There's nothing more relaxing than cuddling under a heavy comforter or an electric blanket after a stressful day. But if you need help unwinding, you should consider a weighted blanket. Simply put, a weighted blanket is a blanket with additional weights in it. Filled with either glass beads or plastic pellets, the gentle pressure from these blankets can have a calming effect. It essentially feels like you're being held or hugged.
There's a lot of weighted blankets on the market, which is why narrowing down which one to buy can be a bit cumbersome. To help you find the best weighted blanket for your needs, we tested some of the top-rated products available today, and we found The Gravity Blanket(available at Gravity Blanket for $249.00) to be the best in terms of functionality, construction, and coziness. However, there are a number of other high-quality options you may want to consider as well.
These are the best weighted blankets we tested ranked, in order:
You may recognize the Gravity Blanket, our top pick, from its viral Kickstarter campaign, which made headlines a few years ago when it raised over $5 million , and after testing the 15-pound version of the Internet sensation, we can confidently say all the hype was worth it. This was the most luxurious and well-crafted weighted blanket we used, and while the price isn’t cheap, this blanket’s quality construction will likely last for years to come.
The Gravity Blanket measures 72 by 48 inches, roughly the size of a small throw, and it comes in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options, as well as two colors. When the blanket was first released, the inner weighted sheet was filled with high-density poly plastic pellets, but as of early 2019, the company is now using glass beads in its blankets. The velvety cover on the Gravity Blanket feels extremely high quality, and it attaches to the inner sheet at eight points with fabric ties and/or buttons, ensuring the sheet doesn’t shift around during use.
Further, this blanket was incredibly enjoyable to use. The weight is just right, providing a comforting amount of pressure without feeling suffocating, and because the blanket isn’t too thick, you don’t get too hot while sleeping under it. Plus, the velvet cover feels incredibly luxurious and cozy. We also like that this blanket isn't bulky, making it easier to fold up and store than several other options.
One common complaint about weighted blankets is that they’re hard to wash, but the Gravity Blanket makes it easy. All you have to do is remove the cover and throw it in the washing machine and dryer, then put it back onto the inner sheet using the buttons or ties—this was the only product that had two ways to attach the cover, and the buttons are a lot easier to handle than the fabric ties. Because of all these features and it’s solid construction, we think the Gravity Blanket is the top choice in terms of quality, performance, and comfort.
If you’re not completely sold on the idea of a weighted blanket, you might not want to spend several hundred dollars on a high-end one. In this case, we recommend you check out the YnM Weighted Blanket, a budget-friendly option that performs just as well as many products double the price.
The YnM isn’t the coziest weighted blanket, as it has a somewhat rough cotton exterior, but we find it to be well-constructed and a good size and weight. We tested the 15-pound, 48-by-72-inch model, but this blanket is also available in different sizes and weights, ranging from 5 pounds all the way up to 30 pounds. If you don’t like how the blanket feels, you can purchase a duvet cover to put over it, as there are eight loops on the corners/sides to attach an outer shell.
This blanket is enjoyable to sleep and relax under, as it conforms nicely to your body without being cumbersome. It’s a bit thinner than other models, making it easy to store and ensuring you don’t overheat while sleeping under it. However, the cleaning instructions for the sheet are poorly written and, frankly, confusing, as they instruct you to "bask" the sheet in the sun and "whip lightly." We’re assuming this means to line dry and beat it, but if you’re going to purchase this blanket, we’d recommend getting a duvet cover so you can just avoid the hassle of washing the sheet itself.
I’m Camryn Rabideau, a freelance contributor here at Reviewed with a background in textile design. I’ve tested a number of different household linens to date, including sheets, comforters, and electric blankets, and I was particularly interested in making weighted blankets my next project. As someone with anxiety and who often has trouble sleeping, I was keen to see whether weighted blankets were a magical solution for both these common issues, as many users claim them to be.
