- Research is limited, but recent findings say weighted blankets can aid in sleep and reduce anxiety.
- We tested 11 of them. Our favorites are the Brooklinen Weighted Comforter and the Bearaby Napper.
- Click here for more advice on what to consider when buying a weighted blanket.
If you toss and turn at night or find your mind racing when trying to fall asleep, you might benefit from adding a weighted blanket to your bedding. Usually weighing somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds, weighted blankets provide gentle, constant pressure as you sleep, and recent studies have shown promising results in their ability to ease anxiety and reduce insomnia, though research still remains limited.
I spoke with Rebecca Robbins, sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and she said the reason why weighted blankets tend to work is actually quite primal. “It really hearkens back to the way we entered the world,” said Robbins. “You were in a womb, compressed on all sides by water and fluid, and so there was a sense of pressure. We try to emulate that with infants by swaddling them. We might look at weighted blankets as the adult version of swaddling or emulating those circumstances where we feel at ease.”
I tested 11 of the most popular weighted blankets on the market to determine the best ones you can buy, evaluating them for how well I slept while using them, quality of materials and construction, how easy they were to wash and care for, and, of course, how comfy and cozy they were. For more advice on what to consider when buying a weighted blanket, click here or scroll to the bottom of this guide.
Editor’s note: Though my initial testing period lasted roughly one month, we acknowledge that issues may present themselves with extended use of a product. I have continued to test all of the top picks since this guide was published in November 2020. This guide is periodically updated with new findings and long-term discoveries.
The best weighted blankets in 2021
- Best weighted comforter: Brooklinen Weighted Comforter
- Best extra-heavy weighted blanket: Gravity 35-Pound Blanket
- Best cooling weighted blanket: BlanQuil Chill
- Best weighted throw blanket: Bearaby Napper
- Best budget weighted blanket: Luna Weighted Blanket
Brooklinen’s Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.
Pros: Looks just like a normal comforter, lots of plush fill, made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, has duvet cover loops, accepts returns in any condition within one year of purchase
Cons: Dry clean only, duvet cover sold separately, difficult to adjust while using it
If you don’t want to sleep under a stack of blankets or compromise your bedroom’s look, you’ll want a weighted comforter, and Brooklinen makes the best one I tried. It looks and feels just like a traditional plush comforter but with an extra 20 pounds of weight integrated with small glass beads. The blanket itself is made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, so it’s soft enough to throw on your bed without a duvet cover.
That being said, we recommend adding one — corner loops make it easy to tie on — because the blanket is dry-clean only which could run you anywhere from $20 to $50. It can be spot-cleaned and spot-dried with a hairdryer in a pinch.
I found that the 20-pound comforter I tested actually weighed closer to 24 pounds, but the extra weight didn’t make too much of a difference once I laid it out on the bed. Sleeping under it was pretty dreamy (excuse the pun). I felt enveloped by the cushy fill, but not too overwhelmed or overheated. It was somewhat difficult to adjust while lying under it due to the weight and size, but I found this typical for just about every comforter-sized weighted blanket I tested.
Though pricey, this comfortable weighted blanket is worth the investment, especially because it will entirely replace your comforter. If you find it’s not right for you, Brooklinen has an incredibly lenient return policy, accepting returns for any reason in any condition within 365 days of your purchase.
The best extra-heavy weighted blanket
Gravity’s 35-pound weighted blanket evenly distributes weight across your king-size bed and is perfect for those who are looking for some extra heft.
Pros: Great for those who need a heavier blanket, weight is evenly distributed, no beanbag feel, the cover is machine washable, low profile blanket
Cons: Queen/king size only comes in 35 pounds, the cover should be washed before use, too heavy to adjust in the middle of the night, the inner blanket is hand-wash only, customers are responsible for return fees
It’s recommended to use a weighted blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight, but many blanket brands we tested max out at 25 pounds. So if you weigh more than 250 pounds, you may find yourself struggling to find a weighted blanket that feels sufficiently heavy.
When I first received the Gravity 35-pound blanket, I thought it would feel way too heavy once laid out on the bed, but I found it to be pretty manageable when testing it. It did tend to slide down the bed as I was sleeping, and I’d often wake up about a foot lower than usual because I was chasing the blanket around through the night. It was simply too heavy to pull up or adjust while laying under it, though someone stronger than me will likely not have this issue.
