If you're looking for a luxurious and high-quality weighted blanket, the Mela Weighted Blanket is definitely worth considering. It's made of 100% cotton on the bottom to keep you cool, with a super soft quilted fleece top that's perfect for snuggling up under.
The glass quartz pellet filling is smaller than plastic, so the blanket is thinner while having the same weight, making it easy to manoeuvre. And because the cover is removable, it can be easily washed in any washing machine.
The Mela Weighted Blanket can positively affect a wide range of conditions, from autism and ADHD to PTSD and insomnia. (more on that later on). So if you're looking for a product that can help improve your sleep and your health, the Mela Weighted Blanket is a great option! Although we will admit it's not the best affordable weighted blanket.
Click here to read our in-depth review of the Mela Weighted Blanket.
When it comes to keeping the price low and your anxiety at bay, this weighted blanket would be our number one pick. It is perfectly designed to help relieve you of stress and improve your sleep, by evenly distributing the weight across the entire blanket.
This is a glass-bead-filled blanket, with each individual pocket separately sewn. This prevents bunching and ensures a long-lasting product.
Furthermore, this weighted blanket comes with a velvety cover, that's incredibly soft to the touch and provides all the comfort you could need.
Lastly, unlike many other weighted blankets, the Calming Blankets' weighted blanket is available in three different colours and in three different sizes, which makes it easier to find the perfect match for yourself.
The Luna Weighted Blanket for Adults comes with an innovative design and 7 layers that ensure even weight distribution and a cloud-like feeling. Plus 8 ties that help you to fasten the cover and protect the blanket from wear and tear.
Micro glass beads improve weight distribution even more, while the 7-layer construction promotes increased airflow and thus increases the cooling effect.
A removable cover makes the maintenance process a piece of cake.
Abd it comes in Single and Double/King sizes, with weights of 5,5 6,8 and 9 kg, depending on whether you like heavier weighted blankets or want to keep it somewhat light. However, do note that not all of these sizes or weights will always be available. So, there's an element of luck to it.
Click here to read our full review of the Luna Weighted Blanket for Adults.
After all, Emma wouldn't be offering a 10-year warranty if they weren't confident their blankets could stay in top condition for a long time!
The blanket is also incredibly cooling, with multiple steps taken to keep the breathability up. For one, the removable bamboo cover is cool to the touch and keeps air circulating all night long.
And if that wasn't enough, the Emma Hug Weighted Blanket also has a top cotton layer that further enhances the temperature regulation of the blanket.
And underneath that layer, we have two layers of padding that ensure that the extra-fine glass beads don't cause any discomfort.
You can click here to read our full review of the Emma Hug Weighted Blanket.
But what makes this weighted blanket a “safe option”? Well, for one, it's the best weighted blanket when it comes to getting the perfect weight for your build.
This is because the GnO Wellbeing Weighted Blanket comes in weights ranging from 6 to 15kg and in three different sizes!
Aside from just the abundance of choice, this weighted blanket is also very high-quality and gives you everything you need.
A solid 7-layer weighted blanket, a breathable bamboo cover, and even a plush bag to carry it around! Honestly, we'd be pressed to think of anything else you might need to stay comfortable.
However, we will note that while they advertise this weighted blanket as having a lifetime warranty, it's a bit misleading.
Read our full review of the GnO Wellbeing Weighted Blanket to learn more about it.
The Silentnight weighted blanket offers a hypoallergenic sleep environment and two distinct weight points: 6, 8, and 9 kg.
The premium glass beads are noiseless, while the high-quality stitching and loops ensure evenly distributed weight. This is good news if you share the bed with someone and tend to toss and turn in your sleep.
It also comes with a 12-month warranty and free delivery. Given that this is one of the cheapest weighted blankets in the UK, we found this quite surprising.
This weighted blanket can also be machine washed, meaning that it's rather easy to keep it clean.
And overall, if you want cheap weighted blankets, this is one of your best options as it's pretty well-rounded for its price point. The fact that it's also hypoallergenic is more of a bonus!
We also have a review on this Silentnight’s weighted blanket so take a look.
Given how Aeyla has taken up our number one spot, it's no surprise that they're back for a second round. This time with a slightly more expensive, and maybe a bit more luxurious weighted blanket.
This is because Aeyla The Dreamer Weighted Blanket is sporting a 100% eucalyptus silk cover! Not only does this cover help out tremendously when it comes to breathability but it's also incredibly soft to the touch.
In fact, eucalyptus is even considered by some to be the best when it comes to sensitive skin.
On top of that, this weighted blanket has anti-rustle pellets, making it a great weighted blanket when taking naps. And the filling itself is rather high-quality and can provide the Deep Pressure Therapy we all love.
Click here to read our full review of the Aeyla The Dreamer Weighted Blanket.
