Weighted blankets are proven to be therapeutic whether it be for kids or adults.
There are more to these than what meets the eye. We will explain in this article what weighted blankets for adults do and why you should get one. By the end of this article, you’ll have a shopping guide for those too.
For those of you who are not familiar with weighted blankets at all, here is a short description.
Weighted blankets look just like regular blankets, except that they aren’t. They are filled with plastic or glass beads to create pressure and touch simulation on the user’s body.
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Update Mar. 2019:
I have been helping people answering questions regarding weighted blankets for long. Time is passing and the industry is evolving. During this evolving, I have found two more weighted blanket choices which grandly compete with the existing recommendations in this article. Let’s be apprised about them along with the main emphasis of the previous blankets.
Rocabi Luxury Weighted Blanket – Rocabi comes first. It is included mainly for its’ two covers. It comes with a removable cover but the cover that is attached with the weighted blanket itself, is soft and comfortable. You can use the blanket without the extra cover. This gives the consumers great interchangeable choices.
Zonli Weighted Blanket – Zonli weighted blanket is like the Ynm ones. Cheap and various weight options.
Calmforter Premium Weighted Blanket – This was the best weighted blanket of this review before the Rocabi weighted blanket comes and take over the place. This blanket is known for comfort. The cover provided aids a great deal to your sleep. You’ll sleep better.
Ynm Weighted Blanket – You know Ynm blankets, known for its low price and various weight options.
Large Weighted Blanket by Sensory Goods – If you want a simple, regular blanket lookalike weighted blanket, this should be the one.
Full Bed Weighted Blanket By Lifetime Sensory Solutions – This one is known for its beautiful ambiance. You can choose breathtaking landscape pictures as the cover of your weighted blanket here. Check two examples below, you will get more demonstrations later.
Probably you have gotten a clear picture of the blankets exhibited here. Anyway, the preciseness of your weighted blanket matters the most. So, first of all, you will have to know how to measure the right weighted blanket size for you.
Best Weighted Blankets for Adults – Updated reviews in 2019
We are about to share a list of weighted blankets that have worked fantastically for adults. You will get to weigh the pros and cons of each product. More importantly, you will know what to expect from a high-quality weighted blanket for teens/adults.
Blanket 1. Rocabi Luxury Weighted Blanket – Best choice (More details below)
The Rocabi Luxury Weighted Blanket races its way to the top here during the recent update. Its because the Rocabi weighted blanket seems to the most comfortable to me, more than the calmforter blanket.
Another reason for declaring it as the best is its dual cover option. Almost every weighted blanket comes with a separate cover, and you’ll have to use the provided cover. Because the blanket cover itself isn’t soft and comfortable. But here, the blanket cover itself is very pleasant – and you can use the blanket without the cover.
You will find the price of this individual weighted blanket a bit high, but the additional price brings additional conveniences.
This is an organic cotton blanket. Glass beads are used to weigh the blanket like the most top-notch weighted blankets.
This shines truly when it is added with the minky duvet cover with a well-hidden zipper. I personally dislike the open zipper design. It causes irritation while sleeping. Bad for sleep. Moreover, it looks odd.
There are corner ties that prevent clumping.
The beads are double stitched. It preserves the position of the beads properly resulting in an even weight distributed blanket.
Blanket 2. Calmforter Premium Weighted Blanket – Best comfortable with 5 color choices
The Calmforter premium is an XL weighted blanket and weighs 12lbs.
It looks really appealing and luxurious. The fabric comes in four color choices and feels smooth.
The blanket wears dotted texture pattern on one side of the cover for the user to grab it in the case of fidgeting. The cover comes off which means washing it is less of a hassle.
The XL blanket has a 62″ x 80″ dimension. We would recommend it for adults since it is a full sized blanket.
Its Evenflow technology makes sure that pressure is evenly distributed around the blanket.
If you are an adult with a body structure on the smaller side, you can adjust the dimensions by folding the blanket. That way, you are able to use only portions of the blanket.