One issue with this blanket was that the included micro-plush duvet cover felt oddly greasy out of the package. It left a film on my hands as I tried to smooth it out over the bed. But the zip-on cover is removable and washable, and a run through the wash resolved the issue. I can’t imagine hauling such a heavy blanket into and out of a washing machine, so the removable cover is a huge plus.
The Gravity blanket is low-profile without any excess fill, so it won’t add a lot of bulk to your bed. That said, it’s not as plush or cozy as the Brooklinen comforter, which does also come in a 35-pound version, though it’s much more expensive.
The brand also makes “single” size weighted blankets that measure 48-inches by 72-inches. I tested a 15-pound one with a cooling cover and found that it performed well, but there was nothing that made it really stand out from the pack.
The best cooling weighted blanket
The BlanQuil Chill‘s unique cover disperses heat and stays cool to the touch as you fall asleep, but its slick fabric can cause it to slide off the bed.
Pros: Stays cool to the touch, no beanbag feel, glass beads don’t shift, 60-night sleep trial
Cons: Slides off the bed easily; internal blanket is spot-clean only; only one size, one color, and two weights available
I sleep hot, and the BlanQuil Chill is the weighted blanket I have the longest relationship with. It’s been on my bed for about a year and a half, and I’ve had two iterations of the design.
I lined up all the cooling blankets I tested for this guide and ran my hand across each one and the BlanQuil felt noticeably cooler than all the others, plus it did the best job of “refreshing” itself by dissipating heat and getting back to its cool baseline.
Since it’s slightly bigger than a twin bed, it’s not a blanket that’s intended to be shared, but I drape mine over my Queen bed horizontally so both my partner and I can benefit. Glass beads add weight, but there’s no beanbag feeling, and I’ve never felt them shift in a way that causes the blanket to feel lumpy or uneven.
The zipper on the removable washable cover of the first version of the design was weak, couldn’t handle the weight of the blanket, and broke just a couple of months into its use. But, BlanQuil has since reinforced the zipper and I’ve yet to have a problem with it. I even stress tested it by holding the weight of the blanket against the zipper, and it held strong.
Though it’s one of the best I’ve used, the cooling cover’s material has a bit of a sheen to it, which makes slick and slide off the bed easily — especially if you toss and turn at night. As soon as it gets off-center, the blanket’s own weight will cause it to slide.
I’ve mitigated this a bit by sandwiching it between my top sheet and my comforter, but it’s still not a reliable fix. Because of this, I debated not choosing this as the best cooling blanket, but none of the other cooling blankets I tested even came close to keeping me cool for as long or as consistently. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect cooling weighted blanket, but I consider the BlanQuil Chill to be the best cooling weighted blanket for now.
The best weighted throw blanket
The cocoon-like, knit-woven Bearaby Cotton Napper keeps you cozy yet cool as you lounge on the couch, it’s entirely machine washable, and it’s one of the heftiest blankets we tested.
Pros: Aesthetically minded design, has significant heft, made from organic cotton, washable and dryable, 30-day return policy if blanket remains unwashed, most versatile weighted blanket I tested
Cons: Doesn’t fit in compact washing machines, takes multiple cycles to dry, open weave may catch toes and fingers, heavier than advertised (though this may be a pro, depending on your preference)
Many of the weighted blankets on the market emphasize function over form, often because they have to encase and evenly distribute heavy beads. But the weight of the Bearaby Napper comes entirely from the dense organic cotton strands hand-knit into one of the most aesthetically minded weighted blankets I’ve ever seen.
If you’re not convinced straight-up cotton could be woven into a blanket with significant heft, you’d be sorely mistaken. This is a really heavy blanket — the blanket I tested, which was advertised as the 15-pound version, actually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. I contacted the company to verify that they sent me the right item, and they assured me they did.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing that they’re heavier than advertised, but it’s something to keep in mind when you order.
A blanket this heavy — and bulky — can be tough to shift around, and if it’s going to live on your couch, it will take up quite a bit of space. Personally, I’ve shifted it to my bed. It drapes nicely over me and my partner on top of our existing comforter, but the open weave makes it prone to stretching if you need to pull it up in the night. It hasn’t misshapen in any significant way, thankfully.
It’s not quite a cooling blanket — Bearaby does offer one called the Tree Napper that I haven’t tested — but it doesn’t trap heat thanks to the open weave. The holes are quite large, though, so if you’ll be bothered by some toes or fingers poking through, you might want to look elsewhere.
