Wearable Blankets: What They Are And Who Needs Them?

Babies to adults use these, but why?

Picture of a woman on a couch wearing a Slanket.
The Slanket

Wearable blankets. They're comfortable, they're cosy, and they can even sometimes be fun. However, despite having "wearable" in their name they aren't wearables in the consumer-tech sense of the word. There aren't any that connect to the internet or to smartphones, nor are there any on the market that monitor your temperature, heart rate, or sleeping patterns.

Still, despite remaining technologically unsophisticated, wearable blankets have become increasingly popular in recent years. As their name suggests, they're blankets that can be worn, often coming with sleeves or armholes and a zip for fastening.

But even though the concept of the wearable blanket is simple enough, questions remain as to why you might need one. With this in mind, the following primer focuses on wearable blankets for adults, explaining just what they are and how they can be used. It also covers some of the main varieties and brands of wearable blanket that can be bought on the market.

Wearable Blankets for Adults

A couple wearing a dual wearable blanket called The Slanket Siamese.
The Slanket

As with wearable blankets for babies and children, there aren't any 'smart' adult blankets that do nifty things via the internet and/or smartphone apps. However, given that they're restricted less by safety requirements, adult wearable blankets tend to come in a wider range of shapes and sizes.

One of the more popular adult wearable blankets is called the Slanket (a proprietary name). First conceived by its creator when he was still a student, it was designed to provide the warmth of the blanket and the ability to channel surf. This is why it comes with sleeves and fits over the shoulders like a giant sweater. And aside from having the size of a normal blanket, it even has inner pockets for the wearer's feet.

In other words, it's made with TV viewers in mind, who may want to keep warm while they're watching television in winter, or who may simply want to prepare themselves in case they fall asleep on the couch. It could also be useful (and comforting) for people stuck at home with a cold or flu.

There are number of well-known brands and varieties beyond the Slanket. For one, there is the Snuggie, which is another adult-sized blanket with sleeves, but which is a little smaller, tends to have thinner material, and is usually cheaper than the Slanket.

For example, Slankets usually go for around $34.99, while Snuggies are priced at $19.99. That said, some people may find the thickness of Slankets more comfortable and snug, so the choice of which one to go for all depends on what exactly you want from a wearable blanket.

Besides Snuggies, Slankets (and also Freedom Blanket), one other popular brand is Forever Lazy. It specializes in onesies, i.e. one-piece blankets with hoods, legs, and sleeves. Given that they're made of fleece, they provide the warmth of a blanket, yet the addition of legs and sleeves means that wearers retain complete mobility (which is a bit ironic, given their name).