Weighted Blankets – The Ultimate Buying Guide
So, you are thinking about buying a weighted blanket? That’s great! At HevvyBlankets.com, we love what weighted blankets have to offer users, and we are extremely proud of the quality product we’ve created.
With that said, we understand if you are a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices on the market today. As you search the web to find a weighted blanket that will serve you well for years, you’ll find endless options – it can be hard to figure out where you should start.
We don’t want you to struggle with something that should be an exciting, enjoyable process. So, we’ve taken the time to create our ultimate buying guide for weighted blankets. With the information below, we aim to help you make an informed purchasing decision, no matter whose blankets you choose to buy.
Let’s get started!
Five Points to Guide Your Shopping Process
Before you can decide which blanket you are going to buy, it’s important to think about how you are going to sort through all of the options. What criteria will you use for picking one blanket over the others?
Based on our experience in this business, we think you should focus on the five key points below as you shop.
- The overall weight of the blankets you are considering is a major factor in the purchase.
- Not all weighted blankets feature a comfortable, durable fabric, so this is another important shopping point.
- Weighted blankets use small beads to bring the product up to the desired weight. This is another crucial point to include on your checklist.
- This one might be a bit obvious, but you need to make sure the blanket is the proper size for your needs.
- Check the washing instructions for any blanket before you order. You won’t want to end up with a product that is going to be a major hassle to clean properly.
For the rest of this article, we are going to go through these five points one by one, helping you understand what to look for – and what to avoid.
The Weight of Your Weighted Blanket
If you have never before owned or even shopped for a weighted blanket, it can be tricky to decide how heavy of a blanket you want to purchase. After all, you probably don’t even know how much your current blanket weighs, so you don’t have a frame of reference to use for this decision.
At Hevvy, our Original Weighted Blanket weighs 15 pounds. This is a pretty standard weight across the industry for a ‘normal’ weighted blanket. We also offer our Hevvy XL blanket, which is larger and weighs in at 20 pounds. Each of these falls in a comfortable range that should work nicely for most people.
One important consideration to make before buying a blanket is the size of your body and anyone else who shares the bed with you. A general rule of thumb is to keep your blanket around 10% of your body weight. Obviously, a 15-pound blanket would be 10% of the bodyweight of someone who weighs 150 pounds. So, if you weigh up around 200 pounds or beyond, you may want to consider our Hevvy XL as a better fit.
With that said, we need to remember the importance of personal preference. If you are interested in trying a weighted blanket but want to make this switch gradually, it might be best to keep your blanket on the lighter side. Later, if you find you enjoy the experience of sleeping under a weighted blanket, you may decide to move to a heavier model.
Finding the Right Fabric
Any weighted blanket that you buy is going to offer more heft than a traditional blanket – that’s the whole point, after all. But not all weighted blankets are as comfortable as a traditional blanket made from a nice fabric, because some manufacturers focus only on the weight and fail to make the product cozy.
As you shop, consider what’s on the outside of each blanket as much as what’s on the inside. If you focus only on weight, you might end up with a blanket that doesn’t feel comfortable enough for you to want to sleep under it each night. Even if you are going to place the blanket inside of a duvet cover, you’ll still want the fabric to deliver a soft, welcoming feel.
At HevvyBlankets.com, we only use premium fabrics to make sure each of our customers is impressed with the feel of the product. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice on feel just to enjoy the benefits of a weighted blanket.
Filler Material Considerations
To make a weighted blanket heavy, something needs to be added to the inside to give it more weight than a traditional blanket. The common approach is to use a high quantity of small beads inside the blanket itself. There are a variety of materials used for this purpose, such as polypropylene and steel.
With that said, if you want a high-end experience that is made to last, consider looking for a blanket that uses glass beads. Glass is the material of choice for our blankets here at Hevvy, because we believe it is the best way to create a comfortable, durable, high-performing weighted blanket.
To make sure the weight is evenly distributed throughout the blanket, and it stays that way as you use it, we quilt small squares throughout the design to hold the beads. This is an important design element that should be present in any weighted blanket you choose.
Beyond durability, one notable advantage to using glass beads is that they can offer significant weight without requiring a large quantity of beads. Using a lighter fill material means more beads are required, therefore adding thickness to the finished product. If you were to order a blanket from HevvyBlankets.com, you would notice that even though the blanket weighs 15 pounds, it remains modest in thickness and easy to handle when on the bed.
Choosing the Right Size
On this point, shopping for a weighted blanket is no different than shopping for any other kind of blanket. Simply put, you need to make sure the dimensions of the blanket are a good match for the dimensions of your bed.
You will likely find a variety of size options on the market when you look around at different weighted blanket manufacturers. The two sizes available here at Hevvy are 48’’ x 72’’ for our Original Weighted Blanket, and 60’’ x 80’’ for the Hevvy XL. Those 60’’ x 80’’ dimensions match up perfectly with the size of a standard queen mattress, as a point of reference.
Of course, as with anything else, there is room for personal preference with regard to size when shopping for a weighted blanket. You might like to sleep with a blanket that is a little smaller than your bed, especially if it has the heft of a weighted blanket and will easily stay in place. Or, you might want something that you can use on your couch from time to time, as well as your bed. Think about your own personal needs and use a current blanket you own as a reference before placing an order.
Check the Washing Instructions
The last point in our ultimate buying guide is an important one – washing the blanket. Like anything else you use around the house, you’ll need to wash your weighted blanket from time to time. Especially if you are using it every night as your standard sleeping blanket, it’s going to pick up oils, sweat, and more along the way. If you opt for a blanket that is hard to wash, this purchase may end up being more trouble than it’s worth.
Fortunately, many weighted blanket models are machine washable. This is true for both of the blankets offered by Hevvy, as it is true for many other options on the market today. Washing a weighted blanket by hand would be a frustrating, time-consuming chore, so don’t put yourself in that position. Unless you happen to love washing items by hand, stick to products that clearly state they are machine washable.
The good news is this – there is no need to shop around for all of the right features in a weighted blanket, because you already found Hevvy! Whether you want our Original Weighted Blanket or the Hevvy XL, you can be sure that the product you receive will be properly made and ready to serve you well for years. With any questions, please contact our support team right away. Thank you for visiting Hevvy!