Weighted Blankets for Adults and Kids: Are They Worth the Hype?
Have you been seeing the ads in your Instagram feed about weighted blankets? I'm intrigued mainly because I think it could help my kids (and my husband?) sleep better. I decided to buckle down and do some research before buying one. These are the top rated weighted blankets on Amazon and later in the post I share more on why weighted blankets are used for therapy, insomnia, and more.
Note: One of the most important things I learned while researching these weighted blankets is to make sure you never use a blanket that is too heavy for the adult or child using it. Never use it for a child under the age of 5, a pregnant woman, or someone who is ill. This may sound obvious, but it's something I think is worth singling out.
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Best Weighted Blankets for Adults and Children
YnM Weighted Blanket
- 4.5 stars with 1,033 reviews
- $70 for a twin
You can get this highly rated weighted blanket in various sizes and weights ranging from 7lbs to 30lbs. The general rule of thumb is to get one that is about 10% of your body weight or higher if you know you'll need something really heavy.
The YnM weighted blanket comes in four neutral colors: cream, light grey, dark grey, and navy blue. They also recommend purchasing a cover so that you don't have to send out the blanket to the dry cleaner.
- 100% glass beads
- 100% cotton
- Four colors
- Duvet cover sold separately
- Choose from Various weights
- Made in China
A very satisfied customer who suffers from restless leg syndrome and insomnia left this raving review:
"5 Stars: This is the BEST purchase I have ever made. I have been an insomniac for years and have never successfully been treated. Even with many doctors appointments and medications. NOTHING worked! On top of that I have RLS (restless Leg Syndrome). I thought I would give this blanket a try since it was "weighted" and when I am in pain with the nerves in my legs and can't sleep for so many reasons I always want weight on my legs and body. This product is not advertised for RLS but it absolutely should be! I have had my blanket for three days and I have been basically sleeping in a coma like state!!! Its is the soundest and best sleep I have ever had in my life. And the comforting weight on my legs and boy just eases those RLS symptoms and drifts me off to a sound sleep!!!"
Platinum Health Premium Weighted Blanket
- 4.5 rating with 517 reviews)
- $179 for Queen
This weighted blanket is interesting in that it only comes in one size 60"x80" and one weight 12lbs. It comes with an ultra soft reversible cover--one side milky soft and the other side features their trademarked "SensaCool" system that keeps you cool.
The Platinum Health weighted blanket is designed, stocked, and serviced here in the United States by healthcare professionals. It's unclear where the blankets are actually produced.
From one mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum Order:
"5 Stars: After looking online at various weighted therapy blankets, we chose this one for our 6 y/o who has ASD. His teachers use smaller weighted blankets and lap pads at school. He has responded well when using them so we thought we would try one for him at home where his behaviors tend to be more intense, and he can be more difficult to soothe. We chose this particular blanket for several reasons. It has a removable and washable chenille cover which is great for a messy 6 y/o boy. It has a “nubby” textured side which appeals to his fondness for sensory stimulation and it is a full sized blanket that he can use on his bed if he chooses."
And another glowing review from a wife of a man with ADHD and restless legs:
"5 Stars: I bought this blanket for my husband who is very high energy and has a hard time getting to sleep and then sleeping soundly. He absolutely loves it! It is far too heavy for me but with his sensory "issues" the weight has been a home run. It is a thick fleece blanket so it is very warm. He ends up taking our other blanket off in order to use this at night. I would highly recommend this blanket to other adults who are having a hard time sleeping soundly and who are ADHD or have sensory issues. We love it!!"
Key Points to note about the Platinum Health Premium Weighted Blanket:
- This is the only weighted blanket listed that is not part of the Amazon Prime membership program.
- It includes a "non-therapy" looking smooth cover that unzips easily for washing.
- They offer seven color choices.
- Made in China.
ZonLi Sensory Weighted Blanket
- 4.5 rating with 568 reviews
- $74 Full Size
The ZonLi Sensory Weighted Blanket comes in all sizes from Full to King. It also comes in a handful of colors and is marked as "Amazon's Choice".
They recommend buying a separate duvet cover for ease of washing.
This skeptical woman is now a believer:
"5 Stars: I struggle with anxiety and various triggers and nightmares that make sleep very difficult. Once I fall asleep, I often awake and I have a difficult time settling down again. My spouse purchased this blanket for me and, I must admit, I was skeptical prior to trying it. However, I have found it to be extremely beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone - not just those who are diagnosed with anxiety, PTSD, C-PTSD, autism, etc. This blanket provides a feeling of physical security that helps soothe and comfort."
