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If you've never heard of weighted blankets, the idea of sleeping under an extra 15 to 25 pounds of material might seem like some new, strange workout craze. But for many people, they're actually the key to falling asleep faster and staying asleep. Weighted blankets have a similar effect as a hug on your body—they release hormones that calm you down and make you sleepy.
Here, the best weighted blankets to help you get a good night's sleep.
For a weighted blanket with multiple options and smart design, the Quility Premium Weighted Blanket stands out as the top choice overall.
Quility makes their weighted blankets in an extended size—48 x 78 inches. Many other weighted blankets in this size bracket are only 72 inches long. The additional 6 inches makes the cover more practical for people of all heights without losing the benefits of the weight by increasing the overall width of the blanket. This blanket also stands out for its use of glass beads, because many people find the tiny glass beads to be quieter than plastic pellets and provide a more even weight distribution.
The finishing touch to this best-in-class weighted blanket is the fact that it includes a removable duvet cover—available in multiple materials (depending on weight). Indulge in the "minky" feel of the attached duvet or leave the cover off to enjoy the cotton. Just remember that this weighted blanket is not machine washable—hand wash only is recommended.
If you want a weighted blanket that will provide even, calming pressure from head to toe, and includes a washable cover for easy maintenance, pick this popular weighted blanket from Quility.
"Despite its heaviness, the blanket is breathable. I didn’t experience that uncomfortable, overheated sensation that’s often caused by heavy comforters or duvets. Also, it didn’t make me feel like I was being suffocated or pinned down to the bed, which was my initial concern about weighted blankets in general." —The Spruce Product Tester
The original Gravity Blanket is considered the world’s most popular weighted blanket, and for good reason: reviewers note that it is both cooling and cozy, thanks to its micro-plush duvet cover and evenly distributed glass beads. It’s available in a variety of weights (15, 20, and 25 pounds) and measures 72 x 48 inches—designed, unlike some of the other options, to be used by one person at a time.
Two types of internal clasps (ties and elastic-button connectors) secure the inner weighted blanket inside the duvet cover, which is easily removed and washable. Our favorite part of this blanket is that you can customize it: Gravity sells a variety of other covers separately, which might prove useful in warmer climates or if you’re switching up your decor.
For a weighted blanket that not only feels great but works perfectly with your décor, shop for a custom version like this handmade adult-sized throw from Etsy seller Katie Steffens of MyThreeBoysLLC. Most weighted blankets are only available in standardized weights like 12, 15, and 20 pounds, but with a custom blanket, you can find the weight that is just right for your needs.
Next, you can pick the fabric that matches your style or bedroom décor. Pick from cool cotton or soft and cuddly minky and between various prints and colors. The blankets are all filled with glass beads which are more environmentally friendly than plastic and they create a higher quality product. Rave reviews comment on the beautiful look and solid feel of these blankets. Because each is handmade, keep in mind that they will take longer to arrive at your home than those from a typical big-box online store. Rest assured it's well worth the wait, though.
"The teeny-tiny beads inside the fabric are almost sand-like. They make the pockets fun to play with if you’re sitting with the blanket in your lap—and this is especially soothing for anyone who’s fidgety or simply enjoys things that are tactile. Plus, they enable the blanket to settle around user, anchoring it in place."—Karen Tietjen, Product Tester
A common concern with weighted blankets is that they can become too warm. The Coolmax Weighted Blanket is a popular choice in warmer weather or for hot sleepers.
Made with a blend of 65-percent cotton and 35-percent polyester, this cooling weighted blanket has moisture-wicking characteristics to keep body heat from building up under the blanket. At the same time, the fiber filling inside helps give the blanket a comfortable fluff that is neither too hot or too cold.
There are not many cooling weighted blankets on the market, and we like that this one has ‘all-season’ technology, since you want a weighted blanket that you can use year-round. While there is no duvet cover included with this blanket, it is machine-washable. Overall, this blanket is great for anyone who lives in a warm climate or deals with hot flashes and night sweats.
