Weighted blankets have exploded in popularity as a remedy for stress, anxiety, insomnia and much more -- even restless leg syndrome. They're usually made of standard duvet materials stuffed with poly pellets, glass beads or other weighted fillers. The idea is that the deep pressure the blanket exerts promotes the production of serotonin, which in turn helps soothe symptoms of things as diverse as post-traumatic stress, ADHD and sensory processing disorders and can also simply help you fall asleep.
While they've been used as a deep touch pressure method to help calm kids on the autism spectrum, weighted blankets for adults have only recently gained steam with stressed-out grown-ups looking for relaxation and a good night's sleep. Do they live up to the hype? Check out our guide on how weighted blankets work.
Ready to buy? With so many weighted blankets out there, it can be hard to choose. Luckily, we've rounded up some of the best weighted blankets you can buy below.
If you're not sure how to pick, this guide gives you. If you are feeling crafty, you can also too, for kids or adults!
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The best weighted blankets, compared
||Price||Type of weights||Removable cover?||Weight options in pounds||Sizes in inches|
|Gravity||$249||Glass beads||Included||15, 20, 25||48" x 72"|
|YnM||$69 and up||Glass beads||Sold separately||5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25||Multiple sizes*|
|SensaCalm||$89 and up||Glass beads||Sold separately||3-20||34" x 50", 38"x 62" & 38"x 72"|
|Bearaby||$199 and up||Glass beads or layered knitted fabric||Sold separately||15, 20, 25||Multiple sizes|
|Harkla||$119 and up||Glass beads||Included||5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25||Multiple sizes|
|Baloo||$149 and up||Glass beads with polyester batting||Sold separately||15 or 20||60" x 80"|
|Mosaic||$79 and up||Plastic beads||Sold separately||5-25||Multiple sizes|
*Multiple sizes include throw blanket, twin, queen and king options, plus other miscellaneous sizes.
Gravity is one of the better-known weighted blanket brands thanks in large part to its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, anyone can buy one of these blankets, which come in 15-, 20- and 25-pound options. Gravity uses glass beads as filler and has a plush, removable and machine washable duvet cover.
Gravity also recently launched a cooling version of its heavy blanket, which has a special cover that wicks away sweat and keeps your body cool, perfect for a summer night's sleep.
YnM's weighted blanket is highly rated on Amazon and for good reason. It's sturdy, has seven breathable layers and comes in five different sizes and nine weight options from 5 to 25 pounds. Oh, and it starts around $60. I bought this weighted blanket for myself last fall and I love it. To be honest, I think it played a key role in helping me feel calm in the aftermath of a difficult breakup.
The blanket itself is well-made and filled with glass beads. The separate machine washable cover is not required, but it makes it far easier to keep the blanket clean. The cover is available in a variety of fabrics, including the soft gray minky cover I have, and starts at $15.
Want a custom weighted blanket? SensaCalm is your best bet. It allows you to customize everything about your blanket, from the fabric to the weight. You pick if you want fiberfill or not, plus you can add snaps for a separate duvet cover and even monogram the finished blanket.
It even has waterproof fabrics, which are good for kids. Blankets start around $90 for kids' sizes and go up from there to fit any size bed.
Bearaby's The Napper adult weighted blanket is unlike any other I've seen. Instead of glass beads or poly pellets sandwiched between two layers of plain old duvet fabric or that minky plush, it's knitted. The company uses hypoallergenic yarn made of layers of fabric to create a weighted throw blanket. It comes in three sizes and weights, with seven color options and it starts at $249.
Want a more traditional weighted blanket? It also has a weighted comforter for sleep.
Looking for a weighted blanket for your kid or grandkid? Check out Harkla. It makes weighted blankets, weighted vests and weighted lap pads, plus a sensory peapod and hanging swing for children with sensory processing issues. Its blankets come in vivid colors and have soft, plush textures (courtesy of that minky fabric).
Harkla also makes a weighted blanket for adults, starting at $179 (you can also get a Harkla blanket from Amazon for less).
Looking for a luxury weighted blanket? Baloo makes a premium-looking cotton weighted blanket for adults and offers a separate french linen duvet cover for a refined night's rest.
There are two sizes available, one for a twin bed and one for a full/queen-size bed, which is big enough to cover the top of a queen mattress so that there is minimal overhang. The twin size is 12 pounds for $149, and the full/queen comes in 15- or 20-pound weights, both for $169.
Mosaic has been making weighted blankets in the US for 8 years. They have a lot of different options including blankets for adults, teens and kids, even antimicrobial blankets for use in hospitals. The filling is made of hypoallergenic, BPA-free plastic pellets and poly fill.
Mosaic offers a broader selection of weights than other companies -- you can get a blanket in 1-pound increments from 5 to 25.
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