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The sun is shining, the sky is blue and it is pleasantly warm outside. That's how we imagine a beautiful Saturday. Would you also like to go outside in this weather?

Have a picnic in the park or rest during a hike. A picnic blanket is a must.

Whether with friends or family, spending time together in the fresh air is fun and good for you. It is often cheaper to picnic in the park than to go to a restaurant.

To help you find the right picnic blanket for you, we present different models in our large picnic blanket test 2021 and show you what is important when choosing a blanket.




Summary

  • Picnic blankets are popular sitting surfaces for various outdoor activities and, depending on the material, offer protection from dirt, cold and moisture.
  • You can buy good picnic blankets for as little as ten euros in most textile shops and DIY shops. You should pay particular attention to whether the picnic blanket also has a coating for wet surfaces.
  • As far as the design is concerned, there are almost no limits to your creativity. Depending on whether you attach more importance to colour, size, weight or material, you can choose from a wide variety of combinations.

Picnic Blanket: Our Selection

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a picnic blanket

What material can a picnic blanket be made of?

Most picnic blankets are made of at least one of four materials. The following table lists the alternatives and their advantages:

Material Advantages
Polyester Does not wrinkle, dries quickly, insulates
Fleece Warming, water-repellent, dries quickly, robust
Cotton Warming, hard-wearing
Polyacrylic Insulating, easy-care, dries quickly

Nobody prefers to lie on a blanket that scratches or, in the worst case, causes allergies. That's why you should decide beforehand which material is best suited to your needs.

Tip: Smell the blanket when you buy it. If it smells strongly of factory and chemicals, leave it alone!

Picnic blanket with or without coating?

Ideally, your picnic blanket should have a protective coating on the underside. This serves as heat insulation and is water-repellent. It can be made of different materials such as aluminium or PVC.

A coating also makes cleaning easier, as you can usually simply wipe it off with a wet sponge or hose it down with a water hose.

Which picnic blanket is suitable for which surface?

The areas of use for picnic blankets are versatile. Whether on the beach, on grass, camping or a cosy snack while climbing a rock face - the structure of your blanket should be adapted to the different environmental conditions.

While a cosy, padded blanket with a pretty pattern is probably more suitable for a summer date at the lake, a well-insulating, dirt- and water-repellent blanket can be extremely practical for the next outdoor trip.

You need to know which features are relevant to you in order to enrich your project a bit, and you should inform yourself and decide accordingly.

What should I be aware of when it comes to harmful substances in picnic blankets?

Basically, you don't need to worry about unhealthy pollutants in picnic blankets, as long as you pay attention to labels, test seals and ingredients. For all reputable manufacturers, the information should be below the guideline values.

To be on the safe side, you can request the necessary information directly from the manufacturer, especially for unknown or foreign products.

Especially if you want to use the blanket for children or indoors, it should be guaranteed that it is free of harmful substances.

How much do picnic blankets cost?

The prices for picnic blankets are relatively variable. They usually cost between 10 and 40 euros. Depending on the manufacturer, material and workmanship, they can also be cheaper or more expensive in individual cases.

Top-quality picnic blankets from well-known brands can cost upwards of 50 euros. These include products from Fatboy, au maison and other trendy brands.

Since you would like to use a picnic blanket more often, especially in summer, you should pay attention to appropriate quality and, in the best case, invest a little more to ensure a certain durability and comfort during various outdoor activities.

Decision: What types of picnic blankets are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between four types of picnic blankets:

  • Simple picnic blankets
  • Insulated picnic blankets
  • Waterproof picnic blankets
  • Padded picnic blankets

A picnic blanket is almost indispensable for a picnic in nature. The blankets come in a wide variety of designs and sizes, from XXL blankets to small picnic blankets. In addition to the square ones, round models can also be found occasionally.

When choosing the right picnic blanket, the coating of the underside is particularly important. Depending on where you want to picnic, a different type of blanket is best. We would like to help you find the right blanket for your picnic. We will introduce you to the different types and show you the advantages and disadvantages of each.

What is a simple picnic blanket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The big advantage of the very simple picnic blanket is that it is the cheapest and therefore available for less than ten euros. However, it offers no extras and no special coating on the underside. This means that this blanket protects neither against the cold nor against moisture and should therefore only be used on warm and dry ground.

Advantages
  • Particularly good value
Disadvantages
  • No extras
  • No moisture protection
  • No protection against cold

Another disadvantage is that these blankets are usually of poorer quality. When buying a blanket, you should also pay attention to the ingredients. If the blanket smells extremely chemical, it should not be bought.

What is an insulated picnic blanket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you don't want to get a cold bottom at a picnic, you should opt for an appropriate insulation. This special coating on the underside is usually made of aluminium and protects against a cold bottom. The body heat is stored in the upper layer and the blanket is thus warm even on colder days.

Advantages
  • Stores body heat
  • Mostly waterproof
  • Easy to clean
Disadvantages
  • No additional seat padding

Another advantage is that these blankets are also waterproof due to the insulating layer. Water cannot penetrate the coating and everything on the blanket stays dry.

