Video: Consumer Reports Tests The Snuggie

We can yuck it up all we want about The Snuggie meme, but how does “the blanket with sleeves!” stand up to Consumer Reports rigorous testing procedures? In this delightful and informative video, Meg Marco and Ben Popken journey to the Consumer Reports labs to find out the straight dope on the fleecy wonder that has captivated the nation.


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  1. Spin359 says:

    The Apocalypse is among us.

  2. midwestkel says:

    Hells yeah!

  3. Frequentlywrong says:

    Bringing sexy back!

  4. cookmefud says:

    I guess I just never realized the back was open. huh.

    • JeffM says:

      @cookmefud: Me neither- what was wrong with robes?

      • cookmefud says:

        @JeffM: robes tended to be made of that pesky, less flammable cotton. speaking of which, I would have liked to have seen a test done with a lit cigarette, or hot stove top or somesuch.

    • redskull says:

      @cookmefud: You gotta look quick during the real Snuggie commerical, but there’s a fleeting couple of frames where you can see that it’s open in the back.

  5. wgrune says:

    I would like to see a comparison test between a Snuggie and a bathrobe worn backwards.

  6. floraposte says:

    This looks like the lamest Saturday-morning action-adventure ever.

  7. laserjobs says:

    Add a zipper to the back and call it Snuggie Plus for $29.95

  8. sasquatch28 says:

    they should have tested at their kids ballgame like on the commercial.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Only $19.95, plus your dignity.

  10. savdavid says:

    Hey, it you are into cold butts you will love it! Make tribbles out of the lint or a wig!

  11. Tristan Smith says:

    what about a comparison between the Snuggie, The Slanket, and the Freedom Blanket?

  12. ajlei says:

    My boyfriend’s roommate got a Snuggie a few weeks ago, and the fabric was so thin I don’t see how it provided any warmth. I found a link online (actually I think it was posted here previously) how to make your own.

    [www.blisstree.com]

    Also, I wonder how the Slanket compares.

    • Jeremy82465 says:

      @ajlei:
      I havent tried a snuggie but as a slanket owner for a few years, i thoroughly enjoy its warmth when it gets colder here (its Texas so I dont get to use it too often). It is made of thick fleece and feels very durable.

    • fuzzymuffins says:

      @ajlei:

      butt easy to make. i immediately noticed that the snuggie is nothing more than curtain with attached sleeves. no fancy sewing skills necissary

      i agree the fabric was disappointing, but that’s why they’re sold under $20.

  13. Trai_Dep says:

    Shouldn’t that blue Snuggie have a big red S across the chest?

  14. rpm773 says:

    If you feed that wad of Snuggie lint after midnight, you’ll have a big problem on your hands.

  15. JonThomasDesigns says:

    Holy Crap .. That ball of Lint looks like my collection after i washed it

  16. LetMeGetTheManager says:

    Good lord…greatest post ever.

  17. Trai_Dep says:

    Pat Slavin (mad props, Pat!) says, “Snuggies produce absurd amounts of lint!”
    But we know the truth.
    > Turn your back and instant , and your Snuggie will breed!!

  18. Tim says:

    Not necessarily to defend Snuggie, but remember that this is a “blanket with sleeves,” not a garment. So it’s not exactly that you have an uncovered butt, because the Snuggie wasn’t made to wrap around you, just cover your front.

    • Stephmo says:

      @TCama: But they clearly show you out at the game – where it’s a chilly autumn day. There you are, you and your cult family, cheering little Timmy onto victory in your Snuggies. That commercial tells me I can face the chill of an autumn day in my Snuggie. It does not tell me that my ass will freeze!

      :)

    • JayXJ says:

      @TCama: It is turning into a garment. I’ve seen people wear these in public, usually while driving. A teller at my BANK had one on. How’s THAT for a professional look?

  19. veg-o-matic says:

    Haha.. zoomed-in bum-shot of the dress form mannequin. I couldn’t think of a better way to illustrate draft potential.

    Also: nice post.

    Science!

  20. wickedpixel says:

    I made my own out of a heavier weight fleece and added snaps to the back. it’s definitely superior to the infomercial version.

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      @wickedpixel: You know, you could sell those on etsy. Particularly if you made them in maternity sizes. There’s a vocal and irate market out there of pregnant women who don’t like having their asses hang out the back of the standard hospital gowns while in labor for 20 hours. (Which is what snuggies remind me of — hospital gowns.)