To say that the Simba Orbit is one of the most comfortable blankets on the market would be an understatement. If we’re being honest, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Simba.
This one comes with a removable, 100% premium cotton cover, which makes this an incredibly easy weighted blanket to clean. Not to mention that the cotton cover is also very soft to the touch.
It’s filled with what Simba calls nano-beads, which are essentially very small, glass beads. And these beads are supposedly a lot better at keeping the weight evenly distributed than larger, chunkier fillings.
Plus, both the cover and even the inner blanket are very breathable, meaning that this is an excellent choice for hot sleepers. Although we do admit it's not the most afforable weighted blanket on the market.
The Kuddly Therapeutic weighted blanket is available in three weights – 4 kg, 6.8 kg and 9 kg, meaning each adult can find the right weight for them.
The blanket is filled with micro-sand BPA-free glass beads, without traces of plastic.
The cover is made of eco-friendly, cooling bamboo so it won’t be too hot during the summer. And during the winter, it can keep you nice and snug even when the AC is on.
It has two sides, and the other side is made of a comforting soft mink fleece. So you can choose between bamboo and fleece, depending on what suits you at the moment. It is also removable and machine washable, making maintenance very simple.
You can even wash the glass beads filling, but this can damage your washing machine. So, you should likely just stick to washing the actual blanket.
Baloo offers you a heavy weighted blanket for the ultimate hugs. It weighs as much as 11.3 kilograms, which is really heavy and is not recommended for people under 90 kilograms.
For anyone weighing under 90 kg this weighted blanket will be very hefty, but if you are looking for an extra heavy weighted blanket, you're getting what you paid for.
Alongside the weight, this is an overall premium weighted blanket. Made of breathable cotton which is chemical-free, it will keep hot sleepers comfortable and provide a cosy sleeping environment. Since it is very large, it is also suitable for couples.
Another great feature is that the weighted blanket can be machine washed, even though it is so big and heavy. So, keeping the weighted blanket clean is still relatively easy.
Overall, if you're of a larger build and want to find the best weighted blanket with some real punch, this is the pick for you!
Do check our Baloo Soft weighted blanket review.
Now that we've covered all the best weighted blankets in the UK, it's only natural to ask – how do weighted blankets work in the first place?
Well, weighted blankets rely on something called deep pressure stimulation to help us calm down and fall asleep. And deep pressure stimulation or deep pressure therapy is known to stimulate the secretion of mood-boosting and sleep-inducing hormones called serotonin and melatonin. Furthermore, deep pressure therapy is also known to lower the levels of cortisol – a well-known stress hormone.
The effects of weighted blankets on our bodies are various. By affecting the hormone levels in our body, weighted blankets can help improve our mood, put us to sleep, and even alleviate symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, autism, and depression. After all, few things are more calming than a warm hug – even when it comes from a weighted blanket.
But that was just the TL;DR explanation of how weighted blankets helps us relax. Let's now go a bit more in-depth on the science behind it. And after that we can discuss what makes some weighted blankets better than others.
In layman's terms, deep pressure therapy is a form of therapy that relaxes our nervous system by applying gentle pressure on our body. Whether the pressure is applied through hugging, squeezing, holding, or covering yourself with a gravity blanket does not make that big of a difference.
According to research, applying “firm, but gentle” pressure, otherwise known as deep touch pressure, stimulates our body's parasympathetic system.
The parasympathetic system is the one responsible for putting us in a state of relaxation.
As opposed to the sympathetic system that's responsible for our fight or flight response, the parasympathetic system handles our “rest and digest” response.
So, when stimulated, the parasympathetic system lowers our blood pressure and pulse, slows down breathing, and increases the secretion of hormones like dopamine and serotonin promoting relaxation and calmness.
All of that is to say that getting the best weighted blanket and feeling more relaxed isn't an empty promise – there is actual science to back it all up! However, like most things in life, it's not always that simple.
One of the more commonly asked questions in regards to weighted blankets is how they can potentially help people with autism. And this is especially true when it comes to children. The fact of the matter is that we can't tell you with certainty whether a weighted blanket will or won't help you or your child. However, here's what we've found researching this topic.
According to this study put forward by Harvard, touch can play a role when it comes to helping children with ASD calm down. However, not all children will have a positive effect nor will the positive effect be noticeable to the same degree.
This is because some children might have tactile sensitivities and simply not like the feeling of the weighted blanket. However, at the same time, other sources have claimed that weighted blankets can help lower this hypersensitivity to touch.
In other words, weighted blankets can help but don't assume that they 100% will. Talk to a medical professional, try it out, and don't be afraid to search for other means if the weighted blanket doesn't seem to calm you down.
To go off of what we stated in the previous section, it's also important to note that you don't have to get a weighted blanket. While we do believe it can help some people take the edge off, it's by no means a miracle cure that solves all of your problems!
