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If you often feel anxious, have trouble sleeping, or could simply use a hug, a weighted blanket can provide some much-needed comfort. Weighted blankets are typically filled with plastic, glass, or stone beads for a total overall weight from just a few pounds all the way up to 35 pounds, and when you snuggle up in one, the gentle pressure will help you feel a calming sense of security.
There are dozens of weighted blankets on the market these days, each offering a range of elements to suit your preference. You’ll have your pick of fabrics, from velvet to cotton to bamboo, as well as the specific fill material and overall weight of the blanket. If you don't know where or how to start on your weighted blanket journey, we're here to help.
Here, our favorite weighted blankets and some tips on choosing the right size.
The Bearaby Napsicle might just be the most beautiful blanket on this list. While Bearaby makes a number of weighted blankets, we’re drawn to this particular one for one major reason: it’s got a beautiful dip-dyed look in cheery summer hues including watermelon, blueberry, and mango. Oh, and it comes with a set of matching fruity pops from The Hyppo, too.
The chunky, hand-knit Bearaby Napsicle blanket is made from a cotton and spandex blend and is available in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options. If you do want a solid-color version, there’s the Cotton Napper, made from organic cotton, and the Tree Napper, which is made from TENCEL, an eco-friendly fiber made from wood pulp.
When it comes to modern weighted blankets, Gravity is one of the OGs. It launched via Kickstarter in 2017, and it's still one of the most popular brands on the market today. Gravity's collection has expanded from a straightforward weighted blanket to include duvets, sheets, and even weighted robes and weighted eye masks. But as far as the blankets go, we’re partial to the original.
The glass-bead-filled blanket, which comes in single or queen/king sizes, is swaddled in a cuddly micro-fleece duvet in your pick of gray, navy, or white. The single blanket comes in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options, while the queen/king size weighs a whopping 35 pounds so you're able to share with your partner.
Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket
While the vast majority of weighted blankets out there have a standard quilted pattern, the Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket goes for a double-stitch pattern, which, in our opinion, elevates the look of the blanket to a more chic, mod vibe. So much so, in fact, we think it would look great as a substitute for a duvet.
The blanket’s shell is made from premium cotton, meaning it’s super breathable for hot sleepers, and it’s filled with glass microbeads to either 15 or 20 pounds. Note that Baloo advises customers to go lighter if you’re a side sleeper and heavier if you’re a back or stomach sleeper.
Saatva Organic Weighted Blanket
If you want the smooth, soft feel of synthetics but prefer an organic material, opt for the Saatva Organic Weighted Blanket. It’s made from 100 percent cotton velvet—who knew that was a thing?!—so you get the plushness of velvet and the breathability of cotton while hitting the Goldilocks spot of comfort.
The blanket is available in two neutral colors, taupe and graphite, as well as two sizes: a 15-pound single and a 25-pound queen/king, each filled which are filled with all-natural glass beads. While this is one of the priciest options on the market (and it's dry clean only), it's a top choice for those shopping organic blankets.
Luna Cooling Bamboo Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets can be a relatively big investment, but they don’t necessarily have to be. The Luna Cooling Bamboo Weighted Blanket is a great affordable option. With a shell made from breathable bamboo fibers, the blanket is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, and it’s totally machine washable.
It comes in seven colors and a vast range of sizes and weights, from a kid-friendly size blanket that weighs just 5 pounds to a 30-pound king-size blanket that's suitable for sharing. The queen-size blanket, in particular, is the most versatile when it comes to weight: it has 10-pound, 15-pound, 17-pound, 20-pound, and 25- pound variants.
Helix Weighted Blanket
For those of us who are a little indecisive about what kind of material we’d like our weighted blanket to be made from, there’s the Helix Weighted Blanket. One side is a velvety sheared microfiber while the other is an extra-plush fleece. Between these two surfaces is a sea of glass beads that bring the total weight of the blanket to 10, 15, or 20 pounds, depending on which model you purchase.
While the weight varies, the size doesn’t—it’s available in a single 72 x 48-inch size that's ideal for one adult. The cover, which is a light gray on the microfiber side and cream on the fleece side, is removable and machine washable, so you can keep it fresh without a trip to the dry cleaners.
Sunday Citizen Weighted Blanket
Our favorite thing about the Sunday Citizen Weighted Blanket is that it doesn’t look like your standard weighted blanket. The removable (and machine-washable) microfiber cover has a chenille-like texture that allows it to look perfectly at home as a stylish throw in your living room. And if you’re into crystals, well there's really on better blanket for you.
The blanket is packed with not only glass beads, but also clear quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst beads, each of which is known for its calming, healing effects. To finish things off, the blanket—you can choose between 15 or 20 pounds—is available in three different shades that reflect its filling.
Layla Weighted Blanket
The Layla Weighted Blanket sports a dual-sided cover—one side is a premium 300-thread-count cotton for lightweight breathability, while the other has a plush, mink-like finish for extra coziness. Quite frankly, this is probably an ideal blanket to share between two people who have different preferences when it comes to heat as the fleeced side can get quite warm.
While the only color is a medium gray with a bluish tint, the blanket does come in several sizes: a twin version that weighs 15 pounds, a queen version that weighs 20 pounds, and king version that weighs 25 pounds.
Yaasa Weighted Blanket
Bring on the chunky knits! The Yaasa Weighted Blanket is hand-knitted and upon first glance, we’d actually have no idea it was extra heavy. And aside from looking adorably cozy, the wide-knit pattern actually has a practical purpose: it allows air to flow through the blanket, keeping anyone beneath it nice and cool, although still comfortably swaddled with gentle pressure.
The blanket comes in cream and gray in both 15- and 20-pound versions. The only slight downside to the Yaasa blanket is that it’s dry clean only, though that’s not really a dealbreaker for us. It’s definitely a super-cute option to style on your sofa!
YnM Bamboo Weighted Blanket
Most weighted blankets come in solid colors, which is why the vibrant YnM Bamboo Weighted Blanket stands out among the competition. It has a number of patterned options, from bright yellow flowers on a blue background to an abstract floral-inspired pattern in neutral tones. There’s even a blanket with a fun leopard illustration, which is ideal for kids or anyone with a jungle-themed decor scheme.
The YnM blanket is made from all-natural bamboo fibers, so it’s also eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and cooling. It comes in a variety of sizes and weights, from 7 pounds to 30 pounds.
Weighted blankets aren't one size fits all. When shopping for yours, be sure to note the size, weight, and whether or not it's meant to be shared. According to most manufacturers, in order to feel the calming effects of a weighted blanket, you should go with one that's 10 percent of your body weight. If your weight is between sizes, you'll likely want to size up but you should also read product details as some brands recommend sizing down if you’re a side sleeper and sizing up if you’re a back or stomach sleeper.