Are you looking for an outdoor blanket for picnics at the park, beach days, and local travel excursions? Stop using the fleece from your couch! Your in-home blankets clearly aren't designed for outdoor use and all you end up doing is bringing dirt, sand, and grass back into your home. In today's post I'm going to showcase a few top rated outdoor blankets that are built for the occasion in regards to their fabric, size, and functionality. First I'll teach you what to look for in an outdoor blanket and why not all blankets are created equal, and then I'll help you choose one by showcasing the top outdoor blankets on the market. Just here for my recommendations? Skip past everything and view my list of Top 9 Best Outdoor Picnic & Beach Blankets.

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Best qualities of outdoor blankets

What qualities to look for in an outdoor blanket

Not all outdoor blankets are created equal and just being labeled and marketed as an “outdoor blanket” doesn't necessarily means it'll rise to the occasion. Here are the most important qualities to consider before making a purchase.

  • The material of the fabric. Some fabrics are going to hold up better than others and are better suited for particular environments like the beach. Fabric is so important that the entire next section of this post is dedicated to choosing the right one.
  • Size / dimensions of the blanket. The #1 complaint customers have about small outdoor blankets are that they are too small. That's why you've got to check the dimensions before you buy! There will probably be more than one person sharing the blanket along with other items you have with you like your bags, stereo, cooler, umbrella, etc, so take that into account before purchasing a tiny outdoor blanket that's made for two.
  • Weight of the blanket. Two blankets with the exact same dimensions can weigh twice as much as the other. If you're going to be carrying your blanket on a hike along with other gear, every ounce counts.
  • Are there pockets? Some blankets offer zippered compartments and can double as a small carrying bag. This dual function can save you from having to carry an extra bag for a few small items.
  • Foldability. How compact does this blanket need to fold up? Will you be transporting it in your car for local excursions or hiking miles with it through the wilderness? How compact the blanket folds will make a difference in how much you enjoy using it.
  • Is it machine washable? I'd imagine that you'd rather not dry clean your blanket or spot clean it by hand. There are plenty of machine washable blankets on the market so there's little reason to choose otherwise.

Best fabric material for outdoor picnic blankets

What's the best fabric material for outdoor picnic and beach blankets?

The blankets I'm profiling today are best for being used on a picnic, at the park, or on a beach. They are NOT designed for surviving extreme weather conditions or long camping trips. (You might be more interested in checking out extreme camping blankets if that's what you're looking for.) Therefore we don't need overly expensive extreme condition aeronautical fabric that NASA astronauts take with them to Mars. However, we do want a material that's suitable for the outdoors (ie: won't cling to dirt, sand, and grass), moisture wicking (so it doesn't become wet and soggy), durable (so it doesn't rip while in use if it gets tossed around or pulled in opposite directions), and long lasting (because who wants to buy a new blanket every year).

Today we will be primarily looking at outdoor blankets made from POLYESTER and NYLON (or at least partly made). These are great materials for outdoor blankets because they're durable, lightweight, and still allows the blanket to be machine washable. Better outdoor blankets are made from two different grades of polyester so that the top is more comfortable for skin contact and the bottom is water resistant and more durable.

Ultrasonic stitching is where the top and bottom fabrics of the blanket are fused together. This prevents slipping on the blanket which happens with cheaper blankets when the top and bottom aren't fused together and slide against each other. Those types of blankets are often bulkier too because air creates space between the two layers. Not all of the blankets on this list have ultrasonic stitching (it's a rare quality to find), so be sure to check my bullet points in the blanket reviews.

Be careful of blankets that are advertised as waterproof. Read the reviews because not all of them are actually waterproof. Water resistant is a more accurate description – and that's fine for most people's needs. Waterproof should mean that if you placed the blanket in a large puddle, no water should ever seep through, but that's not the case with many outdoor blankets even though they say “waterproof”. For the most part, assume a blanket is just water resistant unless verified waterproof by user reviews. For your needs, water resistant is probably sufficient but don't let an advertisement of waterproof steer you toward one particular blanket unless verified by user reviews.

Top Rated Best Outdoor Picnic Blankets

Top 9 Best Outdoor Picnic & Beach Blankets 2018

Now let's get into our top picks. These particular outdoor blankets have been chosen for meeting most or all of our criteria above and for receiving positive reviews from validated purchasers.

