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Cheap Quality Fleece. There Are Far Better Options Out There!!
on January 11, 2011
I was given 2 Snuggies for Christmas last year and they are very warm and comfortable however after just 2 washes the fleece started pilling. For those out there that are unschooled in the differences in fleece, pretty much every fleece in the world is soft and warm to begin with. One of the biggest differences between high quality and low quality fleece lies in the "pilling effect". Pilling occurs when the garment's fibers roll up, often after being washed, and lie on the surface like tiny round pills. This pilling seriously effects almost every aspect of the fleece including how it feels, how it looks, and its ability to keep heat in. All fleece pills eventually. You can tell how old a Patagonia Synchilla jacket is based off of how much pilling has taken place. Basically pilling takes a considerable amount time with high quality fleece while cheap fleece starts to pill right away, usually after just 1 or 2 washes. I had serious pilling after just 2 washes with the Snuggies and I am now over 30 washes with my Slankets and they still haven't shown even the slightest sign of pilling yet. For those that are unaware, Slankets are really the original sleeved blankets that came out roughly a year before Snuggies. Slankets are more expensive but its worth it as they use a much higher quality fleece.
The bottom line - Snuggies are cheaper but you get what you pay for. A Slanket costs more but its going to have a significantly longer lifespan than the Snuggie and it will keep its softness and its ability to keep in warmth much longer than the Snuggie. I gave my Snuggies to the Salvation Army and purchased 4 Slankets. My advice is to spend a little more and get a sleeved blanket that is considerably higher in quality. If you care more about saving money than actually buying something of quality then maybe the Snuggie is for you after all.