The Best Weighted Blankets in 2022, Tested by HGTV Editors
Weighted blankets help stimulate pressure points to naturally improve mood and relaxation. Add one of these weighted blankets to your home and start reaping the benefits.
Our Top Weighted Blanket Picks
Weighted blankets have been the hottest thing in bedding for a few years and at this point, a lot of people you know probably use one and swear by it. From easing insomnia to reducing anxiety and stress levels, weighted blankets can help address an array of health problems common in adults, kids and even pets. These heavy blankets, typically ranging from about 15 to 25 pounds for adults, are designed based on deep-touch pressure stimulation, which helps release serotonin in the brain to help you feel calm, leading to a better night's sleep and a general feeling of next-day restfulness.
What to Look for in a Weighted Blanket
Shopping for a weighted blanket isn't like shopping for any throw you'll toss at the foot of your bed; there are several important factors to consider, including material, weight, size, care instructions, cover options and price.
- Material: While the plush fleece blankets can feel cozy for cooler months, if you plan to sleep under your weighted blanket, we recommend choosing a more breathable material like cotton for the blanket itself for more versatility and year-round use.
- Covers: Most of our recommendations are designed with loops that give the option to add a duvet cover, which means you can customize the look and fabric for different seasons with cover options in linen, bamboo, fleece and more. Adding a cover also means you don't have to wash the blanket itself as often, which will prolong the life of the blanket and ensure the filling and stitching stay intact.
- Size: 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.
- Weight: When it comes to picking the right weight, the standard rule of thumb is that the blanket should weigh roughly 10 percent of your body weight. So, for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should opt for a 15-pound blanket.
- Care: Most of the blankets themselves are machine washable, but expect it to take several dry cycles, and possibly some air-drying time too, to get the job done.
- Price: Depending on the style, size and weight you choose, weighted blankets can cost anywhere from $50 to $300. Adding a duvet cover does add to the cost, but many brands offer discounts for bundling the blanket with a cover.
We've rounded up the best weighted blankets on the market, from a stylish, splurge-worthy blanket to reversible styles. Check out our top picks below and give yourself or a loved one the gift of better sleep.
At a mid-range price point, Baloo Living's weighted blanket is a solid all-around choice for anyone new to the world or weighted blankets. Perfect for year-round use and great for hot sleepers, it's made of breathable cotton and gets its weight from quiet 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. This blanket is machine washable and dryer safe, this blanket is easy to care for. While we like it on its own, Baloo does sell 100-percent stonewashed French flax linen duvet covers that are machine washable, too, if you prefer a color option and don't mind the added cost. The brand also offers a 12-pound weighted throw and larger full/queen (15 or 20 pounds) and king (25 pounds) weighted comforters for a wider variety of size and weight options than competitor blankets.
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. Instead of adding weight with beads, dense long-staple GOTS-certified organic cotton is woven into a buttery soft, one-of-a-kind knitted blanket. While you won't have to worry about an added cost of a duvet cover, the upfront cost is the most expensive of the weighted blankets we recommend, with prices ranging from $199 to $279 for adult sizes. After testing both the Cotton Napper and the Tree Napper (an even more cooling option designed for hot sleepers), we, along with the many glowing customer reviews, can confirm these blankets are worth every penny though. Another perk of the knit design is that it makes lifting the blanket easier. The brand also recently launched an eight-pound kids' cotton blanket called the Nappling for $139 and offers a Velvet Napper, too.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017, Gravity quickly became one of the most popular weighted blankets on the market. For just a little more than the cost of Baloo Living's blanket, you get a high-quality, top-rated weighted blanket and a removable, machine-washable cover. The original blanket comes with a cozy minky-type cover, but Gravity also offers a cooling weighted blanket that comes with a more slick, cool-to-the-touch cover. The blanket itself is hand-wash-only, but the covers are machine washable. While taking the duvet on and off to wash is a bit tedious, overall, we love the quality of Gravity's blankets — they are quiet and the weight distribution is spot on.
If you like a cozier fabric feel but don't want to worry about taking a duvet cover on and off for each wash, this reversible weighted blanket from Layla Sleep is your best pick. The entire blanket is machine washable! Perfect for year-round use, the reversible blanket features a mink-like polyester construction on one side and a cooler 300-thread-count cotton construction on the other, filled with glass beads stitched in a hexagon-shaped design for even weight distribution. On the downside, this blanket is only available in gray.
Also reversible and great for year-round use, Brooklyn Bedding's weighted blanket features a cover with a cozy mink-like fabric on one side and a smooth cooling fabric on the other. If you have pets, kids and/or allergies and need to wash your blanket frequently, washing a 15-pound-plus blanket becomes quite the chore. This blanket offers the best of both worlds because the cover and the blanket itself are machine washable. Our only gripe with this blanket is also the lack of color and pattern options; it's only available in gray.
Like most of our other recommendations, this blanket is cotton and contains glass beads, but what stands out for this pick is the price — it's under $100! Plus it comes in a wide variety of sizes, weights and colors. This brand does sell covers separately as well, but if you want the blanket itself to make a statement, take a look at Luna's stylish options from this minimal polka dot pattern to a whimsical space-inspired print that'd be perfect for kids.
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