The only cons will be the blanket not being portable enough for travels. We would recommend you get it because it is supposed to feel like a cozy full body hug!
Blanket 3. YnM Weighted Blankets For Adults – Top pick for various weight option
YnM weighted blankets can be a delightful addition to your bedtime atmosphere. What sets these blankets apart from its competitors is its sand pellet filling. Plastic or glass pellets are fine but some may still want to avoid feeling the solid form of the pellets. The sand pellets give these blankets more delicacy and flexibility.
The inner cotton layer combined with the sand pellets and soft microfiber filling make the blanket as squishy as one can hope for.
These blankets come in many sizes and weight variants. Just go to their website and pick the most suitable one. There are separately sold duvet covers available. Along with the cover, the inner weighted layer is washable and dryable as well.
This weighted blanket comes with a very flexible warranty option. Within three years, the manufacturer will provide a free mending service, even if your Ynm weighted blanket is damaged unexpectedly.
The only downside to this amazing blanket is that it can get a bit too warm at times due to its sand pellet filling. Use air conditioning or take off the cover to adjust the temperature.
Blanket 4. SensaCalm Therapeutic Adult Weighted Blanket – Paramount selection for simplicity
SensaCalm therapeutic weighted blankets have won the hearts of many users. The brand is renowned throughout the market for its incredibly effective products.
It follows the minimum weight guideline so that you can add to the default weight if you like. These blankets come in a range of weight variants depending on the user’s weight – from 12 lb blankets for 90 lb users to 18 lb blankets for 150 lb users.
Let’s quickly go over the features of this model. The blanket’s 100% cotton fabric accommodates poly pellets and Hypoallergenic fiberfill. It feels endearingly soft and the stitching looks solid. The 38” x 72” seems just right for the average adult.
The weight is evenly distributed across the blanket for maintaining consistency of the deep pressure. Four color and texture variants are available for this blanket. The cover is adaptable to washing and drying.
Blanket 5. Large Weighted Blanket By Sensory Goods – Best for style
The Sensory Goods anxiety blanket line looks minimalistic with its fleece and flannel fabric. You won’t be able to separate it from regular blankets by just looking at it. The blanket earns a point for its discrete appearance.
It has a wide variety of weight and sizes are available. The 9 lb to 19 lb variants of this blanket is most suitable for adults. Sensory Goods has used glass beads in this one to weigh it down.
However, the Sensory Good weighted blankets do not give off the deluxe vibe, unlike the models previously discussed. Though the fabric feels soft, the blanket overall does not feel fluffy enough. The blanket applies pressure evenly across the whole surface area and fulfills its therapeutic purpose well.
But if you would rather prefer a weighted blanket that you can practically cuddle with, we suggest you let this one go.
Blanket 6. Creature Commforts TM Weighted Sensory Blanket – Masterly designed for comfort
The Creature Commforts weighted blankets come in a washable polyester duvet. The ultra-plush minky fabric of the cover makes the blanket feel pleasant to touch and to drape around. The top side of the cover has a nice bumpy texture for sensory input. The most intriguing feature of this blanket is its organic filling.
These blankets are filled with fine millet grains which provide comfortable sensory stimulation and flexibility. The millets are sewn into 5”x5” pockets for even distribution. The blanket does not get hot even after using for long periods of time due to its breathable materials.
The Creature Comforts weighted blanket has a better value for money, compared to the other options discussed in this article.
Blanket 7. Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket – Another good pick for various weight option
The premium weighted blanket by InYard has a clean cut comfortable look about it. The fabric used on the front is fleece and on the back is flannel.
It’s cover made of cotton and flannel for superior sensory input. It is hand washable.
There are two variants available for adults – 41” x 61” (10 lbs) and 41” x 72” (15 lbs).
Hypoallergenic plastic poly pellets are sewn into 6’ x 6’ pockets. This premium blanket also comes at a very reasonable price.