#1 Yungger Outdoor Blanket with Zippered Pouch

YUNGGER Extra Large Picnic Outdoor Blanket-Beach Camping-Machine Washable-Water Resistant Bottom-Multipurpose for Family and Babies,Grass Sand Festivals Concerts,Tailgate Sports Baseball Soccer,Dogs
9 Reviews
YUNGGER Extra Large Picnic Outdoor Blanket-Beach Camping-Machine Washable-Water Resistant Bottom-Multipurpose for Family and Babies,Grass Sand Festivals Concerts,Tailgate Sports Baseball Soccer,Dogs
  • 100% MACHINE WASHABLE-Take All The Fuss Out Of Washing Your Picnic Camping Blanket! While Other...
  • ZIPPERED STORAGE POUCH-Keep All Your Valuables Safe From Loss Or Being Misplaced. Thanks To Our...
  • EXTRA LARGE SIZE, PORTABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT- Blanket Unfolded Measures 79" X 59" Inches. It Folds To A...
  • ULTRASONIC QUILTED SEWING TO PREVENT SLIPPAGE. The 2 Layers Cannot Slide On Each Other Maximizing...
  • RISK FREE ONE YEAR WARRANTY - Our Picnic Camping Blankets Are Made To Last So We Offer A One Year...

This is my friend Glen Mermer's company Yungger. Learning about his product and the attention to detail that goes into making a simple blanket is actually what inspired me to create this buyer guide. (View the rest of my Travel Buyer Guides.) Glenn has spent the better part of this past year researching the market for buyer pain points and testing existing outdoor blankets in order to come up with his own – which he feels is the best outdoor blanket on the market. He has two models available.

The first is the Yungger Outdoor Blanket with Zippered Pouch pictured above. This blanket is 100% machine washable because it's made from a high grade polyester with a water resistant bottom. It folds into a compact tote at 15″L x 11″W x 3.5″H secured by velcro straps and folds out to 79″ X 59″. This outdoor blanket is large but lightweight, weighing it at a mere 1.3 lbs (or about the weight of a loaf of bread). Two things really stand out with this Yungger blanket and separate it from the others on this list. The first is it's exterior zippered pouch for carrying items with you on the go. The second is its ultrasonic stitching, which as I mentioned earlier, is where the top and bottom fabrics of the blanket are fused together to prevent slippage which occurs on cheaper blankets when the top and bottom layers slide against each other.

  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Fused Layer Stitching: Yes
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 79″ X 59″
  • Folded Dimensions: 11″W x 3.5″H
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs
  • Weather: Water Resistant
  • Handle: Yes
  • Pouch: Yes, zippered

Check out the Yungger Outdoor Blanket with Zippered Pouch and read reviews.

#2 Yungger Outdoor Bullet Blanket

YUNGGER Extra Large Picnic Blanket-Camping Beach Outdoor-Machine Washable-Water Resistant Bottom-Multipurpose for Family and Babies,Grass Sand Festivals Concerts,Tailgate Sports Baseball Soccer,Dogs
9 Reviews
YUNGGER Extra Large Picnic Blanket-Camping Beach Outdoor-Machine Washable-Water Resistant Bottom-Multipurpose for Family and Babies,Grass Sand Festivals Concerts,Tailgate Sports Baseball Soccer,Dogs
  • 100% MACHINE WASHABLE-Take All The Fuss Out Of Washing Your Picnic Camping Blanket! While Other...
  • OVERSIZED WEBBING HANDLE STRAPS - Tired Of Dealing With Handle Straps That Are Too Small? We...
  • EXTRA LARGE SIZE, PORTABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT- Blanket Unfolded Measures 79" X 59" Inches. It Folds To A...
  • ULTRASONIC QUILTED SEWING TO PREVENT SLIPPAGE. The 2 Layers Cannot Slide On Each Other Maximizing...
  • RISK FREE ONE YEAR WARRANTY - Our Picnic Camping Blankets Are Made To Last So We Offer A One Year...

The next blanket on my list is Yungger's Outdoor Bullet Blanket, which boasts all the same features as the previous model (machine washable, ultrasonic stitching, lightweight, etc), except for the zippered pouch. With the Bullet model, you trade the zippered pocket for a more compact tote. This model folds into a 16″L x 6″W x 6″H bullet shape and folds out to 79″ X 59″ – same as the zippered model. The Bullet model works best for attaching to the straps of a larger book bag – similar to how you'd attach a sleeping bag when camping.

  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Fused Layer Stitching: Yes
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 79″ X 59″
  • Folded Dimensions: 16″L x 6″W x 6″H
  • Weight: 1.75 lbs
  • Weather: Water Resistant
  • Handle: Yes
  • Pouch: No

Check out the Yungger Outdoor Bullet Blanket and read reviews.

