Weighted Blanket Comparison

Picking a weighted blanket can be an intimidating task with so many available features. Before we get started, you should identify your specific needs.

Are you looking for relaxation, stress reduction, or improved sleep? Do you have any sensory processing needs or specific conditions that may benefit from a weighted blanket? Do you want to be environmentally conscious? With these answers in mind finding the right type of blanket will be easy.

Below we break down weight, size, material and texture, filling, safety, and care into bite-sized chunks to help you think through your decision.

Getting Started. How Will You Use Your Blanket?

A weighted blanket can serve as a companion in many parts of your life supporting different needs. It embraces you while sleeping, promoting deeper rest and tranquility. Reading becomes cozier and movie nights at home or in the theater transform into immersive experiences. Tensions fade in the office, enhancing focus and productivity. Cheering at sporting events or stargazing during camping nights becomes even more delightful. Resting in an airplane or embarking on a road trip it offers a sense of security and comfort. In any setting, a weighted blanket can help enhance your experience. How are you planning on using your weighted blanket? How will this change how you store, transport, and clean your blanket?

Choosing the Right Weight

Weighted blankets also come in various weights. Selecting the appropriate weight is crucial in supporting effectiveness as well as safety. A general guideline is to choose a blanket that is approximately 10% of the user body weight. Hypothetically, if you weigh 125 lbs the calculation would look like this:

Body Weight x 10%

125lbs x .1 = 12.5 lbs

Consider starting with a 12-15 lb blanket

The ideal weight of the blanket is very much a personal preference. This is especially true with individuals with sensory processing disorders or sensory sensitivities. This is why we highly recommend trying weighted blankets with different weights to find the right weight for you. Since not many retailers stock weighted blankets to try you may have to order this online. This is where the 10% rule comes in handy.  

It is often recommended to people that are new to weighted blankets to start off with a lighter weight and gradually increase the weight to achieve the desired comfort.

Some additional considerations regarding weight:

  • Is it the right weight for my personal use (the 10% calculation)?
  • Is this for two or more people to use together and is the weight right for each of you? (see our weight per square foot chart)
  • Can I move and carry the entire weight of the blanket?
  • Can I easily clean the blanket e.g. can I carry a wet blanket or can my washing machine handle a heavy blanket?

Ultimately, individual preferences and recommendations from healthcare professionals should also be taken into account. It is important to ensure that the weight feels comfortable and provides the desired therapeutic effect without causing discomfort or restriction. As always, refer to recommendations of healthcare professionals if you have specific concerns or needs.

Following are some additional weight considerations:

  • Is this right for my size ( use the calculation)
  • Is this the right size for using this together with someone else (am I sharing this on a bed or a couch or do I need two different blankets?)
  • Is this light enough for me to carry around i.e. am I able to lift and carry 15, 20, or 25 lbs?
  • Is this light enough for me to clean? What if the blanket weighs more during the wash process i.e. what if it is wet?

For Children

If the weighted blanket is for a child, parents should consider using a lighter weight than 10% of the child body weight. Weighted blankets designed for children typically weigh 3 to 12 pounds.

Double The Size, Half The Weight?

What happens when you get a 15 lb twin-sized blanket versus a 15 lb king.  It could feel completely different!  We made a chart to help you find comparable weight blankets across different dimensions. 

Choosing the Right-Sized Blanket

The criteria you use for selecting a non-weighted blanket is the same criteria you would use for a weighted blanket. The size of the blanket comes down to your preference and how you are going to use the blanket. Keep in mind that smaller weighted blankets provide more maneuverability.

Some individuals like to drape themselves in larger blankets, where others like a snug feeling. In either case, you need to take the size of your body into consideration. For instance, taller people tend to look for larger blankets so they are completely covered.

How the blanket will be used will also play a factor in the size. For instance, if you are mostly going to use it while sitting on a couch or in a chair, a smaller lap-sized blanket maybe sufficient. For sleeping you should consider selecting a size that matches the bed. If you plan on sharing with someone else, do not forget to take their preference into account.

On the Bed

How big is the bed? Are you using this independently or with someone else? Can you lift a queen-sized weighted blanket?

On the Couch

What are your needs on the couch? Will you wrap yourself in the blanket or simply sit under it?

While Traveling

Consider weight limits, transporting the blanket, and the size of your space on the plane or in the car.

Choosing a Fabric: Material and Texture

Weighted blankets like traditional blankets come in a variety of materials and textures. Picking just the right combination can provide the ultimate comfort.  Just like traditional blankets cotton, bamboo, flannel, linen, rayon, and other materials are used in weighted blankets. 

When selecting a material you may want to consider breathability, hypoallergenic, durability, care, and eco-friendly properties. Materials that provide breathability, such as cotton and bamboo, prevent excessive heat retention; this can help regulate body temperature, keeping you comfortable throughout the night.  Considerations for durability need to take in account the use and care. For example, you may want to consider a different material for a weighted blanket that is used outside or always on the go versus one that would get occasional use on the couch. Care of the material should also be taken in account as weighted blankets are generally spot cleaned by hand. However, there are covers that can be used to minimize cleaning of the actual weighted blanket.  Eco-friendliness varies depending how the material was sourced. Below we take a closer look at some of the available materials.

