Best Weighted Blankets: Overview
Weighted blankets can help to soothe everyday stress and anxiety, as well as help you to fall asleep and stay asleep longer through the night. Some studies have also found that weighted therapy can help to increase levels of serotonin and melatonin, while decreasing cortisol levels, overnight. To learn more about the many benefits of weighted blankets, read on till the bottom of this post. For now, though, here’s a peak at our list:
- Best Cooling Blanket — Gravity Blankets
- Best For Adults — YNM Blanket
- Best For Couples — Layla Weighted Blanket
- Kids Weighted Blanket — Calmforter
- Anxiety Blanket — BlanQuil
You can compare the feel of weighted blankets to that of someone giving you a good hug, or being held, and we found the effect to be relaxing, soothing, and comforting.
To be on the safe side, go for your recommended weight. Licensed therapists recommend a weight that’s 10% of your body weight, with wiggle room for one pound. So, say you weigh 140 lb; your weighted blanket recommendation would be a 13-15 lb blanket. Through our own experimentation with our diverse Slumber Yard staff, we think that 12 lb is a good starting point. Let your body get used to this weight, then work up from there to whatever feels good you for.
As a disclaimer, because of the extra weight these blankets carry, they will be warmer than standard blankets. If you don’t like to sleep warm at night, there are other environmental factors that can cool you off, like using a fan or wearing silk pajamas.
More Information About Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets are actually a fairly new phenomenon in the sleep aid space. Weighted blankets were originally used by psychiatrists as therapeutic treatment for their patients with severe anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, and more, but it was then found that almost anyone can benefit from them. As we stated above, the weight of a weighted blanket is very comforting. It’s just enough weight to make you feel like you’re being hugged or swaddled, and is slightly warm, as well. This is often related to the term deep touch pressure, or DTP. DTP is a term used to describe weight being gently and evenly distributed on the body. Examples of this are hugs, massages, and weighted blankets. DTP is scientifically proven to release serotonin, which is a chemical in the brain thats linked to feelings of being calm, mood regulation, sensory processing, and decreasing activity in the nervous system.
In times of distress or insomnia, simply lay down with the blanket laying flat on top of you, and breathe deeply while waiting for the effects to kick in. It takes a minute or two, but after our own experiments, we began to feel calm and sleepy after a couple of minutes. After weeks of testing, we actually found that we found it hard to sleep without our trusted weighted blanket, as the feeling is so addicting.
Weighted blankets can be used by children, teen, and adults, but just make sure to abide by the weight recommendations that we talked about above: 10% of your body weight, plus or minus a pound. If you find that you’ve adapted to this weight, then you can experiment with heavier blankets, but keep in mind that heavier weights are not recommended for children.
Earlier in this post, we mentioned how weighted blankets usually sleep warmer than normal blankets or comforters because of the additional weight they carry. So what are you supposed to do if you already get hot while you sleep? There are a few “cooling” weighted blankets on the market that aren’t necessarily cool-to-the-touch, but are much more breathable than your standard weighted blanket.
From the many weighted blankets we’ve tested, Gravity’s second generation cooling blanket takes the cake for hot sleepers. The cover is made from faux tencel, a material the brand calls “technical cooling fabric,” and it’s much more breathable than cotton, or polyester. We think it feels smooth like a quilt that was stitched by your grandmother, but much softer.
Underneath the cover, the inner shell is filled with fine-grade glass beads for weight. We found the weight distribution to be pretty even, right up there with the YnM Weighted Blanket.
Gravity’s cooling blanket is available in three different weights: 15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs. Regardless of the weight you choose, the price will be just shy of $260 (a.k.a. the most expensive weighted blanket we’ve tested so far). You’re paying for the luxurious silky feel, and of course temperature regulating abilities. So we think it’s definitely worth it if you heat up at night.
Its dimensions are 72” x 48”, very similar to BlanQuil, so we think it’ll work as a throw-like blanket for your couch, or for your mattress.
Similar to a few of the other blankets on this list, the outer cover is machine washable. Again, you’ll just want to ensure you machine wash it on a cold setting, and tumble dry on low.
The YNM Weighted Blanket is good quality, but is on the more affordable end for weighted blankets and the most affordable one on this list. It also is one of the more popular weighted blankets currently on the market. We did notice that pricing tends to change, so make sure to check current offers to stay up-to-date on price. Also, we could only find this blanket for retail on Amazon.
They were currently sold out of their 12 pounder, so we got the 15 lb blanket. It’s 48” x 72”, which is enough to almost cover a full size mattress. YnM’s complete weight range is 10 to 25 lb, varying by different sizes, which we appreciate because as adults, we come in many different shapes and sizes. They tend to be sold out of a few options at a time, but they do restock, so just keep an eye on it.
This blanket is made out of organic cotton. It’s quilted into large squares, which are filled with a wool like material and super tiny glass beads, which is what adds weight to the blanket. Because of the wool, the weight stays distributed very well, probably the best out of all the blankets, comparatively. It doesn’t make much noise when it moves, either.
Organic cotton is good for your skin and hypoallergenic, so you won’t have to worry about dust mites or other pesky allergens hunkering down in your sleeping space. And we thought it was pretty comfortable for the most part, except it was a tiny bit scratchy. So we recommend you get a cover for it, and the site actually does too. It’ll also help with upkeep purposes, but we’ll go over that in the care section.
The blanket does feel very thick and durable, and we think it’ll last you a good while if you take good care of it.
Speaking of care, the blanket we got (which is the inner layer) is advertised as machine washable on a low, gentle setting and then lay it out flat to air dry. You can also get it dry cleaned. From our observations, we think it would take just about all day for this blanket to dry out, because it’s so thick and there is that wool material holding the beads. This is probably why the company so strongly suggests you get their separately sold removable cover, which would make for much easier cleaning.
