rule, 5-6 times more expensive than blankets from Tussa. Silk models from 2,500 to 50,000 rubles are on the Russian market, but premium products for 500,000 rubles can be found.
Prices for down products range from 3,000 to 50,000 rubles. The higher the quality of the fluff and the greater its content in the filler (compared to the pen), the higher the cost.
The price of woolen blankets is 550–45 000 rub.
Products labeled "Bamboo" can cost 400-25,000 rubles. The more expensive the blanket, the greater the chance that the filler actually contains bamboo fibers.
In the following articles, our experts tell you how to choose bed linen and the secrets of choosing a mattress - we compare fillers.
What blanket to choose
Bedding - not those things that you can choose from the photo in online stores. Before buying you need to think in advance about all the basic qualities of the product: size, sewing technology, material, filler, warming properties. With the first characteristic, everything is more or less clear: the size can be single, one-and-a-half or double. When choosing it, you need to take into account only personal preferences and the possibility of selecting suitable bed linen.
For coating used woven materials - coarse, satin, polyester. As for the sewing technology, according to this parameter, all products are divided into quilted, kostepnye and cassette. Quilt is made with a special quilting, which secures the filler. In kostepnyh products, the filler is retained by stitching. Cassette models have separate sections with a filler inside each. They are considered the most wear-resistant and easy-to-care, as they best hold the filler, preventing it from rolling into lumps.
The standard size of the product for newborns is 120x120 cm. Experts recommend choosing lightweight models with a practical cotton cover, avoiding synthetics. It is better if the thing is completely natural and environmentally friendly. However, among synthetic models, you can also find a blanket suitable for a newborn's bed, the main thing is to check the availability of quality certificates.
When choosing it is important to consider the season. In summer, a child can be covered with a light flannelette, fleece, silk or thin wool blanket, under which he will not sweat. For winter, a warmer version is required - a downy, padding polyester or wadded product. The blanket, which is planned to be used during walks, is desirable to choose among models with removable covers.
The warmest for the winter and other cold periods of the year should be chosen among the models with high-quality filler, which has sufficient ability to retain heat. The degree of heat transfer of the product is indicated on the label to the product in the form of points. They can be from one to five. The more points, the warmer the model. Keep in mind that the best materials include:
- natural and artificial down,
- camel and sheep wool,
- synthetic winterizer
- thick cotton blankets warm up well in the cold season.
Which blanket is best for hot seasons? For warm summer nights, it is recommended to choose silk products, wool blend rugs, light bedspreads with bamboo or other vegetable fillers. It is very uncomfortable to use models with synthetic winterizer, wool and down in summer - it is too hot to sleep or rest under them. The exception may be thin wool products.
For all seasons
The most practical version of the all-season blanket is considered a bilateral product. One side is trimmed with regular fabric and the other with wool or fur. There are also double models. In cold weather, two canvases are fastened together with strings, buttons or buttons, and in the warm time they unfasten the lighter and use it separately. For any season suitable products with fillers such as holofiber or silicone fiber. They provide comfortable sleep both in winter and in summer.
How to choose a blanket on the filler
Many believe that the ability of a blanket to retain heat depends only on the base material of manufacture. However, models from different manufacturers with the same filling can vary greatly in the degree of heat. It is influenced by the type of fabric cover, the thickness of the product, the quality of the material used. Which filler for a blanket is better and how to properly evaluate the quality of one or another variant that provides the warming properties of products?
Out of bamboo
The bamboo product is soft and light, keeps its shape for a long time, is unable to cause allergies, it is simply washed, it dries quickly. It is not warm enough for winter, and in summer, spring or early autumn it is very comfortable to sleep under it. However, before choosing a bamboo blanket as the main option for the warm season, it is worth assessing the humidity conditions of the climate in which you live. Bamboo fiber absorbs moisture very well, so it will be difficult to dry it at high humidity.
Woolen blankets are a good option for the most fastidious sluts. They perfectly absorb moisture, while remaining dry, retain heat, have healing properties. How to choose a wool blanket? Among them are both lightweight models and thicker and warmer ones, so when buying you need to focus on the main purpose of the product. For winter, it is better to choose a quilt with a sheep, camel, goat or llama hair. Knitted woolen plaids are good for the warm season. The disadvantages of this filler include the risk of mole damage and allergenicity.
Such products are known for their beneficial properties, due to which they are recommended to choose people with sore joints. A blanket of merino wool - an elite breed of sheep - has particularly valuable healing effects. This type of wool is considered hypoallergenic. Well suited for young children and people with sensitive skin. Sheep wool blanket is valued for:
- low weight
- good ability to absorb moisture.
Camel blanket is warmer than sheep, but also more expensive. According to the heating properties, the material is only slightly inferior to swan down. The camel's hair is hollow inside, so it is about 2 times lighter than sheep's. The only disadvantage of this filler is associated with the moth, which can spoil the thing. Camel wool blankets are characterized by:
- high wear resistance
- excellent ability to absorb and evaporate moisture.