In addition, the underside of this picnic blanket is particularly easy to clean, as it is simply wiped off with a wet sponge or hosed down with a garden hose. However, these blankets do not offer particularly high seating comfort as they are relatively thin.

What is a waterproof picnic blanket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Depending on where the picnic is taking place, a waterproof blanket can be irreplaceable, because even in summer a meadow can still be damp in the morning. The underside of this picnic blanket is a waterproof protective coating made of plastic or a nylon fabric. The layer ensures that moisture is not absorbed by the blanket and that the seating surface remains dry.

Advantages
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Multiple uses
Disadvantages
  • No insulation
  • Often very expensive

Another advantage is that water-repellent picnic blankets can be used wherever moisture is generally to be expected. Therefore, they can also be used for different purposes, such as a beach blanket or a tarpaulin.

In addition, the underside of these blankets can also be wiped with a damp sponge or cleaned with a watering can. The disadvantage, however, is that these picnic blankets are often more expensive than all other types. In addition, the waterproof layer protects against moisture, but not necessarily against the cold.

What is a padded picnic blanket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you place a lot of value on comfort when picnicking, on the other hand, padded picnic blankets are a good choice. In addition to insulation, these blankets are characterised by additional padding.

This padding layer usually consists of foam or cotton wool. The thickness of this padding can vary, whereby the following applies: the thicker the padding, the higher the seating comfort. With heavily padded picnic blankets, you have the feeling of sitting on a cushion.

Advantages
  • High seating comfort
  • Usually with insulation layer
Disadvantages
  • Larger pack size

However, these blankets have the disadvantage that they have a larger pack size due to the additional padding layer and thus take up more space during transport.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate picnic blankets

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate picnic blankets. This will make it easier for you to decide which product is the most suitable for you.

Specifically, these are:

  • Pattern
  • Material
  • Dimensions/Weight
  • Cleaning method
  • Extras

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Pattern

When it comes to the design of your picnic blanket, there are almost no limits. In addition to the popular traditional red and white checked look, which has a romantic old British flair, all kinds of colours and pattern combinations are now used.

Striped, dotted, plain or with various shapes - if you take a look around, you will quickly notice that there is something for every taste. Especially if the blanket is to be used frequently, it is advisable to make sure that dirt and stains are somewhat hidden by the choice of colour.

Material

As already explained in the advice section, picnic blankets can be made of different materials. Depending on the place and frequency of use, this can play a particularly important role in the purchase due to the practical use.

If you want a soft, cosy and warm blanket for dry days, you can't go wrong with a cotton blanket. Synthetic fibres like polyacrylic, on the other hand, are easy to wash and particularly durable.

It's hard to give general buying advice here, as everyone has their own preferences and ideas for use. Basically, you can decide between synthetic and natural fibres and choose the right product for you depending on its properties.

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Picnic blankets are available in many different patterns and materials. Your personal preferences play a major role here. (Photo: Lucie Capkova / unsplash.com)

Dimensions/weight

Picnic blankets come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. From the one-man blanket to the XXL format, almost anything can be included. In addition to the usual square or rectangular products, there are also some round versions.

Since transportability also plays a major role in some cases, the dimensions in folded form and the weight are also given for many products.

Cleaning method

How you can clean your picnic blanket always depends on the material it is made of and how it is processed, because not every blanket may be treated in the same way. While some products are suitable for the washing machine, others should only be washed by hand or even lightly wiped with a sponge or brush.

In the following table you will find a brief overview of the individual materials and their cleaning:

Material type of cleaning temperature
Polyester machine washable max. 60 °C
Fleece hand wash or brush max. 30 °C
Cotton machine washable max. 40 °C
Acrylic hand wash or brush max. 30 °C
Nylon machine washable max. 40 °C

Note that many picnic blankets are made of several materials. Most picnic blankets have a care label that tells you exactly what cleaning is recommended for the product. To ensure that your blanket lasts a long time, always follow the instructions carefully.

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The material also plays a major role in the cleaning that may be necessary, as not all materials may be treated in the same way. Most picnic blankets have been provided with a care label. These symbols will tell you which cleaning is best for that blanket.

Extras

Many picnic blankets include some practical features that - if they are relevant to you - can bring a real advantage.

For example, some have a carrying strap or a Velcro fastener to make transport much easier. The water-repellent or insulating function can also be counted among the extras of picnic blankets. The more features, the higher the price can go.

Of course, everyone's preferences are different here. Necessary for some, not for others - in the end, you have to decide for yourself how much "luxury" your product should offer you.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about picnic blankets

Can I sew a picnic blanket myself?

Yes, you can. Often a picnic blanket not only has a practical use, but also offers a beautiful pattern for the eye, soft padding for comfort and enough space for the whole family.

If you can't find your perfect blanket in shops or on the World Wide Web, or if you simply have a penchant for do-it-yourself skills, you can find lots of instructions on the Internet and in books on home textiles to sew your own personal wishes with a little flair.

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