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Best weighted blankets for a comforting and relaxing night's sleep

Having trouble sleeping? A weighted blanket could help you reach the land of nod more easily by easing anxiety and bringing comfort to your night's sleep. We round up the best of the bunch, as tried and tested by Mumsnet users. 

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Mar 11, 2022

Woman sleeping in bed with blanket

There’s nothing quite as important as getting a good night’s sleep, and there aren’t many things nicer than a hug. But what if you could combine the two?

Weighted blankets take advantage of the science behind why a squeeze feels good by using evenly-distributed weights to give you the feel of a hug to release serotonin (one of nature’s happy hormones) and help you drift off.

They're popular as a sleep aid in the bedroom, but lots of people find them great for relaxing on the sofa too. But with such a wide variety of weighted blankets on sale, how can you find the right one for you? Our guide has got you covered.

Here are the best weighted blankets to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall weighted blanket: Simba Orbit Weighted Blanket

Price: £118 | Buy now from Amazon

"I bought this one after lots of research. It has a cover so washable and the ties inside the cover secure it to the blanket – so no bunching" - recommended by Mumsnet user, puellanovella

You might know the Simba brand from its well-rated foam mattresses – but its range of products to help you get a better night’s sleep don’t stop there.

This weighted blanket claims to ‘anchor your body and mind so you can float away,’ so if you think the sensation of a big hug will help you drift off, this could be the weighted blanket for you.

It comes in ‘single’ size so, if you’re sharing a double, it shouldn’t bother your sleep buddy, and there are two weights to choose from. And as it’s 100% cotton, it’s easy to look after and machine-washable too.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 135 × 200
  • Weight (kg): 6.8 or 9
  • Filling: Nano-beads (glass)
  • Removable cover: Yes

2. Best budget weighted blanket: Highams Weighted Blanket 6 Kg

Highams weighted blanket

Price: £22 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’ve started investigating weighted blankets, you might have noticed that many of them can be well over a hundred pounds. But the Keeptop Weighted Blanket shows that, if you’re on a budget, you don’t have to spend that much.

The blanket uses non-toxic odourless glass beads in a 100% cotton fabric to provide the weight that can help you get a good night’s sleep. The beads are stitched into 10cm square pockets – so there’s less chance of the weight moving around and the blanket slipping off – and, unlike some other brands, it’s available in a range of colours too (if grey isn’t your thing).

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 150 × 200
  • Weight (kg): 6.8
  • Filling: Glass
  • Removable cover: No

3. Best organic weighted blanket: Rocabi Luxury Adult Weighted Blanket

Price: £234 | Buy now from Amazon

"We have a Rocabi one from Amazon. It’s amazing" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Letsnotargue

If you’re searching for a weighted blanket that has a bit more of a luxury look and feel, the Rocabi blanket could be the right one for you.

It comes with a removable geometric patterned cover which feels cosy and the interior blanket is made from breathable organic cotton. You can choose from a size suitable for a single bed, or a bigger one for sharing on a queen-size bed.

And if you find yourself fighting over the duvet this could be a good choice – the inner weighted blanket has 15cm sewn pockets, which make it less likely that the weight inside will shift about during the night.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 150 × 200
  • Weight (kg): 6.9, 9 or 13.5
  • Filling: Quartz
  • Removable cover: Yes

4. Best weighted blanket for allergies: Silentnight Weighted Blanket

Price: £69 | Buy now from Amazon

The Silentnight Weighted Blanket is hypoallergenic so it doesn’t contain any materials that can trigger allergies - it's a great choice for anyone that’s worried about sneezes or runny noses.

It still feels like a nice big hug thanks to the soft-quilted microfibre fabric and it boasts an ‘undetectable’ even distribution of the glass beads used for the weight. It does only come in one size and weight though – the blanket weighs 9kg and it’s recommended that it should be about 10% of your body weight.