      “Labor in it now, snuggle in it later!” I can just see it. ;)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        @Eyebrows McGee (popping ~May 29): never been pregnant but i have spent some time in hospitals. last time they let me wear two hospital gowns – one like a snuggie and one like a bathrobe. if you don’t fasten the second one it would probably work for maternity wear

        • Erin Cummins says:

          @catastrophegirl – manic first time home buyer: careful you don’t get sued by snuggie for copyright issues, make it look just different enough that they have no case :-) Maybe replace the cowl neck with a crew or V neck.

          Also eyebrows I’ve never been preggers but I thought labor was a hot and sweaty affair that would not be fun to do in a blanket? Not that I really know what I’m talking about. Then again when I was in the hospital it was FREEZING cold and the blankets were paper thin. I ended up calling my boyfriend to bring me a quilt from home so I could take off my winter coat. So maybe snuggies in hospitals would be a bonus.

  21. ironchef says:

    Cold butt=Epic Fail!

  22. temporaryerror says:

    Anyone know Maura of FTV fame?

  23. valen says:

    Hurray el cheapo polar fleece fabric. Given their low budget commercials, I am not surprised by their low quality textile choices or lack of rear coverage.

  24. Donathius says:

    The best thing about the Snuggie is the fact that the dark colored ones make perfect Jedi robes when worn backwards.

  25. Caged Wisdom says:

    I knew it seemed like an absurd product, but it never occurred to me that it would also be so poorly made. Thanks Consumer Reports!

  26. scoosdad says:

    Delightful, yes. Informative, mmmm maybe.

    I don’t think the most important question was addressed– are they really warm enough to warrant turning down the heat in your house as you lounge on the sofa, as shown in the ad?

    Apart from the back being open (your back would be up against the sofa or chair anyway), all I learned from this was that it produces absurd amounts of lint (what cheap furry fabric doesn’t?), and the fabric pills up after a bunch of washings (ditto cheap fabric). But is it warm? They had testers trying them out, what was the consensus? And would those testers spend the money to buy one of these for themselves after trying them out?

    • Trai_Dep says:

      @scoosdad: More importantly, for those of us who LIKE pert nipples, aren’t Snuggies a BAD thing?
      And, your last question is answered by the ones preceding it.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      @scoosdad: I borrowed my husband’s snuggie and I would like to tell you that.. no.. It’s not very warm.. I have blankets and throws that are much warmer than the snuggie.

      The fleece is very very thin.. and to be honest with you it made me feel sweaty/clammy because it doesn’t breathe.. My husband says he feels warmer when he wears it, but I think it might be all in his head.

      • SunnyLea says:

        @Kimaroo:
        Er, it isn’t very warm… but it makes you sweaty?

        I have a snuggie and I find that, yes, like all fake fabrics is is actually fairly warm. I like that aspect, b/c I can keep toasty without having a big, heavy blanket on.

        Sadly, the Snggie *is* a cheap POS and the sleeves are falling off. If it weren’t for that, I’d recommend it, though! :)

    • floraposte says:

      @scoosdad: I got a cheap polarfleece blanket (cheaper than the snuggie, as I recall) when I was working out of town for a month. It doesn’t pill or leave lint to any noticeable degree, and it became my snuggie-equivalent sofa blanket when I got home. So no, cheap fabric doesn’t have to be that crappy.

  27. innout3x3 says:

    The WTF blanket is back!

  28. discounteggroll says:

    my new computer repair outfit!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to say that I have a faux-Snuggie, specifically a Cozy Cuff Throw from Bed Bath & Beyond, and it’s MUCH better quality than a brand-name Snuggie. No static, no pilling, and nowhere near as much lint. It’s a great quality product and in the winter, it’s like crack to me. So I recommend the Cozy Cuff Throw from Bed Bath & Beyond. And no, I don’t work for them.

  30. allstarecho says:

    “snuggie lint”! It’s just fun to say that.

  31. mac-phisto says:

    i’ll stick to my house robe, thanks.

  32. DrGirlfriend says:

    I want to change my username to Wad O’ Snuggie Lint

  33. ekthesy says:

    Pat Slavin, Internet superstar! She’s a natural, Ben, and I for one would like to see a recurring series starring you guys and Pat…and only giving Meghann one line is just asking for a nasty phone call from her agent.

