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EKTOS Wool Review

An inexpensive 100% wool blanket that works well as a mid layer for a bed
EKTOS Wool
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Price:  $50 List
Pros:  Good "bed weight", fairly warm, can launder at home, inexpensive
Cons:  Scratchy, particular home-care, collects hair and debris easily
Manufacturer:   EKTOS
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 23, 2020
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  • Comfort - 30% 3
  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Versatility - 20% 2
  • Packed Size - 15% 4
  • Features & Design - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The Ektos 100% Wool blanket is a solid mid-layer for your bed at home or in the RV. It's significantly cheaper than much of the wool blanket competition and provides reasonable warmth and a comforting weight. While you can wash it at home, it loses fibers and dye at first and shrinks, even when following care instructions. It also holds onto pet hair and sand and is too large to easily tote around. While it's a pretty decent addition to a mattress-centric set-up, we don't enjoy using it for much else.

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Pros Good "bed weight", fairly warm, can launder at home, inexpensiveSofter underbelly, weather-resistant, great features, feels warm, easy to cleanQuite warm and puffy, fairly weather-resistant, comfortable, reasonably affordableSolid insulation, light and packable, compression stuff sack, large size, affordableVery soft underside, comfortable, simple stuff sack, reasonable size/weight, inexpensive
Cons Scratchy, particular home-care, collects hair and debris easilyA bit large and bulkyVery large and bulky, a bit slick, not home washableNo cross-stitching, not weatherproofOn the small side, not super warm, not particularly technical
Bottom Line An affordable wool blanket that's a great bed mid layerThough a little bulky, this blanket is comfortable and provides serious warmth and weather protectionA cozy, warm blanket that's great on cold days, but it's a bit large for most travelThis blanket is a solid performer for a seriously great priceA good, comfortable option for pretty much any casual cozying
Rating Categories EKTOS Wool NEMO Puffin Wavelength Snugpak Jungle Kelty Bestie
Comfort (30%)
3
8
7
5
9
Warmth (25%)
5
8
9
8
4
Versatility (20%)
2
7
6
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4
Packed Size (15%)
4
6
4
7
7
Features & Design (10%)
4
9
6
7
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Specs EKTOS Wool NEMO Puffin Wavelength Snugpak Jungle Kelty Bestie
Filling Type Wool Synthetic Synthetic Synthetic Synthetic
Measured Blanket Size 71" x 80" 54" x 78" 51" x 73" 62" x 74" 42" x 74"
Compressed Size 14 L 4 L 11 L 3.5 L 3.5 L
Weather Resistance none DWR treatment
(water resistance)
water resistant windproof & MicroDiamond
(light water resistance)
none
Weight 94 oz 36 oz 40 oz 26 oz 24 oz
Stuff Sack N Y - zippered Y - drawstring Y - compression Y - drawstring
Exterior Material 100% wool 30D nylon micro-ripstop 20D nylon 100% polyester with Paratex antibacterial treatment 75 D polyester taffeta top
190T polyester pungee bottom
Insulation Material 100% wool 600G Stratofiber (synthetic) TechLoft Silver (synthetic - resinated polyester fiber) Travelsoft (synthetic - resinated polyester fiber) 9.5 oz Cloudloft (synthetic)
Manufacturer Temp Rating (F) Not specified Not specified Not specified 45°F Not specified
Pocket No Yes - 1 zippered near feet No No No
Machine Washable Yes - front load only Yes - front load only No - commercial washer only Yes - front load only Yes - front load only
Available Sizes One size only 1-person (tested), 2-person One size only Regular (tested), X-Large One size only
Additional Features None Foot Nook foot box created by three buttons and holes, outwardly curved edges, sewn through in horizontal bars, contrast-colored top edge Sewn through in horizontal bars None Softer bottom layer, sewn through boxes hold insulation in place

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ektos Wool blanket is a 100% wool fiber blanket. It comes in a single size and color. 80% and 90% wool options that we didn't test are also available from Ektos, as are several synthetic options.

