The 7 Best Weighted Blankets

I’ve been testing a wide range of weighted blankets in the last couple of years, and in the video above I discuss seven that impressed me.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole video (which is kind of long!) you can see a condensed transcript below, with the key points about each weighted blanket and links to buy them.

I also tried to answer some of the key questions I know people have when choosing a weighted blanket, which you can also see below. Use the contents to skip to the individual blankets if you’re not interested in hearing my personal views about choosing them!

Contents


Introduction and key questions

There’s quite a lot to talk about choosing a weighted blanket before discussing them individually. So I’ll first give my personal answers to some of the key questions I know people often have. And then we’ll look at each of them in turn.

Do weighted blankets work?

This is a bit of a tricky question to answer. There is some research that suggests that the deep pressure stimulation of a weighted blanket might help with anxiety. But really, there isn’t exactly an enormous wealth of research. Another piece of research, for example, found that it didn’t help with childrens’ sleep, but they still enjoyed using one.

So I think it’s more of a personal thing. For my wife and I (she’s been testing and using the blankets too), I think that they’re great for relaxation. There’s definitely something that we feel that they help with on that front.

For sleep, I think it very much depends on the individual and what causes your sleep problems anyway? Maybe a weighted blanket is going to be no help at all; maybe it’ll be just what you need. So again, it’s very much a personal thing.

Sorry if you were looking for a more definitive answer. But really, I wouldn’t feel right in saying they will help everyone with sleep, relaxation, anxiety, etc. You simply won’t know until you try one.

Do they sleep hot?

Are there cooling weighted blankets? Are some better than others? I think this is a very easy question to answer in some respects, which is that there is no such thing as a cooling weighted blanket. It just doesn’t exist (in my opinion!)

Any blanket that you put on top of you is always going to make you feel warmer than you did without the blanket. Some of them are definitely more breathable than others though. I think that when they have a thick Minky polyester cover, it’s going to be warmer than one that uses cotton and doesn’t have so much fiberfill in the pockets.

So I think the material can be breathable, and I think it can be less warm than others, but it can’t be cooling.

How do you choose the weight?

There are two approaches to this. One is that you choose 10 to 12 percent of your body weight, and that’s been the standard approach for quite a long time. However, it doesn’t always work if you’re in-between weights.

Weighted blanket manufacturers don’t create a 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 ,15 pound weight, for example. They are more likely to have 10, 15, 20, and 25. Some of them have individual weights, but it’s not that common.

So if you’re in the middle, you need to decide whether to go down or up in weight. And that’s very much a personal choice. For me, and my wife also, going down weight is better than going up. But maybe you’d prefer more weight.

The other approach is that you have a set weight for each square foot, and this is something which a couple of manufacturers have started doing recently. And they claim that people enjoy that more than having a particular weight based on your body size.

And I can see some logic in that. If you’re short, tall or have a different weight to someone else, then you’ll have the same weight on a smaller or larger surface area of your body. So an average weight per square foot across different blanket dimensions might suit more people.

Do you need a cover?

Some weighted blankets, like the Bearaby Napper and the Layla, are one-piece so there’s no cover anyway. Others come with a pre-attached cover, so you just choose the style and the material that appeal to you.

In some cases, you have to buy the cover separately. So if you’re a hot sleeper or on a tight budget then you could just get the main weighted blanket and skip the cover to save some money.

However, one major benefit of having a cover is that you can just wash that, instead of having to stuff a heavy 25 pound blanket into your washing machine.

Another point to think about with the cover is that the internal blanket isn’t always so soft, and it’s the cover that creates the luxurious feel, such as ultra-soft minky, bamboo lyocell or cotton. And if you like the style with sensory nodes, that’s done with a cover too.

What creates the internal weight?

In most cases these days it seems to be glass microbeads (often as small as 1mm diameter). A common marketing phrase some companies use is “Ours use hypoallergenic glass microbeads – not plastic pellets like others do”.

But I haven’t been able to find any that use plastic pellets recently. Perhaps the older or cheaper manufacturers use them, but all the ones in this review use glass microbeads. So when they say that they’re special because they use glass microbeads – it’s kind of not really that special because they all seem to these days! But it’s still worth checking if you’re going to use one that isn’t in this article.

