11 Top-Rated Weighted Blankets for Your Best Night of Sleep Ever
One tiny tweak could make all the difference between being incredibly tired tomorrow and being the most well-rested you've ever been.
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Since the pandemic started, weighted blankets have been in high demand. Although they became popular a few years ago as the public started to understand their benefits, sales have been soaring as exhausted, stressed-out Americans search for the best pillows, best pajamas, best loungewear sets, best warm socks, best electric blankets, and best anything that will help them get a good night’s sleep. Weighted blankets just might be the answer because they’re based on the theory of deep touch pressure, the basis of the healing power of massage, swaddling, and cuddling. Just being hugged increases the happiness hormone serotonin, which helps produce sleep-inducing melatonin. And, let’s face it, we’ve all been missing out on hugs for the past year.
“Weighted blankets can elicit that same neurochemical response by providing our entire body with deep touch pressure,” says occupational therapist Christina Gallo. “Wrapping yourself up in one is just like a big hug and can create a feeling of comfort and calm.” And Bearaby, one of the industry’s most innovative leaders, cites more than half a dozen scientific studies proving the benefits are real.
But with so many options out there, how do you pick the one that’s right for you? According to the experts at the Sleep Foundation, the key is to choose a blanket that’s about 10 percent of your body weight. So much of this is personal preference, but the 5 to 12 percent range should provide the best results, and the most popular weight is the 15-pound blanket. One more thing to note: Bigger is not always better when it comes to these blankets, so don’t buy a king-sized blanket for a queen-sized bed. The tiny glass or plastic beads that provide the pressure in most blankets will just spread more, leaving you feeling less of the weight and the benefits. In fact, if you’re sharing a bed, you may each want your own individual blanket.
With that in mind, here are our choices for the best weighted blankets for 2021. Let them replace the weight of the world on you—or someone you love. They also make great gifts for people who are always cold, though you can also find cooling options for those who tend to run hot!
Best overall weighted blanket: Gravity Blanket
The first weighted blanket marketed to the public is still the best. Gravity raised more than $4.7 million with a Kickstarter campaign in 2017, causing bad sleepers to pay attention and weighted blankets to become a must-have item. It was named one of Time‘s Best Inventions of 2018, and the Original Gravity Blanket remains the company’s best seller. Featuring a premium micro-plush duvet cover that’s easy to remove and wash, the blanket comes in three modern neutrals and continues to garner rave reviews. “The sleep is so deep and refreshing—it’s mind-blowing,” says one. Another exclaims, “I haven’t slept this well in years.” Choose from 15, 25, and 35 pounds, and then check out these other sleep products Amazon shoppers can’t stop buying.
Best knitted weighted blanket: Bearaby Cotton Napper
There is so much to love about this gorgeous blanket that feels like it was knit especially for you. Bearaby—whose sweet name immediately lowers your blood pressure—has created a unique, chunky hand-knit blanket naturally weighted with layer upon layer of organic cotton yarn, so it’s no wonder that it feels so authentically comforting. There are no fillers, and because of its construction, it’s evenly weighted and ideal at any temperature. Reviewers say it’s the best blanket they’ve ever owned—and the even best purchase they’ve ever made. One fan shares: “The day I received it was the first night I slept through till morning in over a year.” The Cotton Napper comes in eight stunning colors, and if you leave one on your couch, it may single-handedly revive nap time, which is a good thing, since there are many physical, mental, and emotional benefits of napping.
Most stylish weighted blanket: Yaasa Weighted Blanket
Choosing between Yaasa and Bearaby may just come down to color because you truly can’t go wrong with either one. Yaasa will be adding more colors (and sizes and weights) this year, but right now their luxurious hand-knit blankets are available in four sophisticated neutrals that add a touch of warmth to any decor. They also add just enough warmth to your sleep while their open-knit design allows air to circulate. The weight distribution is perfect because there’s nothing inside to move around, and you’ll start to feel relaxed just looking at the soft, chunky knit. “I can’t describe how magical and instantly calming it is to have this on me,” says one reviewer. It’s available in 15 and 20 pounds. By the way, here’s how to wash a weighted blanket.