    Now, about the Snuggie lint…does THAT MUCH lint have the potential to create a dryer fire?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Snuggie is a RIP-OFF on the SLANKET which is SO MUCH BETTER than this cheap piece of crap. And comes in more colors. Boo on the Snuggie. BOO!!!

  35. Segador says:

    I’ve never donated to a more worthy cause.

  36. twophrasebark says:

    Awesome video, Ben.

    You are the next Greg Kinear.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Why are people washing them so much? They’re freaking blankets. My throw on my couch probably has been washed a handful of times, if that, over the past couple of years. Maybe I’m just lazy or dirty, but I don’t know anyone who washes they’re sofa blankets at all.

  38. twophrasebark says:

    Snuggie is logical.

  39. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    By far the best post in the history of The Consumerist!!!

  40. MisteriosaNYC says:

    i dont know why, but the snuggie makes people look like gregorian monks to me. (esp the crimson one)

    :crawls back under her rock:

  41. beckster says:

    hehe… ‘fuzzy little balls’

  42. heybtbm says:

    The Snuggie is still funny? I thought it’s 15 minutes were up a few months ago.

  43. Anonymous says:

    if they extend the fabric to in back and ya turn them around, ya could belt them to wear on those AM coffee and ciggie trips to your local convenience store…fuzzy slippers, cold creamed face and pink foam hair rollers optional…

  44. madanthony says:

    Only Megan can look good in a snuggie!

  45. zephyr_words says:

    Wow, Meg M. is really cute. (Don’t know how she pulled that off in a snuggie.) She should be in a video for every post.

  46. Marty Kane says:

    Nice video!

  47. H3ion says:

    Is it me or does Meghann look like she’s trying out for the part of the monk in the Davinci Code?

  48. esp13 has a pony named Steve says:

    So no ads for Consumer Reports, but celebrity endorsements? That tester looks awfully familiar…

  49. MissPeacock says:

    Where is GetEmSteveDave? Hasn’t he been begging for the Snuggie review? Or maybe he was just begging for his own labcoat. I can’t remember anymore.

    I really wish I could watch video at work. :(

  50. Mary Marsala with Fries says:

    Nice. I liked the Law-&-Order-esque end-shot. Also, Pat was awesome. ;)

  51. dollen says:

    I bet Kriss Kross loves these… Jump Jump!

  52. SacraBos says:

    Maybe they can use these Snuggies for use in cold Hospitals?

  53. xredgambit says:

    Well if Meg wears one and complains of a cold butt, I’d warm it up for her. Yowza!

    Now I am going to show this to the friend that wants to join the cult and talk her out of it. I can make one myself. Sure it would suck, but it would probably be warmer than the real snuggie.

  54. Inkheart says:

    I succumbed and bought one when they first came out. I heart my Snuggie. I don’t understand why people get so angry about them, no one is forcing them on you. Yes, the material is thinner than I thought, but it maintains your body heat quite well and is very comfortable. All you robe suggesters, I have to say this. Robes weren’t meant to be worn backwards, they aren’t comfortable that way and don’t get the job done. And yes it’s long, but it’s not meant to be walked around in like a robe, it’s meant to be a blanket that gives you the freedom to use your arms. Common sense. And, I’m a smoker, and so far I haven’t caught myself on fire whilst wearing my Snuggie lol, though I contemplated letting that happen because there isn’t any warning…remember the lady who forced McDonalds to have the hot liquid warning on their coffee cups? Just saying… =)

  55. Con Sumer Zealot says:

    Um Duh a snuggie is just a robe turned backwards…

  56. richcreamerybutter says:

    The minute it reached 70 degrees outside, the office AC was suddenly blasting at 50 (just as predicted)! I am seriously considering this for the ridiculous temperatures I’ll be subjected to during work.

  57. Dansc29625 says:

    Snuggie, you only think your covered.

  58. brodie7838 says:

    Wow Meg is hot in that snuggie.

  59. Sean Gamble says:

    perhaps you can create an anal hat from the snuggie lint to remedy that cheek-chilling problem

  60. icantreplyright says:

    I want to see them lit on fire!

  61. FuryOfFirestorm says:

    It’s the proper attire for resurrecting Sue Dibny or Superboy! But where’s the upside down S?

  62. toxbrux says:

    This is amazing.

  63. CigarMan22 says:

    ;)

    ^ That’s my Meg high fashion pose face..

  64. Jfielder says:

    Mmmm, Meg, you’re a hottie.