#3 Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket

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Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket Warm Fleece Great for Camping, Outdoor Festival, Beach, and Picnic Use – Extra Large All Weather and Waterproof Throw Blanket
86 Reviews
Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket Warm Fleece Great for Camping, Outdoor Festival, Beach, and Picnic Use – Extra Large All Weather and Waterproof Throw Blanket
  • Oceas Extra Large Outdoor Picnic Blanket; Our 100% waterproof blanket is made with the highest...
  • WHY OURS? Unlike our water resistant competitors, our engineers designed the highest quality...
  • SIZE AND MATERIALS - 79" x 58": This large outdoor blanket is perfect for up to 3 adults. The plush...
  • PORTABLE BAG WITH HANDLE: Our oversized blue blanket easily folds into a light and compact water...
  • 100% WEATHERPROOF: All of our outdoor picnic blankets are waterproof, windproof, and sand proof,...

Next up on my list is the Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket – one of the few legitimately waterproof outdoor blankets I found with positive reviews that fits the other criteria on my list. On one side is a plush fleece which provides insulation in cold weather months (if you're brave enough to spend time outside, unlike me) and the other side is made from a waterproof polyester coated with polyurethane. This blanket folds up tight via an attached belt and slides into a water resistant bag which is included in the box. And it's machine washable!

  • Fabric: Polyester and Fleece
  • Fused Layer Stitching: No
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 79″ X 58″
  • Folded Dimensions: 15″ x 7″ x 7″
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs
  • Weather: Waterproof
  • Handle: Yes
  • Pouch: No, but you can slide small items into the bag with the blanket.

Check out the Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket and read reviews.

#4 Practico Outdoors Premium Picnic & Outdoors Blanket

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Premium Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket with Improved Backing, Carrying Buckle, Machine Washable (Navy Blue)
293 Reviews
Premium Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket with Improved Backing, Carrying Buckle, Machine Washable (Navy Blue)
  • PREMIUM & EXTRA DURABLE - Compared to standard sand resistant beach blankets, this navy blue plaid...
  • EASY TO CARRY & EASY STORAGE - Easily rolls up, lightweight and portable. Includes convenient...
  • EASY MAINTENANCE & MACHINE-WASHABLE - Easy cleaning for those unavoidable messy situations. A...
  • INCREASED COMFORT - Top of blanket is made with extra soft 220 gsm 100% polar fleece; back of...
  • USE AS STADIUM OR OUTDOOR BLANKET - Blanket can also be used as an outdoor blanket, stadium...

Fourth on my list is the Practico Outdoors Picnic & Outdoors Blanket which is available in two color choices – red or navy blue plaid. It's large and water resistant (not waterproof) but a little heavier than the others on this list. It comes with a belt to wrap up the blanket when folded that can double as a handle. If you're looking for an outdoor blanket with a classic plaid design – you may like the Practico Outdoor blanket.

  • Fabric: Polyester and Fleece
  • Fused Layer Stitching: No
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 80″ X 58″
  • Folded Dimensions: 16.1″ x 10.6″ x 1.3″
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs
  • Weather: Water resistant on one side
  • Handle: No, but belt can be used as one
  • Pouch: No

Check out the Practico Outdoors Picnic & Outdoors Blanket and read reviews.

#5 JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket

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JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket,Gray/Green, 5' x 5'
1,345 Reviews
JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket,Gray/Green, 5' x 5'
  • 5 ft x 5 ft when opened
  • Water-resistant material perfect for any outing
  • Stylish and compact when folded
  • Sturdy sewn-in insert makes folding easy
  • Detachable strap

Next up is the JJ Cole Grey/Green Outdoor Blanket which is a pioneer in the outdoor blanket space and boasts over 1200 positive reviews since 2008. This 60″ x 60″ outdoor blanket folds into itself to create a stylish shoulder bag equipped with a detachable shoulder strap. It's available in 9 different color schemes – one being a watermelon design. It's also one of the only other blankets on this list to offer fused layers to prevent slipping.

  • Fabric: Polyester Interior and Polyurethane Exterior
  • Fused Layer Stitching: Yes
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 60″ X 60″
  • Folded Dimensions: 15″ x 5.2″ x 9.5″
  • Weight: 3.0 lbs
  • Weather: Water resistant on both sides
  • Handle: Yes, shoulder strap
  • Pouch: No

Check out the JJ Cole Grey/Green Outdoor Blanket and read reviews.

#6 Wekabo Oversized Outdoor Blanket

Ready for a HUGE outdoor blanket? The Wekabo Oversized Outdoor Blanket is the biggest one I'm featuring today at 120″ x 118″ and quite possibly the biggest on on the market. If you want bigger than this, you'll have to buy a parachute! It's big, but it's also lightweight, weighing in at less than 1 lb, and folds down to 6″ x 7″ into an attached storage blanket. It comes with metal stakes that attach to each corner to drive into the ground and keep the blanket down. In fact, it's so lightweight that you'll probably need to use those stakes on a windy day. Customers love the Wekabo Oversized Outdoor Blanket because it's so BIG! If you're trying to fit the whole family onto one blanket and don't mind a thinner design (ie: no padding), this one's a good pick. It's machine washable, doesn't cling to sand, water resistant, and fast drying.

