I've had the blanket for a couple of weeks, I washed it for the first time with very pleasing results. I usually wash all items before using them but I was pressed for time due to house guests arriving. Unlike another blanket I purchased a while back, this one barely shed in the wash. It's a good comfortable weight for all year around use.
This is an awesome blanket for the price. I read the reviews about shedding issues and bought it anyway. The cotton fibers will shed for a period either on the bed or in the washer & dryer, it is the nature of a natural fiber. Just as anyone who has had wool rugs, there is some shedding for a short time. I DID buy the KING sized for a QUEEN...because..I LIKE a big blanket that I can move around under and not lose the covers...ALSO...I have cats and dogs..that somehow find the bed comfortable...imagine...anyway..the washing instructions say cool/cold water, but anyone with pets knows that sometimes you need to use WARM or HOT water..to kill cooties, etc. The blanket is medium to light-weight..perfect for all seasons and for layering in the really cold weather. I have washed it several times on warm/hot, in fact I think some shrinkage gives it a tad more heft. I figure that after a few years, if it loses it shape or just looks horrible, it won't be a great financial loss if I have to replace it...I feel better about cleaning/sanitizing an inexpensive blanket than perhaps one that was very pricey. I got the boring WHITE color because...I do like to add BLEACH to my whites occasionally..after a few cat "hairballs" and big, muddy dog paws...sometimes it is nice to be able to add a touch of bleach to the wash..which no doubts voids whatever warranties...BUT for the price, it is a good quality and will stand up to people and pets for several years.
Love the look of this blanket for about the first day. It snags on EVERYTHING!! the weave is so large and loose that anytime it snags it is a BIG snag. After a week of having this blanket it looks like I have owned it for 5 years. I would recomment this to anyone who does not wear jewelry or have finger nails.