Best and Worst Weighted Blankets Reviews

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Best and Worst Weighted Blankets Reviews

 

I spent days researching weighted blankets so that I could make specific recommendations to my clients suffering from anxiety and/or insomnia. 

While researching weighted blankets, I found that there are so many to choose from and so many characteristics to consider that digesting the overwhelming number of options seems like a lot to ask of an already anxious person. I found the number of options so difficult to sort through myself that I created a spreadsheet to track the brands and their attributes. Amazon alone has over 40 brands of weighted blankets. (That's not different versions of weighted blankets. That's different manufacturers. If you multiply it by the number of versions each has, you're in the hundreds.)

I did that original investigation into weighted blanket brands in 2019. I updated my research in the fall of 2020 and found an exciting new addition to my recommendations. 

 

What's In This Post

Weighted Blanket Considerations
The Worst Weighted Blankets
Best Weighted Blankets
Weighted Blanket Made in the US

 

Note: This post is based on my research. It is not intended to replace personalized advice from your own medical professionals.

 

Weighted Blanket Considerations

There are 12 considerations when buying a weighted blanket.

I talk more about the details of each in this blog post: How Weighted Blankets Work for Anxiety and Sleep

What to look for in weighted blankets, Best and Worst Weighted Blanket Reviews

 

Weighted Blanket Reviews

The Worst Weighted Blankets 

First I'll tell you about some of the weighted blankets that made the bottom of my list and why. I think that seeing the negatives will help you understand the benefits of the ones that made my best list.

 

Gravity Weighted Blanket Review

The Gravity blanket warrants special mention for its combination of fame and undesirability. 

It is possibly the most well-known brand because it:

  • is the first company to mass-produce weighted blankets, 

  • began with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, and

  • was on Time magazine's "Best Inventions of 2018" list. 

But as often happens, the first is not necessarily the best. Gravity lagged way behind while other brands made positive design innovations.

Gravity has made a few improvements that they call Generation 2 and Generation 3 since I reviewed them in 2019:

  • While the price has come down from the whopping $250 it was in 2019 it is still expensive (from $180 for individual size, 48" x 72").

  • They didn't have a duvet cover system in 2019, but seem to have one now.

  • In 2019 they were still using plastic pellets in some versions. It seems that they have moved to glass. 

Some aspects of the Gravity blankets that led me to put them at the bottom of the heap in 2019 have remained the same, including that they still seem to be entirely polyester as I couldn't find any mention of natural fabrics anywhere on their website.

Even given their positive changes, Gravity does not appear to be worth the price. 


    Unwashable Weighted Blankets

    Most of the weighted blankets I found that were under $100 have what is to me a fatal flaw: they aren't machine washable and also don't come with a duvet cover that would at least protect the blanket somewhat from soiling. (Some suggest you buy a duvet cover separately, but that would increase the cost and still leave you with an unwashable interior blanket. And, if they aren't designed to attach a duvet cover there aren't ties to keep the heavy blanket in place within the duvet cover.)

    Some of these blankets advise dry cleaning. To me, that is a deal-breaker because of the expense and also the close exposure for all your sleeping hours to the residual harsh chemicals used in the dry cleaning process.

    Besides the direct impact of not being able to keep a non-washable blanket clean, it seems to me that it reflects the general quality of the blanket and it is likely that these blankets will not hold up well to daily use.


     

    Best Weighted Blankets

    Now for blankets that made the top of my list.

     

    SAFR Home Therapy Weighted Blanket & Removable Cover

    I found this blanket in September 2020 while researching weighted blankets for a second time.

    It is a very good price point for a weighted blanket that comes in a variety of sizes and includes a duvet cover (and ties) in either minky or cotton fabrics. (I describe the typical weighted blanket fabric choices—including minky—in How Weighted Blankets Work for Anxiety and Sleep.)

     

    Pluses for SAFR's weighted blanket

    The SAFR blankets have a number of assets: 
    • good price: they have individual (48" x 72") and double (60" x 80") size options from $40 to $80

    • variety of sizes and weights

    • 8 ties on the weighted blanket for duvet cover (note that this number is pretty good but not as many as the maximum number I've seen which is 12)

    • includes a machine-washable and dryable duvet cover in either minky or cotton fabric

    • glass beads

    • small pocket size (4"x4")

    • cotton fabric on weighted blanket

    • risk-free 30-day guarantee then limited lifetime warranty 


      Minuses for SAFR's weighted blanket

      • The blanket itself is not machine washable -- but the website says that it can be spot washed or hand washed so at least there is an option rather than dry cleaning and it is protected by the attachable washable duvet cover included in the price.

      • There are limited color and fabric options compared to the Luxome blanket I mention below.


