Upgrade Your Sleep and Space With the 7 Best Weighted Blankets
There’s not a Snuggie dupe in sight.
Updated Sep 30, 2021 10:15 AM
Weighted blankets have clear functional appeal—devotees claim they quell anxiety, lower stress, and foster deeper sleep—but when it comes to aesthetics, the category is usually underwhelming. Yet what originally seemed like a fad has staying power, and some of our favorite design-forward brands now offer their own take on the trending item. (We’re still thinking about Ban.do’s limited-edition dip-dyed version.)
Elevated materials and color palettes replace the plush, Snuggie-esque polyester throws of yesteryear. Think: 400-thread-count sateen comforters filled with glass microbeads and woven yarn designs in muted hues like almond, amber, rosemary, and elderberry. Ahead are seven standout options that we consider to be the best weighted blankets on the market, created for deeper sleep and less stress—all without sacrificing style.
- Best overall: Bearaby Tree Napper
- Best design: Gravity Ombré Weighted Blanket
- Best weighted comforter: Brooklinen Weighted Comforter
- Best for couples: Sunday Citizen Super Soft Weighted Blanket for Two
- Best sustainable: Nuzzie Knit Weighted Blanket
- Best entry level: Baloo Weighted Blanket
- Best value: YnM Cotton Weighted Blanket
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Weight: A weighted blanket’s bulk simulates deep touch pressure (DTP), a therapy approach that uses firm pressure and the feeling of being swaddled or hugged to reduce anxiety and stress. Generally the rule of thumb is to choose a blanket that’s 10 percent of your body weight. For example, a 15- or 20-pound blanket might be great for one adult to use solo; a heftier 30- or 35-pound version (with larger dimensions in addition to heaviness; more on that in a moment) works well for couples; and lighter, under-10-pound blankets are ideal for children or teens.
Size: Choosing a weighted blanket isn’t exactly the same as selecting linens or comforters for your bed. Some brands do offer dimensions scaled to mattress size, which is ideal if you plan to use your weighted blanket in a bedroom and/or share it with a partner. But many brands (like Bearaby, our Best Overall pick) size their blankets with solo sleepers in mind, so the length and width dimensions stay consistent across different weight options.
When it comes to both size and heft of weighted blankets, bigger doesn’t automatically mean better or more anxiety and stress relief. A too-heavy or overly sprawling blanket could feel uncomfortable, smothering, or unwieldy (i.e., it could be hard to move around and shift sleeping positions mid-snooze), canceling out the intended soothing effect.
Material: Once you’ve figured out the ideal weight and size, consider what type of material and construction of blanket you’ll enjoy most. For hot sleepers and warmer weather, cotton and eco-friendly Tencel, made from eucalyptus pulp, feel cooler and more breathable compared to plush, faux fur–like synthetic blends, the most ubiquitous (and, often, unattractive) type of weighted blanket available. Construction greatly impacts how a weighted blanket feels, too. Thick knit styles made with heavy, jumbo-size yarn evenly distribute weight and allow for ample air ventilation thanks to a wide weave, which is great if you tend to run hot. These one-piece designs are also typically simpler to clean since there aren’t multiple layers or a cover to remove. Or opt for a quilted exterior if you prefer the look and feel of a traditional duvet; these are filled with glass or plastic beads to add weight.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Bearaby Tree Napper
This natural-fiber knit by Bearaby is a luxe alternative to typical synthetic versions. The brand’s cotton classic version is great, but the buttery feel of the Tree Napper is even softer on the skin. It’s made from knitted Tencel, a naturally cooling material with a smooth and comfortable feel that’s similar to high-quality cotton but more sustainable to produce. Muted pastels, deep berry, and neutrals add extra polish and “would look great styled in a basket, with a corner gently draped over the top,” says Andi Morse, founder and principal designer of Morse Design. The blankets are available in a single length and slightly adjusted widths, weighing 15, 20, or 25 pounds; they work best for solo use, though couples can use one horizontally for movie nights on the couch. The kids’ Nappling version is smaller and lighter, weighing 8 pounds.