For example, when talking about children with ASD, some sources have put forward alternatives – like different types of massages. These can be done by the parents at no cost and might even fair better than a weighted blanket in certain cases.
And if you go to one of the many communities for people with ASD, we're sure you'll find a treasure trove of different advice.
Lastly, if the purpose of getting a weighted blanket is to help a person with ASD to fall asleep, it can be worth reading our article on the relationship between autism and sleep. After all, the more you know, the easier it will be to find what works best for you.
Weighted blankets tend to come at various weight points. And some weighted blankets have only one weight option. And, as a general rule of thumb, you don't want to overdo it and get a weighted blanket that's too heavy for your build.
Besides just getting claustrophobic, a weighted blanket that's too heavy can also cause discomfort – completely negating the main benefit a weighted blanket is supposed to have! Plus, it can be more difficult to ensure even weight distribution if the blanket is too heavy.
This is where the 10 per cent rule comes into play. Basically, this just means that you don't want to get a weighted blanket that's heavier than 10 per cent of your body weight. So, if you weigh 80 kg, try to find a weighted blanket that's around 8 kg.
And if there isn't an exact match among the weight options, we'd generally suggest going under. So, if from the previous example you find the best weighted blanket on the market, it's better to get a 7kg weighted blanket than a 10kg weighted blanket.
When looking for a weighted blanket, it’s important to know which features to look for. It’s not enough just to buy the first weighted blanket you come across. Many important features make up a good weighted blanket – like the weight, the material, how breathable it is etc.
In the following section, we’ve decided to break things down for you and highlight some of the most important features, so you can easily find the perfect weighted blanket for yourself.
When it comes to the weight of the blanket, the general rule of thumb is to follow the 10 per cent rule. You could go a little lower than that if you prefer a lighter feel, but in general, a good weighted blanket should weigh around 10 per cent of your body weight. That is, by far, the simplest way to find the perfect fit for you – just divide your body weight by 10 and you should be good to go.
However, it’s important to note that this rule might not apply to everyone. So, before you buy, make sure to test out the weighted blanket.
Cover yourself and see how it feels. If you find yourself struggling to move or you just feel like you’re under too much pressure, go lighter. The point of getting the best weighted blanket is to make you feel at ease, not trapped. And this is especially important if you have any tactile sesitivities.
Even though it is not necessary, finding the perfect cover for your weighted blanket can improve the overall experience significantly. That is why many recommend that you do so.
Finding the perfect cover shouldn’t be too troublesome. It all boils down to the material of the cover if we’re being honest. And that's because the cover material dictates all of the important features you'd want: how easy it is to wash, how well it can regulate the temperature, and how soft it is to the touch.
Firstly, washing a weighted blanket isn’t impossible, but it can get a bit troubling. That’s why a removable cover is a welcome addition.
Secondly, while weighted blankets are nice and snug, your skin will be in direct contact with the covers. So, making sure that the cover is actually nice to the touch is very important.
Lastly, since the weighted blanket is going to be snug against your skin, it needs to have decent temperature regulation. After all, few weighted blankets are going to help you keep your cool if you're melting under there!
Although we can't go too in-depth here, we'd like to give you a few tips when it comes to the covers you use for your weighted blanket. Most of the time, a cotton cover is going to be your safest option. Cotton covers and sheets typically have a high level of breathability, are soft to the touch, and aren't too expensive.
From the eco-friendly options, bamboo and eucalyptus are clean forerunners. Just like cotton, they make for a breathable fabric and even offer a bit of cooling to keep your body temperature down. Although they can be a bit more expensive.
And for you luxury lovers, silk covers are the way to go. While you won't often find a weighted blanket with a silk cover, you can typically just use a duvet cover instead.
When it comes to the material of the weighted blanket itself, there are two things to take note of – the padding and the filling.
In most cases, weighted blankets will be filled with plastic poly pellets, micro glass beads, steel shot beads or in some cases even sand or grain. We’d suggest steering clear of the organic fillings. As you'll soon see, weighted blankets with organic fillings tend to be a nightmare when it comes to keeping them clean.
When it comes to the padding, it's more in the realm of personal preference.
Generally, if a weighted blanket has a lot of padding, you might not feel the filling coming through that much. For some this is ideal but others might prefer a slightly “rougher” approach.
It's also important to note that your weighted or gravity blanket might not have a filling to begin with. Sometimes, weighted blankets will simply be made from a tightly woven fabric that's naturally heavy and thus doesn't require a filling. In these cases, it's essential that you like the feel of the material itself.
Cleaning a weighted blanket can be challenging – if you pick the wrong one.
