Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big lambskin test 2021. Here we present all the lambskins we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best lambskin for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy lambskin.




Summary

  • Lambskin is a versatile natural product that is soft and cosy and can benefit both humans and animals.
  • Lambskins can either be used as decoration or can support you, your child or even your horse's health. The skins have a temperature and pressure balancing effect as well as being anti-allergic.
  • Depending on the tanning, the area of application of your fur varies. While medically tanned skins are particularly suitable as sleeping pads or for your baby, decorative skins are usually ecologically tanned.

The Best Lambskin: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying lambskin

Lambskin is the fur of young animals. The wool is softer and finer than sheep's wool. This makes lambskin particularly cosy and suitable for children and babies. (Image source: pexels.com / Daria Shevtsova)

How much does lambskin cost?

The price of your lambskin depends on the size, tanning, colouring and quality, so we've put it together for you here:
Size Advertising Price
100-120 cm length Ecological, natural dyed ca. 30-40 Euro
100-120 cm length Ecological, dyed ca. 40-50 Euro
100-120 cm length Medical ca. 50-60 Euro

Saddle pads made of lambskin are priced a little higher and are sold by most suppliers between approx. 75-200€.

What is the difference between lambskin and sheepskin?

A lamb is a sheep up to a maximum age of 12 months.

The young animals are smaller, so naturally the fur is smaller than that of adult sheep and is therefore rarely longer than 100cm. Due to their young age, the leather and wool are particularly soft and fine . Therefore, lambskin is particularly suitable as sleeping pads in prams, as crawling blankets or as seat pads in armchairs.

Sheepskin, i.e. the fur of adult sheep, is usually 110 - 130 cm long and thus larger than lambskin. With increasing age, the sheep's wool becomes denser and firmer and the leather also becomes thicker and more robust.

This makes sheepskins more durable than lambskins, but also rougher and wirier in texture. The size and length of the wool fibres make sheepskins particularly suitable for use as rugs, couch cushions and larger decorative skins.

What are the advantages of baby fur over other alternatives for the pram?

Your child should be as comfortable as possible in the pram and kept warm in winter. For this purpose, overalls made of virgin wool, footmuffs made of fleece and polyester or even space technologies are used. However, unlike most alternatives, baby lambskins have been used for centuries as a base for newborns and have proven themselves over time.

Lambskin has stood the test of time, is a natural product free of harmful substances depending on the tanning and provides sufficient warmth and comfort in cold winter months.

Technologically advanced and multi-layered alternatives can provide good protection in very cold temperatures. However, many parents want to expose their children as little as possible to synthetic materials that could contain harmful substances and therefore prefer natural products.

Overalls or footmuffs made of virgin wool are a good option here for transitional periods, although overalls are less practical in the pram than a coat that can be quickly removed if necessary. In general, virgin wool is considered the cheaper alternative to a whole coat; however, it also offers less warmth and is therefore often not sufficient on its own in winter.

How can a lambskin help with illnesses?

Lambskin can alleviate many symptoms of illness. Because it balances both temperature and moisture, it helps as a sleeping pad for comfortable, dry lying. This can prevent bedsores (decubitus). The fur acts as a natural air conditioner, so to speak.

Did you know that premium lambskin develops spontaneously?

Lambskins can be divided into standard and premium quality. However, these are not specially bred lambs, but the same ones.

Each sheep, like human hair, has a different coat with different characteristics.

The warmth of the lambskin as well as the nature of the fibres as electrical semiconductors ensure that the blood flow to the muscles is stimulated. Tension and back pain can thus be improved by sleeping on a lambskin pad.

In the case of illnesses such as rheumatism and arthrosis, the soft, cushioning effect of lambskin as an underlay can provide pressure compensation and soft positioning when lying down. Pain is relieved because the body's own weight is cushioned and less pressure is exerted on the tissue, muscles, nerves and blood vessels.

Decision: What types of lambskins are there and which one is right for you?

