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The 11 Best Weighted Blankets to Soothe Your Anxiety and Help You Sleep Better

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Whether you’re waking up with anxiety or just curious about the hype, it’s time to seriously consider a weighted blanket. These bedcovers and throw blankets come in a range of weights (more about that below) and are endorsed by sleep scientists, such as Dr. Whitney Roban, Ph.D., family, educational and corporate sleep specialist at Solve Our Sleep (as well as our cousin, who won’t stop talking about hers). Users say these blankets help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer, so you wake up feeling more refreshed and less stressed out.

There are two major styles of weighted blankets: comforter styles, in which dense little beads are sewn into the baffled squares, and knit designs, where the weight comes from layers and layers of cotton or wool yarn. And, of course, there are always colors, fabrications and removable covers to sort through.

After our research, we’ve found 15 blankets in this product category to meet almost every need (and interior design scheme). We judged our blankets on customer reviews and staff feedback, using 15-pound sizes for pricing.

What Weight Is Best for a Weighted Blanket?

To know what weight to choose, it's best to understand the mechanism of weighted blankets. “Weighted blankets provide deep-touch pressure to the body, which slows down the nervous system and makes a person feel more grounded and secure,” says Dr. Roban. In order to create that effect, the general rule of thumb is that weighted blankets should equal approximately 10 percent of your body weight. So let’s say you’re 135 pounds of pure insomnia; in that case, a 15-pound model would be the closest of the standard 10, 15, and 20-pound iterations for you to sleep under.

How Do You Wash a Weighted Blanket?

A note for germaphobes: Don’t hesitate to try a weighted blanket just because you’re unsure about how to launder it, in all its hefty, potentially washing machine-damaging glory. Elizabeth Grojean, founder of Baloo Living, says that blankets under 20 pounds can be washed in a home machine on the gentle cycle. For anything over that size, she suggests taking the blanket to a laundromat, where an industrial machine will better be able to withstand the wear and tear. Another option? Consider tucking it into a duvet cover, which can cut down on several washes of the blanket itself.

And now, onto the soothing, stress-busting blankets—starting with a list of our recommendations, followed by all the cuddly details.

The Best Weighted Blankets at a Glance

Best Overall

1. Bearaby Cotton Napper

Bearaby

  • Why We Love It: Knitted design, choice of four weights

Not too keen on the comforter style of most weighted blankets? Bearaby’s knitted cotton napper has become a go-to for its look and functionality. Reviewer Kara Cuzzone says that "it’s more soothing and comfortable than other weighted blankets I’ve tried, since the knit construction ensures an even distribution of weight and pressure throughout."

Long strands of fat organic cotton with just a touch of spandex (which offer a teensy hugging stretch), are woven into delicious afghans in hues that range from Soft Rose, Midnight Blue, Rich Grape and Butternut to Moonstone and slate shades of gray. However, the knit style does require a bit more care in terms of laundering: According to the brand's instructions, you can wash at home, but don’t lie it flat or hang it up to dry it; just keep tumbling.

Best for Reducing Stress

2. Gravity Cooling Weighted Blanket

Gravity

  • Why We Love It: Moisture-wicking fabric, cover buttons, zips onto inner blanket

Feeling stressed? Gravity’s cooling weighted blanket can theoretically increase serotonin and melatonin and decrease cortisol by using deep pressure stimulation to replicate the feeling of being held or hugged. Plus, the breathable moisture-wicking polyester cover does more than just wick away heat (and consequently, stress and anxiety); it actually allows air to move in and around your body. So you’ll get the pluses of having blanket weight, without the overheated-in-your-coat-in-a-crowded-elevator feeling.

Best for All-Seasons

3. Layla Weighted Blanket

Layla

  • Why We Love It: Plush cover fabric, cooling cotton underside; affordably priced

Each year, we look forward to whipping out our winter blankets and snuggling by the fire. But, if you want something that you can use during the warmer months, Layla’s weighted blanket is an all-season option with a Goldilocks feel. While the top side is made of plush, mink-like fur, the other side is constructed with cooling, 300 thread-count cotton fibers. And, in addition to the blanket’s seasonal design, it has deep-touch pressure technology that its makers claim is especially effective for people with anxiety or ADHD. Oh, and did we mention that it’s completely washable?

