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The 8 Best Weighted Blankets

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Who couldn’t use a better night’s sleep or a way to reduce their worries that’s healthy, natural, and affordable? Weighted blankets just might be the answer. Although they’re getting lots of attention right now, these certainly aren’t new. Weighted blankets have long been popular in the autism community as a form of “deep pressure” therapy to help induce sleep and calm the nervous system. Recently, they’ve gained mass-market appeal as general relaxation aids as more of us look for ways to unwind from daily stresses and world events. People love them—myself included. Settling in under a weighted blanket after a 20-mile run feels like getting a congratulatory, full-body hug. But the question of whether weighted blankets actually have a therapeutic function is still open-ended. Good news: There’s promising evidence to suggest they do. Let’s dive into the research.

Do Weighted Blankets Work?

An overview of the limited research available on weighted blankets is fairly decisive about their utility. One study of adults in an in-patient mental health hospital showed weighted blankets caused a full 60 percent drop in anxiety—and thus they were declared a “safe and potentially effective way to help individuals in a psychiatric facility manage anxiety.” While that study’s application might seem narrow, another study of 32 adults in a more general population found that after using weighted blankets, 63 percent reported less anxiety after use, and 78 percent found the weighted blanket to be an effective calming therapy. The benefits of weighted blankets are more mixed when it comes to insomnia. According to the overview of findings, there’s not enough evidence to suggest they’re helpful in that regard, though this study suggests weighted blankets can have positive effects on insomnia sufferers.

So how do they work? According to the American Sleep Association, weighted blankets function “by providing deep touch pressure evenly distributed to touch receptors throughout the body.” When this pressure is evenly applied, the body “switches from its ‘fight or flight’ response of the sympathetic nervous system to its ‘rest and digest’ response of the parasympathetic nervous system.” Deep touch pressure can also induce serotonin, a feel-good chemical, which helps produce melatonin to better regulate our sleep cycles. The hugging effect of the blanket’s weight can cause our bodies to release oxytocin, which decreases blood pressure and lowers our heart rate to help us better relax. Many weighted-blanket users describe the blankets as providing a calming sense of security—similar to the feeling a newborn has when being swaddled.

What to Consider

Most weighted blanket manufacturers recommend you get a blanket that’s around 10 percent of your body weight. Below is a guide to suggested blanket weights. Blankets are not recommended for kids under age 2, and young children should stick to blankets in the 3- to 5-pound range.

Body WeightBlanket Weight
40-70 pounds5 pounds
70-90 pounds7 pounds
90-110 pounds10 pounds
110-140 pounds12 pounds
140-190 pounds15 pounds
190-240 pounds20 pounds
240-280 pounds25 pounds

Other important features to consider are the size of the blanket, the material it’s made of, and its washability. Since weighted blankets are generally intended for one person, they’re often sized as a throw, around 48 x 72 inches, for use on the couch. If you’re buying one to fit your bed, note that it’s designed for mattress dimensions so it won’t hang over the edges. A twin size will be about 48 x 78 inches; a full, 56 x 72; a queen, 60 x 80; and a king, 90 x 90. As for washability, most weighted blankets come in two forms: a one-layer system that you can machine-wash in one piece (but sparingly), and a two-layer system with an inner weighted layer and a removable outer duvet cover that you can machine-wash and machine-dry. Which material you choose is personal preference. Many folks find polyester too warm and opt for cotton for its mix of coolness and breathability. Polyester and other synthetics tend to trap moisture and retain more heat.

How We Chose

I’m a huge fan of doing nothing for the rest of the day after a marathon-training run—except for lounging and making myself as comfortable as possible. To compile this list of top weighted blankets, I used my own test experience, as well as recommendations from other runners who are similarly devoted to that rest-day and post-run hygge life. For the sake of thoroughness, I also sought out recommendations online and scoured consumer reviews for top options. Ultimately, I based my selections on a mix of comfort, pressure, quality, durability, value, and ease of washing. Here are the eight best weighted blankets I found.

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Best Overall
Gravity Blanket
Gravity

  • Super-soft
  • High-quality

  • Price

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 48 x 72, 90 x 90 in.
  • Weights: 15, 20, 25, 35 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Grey, navy, white
  • Fabric/Material: Cotton/Micro-fleece
  • Wash: Internal blanket hand-wash only; machine-washable outer duvet

The Gravity Blanket was introduced in 2017 as a wildly successful Kickstarter (its creator raised more than $4 million toward a $21,500 goal) and has since taken the world of naptime coziness by storm. Available in 15-, 20-, 25-, and 35-pound versions, the blanket consists of an inner weighted layer made of cotton and glass beads, zipped into a machine-washable, micro-fleece outer duvet. Generously sized at 48” x 72”, it’s designed for individual use as a throw—not as a bed comforter. The outer blanket has a super-soft feel while inside its weight and beads stay evenly distributed courtesy of gridded stitching.

Good Range of Weights and Sizes
Hush Blanket
Hush

  • Ultra-soft
  • Available in a “king” size

  • Price

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 48 x 78, 60 x 80, 80 x 87, 90 x 90 in.
  • Weights: 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Grey, white
  • Fabric/Material: Cotton
  • Wash: Machine-washable outer duvet cover

Hush offers weighted blankets in an array of different weights and sizes—from the 12-pound, 48- by 78-inch “teen”; to the 90-inch by 90-inch king, which tips the scales at 35 pounds—so you can find a lighter or heavier model for a bed of any size. Like the Gravity blanket, the Hush Classic has two layers: a weighted inner layer made of glass microbeads, nested inside of a duvet cover that zips off and can be machine-washed. It’s expensive, but feels soft, plush, and ultra-cozy—like sleeping in a stress-reducing cocoon.

