Which blanket to choose is a fairly common question. The domestic textile and light industry keeps pace with progress and replenishes the market with new products almost every year. Every time, pillows, blankets, blankets with high-quality, environmentally friendly and natural fillers appear on the shelves and in store catalogs. And of course, there comes a moment when we are at a loss, deciding what to choose from this. Below is a brief description of the most famous materials. You just have to compare and choose the best option for yourself.
What material is better to buy a blanket?
The warmest are blankets with natural fillers made of down and wool. Their only drawback is allergenicity. Therefore, they often need to be treated against ticks, ventilated in the open air and dried.
Silk and bamboo blankets are a great alternative, but not suitable for cold weather. Here, eucalyptus, linen, cotton and hemp fillers will be a good substitute.
Materials made of synthetic fibers today are inferior only in one thing — a low rate of moisture exchange.
Down and feathers
So, how not to make a mistake with the choice and find the very soft, airy, warm blanket that will give us sweet dreams? In addition to fabric, the main thing in this matter is the choice of filler. In this case, the question is purely individual. Therefore, it is worth studying the characteristics of the most popular materials today:
Bird (goose) down is the most popular filler used since the time of our great-grandfathers. The advantages of goose down include, first of all, its naturalness, lightness, excellent thermoregulation, elasticity, antistatic, the ability to retain heat, let air through, maintain and restore the shape of the product, and long service life. A duvet can keep you warm at night for 20 years.
However, despite such advantages, goose down has a number of such serious drawbacks as allergenicity, the ability to absorb moisture and create a favorable environment for the reproduction of microbes. In addition, duvets are not practical: they are expensive, and they are picky in care.
Another version of bird down is swan down and its artificial counterpart is thinsulate. Thinsulate is hypoallergenic, harmless, does not cake and retains its shape, does not allow harmful microbes to develop, keeps heat for a long time and is very light — an “adult” blanket weighs only half a kilogram.
Of the natural woolen fillers, the leader is camel wool, which is gradually conquering Europe. Its quality is undeniable: if your family members often catch a cold or suffer from pain in muscles and joints, then when choosing which blanket is better to buy for a child, pay attention to the camel filler. The quality of this material is undeniable: it keeps heat and shape for a long time, is lightweight, does not create a greenhouse effect, does not electrify, and can last up to 30 years. Even allergy sufferers and people with hypersensitive skin can buy a camel blanket, however, it is better to first consult with specialists. The dubious “plus” of this option is a rather high cost.
The next equally popular natural filler is sheep’s wool. The main advantage of such a filler is the therapeutic effect. Especially recommended for those who suffer from muscle spasms and osteochondrosis. In addition, sheepskin perfectly transmits heat, does not retain and evaporate moisture, neutralizes static electricity, and provides dry warmth in wet and cold weather. Well, the most important thing is affordability: sheep blankets are even cheaper than some synthetic ones.
The disadvantages include, alas, the same allergenicity. Sheepskin is not able to retain its original shape for a long time, it is quite heavy in weight and requires special care.
Bamboo fiber, or rather cellulose regenerated from bamboo, is considered the most environmentally friendly of vegetable fillers. It is hypoallergenic, has excellent thermoregulation, and “breathes” well. Blankets “on bamboo” are very light and easy to care for. By the way, you can buy a bamboo blanket without leaving your home in the Dreamcatcher online store.
Lyocell, tenzel is another version of a plant-natural filler based on eucalyptus fiber. If you can’t decide which blanket is better to buy for a newborn, then eucalyptus filler is the best option. Firstly, it is indicated for allergy sufferers, such a product keeps heat and shape for a long time, perfectly passes air and moisture, and does not become electrified. The eucalyptus blanket is unpretentious in care (calmly endures numerous washes in a machine) and can keep your baby warm for 10 years. The only drawback of this filler is the price.
Previously, the role of cotton filler was performed by ordinary cotton wool, but the development of industry has made this material more practical, hypoallergenic, warm and affordable. But it still absorbs a lot of moisture, is heavier than others, and less durable.
Fillers made of hemp and linen fibers have made serious competition to expensive silk. They are safe for allergy sufferers, perfectly pass moisture and air, are durable, do not create an environment favorable for microbes, and are easy to care for.
Fluffy fibers of natural silk are leading in all respects, except for price and thermal conductivity. This filler does not cause allergies, absorbs moisture, allows air to pass through, is easy to use and durable (10–12 years a silk blanket will delight and warm you at night).
As you can see, there are many options.
IMPORTANT! The main thing when buying proceed from your own individual characteristics and preferences. Carefully read the characteristics, ask your friends. The right choice will guarantee a sweet, healthy sleep.