The 10 Best Throw Blankets Under $50

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Throw blankets come in all shapes, sizes, materials, weights, colors, and prices. While many throw blankets can cost upwards of $100, you don’t have to spend that much to find a solid option to sprawl across your couch or wrap up in when you need a cozy moment. We surveyed our team for their favorite throw blankets and came up with 57 throw blankets we love. We decided to narrow that down to affordable options, so these are the best throw blankets for every need and preference, all at or under $50.

Best Overall: West Elm Ombre Throw

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Who It’s Good For

  • Anyone who wants a lightweight, soft, and low-priced throw with a faux fur acrylic material.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It’s not super heavy so if you want a warmer throw, you might opt for a thicker option.

West Elm is a popular home design brand for many reasons, but price is not usually one of them since its products can run several hundred dollars a piece. However, we found a well-designed throw blanket with a variety of color options for just $49. It feels as soft as actual goat hair but is completely man-made with an acrylic material. The design is eye-catching, with a whimsical ombre pattern, and it's available in a range of muted colors. Plus, it has fun decorative tassels lining the edges. This under-$50 throw blanket is comfortable, machine-washable, and offers a high value for a decent price.

Price at time of publish: $49

Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches | Material: 100% acrylic | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 5

Best Budget: Better Homes & Gardens Embossed Velvet Plush Reverse Sherpa Throw

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Who It’s Good For

  • Those who spend long hours sitting and need a soft, inexpensive throw to keep warm.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • Since the material is insulating, it might be too warm for those needing light cover in hotter climates.

This bargain throw blanket offers a reversible design with one plush side and one fuzzy side, making it the perfect cozy companion. It’s made with 100 percent polyester and is reasonably thick, so it will keep you warm even in the winter. The throw blanket offers versatility with eight colors and unique patterns to choose from, such as checkered, floral, and solid prints. It’s a decent size to throw over you while you nap or sit and is machine-washable for easy day-to-day upkeep. And at $17, it’s a total steal.

Survey Says

In using these throw blankets at home, our team member who tried the Velvet Plush blanket found it soft, cozy, and comfortable to use on a regular basis. It’s machine washable for easy upkeep, but our tester did notice a few loose threads after the wash. Overall, they liked the quality and plush feel of this throw blanket.

Price at time of publish: $16.98

Dimensions: 50 x 72 inches | Material: 100% polyester | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 8

Best Faux Fur: Better Homes & Gardens Faux Fur Throw Blanket

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Who It’s Good For

  • Anyone who likes the plush feel of fur but wants a more sustainable option.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It’s a standard size, so if you want an oversized throw blanket, there are better options on our list.

The soft material and design of this throw blanket scream luxury, but it won’t cost you the same as cashmere or real fur options (and since it’s faux, it’s more eco-friendly). The ribbed design allows for maximum coverage, and is well made for literally tucking yourself in under this throw. Playing along with the “fur” appearance, the throw blanket comes in two leopard prints, as well as neutral cream and gray shades. And at $25, it’s in the median range on our list, but well under most competitors of the same quality.

Survey Says

As one of the throw blankets our team used at home (for between six and 12 months), we can share that it warms you up quickly, has a soft finish, is easy to wash, and though we wish the size was a little bigger, it has almost no wear and tear even after extensive usage.

Price at time of publish: $24.98

Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches | Material: Polyester | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 4

Best Oversized: The Big One Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

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Who It’s Good For

  • Those who like an oversized blanket to completely bundle up in (as well as a soft, plush feel).

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It might be too big for those looking for a standard sized throw blanket.

Sometimes it’s fun to completely bundle up in a blanket, and an oversized design like this one can facilitate that cozy experience with ease. The soft, plush throw has an above-standard size of 60 by 72 inches (roughly in between the sizes of a full and queen comforter). The polyester is soft to the touch, Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certified, and machine washable. Plus, if you like whimsical designs, this blanket comes in 16 vibrant patterns.

Survey Says

Our at-home tester loved the variety of colors and patterns available with the Big One blanket. Despite the blanket’s large size, our team member thought it still felt lightweight and wouldn’t cause you to overheat. It was one of only three throw blankets that received a perfect rating of 5 for its comfort, feel, and durability.

