People looking for a solution to their restlessness and anxiety at night
Those who want weight options
Those who sleep particularly hot or cold (flippable cover provides temperature regulation)
People who don’t want their blanket to get dirty (removable and washable cover)
Fans of Brooklyn Bedding’s “made in America” business model
Young children (it will be too heavy)
Those looking for a cheap blanket to lounge around the house
Picky shoppers who want color/pattern options
What To Expect
Brooklyn Bedding is a big name in the online bedding industry. They make a variety of mattress models including the Brooklyn Bedding Signature, fit for all types of sleepers in their company-owned factory in Phoenix. In addition to mattresses, Brooklyn Bedding also sells pillows, sheets, bed frames, and other bedding accessories, including the Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket that we tested out here at the Slumber Yard.
Weighted blankets have become increasingly popular in the past few years for all of their therapeutic effects. The gentle weight of the blanket on your body feels a bit like getting a full-body bear hug and it can actually help alleviate a lot of issues that might be keeping you up at night. The bear-hug feeling of a weighted blanket produces something called deep touch pressure (DTP) which can stimulate the release of serotonin, that natural “happy chemical” that your brain produces after a run or when you embrace a loved one.
DTP has long been used to help babies sleep (think swaddles) and has been proven to benefit children on the autism spectrum. It has also had positive effects in treating those with ADHD, insomnia, PTSD, and anxiety. If you struggle to get to sleep because of stress or an inability to calm your mind, or even just because you can’t seem to get comfortable, a weighted blanket might be a good solution for you.
Buying This Blanket
When you order Brooklyn Bedding’s Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket, it will ship to your home for free and you will have 30 days to test it out. The great thing about weighted blankets, unlike sleep medications or certain other sleep solutions, is that it only takes one night to know if it will work for you. If, within the first month of sleeping under your Brooklyn Bedding blanket, you decide that it isn’t for you, you can return it with absolutely no risks to get your money back.
The price of the blanket varies depending on which size you purchase. The 15 lb blanket will cost about $140 while the 20 lb blanket is about ten dollars more at $150. This is definitely more expensive than a typical throw blanket, but is on the average side for a weighted blanket.
We have tested out several weighted blankets that are all over the price spectrum, from under $100 to nearly $300, so Brooklyn Bedding’s blanket sits right around the middle. If you think of a weighted blanket more as an alternative to a typical bedding set or comforter, as opposed to a throw blanket that you just toss on the couch, the pricing makes a bit more sense.
As always, we will keep our eyes out for any deals or coupon codes for you in order to bring down the cost of the blanket.
If you keep the blanket, on the other hand, it is backed by a one year warranty, the details of which you can read on their website.
Construction And Feel
The blanket comes in two parts: the washable duvet cover and the weighted insert blanket. It is pretty simple to put the blanket together, but we have a few tips to make the process a bit easier if you’re struggling to get the blanket to fit inside the duvet cover. There are convenient ties all along the inside of the duvet to tie the blanket in place so that it won’t slip around when you move it. This is a really great feature for a weighted blanket because all that weight has a way of migrating to the bottom of the duvet if you let it (dang gravity!)
The insert blanket is quilted with 130 individual square pockets filled with tiny weighted glass beads. The pocketed design is common with most weighted blankets and helps keep the weight evenly dispersed throughout the blanket, another great example of weighted blankets pioneering the fight against gravity (not to be confused, of course, with the Gravity weighted blanket).
Brooklyn Bedding’s Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket is dual sided (hence the name). This means that each side of the duvet cover is made with a different fabric designed to cater to specific temperature needs.
One side of the duvet cover is made of a soft polyester fleece which is embossed with little polka dots. This side is meant to be warming and is super cozy for those nights when you want to be a little bit toastier. The dots, in addition to being super cute, are also a really calming feature because they give you something to play with if you tend to fidget while trying to fall asleep. We actually found it really relaxing to just lay in bed and trace the little circles on the blanket. It is crazy how much of a difference such a small detail can make!
On the flip side (get it? Har dee har) the blanket has a microfiber tencel cooling side. The tencel is soft and supple and feels like a cross between cotton and silk. It’s made with natural materials, which makes for a really breathable and moisture-wicking fabric. One issue that we have encountered with weighted blankets is that they can cause you to sleep a bit too warm, so if you don’t have a cooling mattress or aren’t willing to crank the A/C up, having a weighted blanket that works to calm you down and keep you cool is a great option.
