Say no to regrets and make the right purchase! Here are a few tips on how to shop for an adult weighted blanket.
9 Adult Weighted Blanket Buying Tips You Should Know
So You’ve Decided to Get a Weighted Blanket, What Now?
If you’ve heard about the many weighted blanket benefits and want to experience them for yourself, you have to make the purchase right.
One thing you can do is ask people you know for weighted blanket reviews and recommendations. Then, examine the pool of suggestions for the following factors below.
To find the right weighted blanket for you or for someone you are buying for, you’ll have to consider seven things: weight, size, temperature, style, filler type, cover material, and budget.
Let’s go through each factor in more detail below.
1. Find the Right Weight
Weighted blankets employ the science of Deep Touch Pressure. DTP is a haptic stimulus that induces the release of hormones in a person that leads to a number of benefits—from alleviating anxiety, managing insomnia, and soothing fibromyalgia flare-ups.
So, as its name suggests, weighted blankets are all about heaviness.
To get this right, the general rule of thumb is to get a blanket that is 10% of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs you should ideally get a 15 lbs blanket.
This rule isn’t written in stone. Depending on your personal preference you can always opt to choose a slightly lighter or heavier one.
Think of how much pressure you want—deep massage or light touch? If you enjoy deep massages, you’ll likely enjoy a heavier one.
Just remember that you might not get the benefits you are hoping for if the blanket is too light. On the other hand, choose one that’s too heavy, and you might get too compressed.
2. Pick the Right Size
There are a variety of dimensions for weighted blankets, too. The blanket’s height isn’t as crucial as its weight but you’ll want to get one that will fully and comfortably cover you.
Choosing a weighted blanket is more dependent on your body’s dimensions and not your bed. It is advised that you get one slightly larger than you.
3. Consider How Hot You Want to Be in the Blanket
One popular question on the use of weighted blankets is if it will make users too hot. Well, depending on the material, a weighted blanket can offer a range of thermal insulation and warmth.
Weighted blankets made with fleece are ideal if you want warmth. If you prefer a lighter, cooler material, go with a cotton blanket.
4. Search for One That Speaks Your Style
Since a weighted blanket will be a part of your bedroom, it’s best to look for options that will match your room’s interior design.
Like normal blankets, gravity blankets also come in many different colors, patterns, and designs. Go for one that speaks your style.
5. Decide What Type of Filler to Pick
If you want a weighted blanket that will last long, pay attention to the kind of filler used. Low-quality fillers tend to get squished or clumped together on one end of the blanket.
The best blankets have durable fillers that use mechanisms that distribute the weight evenly. For example, look for blankets with fillers with griddled stitching or clasps.
We’ve listed the most common fillers used in weighted blankets below:
Plastic Poly Pellets
These are tiny pebble-like plastic beads commonly made from ABS virgin plastic to ensure safety from chemicals and toxins.
Weighted blankets with plastic poly pellet may produce noise if they aren’t carefully made. They may also have rougher texture especially if the blanket is cotton.
If you have sound and touch sensitivities, this filler isn’t the best for you.
Micro Glass Beads
Micro glass beads are probably one of the best choices. They’re extremely small, almost comparable to salt crystals or white beach sand.
Weighted blankets with micro glass beads are smoother, ideal for people with sensory sensitivities.
They also tend to be heavier compared with their plastic cousins, meaning, you’ll need far lesser beads to reach a target weight. This is great if you like a heavy blanket with a minimal amount of bulk.
Steel Shot Beads
These are strong, heat-treated, hypereutectoid steel micro balls. Because of their smoothness, they do not retain that much dirt making them very easy to clean and maintain.
Steel shot beads are slightly larger and heavier than glass beads. They’re ideal for blankets with really thick pockets.
Since they’re quite large, you don’t need to worry about them leaking through the stitches of the blanket. However, they can be lumpy and noisy, too.
6. Decide What Type of Cover to Choose
Weighted blankets tend to come with a detachable duvet-like cover. These are included for the following reason:
- Easier Washing – Because of the cover, the weighted blanket will require less washing.
- Temperature Control – Depending on the season you can use and remove the cover to increase or decrease warmth.
- Customizability – You can easily swap blanket colors without the need to buy another weighted blanket.
While soft microfiber is a classic option for a cover, bamboo, because of its cooling effects, is also a rising choice. If you tend to get hot at night, it’s best to get a blanket with cooling or moisture-wicking fabric.
You wouldn’t want to get a weighted blanket you cannot sleep under.
7. Check for Care Instructions
Don’t forget to check for the weighted blanket’s care instructions. Depending on your usual laundry strategies, you can choose from blankets that need spot-cleaning, hand-washing, dry-cleaning, or machine-washing.
In terms of methods of drying, most weighted blankets require air-drying and cannot be machine-dried.
8. Compare Price Points
On the higher end of the spectrum, you can find weighted blankets with price tags as high as $250 or more. Luckily, there are more affordable options of almost the same quality you can choose from.
Our line of premium weighted blankets, for example, cost only around $79 to $115.
These are sets of blankets made of hypoallergenic fabric with cashmere-like softness. They come with a sensory-sensitive minky dot on one side and smooth texture on the other.
The set comes with both a cotton blanket and a deluxe duvet style cover with security ties inside and flexible zip close. To do the magic of Deep Pressure Touch, these blankets are weighted by fine beads woven securely in a quilted design.
9. Don’t Use Weighted Blankets If You Have These Conditions
While they can indeed provide a variety of benefits, it’s best not to use weighted blankets if you have the following conditions:
- Claustrophobia or cleithrophobia
- Circulation problems
- Fragile skin
- Difficulty breathing like asthma or sleep apnea
- Skin rashes or open wounds
- Blood pressure regulation problems
Your comfort, happiness, and getting the right pressure are the three most important things when buying a weighted blanket. May the tips above help you in picking the best one for you.
Do you have any questions on how to choose the right weighted blanket for you? Hit us in the comments section below!