Previously, blankets with cotton wool were very popular due to the excellent warming properties. However, now they are losing popularity, since they have several significant shortcomings at once. They are difficult to wash, they dry for a long time. Vata has the ability to absorb unpleasant odors, slide down and stick together in lumps, due to which the thing quickly loses its original appearance. Their advantages:
This artificial filler is lightweight, good warming qualities, and also provides excellent air exchange. It is easy to find summer and winter models among blankets with holofiber. Material does not cause allergies. The disadvantage of this filler is considered the worst ability to transmit moisture than natural materials. The advantages of such options:
- they provide a comfortable sleep,
- products are unpretentious in the care.
From swan down
Blankets with swan down are deservedly considered the warmest and at the same time light. They provide very good air circulation and have excellent absorbent properties, but require regular cleaning. When choosing a natural product, it is important to make sure that really swan is used as a filler, and not more rigid goose down or feather. Another disadvantage of this filler is high allergenicity. Those who suffer from allergic reactions should pay attention to the artificial swan down.
From synthetic winterizer
The synthetic blanket is warm, light, but it does not pass moisture well enough. It is recommended to wash it infrequently, because this way the product can quickly lose its shape. How to choose a good blanket with padding? When buying you need to make sure that the product filler is elastic and moderately voluminous. Too loose, fluffy material - this is the so-called glued synthetic winterizer. Like other species, it is a specially treated polyester fiber, but its production uses toxic glue, emitting harmful substances.
Кашемировые изделия отличаются высокой ценой, но они очень теплые, легкие, прочные. В отличие от других шерстяных изделий, кашемировые одеяла подходят аллергикам. При правильном уходе они способны сохранять свои ценные свойства и хороший внешний вид на долгие годы. It is believed that cashmere is a capricious material that requires constant access to dry cleaning services. However, quality items are allowed to be washed in typewriters. To ensure a cashmere product as long as possible life, you need to use a gentle wash mode.
Video: how to choose the right blanket
The proposed video materials will allow you to get information about the subtleties of the selection of bedding for a healthy sleep. Experts tell how to choose the right products depending on the purpose, time of year and the desired characteristics. The video will help avoid common mistakes that customers make when purchasing bedding.
What are the criteria for choosing a blanket
Modern stores delight customers with a huge assortment of a wide variety of bedding accessories. They do not ignore the blankets. What it is worth paying attention to, what blanket is better to buy, and which parameters should be simply neglected?
- Filler. All bedroom accessories of this type are divided into two large groups - made from natural material or artificial synthetic fibers. Lovers of the classics, no doubt appreciate the down or wool - warm, pleasant to the touch, with a lot of other advantages. The main disadvantage of it is the price, the impossibility of full washing, as well as complex care, along with high allergenicity. Synthetic-based products are significantly different from each other, have a number of advantages and disadvantages, while acting as a reasonable alternative to standard classics,
- The size. Size is important. The blanket must be chosen strictly to the size of the bed, naturally considering their own preferences and dimensions. Modern standards suggest the possibility of acquiring single, one and a half and double options, or an individual order for tailoring a product of a non-standard size,
- Case. The fabric of the blanket cover should not only be pleasant to the touch, but also could be easily removed and erased, be dense enough to hold the filler in case of need. In the domestic market covers are mainly made of silk, jacquard, knitwear, satin and calico,
- Thermal insulation. Modern high-quality products are provided with markings indicating the degree of thermal insulation of blankets in the form of suns or levels. If they are absent, then it is possible to adhere to general data - the warmest are predominantly thick synthetic and light downy wares,
- Hypoallergenic. Allergies are contraindicated in down and wool, and the best option is synthetics and bamboo.
The most commonly used filler fluff geese. The traditional version of animal origin, high-quality structure, but high price. The long service life of such products has become possible thanks to modern technologies of processing the source material, in general, we can say that bird fluff is a good filling for a blanket.
Pluses blanket from bird fluff:
- Good thermal insulation properties along with high-quality thermoregulation,
- Air permeability. Such products create a good microclimate, due to the possibility of circulation of air masses,
- Persistent shape. Blankets, made of bird fluff, rather elastic, not swagger, perfectly keeps its shape,
- Low weight. A blanket of fluff is the easiest among all the possible options.
- Durability. Modern products of this type can serve up to two decades,
- Antistatic effect. Down filler is not subject to static electricity.
Cons of bird fluff filler:
- Cost Goose down duvets are among the most expensive,
- Weak moisture exchange. Well letting in the air, the fluff in passing retains a significant part of the moisture, which leads to the gradual dampening of the product,
- Potential allergenicity. In such products, there is a high probability of dust mites settling into the filler structure,
- Special care. A blanket made of down requires special storage conditions and regular treatment against ticks.
