We’ve got a vested interest in anything that will help us get a good night’s sleep, which is why the best weighted blankets are always on our radar. They’re massively popular and many swear by their ability to soothe. In fact, there’s a good chance you know someone who raves about their weighted blanket. And it’s no wonder why—swaddling yourself in one of these feels like getting a warm, welcome hug.
What is a weighted blanket, you ask? Otherwise known as a gravity blanket or an anxiety blanket, a weighted blanket is pretty much what it sounds like: a blanket filled with small glass, sand, or plastic pellets that distributes anywhere from 5 to 30 pounds of weight across your body. The idea is that this form of deep compression, this cocooning, will relax your body, leading to better sleep.
The science on whether this is true remains iffy, and if you want to learn more what the research says, what you should know about finding the right weight for you, and the risks of weighted blankets, read our explainer here.
Below, broken into types, is a roundup of the best weighted blankets for adults, kids, and couples, from the softest fleece to cooling, cotton knits.
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