Price at time of publish: $19.99

Dimensions: 60 x 72 inches | Material: Polyester | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 16

Best Fleece: L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw

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Who It’s Good For

  • Anyone in a colder climate who needs a fleece blanket to provide a lot of warmth.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It’s not super lightweight, so it could be too warm for those hotter regions.

If warmth is your priority, fleece is a great insulating material for a throw blanket. The L.L. Bean Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw has one fleece side and one sherpa fleece side for the ultimate coziness. It’s available in two different sizes, depending on whether you prefer a standard or oversized blanket, and you can throw it in the washing machine for easy cleaning. As an added bonus for those who want some customization, you can monogram the solid-color side of this blanket.

Survey Says

One of our team members has had this throw blanket for over a year and washes it approximately once a month. They appreciate how soft and comfortable the blanket is, calling it “the coziest blanket ever.” As a parent with a toddler, the tester also appreciates how easy this blanket is to clean, and hasn’t noticed any major wear or tear after a year of use.

Price at time of publish: $49.95

Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches | Material: Polyester fleece | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 5

Best for Kids: Goosebumps Swaddles

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Who It’s Good For

  • The junior size is great for kids because they can completely wrap up in it.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It might not be ideal for those who want a solid design since this one is only available in a checkered pattern.

When you’re a kid, a blanket offers endless possibilities. It can become a fort, a shelter that you read under by flashlight after bedtime, and something to bury yourself under when the night gets a little too dark. The Goosebumps Swaddles blanket is the best accessory for your youngsters due to its soft, comfortable feel and perfect swaddling size. The checkered pattern offers a fun design element (though it might not be ideal for those with a preference for solids). It’s also great for car trips, beach days, or a picnic at the park. Just throw it in the wash, and it’s good to go again.

Survey Says

Our tester has owned three of these throw blankets for six, five, and three years, respectively. They wash the blankets once a month on a cold setting and haven’t noticed wear and tear. The only con is that the blanket can lose its shape over time, but our tester noted that you can fix it by having two people pull on the ends. It can warm you up quickly and is soft and comfortable to use.

Price at time of publish: $48

Dimensions: 57 x 57 inches | Material: Polyester, spandex | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 1

Best Knit: Threshold Cozy Knit Throw Blanket

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Who It’s Good For

  • Those looking for a decorative armchair blanket you can use as a design element and break out for warmth when it gets cold.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It’s not as soft as faux fur options, so if you want a plush blanket, this one might not be a fit.

A knit throw blanket adds a good bit of texture to a space, especially this one with its ribbed edge design. Though not as soft as a faux fur blanket, a knit option provides good warmth and is just as cozy to wrap up in or nap beneath. The durable polyester and nylon material should last over time, and as it’s machine-washable, it won’t be hard to maintain or clean. It comes in six neutral shades for a subtle pop of color on your couch, bed, or chair of choice.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 60 x 50 inches | Material: Knitted polyester/nylon | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 6

Related: The 14 Best Throw Pillows of 2023

Best Pattern Selection: Vera Bradley Plush Throw Blanket

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Who It's Good For

  • Anyone looking for a durable, well-designed, and plush blanket with a lightweight feel.

Who It's Not Good For

  • Most of the prints available are quite busy, so if you prefer a more neutral subtle design, there are other options on our list that might suit you better.

The Vera Bradley Plush Throw Blanket is a soft, lightweight throw with over 21 designs to choose from. Despite its light weight, it warms you up with ease, and offers a plush feel with the fleece material. Beat it up, throw it in the wash, use it again. It’s a solid throw blanket at a decent price.

Survey Says

Our tester has had this blanket for over a year, and hasn’t noticed any wear or tear. They wash it once a month on a cool, delicate cycle, and the blanket has maintained its soft feel. The polyester fleece is comfortable to bundle under, and it warms you up quickly. Our tester appreciated the lightweight (and non-bulky) blanket as a daily go-to for coziness.

