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 utilize deep pressure stimulation (DSP), which has been used by medical professionals for years to treat anxiety. DSP stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system—AKA, it releases endorphins, resulting in a more relaxed state.
Weighted blankets are typically filled with plastic, glass, or stone beads, and when you snuggle up in one the gentle pressure is meant to help you feel a calming sense of security. There are dozens of weighted blankets on the market these days, from plush and cozy options to lighter-weight picks made from cooling materials like bamboo and cotton. 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.
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.
Gravity Weighted Blanket
When it comes to modern weighted blankets, Gravity is one of the originals. 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 just a straightforward weighted blanket, and now includes 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.
Bearaby Cotton Napper
The Bearaby Cotton Napper might just be the most beautiful blanket on this list. While Bearaby makes a number of weighted blankets, this particular one stands out for its range of color options, organic cotton construction, and buttery soft feel.
The chunky, hand-knit Bearaby Napper is made from a cotton and spandex blend, and is available in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options. If you want a slightly different feel, check out the Tree Napper, which is made from eco-friendly TENCEL, and the Velvet Napper, which is the best option if you want both luxury and cozy.
Best For Hot Sleepers
Baloo 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 that gives it a more chic, mod vibe. So much so, in fact, that it would even look great as a substitute for a duvet.
This 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, so you get the plushness of velvet and the breathability of cotton while hitting the Goldilocks spot of comfort.
This 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, both of 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 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 that doesn't skimp on quality. With a shell made from breathable bamboo fibers, this blanket is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, and is 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 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 you who are a little indecisive about what kind of material you'd like your 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 cleaner's.
Sunday Citizen Crystal 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, there's really no 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 a calming effect. To finish things off, the blanket—you can choose between 15 or 20 pounds—is available in three different shades that reflect its filling.
Best For Two
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. This is 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 a King version that weighs 25 pounds.
Yaasa Weighted Blanket
Bring on the chunky knits! The Yaasa Weighted Blanket is hand-knit, and at first glance you actually have no idea how heavy it really is. 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 yet still comfortably swaddled with gentle pressure.
The blanket comes in cream and gray in both 15- and 20-pound versions. The only 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 décor 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.
Gravity's weighted blanket (view at Gravity) is pretty much the OG weighted blanket, and still our top pick. While it is a bit of an investment, we love that it comes in a broad range of sizes and weights, and its cozy micro-fleece cover is comfortable for most. For a more budget-friendly option, the Luna Weighted Blanket (view at Amazon) is a great deal since it offers premium comfort at a more affordable price and is available in a wide range of colors.
What to Look For in a Weighted Blanket
It might seem obvious, but definitely consider where and how you'll be using your weighted blanket before investing in one. Twin-sized weighted blankets are actually the most versatile — they're big enough for one person to sleep under at night but can also easily double as a throw for snuggling up on the sofa. If you sleep with a partner and you're both seeking to add a cozy weighted layer to your bedding, a Queen or King size blanket makes sense.
Many of our top picks are available in multiple different weights. As a rule of thumb, most people can divide their body weight by 10 to choose the most comfortable blanket weight. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, a 15-pound weighted blanket will probably suit you well. The same goes for larger blankets that you'll be sharing with a sleeping partner, though you may want to do the math and compromise on an in-between weight before you buy.
Weighted blankets now come in all sorts of materials, from micro-fleece to bamboo fiber. When choosing the right one, it's especially important to consider how breathable you prefer your bedding to be. Hot sleepers should definitely consider one with a cotton or bamboo fiber outer shell, whereas microfiber can be great for anyone who prefers an extra warm blanket. Also, keep in mind that some weighted blankets have removable covers whereas others can only be dry cleaned.
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