Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

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Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by heybro » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:14 am

Hello,
I am sorry this is a little off topic but I figured the smart people here might know.

Is an all cotton blanket going to provide warmth during cold winters? Now keep in mind I already have a big top blanket that has fill inside. I have a fleece blanket as well.

I used to have a polyester blanket too but it started to sort of break apart and it sort of shocked me how 'fake' the material was so I wanted to try something more natural next.

I like the idea of cotton because it is cuddly soft and natural. But, will it be too cold? It seems so thin.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Swansea » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:46 am

Cotton will be too cold. Wool blankets are good for winter, but never put them in the dryer after washing them...they shrink.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by mrc » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:08 am

We have all cotton blankets, finding wool scratchy and polyester a static electricity & dog hair nightmare. Plenty warm. Some are quite thick, but not heavy.
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Pajamas » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 am

It's hard to generalize since there are variables in climate, room temperature, and personal preference.

A blanket or comforter that is too heavy is not comfortable to me and other materials than cotton such as wool or down or even polyester fleece seem to be warmer by weight but there are other factors such as the type of weave. Cotton blankets tend to be light and have an open weave but there are heavier ones that provide more insulation, too. I sometimes sleep with just a heavy cotton flannel sheet during the summer, but my favorite spring and summer blanket is flat-weave linen:

http://www.brahmsmount.com/blankets.html

They have heavy cotton and cotton blend blankets, too. (Prices look high and do seem to have gone up, but they have sales yearly.)

I also have one of those fuzzy polyester fleece blankets some gave me that is very warm for the weight and works well for fall and winter. I don't like comforters very much. When it is very cold during the winter, I usually just close or almost close the window rather than leaving it open several inches instead of using a heavier blanket.

If you like your polyester fleece blanket but prefer a more natural material, then you can get cotton fleece blankets that are made in Portugal or Germany from various linen stores online:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/solid-co ... 8-R14.html

http://www.garnethill.com/cotton-fleece ... many/18461
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by alex_686 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:00 am

Flannel sheets come in cotton.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by livesoft » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:02 am

Cotton is fine if it doesn't get wet.

However, if you want warmth without electricity, then a down comforter in a flannel duvet cover is heavenly warm and soft.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by 123 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:19 am

Our favorite blanket material is acrylic, which are usually relatively thin and warm. There are a lot of "throw" covers made with acrylic but it's hard to find real blankets made of acrylic (traditionally they come with a "satin" border). Most blankets today seem to be made of polyester "micro-fiber".
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Broken Man 1999 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:22 am

When I returned home from the hospital in 1999, the nurses filled up pillowcases full of linens, including a cotton hospital blanket. I have used it until recently. I have never found a place to buy one to replace it. It's getting thin. It's ugly, but it isn't going anywhere.

However, I was recently in two hospitals, one for a couple of times, and each time I left, the nurses bundled me up in cotton hospital blankets. My linen closet runneth over. Now I am not so clueless that these "free" blankets were really free, but I am happy to have them.

The cotton blankets "breathe", and with a sheet keep me plenty warm here in Florida. I sleep under a ceiling fan going full blast, but I 'stay warm. Occasionally when we have a couple of days of our winter cold, Wife adds another blanket, you know, when the temp drops to below 70 degrees. :happy

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Tallis » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:32 am

heybro wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:14 am
Is an all cotton blanket going to provide warmth during cold winters?
Define "cold." I live in Minnesota, and our thermostat is set at 55 at night. No cotton blanket will cut it in January. We use vellux blankets, which are cheap, light, very warm, and machine-washable. They have a weird texture, though, sort of like auto upholstery material.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by fposte » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:44 am

heybro wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:14 am
Is an all cotton blanket going to provide warmth during cold winters? Now keep in mind I already have a big top blanket that has fill inside.
Does "top blanket" mean the cotton would be going underneath this, or are you trying to jettison that big blanket for something lighter?

If you are looking for serious warmth, a cotton blanket on its own isn't going to do it. However, a cotton fleece blanket like this is a lovely thing that might do you if you're looking for an underlayer or your room doesn't get that cold.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by bloom2708 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:35 am

Find a nice alpaca blanket.
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Random Poster » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:28 am

heybro wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:14 am
I like the idea of cotton because it is cuddly soft and natural.
As is a Buffalo hide.

Consider using one of those instead.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by bungalow10 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:49 pm

Wool all the way. Take care to read the care label, but a good wool blanket will last you the rest of your life. I'm partial to Pendletons if you want something that is widely available and nice quality. They have a National Park Series, if that is your thing :) :) :)

Alpaca is also fantastic. If you want to get fancy you can get icelandic wool too.

We even use light wool in the summer and wear wool when we run, wool's thermal properties can't be beat.
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by ResearchMed » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:45 pm

Pajamas wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 am
It's hard to generalize since there are variables in climate, room temperature, and personal preference.