Best for Couples

4. Brooklinen Weighted Comforter

Brooklinen

  • Why We Love It: Glass microbead weights; good size range

If you share a bed with someone who notoriously hogs the sheets, we’d recommend giving Brooklinen’s weighted comforter a try. It comes in three weights (15, 20 and 30 pounds), and we guarantee that the king size—that's the 30-pound option—will make stealing the sheets a more strenuous battle, since the glass microbead construction ensures the blanket will remain evenly distributed between the two of you. Not to mention that it’s encased in a quilted, 400 thread-count cotton sateen shell for a silky-soft feel.

  • Why We Love It: Diamond quilting, organic cotton construction

This baffled comforter is filled with glass beads that sink the loft of the velvet into your face as you snuggle into it. Thanks to the fabric, this one skews warm, so it’s perfect for always-cold types who like to snuggle on the couch during winter. One con? It is dry-clean only, so no more ice cream or chocolate in front of the TV with this weighted blanket.

Best for the Couch

6. Casper Weighted Blanket

Casper

  • Why We Love It: Comes in 10-, 15- and 20-pound weights, quilted channels

With a starting weight size of only 10 pounds, the channel-quilted Casper is an excellent option for someone who wants a little more than regular blanket weight, but not a full-on cover hug. The microbead weights stay evenly distributed between the crisp cotton fabric that's sewn into channels and the throw-blanket size (50 inches by 70 inches) makes this baby totally couch-ready.

Most Stylish

7. Baloo Weighted Blanket

Baloo

  • Why We Love It: All-cotton construction

Even without a cover, this is a gorgeous blanket that comes in hefts ranging from 12- to 25-pounds. The tight quilted pattern distributes weight evenly, without bulking up. But it’s the brand’s accompanying French linen covers that we’re really swooning over, available in soft shades of blush pink, oatmeal, dove grey and charcoal. (Genius alert: The covers come with eight ties that correspond to loops on the blanket, so they'll stay in place.) Long story short: It’s the sexy wrinkled chic bed of our dreams, now with the calming effect of weighted blanket therapy.

  • Why We Love It: Polyester fabric, zipper closure

Considering most weighted blankets retail for well over $100, this one’s price point feels like a major steal. And based on its reviews, in this instance, affordable doesn’t equal cheap. “I’m so glad that I shopped around and found the perfect weighted blanket. It has a cover that easily zips off to wash. It’s very good quality and super soft,” writes one customer.

However, a few reviewers mention that the weighted beads tend to move around and make a bit of noise, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a totally silent option.

Best for Hot Sleepers

9. Therapedic Cooling Blanket

Therapedic

  • Why We Love It: Washable bamboo-derived rayon cover, cooling

If you regularly wake up sweating, the last thing you want to do is add another hot, heavy layer to your bed. That’s why this 10-pound number combines the standard benefits of a weighted blanket with a bamboo cover that won’t trap excess heat. “The cooling feature is perfect for those who want the extra weight without the extra heat,” confirms one buyer.

Best for Kids

10. YNM Weighted Blanket

YNM

  • Why We Love It: Weight options from 7 to 30 pounds; seven-layer fabric-bead construction for comfort

This Amazon favorite comes in sizes up to King and a weight up to 25 pounds, but the baby bear-sized 7-pounder is the standout for its even distribution of glass beads that don’t get too hot, even over little bodies with their furnace metabolisms. Also, it comes in a range of shades in its sustainable bamboo fabrication, including fun flower and jungle prints.

  • Why We Love It: 12- to 30-pound weight range; removable textured cover

More than 36,000 5-star ratings on Amazon praise this blanket’s quality and comfort. If you’re not sure whether a weighted blanket is for you, this is the model that will make you a convert—at least according to several buyers. Seven layers of fabric make sure the glass beads stay in place while still offering plenty of cuddly comfort.

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