      Click to view the SAFR Weighted Blanket on Amazon 

      SAFR weighted blanket on Amazon

       

       

      Luxome Weighted Blanket 

      Luxome is a weighted blanket manufacturer that strove to create a better product by hands-on comparison of other brands and by addressing issues raised by blanket owners. They range from $120 to $170 for individual size. 

       

      Pluses for Luxome weighted blankets

      The Luxome weighted blankets stood out to me for several reasons:
      • premium stitching and high-quality natural fabrics (233 thread count cotton covers on the weighted blanket, 400 thread count cotton duvet cover, 300 thread count bamboo duvet cover)

      • machine washable and dryable

      • 1mm glass beads

      • small pocket size

      • "noiseless"

      • 12 duvet ties (the highest number available)

      • generous width on the individual/throw blanket (54"x72") to accommodate roll-over

      • a variety of cover color and fabric options including bamboo (considered the best option to reduce overheating under weighted blankets)

      • a different approach to weight choice (from their Amazon listing: "Selecting a blanket based on body weight is actually incorrect and not based on science or fact. The correct measurement is actually the weight per area of the blanket. We conducted our own studies and found an ideal weight per square foot that nearly all men, women, adults, and children agreed on. All Luxome weighted blankets are optimized to this ratio, so just select a size and you can rest assured it’s the perfect weight.")


        Minus for Luxome's weighted blankets

        • The Luxome blankets are in the middle of weighted blankets' price range: more expensive than SAFR but less expensive than Gravity Blankets.

        • One limitation of Luxome is that they don't shine in the guarantee department. They have a 30-day guarantee, which is fine but not as strong as some of their competitors.

         

        Luxome Blanket Options

        Luxome has 2 options: washable blankets with what they call an "integrated cover" and blanket/duvet sets. Both of these options are machine washable and dryable. When purchasing a blanket, consider that even though the weighted blanket is machine washable, having a duvet cover allows you to wash the cover regularly and only wash the heavy inner blanket if necessary.

        Both types of Luxome blankets come with a variety of cover choices including bamboo and plush polyester "minky". ("Minky" blanket fabric is a plush polyester reminiscent of some baby blankets.) Minky is going to be the warmest option, bamboo the coolest. 

        Luxome Weighted Blanket with Integrated Cover

        Luxome weighted blanket with integrated cover

        $120 to $140 for 54"x72" depending on cover fabric chosen (minky in variety of colors, or bamboo). Also available in 42"x56" and 60"x80". Click here to check it out on Amazon. 

        Luxome Weighted Blanket with Duvet Cover

        Luxome Weighted Blanket with Duvet Cover

        $150 to $170 for 54"x72" depending on duvet cover fabric chosen (minky, cotton, or bamboo). Also available in 42"x56" and 60"x80". Click here to check it out on Amazon. 

         

        Weighted Blankets Made in the US

        Since people have been asking me about weighted blankets made in the US, I've begun researching more into the place of manufacture for the blankets. So far, I've only noticed a couple of brands pointing out that they produce their blankets in the US. (Many companies distribute their blankets from a US location but manufacture them elsewhere.)

         

        Magic Blanket

        Magic Blanket has some pluses and minuses. Magic Blanket:

        • claims to be the 1st to manufacture a weighted blanket

        • is "machine washable and dryer friendly"

        • has high reviews on Amazon

        • has a limited guarantee: 10 days if you don't like it, lifetime if it is faulty 

        • does NOT use glass beads. (They use "100% new, BPA-free, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic polypropylene pellets".)

        • do NOT have duvet covers or duvet ties (They say that they don't like duvet covers for weighted blankets because the weight is too much for the ties.) 

        • are pricey: the 48 x 78 size is $234

         

        Capeable Weighted Blankets Etc

        Capeable manufactures their line of weighted blankets and wearables in the US. They are interesting in that besides blankets, they have weighted vests, shawls, and scarves. 

        Their weighted blankets are around the same price as Magic Blanket and are similar in that they aren't constructed for duvet covers. But Capeable blankets have some advantages over Magic Blanket: Capeable uses glass beads and has a satisfaction guarantee. 

        Capeable weighted blanket pros and cons:

        • is "machine washable and dryable"

        • has a "100-day satisfaction guarantee"

        • uses glass beads

        • do NOT have duvet covers or duvet ties (Like Magic Blanket, they say that they don't like duvet covers for weighted blankets.)

        • are pricey: 40" x 72" is $249

         

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        Disclaimer:
        No content on this site should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other medical professionals or for your own product research. 

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        • Ann Silvers
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        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Tim R.