First, the Layla mattress made our list for the best bed for couples, and now we’re dubbing their weighted blanket as the best for couples too. It has two sides you can use interchangeably; the black side is made out of cotton, and the other is 100% polyester/mink. That way, couples can switch off the side they want to sleep with if they have different preferences.
It comes in three sizes; twin which is 15 lbs, a 20 lb queen, and 25 lb king. If you sleep with a loved one, odds are, you either sleep on a queen or king size mattress (power to you if you share a full or twin with your S.O). Both blankets are big enough to cover their correlating mattress size, and couples won’t have to fight to feel the blanket’s calming qualities by hogging most of it to themselves. Though, you might want to keep this blanket in the bedroom. It’s heavy and pretty awkward to carry around, so it might not work too well as a couch blanket.
It’s designed with a hexagon pattern, a staple to Layla’s brand, and each one is filled with high density micro glass beads for even weight distribution. It never felt like it was too heavy in one spot, and too light in another.
The Layla Weighted Blanket is one of the more expensive blankets on this list. It’s about $160 for a queen size blanket, and it’s obviously a little more money for a king. With that being said, we don’t think it’s too pricey — it’s pretty fair for the quality you’re getting. It also comes with a cover, unlike the YnM Weighted Blanket, where you have to go spend the extra money on one.
Luckily, the Layla Weighted Blanket is easy to clean because its cover is machine washable (just in case you spill some coffee or orange juice from breakfast in bed). Just make sure to wash on cold, and tumble dry on low.
The Calmforter (haha, get it? It’s a calming comforter) is a weighted blanket distributed by Platinum Health. This blanket comes as a full set, with both a weighted insert and a cover. This blanket was our medium priced one, selling for about $180 on Amazon. They also sell them on the Platinum Health website. Be sure to check for current pricing, as we noticed it changes a bit on Amazon.
The Calmforter only comes in one size and weight, which is 12 lb and 60” x 80”. They believe this is the perfect weight, as they state, “Studies show that most users prefer a 12 lb blanket.” For kids, however, they recommend sleeping with half the blanket covering them until they get comfortable with the size.
The Calmforter comes in a minky material that’s soft and plush, and comes in a variety of color combos kids will love like blue/green or pink/grey. We received the brown and cream combo (roasted coffee/chantilly cream, as the website labels it), but the cream was more of a butter yellow, just so you know.
One side is soft and smooth, and then the other side is textured with these little bumps which are called “SensaDots,” and are recommended for fidgety children. In fact, the folks over at Platinum Health claim the Calmforter is ideal for children. But even our adult team here at the Slumber Yard liked the texture of the dots, and found them soothing. Additional covers are available for separate purchase through their website if you stain your cover or just want to switch up the colors, but they are only available in the minky material.
For construction and weight distribution, like we said, this is a two part system. The minky cover is removable, via ties on the inside corners of the cover and blanket. The inner insert looks and feels similar to the YnM blanket, in that it’s a cotton material with big square stitching to hold the beads. This blanket is also weighted with glass beads and some sort of polyfill so that the beads stay evenly distributed and quiet.
We wouldn’t say it’s as quiet or has as good of weight distribution as the YnM blanket, but it’s still good and feels durable. The cover does a good job of masking the quilted blanket underneath, making it feel smooth all over, and making sure this blanket has a non-therapeutic appearance.
For care, having the cover is nice because it makes it way easier to clean up juice spills, or messes from sticky fingers. Simply remove to cover to machine wash and dry it. They do not provide washing instructions for the inner weighted layer, leading us to assume that you shouldn’t machine wash it. A cover also prolongs the life of the blanket, as the weighted portion of the blanket isn’t getting repeatedly washed.
All weighted blankets are designed to help soothe anxiety and help with conditions like insomnia or PTSD, but we think BlanQuil is especially beneficial for a few reasons. For starters, it does so well at calming you down when you’re trying to fall asleep because of its hefty weight.
It comes in either 15 lbs or 20 lbs, so it’s definitely a bit on the heavier side. That pressure is what stimulates the release of serotonin in your body, and promotes a more restful sleep. For folks who are more petite, we recommend you shoot for the 15 pounder so it doesn’t feel too heavy for you.
No matter which weight you choose, BlanQuil’s dimensions will be 48” x 74” — which isn’t a standard size we’re used to. The blanket doesn’t quite fit a full mattress, but it’s also bigger than a twin size. We think it works interchangeably between your bedroom or couch, so you don’t necessarily have to crawl into bed to use the blanket if you’re feeling anxious. This is a major bonus for individuals who feel more depressed when they spend a lot of time in bed, and want to take advantage of its calming properties while they relax on the couch.
The blanket’s cover is made from soft polyester fleece, so it’s soft without being fluffy. We think the feeling is pretty soothing. BlanQuil’s inner layer (the actual weighted blanket) is made from a cotton polyester blend, and is stuffed with high-density and eco-friendly glass beads to provide the weight. To prevent the insert from sliding around in the cover and keep even weight distribution, just tie the corners of the blanket and cover together.
The inner blanket isn’t machine washable, but the cover is. It’s not a huge deal, though, because the cover is pretty much the only part of BlanQuil that’ll get that dirty. Just make sure to machine wash on cool, and don’t use any bleach or whitening agents.
BlanQuil is available on Amazon, or directly through the BlanQuil website for about $170. It’s a moderate price compared to the other weighted blankets on this list. If you’re really interested in BlanQuil but you want to spend a little less money, you can buy the polyester/cotton insert by itself for around $130.