Weighted blankets are comforters filled with heavy material that makes you feel like you’re getting a warm hug. They employ deep pressure stimulation to reduce your stress, improve your mood, and promote a night of restful sleep. Additionally, research has found that these blankets can help with symptoms related to autism, ADHD, PTSD, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and sensory processing disorders.
Since their introduction to the commercial market in 2017, weighted comforters have been a popular gift item and must-have bedding accessory. They come in a variety of weights and sizes, as well as filling material and fabric. So how do you know which one to buy? There are four general guidelines to follow when choosing a weighted duvet:
- Select a blanket that weighs 10 percent of your body weight and then add or subtract 1 to 2 pounds, depending on how heavy you want your bedding to be.
- The weight of the blanket should be heavy enough to put sufficient pressure on your body but not so heavy that you can’t easily carry it or get out from under it.
- Choose a blanket size that will comfortably cover your entire body.
- Pick a fabric that conforms to your sleep preferences. For example, if you’re a hot sleeper, choose a cooling fabric like bamboo or cotton. Or if you like a snuggly feeling, choose a softer and thicker material.
In addition to the above guidelines, it’s also important to consider the cost. Ideally, you want to choose the highest quality blanket for the lowest price. To help you in your search we’ve compiled the best and cheapest weighted blankets on the market:
The ZonLi weighted blanket measures 60” by 80” and weighs 15 pounds. It consists of natural and environmentally friendly material and contains non-toxic, hypoallergenic, odorless glass beads. The duvet is composed of several individual layers. The top and bottom layers are made of microfiber and solid polyester. The middle layer contains glass beads sewn inside of tiny square pockets. All three layers are contained within a cotton shell layer with additional layers of cotton backing. This comforter uses high-density sewing technology to prevent loose threads and to keep beads from leaking.
The cost for the ZonLi weighted duvet does not include the cost of the cover. Duvet covers sell separately and are available in polyester, mink, cotton, rayon and bamboo fabric.
The ZonLi comes in Dark Grey, White, and Grey Navy. It’s also available in weights of 5, 7,10, 12, 20, 22, 25, and 30 lbs, as well as various sizes. *
The Sweetzer & Orange adult weighted blanket measures 48” x 72” and weighs 15 pounds. This comforter is double-sided. One side is ideal for winter, while the other is best for summer. The cooler side consists of silky cotton, while the warmer side consists of a chambray cotton flannel. The duvet’s weight comes from silent, non-toxic glass beads, sewn into grids to prevent shifting. It is available in two colors, blue-stripe and grey-stripe.
Additionally, it features reinforced stitching to prevent the beads from leaking. However, this blanket is not machine-washable.
Sweetzer & Orange also offers a 10 pound,41” x 60”, and a 20-pound, 50” x 78” model for $66.87 and $84.97 respectively.
The YnM weighted comforter measures 60” x 80” and weighs 15 pounds. It consists of seven layers that mold themselves to fit the shape of a person’s body. This feature increases the sensation of being hugged. Additionally, YnM uses a honeycomb fabric, which helps to expel moisture, making the blanket more breathable. The YnM duvet is available in either a cooling cotton or a bamboo viscose. However, duvet covers are sold separately.
This blanket is machine washable, although the manufacturer recommends washing it on the gentle or low cycle and drying it on low heat. Furthermore, it’s available in weights up to 30 pounds and comes in a variety of sizes.*
The Tranquility weighted throw measures 48” x 72” and weighs 15 pounds. It’s made of double-sided polyester, one side has the feeling of soft velour, and the other side has a firmer feel. It also has temperature balancing technology, which keeps a person’s body cool in warmer temperatures and warm in colder temperatures. The blanket’s filling is virtually noiseless and consists of micro glass beads.
The duvet cover is removable and washable. Additionally, the blanket is available in a 50” x 60” model that weighs 10 lbs, and the 48” 72” model is also available in 12, 18, and 20-pound weights.*
The CuteKing weighted duvet measures 60” x 80” and weighs 15 pounds. It contains premium glass beads and consists of pure cotton with thin layers of polyester for protection against wear and tear. The blanket is relatively thick and sturdy, making it durable and long-lasting. Additionally, it can be machine washed on a low, gentle setting and dried on low heat.
The CuteKing is only available in solid dark grey, but the 60” x 80” model also comes in weights of 20 and 25 pounds. Furthermore, it’s available in sizes of 41” x 60” with a weight of 10 pounds, and 80” x 87” with weights of 15, 20 and 25 pounds.*
The Dozeology weighted comforter measures 60” x 80” and weighs 15 pounds. It consists of 100% breathable, natural cotton. As a result, this blanket wicks away moisture, allowing a person to feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s filled with environmentally friendly, hypoallergic, non-toxic, and odorless beads.
Furthermore, this blanket utilizes a diamond stitching pattern to separate the beads so they will be evenly distributed over a person’s body. The duvet cover is included and is machine washable. However, the duvet itself must be washed by hand or preferably, spot cleaned.
This blanket comes in Frost Grey and Sky White and is also available in a 7-pound weight option.*
*The price is subject to change based on the size and weight of the blanket.