People are obsessed with the $150 Big Blanket—here's why
I am wearing the Big Blanket right now
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I have to admit: When I first heard about the Big Blanket, I was very skeptical. It’s exactly what it sounds like—a really large blanket, and yet, it has a cult following on Instagram and a legion of devoted followers who give it a near-perfect 5-star rating on its site.
If you love curling into big blankets, it sounds like a no-brainer—but at $150, the Big Blanket is more expensive than many other blankets on the market. The founders claim it’s larger than any other blanket you’ll find (it comes in at a whopping 10’ by 10’), and that the price tag is justified by the blanket’s high-quality material.
So is it worth it?
After living with the Big Blanket for a full week, using it every day to lounge on the couch, sleep under, and build blanket forts, I can say I am now a proud member of the cult of the Big Blanket, and even though my husband tore a muscle climbing out of it on day one, he’s incredibly excited for me to write my review and “spread the word about the Big Blanket.”
What is the Big Blanket?
The Big Blanket is a 10’ by 10’ blanket made from a deliciously soft premium fabric. It’s 95% polyester and 5% spandex, so it’s stretchy—but honestly with a blanket this large, you rarely need to stretch it. There’s no “about” page on the Big Blanket website, but you can read all about how the blanket was made and funded on Kickstarter, where it got its roots.
Essentially, four men—one a current NBA player—came together and said, “Why are blankets so small? Let’s make a HUGE one.” They came up with a business plan, toured the world to find the best materials, and ended up making an incredibly comfortable blanket. It comes in three styles:
- Original Stretch: This is the one I tested. It costs $150 and is magical. It’s stretchy and warm, and soft to the touch. This blanket comes in 11 colors and patterns to choose from.
- Premium Woven: We did not test this blanket, but it’s the same size (10’ by 10’) and costs $190. It’s made from 100% acrylic and makes a good option for those who prefer the feel of woven fabric. It comes in eight colors and patterns.
- XL Weighted: Weighted blanket fans rejoice—you can get a weighted version of the Big Blanket, made from 100% polyester, for $300. It weighs a whopping 30 pounds and comes in at 10’ by 8’.
What makes the Big Blanket different from other blankets?
I consider myself a blanket enthusiast—I’m a short lady (5’2”), so I can usually wrap my entire body in a standard throw, which is about 4’ by 5’. When I got my hands on the Big Blanket and realized I would literally be swallowed by it, I knew it was love. I like to burrito with my blankets, so if you’re anything like me, the fact that you can wrap your entire body in this blanket three times over is enough to make you get one on the spot.
The size of the Big Blanket obviously sets it apart from others. Tall people, like my husband—who is 6’1”—often have a hard time fitting under standard blankets. Even blankets that get up to 6’ still expose his toes, which is the worst feeling on a cold night. The Big Blanket was literally built with tall people in mind (remember, one of the founders is an NBA player).
The fact that you can get a massive weighted blanket is also a huge draw for many people. Our favorite weighted blanket is The Gravity Blanket, which weighs between 15 and 25 pounds and measures 6’ by 4’. The Big Blanket’s XL Weighted is 30 pounds and 10’ by 8’. We haven’t tested this version, but if you’re a tall person who wants a weighted blanket, but hasn’t yet found a version that will cover your toes, this could be a great blanket to own.
What I love about the Big Blanket
What I love most about the Big Blanket is that it surprised me—I went in with low expectations thinking there’s no way a large blanket would impress me, but I was wrong. It delivers everything the site claims: It’s soft, comfy, easy to wash, stretchy, moisture wicking, and gorgeous. It looks great draped on my couch and covering my bed.
My favorite things about the Big Blanket include:
It’s an amazing pet blanket. I’m not sure if they built the Big Blanket to be pet-friendly, but we quickly learned that it makes an amazing throw for pet owners. Nearly every blanket in my house is covered in cat hair, so much so that we often have to run lint rollers on them before company comes.
I have two cats—twin sisters—who immediately took to the Big Blanket. They’ve been laying on it, sleeping on it, and kneading it since the day I got it, and you can barely tell they’ve touched it. There are a few stray hairs, but nothing that stands out—and there are zero marks from where their claws have pawed at the fabric, unlike many other blankets I own that are coated in black hair and covered in loose strings that have been pulled up during kneads.
I would recommend the Big Blanket to every pet owner I know, especially those with cats. Since it’s a massive blanket, I can also easily slide in and out of it without waking up my cat who’s sleeping on it just a few inches away (this is a huge bonus to cat owners whose hearts break every time they disturb their pets).
