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Best Weighted Blankets

If you spend any time on the Internet, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an advertisement for a weighted blanket. Though they’ve been used for therapeutic purposes since the late 90’s, weighted blankets have recently skyrocketed in popularity, and are said to help folks of all ages get a good night’s sleep. So, to find out what all the hype is about, I surrounded myself with over one hundred pounds of weighted blankets from some of the most popular brands on the market.

If you’ve been wondering what a weighted blanket is, how it works, and what specific models look like — this roundup is for you!

Layla Weighted Blanket
Layla Weighted Blanket
Layla Weighted Blanket
Layla Weighted Blanket

If you love Layla’s mattress and pillow, this weighted blanket might be the perfect accessory to round out your collection of Layla bedding.

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Gravity Weighted Blanket
Gravity Weighted Blanket
Gravity Weighted Blanket
Gravity Weighted Blanket

The Gravity Blanket comes in 15, 20, or 25 lbs and is great for trendy sleepers looking for a popular name brand. Gravity Blanket is arguably the most recognizable brand on the weighted blanket market. Use code SLEEPOPOLIS10 to save 10% on your purchase!

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Bearaby Weighted Blanket
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
Bearaby Weighted Blanket

The Bearaby Tree Napper is a great choice for those looking for an eco-friendly weighted blanket!

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Blanquil Weighted Blanket
Blanquil Weighted Blanket
Blanquil Weighted Blanket
Blanquil Weighted Blanket

The Blanquil is the perfect weighted blanket for sleepers who want the option to choose between the soft, warm feel of the original Blanquil, or the cooling caress of the Blanquil Chill.

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Hush Weighted Blanket
Hush Weighted Blanket
Hush Weighted Blanket
Hush Weighted Blanket

The Hush is the perfect weighted blanket for the indecisive sleeper! Hush offers a generous trial period of 100 nights so that you can thoroughly test this blanket out before you commit.

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First Thing’s First: What Is A Weighted Blanket?

For this review, I’m fortunate enough to be exploring blankets from some of the most popular weighted blanket brands on the market. We’re looking at Layla, Helix, BlanQuil, Hush, and (arguably the most popular) Gravity Blanket. But before we take a close look at each one, you might be wondering what a weighted blanket even is.

Well, simply put, a weighted blanket is a blanket that features an internal liner with several sewn-in pockets that have been filled with a weighted material. Typically, the weighted material consists of plastic pellets or glass beads, but some companies fill their blankets with a proprietary material. The primary purpose of the weight is to offer sleepers what’s known as Deep Pressure Touch.

Deep Pressure Touch has been employed by therapists for decades (particularly within the special-needs community) to alleviate anxiety, PTSD, ASD, and a host of other sensory processing disorders. And while weighted blankets have recently peaked in popularity, they are still primarily used to aid in relaxation.

So, how does Deep Pressure Touch aid in relaxation, you ask? Well, in my conversation with occupational therapist Annie Schlecht of the Sleepopolis Expert Network, I learned that the weight of the blanket releases serotonin (our happy neurotransmitter). In turn, the serotonin promotes the release of melatonin (our sleepy hormone). (1) So, essentially, weighted blankets are meant to make you happy, sleepy, and calm (no wonder they are so popular!).

So, now that we know a bit about what a weighted blanket is and how it works, let’s take a look at some specific examples!

Layla Weighted Blanket

Snuggling under the cotton side of the Layla weighted blanket.

Layla Weighted Blanket

Now, some of you may already be familiar with the Layla mattress or the Layla pillow — but now the popular bed-in-a-box brand has released its first weighted blanket!

The blanket is covered in cotton which feels cool and breathable to the touch, and it’s weighted with glass beads. Layla offers its weighted blanket in Twin, Queen, and King options — and I’m testing the Queen size here.

Something cool about this blanket is that one side is cotton, and the other side is a plush, microfiber material that feels super soft. So, again, sleepers can choose which side they prefer to be directly on their skin.

Of all the blankets we’re looking at here, this is the only one that comes in its own reusable carrying case (which I think is a nice touch). This way, if you’re traveling or spending the night at a friend’s house, you can still take your blanket with you!

Pricing: $129-$179

Perfect for: Layla loyalists! If you love Layla’s mattress and pillow, this weighted blanket might be the perfect accessory to round out your collection of Layla bedding.

Layla Weighted Blanket
Layla Weighted Blanket

If you love Layla’s mattress and pillow, this weighted blanket might be the perfect accessory to round out your collection of Layla bedding.

Gravity Weighted Blanket

Gravity Weighted Blanket

Okay, up next is one of the most (if not the most) popular weighted blankets on the market — the Gravity Blanket.

Unlike with the YNM blanket, the Gravity Blanket features a removable duvet cover. So, the weighted blanket itself is covered in 100% cotton, and filled with fine-grade glass beads. For a little extra comfort and style, the weighted portion of the blanket is secured within a very soft duvet cover made from microfiber.

The duvet cover is, as I said, very soft — but it’s also quite warm. So, should you choose to remove the cover, simply unzip, unclasp, and pull the weighted blanket out! When you want to put the cover back on, use the internal clasps to hook the loops that surround the perimeter of the blanket. This way, you can make sure the weighted portion of your blanket isn’t moving around within the duvet cover.

The Gravity Blanket comes in 15, 20, or 25 lbs so, unlike some of the other brands we’re looking at here, these are only made for adults. Again, your weighted blanket should generally be about 10% of your body weight, give or take a couple pounds. So, you’re not going to want to use any of these weights for young children.