The Napper is fully machine washable and can go in the dryer on a delicate setting. I wanted to see how the blanket washed and dried as part of my test, but it didn’t fit in my space-saving apartment-sized washing machine.
The budget weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are typically expensive, but the Luna Weighted Blanket is gentle on your wallet despite being constructed from Oeko-Tex-certified cotton and filled with natural glass beads.
Pros: Excellent quality at a low price; comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and weights; fully machine washable; Oeko-Tex Certified construction; true to weight
Cons: Thinner blanket than some others on our list
Weighted blankets tend to be very expensive, but Luna offers an excellent weighted blanket at an affordable price. Price aside, its quality also matched or even exceeded other weighted blankets at much higher price points.
I tested the 15-pound Queen-size blanket, and the glass beads inside were barely noticeable, producing no beanbag effect. Where many other cheap weighted blankets are loaded with chemicals, the Luna Weighted Blanket is Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning it contains no harmful materials.
The blanket is much thinner than some of the others I tested, but in a sea of products known for causing sleepers to overheat, a thin blanket was a welcome change. It stayed breathable and was light enough to easily adjust in the middle of the night. It wasn’t quite as cozy as some of the others, but it’s a great option to layer with your usual comforter or use during the warmer months.
As I’ve continued to test these blankets, the Luna has become a bit of a travel-sized weighted blanket for me. Now that I’ve gotten so used to sleeping with a weighted blanket, I have a hard time going without. I wouldn’t recommend taking it on an airplane — it’s a bit bulky for that — but the Luna is thin enough to fold into a car trunk-friendly size.
The blanket was a true 15 pounds according to my scale, but that weight was dispersed over a Queen-size surface area, making it feel lighter. Speaking more generally, that’s something to keep in mind: you’ll feel more pressure resting under a Full-size blanket than a King-size one of the same weight.
It’s also one of the easiest blankets to clean that I tested. The entire thing fits into my compact washer-dryer, and was fully dry within one cycle — and it got softer after just one wash.
How we tested weighted blankets
There are several factors I took into consideration while assessing weighted blankets. Aside from general coziness and comfort provided by each blanket, I also assessed things like quality of material, value, weight options, and aesthetics. For example, a blanket that came in more color and weight options beat out a blanket of equal quality that came in fewer options. I also considered things like return policies, sleep trials, and how easy these blankets were to clean.
The following are three tests I ran each blanket through to assess general user experience:
Sleep test: I slept with each of the weighted blankets on my bed for at least three consecutive nights. I noted how well I slept overall and how the blanket regulated my sleep temperature. I also paid attention to how well the blanket stayed in place as I slept and how easy it was to adjust while lying under it. Part of this test also included making the bed every day (hauling a weighted blanket is harder than it looks).
Wash test: I washed every weighted blanket or cover that was machine washable at least once to ensure they held up well in the wash and didn’t shrink, shed, or otherwise show signs of wear. I noted if the added weight made them more difficult to haul into and out of the washing machine. I also discovered that one of the machine-washable blankets was so bulky it didn’t fit into my washing machine. For those blankets that weren’t machine-washable, I made note of the care instructions and factored that into the cons of the blanket as I assessed them.
Weight test: I wanted to ensure each blanket was actually the weight it was advertised. To get an accurate reading, I weighed myself and then weighed myself again while holding each blanket, noting any discrepancies in the advertised weight versus the actual weight.
What else we tested
What we recommend and why
Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket: The Baloo weighted blanket struck a great balance between comfort and cost. Its construction and quality felt similar enough to the Luna that we’d rather recommend the one that’s even more affordable.
Gravity Cooling Blanket: The blanket itself is well-built and high-quality, but the cooling cover did little to actually cool me off as I slept. It just felt like any other weighted blanket, and didn’t do much to distinguish itself from the other blankets I tried.
Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket: This blanket is dual-sided — with a silky cooling side and a minky textured side. The silky side stayed cool to the touch and the bumps on the minky side provided a nice sensory option. It didn’t feel beanbaggy and the weight was evenly distributed. But it was only available in one size, two weights, and one dark gray color that severely limited how many home decor scenarios it would work within.
What we don’t recommend and why
Yaasa Weighted Blanket: This is a knit-style blanket similar to the Bearaby Napper, but Yaasa’s weave was much tighter and therefore allowed for less airflow, and the material also felt spongier and less cozy than the Napper’s. The Yaasa blanket was also dry clean only.