To test these weighted blankets, I used them in a variety of situations. I slept overnight with each one and took naps under them as well. (Yes, my job is very grueling). I also used each one around the house, draping it around my shoulders and relaxing with it on the couch.
In addition to these use tests, I evaluated each blanket for set-up, ease-of-use, construction, and care. If the blanket came with a cover, I judged how easy it was to put on and take off, and I also cleaned each one. I also considered the construction of the blankets, noting whether there were any seams unraveling and how durable and luxurious the fabric felt.
What You Should Know About Weighted Blankets
If you’ve never seen a weighted blanket, you might not know what to expect from one. Essentially, they’re blankets filled with small beads (usually plastic or glass), which gives them extra weight and helps them conform to your body better. Most weighted blankets have a “boxed” appearance, as stitching helps to keep the beads evenly distributed across the entire surface.
Weighted blankets can vary in terms of fabric and size. Most are made for just one person to use and are roughly the size of a small throw blanket, but you can find larger options too. High-end weighted blankets often come with a removable cover that’s soft to the touch and easy to clean while lower-cost options typically provide you with a weighted sheet.
Further, many people claim they sleep more soundly under a weighted blanket. According to a study in Psychology Today, some people with insomnia were able to fall asleep faster under the blanket's gentle weight. However, it’s important to note that weighted blankets won’t treat or cure these conditions—they’re just a way to soothe your body and potentially mitigate some symptoms and reduce stress.
Personally, I found the blankets helped me fall asleep a little faster than normal, and it was definitely calming to unwind at the end of the day under the gentle weight—it’s kind of like cuddling with another person for a more restful sleep. I can’t say they did much to alleviate my anxiety, but that’s just my personal experience.
How Heavy Should A Weighted Blanket Be?
One of the most common questions about weighted blankets is how to choose an appropriate weight for a good night. Most brands recommend using a weighted blanket that’s around 10 percent of your body weight, but we found there’s a bit of wiggle room with this guideline.
To get a better sense of an appropriate weight, I tested blankets that were 12, 15, 20, and 25 pounds. (My opinions on whether the blanket was too heavy or too light weren’t factored into the overall rankings, as the ideal weight will vary from person to person). I weigh around 150, and I found both the 15- and 20-pound blankets to be cozy and easy to manage. When it came to sleeping overnight, I actually preferred the heavier feeling of the 20-pound blankets, which is about 13 percent of my body weight.
That said, the 12-pound blankets were entirely too light for me and the 25-pound blankets felt suffocating. Based on these experiences, we’d recommend sticking with a blanket that’s 10-13 percent of your body weight.
Other Important Considerations
In addition to choosing an appropriate weight, you’ll also want to consider warmth and cleaning when you’re shopping for a weighted blanket. Thick blankets with plush covers tend to get quite warm during the night, so if you tend to sleep warm, you may want to consider a thinner blanket or one with some type of cooling technology.
Many weighted blankets can’t go in the washing machine, so if you think you’ll use your blanket frequently, it’s probably better to opt for a model with a removable cover. This way, you can simply take the cover off to clean it and not have to worry about hand-washing a bulky 20-pound blanket.
Other Weighted Blankets We Tested
BlanQuil Chill (15lb)
If you frequently get hot during the night, you might do best with a product like the BlanQuil Chill. This unique weighted blanket has a cooling cover that’s actually cold to the touch and does a surprisingly effective job regulating your body temperature throughout the night. The blanket is 48-by-74-inches, and it comes in 15- and 20-pound options. The cooling cover keeps the inner weighted sheet in place much better than the other BlanQuil model and can go in both the washing machine and dryer.
The “chill” shell on this blanket is incredibly effective—I slept comfortably under it all night, and I almost always overheat with any type of heavy blanket. However, the material itself isn’t particularly welcoming to the touch. It’s literally cool, which doesn’t make it particularly cozy to curl up with on the couch. It’s even a bit jarring when you first climb into bed—think of when you crawl into a pair of cool sheets.
