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The Best Weighted Blankets (for Lucid Dreaming About Keanu Reeves)

The best weighted blankets will help you sleep easy, with cozy picks under $50, super-soft animal print throws, and more ways to zhuzh up your winter.
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Last night, we dreamt that the fluffiest baby cloud blanketed our toes, and a wave of calm washed over our gummy-bear brain until our anxiety disappeared (or was at least the size of the dust at the bottom of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bag). Unfortunately, we don’t have enough DMT to make that everyone’s reality, but we do have the next best thing [toots cherub airhorn]: weighted blankets. 

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The best weighted blankets feel like cuddling up in a sigh of relief. They’re throws and comforter-sized blankets filled with beads that can be made of clay, glass, or plastic to give your body gentle pressure stimulation as you drift off—kind of like that deep, soothing feeling you experience just before you zonk out—and have been shown in some studies to reduce anxiety by giving you a deeper sleep. Wondering what weight to get for your blanket? Experts recommend going with 10 percent of your body weight—so if you weigh 150 pounds, go with a 15-pound blanket, and so on. 

Whether you’re just dipping your toes into this fluffy haven, or seeking a jumbo weighted blanket to fit all seven of your Cuffing Season buddies, we’ve got you covered. There are dreamy weighted blankets for under $200, under $100, and even under $50; there are weighted blankets that look like they were knitted with love by your granny; and there are weighted blankets that absolutely belong in the house from VH1’s Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. Whatever your needs may be this winter, here are the best weighted blankets to keep you cozy and relaxed.

The overall best weighted blankets

Our holy trifecta of the overall best weighted blankets begins with Bearaby, whose organic cotton weighted blanket has become a main player in the weighted blanket competition with over 1,900 reviews that praise its softness and breathability, with many saying it doesn’t overheat them while sleeping.


$249 at Bearaby

$249 at Bearaby
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Sunday Citizen is the GOAT of weighted blankets, and their plush microfiber blanket is filled with not only glass beads but thousands of pieces of clear quartz, rose quartz and amethyst. [Gwyneth has entered the chat.] Regardless of whether or not you believe in the power of gemstones, this machine-washable blanket rocks so hard because it looks smooth and slinky, unlike a lot of other weighted blankets that tend to look a bit stiff, and would make a great gift for V-Day. 


$269 at Sunday Citizen

$269 at Sunday Citizen

Brooklinen rounds out our top three best weighted blankets thanks to the fact that it absolutely body slams you with tranquility. “MAN! This weighted throw blanket is VERY HEAVY! It's VERY HEAVY and solidly made!” Typically, the heavier the weighted blanket the steeper the price tag, but Brooklinen manages to make their cotton and glass bead blanky very affordable for the power it packs. 


$169 at Brooklinen

$169 at Brooklinen

The best weighted blankets for under $50

If you’re looking for a nice fleece blanket with glass beads, this deep blue, top-rated Joybest blanket is the move—and it’s on-sale:


$49.99$41.99 at Amazon

$49.99$41.99 at Amazon

This five-star rated, cotton-weighted Costway blanket is also 54% off right now. “EXCELLENT; EXACTLY WHAT MY DAUGHTER WANTED,” writes one enthused reviewer. Hell yeah.  


$89$40.99 at Wayfair

$89$40.99 at Wayfair

Craving a little more personality from your weighted blanket? This leopard print Dearforms throw will make you feel like you’re actually in the belly of the beast—or at least under it—in the best way. Just imagine sipping an at-home dirty martini under this baby when the sun goes down:

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$39.29 at Amazon

$39.29 at Amazon

The best weighted blankets for under $100

We love a loose-knit, chonky boi weighted blanket. It looks especially good on our bed, our couch, and wrapped around us when we sit in a bunch of weird positions at our desk. “I can honestly say this is the softest blanket I own,” writes one reviewer, “(My cat thinks that I bought this for him. LOL. I have to fight him for it).”  


$65.99 at Amazon

$65.99 at Amazon

This weighted blanket has been crowned the #1 Best-Seller on Amazon, with a 4.5-star rating from over 40,000 reviews. In the words of one fan with the username BunnyGirl, “The heaviness of the blanket mimics a hug and hugs actually release oxytocin into your body creating a bonding or happy effect kind of like serotonin does. I love hugs and I love to be covered with a million blankets.” You go, BunnyGirl. Same! 


$89.99 at Amazon

$89.99 at Amazon

This weighted blanket by Luna appears to draw inspiration from the Pantone color of the year, comes in three different weight options, and is machine-washable: 


$69.99 at Luna

$69.99 at Luna

The best weighted blankets for under $200

This knitted California Design Den weighted blanket comes with not only a 4.7-star rating, but its own carrying case. Gotta love a household staple that truly carries its own weight. 


$118.14 at Amazon

$118.14 at Amazon

Layla Sleep is another popular option for its comfort and variety of sizes, and it’s almost $100 off the original price right now. The brand also offers a five-year warranty and a 120-night money-back guarantee, if you don't feel satisfactorily cuddled: 

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$220$132 at Layla Sleep

$220$132 at Layla Sleep

If you’ve always wanted to join the cult of Casper sleep goods, this weighted blanket by the bedding brand is also on sale for a limited time, and is great for hot sleepers as it has a breathable, cooling cotton cover:


$169$152.10 at Casper

$169$152.10 at Casper

The best flannel weighted blanket

Nothing says “I am a master of winter coziness” more than plaid, flannel, and hibernation. This model from Gravity Blanket—one of the biggest names in the weighted blanket game—can lead you to all three. Plus, its gridded stitching makes sure the weighted glass beads are perfectly distributed, no matter which way you toss and turn. 


$120$84 at Gravity Blankets

$120$84 at Gravity Blankets

Like a weighted blanket for your neck

Not exactly a weighted blanket, but this wrap by Ostrichpillow deserves an honorable mention for providing a similar effect for your neck. It’s filled with clay beads, and can be heated up in the microwave to soothe your aches and pains wherever you go. Sure, you could just use the old rice in a sock method—but eventually that rice, like your patience, is going to be over-cooked. You deserve something with more staying power. 


$45 at Ostrichpillow

$45 at Ostrichpillow

Sweet slumbers. 


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