Equally distributed weight
Easy to clean
What is Gravity Blanket?
Launched with a Kickstarter campaign in 2017, the company is named after its most prominent product—the Gravity Blanket—though it also vends a few other items, including a weighted sleep mask. It’s since become a popular, well-known retailer. We’re fans here at Reviewed, as the brand makes the best weighted blanket according to our testing.
Browsing the website, it may seem as though it sells numerous types of blankets—in reality there’s really only one differentiating factor: the cover. The internal blanket, which is filled with glass beads and responsible for the product’s heft, is the same.
Gravity Blankets come in a variety of sizes, and the company recommends you purchase one that’s about 10% of your body weight. The single size measures 48 inches by 72 inches and comes in 15 pounds, 20 pounds, and 25 pounds. If you want to purchase a larger size for two people, there’s a “queen/king” option that weighs 35 pounds and measures 90 inches by 90 inches. This leaves a buffer of 14 or so inches in length and 10 inches in width when used with a king bed.
How did we test the Gravity Blanket?
At Reviewed, realistic testing is of the utmost importance. So whenever we try something, we make someone actually use the product how any other consumer would. That’s how I wound up snuggling up under the Gravity Blanket for a few nights to see whether it’s all it’s cracked up to be.
I spent time with it on nights that were warmer and cooler to get a full sense of how it performed in different ambient temperatures. When it comes to weighted blankets, heat is one of the biggest complaints.
What we like about the Gravity Blanket
Gravity’s variety of weighted blankets includes a flannel version, a cotton-covered option, and a cooling blanket. Which is to say: There’s really something for everyone at Gravity Blanket. Of course, those aren’t the only upshots of its products—there’s plenty more to rave about.
I slept really well with the blanket
I always sleep relatively well. But when I used the Gravity Blanket, it seemed as though I had even more restful sleep than usual—except when it got too hot, which we’ll get into later. I felt like I was able to fall asleep faster and loved the blanket’s gentle embrace. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it reduced my stress and anxiety, but I felt soothed every time I curled up under the blanket.
The workmanship is great
I thought my weighted blanket had a decent distribution of weight, then I tried the Gravity Blanket. I was deeply impressed by not only the detailed stitching on the duvet cover, but also by the stitching on the internal component that helps keep everything in place. The weights never shifted from one side to the other—something we saw with other weighted blankets we tested.
The duvet cover attaches to inner anchor points that rely on not one but two points of contact: a button that hooks into a fabric loop, and a tie that connects the two components. I never felt the blanket shift throughout the night, and no matter how many times I folded and unfolded the blanket, the inside never moved about. I ran into this problem plenty of times with the duvet I used in the winter, as the cover had a mere four anchor ties, one at each corner.
However you dice it: The company makes a product that’s well designed, and it shows when you use it.
It has a changeable cover
Each Gravity Blanket comes with a duvet cover. As with all seasonal bedding, there are more options to be had. I know all too well the frustration that comes with buying one version of a product only to realize you’re limited to that style and you can’t buy changeable components to go with it.
Fortunately Gravity Blanket is not one of those companies. It also sells a handful of covers separately, so that you’re not bound to the one your blanket initially comes with. The company has a cotton option (which was out of stock at the time of publishing), and patterned “cooling” polyester covers. Both cost around $30.
What we don’t like about the Gravity Blanket
There aren’t many downsides to Gravity Blanket, but unfortunately there is one big one, and that’s heat. This bedding makes you sleep hot. I also tested the Gravity Cooling Weighted Blanket—which has a polyester blend cover that's designed to wick moisture. Though it was cooler than the Original Gravity Blanket, it wasn't by much, and I wouldn't be able to consistently sleep with it in the summer. With both versions, I think you're mostly insulated by the internal blanket, so changing the cover doesn't dramatically help with its propensity towards retaining heat.
I tend to run cold, so Gravity Blanket’s insulating tendencies weren’t such a problem for me. However, I never wanted to sleep with the blanket on even remotely warm nights. Compounded with the humidity in Boston, I would have woken up feeling sticky all over, and more grotty than refreshed come morning.
For hot sleepers or anyone who prefers not to feel overbaked, this blanket isn’t the best choice. Even if you were to purchase an additional cooling cover to use each summer, I think you’d run the risk of feeling too warm for comfort.
The weight options are limited
The single-person gravity blanket only comes in three weights: 15 pounds, 20 pounds, and 25 pounds. I received a 15-pound blanket, which aligns with the company’s recommendation at a bit more than 10% of my body weight. It worked fine, but I honestly felt like I would have liked ever so slightly more heft. I’d hesitate to go up to 20 pounds though, which leaves me no other options.
For petite folks, the choices are even more limited. If you have a smaller frame and weigh anywhere from 110 to, say, 130 pounds, I’m sure the 15-pound blanket would work. But I can’t say whether it will feel too heavy, something a number of reviewers complained about in general. It would be nice if Gravity Blanket’s options were more inclusive all around.
What are current owners saying?
Gravity has 4.5 stars and just over 1,500 reviews. Numerous customers who reviewed the product online tout that it has helped to manage their anxiety, and some even say it’s relieved their symptoms of insomnia.
One reviewer loves their Gravity Blanket so much that they wrap houseguests in it to showcase how amazing it feels. “Seeing their reaction the first time using a weighted blanket is priceless.”
A handful of reviewers don’t love the blanket, often running into one of the same problems I did: It holds in heat. “Helps me fall asleep, but I now wake up throughout the night because I am hot, but can’t take it off because my house is cold and I will later wake up cold. [I’ve] never had a problem being too hot at night as I run cold and my house is cold.”
Other reviewers cite that the blanket is too heavy—this is especially true of the size meant for two people. As such, for first-time weighted blanket users, I’d recommend erring on the side of caution and going with the lower weight (assuming it’s about 10% of your body weight).
Is the Gravity Weighted Blanket worth it?
With a price just shy of $200, the cost of the Gravity Blanket is steep. However, if you’re looking for a well-made weighted blanket and can deal with the heat, it won’t disappoint. You can find numerous weighted blankets on Amazon, but few come with a duvet and even fewer have a connection system that’s as well designed as this one. In other words: If you buy another product and cover, it’s more than likely to shift within its encasement throughout the night. The Gravity Blanket is unbeatable in that regard, and its high quality shows when you use it.
The Gravity Blanket isn’t just great for sleep. It’s soft texture made it appealing for almost anything. I would likely grab it to hang out and watch TV on the couch or even while reading. With too much stress in the world and not enough sleep, any product that helps you better catch those sweet zzz’s is worth it.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the tester
Staff Writer, Sleep@lindseyvix
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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