Sheep wool blanket
Quite a popular natural filler, which clearly wins bird fluff due to lower cost, but it has additional drawbacks.
Goodies Sheep Wool Blankets:
- Good heat capacity. Sheep wool warms well, keeps warm for a long time, while in a number of countries it is used as a preventive measure for muscular atony and osteochondrosis,
- Air exchange Like bird fluff, this filler creates optimal conditions for microcirculation of air masses,
- Balanced moisture transfer. Sheep wool blanket absorbs well and gives up moisture, remaining dry for a long period of time,
- Antistatic effect. The material is not subject to static electricity,
- Low cost. Blankets with such a filler are available to the masses of the population and are cheaper not only for bird fluff, but also for some synthetic-based products.
- Allergy Animal wax in the structure of the filler, as well as dust mites, often present in the blanket, increase the risk of allergic reactions in humans,
- Short service life. On average, sheep wool blankets serve for about 4 years, after which they quickly clog and lose their shape,
- Weight. Products of this kind have a high mass comparable to wadded counterparts,
- Complicated care. Products must not be washed, only chemical surface cleaning is used with care.
Advantages and disadvantages of camel wool blankets
This filler came to us from the Far East. Blankets based on it are popular in Russia, are relatively inexpensive, serve a long time and are an excellent alternative to products from sheep wool.
- Heat capacity. Products from this filler are no less warm than other products on a natural basis,
- Air and moisture exchange. Camel wool promotes microcirculation of air masses and moisture at the same time,
- Persistent shape. Blankets made of this material perfectly keep their shape and do not swagger,
- Low weight. Filler-based products are light and thin,
- Antistatic effect. The camel's hair is not electrified,
- Durability. Blankets based on the above-described filler serve an average of 20 years.
- Allergy The problem of all natural animal-based fillers is an increased risk of the introduction of dust mites,
- Cost The price for a blanket is lower than for a duvet, but still high compared to synthetic counterparts,
- Tactile sensations. Most products are prickly, can only be used with a tight duvet cover and in the maximum closed case.
Blankets with a filler of swan down
Natural swan's down in modern production of blankets is not used due to the extremely high cost of raw material. Instead, it uses a synthetic analogue - tinsuleyt. Artificial filler has a number of specific properties, and products made from it are ideal for off-season in the autumn-spring period.
Advantages of swan down:
- Hypoallergenic. Absolutely safe for allergy sufferers, dust mites and other pathogens do not start up in the synthetics structure
- Average thermal conductivity. The blanket of this material is not as warm as from natural fillers, but surpasses many synthetic analogues in this parameter,
- Weight. Products have low weight - an average blanket is rare when it weighs more than half a kilogram,
- Easy care. Does not require special care, is easy to wash and dries very quickly,
- Persistence Tinsuleyt keeps its shape perfectly, is not cracked and is quite elastic.
Cons of swan fluff blankets:
- Electrostaticity. Material accumulates a lot of static
- Moisture resistance. Absolutely does not absorb and does not release moisture,
- Bad microcirculation. The filler practically does not pass air masses, which creates the danger of overheating of the body.
Polyester fiber as a filler in a blanket
The whole group of last generation fillers is united by one such common designation as polyester fiber. These include microfiber, comfort, holofiber, silicone fiber and eco-fiber. The above products are slightly different in appearance, but have identical properties.
- Hypoallergenic. Do not cause allergies and are harmless to health,
- Elastic form. There is no caking and rolling, fillers keep their shape well,
- Heat capacity. Excellent heat keeping due to the special hollow structure
- Weight. Small weight of products regardless of the subtype of such artificial filler,
- Life time. Blankets on polyester fibers can last 10-15 years.
- Electrostaticity. Products are subject to static charge,
- Moisture resistance. There is no microcirculation of moisture - poor absorption and zero fluid return.
Bamboo Fiber Blankets
A modern type of filler on a completely plant-based, obtained by the method of cellulose regeneration from the stems of a classic bamboo stem.
Advantages of bamboo blankets:
- Hypoallergenic and environmental friendliness. In the filler there are no allergens, static electricity, it does not absorb odors,
- Weight. The weight of products is higher than that of fluff, but lower than other synthetic analogues,
- Air exchange Perfect microcirculation of air masses,
- Care. Does not require special care, can be erased even in an automatic typewriter.
Disadvantages of the bamboo blanket:
- High thermal conductivity. It retains heat poorly, therefore it is used mainly for summer blankets,
- Weak moisture exchange. The material absorbs moisture poorly, but at the same time gives it well,
- Terms of operation. The average service time is about 2 years.
One of the most modern types of plant-based filler is produced from eucalyptus stems using cellulose regeneration. Its alternative names are lyocell and tenzel..
Blankets based on the material have good thermal control, but are quite expensive.
