Best and Worst Weighted Blankets Reviews
I recently 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.)
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
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. Its quality does not justify its price.
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.
It gets my worst choice award because it:
- is by far the most expensive price I came across ($259)
- has a polyester cover
- can only be hand washed
- uses plastic pellets in some versions
Unwashable Weighted Blankets
Most of the weighted blankets I found that were under $100 have what is to me a fatal flaw: they aren't machine washable. They also don't come with a duvet cover that would at least protect the blanket somewhat from soiling. (Some suggest you buy a duvet cover separately, but that would increase the cost and still leave you with an unwashable interior blanket.)
It is difficult for me to consider spot cleaning, handwashing, or drying cleaning a blanket as practical. The fact that there are machine washable weighted blankets proves that they can be manufactured to be washable, some just aren't.
Some of these blankets advise dry cleaning. To me, that is a deal breaker because of the expense and also the close exposure for all your sleeping hours to the residual harsh chemicals used in the dry cleaning process.
Besides the direct impact of not being able to keep a non-machine-washable blanket clean, it seems to me that it reflects the general quality of the blanket and it is likely that these blankets will not hold up well to daily use.
In the table below, I label blankets as "appears unwashable" if the manufacturer totally avoids addressing the issue of cleaning their blankets. In these cases, I didn't find any mention of cleaning instructions in the description or in the Q & A section of the Amazon listing. I think it is reasonable to assume that they are avoiding addressing cleanability because they can't be washed.
|BRAND||PRICE (US$, 48"x72")||CLEANING|
|Weighted Idea||$43||dry clean|
Best Weighted Blankets
Now for blanket that made the top of my list.
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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 $106 to $180 for individual size.
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
- 12 duvet ties (the highest number available)
- generous width on the individual/throw blanket (54"x72") to accommodate roll-over
- a variety of cover 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.")
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 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.
$106 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.
$140 to $180 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 Blanket Made in the US: Magic Blanket
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 one brand pointing out that they produce their blankets in the US. (Many companies distribute their blankets from a US location but manufacture them elsewhere.)
The only weighted blanket that I know for sure is made in the US is the 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
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- Ann Silvers