It’s time to hop on the weighted blanket bandwagon because your answer for restless nights is here.

By Marisa Cohen and Madison Alcedo
Updated October 23, 2019
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Families across America have been snoozing up a storm ever since this popular sleep product first had the Internet buzzing. We’re talking about weighted blankets, which helped spark a cultural obsession with the quality of our sleep. While Pinterest may have revealed weighted blankets as one of its top 100 trends in 2018, there’s evidence that some of the earliest inventions of this sleeping aid dates back to 1999. But it wasn’t until the company Gravity Blankets launched a campaign on Kickstarter in 2017, which raised more than $4.7 million and surpassed $15 million in sales by May 2018, that that our obsession truly gained traction.

Made out of materials such as cotton, fleece, or flannel and usually filled with the kind of plastic pellets you’d find if you ripped open a Beanie Baby, weighted blankets can feel like a giant bear has climbed on top of you for a nap. More than just a thick duvet, these blankets utilize Deep Touch Pressure, or DTP, which increases serotonin and melatonin levels and gives you the same relaxing feeling as being massaged or deeply hugged by exerting a gentle pressure across your body.

As we’ve cited, weighted blankets aren’t new—they’ve been recommended for years by occupational therapists to comfort and calm children with autism, ADHD, anxiety, and sensory issues. In fact, research by the author and autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin shows that while a light touch can be very uncomfortable for people with sensory issues, deep pressure can have the opposite effect, soothing and calming nerves. Grandin even developed a “squeeze machine” to use for her own comfort decades before anyone thought to weigh down a blanket.

Now, the sleep-inducing magic of weighted blankets has been discovered by those who are simply looking for a better night’s sleep. New research shows that in adults with insomnia, weighted blankets make them settle down easier and have a calmer, more refreshing night of sleep.

Since the inception of the Gravity Blanket in 2017, weighted blankets seem to be popping up everywhere and were a top holiday gift in 2018. Dozens of companies have produced more versions than ever, making them softer, better looking, and improving the materials—most are now using glass beads versus the typical fiberfill, for instance.

If you’re looking for a restful slumber or just a way to help you relax after a long day, we’ve rounded up the best of the best when it comes to weighted blankets. Just remember that most companies suggest selecting a weight that’s between 8 to 12 percent of your body weight to fully feel its effects. And since a weighted blanket tends to be a pricier addition to your sleep routine, below are 11 options across various price points to help you choose which one is best for you.

1. Gravity Blanket

Amazon

The original Gravity Blanket that quickly became a cult-favorite product after its successful Kickstarter campaign is now available on Amazon in two colors. While the original is only available in a single size (72 by 48 inches), it comes in 15, 20, and 25 pounds so you can find the weight that will be most comforting to you. While you can remove the duvet cover to wash (it’s connected on the inside by ties and elastic-button connectors), the insert is hand wash only.

To buy: $249; gravityblankets.com.

2. Casper Weighted Blanket

Casper

Casper, the first mattress-in-a-box brand, launched a weighted blanket in early November, and it might be one of its best sleep products to date. The blanket’s weighted beads are evenly distributed across the 10-, 15-, and 20-pound models so that your entire body experiences the same hefty effects. Plus, like others that are leaning into the “cooling” trend, Casper implemented a breathable cotton cover into the design of this weighted blanket so that you won’t overheat under it.

To buy: from $169; casper.com.

3. YnM Weighted Blanket

Ranging in weight from five pounds to 30 pounds (plus more than 15 colorways!), this weighted blanket is one of Amazon’s top-selling options with more than 3,200 five-star reviews. Designed with seven layers, it’s made to conform to your body shape and position while you sleep for extra support and comfort. Because it’s filled with glass beads instead of fiberfill, the blanket also provides better temperature control. And since it’s available in a five-pound version, it’s also a great pick for kids with trouble falling asleep at night. Even some Amazon shoppers who suffer from restless leg syndrome swear by this blanket, saying the weight helps them wake up less often during the night.

To buy: from $60; amazon.com.

4. The Napper by Bearaby

Bearaby

Made with super soft organic cotton, this weighted blanket is one of the prettier options on the market. Thanks to its chunky, hand-knitted style, it naturally incorporates weight without using any artificial filling materials. Bearaby suggests choosing a blanket weight that’s roughly 10 percent of your body weight, so the blanket comes in three different sizes: 15, 20, or 25 pounds. Whichever weight you choose, a Bearaby Napper can instantly provide a calming effect. Although it’s comfortably weighted, it’s made of breathable cotton, so you won’t feel overheated. But if you’re still not sure what size is right for you, you can take a personalization questionnaire to decide what’s best for your lifestyle.

To buy: $249; bearaby.com.