  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Fused Layer Stitching: No, only one layer
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 120″ X 118″
  • Folded Dimensions: 6″ x 7″ x 7″
  • Weight: less than 1 lb
  • Weather: Water resistant on both sides
  • Handle: Yes, on included bag
  • Pouch: No

Check out the Wekabo Oversized Outdoor Blanket and read reviews.

#7 ZhongBan Extra Large Outdoor Blanket

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Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket with Waterproof Backing 90' x 80' (White&Red)
145 Reviews
Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket with Waterproof Backing 90" x 80" (White&Red)
  • Easy-to-Fold, Easy-to-Carry, folds down to size of a purse - folded measures 10 inches.
  • Extra large size unfolded measures 80 in x 90 in & lightweight 1.3 pounds (weight of a loaf of...
  • 100% soft polar fleece which won't irritate your skin and will provide hours of comfort.
  • Waterproof cushioned backing prevents you from getting wet from damp lawns or surfaces and provides...
  • Spot clean or hand wash for maintenance - for machine washable version choose Premium Style.

If you're looking for that classic picnic blanket, like the kind Dorothy would have in The Wizard of Oz, you'll appreciate the ZhongBan Extra Large Outdoor Blanket with its classic red and white checkered pattern design. (Also available in Blue and White checkered.) This outdoor blanket is fleece on the top and water resistant polyester on the bottom (although not the prettiest design on the bottom). It's mid-sized compared to the others on this list at 90″ x 80″ when folded out and weighs in at 1.3 lbs.

  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Fused Layer Stitching: No
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 90″ X 80″
  • Folded Dimensions: 13″ x 10″ x 3.5″
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs
  • Weather: Water resistant one side
  • Handle: Yes
  • Pouch: No

Check out the ZhongBan Extra Large Outdoor Blanket and read reviews.

#8 Roebury Picnic Blanket

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Roebury Picnic Blanket - Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket - Large, Oversized Sandproof Beach Mat for Travel or Camping. Folds into an Easy Carry Compact Tote Bag
176 Reviews
Roebury Picnic Blanket - Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket - Large, Oversized Sandproof Beach Mat for Travel or Camping. Folds into an Easy Carry Compact Tote Bag
  • PERFECT FOR BEACH, PARK OR AT HOME - Durable water resistant backing and padding for use on grass,...
  • LARGE OVERSIZED AREA - 55" x 70" blanket fits the whole family comfortably.
  • ROBUST & MACHINE WASHABLE - Waterproof coating, phthalates & BPA-free, no chemical smell. Soft,...
  • MULTIPLE USES - Not just an outdoor blanket, but also serves as children's playing mat, as dog seat...
  • PACK & CARRY WITH EASE - Easily folds into lightweight, compact zippered tote with pocket and...

If you'd rather a floral or vibrant design to relax in the garden with your kiddies, then the Roebury Picnic Blanket is a great choice, although a little smaller than some of the others on this list at 70″ x 55″. This outdoor blanket offers fuzed top and bottom layers so it's slip resistant for kids playing on it, is machine washable, made from polyester on both sides, and folds down into an attached tote with handle.

  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Fused Layer Stitching: Yes
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 70″ X 55″
  • Folded Dimensions: 18″ x 14″ x 2″
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Weather: Water resistant on both sides
  • Handle: Yes on attached bag
  • Pouch: Yes

Check out the Roebury Picnic Blanket and read reviews.

#9 Bearz Compact Outdoor Blanket

We've almost covered the full spectrum of sizes here today, so let's end small with the Bearz Compact Outdoor Blanket – a great pick for those looking for an outdoor blanket that fits in the palm of your hand. This 60″ x 55″ nylon outdoor blanket folds down into a 4.5″ x 3.5″ included nylon pouch with a handle and carabiner for easy attachment to your bookbag. It's a great option if you'd like to have an outdoor blanket handy when you want it, without taking up too much space in your bag the rest of the time. Perfect for outdoor travelers like me who pack light.

  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Fused Layer Stitching: No, only one layer
  • Machine Washable: Yes
  • Unfolded Dimensions: 60″ X 55″
  • Folded Dimensions: 4.5″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • Weight: 1/2 lb
  • Weather: Water resistant on both sides
  • Handle: Yes on included bag with carabiner
  • Pouch: Yes

Check out the Bearz Compact Outdoor Blanket and read reviews.

Which outdoor blanket did you choose?

Drop a comment below and tell me which one from this list you went with, or alternatively, if you chose one not on the list. Let's keep this list growing! I hope that today's buyer guide will save you countless hours scrolling through the web and reading reviews so that you can spend more time enjoying the great outdoors on your brand new outdoor blanket.

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