- Hypoallergenic. In the filler can not start mites, the fibers themselves do not cause allergies,
- Heat capacity. The material from which the blanket is made is one of the warmest,
- The form. Tencel has an elastic soft structure, does not clot and does not deform,
- Air and wet permeability. Lyocell has remarkable breathable, anti-static and moisture-exchange properties, which creates the most balanced microcirculation,
- Care and durability. Eucalyptus fiber blankets do not require special care and serve up to 10-12 years.
- Great value. Blankets based on this material are the most expensive.
- High probability of forgery. Due to the high cost, many manufacturers replace part of the plant fiber with synthetic analogues, which significantly impairs the above described useful properties of the blanket.
Until recently, under the cotton filling meant classic cotton wool. Modern technology has significantly changed this type of fiber, making it more elastic and durable. Good thermoregulation and low cost are the main parameters of today's cotton..
- Hypoallergenic. Does not cause allergies, is harmless to the human body and the biosphere,
- Cost This type of filler is the most affordable and affordable.
- Heat capacity. Cotton blankets are among the warmest.
- A lot of weight. An average blanket with such a filler can weigh 2-3 kilograms,
- Weak moisture exchange. Cotton absorbs fluids well, but does not vaporize them,
- Life time. The filler deteriorates very quickly and loses consumer properties, on average it lasts 1 year, maximum 2 seasons.
This type of vegetable filler is obtained by processing and squeezing flax. Products based on it have an average cost, universal and has several advantages.
- Antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Hemp fiber does not cause allergies, and does not contain pathogenic microflora,
- Excellent microcirculation. Blankets based on this material are air and water permeable,
- Life time. The term exploitation of the filler is calculated for decades
- Heat capacity. Filling-based blankets are warm and versatile - they can be used in any season.
Minuses: practically absent, excellent universal balance of price and quality.
The classic filler of animal origin, known since ancient times. The source material is obtained by direct reproduction using silkworm larvae.
- Hypoallergenic. The only kind of natural filler on an animal basis, which does not cause allergic reactions. There are no pathogens inside the material structure,
- Antistatic effect. Products based on this filler do not electrify,
- Life time. The average lifetime is more than 10 years,
- Good microcirculation. The structure of the products perfectly passes moisture and air masses,
- Easy care. The product does not require regular washing, it is easily dried and ventilated.
- Cost For such products, the price is one of the highest among blankets of any type,
- Thermal conductivity. Silk has a high thermal conductivity and poorly retains heat in the winter time.
How to choose the size of the blanket?
The blanket is selected on the basis of their bed sizes, as well as individual dimensions of the client. Modern product sizes include the following products:
- Single and one and a half. Typical sizes are 140 by 205, 145 by 215, 150 by 200 and 160 by 210 centimeters,
- Double classic. Standard sizes - 172 by 205, 170 by 200, 175 by 210, 180 by 210 and 180 by 215 centimeters,
- Double (European standard). Typical sizes are 200 by 220 and 220 by 240 centimeters,
- Non-standard options for the order.
For children, the classic sizes are 100 by 140 and 110 by 150 centimeters.. Teenagers fit the classic one and a half options.
Method of sewing and finishing blankets
Blankets in addition to all the above criteria, also divided by the method of sewing and finishing. Possible options:
- Cassette assembly. The most popular option. The working cloth of a product consists of sections of a certain form with a filler. The typical cell size is 10 or 15 centimeters on each side. The advantages of the method are protection from deformation and damage to the blanket, its long service life,
- Unidirectional firmware. Hardware stitch in the same plane. The simplest and cheapest, but the least reliable option, since there is no complete fixation of the filler and the structure of the product,
- Karostep. The variation of the quilt with a machine decorated processing in several directions and creating a beautiful pattern. Beautiful appearance of the product, better fixation compared to the previous version, but lack of versatility and reliability, compared to the cassette assembly.
How to choose the best blanket?
We recommend choosing a blanket that is not just suitable in size, price tag and color, but also meets modern sanitary and hygienic standards. It is desirable that the selected products be hypoallergenic, hygroscopic, heat-consuming, and also provide good microcirculation of air masses. Do not forget about other nuances:
- In the summer and off-season, it is better to choose a blanket based on silk or bamboo filler with high thermal conductivity,
- In winter, in early spring or late autumn, products based on eucalyptus or cotton will be the best option. The alternative is blankets of down and wool, but they require extra care,
- Universal off-season option - linen-based blankets,
- For children, patients and pregnant women, select products that are light enough to not overload the body.
Choose a blanket carefully and wisely - luck will surely smile on you!
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1. What first thing to look for when choosing a blanket?
The main function of the blanket is to maintain a constant body temperature, which will be comfortable for you and correspond to the season. In other words, a blanket is nightwear. Maintains the temperature of the filler, which is used as: silk, down, cotton, synthetics, wool. When choosing a blanket, pay attention not only to its composition, but also to its size and thermal insulation properties.