No matter which side you prefer to cuddle up underneath, the blanket’s weight has the same therapeutic effects. It evenly covers your body and conforms to your curves with gentle pressure that is just enough to calm you down without feeling overwhelmingly heavy. We can honestly say that we found it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night when using the weighted blanket. This isn’t a guarantee that it’ll work for everyone, but it is definitely worth a shot.
Specifications Of The Brooklyn Bedding Blanket
There are not a whole lot of buying options when it comes to the blanket, but what Brooklyn Bedding does offer seems like it will cater well to most sleepers.
The Dual Therapy blanket only comes in gray, but it is a fairly neutral and calming color that will likely go with almost any bedroom color scheme. The warming fleece side is a slightly darker, blue hued gray while the tencel cooling side is lighter in color and almost appears to have a slight lavender tinge to it. Overall, it is a pretty inoffensive color, unless you have Glaucophobia (the fear of the color gray—it’s a real thing, we Googled it!)
Brooklyn Bedding offers two weights to choose from for their blanket: 15 lbs and 20 lbs. It’s recommended that a weighted blanket should be about 10% of your body weight to provide enough weight without being too heavy. Given there are only two options available, but people’s weight can vary all over the spectrum, use your best judgement to pick the blanket that will work best for your body.
The month long trial period is really useful if you aren’t sure if the weight will work for you because you can test it out and return it or purchase the other size if you need to. Keep in mind that, although weighted blankets have been proven to help children, if you are shopping for a blanket for your child who is under 120 lbs we would recommend going with something lighter and designed especially for children to reduce the risk of suffocation.
Both weights measure 60” X 80”, which is roughly the size of a queen sized mattress. Because of the size and weight of this blanket, it isn’t great for lounging around on the couch or moving from room to room to snuggle up with. It’s kind of like carrying around a really long and flat baby—not the most streamlined option for your blanket cape (I know you do this too, don’t lie to me.) It works really well as a blanket for bed time though, and even might be big enough for a couple to share.
Keeping Your Weighted Blanket Clean
Because of the removable cover of the Dual Therapy weighted blanket, it is super simple to care for your blanket. If you have pets, kids, or a habit of drinking your first cup of coffee before getting out of bed, having a removable and machine washable cover can truly be a game changer in keeping your bedding nice long-term.
If your blanket ever needs a little bit of TLC just remove the blanket from the cover by untying all of the loops on the inside and toss the duvet into the washer on warm. Avoid bleach to keep the color clear and crisp and tumble dry on low. Before you know it, your blanket will be like new, void of any funky smells that day to day life might have imparted upon it.
As for the actual weighted insert, it should stay out of the washing machine. Instead, if there is any clean up needed, spot clean with warm water and a gentle detergent and allow it to air dry before being placed back inside of the cover.
Final Review Verdict
If you are having a hard time sleeping, no matter what may be weighing on you (pun intended) a weighted blanket could make a difference in the quality of your sleep. It is a natural and risk-free solution that has helped a lot of people sleep more soundly, so we’d recommend giving it a shot.
There are numerous weighted blankets on the market, and they all seem to offer different features, but we really like the double-sided design and sleek look of the blanket from Brooklyn Bedding. If one of the two size options sound right for you, and the mid-range price is appealing, this blanket might just become your new favorite cuddle buddy (sorry to all those shunned significant others out there.)
There are no guarantees that the Dual Therapy weighted blanket from Brooklyn Bedding is going to give you the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had, but if you have seemingly tried everything else to no avail, or you are just wondering what all the hype is about, we think it is a worthy investment that could change your sleep for the better.
Like many of the other Brooklyn Bedding products we have reviewed, the company sent them to us. We appreciate being able to test out their products, but we always make sure to write honest and unbiased reviews that are in no way influenced by the company whose product we are reviewing.
Brooklyn Bedding owns their own factory in Arizona where they produce all of their mattresses and bedding products.
If you decide to return the blanket within the 30 day trial window, just get in touch with the folks at Brooklyn Bedding’s customer service department and they will send you a prepaid packing label so you can box the blanket up and mail it back to them. You should receive a full refund within a week after your package has been returned.
Brooklyn Bedding does offer two different weight options for their weighted blanket, 15 lbs and 20 lbs, so it can appeal to a wider range of individuals.
The weighted insert is not, but this blanket comes with a removable duvet that you can easily take off and throw in the washing machine.