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 again in November 2021.
What's In This Post
|Weighted Blanket Considerations|
|The Worst Weighted Blankets|
|Best Weighted Blankets|
|YnM Weighted Blanket Review|
|Gravity Blanket Review|
|Luxome Weighted Blanket Review|
|Weighted Blankets 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 or personal research.
Click here for information about the benefits of weighted blankets, weighted blanket research, and who should avoid using weighted blankets.
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
Weighted Blanket Reviews
The Worst Weighted Blankets
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
This is another blanket that appears to have made improvements since I first reviewed weighted blankets.
The YnM weighted blanket is a washable weighted blanket with many quality points and a good price point. You can purchase it without a duvet cover, but getting a cover will allow you to wash just the cover most of the time.
YnM Weighted Blanket pros
Washable: "HAND WASH. MACHINE WASH. FLAT DRY. TUMBLE DRY LOW. Frequent machine wash may damage the heavy weighted blanket so better use with a duvet cover and wash the duvet instead."
small pocket size (4.7" squares) to hold the glass beads in place
good price-point: $38 on sale on Amazon to $70 regular Amazon price for the blanket alone (48" x 72"); Duvet covers are an additional cost of of about $30 to $50; total cost of purchasing a blanket and cover comes in around $70 to $120.
- They have over 4 stars rating from 44k reviews on Amazon.
YNM Weighted Blanket cons
Having 8 duvet cover ties is a minimal number. (Compare to the Luxome weighted blanket listed below which has 12.)
There is no mention of a guarantee on their Amazon listings. On their website, they say that you can't return their blanket if it is used. Since weighted blankets aren't enjoyed by everyone, there is value to the satisfaction guarantees offered by other weighted blanket brands listed below.
Gravity Weighted Blanket Review
I listed this blanket as a worst weighted blanket on my 2019 review, but it has made major improvements.
The Gravity Blanket is possibly the most well-known weighted blanket 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 improvements since I reviewed them in 2019:
The price has come down from the whopping $250 it was in 2019.
They didn't have a duvet cover system in 2019, but have one now.
In 2019 they were still using plastic pellets in some versions. They have moved to glass.
They used to be entirely polyester, but now have cotton.
Gravity Blanket Guarantee
Gravity Blanket pros
included removable duvet cover (Their Z Blanket attaches with a generous number of button tabs. Their Gen 3 Blanket has a unique zipper system to attach the cover and blanket.)
The Z Blanket version comes in at a good price-point for the quality.
Gravity Blanket cons
The inner blanket is hand washable only. This is better than blankets that are not washable, but the Luxome blankets listed below are machine washable and dryable at the individual size.
Gravity Blanket is not very forthcoming with details such as blanket pocket size. I couldn't find that level of information even on their website.
The Gen 3 Gravity Blanket is about $50 more expensive than the Luxome comparable weighted blanket. (The Gen 3 Gravity Blanket does have the advantage of a zipper system for attaching the duvet cover compared to ties used in the Luxome blanket.)
Gravity Blanket Options
The Z Blanket is Gravity Blanket's less expensive model.
At $75 (sale price on Amazon) to $99 this blanket is well-priced.
The blanket comes with a dual-sided washable duvet cover that has one side made of plush fabric, and the other side made of "moisture-wicking duvet cover (similar to athletic wear)."
Reminder: The inner blanket is hand washable, not machine-washable.
This Gravity Blanket model has some premium attributes compared to their Z Blanket.
This blanket is superior to the Luxome blanket listed below only in one area: it uses zippers to attach the duvet cover.
However, it is hand washable but not machine washable, the company is not as forthcoming with details such as the size of pockets holding the glass beads in place, and at $195 for 48" x 72" it is considerably more expensive than the Luxome blanket listed below.
I found this blanket in September 2020 while researching weighted blankets for a second time. It stood out as a combination of quality and relatively low price. Unfortunately, as of November 2021 they are listed as "Currently Unavailable" on Amazon and I can't find them anywhere on the web, so I left this mention of the blanket on this post but I've removed further details about it for now.
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. This puts the Luxome blankets in the middle of weighted blankets' price range.
Luxome Weighted Blankets' Guarantee
Luxome has a 30-day guarantee: "USA COMPANY & SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: We are a midwestern company that LOVES our customers and pride ourselves on values, quality, and service. Try our blankets for up to 30 days and if you aren't satisfied for any reason we'll provide fast, friendly service and a full refund." Note: They are an American company but the don't claim that the blankets are made in the US. I talk about American-made brands later in this post.
Pluses for Luxome weighted blankets
Luxome is much more forthcoming with details about their blankets compared to Gravity Blanket.
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 (One exception: The 30 lb. inner blanket for large beds.)
1mm glass beads
small pocket size
12 duvet ties
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.")
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.
$110 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.
$135 to $150 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 has some pluses and minuses.
Magic Blanket pluses:
claims to be the 1st to manufacture a weighted blanket
is "machine washable and dryer friendly"
has a limited guarantee: 10 days if you don't like it, lifetime if it is faulty
Magic Blanket minuses:
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 $250
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:
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: 53" x 72" is $249
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- Ann Silvers