It’s incredibly comfortable. I have some blankets that keep me warm, but feel like fiberglass. Or some that feel like clouds, but don’t do anything to prevent chills. The Big Blanket delivers on comfort and quality, making it one of the best blankets I’ve ever used. The fabric on the Original Stretch is almost fleece-like, but much smoother, meaning I didn’t have any desire to aggressively kick off in the middle of the night once the sweating started.
It’s big enough for a crowd. In my house, the crowd is me, my husband, and a cat or two. Matt is tall, so he needs a lot of blanket to cover his chin to his toes—but when a blanket is 10’ by 10’, that leaves me a lot of blanket to work with once he’s situated. Plus, there’s even more leftover for the cats to use for lounging, and like I said above, we can easily get in and out of the blanket without disturbing them.
It’s multi-functional. We used the Big Blanket as our comforter, a couch blanket, and a floor blanket—and for all three, it was amazing. As a comforter, it seemed cold at first, but as we settled in, it kept us warm and cozy throughout the night. For couch sessions, the blanket is amazing—we both fit under it comfortably, and it’s just as snug when being used individually. On the floor, it didn’t magically make my hardwood floors comfortable enough for relaxing, but it covered a wide surface and would make a great indoor picnic or playtime blanket.
I didn’t get a chance to test it outside (it’s November in New England), but many of the pictures on the Big Blanket site show people enjoying the blanket outdoors. Based on its sheer size and amazing indoor performance, I’d imagine this blanket would be a great addition to any outdoor adventure, whether you’re picnicking or camping.
What I don’t love about the Big Blanket
Nothing is perfect, and as passionate as I am about the Big Blanket, there are a few things I don’t love about it.
It’s too big for our bed: We own a queen-sized bed, and though my husband hates when his feet poke out of blankets, the Big Blanket was a touch too large for our mattress. It hung over all the sides and didn’t easily tuck under the mattress, so we were literally dwarfed under the blanket. And, as I mentioned, my husband tore a muscle freeing himself from the Big Blanket on the first morning. He ended up being fine (and falling in love with the blanket), but it was definitely the first mark against it in my book.
It’s pretty heavy (for me): I love convenience, which may be one of the reasons that I am not a fan of weighted blankets (a hot take I stand by). If it’s too heavy, it’s not worth the effort to me, and while the Big Blanket only weighs 11 pounds, it can feel a little heavy to drag and carry around every day. Is it enough to make me avoid purchasing it? Absolutely not. It’s just enough to mildly inconvenience me sometimes.
I have genuinely lost things in it: The tag jokingly says “You can get lost in this blanket,” but it has honestly claimed several objects of mine. We found them eventually, but the Big Blanket has claimed two pens, a knitting needle, a napkin, and my husband’s pride.
It has some tiny aesthetic faults: Down the middle of the blanket, there’s a large seam that connects two halves—it’s something I noticed when I first opened the blanket, but also something I quickly forgot after spending so much time in the blanket. Since I am so often curled up with it, I don’t see or feel the seam, so this isn’t really a fault to me—but it is something reviewers have called out on the website. It’s also something the Big Blanket team is hoping to fix in the near future.
My husband’s least favorite thing is the tag—in the bottom corner of the blanket there is a big yellow patch that shows a “B.” He says it’s crunchy, but it’s honestly another fault I never noticed. This blanket is so large that I just spent a full minute combing through it to find the tag he was mentioning, so the fact that I had never felt it before shows that it’s not something that alters my opinion of the blanket.
Is the Big Blanket worth its price tag?
To me, the Big Blanket is 100% worth its price tag. It’s everything I ever could have wanted in a large blanket, and I don’t plan on crawling out of it anytime soon. At Reviewed, when we test products, we return or donate them after our testing, which meant my time with the Big Blanket would be limited. So what did I do?
That’s right, the same morning my husband pulled a muscle, I bought my own Big Blanket. It took less than 12 hours to convince me I needed it. And if you’re still on the fence and want to try it out yourself, you can—the Big Blanket comes with a 30-day guarantee, so if you buy it, try it, and decide it’s not quite right, you can easily return it.
I would also recommend following Big Blanket on social media, specifically Instagram and Facebook. They post lots of promo codes within comments and pictures, so if you’re interested, but can’t justify that cost, follow them to see when they’ll be releasing any new codes. And read the comments—Big Blanket is hilariously sassy, so they’ll sometimes drop codes in comments from people who doubt the greatness of the blanket.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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