2. Choose a size
The size of the blankets are divided into double and one and a half. One-and-a-half are of the following sizes: 140 x 200 cm, 140 x 205 cm, 150 x 200 cm, 150 x 210 cm, 155 x 200 cm, 155 x 220 cm, 160 x 220 cm. Dimensions are 140 x 205 cm and 145 standard x 205 cm. Double blankets are sewn in such sizes: 172 x 205 cm, 175 x 205 cm, 180 x 210 cm, 200 x 200 cm, 200 x 220 cm, 240 x 220 cm. Recently, the most common size of a double blanket is considered 200 x 220 cm, the so-called “euro” size. In addition, blankets measuring 200 x 200 cm are delivered to us from Germany and Italy.
3. Warming properties
The warming properties of the blanket should be indicated on the packaging. It looks like points, the number of which represents the degree of heat - from one to five. But not all manufacturers of blankets adhere to this standard. So you need to understand the fillers and materials, of which a blanket is sewn, in order to properly evaluate its heating properties.
Если вы мёрзнете даже летом, то выбирайте одеяло с тяжелым наполнителем – кашемировое или с верблюжьей шерсти. Тем, кому холодно только зимой, подойдёт одеяло, наполненное гусиным пухом. If you are one of those who are hot even in the cold, then buy either a synthetic blanket or a blanket filled with eucalyptus fiber, and if you are not constrained in money, then silk. When choosing a blanket, consider your characteristics, habits and abilities.
4. Which is better - wool or down?
Both fillers provide warmth and comfort. So duvet - light, airy, voluminous. They are hiding like a cloud. Blankets made of cashmere, camel or sheep wool are somewhat heavier and denser. They are suitable for those who do not like to freeze, and those who have sore joints.
Cashmere blanket - quite expensive product. Since cashmere wool is a unique material that is much less common than other types of wool. Cashmere wool is not only warm, but also resistant to damage - it does not roll down, does not lose hair, it can even be washed in a typewriter. Another useful feature is cashmere wool that is hypoallergenic, which is why it is suitable for people and young children who are sensitive to allergies.
Blankets from camel wool -Most Popular. This wool consists not only of coarse hair, but also of soft down and undercoat. Camel's hair is hollow inside, so a blanket made of it is twice as light as that of sheep wool. In addition, they are durable and retain heat well.
Blanket made from sheep woolIt looks like a camel, but such a blanket is cheaper. At the same time, it is soft and warm. That's just not always such blankets are suitable for allergies. They also need special care - only dry cleaning is suitable for sheep wool blankets.
Synthetic blankets prefer because they are easy to take care of - thrown into the washing machine, and it is clean. Dries synthetic blankets too fast. In addition, it can be used in conditions of high humidity. For example, leave the country, in which there is no heating. Any other blanket will absorb moisture and will need to be dried. Good blankets with fiber Tencel. It is made from eucalyptus. It turns out the viscose type of fabric with special properties - antibacterial, hypoallergenic, very smooth and soft. It takes moisture well, contributing to excellent thermoregulation. Eucalyptus filler can be suitable for any climate - the degree of heat depends on the volume of the filler, which of course affects the weight of the blanket.
The most common type of blankets in our latitudes is duvets. Their advantage lies in the ease and ability to perfectly warm. The cost of such a blanket varies widely, it is influenced by the name of the manufacturer, the properties of the down, the quality of the fabric ... Blankets filled with gray goose down are cheaper than similar ones, but filled with white down. When choosing a duvet, pay attention to tailoring.
Exist cassetteor quiltedblankets. The difference lies in the fact that in a cassette blanket in each cassette (compartment), separated by stitching from the rest, a down is placed, which can only be moved within the cassette. Quilts usually contain little fluff, they are thinner. Down comforters can be washed even in washing machines, but still professional washing will be more effective, allowing you to achieve the best result.
Degree of warmth
This indicator manufacturers must indicate on the packaging points. The number of points is from one to five. The more points - the warmer the blanket. Three points are usually put on all-season products. But, unfortunately, not all manufacturers indicate this data. Therefore, in order not to be mistaken with the choice, you should pay attention to the filler. For those who are freezing in winter and summer, preference should be given to wool blankets. If you are cold only in the winter - down. But if you belong to the category of people who are hot all the time - stop your choice on silk or vegetable fillers. For people with allergies, synthetic products are more suitable.
Blankets are also:
Bilateral is when on the one hand wool, and on the other cotton.
4 seasons is when the blanket consists of two halves, which are connected using buttons. One half is wool, the other is made of organic cotton. They can be used both together and separately.
To understand the range of commercially available blankets and choose the perfect option, you need to know the exact properties and disadvantages of the fillers. At the same time, it is not at all necessary to strive to choose a blanket from natural materials, since modern synthetic fillers are in no way inferior, and even surpass traditional ones in some indicators.
