The Best Cheap Weighted Blankets of 2019

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). After analyzing two years of price data, I’ve concluded that May through July is the best time to buy a weighted blanket. You may find better deals on Prime Day (Amazon’s mid-July marketing holiday) than on Black Friday (when demand can exceed supply).

Here are the best-reviewed weighted blankets that have sold for $100 or less in the last 12 months:

Good Price: $87 | Great Deal: $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.

Good Price: $90 | Great Deal: $74

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.

Good Price: $85 | Great Deal: $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. 

Good Price: $84 | Great Deal: $50

Weighted Idea's blanket has stellar reviews, with most 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).

Good Price: $79 | Great Deal: $41

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). A majority of Amazon customers love this blanket, though some complained that the blanket runs small and leaks glass beads over time.

Good Price: $82 | Great Deal: $69

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.


John DeFeo