Blanket 8. Full Bed Weighted Blanket By Lifetime Sensory Solutions – Elegant Option for picking the favorite color from the various
Lifetime Sensory Solutions has made a weighted blanket sized for double beds but with different weights. It means that even if you want a lighter blanket, the size does not get proportionally smaller.
You still get to have a full sized blanket to share with a partner or to enjoy solely across your whole bed. This is a rare feature among weighted blankets. The convenience is noteworthy.
These come in five weight variants ranging from 10 lb to 30 lb.
The cotton fabric and breathable sateen cover allow it to be used in both hot and cold days.
Poly pellets are sewn into pockets and spread evenly across the blanket.
The only con would be that the blanket is to be machine washed and dried. It can be a hassle for some.
Yet the blanket feels of premium quality and comfort. It is worth the few extra bucks and we would definitely recommend you get it.
Last but not least, this is some weighted blanket. If you seek aesthetic, and a wide variety of cover option – sensory solution is the place you need to visit. Their cover designs are so alive and beautiful. You have seen two of them above. Here are a bunch more. You can click on the photos to get the details.
Blanket 9. ZonLi Weighted Blanket – Cheapest weighted blanket with various weight options
This is another weighted blanket that comes cheap. You will not get that enchanting, mesmerizing outlook that the previous one delivers, but it’ll do the job, and will do it with adequate expertise.
It has 14 different sizing. It is sure that you will get the perfect fit for yours if you want to go for the ZonLi weighted blankets.
ZonLi weighted blanket comes with a soft, breathable cover. Sleep will be much more better and comfortable.
The weights are distributed in eight adjacent loops. Usually, the number of loops are kept lower in regular weighted blankets, say six. ZonLi has increased the number to keep the weighted blanket sleek and thin whilst still providing enough weight.
Why should you get a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets gently apply pressure on our body. This pressure causes our brains to release several neurotransmitters and hormones.
Is that a good thing?
Definitely! You will be surprised to find out in how many ways a weighted blanket can improve our lives.
In this segment, we will explore the effects of these on our minds and bodies.
The deep pressure touch stimulation provided by weighted blankets produces Serotonin – which naturally converts to Melatonin. Melatonin regulates sleep and establishes control over wake cycles. If you’re an adult who is not getting enough sleep, a weighted blanket is the non-drug way to go. Lack of sleep can cause frequent irritability and tiredness. It becomes hard to stay task-oriented throughout the day. The use of these blankets has helped hundreds of chronic Insomniacs to have better rest and productivity.
ADHD is widely associated with low Serotonin in the body. Since weighted blankets boost Serotonin levels, they can be used to treat ADHD. The pressure we receive from underneath a weighted blanket stabilizes our nervous system and provides a sense of calm. Studies show that it improves our ability to concentrate. People with ADHD, who use weighted blankets, have been known to have a better hold on their attention while performing tasks.
An increase of Serotonin in the body is known to be reversely proportional to anxiety. An increase in the Serotonin levels in the brain will result in reduced anxiety. Weighted blankets also contribute to reducing Cortisol levels in the body, which is known as ‘the stress hormone’. Bipolar disorder and Obsessive compulsive disorder too can be dialed down a few levels with the use of weighted blankets.
# Autism Spectrum Disorder:
People with various forms of Autism have a slow development of cognitive ability. Using weighted blankets helps lift up their mood, increase appetite and improve memory. Thanks to Serotonin, they also feel calmer throughout the day. Weighted blankets are great tools to ease people with ASD into new atmospheres and activities.
By applying pressure on the joints, muscles and ligaments of our body, weighted blankets help relieve chronic pain and joint stiffness – which are some of the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
People tend to fall into this disorder immediately after experiencing a traumatic event. The symptoms include Insomnia, high-stress levels and anxiety. Apart from elevating Serotonin, deep pressure touch stimulation also brings down the level of Cortisol in our brains. Cortisol is known as ‘the stress hormone’. Weighted blankets reduce stress and anxiety, making the daily struggles of a PTSD patient easier.