Types of fillers:
Classic and most popular are the blankets of camel, sheep or goat wool, as well as merino wool and alpaca.
- The main advantage of the filler is the indisputable healing properties and environmental friendliness of raw materials,
- Well absorbed and evaporated liquid, remaining dry to the touch,
- Warm enough to warm in the winter and at the same time remain light and breathing,
- The most practical and durable found camel wool blankets, which not only do not accumulate dust and with proper care retain their original appearance for 10 years, but also absorb the radioactive rays emitted by household appliances,
- Blankets made of goat wool have a massage effect, not causing discomfort with causticity during sleep,
- The uniqueness of merino wool blankets is the content of a special waxy substance lanolin on the fibers, which has a beneficial effect on the skin,
- In turn, alpaca wool, the only one of all, does not roll and is more durable with all the advantages described above.
- You can not wash, only dry cleaning,
- Allergy Contraindicated.
For storing blankets do not forget to use moth products.
Types of down used in blankets: goose, duck, swan, loon, goat (undercoat).
- Differs in ease and airiness,
- Pooh has the ability to warm even in the most frosty winters,
- Provides adequate air circulation. Pooh creates a cozy microclimate for a restful sleep,
- Fluff filler has an antistatic effect,
- Down duvets are very durable and can last up to 30 years.
- Pooh is contraindicated in allergic and asthmatic diseases,
- Not recommended for children
- Large enough and take up a lot of space, as a result, you should use vacuum bags for storage,
- For blankets of fluff is very difficult to care for.
When choosing a duvet, pay attention to the% content of down and feather. The composition of the pen in the filler should not exceed 40%.
- They are rightfully considered to be among the warmest, since they ideally keep the temperature. Even if the thermometer in the room where the sleeper is located drops to 0ºC, it is impossible to freeze under such a blanket,
- Filler does not cause allergies,
- Absorbs moisture well
- Affordable price.
- Absorbs extraneous odors
- Heavy enough
- Over time, vata is knocked off
- Do not wash - the only possible way to remove dirt is to squeeze out dust or professional steam cleaning.
An alternative to cotton wool is a synthetic winterizer, which weighs much less with the same heat preservation properties.
Duvet covers are considered universal for any season due to the fact that they differ in density. So, thin and weightless products from organic cotton are ideal for hot summer nights, and thicker ones will provide comfort and coziness in the offseason.
- They can be easily washed in a conventional machine at a temperature of 40ºC, which greatly simplifies maintenance and allows you to save on professional cleaning services,
- Can be used even for newborns, due to their hypoallergenic and environmental friendliness,
- It can also serve as a bedding for nature trips, an elegant bedspread or a cozy blanket for relaxing,
- Its indisputable advantage in softness and compactness. When folded, it takes up minimal space.
- Manufacturers often turn such blankets into works of art, paying attention to colors and decorative patterns,
- Affordable price.
- When improperly washed it becomes hard and unpleasant to the touch.
- They look incredibly stylish and vintage,
- They are designed to perform a more decorative function and are excellent for use as a bedspread.
- Do not recommend the use as intended
- Being handmade works of art, they are quite expensive,
- Highly demanding care.
The main quality characteristics depend entirely on what material is taken as the basis for tailoring, and can vary.
- Enjoy particular popularity due to the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of the filler,
- They do not start dust mites and dust accumulates poorly, so this is an ideal option for the healthy sleep of allergies,
- The process of cleaning and care is simple and does not require the use of complex or expensive tools
- It absorbs moisture well and lets air through,
- They combine lightness up to zero gravity and high thermal conductivity, which makes them an ideal solution for use at any time of the year.
- High enough cost
- The complexity of the purchase of quality goods. Many dishonest sellers, under the guise of bamboo filling, offer blankets with a combined composition (bamboo and sintepon, bamboo and feather).
Silk Filled Blankets
Elite blankets filled with resin-purified protein, which produces the silkworm caterpillar.
- Possess unique properties to warm, while remaining weightless,
- Perfectly absorbs moisture and does not interfere with natural air exchange,
- It is hypoallergenic. The filler is not attractive for all types of parasites.
- High price,
- Demanding care.
For the duration of the life of silk blankets - only professional dry cleaning.
Gentle to the touch, light and warm cashmere blankets, of course, able to decorate any home and provide comfort and warmth during sleep.
- Much warmer than regular wool blankets,
- Damage resistance
- Cashmere wool - hypoallergenic,
- They look very expensive and spectacular, but it's not easy to care for them.
Modern synthetic fillers include polyester fiber, polyester and acrylic fibers.
- No risk of allergies,
- The possibility of simple washing in an automatic car,
- They are relatively inexpensive and in terms of quality characteristics are not inferior to more expensive counterparts from natural materials,
- Insufficient breathability,
- Low ability to absorb moisture.
