The 7 Best Weighted Blankets of 2020 to Help You Calm Down, According to Sleep Pros
Similar to how an infant feels secure and cozy enough to go from screaming to sleeping in 60 seconds once wrapped in a swaddling blanket, weighted blankets are designed to help humans of all ages feel safe. Think of it like constantly being "little spoon," without the radiant heat of another human.
The deep-touch pressure they provide may help regulate mood and improve sleep (through triggering the release of sleep- and happiness-boosting hormones), and a 2020 review published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests that weighted blankets can help ease anxiety, too. Something I think all of us could use right now!
That being said, certain populations should steer clear of—or at least consult with a doctor before using—a weighted blanket. These include anyone with obstructive sleep apnea, claustrophobia, kids younger than 3 or less than 50 pounds, anyone with type 2 diabetes or individuals with a chronic respiratory or circulatory issue, such as asthma or low blood pressure.
As evidence mounts about the potential benefits of weighted blankets, more and more models are available for purchase. This is a great "problem" to have, but also makes deciding on one a challenge. Just in time for holiday gifting season (#treatyoself), The Sleep Foundation has released their list of the best weighted blankets of the year. They examined value, weight (aim for about 10 percent of your body weight), quality of materials, washability and breathability. Here are seven styles that earned top marks.
The Best Weighted Blankets of 2020
Best Weighted Blanket of the Year: Bearaby Cotton Napper
Unlike most duvet-style models, Bearaby blankets layer fabric to offer even weight distribution and ample breathability, plus a beautiful knitted look. It's available in 15-, 20- and 25-pound weights. Our favorite detail of all about this weighted blanket? The variety of colors, such as Evening Eggplant (a plum shade), Butternut Bliss (vibrant orange) and Crazy Corn (a mustardy gold).
Buy it: $249, bearaby.com
Softest Weighted Blanket: Helix Weighted Blanket
With an inner shell of glass beads and a reversible outer cover (one side is a cool sheared microfiber and the other is a warmer faux shearling fleece), Helix blankets are quite affordable for the quality. The Helix Weighted Blanket comes in weights of 10, 15 or 20 pounds, making this best for people between around 100 and 200 pounds.
Most Comfortable Weighted Blanket: Gravity Blanket
The OG of all weighted blankets sold to the general public back in 2017, the Gravity Blanket is also filled with glass beads. It offers one of the widest weight ranges of all on this best weighted blanket list, from 15 to 35 pounds, and the duvet cover that surrounds the inside shell is made with a plush, fleece-like polyester microfiber.
Buy it: $160.65, amazon.com
Best Weight Range: Weighted Evolution Weighted Blanket
Weighted Evolution blankets are equipped with a removable cover for easing washing made with a soft, bamboo-spandex blend, plus an inner blanket stuffed with recycled polyfill and micro-glass beads. Since glass beads trap less heat than plastic pellets used in some competing blankets, this will help you keep your cool—even at its heaviest weight. Speaking of that weight range, this one comes in 8-pound to 25-pound styles.
Buy it: $144.95, weightedevolution.com
Best Weighted Blanket for Hot Sleepers: Baloo Living Weighted Blanket
The bad news: Baloo is only available in 15 or 20 pound styles. The good news: If you live in an area with temperature fluctuations (say, polar vortexes to scorching and humid summer days), the Baloo Living Weighted Blanket is ideal. It comes with a quilted cotton cover, a thin polyester liner and is filled with cool glass microbeads. It offers just enough insulation to feel cozy come winter, but won't overheat you too much in the warmer months. Oh yes, and you can toss the entire thing in your washing machine—a pretty rare quality for weighted blankets.
Buy it: $169, amazon.com
Best Luxury Weighted Blanket: Yaasa Weighted Blanket
Instead of the common layered blanket (outer cover inner shell), Yaasa's model is a cotton knit that is with polypropylene fibers that crank up the weight. The airy construction allows for airflow, but cannot be machine or hand washed. (Stick to dry cleaning, the company suggests.) Note that it's only available in 15-pound and 20-pound blankets.
Buy it: $249, yaasa.com
Best Value: Layla Weighted Blanket
Another model that can be washed and dried in your regular laundry machine, this reversible model has a two-sided cover. Side A is a smooth 300-count cotton and side B is textured plush mink-like fabric. Filled with tiny glass beads and polyester batting, the Layla comes in 15-, 20-, or 25-pound styles.
Buy it: $149, laylasleep.com