From curly longhair to black sheepskin - no matter what your needs are, there is a perfect lambskin for you! Since there are a variety of different coat sizes, colours and textures, you should first know what you need your coat for:

  • Lambskins for babies
  • Medicinal skins
  • Lambskin for riding
  • Decorative skins

Of course, there are many other ways you can use your lambskin. In the following we would like to present the advantages and disadvantages of these 4 most popular types.

What can baby lambskins be used for and what are the benefits for your baby?

As a natural product, baby lambskins are often a popular choice among parents of newborns. Lambskins can be used as a crawling blanket on the floor or as a pad or footmuff in a buggy or pram.

The skins offer warming protection, are soft and cosy for the perfect lying comfort in winter or heat compensation in summer.

As newborns are not yet able to control their body temperature independently and their immune system is not yet fully developed, real lambskin is a good solution to prevent colds or excessive sweating.

Advantages
  • Temperature balancing
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Promotes sleep
  • Soothing
  • Natural product
  • Universally applicable
  • Fluffy soft
Disadvantages
  • Many chemically tanned products on the market contain harmful substances
  • Only medical lambskin can be washed more frequently
  • Not suitable as a sleeping pad without supervision

Nevertheless, the universal sheep pads are not unconditionally suitable for the baby's bed because, according to Öko-Test, they can lead to suffocation; especially for stomach sleepers. Therefore, a lambskin pad in the cot is only recommended from the age of 12 months.

If you buy a lambskin, be sure to buy a genuine and ecological product. Genuine skins are easy to care for and are also naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

What is the difference between medical lambskins and normal sheepskins?

When choosing sheepskin, it is important to pay attention to the appropriate tanning. Especially for children or for the prevention and treatment of diseases, a medical tanning should be chosen.

Medical tanning is usually a synthetic tanning process. Therefore, they vary greatly in quality depending on the manufacturer. Care should be taken to ensure that no metals (e.g. chromium) or salts with preservatives have been used in the tanning process.

Advantages
  • Easy to care for
  • Antibacterial
  • Relieves ailments
  • Relaxes muscles and joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Increased durability of the coat
Disadvantages
  • Synthetic manufacturing process
  • Quality highly dependent on manufacturer

The medical Regulan tanning process increases the durability of your lambskin and makes it more durable. At the same time, it is low in harmful substances and does not diminish the natural qualities of your fur. Medical tanning also makes it easier to clean the coat, as it can be washed at higher temperatures to destroy bacteria.

Medicinal sheepskins are said to relieve body and muscle tension and promote blood circulation. Therefore, a lambskin pad is recommended for illnesses such as allergies, gout, rheumatism, sciatica and back pain, which is also said to prevent bedsores when bedridden.

Lambskins in equestrian sports - what are the advantages of sheepskin for horse and rider?

Saddle pads, saddle blankets, saddle pads, western pads, girths and saddle pads...the range of possible uses for lambskin in equestrian sports is large.

Especially for the horse, products made of lambskin are very comfortable to wear, as pressure is optimally distributed and thus chafing is avoided. The breathable skins also absorb sweat during riding and have a temperature-balancing effect.

Advantages
  • High wearing comfort
  • temperature equalisation
  • pressure equalisation
  • prevents chafing
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive compared to standard saddle pads
  • thickness of the pad changes the fit of the saddle

However, the use of sheepskin also greatly increases comfort for the rider. Under the saddle, the fur makes for a softer seat, while saddle covers provide an additional source of warmth during rides in winter.

Lambskin pads can be easily washed at 30 degrees and are therefore very easy to care for; the majority are medically tanned.

Why is a lambskin just right for decorating your home?

For a long time now, sheepskins have been preferred by many people at home as rugs, couch cushions or seat pads. Especially in recent years, lambskin is increasingly seen on many designer chairs.

Advantages
  • Natural product
  • Timeless design
  • Large selection of colours and sizes
  • High comfort
Disadvantages
  • Less easy to clean than conventional woven carpets
  • Lambskin carpets not suitable for vacuuming

Real skins as overlays make for a softer, more comfortable seat. In winter, the fur is warming, while in summer it absorbs sweat and ensures that you don't stick to your leather sofa.

