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, it's a blanket with additional weights in it. Typically filled with glass beads or plastic pellets, the blanket and its gentle pressure can have a calming effect, especially if it has a soft, minky cover. It essentially feels like you're being comfortably held or hugged.
There are a lot of weighted blankets on the market, and narrowing down which one to buy can be cumbersome. To help you find the best weighted blanket for your needs, we tested some of the top-rated products, and we found The Gravity Blanket(available at Gravity Blanket) to be the best in terms of functionality, construction, and coziness. However, there are a number of other high-quality options for a weighted blanket on Amazon and other websites that 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 more than $5 million . After testing the 15-pound version of the internet sensation, we can confidently say the hype is 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.
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 2019, the company uses glass beads in its blankets. The velvety cover 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 distribution 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 clean and usually aren't machine-washable, but the Gravity Blanket makes it easy. All you have to do is remove the cover and throw it in the washer 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 its 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 wasn't the coziest weighted blanket, as it had a somewhat rough cotton exterior, but we found 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 five 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 was enjoyable to sleep and relax under, as it conformed nicely to our tester's body without being cumbersome. It was a bit thinner than other models, making it easy to store and preventing overheating while sleeping under it. However, the cleaning instructions for the sheet were 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 bed sheets, comforters, and electric blankets. As someone with anxiety and who often has trouble sleeping, I was keen to see whether weighted blankets were a magical solution for these common issues, as many users claim them to be.
Lindsey Vickers, the senior staff writer covering sleep here at Reviewed, also contributed to testing additional weighted blankets that we've added to this guide.
To test these weighted blankets, our testers used them in a variety of situations. Our tester slept overnight with each one and took naps under them as well. (Yes, it's a grueling job.) Our testers also used each one around the house, relaxing with the weighted blankets on the couch or bed during their waking hours for additional assessment.
In addition, our testers evaluated each blanket for setup, ease-of-use, construction, and care. If the blanket came with a cover, our testers considered how easy it was to put on and take off, and also checked the blankets' cleaning instructions. Finally, the testers 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 Buying a Weighted Blanket
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.
Anecdotally, our testers found the blankets helped them overnight. Camryn found the blankets helped her fall asleep a little faster than normal, and that the pressure was calming—helping her unwind at the end of the day under the gentle weight. She said paralleled the experience with cuddling with another person. Lindsey also felt as though she slept more soundly when using a weighted blanket, as opposed to her typical bedding that has minimal heft.
What Is the Best Weight for a Weighted Blanket?
One of the most common questions about weighted blankets is how to choose an appropriate weight for a good night's rest. Most brands recommend using a weighted blanket that’s around 10% 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, our testers tried blankets that ranged in weights—including sizes that were 12, 15, 20, and 25 pounds. (Their opinions on whether individual blankets were too heavy or too light weren’t factored into the overall rankings, as the ideal weight will vary from person to person.) The 15- and 20-pound blankets were cozy and easy to manage in Camryn and Lindsey's experience—even though the 20-pound options were significantly above the recommended 10% of each tester's body weight. When it came to sleeping overnight, both testers preferred the heavier feeling of the 20-pound blankets, coming to about 13% of their individual body weights.
That said, the 12-pound blankets were entirely too light, and the 25-pound blankets felt suffocating. Based on these experiences, we’d recommend sticking with a blanket that’s 10% to 13% 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 hot sleepers 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
Nuzzie Knit Weighted Blanket
The Nuzzie’s unique knit weave makes it stand out in both appearance and functionality. The texture is more aesthetically pleasing and interesting than many of the others we’ve tested—it’s also what gives the blanket its heft.
The knit structure has one other major upshot: The blanket sleeps far cooler than bead-filled options that are wrapped in ultra-plush (and therefore insulating) covers. The Nuzzie’s weave allows for far greater airflow and ventilation as you snooze.
The blanket’s overall bulk and heft is its biggest downside. If you’re looking for something for seasonal use, then this may prove challenging to store. What’s more, though it’s technically machine-washable and dryer-friendly, the weight could make it next to impossible to launder at home, as most washers top out at a 20-pound weight limit.
Due to its size, the Nuzzie arrived vacuum-sealed. The wrapping compacted it slightly (though it’s not something to bank on for storing, as it was still the size of an overstuffed king pillow). It also meant that when it was first opened the blanket had a slight odor—this might take a day or so to dissipate. Nuzzie offers a 30-day “happiness guarantee,” so you have some assurance that if the blanket doesn’t work for you, you won’t be stuck with a hefty piece of bedding and money down the drain.
As soon as we took it out of the box, it was clear that the Casper Weighted Blanket is a well-made product. The fabric was thick, the construction neat and sturdy, and the weight was just enough to keep our tester cozy without being overwhelming. The brand may be best known for its boxed mattresses, but it’s clear that a lot of thought and effort went into making a quality product.
The outer shell is made from 100% cotton, and we found it to be warm, yet breathable. Inside the shell is an inner polyester liner, as well as a layer of polyester batting that prevents you from feeling the blanket’s beads. The microbeads themselves are held in place by quilted channels, and the blanket drapes around your form delightfully, making it feel like a cozy hug, whether you’re curled up on the couch or snoozing away in bed.
