Choosing a weighted blanket is kind of like dating. You’ve got a lineup of hot prospects to choose from, and there are only so many nights of the week to get to know them all. You and your weighted blanket are going to be spending a lot of time together, and the pressure’s on to make the right choice. So how do you pick a weighted blanket—with zero regrets?
How to Pick a Weighted Blanket
Yes, a weighted blanket is pricier than the average throw blanket, but we guarantee it’s well worth your while. This isn’t a blanket you use for a few weeks and then toss to the curb. You need this thing to hold up for the long haul, so pay attention to quality when you’re shopping around. Check out the blanket weight, size, and fabric too—nobody wants a blanket that barely covers their limbs.
Choosing a Weight
You’ll be a whole lot more comfortable if you pick a weighted blanket that’s just heavy enough for your size. Too heavy, and you might feel a little claustrophobic. Too light, and you won’t get the full calming sensation weighted blankets are known for. So before you get yourself into a Goldilocks situation, use our rule of thumb: Choose a blanket that’s about 10% of your body weight for ideal comfort levels.
Choosing a Size
You know when you pull your blanket up to your chin, and then suddenly you’re feeling a draft on your toes? Obviously you don’t want to be rearranging your weighted blanket all night. Avoid the conundrum by choosing a weighted blanket that’s large enough to allow for movement, but small enough that you’re not completely drowning in fabric.
A 60 in. x 80 in. weighted blanket gives the average person plenty of wiggle room without being overwhelming. (Though you probably won’t be moving around much when you experience that gentle, but firm touch.)
Choosing a Fabric
Now it’s time to talk fabric. It’s hard to go wrong with so many great options, but the fabric you choose will influence how your blanket looks, feels, and warms you, so make sure you check out your options.
A Minky weighted blanket is like the high-end, adult-version of your childhood blankie. Only this time, you’ll never be embarrassed to take your blanket along with you everywhere. You’ll be in heaven once you feel the comfort and soft touch of 100%, ultra-soft fabric which can minimize insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness as you sleep.
If you’re that person who’s always waking up in a sweat (even in the depths of winter), a bamboo weighted blanket is just the ticket to your sticky sleep woes. Bamboo offers a natural cooling effect, and it’s breathable and lightweight—making it the perfect blanket material for hot sleepers. Choose this fabric and your blanket will feel like the cool side of the pillow, all night long.
3. Minky & Sherpa
Do you suffer from decision fatigue? We get it, the world is full of possibilities, and sometimes you just want to dabble in a little of this and a little of that. In this case, the Minky & Sherpa blanket is your best bet. Get the best of both worlds and choose a weighted blanket that can be flipped over for two equally comforting sensations. You’ll get soothing Minky on one side, and cozy, fuzzy Sherpa on the other.
4. Faux Fur
When you’re on a mission to find a fabric fit for Beyonce, make a beeline for a faux fur weighted blanket. This premium option is amazing for people who find themselves shivering in all seasons, or for those who just want the luxe look of fur. You’ll get all the same benefits of other weighted blankets in an ultra-warm, high-end fabric.