A blanket or comforter that is too heavy is not comfortable to me and other materials than cotton such as wool or down or even polyester fleece seem to be warmer by weight but there are other factors such as the type of weave. Cotton blankets tend to be light and have an open weave but there are heavier ones that provide more insulation, too. I sometimes sleep with just a heavy cotton flannel sheet during the summer, but my favorite spring and summer blanket is flat-weave linen:

http://www.brahmsmount.com/blankets.html

They have heavy cotton and cotton blend blankets, too. (Prices look high and do seem to have gone up, but they have sales yearly.)

I also have one of those fuzzy polyester fleece blankets some gave me that is very warm for the weight and works well for fall and winter. I don't like comforters very much. When it is very cold during the winter, I usually just close or almost close the window rather than leaving it open several inches instead of using a heavier blanket.

If you like your polyester fleece blanket but prefer a more natural material, then you can get cotton fleece blankets that are made in Portugal or Germany from various linen stores online:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/solid-co ... 8-R14.html

http://www.garnethill.com/cotton-fleece ... many/18461
Is "cotton fleece" similar to cotton flannel?
If not, how do they differ?
These look very interesting.
I'd always thought of "fleece" as being made with synthetics.

Thanks.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Dottie57 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:03 pm

In Minnesota with cold winters. A good wool blanket is heavenly. Traps your body heat and keeps you toasty warm.

Cotton is fine at other times but not in winter..... for me.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by cherijoh » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:12 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:45 pm
Pajamas wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 am
It's hard to generalize since there are variables in climate, room temperature, and personal preference.

A blanket or comforter that is too heavy is not comfortable to me and other materials than cotton such as wool or down or even polyester fleece seem to be warmer by weight but there are other factors such as the type of weave. Cotton blankets tend to be light and have an open weave but there are heavier ones that provide more insulation, too. I sometimes sleep with just a heavy cotton flannel sheet during the summer, but my favorite spring and summer blanket is flat-weave linen:

http://www.brahmsmount.com/blankets.html

They have heavy cotton and cotton blend blankets, too. (Prices look high and do seem to have gone up, but they have sales yearly.)

I also have one of those fuzzy polyester fleece blankets some gave me that is very warm for the weight and works well for fall and winter. I don't like comforters very much. When it is very cold during the winter, I usually just close or almost close the window rather than leaving it open several inches instead of using a heavier blanket.

If you like your polyester fleece blanket but prefer a more natural material, then you can get cotton fleece blankets that are made in Portugal or Germany from various linen stores online:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/solid-co ... 8-R14.html

http://www.garnethill.com/cotton-fleece ... many/18461
Is "cotton fleece" similar to cotton flannel?
If not, how do they differ?

These look very interesting.
I'd always thought of "fleece" as being made with synthetics.

Thanks.

RM
Flannel is a brushed woven (or sometimes) knit fabric with a very soft hand. The fibers are spun and twisted into thread or yarn.Think flannel shirts and flannel sheets. Fleeces can be natural or artificial fibers but they are generally nonwovens and have some loft (i.e., depth) due to the random fiber orientation. They can usually be compressed for packing. Fleece is often a much heavier weight than flannel (except for light weight micro fleece).

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by ResearchMed » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:18 pm

cherijoh wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:12 pm
ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:45 pm
Pajamas wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 am
It's hard to generalize since there are variables in climate, room temperature, and personal preference.

A blanket or comforter that is too heavy is not comfortable to me and other materials than cotton such as wool or down or even polyester fleece seem to be warmer by weight but there are other factors such as the type of weave. Cotton blankets tend to be light and have an open weave but there are heavier ones that provide more insulation, too. I sometimes sleep with just a heavy cotton flannel sheet during the summer, but my favorite spring and summer blanket is flat-weave linen:

http://www.brahmsmount.com/blankets.html

They have heavy cotton and cotton blend blankets, too. (Prices look high and do seem to have gone up, but they have sales yearly.)

I also have one of those fuzzy polyester fleece blankets some gave me that is very warm for the weight and works well for fall and winter. I don't like comforters very much. When it is very cold during the winter, I usually just close or almost close the window rather than leaving it open several inches instead of using a heavier blanket.

If you like your polyester fleece blanket but prefer a more natural material, then you can get cotton fleece blankets that are made in Portugal or Germany from various linen stores online:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/solid-co ... 8-R14.html

http://www.garnethill.com/cotton-fleece ... many/18461
Is "cotton fleece" similar to cotton flannel?
If not, how do they differ?

These look very interesting.
I'd always thought of "fleece" as being made with synthetics.

Thanks.