Best cooling weighted blanket: Luxome Cooling Blanket with Bamboo Removable Cover
For those who tend to get hot at night, the idea of a weighted blanket can seem daunting. That’s where Luxome’s Cooling Blankets come in. They’re optimized with a perfect weight per square foot ratio, so you won’t have to worry about excess heat or weight bunching (the number one complaint about other blankets from hot sleepers). The bamboo, removable cover is soft, cool, and silky to the touch, while also being naturally thermal-regulating and moisture-wicking. According to one reviewer, “the Luxome is a thing of beauty, somehow weighty without roasting you, and the inner material stays nicely spread out even if you thrash around.” His only complaint? “It does make it a bit harder to get up in the morning.” You might have the same problem if you invest in one of the best non-toxic mattresses, but that’s definitely not a bad problem to have!
Best value weighted blanket: Layla Weighted Blanket
This well-priced blanket is filled with luxe features including a reversible design—one side is plush, with mink-like faux fur, and the other is made of 300-thread-count cotton—that customers swear by. “I love the option of using the soft or cool side,” says one reviewer. Plus, the whole blanket is machine washable, which is a real perk, and Layla offers a generous 120-night trial period so you can get your money back if you’re not happy with it. That seems unlikely to happen when you read hundreds of rave reviews like, “Oh my goodness, why doesn’t everyone have one of these, and how did I not buy one sooner?”
Best eco-friendly weighted blanket: Baloo Weighted Blanket
Dedicated to making life better for people and the planet, Baloo offers the only quilted weighted blanket made without synthetic liners or polyester fill. All-natural and certified vegan, this bestseller is made with chemical-free cotton and lab-tested, lead-free glass microbeads, giving it breathability to keep you cool yet cozy year-round. “I wish I would have found this blanket sooner as I’m so happy,” says one fan, while another thanks Baloo because “I am sleeping through the night again, waking up refreshed in the morning.” Customers are also happy that this woman-owned business supports the non-profit Pajama Program and is carbon neutral with Sea-Trees.org.
Best budget-friendly weighted blanket: Luna Cotton Weighted Blanket
You can’t put a price on a good night of sleep—or can you? This affordable option from Luna rings in at just $76 and is a lot less expensive than some of the other options on the market, but it’s equally effective. More than 10,000 reviewers gave it five stars on Amazon, with fans saying it lowers their heart rate, calms their anxiety, and helps them sleep through the night. “My sleep tracker indicates that I had almost three hours of deep sleep, more than double the usual for me,” writes one happily surprised customer. Someone else shares, “Before I had this blanket, there were many nights I was awake until 3 a.m. due to insomnia and pain. Now, usually within a half-hour of winding down, I am asleep! It calms my restless legs and really lessens muscle and joint pain.” Hypoallergenic, made of soft cotton, and free of harmful chemicals, it comes in a variety of colors and prints and features a lifetime warranty.
Best starter weighted blanket: Altavida 12-pound Ultra Plush Faux Mink Weighted Blanket
This reversible blanket, available exclusively at Kohl’s, pairs ultra-plush faux mink with brushed microfiber for two soft sides, and it comes in half a dozen colors and patterns. “The weight feels so fantastic, I use it not only while sleeping but for hanging out on the couch,” says one reviewer. “Perfect amount of weight, comfortable, and keeps me just the right temperature at night,” says another. And at the bargain price of $33.99, you can’t go wrong.
Best bamboo weighted blanket: Cariloha Weighted Bamboo Blanket
Eco-friendly and made from sustainable bamboo, this 15-pound blanket has been described by reviewers as “life-changing” and “a warm hug from a good friend.” It has a removable cover that’s washable, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, odor-resistant, temperature-regulating—and super soft. Its 60-by-80-inch size makes it perfect for a queen-sized bed—and is truly fit for a queen. Buying for someone else? Here are more eco-friendly gifts you can feel good about.
Best weighted blanket for kids: Dreamland Baby Dream Weighted Blanket
Created by a mother of four, Dreamland Baby is all about helping little ones (and, in turn, parents) get a good night’s sleep safely. This Shark Tank success story recently launched a four-pound weighted blanket designed for kids aged three to eight who weigh at least 30 pounds. One side is made of a warm and cozy premium micro-fleece, while the other side is a cooling minky fleece. They even added a satin trim for kids who find it reassuring to rub something soft on their face. The gentle weight literally turns this into a star-studded security blanket, making children feel calm and safe so they fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Best weighted throw: DEMDACO Weighted Throw Blanket
This weighted throw from artisan gift company DEMDACO is a key component of The Giving Collection, a new product line created to gift friends and family to remind them how much they’re loved. The blanket, available in charcoal and cream, is soft and ultra-plush and comes with a removable cover for easy washing. At six pounds, it’s the perfect hug and a good way to see if you’re ready to go for a heavier weight. Next, learn the other ways to make your bed 10 times cozier.
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