Anyone who suffers from anxiety or experiences frequent broken sleep can attest to the knock-on effects in your waking hours; poor concentration, frayed nerves and a shorter temper are just some things you could be looking forward to.
A weighted blanket can help you get a solid night’s rest. Rather than just a heavy blanket, this comes with small weights sewn into pockets all the way through, resulting in a feeling of being hugged or held.
Feeling comforted and safe thanks to the pressure of the weights can have significant results on your anxiety levels and lower your chances of developing related illnesses.
If you’re still in two minds over whether to buy a weighted blanket, we’ve answered some FAQs to give you a bit more info.
How heavy should a weighted blanket be?
The advice is ten per cent of your body weight for adults and between 5 and 10 per cent for children, as this will result in just the right level of heaviness without becoming claustrophobic or uncomfortable.
Do weighted blankets come in King or Super King size?
They don’t usually but there are a few brands that do. The most common adult size is somewhere between a single and double duvet size, as they’re mostly designed for individual use rather than with a partner. Kids’ blankets are scaled down to fit them too, so that they’re not swamped.
When choosing a weighted blanket, don’t be tempted to pick the biggest one – they’re not supposed to fit your bed frame and could simply slip off it there’s too big of an overhang.
Are weighted blankets safe to use for children?
A weighted blanket can be a very beneficial tool for children coping with stress, anxiety or interrupted sleep, but you should always speak to your doctor first before giving any child a weighted blanket.
One of the most common reasons for choosing a weighted blanket for children is to combat anxiety and bedtime restlessness. It’s important that the weight of the blanket does not exceed 5-10 per cent of the weight of the child. A weighted blanket should never be used to restrict a child's movements and should never go past the shoulders or cover the head or face.
Also worth noting are the benefits of using a weighted blanket while travelling with kids to help mimic your at-home routine while on the move. Ultimately, a weighted blanket can be a blessing for many - young and old - just remember it's important to double check the weight and size before purchasing.
Can you use a weighted blanket with other bedding?
Yes! Weighted blankets for children as well as adults can also be used in conjunction with your normal bedding simply by adding it on top of a quilt or duvet during cooler months.
They are also especially snuggly on the sofa and don't require sleep to be beneficial.
See below for our edit of the best weighted blankets for adults and children.
Weighted Blankets For Adults
Mela Weighted Blanket
The victor! Mela takes the crown in our roundup of weighted blankets for its pleasingly soft construction and foolproof distribution of weight — so no need to wrestle it every time you move.
The brand has updated its design with a new and improved construction with a custom cover that has a sumptuous and cosy quilted minky fabric on one side and a cooling cotton on the reserve.
The internal construction is made up of 10 x 10cm pockets, each filled with anti-rustle glass pellets so it won't rattle around. In fact, the Mela blanket turned out to be the quietest blanket of all the adult options on our list.
Currently there are three weights (5.5kg, 7kg, and 9kg) available as a UK single, double (135cm x 190cm) or UK King (150cm x 200cm).
One of the more noteworthy considerations is the even distribution of weight — from corner to corner, not a single section sagged or dragged. This makes a big difference when you shift your body weight as the blanket adjusts to your position rather than you constantly adjusting the blanket.
It's also wonderfully presented, making it perfect for gifting. The pretty gift box (made from recyclable cardboard) includes a guide on caring for the blanket, going over everything from how to wash it to the actual research used to support the therapeutic claims. What’s more, each sale protects 25 trees in the Amazon Rainforest and the brand donates a share of the profits to Young Minds mental health charity.
Curled up under the blanket on a rainy Sunday, this blanket proved to be a reliable pleasure.
Child version available at Amazon (£99.99)
John Lewis Specialist Weighted Blanket
Measuring 150 x 200cm, this weighted blanket from John Lewis offers one of the largest weight ranges we found, with six available options starting from a fairly lightweight 2.5kg to a more hefty 11.5kg. The internal composition is made using glass beads that we found both quiet as well as responsive when adjusting the position. It's worth nothing this blanket does not come with a removable cover, but you if you toss and turn frequently the absence of a cover might actually work in your favour as it won't have the potential to slink around within a duvet. However, it's worth keeping a light sheet between the blanket to help keep it clean.
Scentered Deluxe Sleep Well Aromatherapy & Weighted Gravity Blanket Gift Set
The state of the planet is getting more bizarre by the day, so who could blame you for wanting to dive down in the warmth and safety of bed?
Many people who suffer from anxiety swear by the benefits of a weighted blanket, and natural aromatherapy brand Scentered has launched one in a luxury gift set, alongside a sleep-aiding balm, beautiful candle and a storage bag.
Whether you're having trouble nodding off or want to treat a friend from afar, this is a lovely option that has deep, restful sleep all wrapped up.
jaymag Weighted Blanket
With almost 2,000 mostly five star reviews on Amazon, there’s a reason why jaymag’s weighted blanket is a fan-favourite.
It is malleable and ridiculously comfortable to sleep with. It’s a similar sensation to sinking your hand into a bag of flour or mustard seeds. Covered with hypoallergenic cotton, the breathable cover will keep you cool and comfortable while also give you the comfort that’ll help you drift off to sleep.
Granted, it’s not the most beautiful thing you’ll look at but this is firmly a product of substance rather than simply style. There’s always the option of buying an extra mink-like cover in the colour of your choice, so it will match your interiors.