ZonLi also offers a Cooling Weighted Blanket with the outer layer made of bamboo (cover purchased separately) for $145.
- "Amazon's Choice" for weighted blankets
- Duvet cover sold separately
- 100% cotton weighted blanket
- Glass beads
- Made in China
Dr. Hart's Weighted Blanket for Adults & Kids
- 5 star rating with 120 reviews
- From $199
Dr. Hart's Weighted Blanket for Adults and Kids is Amazon's #1 bestseller for weighted blankets and comes in three sizes. It's the priciest of the group (starting at $199), but it has some distinct differences including the use of "Dream Beads" (TM).
The DreamBeads (TM) are made of quartz micro-spheres provide a cooling sensation (important for a weighted blanket which some people have noted make for a hotter night's sleep) and less noise as you shift while sleeping.
- Amazon's best seller for weighted blankets
- DreamBeads (TM) spread out more evenly than traditional beads providing more pressure points
- Patented GravityGrid (TM) stitching contours to your body that optimizes the weighted blanket stimulation to your entire body almost instantly
- DreamBeads (TM) are eco-friendly
- Includes a plush cover
- A Portion of their proceeds are donated to the PTSD Foundation of America
- American company based in Wyoming with manufacturing "overseas". Their statement from the Amazon page:
"Dr. Hart's is owned and operated by a small, family-owned business in Wyoming. The products are manufactured overseas in ultra-professional facilities which have the highest standards for quality, environmentally friendly practices, and follow Fair Trade policies. We stand by our unsurpassed quality standards by offering a lifetime guarantee."
If purchasing/supporting American made products is important to you, Dr. Hart's is as close as you're going to get on Amazon.
Amy Garden Weighted Blanket for Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Insomnia or Stress
- 4 stars with 330 reviews
- Starting at $69
The Amy Garden weighted blanket on Amazon comes in different sizes and weights with prices starting at $69.
- Filled with glass beads
- Duvet cover sold separately (but highly recommended)
- Weighted blanket is made of 100% breathable cotton
- Made in China.
From one of their satisfied customers:
"5 Stars: I had my doubts about how well a weighted blanket would work for sleeping. I toss and turn a lot at night just not able to get comfortable. I also have anxiety and find it hard to fall asleep. This blanket has already made a world of difference. I've had it for 2 days and have slept through the night both nights, and have fallen asleep quickly. It's very comfortable, and is wide enough to provide some pressure on your sides as well. It sort of wraps around you like a comfortable cocoon. The quality is excellent. The material is sturdy."
That wraps up the top 5 rated weighted blankets on Amazon. It's a hard decision, but I'm leaning towards the Dr. Hart's weighted blanket. I think the DreamBeads (TM) would be more quiet than the glass beads used in the other blankets. I also like that we'd be supporting a small family business in Wyoming.
But, in the end, I'm not sure you can go wrong with any of these choices! Based on the reviews, it sounds like weighted blankets have been life changing for people with anxiety, sleep disorders, ADHD, autism, etc.
How do Weighted Blankets Help Adults and Children?
I first became aware of weighted vests and the concept of using something heavy to calm someone down in the halls of my sons occupational and speech therapy visits about 8-9 years ago.
Weighted blankets and weighted vests (that some children wear daily) were used to calm and soothe kids on the autism spectrum, or kids who had other neurological development diagnosis, such as ADHD.
Our son has always been a great sleeper, so the thought of a weighted blanket never crossed my mind (if it had, I'd be rich by now!).
The whole point of using a weighted blanket is to provide comfort by applying weight and pressure utilizing a concept called "deep pressure stimulation" that relaxes the nervous system.
Your body goes from "fight or flight" to "rest and digest" which can be life changing for kids and adults who are suffering panic attacks or high anxiety.
While weighted blankets aren't the cure all for sleep disorders, so many people who have long suffered with a good sleep schedule have found relief, which makes it hard to ignore.
With the cost of these weighted blankets seemingly so high, I looked into how to make a weighted blanket and came up with these tutorials. I'm not convinced that making them yourself is a great alternative--unless you are a skilled sewer and can find the beads for a discount.
How to Make a Weighted Blanket Tutorials
Would you (or have you) use a weighted blanket? I'd love to hear your experience in the comments :)
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