As we said a second ago, stay away from weighted blankets filled with organic materials like sand, pebbles, buckwheat or grain. You see, when an organic material comes into contact with water – it tends to soak it up. When that happens, getting it dry becomes pretty much impossible.
That can lead to your weighted blanket becoming mouldy or the fillings rotting – and that’s something you’d want to avoid. Sticking to glass, steel and plastic poly fillings will make your life a lot easier.
In addition to that, cotton and minky covered weighted blankets are the easiest to clean. Just make sure not to use hot water. Cold or warm water should do the trick. Also, try and wash them separately from other clothes or sheets to avoid additional agitation to the fabric.
And, when in doubt, simply read the care label on the weighted blanket. Like all bedding items, weighted blankets always come with a care label and the last thing you'd want to do is damage your weighted blanket so soon after getting it!
As we've mentioned when talking about the materials, breathability is very important – especially for hot sleepers. So, generally, you want a cover for your weighted blanket that utilises some sort of breathable fabric. Typically, bamboo, cotton, and eucalyptus are safe bets.
However, it's important to note that some weighted blankets also have their own “cooling system”. Usually, this means that the weighted blanket has multiple layers that are designed to maximise airflow. You can also use a duvet cover that's extra breathable if the weighted blanket itself has a stuffy cover.
Lastly, be mindful of how you layer your weighted blankets during colder months. If the weighted blanket is breathable, you can cover yourself with the weighted blanket and then throw on a duvet on top. However, if the cover is a bit more stuffy, you can do it the other way around and rely on the duvet cover instead.
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When it comes to tips and tricks when shopping for the best weighted blanket, we’d advise being thorough in your research and trying out the weighted blanket before you buy it. You see, you can have all the necessary knowledge on how to find the perfect weighted blanket, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be satisfied with it.
Plus, quite a few of the best weighted blanket contenders come with trials. So, you can properly test them out with no worries!
Secondly, don't overlook the size of the blanket. Just like it's important to get the right weight, you also want to nail the size of the weighted blanket.
Lastly, while it can be romantic, we don't typically advise sharing a weighted blanket. This is especially true if you plan on sleeping with it. The last thing you'd want is for your partner to toss about and accidentaly cover your face with the weighted blanket.
The main purpose of having the best weighted blanket is to make you feel at ease when you go to sleep and help improve the overall quality of your sleep. So, when you think about it, the advantages of owning the best weighted blanket are the same as a good night’s sleep. People who suffer from anxiety can benefit from weighted blankets the most, but overall, most people can benefit from weighted blanket hugs.
The impact of quality sleep on your life can’t be stressed enough. Here are only a few of the benefits and advantages of owning the best weighted blanket.
Start by reading the care label. Then, according to the instructions, soak your weighted blanket in a tub filled with cold or lukewarm water and mild detergent for 15 minutes. Then, rinse and repeat until you're left with nothing but clean water. Or, wash your blanket in a machine.
However, not every weighted blanket is machine washable. For example, an organic weighted blanket filled with rice can't come in contact with water because rice is organic and can decompose and get mouldy if wet. Therefore, each weighted blanket is a different story – so we suggest checking the care label carefully.
Washable weighted blankets are the ones filled with glass beads, poly pellets, steel shot beads, or the ones entirely made from organic cotton. You can wash any of these by hand or in a washing machine (provided that they fit). Also, if they come with a removable cover – you can wash the cover in a washing machine, as well.
For additional information on washing and drying a weighted blanket, feel free to take a look at our in-depth weighted blanket washing guide.
And that's all you need to know to find the best weighted blanket UK! So, has any of the weighted blankets we've recommended caught your eye? Or do you have your own pick for the best weighted blanket? Make sure to let us know in the comment section. And if you have any questions about weighted blankets, make sure to check out the FAQ section.
Finally, let us answer some of the most frequently asked questions, just to make sure we’ve covered all grounds, so when the time comes for you to pick the perfect weighted blanket for yourself – you do it without a doubt in your mind.
Ideally, a blanket should weigh approximately one-tenth of your body weight.
It's rather simple. Divide your body weight by 10 and try out the blanket. If it feels good – you've found the perfect match.
You should clean the blankets with cold or warm water, without any harsh chemicals or laundry detergents.
Depending on whether you use covers or now, it varies between 2 to 4 times a year. If necessary, wash more often.
Anyone over the age of 4 can use and benefit from the weighted blankets.
This is up for debate. Some experts claim that you should only use a weighted blanket for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time, while others swear by the benefits of a full night's sleep under a weighted blanket.
You may sleep on your side, but this sort of defeats the purpose of a weighted blanket because you're not covering a large portion of your body. For best results, we'd recommend sleeping on your back.
In theory, a weighted blanket should temporarily lower your blood pressure as a result of stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Weighted blankets come with loops in order to prevent bunching and to keep the blanket in place when inside of a duvet cover.