What’s particularly helpful about this one is that there are three sizing options; each with three weight categories, so you don’t necessary have to opt for a small blanket if you need something lightweight or a large one for something heavier – you can adapt to your needs easily.
Luxury Adult Weighted Blanket by Rocabi
Sold in three different weights at 15lbs, 20lbs and 25lbs, the Rocabi weighted blanket is already a popular choice across the Atlantic. It’s packed with with fine quartz beads encased in a 100 per cent organic cotton interior sleeve, making it a rather luxe offering.
The exterior is made from a machine-washable microfibre so it’s easy to keep clean – no need to worry about coffee or red wine stains here. The 25lbs option is also ideal for anyone in the 200-250lb weight range.
The original weighted blanket, this is a result of an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign which raised 77 times more than its original target in just over a week.
The Gravity Blanket comes in five weight options, from 4 to 12 kilograms and is suitable for people of different statures.
We found the velvet-like fabric makes this one of the cosiest to have covering you at bedtime, and it’s particularly nice for those with sensitive skin. Best of all, the Gravity Blanket comes with a 28 day guarantee, so if you don’t notice an improvement in your sleep by then, you can send it back.
Snuzi Life Weighted Blanket
Tipping the scales at just over five kilograms, this blanket offers a gentle introduction to weighted blanket sleeping, making it a particularly great choice for first-timers. There are pockets all over its surface,and each one is filled with weights in the form of smooth, non-toxic glass pellets.
Because of their streamlined shape, the pellets are among the most comfortable to sleep with – they won’t dig in or feel awkward to lie on. No need to worry about overheating with this blanket either – the removable cover is made from hypoallergenic cotton which helps regulate body temperature all night.
Sommio Prime Weighted Blanket
Available in a choice of four weights: 6, 8, 10 and 12kg, this blanket is made in the UK using 100 per cent European cotton and teeny hypo-allergenic glass balls. The blanket is hand stitched and uses miniature, individually filled pockets that help distribute the blanket's weight with a notably sumptuous effect on the body.
Creating a setting of serene calm, this lavish blanket left us feeling instantly relaxed and at ease once we were burrowed underneath. It measures 135 x 200cm, and you can buy it as a traditional or as a knitted variety for £169.
Go one further with a weighted duvet that offers the therapeutic effects of deep touch pressure with the warmth and snuggly comfort of a traditional bed covering.
Weighted Blankets for Kids
The Little Blanket Shop
Founded by a NHS hospital doctor, Anamika originally crafted this weighted blanket to help with her children’s anxiety. This non-medicinal alternative worked wonders and so she made it more widely available to help mums everywhere. The luxury blanket is crafted with a cotton and micro plush combination and filled with hypoallergenic micro beads. It can be personalised with the print cover of your choice as well as embroidered with a name or initials that makes it ideal for gifting. Choose between the three sizes available; 1.5kg, 2kg or 3kg. There’s also a 30 night guarantee so if it isn’t right, they’ll take it back.
Senso-Rex Weighted Blankets
Available in multiple kid specific sizes and weights, Senso-Rex makes weighted blankets for kids that look as cool as they work - a welcome departure from the more commonly seen grey tones of the adult variety. Choose from unicorns, ballerinas, hedgehogs themes and many more. There's something for everyone, even the really fussy kids can find a blanket they love.
Sensory Direct Weighted Blanket
As these blankets come with quite a hefty price tag, buying one with options may help reassure you that you’ll make the most out it. This weighted blanket from Sensory Direct allows you to add or remove weights so that it can be used by different people.
Available in three sizes for children and one size for adults, the largest measures 200cm x 135cm and can be fitted with seven different weights, starting at 2.5 kilograms and going up to eight. A common concern is keeping them clean, but the large size can be fitted inside a standard single duvet cover, so it’s easy to keep it in tip top condition.
TTS Calming Weighted Blanket
Only 120 centimetres long and with three weight options starting from 1.4 kilograms, this one is perfect for young children who suffer from anxiety or meltdowns and need a little comfort to calm them down. Red and green, it comes in a velvet finish that helps soothe distressed kids and is sizeable enough to wrap around the shoulders or lie under.
Something to be aware of before you buy: like with all weighted blankets for children it’s important to check with your child’s doctor before introducing them to this stress relief tool.
The Persevering Parent Weighted Travel Blanket
Children thrive off routine, particularly when they suffer with anxiety, meltdowns or autism, but what happens when you’re going on holiday and have to break your carefully crafted schedule? A travel sized blanket can come in handy at times like this – small enough to stash into hand luggage, at 16 by 20 inches, it can easily cover the lap of a small child and provide comfort in stressful or unfamiliar travel situations.
This design, sold on Etsy, can easily be customised to your needs, with six different weighting options and an impressive 17 colours and patterns to choose from.
Weighted Therapy Blanket
Thanks to its bobbly, textured surface, this one is a particularly good for children with ADHD and autism, as sensory objects can often help to calm and de-stress. This one features a chenille side and a mink-like bobbly side, so is extra cosy and tactile for kids. The poly pellets are non-toxic, making this a safe option for small children and the bright, lime finish is particularly uplifting. Weighing just 2.2 kilograms, it’s a good size for children weighing around the 20 kilogram mark.
Our top pick goes to Mela Comfort based on exceptional quality, company ethos, and one heck of a rest. It's a superb blanket — the lovely packaging only adds to its unique gift giving potential.