          I heard back from Big Lots about the disclaimer on the Broyhill blanket. They didn’t really tell me much, but I think that it is fair to say that they are letting us know that the blanket itself contains the chemical that California has decided is toxic at the levels present. I had wondered if the chemical was in the packaging or the blanket. The wording of the disclaimer that appears with the blanket listing on Big Lots’ website read like it was just in the packaging.

          It doesn’t make me personally feel good about the Broyhill blanket, especially considering that a blanket is a product that is in close proximity to your body for long periods of time.

          This is what they said:

          “Good evening Ann,

          Thank you for contacting the Big Lots Customer Care Department. We appreciate your interest in Big Lots.

          Placement of the Prop 65 label is required to comply with disclosure laws in many locations. Any chemical contained within this product is well within acceptable levels according to Federal law and also passes the stringent Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

          For more information go to : www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

          Thank you again, and have a nice day.

          Customer Care Department
          Big Lots Stores
          1-866-244-5687"

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Karen M. Thanks for updating your feedback. Great to hear that the reviews are helpful to you and to know about your experience with weighted blankets for patients.

          - Ann

        • Karen M
          Karen M

          Hi Ann,
          I re-read my previous post, I meant that I have had luck suggesting weighted blankets in general to my patients. I had never heard of CapeAble before your review.

          I do like what I’m reading about it.

          Thanks for including some less expensive, but also good blanket options.

          My patient population is mainly Medicaid, which doesn’t pay for anything, much less weighted blankets!
          Karen

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Karen M. Thanks for letting everyone know about your positive experience with the quality of the Capeable weighted blankets. I think that the other blankets that I recommended — Luxome and SAFR — have comparable quality at a lower price. – Ann

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Tim R. I’m not sure exactly what the warning on the Broyhill Blanket listing on the Big Lots website means. I just sent them an email asking them. I’ll let you know if I hear back from them. – Ann

        • Tim R.
          Tim R.

          What is the meaning of the P65 warning on the “packaging” on the Broyhill weighted blanket at Big Lots?

        • Karen M
          Karen M

          Hi Ann,
          Thanks for the info on CapeAble blankets. I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner, and have had good luck with recommending them to Autistic kids/ADHD kids.
          I’m looking at one for our 29 yr old ‘business woman’ daughter, who loves sleeping with a bunch of quilts. I love the Capeable, bc of the smaller squares, and lack of bare spots on a hip/etc, if the beads shift.
          It is very expensive though. Have you come on any other blankets that are not so pricy, but are still provide the weight, without the bare spots?
          Thanks in advance,
          Karen

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Vicky Pope. Thanks for letting me know about Capeable blankets. I added a review of their products. -Ann

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi again Andrea. I just took another look at Broyhill and noticed that the Big Lot listing also says that the covers are “removable zippered”. I assume from this that there aren’t attachment ties on the underlying blanket. Weighted blankets are notorious for getting bunched up inside duvet covers if there aren’t adequate attachment ties. -Ann

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Andrea. I took a look at the Broyhill weighted blankets that Big Lots carries. (It looks like Broyhill is a Big Lots brand.) They are relatively inexpensive. They have unwashable versions that don’t have the duvet cover option. They also have a version with duvet ties and a detachable washable minky cover. I see on the Big Lots website that both versions come with this warning: “California Customer WARNING: This packaging can expose you to chemicals including Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which is known to the state of CA to cause cancer or birth control or other reproductive harm. For more information go to : www.P65Warnings.ca.gov”. I don’t know exactly what they mean by “this packaging”. -Ann

        • Vicky Pope
          Vicky Pope

          Capeable weighted blankets are made in the US.

        • Vicky Pope
          Vicky Pope

          Capeable weighted blankets are made in the US.

        • Andrea
          Andrea

          We’re you able to test Broyhill weighted blankets that are selling at Big Zlots now for $30?

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Glad you found the post helpful MT. — Ann

        • MT
          MT

          Great info. Really helpful. I was finding it hard to pick a weighted blanket — so many choices.

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          You’re welcome Ryan. Glad you found my research and post helpful. -Ann

        • Ryan
          Ryan

          I was searching for an answer to the same question. Thanks!

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Catherine M. Since you’re the 2nd person to ask about weighted blankets made in the US, I started researching where the blankets are sourced. While many of the weighted blankets are distributed in the US, I only noticed one so far that is manufactured in the US. I added that info to the bottom of the blog post.

        • Catherine M
          Catherine M

          I am only looking for products made in the USA. Is there a tag on the blankets you have encountered that notes origin?

        • Ann Silvers
          Ann Silvers

          Hi Linda W. I don’t know if they are made in the US.

        • Linda W
          Linda W

          Ann, do you happen to know if either of your best weighted blanket choices are made in the USA? Thank you!

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