Helix Weighted Blanket: This blanket is dual-sided with a white sherpa fleece side and a gray minky fleece side. I found the sherpa side especially cozy, and so did my cat. But it had one of the worst beanbag effects of any of the blankets I tried, and there is only one size and color option available, though it did come in three weights. If this blanket suits your style, it’s a decent buy for an affordable price.
YnM Weighted Blanket: This is an Amazon bestseller in weighted blankets, so we wanted to put it to the test. It’s a perfectly serviceable budget blanket, but the glass beads created a sort of beanbag effect that the Luna did not. Plus, the Luna is even cheaper and made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton, which isn’t found with the YnM.
What we’re testing next
Bearaby Sleeper: This is the only weighted blanket I’ve discovered designed specifically for couples. While there’s little data available to determine the best weight for a couple to share, Bearaby has eliminated some of that guesswork by weighting the two halves of the blanket differently, allowing you to choose the right weight for each person. This is especially useful if you and your partner are drastically different sizes and therefore would benefit from different blanket weights. The two halves can unzip from each other and become two distinct blankets. Right now, they are sold out, but Bearaby has assured us that they’ll be restocking soon, and we hope to test it once they do.
Luxome Luxury Weighted Blanket: The Luxome weighted blanket comes with a reversible cover with a plush minky fabric on one side and a cooling bamboo fabric on the other. This allows you to customize your blanket with the seasons. I’m curious to see if this versatility actually makes a difference in how the blanket affects my body temperature. It’s also a nice mid-range option in terms of price, and I’m hoping to add some more affordable options to this guide.
Slumber Cloud Weighted Blanket: In my ongoing quest to find a cooling weighted blanket that stays put throughout the night, I’m looking forward to testing the Slumber Cloud. It’s made using thermoregulation technology developed by NASA to keep astronauts comfortable in their spacesuits. The technology called Outlast uses small beads that absorb body heat when you get too hot and release it back to you when you get too cold. I’m fascinated by this concept and I’m excited to see if it works.
Weighted blanket FAQs
What weight should a weighted blanket be?
It’s recommended to select a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight. But Robbins adds that there are no clinically established guideposts for choosing a blanket weight. “It’s hard for the one size fits all approach because we’re all just so unique and have different physiologies,” she says.
This is especially true when blankets come in different sizes. A 15-pound throw blanket is going to feel much heavier than a 15-pound comforter since a larger blanket distributes its weight over a larger surface area. Robbins suggests trying out weighted blankets before purchasing them. If you can’t test weighted blankets in a store, look for brands that offer sleep trials or have buyer-friendly return policies like many of our top picks.
What if I’m sharing the weighted blanket with a partner?
If you’re sharing a weighted blanket with a partner, you’ll likely want something a bit heavier, mostly due to the fact that larger blankets feel lighter than smaller ones. A blog from Layla Sleep advises purchasing a blanket that’s roughly 7.5% of the couple’s combined weight. I reached out to the brand to determine how they established this number and a representative responded, “Most suggestions in terms of weight are based on anecdotal evidence. We also factor in the customer satisfaction data that we have when making suggestions, but ultimately the weight that’s right for any one person will depend heavily on personal preference.”
It’s important to note that this parameter hasn’t been established in any sort of clinical trial or scientific study, so take it with a grain of salt. As long as you’re comfortable and can move freely under the blanket, you should choose the weight that works best for you.
What size weighted blanket should I get?
If you’re sharing a blanket with a partner with a similar body weight, you’ll want a weighted blanket that covers your entire bed. Many brands, including almost all of our top picks, offer blankets in multiple sizes to fit standard twin, full, queen, and king beds.
Some weighted blankets in these sizes are a bit smaller than typical comforters so the weighted blanket doesn’t hang off the side of your bed too much. Excess fabric that hangs off the side can pull the weighted blanket off-center as you shift around in the night.
If you and your partner are very different weights, consider opting for two smaller separate blankets in a throw or twin size. This way, you can each get the weight that’s most comfortable for you. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to worry about blanket theft in the middle of the night.
How often should I wash my weighted blanket?
Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President at The American Cleaning Institute, recommends you treat your weighted blanket like any comforter, washing it once or twice a year, provided it’s covered by a duvet cover that you’re washing monthly. If it doesn’t have a removable cover, the entire blanket should be washed roughly once a month.
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