Now, that being said, I’m testing the 25 lb blanket here, which is technically out of my target zone. I’m about 130 lbs, so I’m most compatible with a 15 lb blanket. So, while I was pretty impressed with the force of the 25 lb Gravity Blanket, I felt that it was too heavy for me.

Pricing: Something interesting about Gravity Blanket is, no matter which weight you choose, the price stays the same at $249. Personally, I like that the price doesn’t increase with the weight, as is usually the case.

Perfect for: Trendy sleepers looking for a popular name brand. Gravity Blanket is arguably the most recognizable brand on the weighted blanket market.

Gravity Weighted Blanket
Gravity Weighted Blanket

The Gravity Blanket comes in 15, 20, or 25 lbs and is great for trendy sleepers looking for a popular name brand. Gravity Blanket is arguably the most recognizable brand on the weighted blanket market. Use code SLEEPOPOLIS10 to save 10% on your purchase!

Blanquil Weighted Blanket

Snuggling under the weight of the Blanquil.

Blanquil Weighted Blanket

Okay, next up is the weighted blanket from Blanquil. Similar to the Gravity Blanket, it features a super soft and removable duvet cover.

The duvet cover is made from polyester fleece, and features the brand’s signature quilted design. The weighted portion of the blanket inside the duvet cover is filled with glass beads, and covered in a blend of cotton and polyester. I’m testing the 20 lb blanket, but Blanquil offers this blanket in a 15 lb option as well.

Now, because this blanket is only offered in 15 and 20 lbs options, it’s not ideal for folks who weigh too much less than 150 lbs. However, Blanquil does offer a cooling weighted blanket called the Blanquil Chill for sleepers who run hot. The cover fabric of the Blanquil Chill is a proprietary material designed to be cool to the touch, and wick away moisture. So, while there are only two weight options, folks do have the option to choose either the original or cooling blanket.

As I said, I’m testing the original Blanquil in the 20 lb weight, and I found the distribution of pressure to be pretty balanced. As with the Gravity Blanket, hooking the loops that surround the weighted blanket to the internal clasps within the duvet cover will keep the blanket from bunching up and feeling unbalanced.

Pricing: The Blanquil ranges from $169-$249 depending on which weight you choose, and whether you pick the original or the Chill (the Chill is more expensive).

Perfect for: Sleepers who want the option to choose between the soft, warm feel of the original Blanquil, or the cooling caress of the Blanquil Chill.

Blanquil Weighted Blanket
Blanquil Weighted Blanket

The Blanquil is the perfect weighted blanket for sleepers who want the option to choose between the soft, warm feel of the original Blanquil, or the cooling caress of the Blanquil Chill.

Hush Weighted Blanket

Relaxing under the Hush weighted blanket.

Hush Weighted Blanket

Similar to the Gravity Blanket, the Hush blanket is covered in a very soft duvet cover made from microfiber (which is pretty fun to pet).

The weighted blanket itself is covered in a layer of cotton, which provides some nice breathability. However, the microfiber duvet cover is quite warming. So, folks who run hot or want a lighter, cooler feel might want to remove the duvet cover before using this blanket.

The Hush is weighted with non-toxic, hypoallergenic plastic pellets, and this blanket is offered in 15, 20, and 25 lb options. I’m testing the 20 lb blanket, and it does feel, as the company puts it, like a “comfortable hug.”

Sizing Them Up

You’ll notice that weighted blankets are usually not categorized like other bedding (Full, Queen, King, etc.). Instead, you are provided with their exact dimensions. In general, though, the average weighted blanket is the size of a throw blanket, as it’s designed to cover your body (not the whole mattress).

Again, because this duvet cover is removable, you’re going to want to secure the weighted blanket inside the duvet cover using the loops. Otherwise, the weighted portion will sink to the bottom of the blanket!

Pricing: Depending on which weight you choose, price ranges from $159-$179.

Perfect for: The indecisive sleeper! Hush offers a generous trial period of 100 nights so that you can thoroughly test this blanket out before you commit.

Hush Weighted Blanket
Hush Weighted Blanket

The Hush is the perfect weighted blanket for the indecisive sleeper! Hush offers a generous trial period of 100 nights so that you can thoroughly test this blanket out before you commit.

Final Thoughts

Well, there ya’ have it, folks. Weighted blankets come in all different styles, but they are all meant to offer relaxing Deep Pressure Touch. So, whether you’re trying to alleviate anxiety, or just enjoy the calming effects of DPT, weighted blankets can be a great bedroom accessory for people of all ages. Just remember to follow the weight and time limitations so that your weighted blanket experience is both cozy and safe.

References

  1. Bestbier, Lana, and Tim I. Williams. “The Immediate Effects of Deep Pressure on Young People with Autism and Severe Intellectual Difficulties: Demonstrating Individual Differences.” US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5612681/.
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Sarah is the Senior Writer and bedding expert at Sleepopolis. Every week, she personally tests and reviews new pillows, sheet sets, and other sleep accessories. She accompanies every video review with a meticulously detailed article to ensure her audience has all the pertinent info they need for the best shopping experience possible. Perhaps that’s why her fans have dubbed her “the most thorough pillow reviewer on the Internet.” Having tested everything from sleep trackers to mattress toppers, Sarah's expertise runs deep and is always expanding. She received her degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and spends her free time doing stand-up, making pasta, and hanging with her cats.
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