Four years ago I purchased two of these blankets in black to send to college with my older kids. There was some shedding after the initial washing, but not enough to be a problem. Recently I purchased another one in gray for my youngest son's college dorm. Before using it, I washed it separately in a front loader machine using cold water and white vinegar in the final rinse. After machine drying on medium heat there was absolutely NO shedding or pilling of any kind. For the price, I am extremely pleased with all of these blankets and I'm impressed with how well the first two have held up after many washings and the wear and tear of college life. They are still my kids' favorite!