The Bearaby is an exception and doesn’t have any beads it’s all, opting for a heavy cotton weave instead. But I’ll come to that when I talk about the Bearaby Napper in its turn.

So with those questions in mind, let’s take a look at the first blanket.


1. Baloo

A breathable and elegant weighted blanket that’s ideal for hot sleepers

In the photo below, I’m using the queen size 20 pound Baloo.

the article author Ethan Green using the Baloo weighted blanket on the sofa

The Baloo is comparatively very breathable, which is why it’s my personal favorite at the moment. My wife’s also a big fan of this one because it feels soft and smooth on the skin, and she likes the elegant design.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

It’s made from a premium cotton, which feels very soft. And I like how it has small double-stitched pockets, which improves the durability and the weight distribution of the glass microbeads.

The pockets contain minimal fiber filling, which is a key reason it’s so breathable. The stitching is consistently good across the whole blanket, and I like the attention to detail that’s gone into the construction.

On my queen size, there are six strong loops and ties, but I think eight would have been a bit better to keep the cover in place. Unlike most weighted blankets, the Baloo uses wooden buttons instead of a zip, which looks nice aesthetically.

The only cover option they have at the moment is French flax linen. I personally like the natural feel of that, but my wife says she would have preferred cotton. It’s also worth noting that all the materials are Oeko-Tex certified, so they are free from harmful chemicals. And conveniently, you can machine wash and dry both the external cover and the internal weighted blanket.

When it comes to relaxation during the day and the evening, the Baloo is a great choice because it’s so breathable and it looks good too. But at the same time, I can imagine the plain white cotton and minimalist look might feel like it belongs more in a bedroom for some people.

Weight options and price

It comes in set sizes rather than having the same weight across different dimensions. So at the moment, they have a 12 pound twin, 15 and 20 pound queen, and a 25 pound King. And the one I’m using is the 20 pound queen size.

As always, the price varies by size. Mine was just under $170, so it’s not a budget weighted blanket (which I will cover later in the review). I do think the cover is a little expensive at $99. So, combined it makes it one of the most expensive options. But you can just use the internal blanket and save some money.

They have a 30 day returns window, which is standard for weighted blanket companies. However, they offer a lifetime craftsmanship warranty, which is pretty exceptional considering many don’t offer any warranty at all.

Sleep and verdict

The Baloo is a great choice for sleep because it’s so breathable and it looks elegant. I also like how well the weight is distributed and how it hugs your body nicely. And for colder months you can use it on top of or in-between your own bedding to add a little extra warmth.

So overall, this is a really good weighted blanket. Admittedly, it’s not a cheap option, but the quality of the craftsmanship, the soft feel, breathability, and aesthetic design make it a great choice.


2. Bearaby Napper

A stylish weighted blanket that uses a cotton weave instead of artificial filler

In the photo, I’m using the 42 x 72 inch, 20 pound Bearaby Napper

the article author ethan green using the bearaby napper weighted blanket while reading on the sofa

The Bearaby Napper is a bit of an outlier when it comes to weighted blankets, because they haven’t adopted the standard approach of filling it with thousands of microbeads.

Instead, their method is to use a giant woven cotton design, so there’s no internal filling. It’s literally just cotton weave, which looks great and has a lovely soft feel to it.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

They use 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex. And the weave has a little stretch to it, whilst being very durable. With no synthetic filler, it’s the chunky layers of hand-knitted cotton weave that manage to create all the weight.

It’s good that you can machine wash and dry the Bearaby, but it does weigh a lot when you pull it out of the washing machine.

When it comes to using a weighted blanket on the sofa for relaxation the Bearaby is definitely one of our favorites. My wife always says this is the one for the sofa, just because it looks beautiful aesthetically. And importantly, it feels relaxing to sit or lie under.

Weight options and price

They have three different weights for adults at the moment: 15, 20, and 25 pounds. Interestingly, they avoid large sharing sizes and only make them for individuals. The one I’m using in the video and photos is a 20 pound blanket. measuring 40 by 72 inches.

It comes in six different colors. And they recently added a smaller 8 pound kid’s size, with four different color choices.

The Bearaby is one of the most expensive weighted blankets because of all the craftsmanship involved. Mine was just under $260. They have a 30 day returns period, but no extended warranty, so make sure you look after it! Mine’s still doing well though – it’s lasted nine months so far.