Price at time of publish: $30 (orig. $60)

Dimensions: 50 x 80 inches | Material: Polyester fleece | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 21

Best Heated: Tefici Electric Heated Blanket Throw

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Who It’s Good For

  • Adults who need a quick-heating blanket, perhaps in colder climates.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • Due to the electric component, we wouldn’t recommend this for kids without supervision.

It’s not unheard of to reach for a heating pad when you need to warm up quickly, but with the Tefici Electric Heated Blanket Throw, you don’t have to. The throw blanket offers immediate warmth since it's an electric blanket. The blanket’s flannel material is soft to the touch and comfortable for naps, wrapping around your shoulders, and any other moment you need some warmth. Fear not, you can detach the cord to machine wash the blanket without issue.

Price at time of publish: $34.99 (orig. $59.99)

Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches | Material: Flannel | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 6

Best Weighted: Cuteking Weighted Blanket for Adults

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Who It’s Good For

  • Any adult who wants a heavy blanket to provide weight and warmth.

Who It’s Not Good For

  • It’s not designed for kids, so we would suggest another lightweight throw if you have children who will be using it too.

Simple in design with a quilted pattern, this blanket’s strength is definitely its weight, providing a comforting heaviness to nestle underneath. It comes in a few solid and patterned prints, as well as 10 different sizes, so if you want it for a bed, couch, or small chair, there’s a size for that. The microfiber is soft but not overly hot, and can be thrown in the washing machine to clean. The blanket is breathable for summer, and will keep you cozy all winter for maximum versatility. If you're not familiar with weighted blankets, know that they are not designed for kids or pets.

Price at time of publish: $34.99

Dimensions: 48 x 72 inches | Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable: Yes | Colors: 4

Our Survey

To assess seven of the ten throw blankets we featured on our “best” list, we turned to survey results of an ongoing test of blankets in various editors’ homes. We looked at 57 different throws and blankets from 46 brands, including Parachute, West Elm, Brooklinen, Anthropologie, and more. We also compared a variety of materials such as bamboo, wool, cashmere, polyester, and cotton to see which fabrics were the most breathable, insulating, soft, and warm, among other categories.

More than 60 percent of those who tested these blankets have had the throws for over a year, allowing plenty of time to see how the products live up to daily use. We used a scoring system on a five-point scale to rate qualities like the ability to be cleaned, the texture, how well it regulates temperature, and durability. We also provided space for miscellaneous notes about what each tester liked or disliked about the throw blanket.

For the three blankets not included in the survey, we allowed their inclusion on the list based on industry research and customer reviews.

How to Pick the Right Throw Blanket


Throw blankets can feature a range of materials that are all beneficial in different ways. For instance, if you’re looking for a cooler, lightweight blanket, a cotton or polyester blend is a good breathable option — such as the Goosebumps Swaddles blanket. For warmer options, look to fleece like the L.L. Bean Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw or faux fur like the Better Homes & Gardens Faux Fur Throw,


What determines the right size for a throw blanket depends on where and how you want to use the throw. For larger blankets you want to spread across your bed, an oversized blanket like the The Big One® Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw (60 by 72 inches) could be a good choice. Smaller throw blankets work well lying on the back of your couch or wrapping around your shoulders. We’d suggest the West Elm Ombre Throw, Better Homes & Gardens Embossed Velvet Plush Reverse Sherpa Throw, and Threshold Cozy Knit Throw Blanket for smaller options.


Sometimes you need a certain type of throw blanket — such as heated or weighted — to make it the best fit for your lifestyle. If you live in a cold climate and want immediate heat when you come inside to bundle up, an electric heated blanket like the Tefici Electric Heated Blanket Throw is your best bet. For those who want a warm but also heavy blanket for maximum comfort, consider a weighted blanket like the Cuteking Weighted Blanket for Adults. Most quality weighted blankets will run you upwards of $100 or even $200, but the Cuteking weighted throw blanket is just $28.

Why Trust PEOPLE?

Madison Yauger is a senior commerce writer for PEOPLE who’s tested hundreds of lifestyle products across all categories. With a background in news and lifestyle journalism, she has a wide network of expert sources and a penchant for accuracy. For this story, she utilized survey results that analyzed 57 throw blankets used by various members of our team, as well as market research to determine the best throw blankets of 2023 that ring in under $50.

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