To date, the most optimal in terms of price and quality are holofiber fabric blankets, which combine all the advantages of natural and artificial fillers.
- Good heat retention
- Absorbs excess moisture
- It does not cause any problems with care, as it endures the machine wash with quite firmness,
- Antibacterial material and its hypoallergenicity allows us to recommend the use of such blankets even for young children.
- It is compressed and loses its original pomp.
The best manufacturers of blankets - which company to choose
When choosing bedding, which you expect to use for several years, give preference to quality rather than to an over-affordable price - take products from reputable manufacturers.
The brand, which value its reputation, will not fall to the use of low-grade fillers and poisonous paints. The products of such companies comply with all sanitary and hygienic standards, as well as undergo a rigorous multistage control.
Excellent blankets for children and adults produce:
The prevalence of Russian manufacturers in the bedding market indicates the high quality and adequate price of their products. And the Soviet GOSTs, for which many of them work, inspire confidence.
We already told about the best blankets of these and other worthy companies in the article. Now let's see how to choose the right models for your family.
Types of blankets
A blanket is the best choice for those who like to sleep a little longer or just lie in a bed. It retains heat well, is highly hygroscopic and dries quickly. And products made from sheep's wool (especially merino) also have healing properties.
Also on sale can be found models of wool camels, goats and llamas - usually they are available in the form of blankets or quilts.
- Excellent thermal conductivity
- Good hygroscopicity
- Self-cleaning function (moisture and odors disappear quickly),
- A light weight,
- Long service life with proper care.
- Afraid of moths
- There are dust mites in the wool that can cause allergies.
The warmest and almost weightless blankets - it is comfortable to sleep under them even in hot summer. Goose and duck downs and feathers are most often used as stuffing; less often, looning down. If you purchase a combined product, the percentage of natural filler in the mixture should not be below 40%.
Also, when buying a blanket, you should pay attention to the quality of the quilting: it is better if the fabric is stitched in small squares.
- Better than others keep warm
- Very light, despite its thickness,
- They have excellent breathability,
- Elastic and very durable.
- Quickly damp,
- Require professional cleaning
- Not suitable for allergy sufferers (dust mites are infused).
This type of filler was very common a few decades ago due to its affordable price and good heat-saving properties.
Today, this material is rapidly losing popularity due to the appearance of lighter and cheaper synthetic substitutes, which by many parameters are superior to obsolete cotton wool.
- Good thermal conductivity
- Usually have a very durable case.
- Easily absorb odors
- Difficult to clean
- Vata dampens with time and gets lost by lumps,
- Great weight.
Belong to the category of luxury blankets. Stuffing material for them is made of specially processed cocoons of silkworms.
This fiber is very light and hygroscopic, and most importantly - microorganisms and mites do not start there. Silk blankets depending on the amount of filler are summer and winter.
- Keep a stable temperature around the sleeper,
- Possess high breathability,
- Very durable.
- Difficult to care for
- Have a high cost.
Bamboo fiber went on sale not so long ago, but already has a whole army of fans. Blankets made of this material are not inferior in quality to silk: they remarkably let in air and absorb excess moisture. Such products keep their shape well and do not cause allergic reactions.
- Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties,
- Air permeability
- Incredible softness
- High environmental friendliness.
- High price,
- Not particularly warm
- Short-lived - pure bamboo fiber will last no more than 2 seasons.
This filler is made from thin and fluffy fiber (cellulose) of eucalyptus - lyocel. It has a breathable structure and high strength. Like bamboo blankets, eucalyptus is not exposed to the invasion of mites and microbes, and are highly hygroscopic.
- Absolutely hypoallergenic,
- They have therapeutic and prophylactic properties.
- Maintain an optimal temperature balance in summer and winter
- Very light and soft
- Do not accumulate static electricity.
- Price above average
- They require careful maintenance and regular airing.
Some manufacturers add synthetics to eucalyptus fiber, which significantly reduces the cost of the finished product and simplifies its maintenance. But the low price for such models is an occasion to study the label more closely.
When buying blankets with a mixed composition, make sure that the percentage of plant fibers is not lower than 50%.
Polyester (synthetic) blankets
Modern synthetic fillers are almost as good as their “natural” counterparts in operational properties, but they have undoubted advantages: an affordable price and absolute hypoallergenicity.
Many people associate synthetics with something low-grade and low-quality. This is fundamentally not true. Most of the newest artificial materials (silicone, holofiber, microfiber, polyester) are very warm and durable. All of them are derived from polyester fiber, therefore, although they differ externally, they have similar qualities.
The sintepon is the cheapest in this family, but it can be deformed and lose volume. Soft and pleasant to the touch polyester properties resembles wool. Что же касается модного холлофайбера, состоящего из волокон-пружинок, то он недаром называется «искусственным пухом» – настолько этот наполнитель воздушный и легкий.