Thanks to gentle cutting and dyeing techniques, you have a wide choice of colours and sizes that do not diminish the quality of your fur, but only adapt it to your living atmosphere.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate lambskins

To find the perfect lambskin for you and your needs, you should compare and evaluate different models before buying. In the following, we have compiled some criteria for evaluating the fur to make your decision easier.

The following criteria will help you determine whether the lambskin is suitable for you:

  • Cut to size
  • Size
  • Hair length
  • Tanning
  • Colour
  • Cleaning

In the following paragraphs we explain the individual criteria in more detail and you can read how you can distinguish and select the different lambskins based on these factors.

In principle, lambskin is a natural product, which means that despite certain criteria, the individual products are of course very individual and can deviate slightly from what you might expect when buying.

Therefore, it is even more important to define exactly what you need for a lambskin in the following criteria in order to still get your perfect product and to minimise deviations.

Cutting

In principle, lambskin is considered to be very universally applicable. However, the usability depends very much on the cut, as this gives the shape and thus defines certain product types.

The standard shape of lambskin is not specially cut but retains its natural shape and is only trimmed at the sides so that clean finishes are created.

In this form, you can use the lambskin as a rug, crawling blanket, sleeping pad in bed or on the couch. There are hardly any limits to its use and people and animals (for example as a sleeping mat for dogs) can enjoy the lambskin equally.

Most decorative skins do not deviate much from the natural shape when cut, as the typical and classic look is very popular in design.

If you want to use your lambskin in the buggy or pram, you can also use the typical lambskin in its original form, but specially cut lambskins are often available. These are specially adapted to the shape of the pram and thus make it easier to put in and take out and increase the lying comfort.

Especially for buggies, recesses for the seat belts can be integrated into the lambskin when cutting it to size. Later you can pull the straps through these slits to fasten your baby, which would not work well with a standard lambskin.

The biggest deviation from the natural shape of lambskin is when it is cut for saddle covers or girth protectors in equestrian sports.

Since the lambskin should ergonomically fit the horse and at the same time reflect the design of the saddle, the skins are cut to fit the shape of the saddle or girth and also vary greatly in size depending on the type of horse (cold blood / warmblood / pony / Shetland) and design (saddle pad / saddle pad / western pad).

Size

The size of your lambskin naturally depends on the cut. In general, however, it can be said that the size of lambskins usually varies between 70-110 cm in length and 50-70 cm in width.

Larger lambskins are rare, but some sheepskins can be up to 160 cm long and wide. These are adult sheep, i.e. older and larger sheep, and not lambs. Large sheepskins are mostly used as decorative skins, for example as carpets.
The rarer larger lambskins are often used as bed pads for adults.

The skins of very young and thus small lambs are often used as baby lambskins or footmuffs in prams or buggies. Here, there are rarely skins that are larger than 60-70 cm. Special cuts are sometimes even smaller: skins adapted to prams are often only 40-50×30 cm, while cuts for buggies with seat slots are on average about 75×40 cm.

In equestrian sports, the size of the skins usually depends on the breed of horse for which it is to be used. The standard here is the warmblood, where a distinction is made between three different sizes:

  • Size S - back length approx. 50 cm
    (14.0 - 15.5 inch saddle)
  • Size M - back length approx. 56 cm
    (16.0 - 17.5 inch saddle)
  • Size L - back length approx. 58 cm
    (18.0 - 19.5 inch saddle)

Product width: approx. 40 cm. Sizes are correspondingly smaller for ponies and larger for cold-blooded horses.

Hair length

Lambskins can be divided into two categories with regard to hair length: Short pile and long pile. Short pile skins are usually shorn skins, while long pile skins retain their original length or are only minimally trimmed.

Shorn lambskins, i.e. short pile, have a hair length of up to 3 cm, which makes the coat look denser and fluffier. This is why short pile skins are mostly used as baby skins, footmuffs, sleeping pads or also in equestrian sports, as they are warm, cushion and pad better and thus prevent bedsores or chafing.

Unshorn lambskins, i.e. long pile, vary depending on the breed of lamb and vary in hair length between 5 and 10 cm. Long pile skins are therefore often used as decorative skins. The longest possible hair length is particularly popular for carpets.

