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.
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!”
“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 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 hypoallergenic weighted blanket
“Wow. I suffer from a very severe and debilitating anxiety that often causes insomnia. Even when I don’t have insomnia, I toss and turn so much that I’m often exhausted in the morning. I realized that I often feel more comfortable when I pile on more blankets, and I usually have about 7-8 on my bed. Without them, I often just have this feeling of being untethered, and I just can’t rest. Because of these habits, I thought it couldn’t hurt to try out one of these blankets. And, OH MY GOODNESS, it’s worth the hype. The minute I slid under this thing, I immediately fell asleep and I slept undisturbed for hours. I felt so rested! The hard part is you feel so good that you don’t want to leave the bed. I think the quality of this blanket is top notch.”
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.”
“Our daughter has special needs and was having sleep trouble. She would wake frequently at night and couldn’t use a regular blanket because she would get tangled up in it and it would come off while she slept. We ordered this out of desperation. It has made a world of difference! She sleeps through the night except to wake up once to use the bathroom occasionally. The blanket stays on her all night and she feels so secure with it. She loves going to bed and thinks her bed is super ‘snuggly.’ In fact her bed is her favorite place to be now. Sometimes when she gets dysregulated we have her sit with the blanket on her lap and it really helps calm her. We’ve had this blanket for over a year now and it’s stood the test of time. There are no ripped seams or any issues. It can be washed on a hand-wash cycle and hung to dry. Would definitely purchase again.”
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