- Absolute safety for health - saprophytes and pathogenic microbes do not start in synthetic fiber,
- Mostly very elastic, do not shrink or stretch,
- Have excellent thermal insulation,
- Very light
- Can be machine washed at high temperatures.
- Long service life (up to 10 years).
- Low hygroscopicity
- Can accumulate static electricity.
Whatever the filling of the blanket, the material from which the cover is made is very important. It should be pleasant to the touch, durable, have a high hygroscopicity and breathability.
These properties can boast natural takni: thick cotton, teak, satin. In expensive products also used silk.
Quality artificial fillers are often stitched into a dense and smooth polyester fabric. Some manufacturers (not cheap) additionally impregnate the fabric of covers with bactericidal, dirt-repellent, antistatic impregnations - with silver, aloe vera and other useful substances.
Cotton wool is one of the most traditional heaters used in blankets. Judging by the reviews, it is very effective and inexpensive. Just a few decades ago, quilts were almost the only option suitable for winter time, whereas now there are plenty to choose from. Thick products are not suitable for winter, because they can cause overheating of the body.
- cotton wool well absorbs moisture,
- retains warmly,
- The material does not cause allergic reactions in humans.
- a blanket with cotton is heavy enough
- the filler does not allow the blanket to "breathe", creates a greenhouse effect under it,
- the blanket is difficult to care for, it is not easy to clean, wash, and even dry cleaning may not lead to proper results.
But many people still have old cotton blankets, so you should know how to properly care for them, so that the filler does not turn into a pile of lumps:
- it is not recommended to wash the blanket, so it is much easier and safer to just knock it out of dust,
- You can also use a vacuum cleaner by selecting the most powerful mode.
If you still firmly decided to wash a quilt, then you should adhere to the following rules:
- it is not recommended to squeeze the material under any circumstances, so to dry it you just need to hang it so that the water flows down,
- that the surface does not burn out in direct sunlight, it should be covered with something to protect
- during washing the blanket should be whipped so as not to form lumps, therefore it can be done only manually.
Camel wool blanket
This is one of the best options for the winter period, the advantages in such blankets are much more than minuses. For those people who want to sleep in the winter in warmth and comfort, you should pay special attention to them.
Camel wool is one of the most valuable insulants of animal origin. There are two main types: quilted and blankets.
Wool blankets are lightweight and well-suited for winter time. For wool not injected, it is recommended to use duvet covers. Even thin products perfectly warm in the cold.
The quality of the quilt depends on the density of the filler. According to this parameter, there are several types of bedding:
Warm suit for the most severe winters, while all-season can be a versatile option for any time of year. You can determine the density according to the information on the product label.
- If the density of the filler is 420 g / m 2, then the blanket will be very warm and suitable for the time when the house has not yet turned on the heating, and for people who are freezing in any weather.
- 300-350 g / m 2 have all-season models, they are suitable for use at any time, except for the summer period.
- Lightweight blankets have a density of 220-280 g / m 2. They are best used in the summer, early autumn and late spring.
- 200 g / m 2 are used mainly for the summer period.
Many modern models do not consist of pure camel hair. The exact composition must be indicated on the label by the manufacturer. Popular models are 80% camel and 20% sheep wool.
This variety has received great popularity and positive reviews due to its advantages, among which it is worth noting the following:
- the ability to self-clean - all the sweat that absorbs material overnight quickly erodes,
- excellent heat retention parameters, which ensures comfortable sleep conditions in winter,
- does not accumulate static electricity,
- has a long service life, which can be about 15 years with proper care,
- relieves nervous tension and has a healing effect, relaxes the body and removes muscle tension,
- due to the fact that the composition of the wool is lanolin, a blanket has a therapeutic effect,
- used for prevention in rheumatic and orthopedic diseases, as well as in osteochondrosis,
- lanolin affects the skin cosmetically, rejuvenating it with constant contact by improving blood circulation.
But there are also its drawbacks, though not as significant as the advantages:
- camel blankets are absolutely contraindicated for people who are allergic to wool,
- dust mites can build up in the product, as well as the material can be attacked by moths,
- As a rule, products from natural wool are expensive.
To maintain such a valuable purchase in good condition, so that it lasts as long as possible, you need to follow these recommendations:
- the blanket can be easily washed in an ordinary automatic washing machine (suitable delicate and gentle modes),
- as a cleaning agent, you should use soft powders or liquid gels,
- Some product variants can only be processed dry cleaned, you should carefully examine the label,
- in the summer, it is worth taking the products out of the house or leaving them on the open balcony for airing,
- washing should be done every six months.
The best camel hair is made in Mongolia. Often under the guise of this material you can buy a fake or a thing with a high content of sheep wool. The best way to check the naturalness of the material is to set fire to a few filler hairs. Camel wool burns slowly, rolls into a black ball and smells like burnt hair or feather. If you hold your hand over the product, it does not leave a feeling of dryness, like sheep's wool.