Cotton

Cotton a popular choice for weighted blankets due to its softness, breathability, and durability. It is generally hypoallergenic and suitable for a wide range users. It also has excellent absorbent properties, meaning it can absorb and wick away moisture from the body. In general, cotton is easy to clean and maintain. Cotton is more environmentally friendly, especially when produced using sustainable farming practices. Blankets made from cotton are suitable for using different seasons and climates.

 

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Bamboo

Bamboo also known for its breathability and moisture-wicking properties. Like cotton, it is hypoallergenic and ideal for individuals with sensitive skin. A unique property of bamboo is that it is antimicrobial, meaning it can resist the growth of bacteria and fungi. This makes bamboo a more hygienic option, keeping them fresh for longer periods between cleanings. When cleaning, be cautious of using high temperatures as it can cause shrinking; pay close attention to the care instructions. Bamboo is soft and has a luxurious silky feel. It is also quick growing renewable resource that makes it an eco-friendly choice, especially when the bamboo comes form a responsibly managed and eco-friendly source. Due to its breathability, it is a good options in warmer climate or during hot weather. A downside of using bamboo is cost. Bamboo blankets tend to cost more than blankets made with other materials.

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Wool

Wool is a natural fiber known for its warmth and breathability. Wool is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites. It is less likely to cause allergic reactions or irritate sensitive skin, making it suitable for people with allergies or asthma. Wool also has moisture-wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable. The durability of wool makes it a good choice for longevity. It is a renewable and sustainable source. When sourced from responsible and ethical farming practices, wool can be an eco-friendly option. Woolen weighted blankets are suitable for colder temperatures. Like bamboo, wool has natural antimicrobial properties, but it can retain orders if not properly aired and maintained. Wool has additional consideration for care and tends to be more expensive than other materials.

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Flannel

Flannel is a woven fabric known for its softness and warmth. This is often used in weighted blankets for colder climates, but is comfortable throughout the year. It is typically made from cotton or wool and contains the same attributes listed in the respective cotton and wool sections above.  Flannel blankets are durable and generally easy to clean. While flannel blankets are durable, they can be prone to pilling, especially with frequent use and washing. They are also susceptible to shrinkage when exposed to high temperatures.
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Linen

Linen is a natural fabric known for its breathability and durability. It is naturally hypoallergenic and less likely to cause allergic reactions or skin irritations. Linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant, which is a sustainable and eco-friendly crop. Linen production requires less water and fewer pesticides compared to conventional crops like cotton, making it more environmentally friendly. It provides a cool and comfortable feel, making it suitable for warmer climates. Linen has breathability and moisture-wicking properties that make linen weighted blankets comfortable to use year-round. They are easy to clean and softens with each wash and use. However, caution must me taken when cleaning because high temperatures can cause the blanket to shrink. Finally, linen tends to cost more than other materials, such as cotton.

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Fleece

Fleece is synthetic fabric known to provide warmth and insulation. It has a soft and fuzzy texture that provides a cozy feeling. Fleece blankets are low maintenance and durable. If durability is what you are looking for, while they are durable, you may want to consider a cotton or wool based blanket instead as they are more durable. Fleece is a cost-effective option as they tend to be cheaper than blankets made with other materials. Some individuals may find that fleece blankets are too warm for their comfort, but that also makes them a good option for colder climates.

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Rayon

Rayon is a semi-synthetic fabric known for its soft and smooth texture. It also has good breathability and mositure-wicking properties like bamboo. Rayon is generally considered hypoallergenic. Some rayon is produced using sustainable practices and renewable resources, making it more eco-friendly option compared to some synthetic fabrics. Rayon is not as durable than natural fibers, such as cotton, but it can be blended with other fibers to enhance its durability and strength. When properly cared for, rayon blankets can have good longevity and resist pilling or wear over time. (Regular Rayon vs Bamboo Rayon)?

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Satin

Satin is a smooth and silky fabric that offers a luxurious feel. You may find satin borders or backing on weighted blankets made with other materials. Some may not enjoy satin as it is slippery and cause cause the blanket to slide or shift more easily. This material is good for individuals that prefer a cooling effect on the skin which makes it suitable for warmer climates or hot weather. It can help prevent overheating and ensure a more comfortable sleep experience. The durability can vary based on the material used. Satin with a higher thread count tends to be more durable. Material with a lower thread count may be prone to snagging or fraying.

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Minky

Minky is also known as plush or cuddle fabric. It is a synthetic microfiber with a luxurious and velvety texture. It is ultra-soft and cozy, providing a comforting feel. This fabric is also popular choice for infants as the texture provides additional sensory stimulation. Minky is typically made from synthetic fibers, such as polyester, which are hypoallergenic and less likely to cause allergic reactions. It is a durable fabric that can withstand regular use and washing without losing its softness or integrity. However, minky can pill with frequent use and washing.

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Additional Notes

 The texture of the blanket provides tactile sensations which plays an important role in the overall comfort in the blanket.

