Weighted Idea Twin Blanket
One of the most popular and top-rated weighted blankets on the market – period. Weighted Idea have been selling their weighted blanket for many years now, and they’ll likely be selling it for many years to come as well.
QuSleep Diamond Weighted Blanket
Despite only a single size being available, QuSleep’s weighted blanket has already been reviewed and praised by thousands of happy customers – all enjoying the peaceful nights and days under the blanket.
HomeSmart King Size Blanket
High thread count, a range of different weight options (12lbs up to 30lbs), and coming in at a massive size, this weighted blanket by HomeSmart will surely be at the top of many people’s wishlists.
There’s nothing more important than a decent night’s sleep. Sleep affects everything you do, and a bad night’s sleep can affect mood, focus, work performance, personal relationships, and more – this list is almost endless.
This is why even though weighted blankets are already unbelievably popular, their market size is still growing, and for good reason. People are realising the massive range of benefits a weighted blanket can bring, including more restful sleep, therapeutic nerve pressure, and help with a wide range of mental health issues, as well as just being warmer and more comfortable than standard blankets in a lot of situations.
I'm only interested in a weighted blanket so heavy that it will push me into earth's molten core
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A weighted blanket, often also called a gravity blanket, generally weighs between 5 and 30 lbs, and can be used in a wide range of therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation, which can help with:
- Relieving pain
- Lessening anxiety
- Improving mood
Weighted blanket therapy has been shown to be an effective part of other treatments, as well as having a huge range of general benefits, and just being super comfortable for a lot of people.
If you’d like to know more about the science and benefits behind weighted blankets, scroll further down to read the guide. Otherwise, here are some of the best weighted blankets on the market right now.
Weighted Idea Twin Blanket
Our favorite weighted blanket (by far), these blankets from Weighted Idea come in a dizzying array of sizes and weights, from 5lb singles up to a massive 30lb Queen comforter size blanket.
This gives you a lot of options, and means you can grab blankets for yourself, your partner, your kids, and anyone else you choose. When buying a weighted blanket, a good rule of thumb is to choose something that’s between 7 and 12% of your total body weight, and having that choice and flexibility is huge when it comes to comfort.
Every blanket is made from 100% cotton, and the fabrics are high quality, cosy, and super soft – everything you want in something that you’re going to spend 30% of your days under. Despite being heavy, the blankets stay breathable and light, even in hot temperatures, which makes them versatile, and suitable for couches as a comforter, beds, and even just a general blanket for around the home.
The weights are a high quality glass bead, which helps to keep things cool, and compared to other blankets, Weighted Idea’s blankets have smaller pockets and higher density, so the blanket flows more freely and feels more comfortable.
There are a couple of minor downsides, including the fact that they’re dry clean only, and that you need to be careful about sizing, because the ‘King Size’ blanket isn’t actually king size.
But apart from these tiny issues, there are literally no downsides to these blankets. They’re comfortable, cool on hot days and warm on cold days, the weights are well balanced, and they’re tough and hard wearing, so each blanket will last a long time if looked after.
While they’re not the cheapest, they do offer discounts, including saving up to 30% when purchased with a cover, and there’s a fantastic money-back guarantee included, just in case something goes wrong.
- Huge range of different weights
- Highly customizable
QuSleep Diamond Weighted Blanket
A far more budget-friendly option, this blanket from QuSleep comes in only one size, a 48 x 72 inch blanket with the same size cover.
Despite being a budget-priced blanket, it’s made from a microfiber luxury Egyptian cotton that’s super soft and incredibly comfortable. The multi-layered construction distributes the weight evenly, with diamond pattern pockets for better quality, making it far less likely that the weights will shift.
The weights are glass bead, with a small weight size that ensures an even distribution. It can be home washed, on a standard 40 wash, but it’s recommended that you wash it inside a second bag for safety, and to protect it.
The blanket comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and a 30-day full refund, so even if you don’t like this, you can send it back, but at this price, and for this quality, it’s a steal.
- Very comfortable material
- Evenly weighted and easy to wash
- 30-day guarantee
HomeSmart King Size Blanket
At almost double the price of our top pick, this luxury blanket by HomeSmart is expensive, but more than worth it if you’ve got the budget to cover it.
For starters, it’s incredibly soft and ultra high quality, because it uses durable bamboo fabric for the top layer. The internal layers are made from a mixture of 400 thread count cotton, which is double that of lesser brands, that only use 200 thread count to keep the costs down, and a polyfiber fill layer for warmth.
Each 5 x 5 inch square is filled with non-toxic, no-leak micro-glass beads that spread the weight evenly, and ensure the blanket hangs correctly and keeps its shape.
Multiple sizes are on offer, from 12lb twin blankets up to a gigantic 30lb king size. And unlike a lot of brands, which only offer 80 x 87 inch blankets as ‘King Size,’ the HomeSmart is a huge 104 x 80 inches, ensuring that it covers the entire bed, hangs correctly, and that your feet will never be out in the open.
So why is this not at the top spot? Unfortunately, there are a couple of minor downsides. First, it’s very heavy, and might be a little too much for smaller people, but smart buying based on your size and body weight will fix that issue.
Second, it can be home washed, but is probably too big and weighty for a lot of home machines, and the colors do tend to fade after repeated washing.
But apart from these tiny issues, this really is a fantastic blanket, and should be the first choice for anyone who has a particularly large bed, or who’s looking for the heaviest, densest option possible.