This cooling weighted blanket is nicely made and easy to care for, and we think it's a good option for those who tend to overheat. It’s just not the best choice for cuddling up with.
The Tranquility Weighted Throw Blanket is another solid budget choice, as it costs only $49. It measures 48-by-72-inches and comes in 10-, 12-, and 18-pound options. What’s unique about this weighted blanket is that one side is a cozy plush fabric while the other is a plain polyester. This means you don’t need to put a cover on it, which saves you some money, but it also can only be spot cleaned—not ideal for frequent use.
This is one of the thinnest blankets we tested, which makes it easy to fold up and keeps it from getting too hot. However, it doesn’t seem to be particularly well-made—some of the stitching was already coming loose when it arrived. Overall, this is a decent, affordable option, but it would be best for occasional use. If you want a more sturdy blanket that can stand up to everyday wear and tear, we’d recommend sticking with the YnM, which costs roughly the same price.
The LUNA Weighted Blanket stands out from the pack solely because it’s a white blanket among a sea of gray ones. Beyond that, it was pretty unmemorable—that’s not to say it’s bad, it just didn’t wow us.
This weighted blanket is larger than most at 60-by-80-inches, and it comes in 15- and 20-pound options. The outer fabric is made from 100 percent organic cotton, which is soft but not as welcoming as some of the other plush blankets. The LUNA blanket is supposedly made with breathability in mind, but one of the times I used it overnight I ended up getting too hot and pushing it off.
Drawbacks aside, this is still a solidly built blanket. The stitching seems quite sound and we like that it's big enough to share, unlike many other products. It also comes with loops where you can attach a duvet cover, which we’d probably recommend since the weighted blanket is white and hand-wash only—never a great combination.
The Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket is another option that comes in a large variety of sizes and weights, but its quality is underwhelming compared to some of the other products we tested. This blanket comes in weights ranging from 5 to 30 pounds, and you can choose from six different color covers.
While many of the high-end blankets came with the cover already attached, you have to put on the Quility cover yourself, which can be a pretty challenging process if you have a heavier model. Plus, it only attaches with thin fabric straps and we can see them ripping down the line with a heavier blanket.
The cover itself is cozy, but it’s quite thin and just feels like a cheap fabric compared to the Gravity Blanket or BlanQuil Quilted. The weighted sheet also bunches up quite a bit during use and you may overheat when sleeping under this thick blanket—I definitely did!
The BlanQuil Quilted Weighted Blanket is another high-end product, but it fell short of expectations during testing. This blanket is 48-by-74-inches and comes in 15- and 20-pound options and the micro-plush cover is definitely warm and welcoming to curl up under.
While the fabric is nice, we were a bit disappointed in the performance of the BlanQuil’s cover. It didn’t do a good job holding the inner sheet in place, which means the blanket kept bunching up during use. When we tried adjusting the blanket, we'd often end up pulling the cover and not the inner sheet. It was frustrating, especially since the other BlanQuil cover worked much better.
This blanket and its cover were one of the thickest we tested, and I ended up tossing it off each time I used it because I got too warm. Overall, it’s not a horrible blanket, but for the high price, we expect it to be more functional.
The CuteKing Weighted Blanket was the largest product we tested, measuring 80-by-87-inches. This may seem appealing if you want a weighted blanket to cover your whole bed, but its size makes it a challenge to sleep under.
This blanket comes in 10-, 15-, 20- and 25-pound options, but because the weight is spread out over a larger area, it doesn’t feel as heavy as other options of the same weight. We could get past this, but the main trouble comes when you try to shift it—you almost always have to sit up and wrestle it into place, and who really wants that kind of arm workout when you’re trying to relax? It's also made from a rough, unwelcoming fabric that you won’t want against your skin, but you can put a duvet cover on it to make it cozier.
The CuteKing Weighted Blanket is middle-of-the-line in terms of price, and we think there are better options in terms of coziness and usability.
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