  • Smooth is one of the most popular textures in weighted blankets. They offer a soft and gentle feel against the skin. Smooth textures can be soothing and provide a comforting sensation when draped. The smooth texture is unique as you can feel the beads in the blanket.
  • Plush or Fuzzy provide soft and cozy luxurious feeling, adding an extra level of comfort. Typically these are made with minky fabric or fleece.
  • Ribbed or Quilted provide a visual interest as well as a different tactile experience.
  • Textured Patterns feature textured patterns, such as raised dots, embossed designs, or geometric patterns. These textures provide additional sensory stimulation.

What Filling is Best For You

The two most common types of fillings for weighted blankets are glass beads and plastic pellets. Other fillings, such as rice, millet, or flaxseed are also used, but are not as common. These natural fillings provide a different tactile experience and can mold to the shape of the body. However, it is important to note that blankets with natural fillings require extra care and cannot be washed traditionally.

Glass beads are small, smooth beads made of glass. Plastic pellets are usually made of high-density polyethylene (HPDE). Lets take a closer look at the properties of these two popular fillings.

  • Weight Distribution: Both glass beads and plastic pellets can provide even weight distribution. However, glass beads are typically smaller and smoother allowing for a more consistent weight distribution.
  • Texture and Feel: Glass beads have a smoother and more sand-like texture compared to plastic pellets. This texture can provide a gentle and comforting sensation when the blanket is draped over the body. Plastic pellets, on the other hand, may have a slightly more granular or pebbly feel. The choice between the two textures is subjective and depends on personal preferences.
  • Noise: Glass beads are virtually noiseless within the blanket, making them ideal for individuals who are sensitive to sound or prefer a quiet sleep environment. Plastic pellets, while generally quiet, can produce a subtle rustling sound when the blanket is moved or adjusted. This noise factor may be a consideration for those who are easily disturbed by auditory stimuli.
  • Breathability: Both glass beads and plastic pellets allow for adequate breathability within the blanket. However, glass beads tend to offer slightly better airflow due to their smaller size. This can help prevent excessive heat retention and ensure a comfortable temperature during use.
  • Durability: Glass beads are more durable compared to plastic pellets, as they are less prone to wear and tear over time. Plastic pellets may be more susceptible to flattening or breaking down with extended use, potentially leading to an uneven distribution of weight within the blanket.
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Image of Popular Filling

Image of Popular Filling

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Specific Features and Formats

Some blankets go beyond just providing weight offering special features tailored to address specific situations. These features can enhance comfort, safety, and sensory benefits, making weighted blankets a versatile tool for promoting relaxation and well-being.

Heated Pads

Duvet Ties

Transport Bag

How Will I Wash My Weighted Blanket

Specific care instructions will vary depending the materials used and the manufacturer recommendation. Some blankets can be washed, where others require hand spot cleaning; the same is true for drying. Covers can be purchased to minimize cleaning to the weighted blanket. When looking for a cover, you will need to check if can be washed and dried. Also, keep in mind how the comfort and texture may be impacted by placing a cover on the blanket. Take the same considerations for material and texture for when purchasing a cover.

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Safety Considerations

Ensure that the weighted blanket meets safety standards and certification. Look for blanket that have undergone testing for quality, durability, and safety. Check for certifications such as Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which ensures that the fabric is free from harmful substances. We list quality and durability under safety because poorly made blanket that leaks the filling is a safety hazard.

Special Consideration for Children

When purchasing a weighted blanket for a child, safety should be a top priority. Weighted blankets can provide comfort and sensory benefits, but there are important safety concerns to consider:

  • Weight Guidelines: Follow the recommended weight guidelines for the child age and body weight. The blanket should generally weigh around 10% of the child body weight, but this can vary based on individual needs. Consult a healthcare professional before choosing a specific weight.
  • Age Appropriateness: Ensure the weighted blanket is appropriate for the child age and developmental stage. Younger children, especially infants and toddlers, should not use weighted blankets due to potential suffocation hazards.
  • Size of the Blanket: Choose a blanket that properly covers the child without being too large or heavy. An oversized or excessively heavy blanket can pose a safety risk and hinder the child and their ability to move freely.
  • Weight Distribution: Check that the weighted materials are evenly distributed throughout the blanket. Uneven distribution can lead to discomfort, pressure points, or the materials bunching up, potentially affecting breathing.
  • Breathable Fabric: Choose a blanket made from breathable and hypoallergenic materials. Proper airflow helps regulate body temperature and reduces the risk of overheating.
  • Input From Your Doctor: If the child has any medical conditions, sensory issues, or developmental concerns, consult with a healthcare professional before using a weighted blanket. They can offer guidance based on the specific needs of the child.

Additionally, consider general guidance for children of different ages such as blankets with secure fasteners and no loose parts,  durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance, allergies, and ability easily store out of reach when not supervised.

Remember that every child is unique, and what works safely for one child may not be appropriate for another. Prioritize safety by carefully considering the blanket weight, size, materials, and construction, and consult with professionals as needed to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for the child.