- Ultra-high quality and incredibly soft
- Multiple sizes and weights available
- Colors can fade a little
Purple + Gravity Blanket
Ignoring the slightly odd name, there’s an awful lot to love about the Purple + Gravity weighted blanket, especially the things that set it apart from its competitors and make it utterly unique.
We could start by talking about the dual-sided technology, which changes the way the blanket feels depending on which way you have it facing.
One side is built with cooling tech fabric, which leeches away heat and makes the blanket refreshingly cool, even despite the 35lb weight. But if you want warmth and comfort, simply flip it over to the plush minky side, which traps heat and keeps you snuggly and warm.
No matter which side you’re using, the Purple + Gravity is made with moisture-wicking, hypoallergenic and super breathable fabrics, and environmentally friendly glass beads. This means it’s not going to trigger any skin issues or allergies, and you don’t have to feel bad about killing the trees because you wanted to stay warm.
The blanket is a Queen size, sitting at 90 inches square. The 35lb weight is distributed evenly throughout the entire blanket, and the micro-glass beads are well set, so it’s not going to lose its balance after just a couple of uses.
Despite the weight, the core of this blanket can actually be hand washed from home, though the cover will have to be dry cleaned. It’s covered by a 30-day full refund guarantee, and they even throw in free shipping!
Honestly, the Purple + Gravity is one of the best blankets we’ve seen, hampered only by the high price tag. But if that’s not an issue, you’re getting one of the best weighted blankets on the market.
- Highly rated and loved by customers
- Exceptionally designed and manufactured
- Environmentally friendly construction
Manta Weighted Blanket
A lot of weighted blankets make claims, but the Manta is scientifically proven to help you sleep better.
Made from 100% cotton, with diamond pattern weighted pockets packed with 17lbs of glass beads, the Manta is deceptively light despite its 80 x 60 inch size (around the size of a double duvet.)
The weight is balanced and steady, light enough for a single person, but large enough to share at bedtime. One thing we loved about this was the fact it comes with corner ties that let you fasten it to the bed, preventing slipping. As someone who occasionally wakes up tangled in covers, this is a big deal, and if you ever struggle with random night movements, (or your partner stealing all the bedclothes) this is a great answer.
Shipping is free all across the US, and if you live further afield, it’s still really inexpensive. The whole blanket is also covered by a 60-day refund guarantee. It’s even machine washable.
While it might not offer the same amount of options as our top picks, as a generalist blanket, the Manta offers a whole lot, and there’s a lot of reasons to fall in love with this.
- 100% cotton material
- 17lbs weighted with glass beads
- Can fasten to bed if needed
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Benefits of weighted blankets
The basic benefits of a weighted blanket are twofold, and everything they do can be put under one of these headings:
One: Weighted blankets reduce stress.
Two: Weighted blankets are more comfortable, particularly to sleep under.
Blankets like these are of particular interest for people suffering from anxiety or autism, because the effects have been found to help the symptoms of those particular issues.
But even if you’re not using it for medical reasons, there’s a lot to love about a weighted blanket. Many people find the effects of a weighted blanket to be incredibly therapeutic, offering far more comfort and support, and contributing to a long night’s sleep, even helping to fight insomnia and ensure that you can finally get a decent night’s rest.
The science behind them
Multiple studies have been done on the benefits of weighted blankets since they were first invented, and the results are clear. Blankets like these can have a huge number of benefits. Weighted blankets were originally designed for therapeutic and medical uses, predominantly helping people with anxiety, ADHD or autism by stimulating deep pressure therapy.
This study supports the idea that weighted blankets can have a beneficial effect on the sleeping patterns of children with autism, and other studies have looked into the beneficial effects of weighted blankets in adults, including lessened anxiety, lower anxiety related brain activity, and a greater calming effect overall.
Finally, there are links between the deep pressure stimulation provided by weighted blankets and a whole range of other benefits, including:
- Insomnia and other sleeping issues
- Chronic or long term pain
- Generalised anxiety
- Restless leg syndrome or other chronic night time movement
Is premium worth it?
Weighted blankets aren’t the cheapest product, but like with many things in life, a little extra money can make a huge difference. More expensive weighted blankets will be higher quality overall, and won’t be plagued with the issues that can come with a budget blanket, including:
- Weights moving freely between pockets, either after washing, or in worst cases just in use, ruining the blanket
- Low durability, because of the increased weight, leading to rips and tears
- Bad design or construction, including blankets that are smaller than average, or blankets with badly placed weights
In short, if you can, always buy premium. That small investment upfront will pay off massively in the long run.
DIY weighted blankets
Anyone with a little bit of skill can make their own weighted blanket at home, although the process is quite time intensive.
At its core, a weighted blanket is just a thickly made blanket with weights held in small pockets evenly distributed across the entire surface area. If you’ve got some sewing skills, and you’re happy to spend a little money on the weights and materials, and have a lot of time to spend creating something from home, then you can definitely make your own weighted blanket.
If you’re interested in making your own weighted blanket from home, there are various guides such as this one.
The benefits of weighted blankets are huge, and we fully expect to see their use becoming a far more common thing as families recognise all of these pluses.
Whether you want it for medical reasons, for a better night’s sleep, or just to snuggle up against your loved ones under while you watch a movie, we hope our guide has helped you make the right choice.
Thanks for reading, and here’s to a good night’s sleep!