As with all weighted blankets, it’s worth remembering that it’s not recommended for use by anyone who is pregnant or who has asthma or diabetes. So, if you’ve got any concerns at all on that front, make sure you speak to a medical professional before buying.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 152 × 203
  • Weight (kg): 6.8
  • Filling: Glass beads
  • Removable cover: Not included

5. Best weighted blanket for hot sleepers: YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket

YnM weighted blanket

Price: £90 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re a hot sleeper, there’s nothing worse than feeling warm and sticky as you’re trying to drop off – and sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect combination of warmth and airflow with your bedding.

If that sounds like you, the YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket is an ideal choice. Although it’s quite heavy, at 6.8kg, it’s made from all-natural bamboo and other breathable layers to create a moisture-wicking effect which promotes airflow without sacrificing the benefits of weighted therapy.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 152 × 203
  • Weight (kg): 6.8
  • Filling: Glass beads
  • Removable cover: No

6. Best weighted blanket for couples: John Lewis Specialist Synthetic Weighted Blanket

Price: £110 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

"I bought one last month from John Lewis. It’s improved my sleep massively. I generally sleep under a giant feather duvet year-round which DH hates, and I’ve realised how that it wasn’t the warmth I was after, it was the weight. I can sleep under this without overheating, and I’m sleeping so much better. I bought it to help me with postnatal depression and the insomnia I’d developed with that. I’m amazed at the difference it’s made" - recommended by Mumsnet user, AwkwardAsAllGetout

This John Lewis & Partners weighted blanket is recommended by Mumsnetters as being a good choice for couples, thanks to the range of weights you can choose from, as well as the evenly stitched pockets creating even pressure across the whole blanket.

The 200-thread count cover (which isn’t removable) is made from 100% cotton, with the internal part made from a specialist synthetic material; the beads are a mix of 93% glass and 7% polyester. One thing to bear in mind is that it isn’t machine-washable – if it needs a clean, you can spot-clean it with a damp cloth and then air dry it.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 150 × 200
  • Weight (kg): 4.5, 7, 9 or 11.5
  • Filling: 93% glass, 7% polyester
  • Removable cover: No

7. Best weighted blanket for a wide range of weights and sizes: Jaymag Weighted Blanket

Price: £44 | Buy now from Amazon

"I bought one for myself this week on Amazon. It's great. My only advice is that, if sleeping in a room that gets hot, get one with cooling technology. Mine is tolerable, but probably only because I can turn on air conditioning and a ceiling fan!" - recommended by Mumsnet user, MouseholeCat

People come in all shapes and sizes, so it makes sense that weighted blankets should come in a wide selection of sizes and weights to match.

The Jaymag range of weighted blankets excels on this front. There are single, double and king-size blankets to choose from, and they come in weights ranging from 3.5kg up to 11kg. It’s recommended to choose a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your weight, so the Jaymags should have almost all bases covered.

They also come with a guarantee of a full refund if you’re not completely happy with your purchase – which could be a weight off your mind.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 100 × 150, 135 × 200 or 150 × 200
  • Weight (kg): 3.5, 5, 7, 8.5, 9 or 11
  • Filling: Glass
  • Removable cover: No

8. Best compression blanket: IRQ Sensory Compression Blanket

Price: £28 | Buy now from Amazon

"This is a sensory blanket which is like a cocoon on the mattress that they snuggle into. It could be an intermediate step" - recommended by Mumsnet user, angel0071987

Weighted blankets aren’t suitable for absolutely everyone and there are particular things to bear in mind if you’re thinking of getting one for your little one. It’s not recommended for children under three (more info in the buyer’s guide below), and it’s really important that anyone that uses one is able to take it off themselves – for safety reasons.

With that in mind, if you think the ‘huggy’ feel of a weighted blanket could help your child get better sleep, this sensory compression blanket (not a weighted blanket, as such) is worth considering. It wraps round the duvet like a giant sleeping bag, and the machine-washable mix of nylon and stretchy spandex gives that ‘hug’ feel, without relying on glass beads to create weight.