Performance Comparison


Staying warm on a chilly morning camping in the desert.
Staying warm on a chilly morning camping in the desert.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


When we think of a wool blanket, we might think of the word scratchy. The Ektos 100% Wool blanket is made of 100% wool, not a wool-cotton blend like many other "wool" blankets, and is scratchy. It's rather unpleasant against bare skin or even over a very thin shirt or bed sheet. Compared to other wool blankets we tested, this one is exceptionally abrasive. Yet used in a full bed ensemble, over a flannel sheet, we don't notice this and can instead appreciate the comfortable weight and warmth. While Ektos claims this blanket is 66" x 90", ours measured 71" x 80", which is both smaller and a different overall shape. It's barely large enough to use on a queen-sized bed (typically 60" x 80") and is better suited to a full mattress.

The Ektos (right) is much more abrasive and coarse, and feels much...
The Ektos (right) is much more abrasive and coarse, and feels much scratchier than the Pendleton Yakima (left).
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Warmth


As a wool blanket, the strengths of this blanket are different than other camping blankets with their DWR coatings and synthetic or down insulation. Wool is renowned for its ability to retain warmth even when wet, as wool fibers will still trap (warm) air even when they're wet. Still, in our insulation testing, the Ektos proved to be only slightly below average at preventing heat loss compared to the rest. If you were to use this blanket as an insulator against the wind, you'll find it may not be the best option. However, the best intended use of this blanket is as an addition to a bed set-up, whether that's on a blow-up mattress in your tent, a bunk in your RV, or your regular bed at home. And for that purpose, used in conjunction with at least a sheet and likely another layer on top, it works just fine.

The Ektos works very well as a mid-layer on your bed in the winter.
The Ektos works very well as a mid-layer on your bed in the winter.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Versatility


In a category of blankets that include options which pack down into tiny bundles or turn into wearable ponchos, the versatility of the Ektos is rather limited. Even compared to other wool blankets we tested, it proves to be unimpressive in its uses and overall durability. It isn't our first choice as a picnic blanket, as it brings home dirt, grass, twigs, sand, and other ground debris. We also don't like it as a furniture cover for pets, as it collects fur like a bad habit and starts losing little balls of wool fibers from critter claws. Its large size and heavy weight also prevent it from being a go-to option for sitting around the campfire, even if it wouldn't pick up all sorts of junk just from touching the ground.

When it comes to durability, you can wash it in your front-loading machine at home, but ours shed an exceptional amount of dye and fuzz for several washes, leaving us to question how many times you could wash and use it before it has thin, see-through patches or even holes in it. For our testing purposes, this blanket is best used as a bed mid-layer; we would treat it gently and wash it infrequently.

Unfortunately, this blanket holds onto debris too easily for us to...
Unfortunately, this blanket holds onto debris too easily for us to really enjoy using it outdoors.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Packed Size


Packed size is another metric in which wool blankets just don't have a leg up against the competition. They're naturally heavier and bulkier and don't really compress - though we did try, just to give it a whirl. The Ektos doesn't come with a storage bag, which would keep it clean and neat when not in use. It weighs a mammoth 94 ounces, which is just shy of six pounds! But then again, it's not really made for travel.

The Ektos wool blanket is large, heavy, bulky, and has no storage bag.
The Ektos wool blanket is large, heavy, bulky, and has no storage bag.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Features & Design


The two notable design features of the Ektos are the stitching around all four edges and the ability to wash it at home when you need to; we've already discussed the issues surrounding the home-laundering situation. Though the stitching around all four edges helps in holding the blanket together, the fibers lost when cleaning are from the center of the blanket, and there's no stopping that.

We're glad this blanket is machine washable at home because it gets...
We're glad this blanket is machine washable at home because it gets dirty easily and quickly.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


The Ektos is sold for a low price, especially compared to other wool blankets on the market. However, we find its uses (and potentially its lifespan) are rather limited. If you're after a wool blanket to add as a wintertime bed mid-layer and you're able to treat it gently, then this blanket could be a steal. But if you want a rugged blanket you can camp with on the weekends, lay on the couch for the dog, and easily wash without worry, we think you'll be happier spending a little more on a different option.

Conclusion


The Ektos is a straightforward wool blanket whose main draw is its low price. Because it's 100% wool rather than a wool-cotton blend, our testers found it to be scratchy. It's heavy, doesn't come with a storage bag, collects dirt and hair, and is difficult to launder. It's well-suited to be a gently used mid-layer for a bed, but not much else.

Big enough to be ground cover, but it'll bring home part of the...
Big enough to be ground cover, but it'll bring home part of the beach when you leave!
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg