How to Choose a Weighted Blanket?

As weighted blankets have become more common, one of the questions we hear most often is "How do I choose the right weighted blanket for me?"

To answer this question, you need to consider a few things, such as the weight of your weighted blanket, the filling used, and the cover of your weighted blanket.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be?

The first step to buying a weighted blanket is to find out how heavy your blanket should be. The general rule-of-thumb is a weighted blanket should be roughly 10 - 12% of your body weight, however there is definitely some wiggle-room here.

As weighted blankets are supposed to give provide comforting sensation that improves sleep quality, it is important to make sure you feel comfortable under the blanket.

For this reason, at Wrapped Blankets, we offer three different weights of blankets (6.8kg, 7.7kg, and 9kg) to cover a range of weight preferences. Below is a table to help you find the right weighted blanket for you.

Blanket Weight

Your Weight 

kgs

lbs

6.8kg

55 - 70kg

125 - 150lbs

7.7kg

64 - 77kg

140 - 170lbs

9kg

75 - 90kg

165 - 200lbs

It’s also worth noting, while the recommended weight of a weighted blanket is 10 – 12%, there is room for personal preference. Some people prefer lighter weighted blankets while others feel they need a heavier blanket to feel a soothing effect.

What type of filling should I choose for my weighted blanket?

Not all weighted blankets are made the equal. One of the key differentiators is the filling used to give the blanket its weight.

Micro-glass beads, plastic pellets and dried grains and beans are some of the most common fillers for weighted blankets. All of them come with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Micro-Glass Beads

Micro-glass beads are considered to be one of the highest quality fillings due to their their shape, weight and other properties.

Glass beads used in weighted blankets are usually smooth and completely uniform in shape and size. This make sure that you do not get the feeling of lumps or uneven textures while sleeping.

While the glass beads are usually a bit more expensive than some of the alternative fillers, they are also usually heavier. This means less filling is needed in the weighted blanket, keeping the blankets thinner and less bulky.

As well as the weight and size of the glass beads, they are also environmentally friendly, completely hypoallergenic and very quiet inside the blanket.

At Wrapped Blankets, all our weighted blankets are filled with tiny (<1mm) glass beads which are evenly distributed in pockets in the weighted blanket.

Plastic Pellets

Plastic pellets are generally considered to be the most cost-effective filler for weighted blankets. However, the pellets are usually uneven which can lead to a lumpy or uneven feeling when under the blanket. This can be particularly troublesome for people with higher sensory-sensitivity.

Also, in rare instances, people who have skin or noise sensitivities while trying to sleep, might find plastic pellets unfavourable. While plastic pellets are not considered noisy, some claim to hear a rustle of the pellets inside the fabric if the blanket is too close to their ear.

Dried Grains and Beans

Like plastic pellets dried grains and beans are usually quite affordable, but a lot less durable. As well as deteriorating quicker, dried grains and beans can absorb and retain moisture altering the shape of the blanket and potentially growing mould, fungus or attracting insects.

Which cover should I choose for my weighted blanket?

As weighted blankets are...well...weighted they can be quite problematic for washing machines. To help protect your washing machine and make caring for you weighted blanket easier all Wrapped Blankets weighted blankets come with a machine washable cover.

If you are usually cold at night or just like something a bit more fluffy and cuddly we recommend one of our weighted blankets with a minky cover. The minky covers have two different textures, on one side you’ll find soft dots while the other is a flat and smooth minky cover.

For those who are hot sleepers, or are looking for a more traditional cover we recommend our weighted blankets with 100% cotton covers.