Weighted blankets are the sleep aids of the future. However, in 2021 we are privileged to live in a world where this technology is available to us at incredibly affordable price points and in just about any color, pattern, or fabric imaginable.
All these options can make it hard to choose the blanket that is right for your body, your lifestyle, and your home. The best weighted blanket for 2021 is going to check off all the boxes so that you can enjoy the look and feel of your blanket while experiencing all the improvements to your nightly sleep and your daily mood.
When choosing a blanket, you need to consider all the different aspects of the blanket.
These can be broken down into a few questions that need answering:
- What size weighted blanket should you choose?
- What weight is suitable for your body weight?
- Which material is best for the type of sleep you want to achieve?
- What price point fits into your budget?
- What company policies and practices align with your values?
Once you’ve answered these five questions, you will be well on your way to finding the very best weighted blanket for your lifestyle and needs.
Weighted Blanket Sizing
Size is a pretty subjective choice when it comes to choosing a weighted blanket. However, keep in mind that the size of a weighted blanket is smaller than your average available bed sizes because they are meant to completely cover only the body, not the bed. Their weight is adjusted so that it lays just right, keeping you snug under the blanket but never feeling trapped or suffocated.
There are a variety of size offerings like:
- Kids sized — 36 x 48 inches
- Twin sized — 41 x 60 inches
- Full sized — 48 x 72 inches
- Queen sized — 60 x 80 inches
- King sized — 80 x 87 inches
The size of the blanket also varies depending on how you plan to use the blanket. Questions like the following will help you determined which size you need:
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Will you be using it for naps on the couch?
- If you use it on the couch while you read or watch TV, a kids-size or a twin-size might be the perfect size for the average-sized napper. However, if you are on the larger side of average, you may want to invest in the full-size weighted blanket to ensure good coverage and comfortability.
- Will you be using it alone in a queen-sized bed, or will you be sharing it with your partner?
- These two questions go hand in hand. A queen-sized weighted blanket is not suggested for two-person use. So if you aren’t good at sharing, you should definitely size up or get two blankets, one for you and one for your partner. However, a king-size should be the perfect size for sharing.
How To Figure Out What Weight You Need
Most weighted blankets don’t have a custom weight option. Therefore, you will need to look for the range that works for ten percent of your body weight.
Here is a comprehensive weight chart with the suggested corresponding weighted blanket weights for individuals:
|Body Weight||Blanket Weight|
|≤ 50||5 lbs|
|≤ 70||7 lbs|
|≤ 100||10 lbs|
|≤ 200||20 lbs|
|≤ 220||22 lbs|
|≤ 250||25 lbs|
The corresponding weighted blanket for a shared king-sized blanket:
|Combined Body Weight||King Sized Blanket Weight|
|90 - 160||20 lbs|
|110 - 190||25 lbs|
|140 - 240||30 lbs|
What Material is Best for You
So what is a weighted blanket made of? There are a variety of different weighted blanket materials on the market designed to provide varying experiences with your blanket. These different materials range from 100% cotton to sustainable and cooling bamboo to cuddly sherpa.
For a soft classic feel that is cool and durable, you cannot go wrong when choosing cotton. Cotton is versatile, it is soft, and it is durable, not to mention — washable.
Cotton blankets have several natural qualities that are unique to their fibers, some of which are:
- It can naturally control moisture.
- It can naturally insulate.
- It naturally provides comfort.
- It is naturally hypoallergenic.
- It is naturally weather-proof.
- It is a naturally durable fabric.
- It is naturally absorbent and doesn't show sweat as synthetics can.
100% Bamboo Lyocell
Lyocell bamboo blankets are like cotton’s younger brother — they are fresh, durable, and sustainable.
- Lyocell is a closed-loop bamboo fiber extraction that is exceptionally environmentally friendly.
- It is sustainably grown.
- It is incredibly fast-growing and regenerative — the plant can simply be chopped off, and it will continue to grow.
- It requires less water to manufacture than cotton.
- It requires fewer pesticides than cotton production.
- Bamboo can be grown in the same field year after year.
- Bamboo has an incredibly silky touch making it a luxurious fabric to snuggle with.
Lyocell is one of the most sustainable ways to produce fiber from bamboo grass. Its unique process means less pollution of communities which leads to happier, healthier workers as well as consumers.
If you enjoy cuddling and staying cozy all night long, the sherpa fleece weighted blanket is perfect for you.
Sherpa is a style of fabric that is made up of tiny cut microfiber threads that create an incredibly soft animal fur-like fabric. It is often used in winter wear as a replacement for fleece.
Love the soft feel of sherpa but want to change the style and sensation up again? No problem! With the Luna blanket covers, a whole new blanket is just a quick swap away.
The Power of Blanket Covers
Check out the Minky Weighted Blanket Cover for a luxurious feel to elevate any night. Minky is a unique polyester fabric that is thicker and softer than fleece and typically made with a pressed dotted texture.
When you combine sherpa and mink together, you have the ultimate in snuggly materials. These materials insulate incredibly well together and make a perfect fabric for cold weather climates or for those who like to be extra cozy.
Choosing your fabric can be a big decision, but it can be relatively simple. First, think about the average temperature and climate of your home. So if you live somewhere hot, invest in the Cooling Bamboo. If you live somewhere cold, invest in a Minky Sherpa. If the weather changes drastically, a blanket cover could be the perfect solution.
How To Wash Your Weighted Blanket
The ease of washing your weighted blanket will definitely play a huge role. Especially if you plan on using your blanket every day and in various situations, from snacking on the couch to drooling at nap time, the ability to easily wash your blanket at home will affect how you use it.
Some questions about laundering to consider when shopping for a weighted blanket:
- Is your weighted blanket machine washable, or will you have to take it to the dry cleaners? Some weighted blankets have delicate layers that a home washing machine can damage and disrupt; therefore, they suggest getting the blanket dry cleaned. Dry cleaning is a chemical cleaning process that is much more suited for delicate and specialty items. It can be risky to take your weighted blanket to the dry cleaners as it is a tricky item to launder correctly, so try to purchase one that is machine washable to take out all the guesswork.
- Do you need a particular sized washer/dryer to accommodate the size and weight of your weighted blanket? Some blankets are too large and too heavy for your home washer and could damage it. You might need to take your weighted blanket to a laundromat so that you can wash it successfully and thoroughly without damaging your washer and dryer at home.
- What temperature do you wash and dry your blanket? Be sure you factor in the appropriate water temperature so you don’t damage or shrink any internal layers. Different fabrics and fibers react differently to hot or cold water temperatures. Nobody wants a weighted blanket that won’t lay flat anymore, so be aware and read the instructions. The same goes for drying. Also, pay attention to the time you need for your blanket to dry in its particular setting. You do not want your weighted blanket to attract mildew which is a possibility with heavy items that aren’t fully dried.
Take the Time to Become Acclimated
No matter which style of weighted blanket you choose to purchase in 2021, be sure you take the time to become acclimated to your weighted blanket for best results. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weighted blanket acclimation, and you should spend about 20 days slowly moving the blanket up from just your legs to halfway across your body to full coverage.
By taking steps to slowly become used to your new blanket, you can be sure that your body is ready for this new weighted sensation to help lead to deeper and more fulfilling sleep. Just like all good habits: repetition is key. A weighted blanket can provide some of the best sleep of your life when used regularly. With blankets this comfortable and calming, that will be one of the easiest habits to pick up.