Tanning

Three different types of tanning have become established in the production of lambskins:

  • the vegetable / ecological tanning
  • synthetic / medical tanning
  • the mineral tanning

We have compiled more detailed information on the tanning processes here. When buying your lambskin, make sure that you buy products that are as low in harmful substances as possible.

If you need skins that can be cleaned more often, you should buy synthetically tanned lambskins, as they are more resistant and easier to care for. This could be an advantage when used as baby lambskin or in the medical field.

If you are looking for a beautiful decorative skin, you will mainly find ecologically tanned skins.

Since carpets, for example, are not washed so often, but a thorough shaking out is usually enough, a medical tanning is not necessary here.
In particular, dyed skins are usually only available in ecological tanning, as a dyeing process could reduce the properties of medical skins.

Colour

The majority of lambskins on the market are natural coloured, as these colours have proven themselves over time.

The natural shade of beige again illustrates the status as a natural product; it appears the most "genuine". Somewhat rarer are undyed black or white skins or a very dark brown, so here you should look carefully to see whether it is the original colour or a bleached / dyed product.

Medical skins, including many baby lambskins, are almost exclusively available in their natural colour due to their tanning. Decorative skins are available in a variety of colours nowadays.

The selection ranges from natural-looking brown tones to colourful rainbow colours. The criterion of colour is a purely subjective taste criterion, so you should decide for yourself beforehand which colour you like best.

Cleaning

Ease of cleaning is an important criterion when buying your lambskin, as choosing a less easy-care product and washing it frequently can very quickly cause you to lose the pleasure of your coat.

Did you know that lambskin can be washed if necessary?

A question often asked by lambskin buyers is whether lambskin can be washed in the washing machine. The answer is no, however, because it depends on the type and colour of the fur.

In general, however, a lambskin will not look the same after washing and we therefore recommend cleaning it with a damp cloth.

If you need to clean your lambskin more often, for example baby skins or medical skins, you should opt for skins with synthetic tanning. Lambskin rugs and similar decorative items can be ecologically tanned instead, as they do not need to be cleaned as often.

In summary, it can thus be defined that

  • Baby skins are usually smaller, natural coloured, preferably medically tanned and of short pile.
  • medical skins vary in size, but are also natural coloured and of short hair length.
  • Decorative skins have no limits and can therefore take on all colours with their ecological tanning, are also available in large sizes as sheepskins and are available in both short and long pile.

Facts worth knowing about lambskin

How do I wash my lambskin properly?

In nature, lambskin cleans itself through a renewing layer of fat. Since this is no longer the case after processing, you may have to wash your lambskin after some time. In general, you should make sure to wash the sheepskin as seldom as possible.

However, especially if you use it as a baby pad, it may need to be cleaned more often. Therefore, it is especially important to pay attention to the correct washing technique so as not to reduce the quality.

Medical fur can sometimes be washed at over 30 degrees in the washing machine. You will see this on the label of the lambskin. For optimal cleaning, use the gentle cycle on your washing machine and a gentle wool detergent.

A lambskin makes your living room or bedroom look much cosier. (Image source: unsplash.com / Oana Craciun)

Ecologically tanned lambskins are less robust and therefore not suitable for the washing machine. Therefore, it is best to wash your fur in the bathtub. You can use special fur cleaners for this, but a gentle hair shampoo or wool detergent is perfectly adequate.

If you have to do it quickly, you can put your coat in the tumble dryer on a gentle cycle. However, this should be the exception, as the lambskin can be damaged. You should also add tennis balls to prevent matting.

The best way to dry your sheepskin is to let it dry on the clothesline. For best protection, rub the leather on the back of the lambskin with moisturising leather soap, baby oil or milking grease after drying.

How do I prevent lambskin from becoming hard and smelly after washing?

If the lambskin is washed gently, it should not become hard as a rule. However, if this does happen, please do not use fabric softener. Instead, you can always move the fur while drying and then treat the back with leather care.

As your coat is a natural animal product, it may have a slight odour. If you are bothered by this, airing out and drying in the fresh air will usually help.