Pattern Choices Galore
Luna Weighted Blanket
Luna

  • Fun patterns
  • Good price
  • Machine-washable in one piece

  • Some reviewers have reported a sand residue

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 36 x 48, 41 x 60, 48 x 72, 60 x 80, 80 x 87 in.
  • Weights: 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Wide range of prints and solids
  • Fabric/Material: Cotton
  • Wash: Machine

Not only does the Luna blanket come in a range of weights and sizes, but there is a rainbow of color choices and fun patterns for both adults and kids. More affordable than many other options, the blanket ranges in price from $45 for the kids’ version to $170 for a 30-pound “King.” But that doesn’t mean the Luna skimps on quality—Wirecutter even chose it as its best weighted blanket “budget option.” The Luna is covered in a soft, cushy cotton with glass beads inside for weight. It’s also delightfully low-maintenance: Just machine wash the whole thing on gentle and hang-dry.

Warm Fleece
Layla Weighted Blanket
Layla Sleep

  • Warm
  • Easy to clean
  • Velvety feel

  • Too warm?

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 48 x 72, 60 x 80, 80 x 87 in.
  • Weights: 15, 20, 25 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Grey
  • Fabric/Material: Cotton and fleece
  • Wash: Machine-washable one layer

This weighted blanket is so soft and warm you’ll have a hard time emerging from its fleece when it’s time to wake up. Actually, the biggest complaint about it is that it runs too hot, which may or may not actually be a strength, depending on your climate. There’s no duvet cover to this one—the Layla is simply made with a two-sided construction that pairs a 300-thread-count cotton bottom layer with a velvety fleece top that keeps its weighted micro-beads evenly separated in hexagon-shaped pockets. Like the Luna, it’s low maintenance. When it gets dirty, the whole thing can be machine washed and even machine dried.

Best for Hot Sleepers
Bearaby Tree Napper
Bearaby

  • Stylish
  • Breathable
  • Made from eco-friendly materials

  • Price

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 40 x 72, 45 x 72, 48 x 72 in.
  • Weights: 15, 20, 25 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Seven colors
  • Fabric/Material: Plant-based fibers
  • Wash: Machine

At the other end of the temperature spectrum, is a “cooling” weighted blanket, designed to be as breathable and moisture-wicking as possible while still giving you that feeling of being hugged by fabric. Like a chunky knit sweater, the Tree Napper has a thick weave, but one that allows more air flow so you can use it during the warmer seasons. By far, the coolest thing about the Tree Napper is that it’s made from a eucalyptus tree-derived product that uses 10 times less water than traditional materials. Bearaby even promises to plant a tree for every Tree Napper sold. If you’re not a hot sleeper but still like the knit-sweater look and feel, check out Bearaby’s also-excellent Cotton Napper.

Customized Style
YnM Weighted Blanket
YnM
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  • Lots of patterns and sizes
  • Inexpensive
  • Thousands of high reviews

  • Doesn’t come with duvet

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 41 x 60, 48 x 72, 60 x 80, 80 x 87 in.
  • Weights: 7, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25, 30 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Too many to list
  • Fabric/Material: Organic cotton
  • Wash: Machine wash sparingly

Not only does this organic cotton blanket come in three increasing weights for every standard size, but it offers more color and pattern options than even the Luna. (I recommend the Penguin pattern for maximum winter coziness.) The blanket consists of one exterior layer stitched into small 4-inch by 4-inch compartments for even distribution of bead weight. You can machine wash it, but sparingly—so if you have kids or pets, you might want to get the outer duvet cover, which is sold separately, for more frequent washing.

Stellar Value
Quility Weighted Blanket
Quility

  • Machine-washable outer cover
  • Lots of sizes and weights
  • Inexpensive

  • Inner lining can shift inside duvet cover

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 36 x 48, 41 x 60, 48 x 72, 60 x 80, 86 x 92 in.
  • Weights: 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30 lb.
  • Colors/Patterns: Aqua, grey, navy, pink, white, patterned
  • Fabric/Material: Cotton
  • Wash: Machine-washable outer cover

Much like the Gravity and Hush weighted blankets, the Quility consists of two layers: an outer duvet cover, and an inner weighted blanket with evenly distributed microbeads. The soft, plush duvet layer zips over the inner blanket so that the duvet can be removed and easily machine-washed and -dried. But unlike the other two models, the Quility is significantly cheaper (prices range from $40 to $140) with an array of sizes and weights. It’s a great budget option for those who want a highly rated blanket with the coziness and functionality of all the highest-end models. The only downside is the inner lining can sometimes shift or bunch up within the duvet cover due to the unevenness of the fabric tethers inside.

Best for Kids
Harkla Weighted Blanket
Harkla

  • Small size and very low weight
  • Ultra-soft fabric

  • No cute patterns

Key Specs:

  • Sizes: 36 x 56, 45 x 65, 55 x 70 in.
  • Weights: 5, 7,10, 15+ lb.
  • Colors: Blue/green, purple, and grey
  • Fabric/Material: Bamboo, polyester
  • Wash: Machine wash and dry outer duvet cover

If you’re looking to help your preschooler snooze longer and deeper at naptime, this cozy weighted blanket provides the perfect venue. It has a low weight of five pounds, so kids as small as 30 to 40 pounds can tuck in underneath without being pinned to the bed. It’s made from the softest plush, minky (a mix of fleece and velour) exterior with a bamboo inner layer that holds well-distributed, tiny glass beads for weight. You can just remove that outer layer to machine wash and dry at home. The blanket has a lifetime guarantee, so if the beads in the inner layer begin to shift or bunch up you can get a full blanket replacement. Harkla also makes the blanket in 7-, 10-, and 15-pound versions for older kids, and heavier iterations for adults.

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