The 5 Best Cooling Weighted Blankets for Hot Sleepers

Want to feel calmer and sleep deeper without getting overheated? Check out our favorite cooling weighted blankets under $300 that are best for hot sleepers and hot summers.

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July 02, 2020

Our Top Picks for Cooling Weighted Blankets:

As weighted blankets have grown in popularity, one of the biggest concerns I hear from late adopters is they're afraid they'll get too hot under the blanket's weight. I get that — nothing is worse than waking up in a sweat. And if you're not used to the added weight and you're waking up hot, there's a chance you'll feel more claustrophobic than calm, and that's the opposite of how a weighted blanket should make you feel. Thankfully, there are plenty of weighted blankets now specifically designed to be cooling and breathable.

Materials and Weight

The main factors to consider when choosing a cooling weighted blanket are materials and weight. You'll want to look for blankets and blanket covers made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, bamboo or Tencel, a cooling fiber made from wood pulp. The added pounds for most weighted blankets come from filler beads, and glass is typically a better cooling option to look for than plastic. Selecting a blanket that is not too heavy for you will also prevent overheating. The standard rule of thumb is that the blanket should weigh roughly 10 percent of your body weight. The most common size blankets for adults are 48 inches x 72 inches and 60 inches x 80 inches, and, with the exception of king sizes, weighted blankets are usually designed for individual use.

Care and Maintenance

Many weighted blankets require spot cleaning or dry cleaning, which adds even more to the cost, so all of our top blanket picks and covers are machine washable. If you spend $100+ on a weighted blanket, it'd be a shame to ruin it with one wine spill. While we chose blankets that can be machine washed and dried, reducing the number of times you put a blanket in the washing machine will help it last longer and preserve its quality. Plus, lifting a heavy blanket in and out of a washer and dryer is no easy feat, and they often require multiple dry cycles to get the job done. One way to minimize how often you need to wash a weighted blanket is by using a blanket cover. Most weighted blankets come with loops for attaching blanket covers, and many brands have come out with covers made from cooling fabrics like bamboo viscose, cotton and linen. Covers also allow you to customize the look of your blanket since they're not always the most stylish bedding accessories.

At a mid-range price point, Baloo's cotton weighted blanket is solid pick overall for adults: it's made of breathable cotton, comes in 12-pound ($149), 15-pound ($169), 20-pound ($169) and 25-pound ($194) sizes and contains glass beads. Thanks to the stitching pattern that helps keep the glass filler beads evenly distributed, we love that this blanket looks and feels more like a quilt than a duvet. While we like this blanket on its own, Baloo does sell 100-percent stonewashed French flax linen duvet covers, available in six solid colors. You can also get Baloo's blankets in select sizes and duvets on Amazon.

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$249 - $279

Launched in 2018, Bearaby's weighted blankets have garnered rave reviews, including from HGTV editors, and for good reason: Bearaby makes the most stylish, bead-free, sustainable and cooling weighted blankets you can buy. While they're not the most expensive weighted blankets on the market, the $249 - $279 price tags are still steep. But having tested both their Tree Napper and Cotton Napper, we (and the many glowing customer reviews on their website) can confirm these blankets are worth every penny. The Tree Napper is constructed of 50 percent Tencel, a fully biodegradable fiber derived from wood pulp that's naturally cooling and uses 10x less water than conventional fibers, 45 percent organic cotton and 5 percent spandex. Since this blanket doesn't use any synthetic fillers or beads and gets its weight from dense fibers instead, air can easily circulate through the loose, hand-knit weave. HGTV managing editor Kayla Kitts has tried both the Cotton and Tree Nappers and noticed a significant difference in the cool factor. "I was able to tuck the Tree Napper under the sheets and comforter on my side of the bed and stay comfortable all night, covered in THREE layers…in the summer!" she says. "I typically wake up around 2 or 3 a.m. in a sweat, kicking the covers off. I didn’t wake up once." The Tree Napper is available in three sizes, 15, 20 and 25 pounds, and five delicious colors: papaya, almond, pomegranate, avocado and rosemary. Due to the popularity of Bearaby's blankets, certain colors and sizes are often sold out, so although the Tree Napper is their most cooling option, the Cotton Napper is also more breathable than most other weighted blankets and a great alternative choice. The Cotton Napper is available in more neutral colorways right now like gray and blue, and color selection is more important since this blanket doesn't require a cover. The brand also recently launched an 8-pound kids' cotton blanket called the Nappling for $149.

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$39.99 - $106.99

Our three remaining picks are budget-friendly, with most sizes ringing up at less than $100. ZonLi's bamboo weighted blanket (also available in cotton) comes in nine sizes, including for kids, and six solid colors. For a standard 60-inch by 80-inch, queen-size blanket that weighs 15 pounds, you'll pay just $59.99. Filled with glass beads, it's also hypoallergenic, non-toxic and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. While this blanket can be machine washed, the brand recommends using a duvet cover to limit needing to wash the blanket as frequently. ZonLi sells cotton and bamboo viscose duvet covers in six sizes and six colors, and you can save 10 percent off your total by budling the duvet cover with the blanket.

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$53 - $175

While these less expensive options may not look or feel as luxurious as our first two picks, the budget blankets do offer more variety in sizes, colors and patterns for both the blankets and the duvet covers and are great for first-time weighted blanket users. This top-rated blanket from YnM (also available in cotton) costs $79 for a standard 60-inch by 80-inch, 15-pound size, and checks all our boxes: It’s made of bamboo viscose, comes in 12 sizes and eight colors, has glass beads and is machine washable. The brand also recommends using a duvet cover to minimize wash cycles for the blanket itself. The YnM duvet covers come in five sizes and 24 bamboo or cotton colors and patterns, meaning you can find the perfect style to fit your space.

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$32.99 - $149.99

Available in 15 sizes and 20 colors and patterns, we love this weighted blanket for kids mainly due to Luna's pattern options, including unicorns, dinosaurs and nautical boats, for the blanket itself. Filled with non-toxic glass beads, Luna's blanket is hypoallergenic and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning it's free of harmful substances and chemicals. It is machine washable, but there are also plenty of colors and patterns available for coordinating duvet covers to appeal to both kids' and adults' style preferences.

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