Sleep and verdict

As for sleep, I think that like the Baloo the breathability makes the Bearaby Napper a fantastic choice for hot sleepers and warmer weather. But in cold weather, you’ll probably want to use it on top of some warmer bedding.

I also like how well it hugs your body – more so than any of the other weighted blankets I’ve tried. So overall, I think this is a great choice. It’s breathable, made with sustainability in mind, and it just looks good. But the high price point and the lack of warranty is something to consider if you’re in a tighter budget.


3. Luxome

Choose the blanket size rather than weight, as they calculated an average that most people like

In the photo, I’m using the 18 pound large version, with a minky and bamboo cover.

Ethan Green demonstrating the luxome blanket while reading on the sofa

Luxome is the first company I’d seen move away from the ten percent body weight rule. Instead, they worked out an average per square foot by testing their blanket weights on different age groups, settling on an average that most people like.

So if you’re not quite sure about choosing based on your body weight or you’re not quite sure about the 10 percent rule, then perhaps this is one that will suit you.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

The Luxome has various different cover options, but mine has a smooth minky on one side that feels very soft. The reverse side is a 300 thread count organic lyocell bamboo, which feels a little cooler on your skin.

To remove the cover there’s a very subtle zip that’s well hidden – it actually takes a while to find it. With this size blanket, there are 12 ties and loops, which is a good number to keep the cover nicely attached. The stitching is strong, but I do think it could have been finished a little bit neater.

A small issue I had is that the loops are quite tight, so it’s slightly fiddly to attach the ties. The internal weighted blanket itself uses glass beads and polyester filler batting, which actually seems to do a really good job of keeping the beads evenly spread, despite the relatively large 6 inch pocket size.

The 233 thread count cotton seems very robust, but it’s not the softest feel. One point I really like about the Luxome is that both the internal blanket and the external cover can be machine washed and dried.

For daytime use, I think the Luxome feels cozy enough and looks good with the cover, so it’s one that I’d happily use on the sofa while relaxing.

Weight options and price

Let’s take a closer look at the different weights they decided on. For this style, they have 8, 15, 18 and 30 pound weights. The blanket size also increases accordingly. So there’s an 8 pound for kids, and I personally use the 18 pound version. And my wife and I both find that that weight works nicely.

They also have several different covers to choose from, including sensory dots if you like that style. The price varies by the size and the cover you choose, ranging from under $100 for the smallest up to around $250 for the largest. So it’s not exactly a budget weighted blanket (some lower-cost options are coming up, I promise!)

They have a 30-day returns policy, but you must include the original bag if you want your money back. And there’s no extended warranty either, like the Bearaby, which is a bit of a shame. But it should be fine if you look after it well.

Sleep and verdict

As for sleep, it feels cozy, it looks good and it conforms nicely to your body. It’s not as breathable as the Baloo or the Bearaby because of the fiberfill, but it’s better than those that use thicker minky on both sides of the cover.

So overall, I think the Luxome is a good option. Especially if you’re not quite sure what weight to choose, and you just prefer the simplicity of choosing the basic dimensions instead. And if you just want an elegant and comfortable weighted blanket.


4. Layla

One-piece minky and cotton weighted blanket with stylish hexagonal pocket design

In the photo, I’m using the 15 lb, 48 x 72 inch twin size.

the author of the article using the layla blanket on the sofa

Layla is a bedding company, and like many other bedding companies they’ve gotten in on the weighted blanket action. And I think they’ve done a really good job in creating a decent all-round and well-balanced weighted blanket.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

Personally, I really like the hexagonal design that Layla uses. The top side has a plush soft minky, that feels lovely against the skin. The pockets are six inches across and they’re very robustly stitched, which helps keep the microbeads and the poly filler in place.

The underside is 300 thread count cotton, which also feels soft and smooth against the skin. It does tend to show up any lint that’s been floating around though. The stitching is fantastic across the whole of the Layla blanket – definitely one of the best in that respect. And it gives me confidence that it will last a long time.

Another plus is that the blanket can be machine washed and dried, which is very convenient compared to the Quility and Weighted Evolution (below). It’s important to note that this is a one-piece weighted blanket with no cover, and only comes in black and green at the moment.

