We recognize a parent might not want the same weighted blanket as their kid, or couples might want something different from somebody who wants their own individual-size blanket. In this buyer’s guide, we review the top-rated weighted blankets for people in different situations, so take a look to find the one that’s right for you.
Our Top Picks for the Best Weighted Blanket:
- Best Cooling Blanket — Gravity Blankets
- Best For Adults — YNM Blanket
- Best For Couples — Layla Weighted Blanket
- Heaviest Option — BlanQuil
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 for you.
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.
Gravity Cooling Weighted Blanket
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. Its dimensions are 72” x 48”, 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.
YNM Weighted Blanket
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 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.
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.
Layla Weighted Blanket
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. 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.
BlanQuil Weighted Blanket
All weighted blankets are designed to help get restful sleep, 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.
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.
What are Weighted Blankets?
Weighted blankets are actually a fairly new phenomenon in the sleep aid space. 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.
Weighted blankets can be used by children, teens, 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.