As much as our tester enjoyed using this blanket, there were a few factors that kept it from ranking higher. First, it doesn’t have a cover or loops that would let you attach one. This means it’s spot-clean only, which isn’t preferable, especially if you like to snack while curled up on the couch. Additionally, while the fabric was soft to the touch, it was nowhere near as luxurious as the velvety Gravity Blanket, and it was also a magnet for pet hair—within a few hours of use, it was covered in our tester's dog’s fur, and she had to clean it off pretty much every day.
Overall, we loved the Casper Weighted Blanket and think it’s a great purchase, but we still prefer the Gravity Blanket, especially since the two are similarly priced.
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 body temperature throughout the night. The blanket is 48-by-74-inches, and it comes in 15- and 20-pound options. The cooling cover kept the weighted sheet in place much better than the other BlanQuil model and can go in both the washing machine and dryer.
The “chill” shell is incredibly effective—our tester slept comfortably under it all night, and she almost always overheat with any type of heavy blanket. However, the material itself wasn't particularly welcoming to the touch. It was literally cool, which didn't make it particularly cozy to curl up with on the couch. It was even a bit jarring when our tester first climbed into bed—think of when you crawl into a pair of cool sheets.
This cooling weighted blanket was 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 $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 was one of the thinnest blankets we tested, which made it easy to fold up and kept it from getting too hot. However, it didn'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 sturdier blanket that can stand up to everyday wear and tear, we’d recommend sticking with the YnM, which is roughly the same price.
The Yaasa Signature Weighted Blanket will prove a good choice for some—but mainly those who sleep really cold, or who live in cooler climates. Our tester found that between the ultra-fuzzy cover and inner bead-filled component, it was far too warm for comfort. She tried it in the middle of a Northeast winter, and still felt as though she was overheating much of the night.
Unfortunately, the cover’s design flaws aren’t relegated to its warmth. When our tester first unpackaged the blanket, it seemed as though the cover was massively oversized. The fit improved somewhat when she secured a few anchors that weren’t attached fresh out of the package. But the cover was also extremely difficult to remove, as the fleecy fabric would cross the zipper’s path, requiring her to painstakingly pull the fleece to either side.
It’s not a bad blanket, but it’s also far from the best. We think most will be better served by other options on this list.
The Luna Weighted Blanket stands out from the pack solely because it’s a white blanket among a sea of gray. 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 was 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 our tester used it overnight she ended up getting too hot and pushing it off.
Drawbacks aside, this is still a solidly built blanket. The stitching seemed 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 was 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 color covers.
While many of the high-end blankets came with the cover already attached, our tester had to put on the Quility cover herself, 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 was cozy, but it was quite thin and felt like a cheap fabric compared to the Gravity Blanket or BlanQuil Quilted. The weighted sheet also bunched up quite a bit during use and you may overheat when sleeping under this thick blanket—our tester 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 was 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, and 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 our tester ended up tossing it off each time she used it because she 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 made 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 didn't feel as heavy as other options of the same weight. We could get past this, but the main trouble came when trying to shift the blanket. Our tester almost always had to sit up and wrestle it into place, and who really wants that kind of arm workout when 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.
The Bearaby Napper is different from the other weighted blankets on this list in a few key ways. Perhaps most notably, it has an eye-catching knit construction that’s designed to resemble the chunky knit blankets that have been trendy in recent years. Additionally, it doesn’t use glass or plastic pellets to provide added weight—instead, it’s solely made of organic cotton fabric, relying on multiple layers of the material for its heft.
There’s no denying that the Bearaby is more visually appealing than many other weighted blankets—it’s the type of throw you’d drape over the end of your bed as a statement piece, especially since it’s available in trendy colors. However, throughout testing, it became clear that this blanket was designed primarily with aesthetics in mind, and unfortunately, it falls a bit flat when it comes to performance.
For one, the 15-pound Bearaby Napper didn't feel nearly as heavy as other 15-pound weighted blankets. Because it doesn’t have glass beads inside, it didn't hug our tester the way others did—something many people look for from a weighted blanket. Additionally, our tester's feet and toes often got stuck in the loops, making it awkward to lie under and hard to shift around. Plus, the holes made it near impossible to keep warm underneath the Bearaby Napper. When we slept with this blanket, we had to put another blanket over the top, as the Bearaby did a poor job insulating. Finally, the Bearaby Napper is bulky and its cotton fabric wasn't all that soft—it’s not the type of material you want to snuggle up with.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a weighted blanket that’s aesthetically appealing, the Bearaby is one of the most attractive we’ve tested and would make a great statement piece in your home. However, if you want to reap the relaxing benefits associated with weighted blankets, your money is better spent elsewhere— especially since the Bearaby costs a cool $250.
Camryn Rabideau is a full-time freelance writer and product tester with eight years of experience. She's been lucky enough to test hundreds of products firsthand, and her specialties include bedding and pet products, which often require help from her two dogs, three cats, and flock of rambunctious chickens.
Lindsey writes about sleep, lifestyle, and more for Reviewed. In her waking hours, she likes to spend time outside, read, cook, and bake. She holds a master’s in journalism from Boston University and bachelors' degrees in English Literature and Anthropology from the University of Utah.
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