The Best Cheap Weighted Blankets (Under $100) on Amazon in 2018
Weighted blankets use traditional bedding materials on the outside (like cotton), but the inside of the blanket is filled with non-toxic poly pellets (i.e. plastic) or glass beads. These blankets have been used by occupational therapists for years, but they've become super-trendy since a Kickstarter fundraiser for the "Gravity" blanket raised almost $5 million.
Many claims have been made about weighted blankets: I.e. They're a treatment for anxiety, autism, ADHD, insomnia, stress, pain, bed wetting, depression, epilepsy, hot flashes, weight loss, nightmares...the list goes on. Better to assume these claims are snake oil unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
Adults can generally use a weighted blanket without consequences, but for the love of Pete, parents should talk to a doctor before buying a weighted blanket for a child. Suffocation is rare, but kids have died.
The big question: Can a weighted blanket help an adult sleep better? I'll go out on a limb and say yes. My reasoning? Rather than sleep with only a bedsheet in the summertime, I crank my air conditioner so I can also use my comforter (it's called that for a reason!). It’s soothing to be cozy.
Weighted blankets come in all shapes and sizes, but a 15 pound blanket measuring 60 inches by 80 inches seems to be the sweet spot for many adults (and couples). Here are the best-reviewed weighted blankets selling for less than $100 on Amazon:
YnM Weighted Blanket (15 lbs, 60''x80'', Queen Size) | Gravity 2.0 Heavy Blanket | 100% Cotton Material with Glass Beads
Avg. Price: $85 | Bargain Price: $51
Many Amazon reviewers had a better sleep (or felt more relaxed) after using YnM's weighted blanket. The blanket sleeps cool according to most customers, but a few felt overheated. This blanket may arrive with loose beads inside the package, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it has a hole.
ZonLi Sensory Weighted Blanket (60''x80'', 15lbs for 120-180lb Individual, Brown) for Adults Women, Men, Youths | Premium Cotton with Glass Beads | Fit King Sized Bed
Avg. Price: $90 | Bargain Price: $83
ZonLi's weighted blanket was described as a "giant hug" by a happy Amazon customer who suffers from restless leg syndrome. The user reviews are very positive overall. One customer cautions that the blanket is a few inches shorter than its stated size and doesn't fit perfectly into a queen-sized duvet cover as a result.
CuteKing Weighted Heavy Blanket 15lbs 60''x80'' Queen or Full Size for Adult Women Men and Kids Natural Deep Sleep, Reduce Stress, Anxiety, Autism (Dark Grey)
Avg. Price: $85 | Bargain Price: $69
Most Amazon customers say that CuteKing's weighted blanket helped them sleep better or feel less anxious while in bed. Some customers complained that the blanket leaks beads over time and is a few inches smaller than the stated measurements.
Weighted Idea Large Weighted Blanket | 15 lbs | 60''x80'' | Navy Blue | for Adults | 100% Premium Cotton
Avg. Price: $84 | Bargain Price: $71
Weighted Idea's blanket has stellar reviews, with more than 85% of customers liking or loving it. The blanket's care tag says "Dry Clean," but one customer wrote that no dry cleaner would accept the blanket. The seller recommends purchasing a duvet cover separately (to reduce washing frequency).
Amy Garden Weighted Blanket for Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Insomnia or Stress - Premium Various Weighted Blankets for Great Sleep (60"x80",15 lbs for 140-150 lbs Individual, Grey)
Avg. Price: $84 | Bargain Price: $45
This weighted blanket from Amy Garden was heavily discounted during Amazon Prime Day (and is worth adding to a watchlist to see if it sells that cheaply again). More than 75% of Amazon customers love this blanket, though some complained that the blanket runs small and leaks glass beads over time.
Hiseeme Anxiety Weighted Blanket (60''x80'', 15lbs, 100% Cotton Fabric, Dark Grey) for Adults, Women | Best for Reduce Stress, Autism and Insomnia | Queen Sized/King Sized Bed
Avg. Price: $85 | Bargain Price: $78
Hiseeme's plastic-filled weighted blanket is comfortable and sleeps warm according to several Amazon customers. Multiple customers found this blanket to be 5 inches shorter than its stated measurements.
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