Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about products for decking out your bed, like the best cooling pillows, headboards, and mattresses, here we’ve rounded up the best weighted blankets, according to the people. Like the Gravity blanket, a runaway Kickstarter success that spawned the weighted blanket boom, these are designed to feel like a comforting hug. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Note: It’s recommended to choose a blanket that’s around 7 to 12 percent of your weight. For example, a 120-pound woman could use any blanket between 8 and 14 pounds. Be sure to check our list of expert-recommended weighted blankets that we tested ourselves, too.
Best overall weighted blankets
“I absolutely loved both blankets that I got from YnM and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who has a hard time calming down their nervous system and falling asleep. If you have racing thoughts or unease when going to bed, something about the extra weight distributed around your body really helps calm those feels down and adds this interesting feeling of being protected. The blankets are super high quality and I really enjoyed the texture of the glass beads as stuffing instead of poly pellets. Overall these blankets are less expensive than other competitors so I think it is definitely a worthwhile purchase for anyone dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD or just people who want to have a better quality of sleep. Would highly recommend!”
“I often have trouble falling asleep. I’ve been interested in trying out a weighted blanket for some time now. I’m so glad I took the plunge on this one. The outside of the blanket is a soft, almost velour-like texture. Since this blanket can only be hand washed, I will probably be looking into a duvet cover that fits it. It is baffled so that the pellets that make it weighted don’t all end up on one place. Some of the baffles have more pellets than others, but that isn’t noticeable when the blanket is in use.
This blanket noticeably calms me at night. I am able to fall asleep much faster when I use it. While this is not recommended for children to sleep with at this weight (it is too heavy and therefore not safe for them to sleep with), I let my kids try it out on their laps on the couch. They both love it and say it feels like a hug. I highly recommend this if you have sleep or anxiety issues. It really does help.”
“Buyer Beware: This blanket will bend you to its will. You will try to get out of bed, and it will push back as if to say, ‘No, just stay.’ You will begin to think about the blanket more and more until you find yourself thinking only about the blanket. When you are away from the blanket you will think only of getting back to the blanket. When you are under the blanket you will think only of how you long to never leave the blanket. So beware the seductive lure of the blanket.”
Best printed weighted blanket
“I have been diagnosed with panic disorder and sensory processing disorder. This blanket is wonderful and does the job calming me when I am stressed. It is large — large enough to cover both my husband and me on a king bed. It is heavy to lug around though, but that is to be expected. There is one big problem though: My husband has hijacked it! He has restless leg syndrome and found that this blanket greatly reduces his symptoms and allows him to sleep soundly. Looks like I am going to have to order another one.”
Best extra-soft weighted blankets
“This blanket is amazing! I suffer from anxiety and it flares up a lot at night. I was a little worried about buying this because I am not a fan of being held too tight or being restrained, but I must admit I love it! The cover that comes with the weighted blanket is perfect. It has two sides, a soft cozy side and the cozy minky fabric on the other, so you can use whichever side you prefer The blanket comes with ties inside so the blanket does not shift inside of its cover which is a great thing! Overall I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. If you are thinking of purchasing a weighted blanket I would definitely go with this one!”
“I bought my weighted blanket from Harkla. I ordered the grey and it is a wonderful color. This is the second blanket I have ordered from Harkla. I use one in my classroom and the children love it. This one I ordered for home to help with sleep and anxiety. The fabric is very, very soft and comforting. It has small bumps on the top of the cover within the fabric which my husband likes. The tiny glass beads and cotton provide the right amount of weight but make it feel like a real comforter. I use it at night for sleep and also use it watching TV or reading a book. It’s super cozy. The soft minky fabric washes up really well. It always looks brand new. I sleep better with the weighted blanket because it seems to take away my anxiety. My husband likes the extra weight because it seems to cocoon around him.”
Best weighted blankets for anxiety
“Why did I wait?!?! The first night I used this blanket I slept better than I’ve slept in years! I suffer from insomnia, anxiety, fibromyalgia, depression, migraines and many other health issues that cause my body to hurt and cause me countless sleepless nights tossing and turning. The first night sleeping under this blanket I slept for 4 and a half solid hours! That may not sound like much but for someone who only sleeps for maybe 30 minutes at a time…this is priceless!!”
Best weighted blanket for couples
“I LOVE this blanket! It is life changing and worth every cent! Ever since I worked as a pediatric occupational therapist I knew that I needed one. (As I knew that deep pressure is calming to the nervous system) My awesome husband surprised me with it this Christmas. BEST GIFT EVER! After work it’s on my lap, when I’m on the couch. It wasn’t my plan initially but I began to sleep with it. Now I fall asleep faster and have deeper sleep! (I’ve had insomnia for about 30 years.) My blanket is 60 x 80 so I can spread it out to share with my husband or double it over when I need extra compression. I highly recommend this!”
Best cooling weighted blankets
“I love this blanket. I have a thicker, fuzzier weighted blanket that gets way too hot for me with night sweats going on. This one is nicely heavy but also cool, thinner, and less bulky. The fabric is luxurious feeling and well made. The pellets shift a little in their pockets but there’s plenty of division to keep the weight distributed evenly. Best night’s sleep ever!”
“A friend of mine let me try a weighted blanket that had a sort of fleece texture to it, and although I loved the weight of the blanket, the fleece made it too warm. I picked this up to see if it would be better, and the product far exceeded my expectations. The material is comparable to the comforter you might purchase to put in a duvet, so it is incredibly breathable. I never really trusted all of the reviews that insisted these blankets were actually cool, but as someone who wakes up sweating nearly every night, let me assure you: this is optimized for a comfortable temperature.”
Best weighted blanket for sensory stimulation
“After looking online at various weighted therapy blankets, we chose this one for our 6-year-old who has autism spectrum disorder. His teachers use smaller weighted blankets and lap pads at school. He has responded well when using them so we thought we would try one for him at home where his behaviors tend to be more intense, and he can be more difficult to soothe. We chose this particular blanket for several reasons. It has a removable and washable chenille cover which is great for a messy 6-year-old boy. It has a ‘nubby’ textured side which appeals to his fondness for sensory stimulation and it is a full-sized blanket that he can use on his bed if he chooses. After receiving the blanket we were very pleased with how incredibly soft it is. Our son absolutely loves it and several other family members have enjoyed napping with it as well because it is so comfortable and warm. It is soothing and relaxing for anyone who uses it, whether they have a cognitive/sensory disorder or not.”
Best weighted blankets for kids
“Our once bubbly 5-year-old started having some anxiety when she started kindergarten this year, which continued to get worse over the past few months and resulted in her waking up multiple times a night. We tried many things and read an article on weighted blankets. We decided to make the investment and purchase this blanket. My daughter has been using the blanket for two weeks and we cannot get over the difference it has made. She is sleeping through the night and the anxiety is down dramatically. If you are on the fence on purchasing I highly recommend making the investment. My daughter loves her ‘hugging’ blanket and we love the results.”
“This blanket has been a lifesaver for my 7-year-old daughter with sensory processing disorder. It is a smaller one, not twin size, thus the lower price tag. My daughter is 43” tall and it just about covers her from neck to foot. But it’s a great quality fabric and has helped her tremendously. When she outgrows it for sleeping, she can still wrap herself in it or use it on her lap.”
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