RM
Flannel is a brushed woven (or sometimes) knit fabric with a very soft hand. The fibers are spun and twisted into thread or yarn.Think flannel shirts and flannel sheets. Fleeces can be natural or artificial fibers but they are generally nonwovens and have some loft (i.e., depth) due to the random fiber orientation. They can usually be compressed for packing. Fleece is often a much heavier weight than flannel (except for light weight micro fleece).
Thanks.
I don't think I ever noticed "cotton fleece", but perhaps I just wasn't looking...

Another question: There is a SUPER SOFT "fleece" (I think) that first seemed to appear on baby clothing/blankets, but I think it is more widespread now.
What is that particular *soft* fleece called?
We'd like to get some for a young child who has just been diagnosed with some sensory problems, and parents were told that "soft" would likely be calming/soothing. Blankets would be nice, but so would clothing - especially pajamas - but only if both sides are "soft", so what is next to his body is soft, too.
Most flannel seems to be soft on only one side, or at least all the children's pajamas or shirts we've found thus far.

Many thanks.

RM
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by cherijoh » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:37 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:18 pm
cherijoh wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:12 pm
ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:45 pm
Pajamas wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 am
It's hard to generalize since there are variables in climate, room temperature, and personal preference.

A blanket or comforter that is too heavy is not comfortable to me and other materials than cotton such as wool or down or even polyester fleece seem to be warmer by weight but there are other factors such as the type of weave. Cotton blankets tend to be light and have an open weave but there are heavier ones that provide more insulation, too. I sometimes sleep with just a heavy cotton flannel sheet during the summer, but my favorite spring and summer blanket is flat-weave linen:

http://www.brahmsmount.com/blankets.html

They have heavy cotton and cotton blend blankets, too. (Prices look high and do seem to have gone up, but they have sales yearly.)

I also have one of those fuzzy polyester fleece blankets some gave me that is very warm for the weight and works well for fall and winter. I don't like comforters very much. When it is very cold during the winter, I usually just close or almost close the window rather than leaving it open several inches instead of using a heavier blanket.

If you like your polyester fleece blanket but prefer a more natural material, then you can get cotton fleece blankets that are made in Portugal or Germany from various linen stores online:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/solid-co ... 8-R14.html

http://www.garnethill.com/cotton-fleece ... many/18461
Is "cotton fleece" similar to cotton flannel?
If not, how do they differ?

These look very interesting.
I'd always thought of "fleece" as being made with synthetics.

Thanks.

RM
Flannel is a brushed woven (or sometimes) knit fabric with a very soft hand. The fibers are spun and twisted into thread or yarn.Think flannel shirts and flannel sheets. Fleeces can be natural or artificial fibers but they are generally nonwovens and have some loft (i.e., depth) due to the random fiber orientation. They can usually be compressed for packing. Fleece is often a much heavier weight than flannel (except for light weight micro fleece).
Thanks.
I don't think I ever noticed "cotton fleece", but perhaps I just wasn't looking...

Another question: There is a SUPER SOFT "fleece" (I think) that first seemed to appear on baby clothing/blankets, but I think it is more widespread now.
What is that particular *soft* fleece called?
We'd like to get some for a young child who has just been diagnosed with some sensory problems, and parents were told that "soft" would likely be calming/soothing. Blankets would be nice, but so would clothing - especially pajamas - but only if both sides are "soft", so what is next to his body is soft, too.
Most flannel seems to be soft on only one side, or at least all the children's pajamas or shirts we've found thus far.

Many thanks.

RM
If you are looking at cotton, longer fibers are usually the best and are often labeled as pima, supima, or "Egyptian" cotton. I think the fleece you are looking for is microfleece since the fibers are very fine.

Flannel is only soft on one side because the fabric is brushed after it is already in fabric form.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Pajamas » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:12 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:45 pm

Is "cotton fleece" similar to cotton flannel?
If not, how do they differ?
These look very interesting.
I'd always thought of "fleece" as being made with synthetics.

Thanks.

RM
I think the process of brushing the fibers to create a nap is similar in flannel and fleece.

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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by Carson » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:32 pm

The super soft fleece is called cuddle fleece or minky fabric, I have never seen it made into pajamas that has the texture it on the inside. A seamstress could probably make a pj set pretty easily.

One thing to note if you find the fabric is it will say that it is not suitable for children's sleepwear as it isn't flame retardant.
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by PoppyA » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:45 pm

IMHO It's like layering clothing. One might work, or two, etc. A lot depends on how warm the room you are in is. I prefer cotton to acrylics.
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Re: Are Cotton Blankets Good For Winter?

Post by heybro » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:07 am

Random Poster wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:28 am
heybro wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:14 am
I like the idea of cotton because it is cuddly soft and natural.
As is a Buffalo hide.

Consider using one of those instead.
I do have a cowhide already!

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