So although I personally like it for relaxing on the sofa, do be aware that you can’t choose a different color or material.

Weight options and price

Like the Luxome, you don’t choose by your body weight, but by the blanket size. They have a twin, queen, and king at the moment. The one I’m using is the twin – it’s 48 by 72 inches and weighs 15 pounds. I find it’s a good size and the right dimensions for me. It costs around $100 for the twin, which is a reasonable price as well.

Another point that appeals to me about the Layla is that they have a very generous 120 day money back guarantee and a 5 year warranty. Both of those are much longer than most companies have for weighted blankets.

Sleep and verdict

As for using it when you sleep, well, it’s reasonably breathable and it feels soft. And it contours nicely to the body. But again, it depends if you like the black and green color scheme. If not, then you can hide it between your bedsheets, which is also fine to do.

Overall then, I think the Layla is a very good weighted blanket. It will suit some people more than others because of the lack of options they currently have. But it’s well designed, it feels good, and they have one of the best trial periods that I’ve seen.


5. Quility

A warm weighted blanket for cold sleepers and cold weather

Below, I’m using the 20lb, 60 x 80 inch version, with a minky and sensory dots cover

ethan green sleeping while using the 20lb 60 x 80 inch quility weighted blanket

If you’re a hot sleeper like me, skip to the next section; this is not the one for you! But if you’re a cold sleeper or you’re looking for one to add a little bit of warmth in the winter, the Quility weighted blanket is a really good option.

This is by far the warmest weighted blanket that we’ve tried. In fact, you really don’t need to spend much time underneath this before you start to feel warm again if you’ve come in from the cold.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

The first thing to note is that the external cover is made with a super soft minky, which feels great. And it also has the sensory nodes on one side, which are always kind of fun to play around with.

The other side is also minky, but it’s a smooth surface and a different color. The zip is robust and nicely tucked inside one edge. The inside blanket uses glass microbeads, and the compartments are around six inches in length and width. They aren’t exactly the smallest compartments, but they do their job of distributing the weight equally.

The cotton they use for the internal weighted blanket is very thick and robust, but it’s not the smoothest, so I probably wouldn’t use it without a cover. The stitching on the internal blanket is good. I’ve had no issues with it, even after a year’s usage.

There are eight loops and ties to keep the cover and the blanket nicely attached, and the loops are well stitched. One major downside is that the inner blanket can’t be machine washed – only the external cover can.

As for using it around the home, the soft and warm feel of the minky, the thickness of the blanket, and the layers of polyester filler mean that this is a really good one to use in the wintertime. It’s one that we use quite a lot during the day and the evening, and in the winter we often snuggle up under it while watching a movie.

Weight options and price

One of the points that I like about Quility is that there are a lot of different sizes and weights to choose from. In fact, there are so many combinations, I can imagine it might be a little bit confusing to decide which size and weight combination to go for.

They run from 5 pounds right up to 25 pounds. There doesn’t seem to be a 30 pound, but that should be enough to cover most people’s weights. And it does mean that there are kid sizes as well.

The price is reasonable, which will depend in part on the size. As an example, mine is 60 by 80 inches and 20 pounds, and it cost around $120. And that includes the blanket and cover.

Another downside is that there’s only a 30-day returns window, which is pretty standard with products that are sold on Amazon. But there’s no guarantee, which for me is a bit of an issue.

Sleep and verdict

As for sleep, for me this is an excellent one to use in the winter. Maybe the spring and autumn as well, depending on where you live. You can use it on its own or perhaps combine it with your own bedding for extra warmth.

Overall then, the Quility a decent option if you’re looking for a soft minky feel and a warm weighted blanket, and you’re looking for particular sizes. However, you do need to be prepared to hand wash, spot clean or dry clean the internal blanket.


6. Weighted Evolution

A cozy weighted blanket with sensory dots galore and a cozy minky cover

Below, I’m using my 20 lb, 60 x 80 Weighted Evolution with minky on one side and bamboo lyocell on the reverse

weighted evolution with minky sensory dots

The Weighted Evolution is one which I think will appeal to people who like shiny things. And maybe even sci-fi fans because of the metallic, shiny exterior that the minky side with all the nodes has. It just has a fun futuristic feel to it.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

My favorite feature of the particular Weighted Evolution cover style I chose is the touch sensory dots embedded in the ultra-soft minky that they use on the top side. On the other side, there’s bamboo lyocell, which is also very smooth and soft, and feels a little cooler against the skin.