How do I store my lambskin when it is not in use?

If you are not going to use your fleece for a long period of time, it is important to store it properly to maintain its quality and to keep it soft and cosy. You should make sure to shake out the sheepskin well and remove any dirt before storing it (only clean with water if it is very dirty!).

Damp, unventilated cellars and attics as well as cramped wardrobes are your coat's nightmare. Try to find a place where the lambskin can be stored in a cool, loose place with normal humidity.

To avoid direct sunlight, a cupboard in your home is a good idea, but it should provide enough space for the coat and not squeeze it.

You can hang your fur, lay it down or roll it loosely; only tight bending should be avoided if possible.

How is lambskin made?

Using lambskin and supporting animal welfare are not mutually exclusive. Lambs are not killed to make fur; it is not typical fur.

Nevertheless, it is especially important to buy high-quality skins and to pay attention to the origin. If this is the case, your lambskin is a by-product of slaughter for meat and therefore supports the use of the whole animal without waste.

Without its tanning, the hide would otherwise be a waste product and only through tanning can it be further processed in a valuable way.

How does the tanning of lambskin work?

Basically, there are three main types of tanning:

  • Vegetable tanning, for example with substances obtained from chestnuts or tree bark.
  • Synthetic tanning with substances that are based on the vegetable tanning agents.
  • Mineral tanning with, for example, chrome or aluminium

Before these substances are stored in the hide, however, the following steps must first take place as preparation:

  1. The hide is pre-preserved with common salt.
  2. The hide is watered and cleaned.
  3. Meat and fat residues are removed.
  4. The coat is prepared with table salt and formic acid for the actual tanning with one of the above-mentioned tanning agents.

After the fur has absorbed the tanning substances, it is stretched on a frame and then stretched, sanded and cut.
Depending on the requirements, it is then shorn or dyed and, after a final combing, is ready for sale.

How do I check if my lambskin is genuine?

There are a few tricks to make sure that you are buying a genuine lambskin and not a woven fur or imitation:

  1. The leather and the hide of your lambskin are one, so they should not pull apart. If the fur separates from the leather when pulled gently, it is probably woven fur.
  2. You can tell if it's fake by touching it, as it feels more synthetic. If you are still not sure, you can pluck a few hairs out of the fur and light them with a lighter. Real fur would react and smell like human hair when burnt. Imitation fur would melt and smell like burnt plastic.

How can a lambskin be antibacterial?

The wool of your lambskin is 100% protein. Unlike carbohydrate fibres such as cotton, lambskin is therefore not a breeding ground for germs, bacteria or viruses, even when warm. It is therefore antibacterial and also balances out bases and acids.

From what age can I put lambskin in the pram or cot?

The non-profit institute "European Respiratory Society" conducted a study with 3000 babies in 2014, which proved that newborns who sleep on lambskins for babies get asthma up to 80% less often.

Nevertheless, many experts advise against letting children sleep unattended on lambskins. In the prone position, this can lead to rebreathing and a risk of suffocation. Therefore, lambskin is only suitable as a bedding under supervision.

Sleeping on a lambskin is not only extremely comfortable for your baby, but can also be beneficial to your baby's health when supervised. (Image source: pexels.com / Daria Shevtsova)

Therefore, a lambskin in the pram or buggy is a good idea. Newborns can benefit from the advantages of the natural product under supervision and are protected from possible dangers by the supine position. A footmuff is especially recommended here, as it is cuddly and soft and provides pleasant comfort. The baby lambskin can therefore be used in the pram from the very beginning.

When should I use a lambskin saddle pad?

Similar to humans, lambskin has a relaxing effect on horses and helps with muscular problems. Horses that are particularly sensitive in the back therefore benefit greatly from lambskin pads.

Sheepskins can also help with saddle fit inaccuracies, as they even out the size. In addition, the risk of pressure sores and wounds is reduced by the additional suspension and the temperature balancing effect.

Saddle pads made of lambskin can be used all year round. In winter, they provide additional warmth for horse and rider, while in summer sweat is absorbed and a cooling effect is created.

Image source: pexels.com / Daria Shevtsova

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