Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
While we’ve hunted down the goods you’ll need for the perfect outdoorsy meal — including a potluck expert’s guide to the perfect picnic, a picnic basket that can double as a sleek weekender, and a rundown of grill-master-approved barbecuing accessories — here, we’ve scoured the best picnic blankets on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best fleece picnic blanket
“As a native New Yorker, I have forever been searching for the perfect Central Park picnic blanket — one that is easy to carry about in the city yet also high-quality enough to function flawlessly in its moment of need. Other picnic blankets were either so bulky and heavy you’d never want to tote them about, or so thin and flimsy that you were practically sitting on damp ground. But not the LBTC picnic blanket — it’s both lightweight and also protective with the waterproof underside. And don’t let me forget to mention the stylish pattern! I can’t tell you the number of compliments I have received from friends on the design. Now, I get simply giddy planning my next outing in Central Park or a weekend at the beach with friends — just more excuses to show off my favorite new picnic blanket.”
Best picnic-blanket tote
“We had the opportunity to use this fantastic blanket on our weekend zoo trip and fell in love! Picnicking in the shady groves of beautiful oaks has its perks and usually its downfalls this time of year (with the abundance of pollen and tree shedding), but BEHOLD, this blanket did exactly as stated, nothing and I mean nothing stuck to it! We had a lovely picnic and cleanup was nothing short of a miracle — pick up, shake off — fold up and go!” [Editor’s note: We’ve included this in a picnic-essentials story, too.]
Best beach picnic blanket
“Quick disclaimer: I hate sand. I hate how it gets EVERYWHERE relentlessly. The problem is, we love the beach. So I’ve always wanted a beach blanket that won’t hold sand. This is the one, ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t hold sand AT ALL. It shakes off completely and easily — the sand disappeared just like the anxiety I used to feel when it was time to pack up at the end of our beach trip! No sand, no stress!”
Best padded picnic blanket
“I have owned this Tuffo blanket for over ten years and use it ALL THE TIME. It still looks brand-new. It’s comfortable, soft, and washable. You can throw it on damp grass and the water-resistant bottom protects you from getting wet. It’s great for the beach, parks, picnics, pool. It folds up nicely and is easy to carry with the carrying case. The blanket is a little pricey, but I have definitely gotten my money’s worth.”
Best picnic blanket for cheap
“WOW!! I love this picnic mat so much!! I’ve had this mat for almost six months now and I am constantly using this!! Let me just start off by saying that I originally bought this mat to take with me to the beach for my daughter to sit on. However, as she got older, she got A LOT more active!! I took this around everywhere because the floor is dirty sometimes and she doesn’t want to sit still. She wants to explore all the time, so I just lay it out and let her explore within the picnic mat, and her clothes and hands stay clean!! I know this is just a basic $10 mat, but I can’t live without this mat.”
Best easy-to-carry picnic blanket
“This blanket is really great. I brought this along with me on my four-month trip around Asia and Australia earlier this year. Because it folds up compactly, I was able to throw it in my little backpack/bag and take it with me everywhere I went. Was terrific being able to pull the blanket out of my bag whenever I spontaneously found a great spot to sit, relax, and people-watch. Love the little bag it comes in as well — helped keep my other things clean and also kept the blanket compact. Doesn’t feel cheap and has held up really well on my extended trip.”
Best windproof picnic blanket
“This blanket has been amazing. I purchased it to use while I watch my kids play soccer during the colder winter months. The XL size is fantastic to wrap around for maximum cover. Lightweight, easy to stash and carry, soft, warm, and really cuts the wind. I’ve suggested it to several of my fellow soccer parents.”
Best XL picnic blanket
“The neatest thing about this picnic blanket is that it folds into a tote with a handle. It’s easy to carry for a picnic at the beach, lake, campsite, or anywhere you need a blanket. Small enough to keep in your car or in your cooler for that quick weekend away. Best of all? It’s machine washable AND dryable. The backing is a waterproof polyester, not like a sheet or towel that stains or absorbs liquids. You can even hose it down, hang it up to be ready for the next outing. It’s a pretty plaid print on one side, and a solid neutral color on the other. This is one of the largest picnic blankets I’ve ever seen, but folds down to a tiny little handbag size, well, a little heavy handbag.”
Best flannel-like picnic blanket
“Had this for about a week now. We use it in the backyard every other day or so. I LOVE it! It looks cute in my Instagram pictures (obviously important), and it stays really clean and tidy because of the waterproof side of the blanket. The plaid is soft and my baby and toddler love lying on it. It’s also really large and my whole family of four can fit on it with extra room (we are not small people).”
Best kids’ picnic blanket
“We have owned this blanket for a full five years now. The quality is great, it’s easy to clean, and it folds easily for transport. Our blanket has handled outdoor picnics; half-day parade-watching; cool, wet evening grass while watching fireworks; muddy days on the pizza farm; tuna spills; bubble-solution spills; vomit; urine; dirt; mud; multiple kinds of beverages; sunscreen; and more! This has been a well-used blanket for many years, and it has held up beautifully. The stitching is still strong, there are no rips or tears, and the handle shows no signs of weakening.”
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