🛍️ Product reviewed: Oodie Hooded Blanket
⏰ Tested for: Two years
⭐ Rating: 5/5
💸 Reasons to buy: Super soft, oversized fit, keeps you warm and saves cranking on the heating, snug design, available in a wide range of prints
✋ Reasons to avoid: Storage can be awkward as it's so big, pricey for a hooded blanket
💰 Best deal we've found: Get the £89 hooded blanket for just £35.60 in Oodie's Black Friday sale
It's no secret that the UK has been going through a lot of financial stress as of late. The spike in energy bills this time last year, the increase in food prices — it's been a tough couple of years.
By now, you've probably worked out a few ways in which you can steer clear of heightened bills, especially those concerning your heating.
Enter my solution: The Oodie, a giant hooded blanket that comes in a range of colours and prints.
While it's not usually the cheapest, there's currently a huge sale on for Black Friday where you can nab one of the brand's viral hooded blankets for just £35.60 — down from £89. That's an enormous saving of £53.40.
Born in 2018 and described as "the world's best wearable blanket", an Oodie is a half blanket, half hoodie hybrid made from a premium blend of sherpa and fleece. As for its viral status, the cosy loungewear item has racked up over 59 million video views on TikTok.
Gifted to me during the height of the cost-of-living crisis, I can whole-heartedly say it's one of my favourite, and most cost-effective items in my wardrobe. So here's my honest thoughts.
💸 Reasons to buy
First and foremost, it's adorable. Designed with the mantra one-size-fits-most (it's based on a 6XL hoodie), each Oodie comes lined with a super soft sherpa fleece, features an oversized front pocket and a gigantic hood. Not to mention, they are available in a huge range of fun prints for both kids and adults.
The combination of sherpa fleece on the inside and flannel fleece on the outside means it's not just incredibly comfortable to wear, but it keeps you nice and warm at the same time.
To put things into perspective, I haven't switched my heating on once so far this year.
Another bonus is the size — it's big. I'm 5'4 and around a size 10-12 in clothes, my Avocado Oodie falls by my calves, and is wide enough that I could (if I wanted to) fit someone else in there with me.
The oversized pocket attached to the front is great, too. It comfortably holds things like my phone, books, chargers, snacks and more.
✋ Reasons to avoid
For a wearable blanket, it does come at quite the cost (although, it is on sale right now for just £35.60). But, I have to say, in the long run it's absolutely worth the initial investment.
Due to its size, storage can be a little tricky. In the summer months you could opt for a vacuum-sealed bag to help flatten it, but otherwise you'll need a spot with plenty of room. I've resorted to hanging mine on a hook on the back of my bedroom door for easy retrieval when it's cold.
💰 Best deal we've found
Usually, the Oodie will set you back around £80-£90 - but the brand is known to have sales throughout the year.
And luckily for you, there's one happening right now for Black Friday. When you order directly from Oodie, you can save over £50.
Currently, you can get this Avocado Oodie for just £35.60 — down from £89, saving £53.40.