Over the last few years, weighted blankets have skyrocketed in popularity. TIME magazine called the Gravity Blanket one of the best inventions of 2018, declaring that they transform sleep habits, while others swear that they help with insomnia and anxiety. But, do they really work? In short, yes, says Heidi Hanna, PhD, author of Stressaholic, and advisory board member for the American Institute of Stress. These types of blankets mimic healing touch—something that reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) and boosts oxytocin (the feel-good hormone), she explains. They may also have a synergistic effect, since people tend to practice mindful breathing, meditation, or other proven relaxation techniques at the same time.
To choose your own weighted blanket, you’ll want to look for one that feels snug, but not suffocating—which is why most experts recommend opting for one that’s 10 percent of your body weight (about 15 or 20 pounds for adults). Another thing to consider: If you’re a hot sleeper, you may want to look for one that’s made with breathable fabrics, like bamboo or cotton, and a removable cover.
Ahead, the best weighted blankets—for kids, for adults, even for couples—to help you get the deeply refreshing slumber your mind and body need.
Weighted Blanket With Two Duvet Covers
This bestselling blanket is just right for anyone who lives in an area where the temperature varies greatly throughout the course of the year, because it comes with two covers: one that retains heat and one that cools.
Organic Cooling Cotton Weighted Blanket
If you tend to run hot, try this super soft weighted blanket. Glass beads are woven into the weighted blanket fibers to provide calming benefits, but the whole thing is wrapped in a 400 thread count cotton outer shell to keep you cooler while you sleep.
Weighted blankets sometimes add extra heat to your sleeping routine—which can be disruptive (to say the least) for sweat-prone snoozers. But this one from Slumber Cloud features a breathable, 100% cotton cover, plus a lining fabric coated with the same temperature regulation technology NASA uses in their spacesuits to keep you comfortable all night long. Pretty cool, right?
Relaxation Weighted Blanket
This weighted blanket earned top honors in tests by sister site Good Housekeeping, thanks to extra-warm microfiber, a fabric construction that evenly distributes weight, and a variety of weight and color options.
Ever since Brooklinen debuted in 2014, the trendy bedding company has earned rave reviews for its super-soft sheets and breathable quilts—so it should come as no surprise that the beloved brand also offers a high-quality weighted comforter. Unlike most weighted blankets, this one—available in a variety of bed sizes and weight options—combines that extra heavy layer and your comforter into one product, so you’re not snoozing under a pile of thick, tangled blankets. Plus, it’s designed to be used with a duvet cover, so it’s super easy to clean.
7 Layer 100% Cotton Preminum Weighted Blanket
This weighted blanket has seven layers for added comfort (you won’t feel the glass beads through all that fabric!), but is made of premium cotton to stay ultra breathable. And—bonus—it comes in 11 different colors to suit a wide range of decor.
Custom Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets aren’t just for adults. They have long been used to help children with autism and other sensory disorders, as well as sleep problems. This particular brand is a great choice for kids, because it offers more than 70 colors and patterns, as well as waterproof fabrics.
More than 4,000 reviewers give this weighted blanket a collective 4.5 stars, with many touting it as the best blanket they’ve ever owned. It’s easy to see why: It has seven layers specially designed to form to your shape while you sleep, smaller compartments to keep beads evenly distributed, and less fiber fill to help regulate temperature. Plus, it comes in 22 fun colors and patterns.
Most weighted blankets are more utilitarian than fashionable, but this one is an exception. The chunky knit is heavy enough to be considered a weighted blanket, but looks more like your favorite throw.
Chilled Bamboo Weighted Blanket
Because bamboo naturally regulates body temperature and feels cool to the touch, this weighted blanket is perfect for use in warmer climates. It’s easier than most others to care for, too: Simply throw the whole thing in the washing machine, then tumble dry low.
Weighted Blanket Deluxe Set
Struggle to stay asleep? This weighted blanket, designed by neurologist Karen Hart, may be your ticket to a more restful night. It’s specially designed based on the results of recent clinical studies on deep pressure touch stimulation to help promote relaxation and sleep.
This weighted blanket made its debut in 2017 after the makers raised $5 million dollars on Kickstarter to fund production. A year later, TIME named it as one of the best inventions of the year. Though pricey, it’s a good bet, as it’s one of the most well respected weighted blankets available today.