The Best Weighted Blankets on Amazon
A lot has changed in the realm of weighted blankets since we first started writing about them all the way back in March 2018. These delightful, anxiety-reducing comforts have gone from a little-known oddity to a full-blown cultural phenomenon.
The most exciting thing about weighted blankets' exploding popularity is that so many more people are using them, which means more reviews and a better understanding of which ones are the best ones out there.
We've updated our list so that people looking to snuggle up with a nice, warm, HEAVY blanket know which one is right for them. However, before you read on, we suggest arming yourself with the information below. We like to call this WEIGHTED BLANKETS 101.
Mostly weighing between 3 and 25 pounds, studies have shown that weighted blankets reduce anxiety and help people relax.
They have a history of therapeutic use among people with autism and anxiety, but are just starting to come into the public eye for issues like sleeplessness and stress.
Here are the best weighted blankets out there.
Best Weighted Blanket for Restless Sleepers
Starting at 15 lbs and maxing out at 25 lbs, the Zonli Weighted Blanket is made for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. It's made from 100 percent cotton and is filled with non-toxic poly pellets that are evenly distributed throughout the blanket by quilted stitching.
Reviewers love that this blanket is one of the cooler ones on the market, temperature-wise, so you don't overheat in your sleep. The Guide does, suggest, however, that users invest in a blanket cover, since it's too heavy to toss in the washer if it gets dirty.
Most weighted blankets contain glass beads for weight. That's not a bad thing; it's just a fact. This can make things difficult for side-sleepers because the beads settle to one side of their body or the other. That's why this blanket was designed with super-small compartments—to keep the beads exactly where they belong.
Beyond the size of the compartments, the blanket uses anti-spill stitching to reduce noise from rustling beads.
We also love that this blanket is an official partner of Mental Health America, and a portion of all proceeds are donated to help with mental health research, awareness, and support therapy.
A Weighted Blanket for People Who Are Always Hot
This blanket is designed with less fabric and more glass beads for a weighted experience that ensures you don't overheat in the middle of the night, but that's not the only thing that sets it apart from its weighted brethren.
Comprised of seven different layers, this blanket is also designed so that the glass beads don't shift around, as they're sandwiched between light-weight, bamboo fabric.
Weighted Blanket for Two
Most weighted blankets are single-person affairs, not meant for sharing. The Gsleeper, on the other hand, is 80" by 87", making it perfect for queen- and king-sized beds and sharing the weighted goodness.
The weight comes from glass beads, which are encased in tiny compartments in the soft, microfiber blanket.
We also love that this blanket comes with a cover, which keeps it clean. The manufacturer says that the blanket is machine-washable, but we're not sure it's worth risking your washing machine by washing a 25- or 30-pound blanket.
A Calmforter will likely do the trick for littler weighted blanket enthusiasts. Weighing only 12 pounds, Calmoforters have removable covers that are super easy to wash, as kids tend to get their belongings a little dirty from time to time.
The cover is available in five color combinations, and is made from a soft minky fabric with raised dots to help sooth sensory issues. The inner blanket is made from 100 percent cotton and is filled with CloudSoft Polyfill, which uses a "Microbead" weighting system to keep weight evenly distributed.
For people who are always cold, we recommend the Quiltility Blanket. Made from a soft, minky fabric, this is the weighted blanket for keeping warm and cozy.
Available in 15, 20, and 25 lb weights, Quiltility blankets are composed of 100 percent cotton and filled with non-toxic glass beads, which also makes this blanket an excellent option for people looking to avoid plastic.
It also has raised dots on one side, which are meant to have a calming effect when someone runs his or her hands over them. And, if that's not your jam, just flip the blanket over. The other side is soft and smooth.
A Weighted Blanket Sans Beads
So Oak Island's weighted blanket is neat for two reasons. First, it comes in a number of cool designs, which is an outlier in the land of weighted blankets.
Even more interesting, however, is the fact that oak island doesn't use beads of any kind for added weight. Instead, the designers use a (very) heavy cotton to make the blanket heavy. There are definitely benefits to this route, namely that the blanket's weight doesn't shift AT ALL. It's also quieter than other blankets, since there are no beads to click together.
An Organic Weighted Blanket
For people who are really eager to jump on the weighted blanket bandwagon, but not necessarily thrilled about synthetic fabrics or plastic beads, Sensory Goods' weighted blanket is the way to go. It's made of 100 percent organic flannel/fleece and filled with glass beads about the size of a grain of sand.
These blankets come in weights from 10 to 19 lbs and a variety of colors. These blankets are also made to order, so they might take a little longer to arrive than the other blankets on this list.
Best Lap Blanket
For anxious people who don't necessarily want to snuggle under a whole weighted blanket, we also wanted to include a lap pad. They're known to have the same positive effect on anxiety and stress, and ADHD, and are especially helpful in calming children.
This one is available in five weights and 14 different color combinations. It's made from soft minky fabric and gets its weight from BPA-free, high-density poly pellets.
We like that this one has a great return policy, so if it turns out to not be your—or your kid's—thing, you can send it back.
The Science Behind Weighted Blankets for Sleep
Weighted blankets have been a tool in occupational therapists' arsenal for more than a decade, known for their ability to soothe anxious patients—especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They simulate deep touch pressure (DTP), which involves putting pressure on the body to increase the production of serotonin, a chemical that produces feelings of comfort and happiness. Think about how a good hug makes you feel—it works pretty much like that.
Only recently, over the last couple of years, have researchers been exploring the benefits of weighted blankets for populations suffering from other ailments, such as insomnia and stress. Studies have indicated that the blankets have a marked positive effect on users. One study found that people who slept with weighted blankets stayed asleep longer and didn't move around as much as people sleeping with normal blankets. In the same study, participants said that they liked sleeping with the extra weight and that it helped them settle down to go to sleep.
Anecdotally, people who sleep with weighted blankets (like this writer) note positive effects such as falling asleep faster, experiencing a deeper, more restful sleep, and feeling very well-rested in the morning. Also, this writer in particular finds herself easily woken if she isn't sleeping with the extra weight.
Research has also shown that weighted blankets work for doggos as well as humans. They have the same effect as thundershirts, which use compression to make dogs feel safe during stressful times, like during a thunderstorm.
If you're looking into weighted blankets, but aren't sure where to start, it's recommended that you choose one that's approximately 10 percent of your body weight. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should look for a 15 lb blanket. Of course, personal preference does come into play. If you think you'd do better with a heavier blanket, go for it. The recommendations are not hard guidelines.