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If you suffer from anxiety, feel extra stressed (who doesn’t lately?) or you’re simply looking for a better night’s sleep, a weighted blanket could be a good place to start. Weighted blankets aren’t just cozy, they’re functional too. The best weighted blankets put the right amount of extra weight on your body to simulate light hands-on pressure that can help calm you—and your nervous system—down. Officially called “pressure therapy,” this mimics the feeling of being hugged, held or swaddled.
The Gravity Blanket is available in single and queen/king sizes.
Most weighted blankets are filled with plastic or glass beads that add up to 35 pounds of extra weight to the entire blanket, but not surprisingly there are many different options (and weights) to choose from. We’ve combed through hundreds of online reviews to find the ones that users love most. Below, check out some of the best weighted blankets on the market today.
Consistently ranked as the best weighted blanket, the Gravity Blanket was instrumental in reviving everyone’s fascination with weighted blankets. In Gravity’s studies, 72% of users reported sleep improvement, 76% reported falling asleep faster and 78% of users who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. It comes in four different weight options and two sizes: single and queen/king. The best-selling weighted blanket features glass beads in an inner weighted layer made with gridded stitching to keep everything in place. You can choose your machine-washable micro-plush duvet cover from grey, navy or white.
Although the price is on the higher side, reviewers rave about this weighted blanket, with 75% of them giving it a five-star rating. One glowing reviewer writes, “I love this blanket! I have slept so much better since getting it and now will not go anywhere without it.” And a happily surprised reviewer writes, “I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I have. This is a great blanket. Get ready for the best night’s sleep!”
Anxiety can cause unpredictable temperature fluctuations. Some nights you’re hot, and others you can barely keep your teeth from chattering, no matter the temperature of the room. If your body temperature is unpredictable, but you want want to reap the benefits of a weighted blanket, consider Brooklyn Bedding’s Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket. The magic is in the flippable duvet cover: One side of the blanket provides soft, cozy warmth and the other uses cooling fabric that’s perfect for when you’re hot and feeling a bit overwhelmed. Twelve individual ties and loops help to ensure even distribution of the weight in the blanket.
The Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket has an average rating of 4.7 and thus has many happy reviews. One customers writes, “Amazing product! I’ve never seen my wife sleep so soundly or wake so calmly.” Another reviewer gushes, “After the first night of use we were hooked…I am not sure how it doesn’t make you too hot, but it doesn’t. I haven’t slept this well in a long time!”
The Aricove Cooling Weighted Blanket is made from twill-woven bamboo viscose that helps regulate body temperature and keep you cool by wicking away moisture from your skin. The extra weight comes from lead-free glass beads and the seven-layer design includes layers of hypoallergenic microfiber. The weighted blanket is free from harmful chemicals, so not only will you be cooler when you sleep, but you’ll also sleep healthier. Machine and tumble dry-safe, this Aricove Cooling Blanket also comes with a duffel bag so you can easily take it with you wherever you go.
One reviewer writes, “I get hot flashes at night easily, often waking up in sweat in the middle of the night. I am in love with the blanket also for the fact that it is cooling and breathable as it said.”
With over 30,000 five-star reviews, the YnM Weighted Blanket offers a wide range of weight, color and pattern options at budget-friendly prices. These weighted blankets utilize a seven-layer design comprised of glass beads and 100% Okeo-Tex® certified cotton. YnM Bamboo blankets have a good amount of temperature control but if you tend to run hot, the company recommends sleeping with the AC on. It’s best to hand-wash this blanket, but if you do use the washing machine, make sure not to do it frequently.
One five-star reviewer who hadn’t slept through the night for six years before purchasing this blanket wrote that it’s “an instant fix” for their anxiety, insomnia and restless leg syndrome. Another reviewer who sleeps hot wrote, “I’m a hot sleeper so I was wary it was going to boil me. It doesn’t! Instead of waking every 2 to 3 hours, I sleep 6 to 7 without interruption. Heaven sent!”
Weighted blankets are on the pricier side to begin with, but if you’re looking for the ultimate luxurious weighted blanket, this organic option from Saatva is a great choice. You do get what you pay for, and in this case, you’ll get natural glass beads that provide even pressure and organic cotton velvet handmade in Fair Trade Certified™ factories. The organic cotton velvet features diamond quilting and is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton.