The external stitching is pretty good on the Weighted Evolution. I inspected it carefully and it seems well constructed and robust. And I like the fact that the zip is well hidden, so you don’t feel it when you’re using the blanket.

I also like that for larger sizes there are 12 loops and ties, which helps keep the blanket and the cover in place. But like all heavy weighted blankets, you do need to be careful how you use it or you can end up damaging the stitching if you put too much strain on them.

I was very impressed by the design of the internal blanket. It has small double-stitched pockets, which means that the weight is kept well distributed. And it has just enough fiberfill in each one to spread the beads out and stop them bunching up in the corners.

And compared to the more delicate stitching of the cover, the stitching on the internal weighted blanket is neatly finished, uniform and looks robust. One downside though is that only the external cover can be machine washed. So you’d need to hand wash or spot clean the blanket itself.

To use around the home, the Weighted Evolution is one that looks good and feels cozy enough to use when you’re chilling on the sofa, whether that’s reading, watching a movie or whatever it might be. It’s just one that you wouldn’t mind having out on the sofa compared to some of the more basic weighted blankets.

Weight options and price

They have several different weights, including 8, 12, 15, 20 and 25 pounds. Though like many brands, they don’t always have every weight in stock.

As for the price, that will depend on the size and the cover you get. For example, mine is the 20 pound blanket that’s 60 by 80 inches and it currently costs around $150. They offer a long trial period of 100 days, which is longer than most. And there’s a year long warranty, which is good to see.

Sleep and verdict

To use when you’re sleeping, for me it’s in the middle in terms of breathability. It’s not the coolest, but it’s definitely not the warmest either. However, it’s right up there with the best for how soft and luxurious the external cover feels.

So overall, the Weighted Evolution is a good choice if you like the sensory dot style and the coziness of a soft minky cover. But it perhaps won’t be right if you’d prefer to be able to machine wash the internal weighted blanket as well.


7. YNM

A robust, basic weighted blanket for a low price

In the photo below, I’m using a 15 lb YNM internal weighted blanket without a cover.

photo of ethan green using the YNM weighted blanket while reading

I bought the YNM as an experiment to see what you could get if you tried to spend as little money as possible on a weighted blanket. And what I found you get is a weighted blanket that weighs what it’s supposed to do, and does its job, but doesn’t look or feel particularly special.

Note that this is the only one that you can get a cover for if you want to that I didn’t buy a cover for. I wanted to adopt the position of being on a tight budget and see if you could get away with using a basic blanket and not disguising it inside a soft polyester cover.

Materials, stitching and cleaning

The first thing to note is that the bare YNM weighted blanket isn’t made from the smoothest cotton that I’ve felt. What I do like, however, is that it has a nice tight compartment size. So both sides of the square pattern they’ve gone for are just under five inches. The stitching is actually pretty good as well. I couldn’t fault the stitching. I had a look all the way around and didn’t find any errors.

The entire blanket can be machine washed cold and tumble dried low. I tested it a couple of times and it came out just as it went in – well, a little bit cleaner obviously!

Weight options and price

Something I like about YNM is that they offer a lot of variety in terms of the dimensions and the weight of the internal blanket. So from 5 pounds right up to 30 pounds, and different lengths and widths as well.

If you would like an external cover, they offer cotton, bamboo and minky – with or without the sensory nodes, and many different colors and patterns as well.

The price varies by size, but my 15 pound blanket, for example, is currently around $70 without a cover. And like the Quility, there’s a 30-day returns period but no additional warranty unfortunately.

Sleep and verdict

To use around the home, I have to say it’s not my first choice for relaxing whilst reading or watching TV, just because of the lack of softness in the cotton that they’ve used.

For sleep, well, it’s not the most breathable that I’ve tried but neither is it the hottest. There’s quite a bit of fiberfill inside those pockets, so some heat does build up, but it could be worse. For me, it’s somewhere in the middle in terms of breathability.

So if you’re just looking for a basic weighted blanket and you’re on a budget, this is a reasonable choice.