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Weighted blankets — which may weigh anywhere from five to 30 pounds — are significantly heavier than standard comforters, duvets, and quilts. These blankets help improve sleep quality because they promote the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that controls your natural sleep cycle. They also facilitate production of ‘happiness hormones’ that can have a calming effect on the nervous system.
A wide range of weighted blanket models are currently available for sale. Some weighted blankets come in multiple weights to accommodate sleepers with different preferences, while others can be folded and refolded in order to distribute different amounts of weight. Costs vary by brand and model, but most are priced between $100 and $300. Weighted blankets are sold through companies and retailers, as well as private sellers who handcraft products for sites like Etsy.
This guide will explore how weighted blankets work, some common design features, tips for shoppers, and our picks for the top-rated weighted blankets sold today.
Weighted blankets create a sensation known as ‘grounding’ that applies moderate pressure and pushes your body further onto a sleep surface. Grounding reduces the production of cortisol, a steroid hormone triggered by stressful situations. While cortisol is not necessarily bad, nighttime cortisol production can counteract the production of melatonin, which can in turn have a negative effect on sleep quality.
Natural light triggers melatonin, causing us to feel more tired at night and more wakeful the next morning. People with insomnia tend to produce less melatonin, leading to problems with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance. For this reason, weighted blankets can be a valuable grounding tool for people with insomnia and other disorders linked to low melatonin production.
Grounding also triggers the release of ‘happiness hormones,’ such as serotonin and dopamine, that calm the nervous system and make us feel more relaxed. They also promote production of oxytocin, a hormone released during hugging. As a result, weighted blankets have other medical benefits. For instance, dentists usually give weighted blankets to patients as a way to alleviate stress before exams. Doctors have also noted that adults and children with certain disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), can alleviate high stress levels using weighted blankets.
Weighted blankets should be tailored to the individual user. Experts claim that most adults will reach peak comfort under a blanket that weighs roughly 5% to 10% of their own body weight. Children may also use weighted blankets; for most kids, a blanket weighing 10% of their body weight will yield the best results. However, weighted blankets carry health and safety risks for children under eight years of age; kids in this age group should avoid using a weighted blanket unless it has been prescribed by a physician or licensed therapist.
Additionally, people with the following conditions should speak with their doctor before using a weighted blanket:
Some notable design characteristics of weighted blankets include the following:
Weighted blankets may be purchased through many different companies. Additionally, they are made by independent craftspeople and sold on sites like Etsy.com. Blankets manufactured and sold through companies tend to be of higher quality and often come with sleep trials. In some cases, they also come with product warranties to product buyers against defects. Those sold by independent craftspeople are usually priced lower, but the quality may be questionable and virtually none come with any sort of return policy or warranty.
When shopping for a weighted blanket and comparing different brands and models, here are a few factors to keep in mind.
Next, let’s look at the top-rated weighted blankets designed for adults (though some may also be offered in child-friendly sizes). The five blankets listed below have earned the highest ratings from customers and owners. Please note that all five blankets listed below are available through companies and retailers, not private sellers.
|Model||Cool Weight Blanket||Gravity Blanket||My Calm Blanket||Premium Adult Weighted Blanket||Premium Weighted Blanket|
|Cost (est.)||$119 to $159 (inner blanket only)||$249 (inner blanket and cover)||$160 to $200 (inner blanket and cover)||$100 to $170 (inner blanket and cover)||$115 to $319 (inner blanket)|
$45 to $55 (cover)
|Dimensions||48W” x 78L” (15 lbs)|
76W” x 80L” (20 lbs)
|48W” x 72L” (all weights)||48W” x 72L” (all weights)||36W” x 48L” (5 lbs)|
48W” x 78L” (15, 20, 25 lbs)
|48W” x 72L” (12, 15 lbs)|
60W” x 80L” (20, 22, 25 lbs)
80W” x 87L” (25 lbs)
|Interior Fill||Glass beads||Cotton and plastic pellets||Weighted cotton||Plastic poly-pellets||Plastic poly-pellets|
|Cover Composition||Cotton (sold separately)||Microfiber||Polyester minky||Flannel||Cotton|
|Color Options||Grey||Grey||Grey||Blue||4 inner blanket colors|
11 cover colors
|Cleaning||Inner blanket is machine washable||Cover and inner blanket are machine washable||Cover and inner blanket are machine washable||Hand wash|
|Cover and inner blanket are machine washable|
|Return/Warranty Policy||1-year warranty||30-night trial||14-night trial||Satisfaction guarantee||None|
|Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating||87% (106 customer reviews)||94% (277 customer reviews)||94% (78 customer reviews)||94% (541 customer reviews)||90% (433 customer reviews)|
The next table lists five weighted blankets that are available in child and teen sizes (in addition to models listed above with child size options). Please remember that children eight years and younger should not use a weighted blanket unless directed by a physician or counselor.
|Model||CALMforter||Cozy Weighted Blanket Set||Heavy Sensory Blanket||New Version Weighted Blanket||Small Weighted Blanket|
|Brand||Platinum Health||CMFRT||Kpblis||Hypnoser||Sensory Goods|
|Cost (est.)||$179 (inner blanket and cover)||$100 to $150||$77 to $180 (inner blanket)|
$30 to $56 (cover)
|$70 to $158 (inner blanket only)||$60 to $70|
Refold for weight redistribution
|Dimensions||60W” x 80L”||41W” x 56L” (5, 7 lbs)|
48W” x 78L” (12 lbs)
60W” x 80L” (16 lbs)
|36W” x 48L” (5 lbs)|
40W” x 60L” (10 lbs)
48W” x 72L” (15 lbs)
60W” x 80L” (15, 20, 22 lbs)
|36W” x 48L” (5 lbs)|
41W” x 60L” (7 lbs)
48W” x 72L” (12, 15, 20 lbs)
60W” x 80L” (17 lbs)
|30W” x 48L” (all weights)|
|Interior Fill||Polyfill and microbeads||Silica blend||Plastic poly-pellets||Glass sand||Glass or plastic beads|
|Cover Composition||Polyester minky||Minky polyester||Cotton||Cotton (sold separately)||Cotton|
|Color Options||5 inner blanket and cover color combos||2 inner blanket and cover color combos||3 inner blanket colors|
4 cover colors
|6 colors||23 cover colors|
|Cleaning||Cover is machine washable||Cover is machine washable||Cover and inner blanket are machine washable||Cover and inner blanket are machine washable||Cover and inner blanket are machine washable|
|Return/Warranty Policy||30-night trial||None||None||None||60-night trial|
|Available||Platinum Health||Amazon||Amazon||Amazon||Sensory Goods|
|Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating||95% (750 customer reviews)||85% (116 customer reviews)||88% (144 customer reviews)||92% (122 customer reviews)||95% (348 customer reviews)|
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