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This blanket is somewhat heavy and has a fantastic feel, did not smell like chemicals or even like lanolin. The blanket is well made and none of the edges were frayed, a slightly oily feel due to the natural wool fibers. This product is fantastic for the price! It's not often you receive a product online that is exactly as described and exceeds expectations. I am very happy with this purchase and seller.
I work in the laundry business. I purchased this blanket because I wanted only natural materials on my bed. It's very thick, heavy and well made. However, when I saw the photos people have posted of blanket shreds in their machines, I felt I had to say something.
1. You should NEVER wash large, bulky items, wool or delicates in a top loading machine with an agitator. It will twist the fabric and possibly rip it to shreds, as you saw in the photos. If you don't have a front loading washing machine, take it to a laundromat and wash it there for a few dollars. Wash it in cold water, gentle cycle, with a little soap which is gentle or specifically made for wool. If you're not willing to do this, then you should probably buy a different blanket.
2. Yes, it does shed a lot when new. But this can be easily fixed: Line/air dry as directed, then put it in the dryer with 3 tennis balls on NO HEAT/FLUFF for 10-20 min cycles. Clean your lint screen each time. This will get the majority of the loose fibers out.
3. The "smell" that people are referring to is called lanolin, and is a naturally occurring substance in wool. It goes away with time.
This blanket was all I’d hoped for and more.Very warm and there was no smell that some reviews warned about.I would love to be able to buy a Hudson’s bay point blanket,but considering this is about a quarter of the price,I think this is a better value by far.I couldn’t find another 100% wool blanket as heavy as this and of the same quality for twice the price.
I was very excited to see a 100% wool blanket at such a good price. The blanket is ok; it’s heavy and feels solid. It has a bit of a turpentine smell, so I washed it once in cold water and was disappointed to see that it shed a bit and came out of the washing/drying process looking a little ratty. Here’s my advice: if your budget for a 100% wool blanket is $50, get this blanket. If you’re able to spend a little more, go for the Pendleton eco-wise blanket. If you shop on bed, bath and beyond and use one of their 20% off coupons they’re always giving out, the Pendleton blanket will cost around $110. The Pendleton blanket has no smell and washes well and gets softer with each wash (but still looks great) without a whole lot of shedding.
It's very difficult to find 100% wool blankets, and the only other ones I've seen are easily three times the price of this one. The advantages of pure wool are many - it will keep you warm even if it gets wet, it let's you sit a bit closer to a campfire in frigid weather than synthetic fibers (that can actually melt a bit) and it's also very durable. A blanket like this can probably serve you for life with minimal care, as it seems very well made. It's dense and heavy, ( >5lbs!) but not rough to the touch. Kind of reminds me of a pea coat I had many years ago. I bought this blanket to keep in my Jeep, just in case, but just a few days after it arrived I ended up needing it on my bed when we lost power in the (first) Nor'easter last week and had no heat. It kept me nice and toasty! If you like the feeling of sleeping under a heavy blanket this is for you! I think this one is staying on my bed (it looks really nice as a bedspread too) and I'll get another for the Jeep, and maybe some as gifts. Also, I saw where some reviewers said their blanket had an odd smell, but mine definitely doesn't. It's a very high quality blanket for a very good price.
I broke this thing in HARD. First, it came to me as if Shadowfax herself delivered it at Gandalf's request. When I opened it, it had the odor many others have mentioned - that chemically oily smell. In fact, it left your hands greased up, so I washed it with normal detergent, normal wash - no problems. We have a clothes line so I hung it to dry for a while, but it was still damp and I got impatient so I threw it in the dryer on low heat - again no problems. The wife liked how big it was (it covered the surface of our king size bed) so I might get her one for our anniversary.
So THEN I took this on a weekend wilderness camping trip with two buddies of mine, where I used it as a blanket, a sitting cushion on a wet log (and the wet ground), etc. Night one was in my hammock, night two was on the ground. Thing is durable, definitely dirt and stain resistant, DEFINITELY fire resistant for sure. I did wish it was a foot or two wider during the night to get a better wrap, but it worked. My back was cold because of the ground and I didn't have much insulation, but this made up for a lot of my mistakes. It rolls up and straps perfectly to the bottom of my bag. Heavy, but in a good way. Like others said - you can get a better 100 percent wool blanket, but for the price and the size of this decent quality item, you can't go wrong.