    Also, I think people just need to wear two snuggies, one on your back, and one on the front, then you wont have a cold butt!

  65. techstar25 says:

    For some reason I also assumed the back was closed and you would put it on by slipping it over your head, like a pullover. If the back is open, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of it keeping you warm?

    • MikeM_inMD says:

      @techstar25: No. You’re supposed to wear it while sitting down, such as when watching TV or reading a book. I don’t think it’s meant for walking around the house in (or pub crawling as I’ve seen on the news).

  66. chigaimasmaro says:

    I swear Druids, wizards and all kinds of dark-age dwelling people were sporting these things like crazy back in their day… why is it popular now? Is it the accompanying book light?

  67. rkaufman says:

    I wanted to see actual testing, not the results of testing :(

  68. Spammy Jones says:

    LOL< thats too funny. I jsut cany imagine a guy wearing that thing!

    RT
    http://www.whos-watching.se.tc

  69. John Sumner says:

    Its a blanket, why would it cover your back? If you want something that covers your back get a pancho

  70. Erin Cummins says:

    If you plan on making your own, use Blizzard or Anti-Pill fleece. This fleece won’t pill and produces less lint. It’s still has a lot of static electricity and you’ll still get zapped, but if you dry it with some unscented fabric sheets it’ll help some (not perfect). I use that material to make blankets and pajama pants.

    Not sure about the open-back problem, if you add a zipper or snaps it’ll make sitting in the snuggie less comfortable but be easier to walk in. Velcro would work but doesn’t hold up as long. A bunch of ties would feel very hospital-gownish. So I dunno. I guess pick whichever makes you happier.

  71. Howard says:

    That’s a lot of lint. You might want to check out this review of the Snuggie ([www.consumersearch.com]) and its rival the Slanket ([www.consumersearch.com]) at ConsumerSearch.com

  72. TeraGram says:

    Has no one mentioned that the Consumerist article says “Consumer Reports” but in fact the lab is “Consumer’s Union”?

    Are they the same?

    Somehow I think not.

  73. jenjen says:

    What I don’t understand is what’s so great about the sleeves? If it’s that cold in your house that your arms will get cold, won’t your hands also get cold if they’re sticking out of sleeves? What’s wrong with a regular blanket?

  74. djkatscan says:

    The Slanket was actually the first product of this type, and the Snuggie is the cheap rip off version. My Slanket is not pilling and doesnt deposit bags of lint when I dry it either.
    It’s also bigger, which means I can wear it frontwards and it covers my whole body including my head, like a mummy sleeping bag.
    The plus side is when I wear it like that I look the the Emperor: “Something something something dark side”

  75. MinorAnnoyance says:

    I thought these things made people look like medieval monks until I saw the butt shot. Not sure the Abbey would approve.

  76. thelushie says:

    My mother has one and she loves it. She wears it while sitting in her favorite chair. She has not turned it into a garmet (which is just plain weird, btw).

  77. italianscallion33 says:

    That was dumb. It never claimed to be a robe, it claimed to be a blanket with sleeves, and that’s what it is. If you want your butt covered wear a robe.

    And I don’t remember any claims about it NOT having lint. That was a silly thing to test. How many times are you going to wash a blanket that you wear over your clothes? If you’re wearing your snuggie while naked you’re doing it wrong :P

  78. Sayana says:

    What is new here is the naked butt and may be material of Snuggie. I guess they left the behind uncovered to differentiate it (so that they can patent it) from what is a commonly worn in Kashmir and other parts of Himlayas mountain range. Only difference, there is no opening (butt is covered and you wear it by sliding over your head) and the material is either rough woollen blanket or thin cotton carpet.

  79. MikeM_inMD says:

    How come Meghann doesn’t have any lines? Granted she’s good “window dressing”, but I suspect there’s more to her than just good looks.

  80. kolacek says:

    SIGH.

    Silly Americans.

    They have this neat thing you can buy in T.J. called a “sarape.” Apparently that’s Spanish for “high-quality woven blanket with a head-slit in the middle.”

    Among its many uses:

    1] A poncho.

    2] A blanket for when you have to pass out drunk/stoned in your own back seat…I can testify to this.

    3] A beach blanket.

    4] Pretending you are Clint Eastwood.

    5] The realization that you are a complete fucktard who buys shit from infomercials.

  81. stradric says:

    meg’s kind of a hottie. give us more.

  82. brianguyy says:

    I’ll take the one on the right.