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: Magic Blanket

 

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.

    Note re product links below: As an Amazon Associate Partner, I may receive a small affiliate commission for purchases made through these links. My commission does NOT influence my recommendation or impact your price in any way. 

     

    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 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

         

        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
        Comments 7
        • 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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