While you can only choose from two weight options, 15 pounds and 25 pounds, the weighted blanket does have an average rating of 4.8 stars. And though it’s one of the more expensive blankets out there, you’ll get 45 days to decide whether or not you love it.
Two sleep powerhouses, Purple and Gravity, teamed up to bring you an excellent weighted blanket solution for couples. Even though there’s only one weight option (35 pounds), the blanket is designed to ensure even weight distribution, so you’ll feel the right amount of pressure, no matter your size. And since the blanket is extra large, it’s big enough to cover two people on queen and king size beds. One happy customer says, “I got my first weighted blanket a couple years ago and I’ve loved it. But this was the first time I’d seen one that would cover our entire king size mattress. I had to convince my wife but neither of us would go back. We sleep so well with this on our bed.”
The blanket also has dual-sided technology—one side has a cooling fabric that’s moisture-wicking and breathable and the other side is made of plush mink-like fabric that’s designed to keep you warm and cozy. Because it’s essentially two blankets in one, you get to choose your sleeping experience—and the weighted blanket transitions well through the seasons.
Bearaby weighted blankets are made from breathable, weighted yarn rather than plastic or glass beads, so you’ll probably have a cooler night’s sleep, especially if you tend to run hot. The Cotton Napper is eco-friendly and made from organic layered cotton that makes the blanket soft and silent when you’re moving around. It’s ideal for all sleepers and provides evenly dispersed weight. And it’s chic-looking, something that can’t be said for many other weighted blankets.
With an astonishing average of 4.9 stars, the Cotton Napper is praised for its good looks, breathability, temperature control and comfort. You can choose from five colors in the Classic Collection and four different fall-inspired colors in the Harvest Collection. You’ll also have 30 days to decide if the Cotton Napper is right for you—if not, there are other variations of the weighted blanket like the Tree Napper made from TENCEL, the eight-pound Nappling blanket and a weighted comforter to choose from.
Brooklinen’s Weighted Comforter is a comforter first and a weighted blanket second. Thanks to incredibly small glass microbeads and a baffle box construction, the weight stays evenly distributed, even if you move around at night. The 400 thread count cotton sateen shell adds to the comfort and corner loops make for an easier time putting your duvet on the comforter.
One reviewer says, “The weighted comforter was one of the best investments I made this year. I sleep so much more comfortably now. The blanket doesn’t clump up and it provides so much warmth. I’d argue that it’s better than a more expensive down comforter.” Brooklinen is so confident you’ll love its weighted comforter too, that it offers a generous 365-day return or exchange policy. If you’re unhappy with it for any reason, you can send it back for a refund.
Weighted Idea’s weighted blankets come in a wide range of sizes that are ideal for kids (and there are some weight options for adults too). The blankets are made from 100% natural cotton, which provides softness and breathability. They’re also hypoallergenic, non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals and substances to give you extra peace of mind.
With an average rating of 4.6 stars, if you’re looking for a great kid’s weighted blanket, this is a terrific option. “This blanket is a game changer for my 8 year old who suffers from pretty serious bedtime anxiety. After months of trying every thing under the sun to ease his anxiety I finally ordered this blanket as a last resort. I’m not exaggerating when I say we saw improvement from night one with this blanket,” writes one happy parent.
The best weighted blanket is one that’s no heavier than 10% of your body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, your weighted blanket should be no more than 15 pounds. If you weigh 200 pounds, a 20-pound weighted blanket is your limit.
If you fall in the middle—for example, you weigh 175 pounds and the weighted blanket you want only comes in 15- and 20-pound options—it’s okay to choose the heavier option.
Sleeping on your back ensures that the weight of your blanket gets evenly distributed, but weighted blankets are beneficial for side sleepers too. If you sleep mostly on your side, it’s best to choose a blanket that’s on the lighter side.
A good rule of thumb is to take 10% of your body weight and subtract five to 10 pounds from that number. If you’re 200 pounds, that means you’d get a weighted blanket that’s between 10 and 15 pounds.
Weighted blankets are not recommended for anyone under 50 pounds.
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