"We noticed that changing sleeping positions was definitely trickier under 15 extra pounds of weight, so that's something that people who move a lot in bed might want to consider. Still, you can reap the benefits of weighted blankets while reading or sitting on the couch; we loved laying the Coolmax across our lap (and fidgeting with the beads) while watching TV." — Karen Tietjen, Product Tester
If you love the feeling of heavy blankets or comforters piled on top of you, but don’t love the warmth, then YnM’s weighted blanket is a great option. Made of a luxe 300 thread count bamboo viscose and filled with glass beads with a high specific heat capacity, it’s designed with breathability in mind. The 100% bamboo material is also anti-allergy and antibacterial—and, unlike many other weighted blankets, two extra layers of cotton are woven in between the outer shell and poly fill to best ensure durability and prevent leaks.
Reviewers praise the blanket for how evenly distributed the weight is; this is largely thanks to the small compartments stitched into the blanket body. One reviewer also noted that the glass beads make for a smoother texture than the poly pellets found in other makes. A three-year warranty is included with purchase.
If you don’t have a lot to spend on a weighted blanket but still want the benefits of this natural sleep-inducer, check out the Qusleep Diamond Weighted Blanket. The soft cotton blanket is filled with glass beads and features a diamond stitch design to help evenly distribute the soothing weight.
It’s only available gray, but you can choose from several different sizes and three weights: 7, 15, or 20 pounds. For most adults, the 15-pound blanket is a good starting point. In terms of care, this calming blanket is machine washable in cold water.
Casper is known for far more than just its award-winning mattresses, and this weighted blanket is the perfect complement to your bed—whether or not it’s Casper-made. Measuring 50 x 70-inches, it’s about the size of a throw blanket; it has a quilted design inspired by outerwear, making for easy dispersion of the microbead filling. A breathable cotton cover allows for airflow throughout the night, making this a perfect option for the spring and summer. As with all Casper products, users can test this blanket for 100 nights for free.
Reviewers generally gave this blanket positive reviews, citing its quality construction and huggability (the inner filling is comprised of three layers of fluffy batting). However, the fact that the duvet cover can’t be removed for machine washing was an issue for some, as was the limited size range: with a maximum fill weight of twenty pounds, it’s only suitable for sleepers up to 200 pounds.
Bearaby's Napper stands out from the crowd for its hand-knit design, which is both pleasing on the eye and incredibly functional. Unlike other weighted blankets that use sand, glass, or plastic beads to give them weight, the Napper relies on the natural weight of its sustainably sourced, organic cotton yarn—and there are over 280 yards of it. This "body-contouring design," as Bearaby calls it, allows for more even weight distribution and a feeling of melting into the blanket. Because of its chunky, open-weave design, it also works great for hot sleepers.
One of our favorite aspects of this blanket, though, is the fact that it's machine washable. Because it doesn't contain any easily melted plastic beads or covers, the Napper is entirely machine washable—though we recommend laying it out to dry, as machine drying could stretch out the yarn and compromise quality. According to reviewers, this super-soft blanket holds its shape and color wash after wash. Do note that, unlike their competitors, Bearaby doesn't offer any sort of sleep trial or warranty.
Our top choice for weighted blankets is the Quility Premium Weighted Blanket, as it has a smart design and the size and color are highly customizable. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, The Gravity Blanket (view at Gravity Blankets) boasts a luxurious micro-plush duvet cover (it’s machine washable) and gridded stitching to ensure the even distribution of weight.
Weight The first thing to consider when buying a gravity blanket is how much weight is right for you. While 12 pounds is a good baseline for most adults, you may find that a heavier or lighter option is better suited to your frame and sleeping preferences. (You can always fold a blanket for extra compression, but the easiest way to get the desired effect is to buy the right weight in the first place.) If you’re shopping for a weighted blanket for kids, you’ll want to find a lightweight version — many kid’s blankets weigh about eight pounds.
Size Are you looking for a throw-style weighted blanket you can use on the couch during naps, or are you looking for a larger, comforter-style gravity blanket that will give your bed a cozy feeling all over? If you’re looking for a larger option, make sure the weight gives you an all-around feeling of heaviness and doesn’t just feel like a hefty bedspread with weight scattered all over.
Cover Since many weighted blankets aren’t machine-washable, it makes sense to take precautions. One of the easiest ways to take care of and maintain yours is with a cover. Some weighted blankets include one, or you may need to purchase one separately.