Stay warm while dining this fall and winter. (Photo: Oceas / Woolly Mammoth)
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Because of the coronavirus, many of us feel safer socializing outdoors or eating outside as COVID-19 particles are more likely to dissipate in the fresh air. However, with the temperature dropping, that ability to be outside is dwindling. But there’s one product that can help extend the life of patio living and dining: an outdoor blanket.
Unlike a cozy throw blanket, you want your outdoor blanket to be durable to withstand the elements, easily transportable, and, most importantly, warm. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular and highly-rated outdoor blankets that you can use to stay nice and toasty outdoors during the fall and winter this year.
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1. A waterproof blanket with nearly 1,000 reviews
Multiple people can snuggle up in this blanket. (Photo: Oceas)
The classic outdoor blanket features a cozy fleece layer you’ll want to wrap yourself in and a waterproof polyester layer that won’t dirty from the elements. This one from Oceas has both, and has earned a 4.7-star rating from nearly 1,000 reviews on Amazon. It’s big enough to fit three people and comes with a carrying case, and reviewers love it for camping and fall sports games, so you know it will work for outdoor dining as well.
Get the Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket at Amazon for $33.99
2. A light blanket that provides a ton of warmth
Take this warm blanket wherever you go. (Photo: Rumpl)
Campers are obsessed with the Rumpl blanket. Why? It has a recycled NanoLoft fill that makes it super warm despite weighing less than two pounds. It’s also machine washable and folds into a convenient carrying case. Reviewers swear by it for an extra layer and have used it to sleep under the stars.
Get the Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket at REI for $179
3. A popular handwoven blanket
Stay warm in style. (Photo: Benevolence)
Though it’s not made of a fleece material, reviewers rave about the warmth of this handwoven blanket. It’s earned more than 5,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for how soft and stylish it is. Reviewers love that there are several color options to choose from and that it’s both durable and warm.
Get the Benevolence Mexican Blanket at Amazon for $19.95
4. An outdoor blanket made with Ugg fleece
The famous Uggs in blanket form. (Photo: Ugg)
You already love how soft and cozy your fleece-lined Ugg boots and slippers are, so why not get that warmth in an outdoor blanket? You can with this Ugg throw blanket that has a faux fur side for warmth and polyester side for protection from the elements. Plus, it folds into a stylish bag for carrying and reviewers say it’s great for everything from picnics to the beach.
Get the Ugg Mischa Quilted Indoor/Outdoor Throw Blanket at Bed Bath and Beyond for $29.99
5. An affordable, yet quality outdoor blanket
Keep warm for a low price. (Photo: Ozark Trail)
Walmart’s brand Ozark Trail is known for its high-quality yet affordable camping and outdoor gear, and its outdoor blanket is no exception. At under $15, it still provides a soft fleece top with a durable waterproof bottom and can be carried from place to place. Reviewers also love the oversized Ozark Trail blanket, which more people can snuggle under.
6. A blanket made for the outdoors
Made of 100% Merino wool, this blanket from Woolly Mammoth is both durable and warm. It was designed as an extra layer for camping or hiking, which means it would be ideal for some chilly outdoor dining, as well. Though it may not be as soft as a cotton or fleece blanket, reviewers say it’s cozy and not itchy.
Get the Woolly Mammoth Woolen Co. Extra Large Merino Wool Camp Blanket at Amazon for $69.99
7. A plaid blanket from L.L.Bean
Stay cozy with a blanket that can take the elements. (Photo: L.L.Bean)
L.L.Bean and plaid just go together, so naturally this fan-favorite outdoor blanket is covered in it. It has a cozy, fleece side and a waterproof, nylon side, so it doubles as a picnic blanket. Plus, when it does get dirty, you can just throw it into the washing machine.
Get the Waterproof Outdoor Blanket at L.L.Bean for $79
8. A thick fleece blanket you can carry with you
Keep cozy outdoors. (Photo: Brawntide)
Whether it’s for a late night sports game or a picnic, reviewers love this outdoor blanket from Brawntide. It offers a warm fleece side and a durable, waterproof polyester side that keeps it safe from the elements. It’s also machine washable and comes with a carrying case, making it convenient to bring to a restaurant. Plus, reviewers say it’s durable enough that pets won’t rip the lining.
Get the Brawntide Large Outdoor Waterproof Blanket at Amazon for $32.99
9. An extremely compact outdoor blanket
Never be without a place to sit. (Photo: Matador)
Most outdoor blanket are portable, but they’re still large enough to not be completely convenient to carry. Though it’s not as thick as some of the other blankets on this list, the Matador is definitely the most compact. It folds up to fit in the palm of your hand and is both water- and puncture-resistant, and still provides an extra layer of warmth.
Get the Matador Pocket Blanket at REI for $30
10. An outdoor blanket that’s ideal for kids
Enough cushioning for your little one. (Photo: Little Unicorn)
Keeping kids warm (and sitting still) adds a whole other layer of stress to outdoor dining. But parents and kids alike recommend this outdoor blanket by Little Unicorn for sitting on and staying warm. It comes in a variety of fun patterns and is easy to quickly fold up, so you won’t be chasing after your little one while you attempt to put it away.
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