5. Cushion Lab Calming Weighted Blanket

Amazon

Crafted with seven layers of material (yes, you read that correctly!), Cushion Lab’s weighted blanket is one of the coziest blankets we’ve found. On one side you’ll find a super-soft three-layer quilted fabric, while the other side features a smooth and breathable cotton material. And because it was designed with silent nano-glass-bead technology, you won’t hear its filling rattle around each time you pick it up. This blanket only comes in a 15-pound option and is made for those between 120 to 190 pounds, but its 80-by-60-inch size is fairly large.

To buy: $160; amazon.com.

6. Tranquility Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket

Walmart

Available in four different weights, Tranquility's weighted blanket is known for its cooling properties. If you tend to be a hot sleeper but still want the comfort and pressure of a weighted blanket, you should try this option first. Its technology will keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. Plus, this blanket includes a removable cover that can be washed so you can regularly toss it with your other bedding, especially if you’re not sure how to wash a weighted blanket.

To buy: from $47; walmart.com.

7. Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket

Amazon

This weighted blanket is easily one of the top recommended for kids by Amazon shoppers thanks to more than 9,500 five-star ratings. Customers swear by this blanket, which can also be used for adults, because of its extra attention to detail—the blanket has sewn-in tabs so you can tie it and zip the blanket inside the soft cover. One reviewer even said that while sleeping on her back, the blanket “feels a lot like savasana at the end of a yoga session, very meditative and relaxing.”

To buy: $200; amazon.com.

8. Baloo Living Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket

Baloo Living

For those who tend to be hot sleepers and love anything cooling—from cooling sheets to cooling comforters—the next thing to add to your sleep routine should be a cooling weighted blanket. Baloo Living’s cotton weighted blanket options include either a twin or queen size blanket that either comes in 12, 15, or 20 pounds. What’s great about this option is that the blanket’s double-quilting stitching helps keep the weighted filling in place so that it doesn’t bunch up during use. Baloo also recommends choosing a weight depending on your sleep position or if you’re looking to alleviate a certain pain, including joint sensitivity in your knees, hips, or back.

To buy: from $149; balooliving.com.

9. Purple + Gravity Weighted Blanket

Purple

If you’re looking for one of the heaviest weighted blankets on the market, this one from Purple comes in 35 pounds. Because it’s only available in one 90-by-90-inch size that will fit both queen and king beds, it’s a great option to share with a partner. The duvet cover includes both a cooling side and a cozy side; it’s also machine-washable and dryer-friendly to help make laundry day a breeze. Included with the blanket is a weighted sleep mask, which you and your partner might have to fight over.

To buy: $299; purple.com.

10. Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket

If your ideal sleeping temperature tends to shift with the seasons, this weighted blanket is a customer favorite. It comes with two duvet covers, one fleece cover for the winter, and one made with CoolMax microfiber technology that helps ventilate heat away from your body (which is ideal for warmer months). And instead of glass or plastic beads, this blanket is filled with Nano-Ceramic beads that are made to be lightweight and stay distributed across the entire blanket. Available in 10 weights and three colors, there’s an option for every type of sleeper.

To buy: from $56; amazon.com.

11. Layla Sleep Weighted Blanket

Layla Sleep

Known as the weighted blanket that feels like a “dozen puppies,” this one from Layla Sleep is for those who want that secure feeling from Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) but also doesn’t want to sacrifice coziness. The outer fleece layer not only feels super soft to the touch, but it looks like a regular blanket draped on your bed. And say goodbye to a blanket that makes an annoying sound as it moves, this one is made so that the glass beads are sewn between two layers of poly-fill fabric to keep it “quiet as a mouse.”

To buy: $119; laylasleep.com.

12. BlanQuil Chill Cooling Weighted Blanket

Amazon

Designed as a single-sleeper blanket, this option from Helix Sleep provides “optimal hugging comfort” that’s so relaxation-inducing, you may just fight with your partner on who gets to use it first. As a two-sided blanket with both fleece and sheared microfiber, you can use it for a full night’s sleep or while lounging on the couch. Because it’s known to reduce stress levels, you may even feel more rested after one night’s use. But if you’re not satisfied after trying it for 100 days, you can receive a full refund.

To buy: $249; amazon.com.

13. Helix Weighted Blanket

Helix Sleep

This cool-to-the-touch blanket is made for those who tend to toss all the covers off at night. And to reduce the shifting that comes with any duvet and insert, BlanQuil includes eight strong ties on the inside of the blanket so that you can easily adjust the blanket if it bunches. While this option is only available in one weight (15 pounds), it’s the perfect mid-weight blanket if you’re planning to share it with a partner.

To buy: from $99; helixsleep.com.

14. Therapedic Weighted Cooling Blanket

Bed Bath & Beyond

With a bamboo-infused cover and a 100 percent cotton insert, this weighted blanket is naturally breathable, so it provides both a cooling effect for hot sleepers and weighted support to help calm and comfort. Available in five weights, you can choose the one that works for your lifestyle whether you want a weighted blanket to relax on the couch with or sleep.

To buy: from $149; bedbathandbeyond.com.