Best Design: Gravity Ombré Weighted Blanket
This quilted, glass bead–filled blanket sports a 300-thread-count cotton cover with a subtle ombré effect. The design is available in sky blue, almond, and dove gray, and the material is supersoft and high quality. Morse suggests styling the blue version as a “cover on the bed, paired with a comforter folded over at the bottom so you can still see the ombré. Add some pretty blue and white pillows or shams and your bed is complete.”
Best Weighted Comforter: Brooklinen Weighted Comforter
Prefer the cozy, puffer-coat feel of a down duvet to a knitted or fleece blanket? Brooklinen’s simple yet luxurious Weighted Comforter gets its heft from glass beads and features a 400-thread-count cotton shell that’s nice enough to leave out on display. Alternatively, you can customize it with stylish covers—think: a lush heathered-gray cashmere pick for chilly winters or a luxe sateen cover for spring, available in an assortment of neutral hues, prints, and fun limited-run patterns.
Best for Couples: Sunday Citizen Super Soft Weighted Blanket for Two
For couples who’d rather share than tuck into separate, smaller blankets, Sunday Citizen’s offering is one of the rare options designed for two people. At 35 pounds, it’s heavier than most on the market (the majority tend to top out at 25 pounds, even for king-size length and width dimensions). In lieu of glass beads, it has a unique filling: a mix of crystals, including quartz and amethyst for stress relief. The textured microfiber cover comes in muted pastels, which offer a more elevated look than most synthetic covers on the market.
Best Sustainable: Nuzzie Knit Weighted Blanket
Knitted from recycled polyester, each Nuzzie blanket purportedly saves the equivalent of 20 pounds of plastic waste, requires 25,000 fewer gallons of water to produce than similar all-cotton versions, and is more durable and stain resistant, too. Morse likes Nuzzie’s “great palette of colors, making it perfect for the end of the bed,” she explains. Like Bearaby, Nuzzie offers smaller, lighter, 8-pound kids’ versions, either with the same attractive thick knit or as a cotton-covered, bead-filled quilt. Plus the company donates a blanket to a person in need for every blanket sold.
Best Entry Level: Baloo Weighted Blanket
First-timers will appreciate Baloo’s affordable price points and blankets that are wider than most, like a full/queen (15 or 20 pounds), king (25 pounds), or throw (12 pounds). With a simple, clean, white-quilted appearance, Baloo’s construction is low-maintenance, too: The cotton exterior and interior linings are fully machine washable, unlike similar-looking blankets with washable covers and nonwashable inserts. The blanket feels thinner than most weighted blankets, making it a nice starter pick for the uninitiated without the risk of feeling smothered by a too-thick design.
Best Value: YnM Cotton Weighted Blanket
There aren’t many quality weighted blankets under $100, but this cotton-covered, glass bead–filled version has loads of positive reviews among its 43,000 ratings; it’s even Amazon’s number-one best-selling weighted blanket. We suggest skipping the patterns and sticking instead to the simple solid options, like this light gray hue that will match everything.
Can you wash weighted blankets?
Yes, they usually can be washed, but be sure to first check the care instructions. Generally, knitted blankets can be machine washed but need to be air-dried, often for a long amount of time given the weight and absorbency of the jumbo yarn used. Blankets filled with glass or plastic pellets usually have washable covers, though the weighty interior layer often can’t be washed.
Can children use weighted blankets?
Definitely; in fact, they’re sometimes used to alleviate anxiety and attention issues in kids. But little ones will need their own pint-size throws to burrow under, like these 8-pound options: Bearby’s Nappling blanket and Nuzzie’s kids-size blanket (both featuring the same jumbo knits as their full-size counterparts) and Nuzzie’s cooling cotton-covered, glass bead–filled blanket.
What’s the best way to store weighted blankets?
“Since weighted blankets take up more room than a typical throw, it’s not a great piece to keep draped over a sofa or chair,” says Morse. Instead she recommends keeping it “neatly rolled in an open basket.”
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