You need to make sure the mattress you’re using it on is less than 20cm thick though so that there’s enough stretch to move around, while still feeling snug as a bug in a rug.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): Standard single
  • Weight (kg): N/A – wraps around mattress
  • Filling: N/A – sheet is made from a breathable nylon/ spandex mix
  • Removable cover: N/A

9. Best weighted blanket for kids: Disney Pixar Toy Story Weighted Blanket

Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon

"My DD has an undiagnosed disability and sensory issues seem to be part of this. She borrowed a weighted blanket from her occupational therapist and it really helped her to calm down and sleep. I bought her this one. They have a chart on their website showing which weight you need for your body weight. It’s cheaper than some from specialist disability companies and I think it looks/feels nicer" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Etihad 

Do you think your little one would like a hug from Woody or Buzz from Toy Story? Well, this Disney Pixar weighted blanket will have them covered (literally) – and the cartoon design is a lot more fun than the typical grey shades.

It’s been endorsed by Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic and it’s suitable for use by children who are ages three and up, with the 2kg suitable for children with body weights ranging from 16 to 25kg and the larger 3kg weighted blanket for body weights of 30 to 40kg.

The pure cotton cover is certified by the Better Cotton Initiative for sustainability and the outer layer is a soft plush fabric which should make it a great choice to snuggle up on the sofa with your little one to watch their favourite Disney classic.

Key specs

  • Size (cm): 90 × 120 or 110 × 170
  • Weight (kg): 2 or 3
  • Filling: Glass
  • Removable cover: No

What is a weighted blanket and how do they work?

The idea behind weighted blankets is to recreate the feeling of a hug by being a bit heavier than a normal blanket. This feeling of being held releases serotonin (one of nature’s happy hormones) to help you feel more relaxed. Lots of people find they can help alleviate feelings of anxiety, and promote a better night’s sleep.

The blankets are typically filled with tiny glass or plastic beads to provide the pressure. Glass beads are most popular because they're more dense than plastic pellets. Weighted blankets aren’t just for bedtime either – lots of people like to use them to snuggle up on the sofa too.

Can anyone use a weighted blanket?

In short, no – they aren’t for everyone. They aren’t recommended for any children under three, and you shouldn’t use one if you are pregnant, have breathing difficulties like asthma or sleep apnoea, or a circulatory problem like type 2 diabetes.

It’s really important that they’re used correctly – particularly for children – so make sure they don’t restrict movement, and the cover should never go past a child’s shoulders or cover their head or face. The NHS offers more advice on how they can be safely used for children.

How heavy or big should a weighted blanket be?

By far the most important thing is to make sure that you (or whoever is using the blanket) can remove it without any help.

Most manufacturers recommend that your weighted blanket should be around 10% of your body weight, but there’s no need to worry if it’s a little bit either side (aim for between 7 and 12%). And if you’re buying one for a child over three, typically the weight should be a little bit less – around 5 to 10% of your little one’s body weight – but make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Many products have a size guide on their website.

Getting a weighted blanket in this range should mean you feel the nice hug-like pressure of the weight, without feeling crushed.

Another thing to consider is the size of the blanket. You don’t want one that is bigger than your bed, as the weights could mean that it slides off the edge – the last thing you need just when you’re getting cosy. And if you share your bed, it’s worth thinking about whether your sleep partner would like the feel of the weighted blanket too. You could get one that is a ‘single’ size to cover just your side of the bed.

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What’s the best weighted blanket UK?

The Simba Orbit Weighted Blanket is the best weighted blanket to buy. It has a premium feel, a washable cover and the blanket has corner ties so you can attach it to your duvet to stop it sliding about. Simba has a good reputation for its foam mattresses, pillows and other bedroom products – and this weighted blanket is a great addition to their range.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which weighted blankets discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of blankets they recommended, noting how effective they found them, and whether they were particularly good for any certain needs.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which weighted blankets had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the weighted blankets we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories.

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