The Different Types of Weighted Blanket (and How to Choose One)
Weighted blankets have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with many different types and styles now on the market. Although they were originally invented as a therapeutic tool for a variety of conditions, they’re now used on a much broader scale, with people of all ages enjoying the many benefits of weighted blankets.
But with the increase in options on the market, choosing the right one is now harder than ever. To make things easier, we’ve put together this guide to the different types of weighted blanket, including how to choose the perfect one for you.
Weighted blankets with plastic poly pellet filling
Weighted blankets are made by sewing tiny weights into the filling. Multiple types of weights can be used but the most common are plastic poly pellets. These small plastic beads offer a durable filling that creates limited noise when the blanket is moved.
Weighted blankets with glass bead filling
Glass beads are another popular filling for weighted blankets. They offer some additional benefits to plastic bead fillings – glass retains its temperature for longer, so the blanket will stay cooler, and they’re almost completely silent.
Weighted blankets with steel shot beads filling
Steel shot beads are heavier than both plastic and glass, so this type of weighted blanket is more likely to make noise when moved. However, the heaviness also makes steel beads the ideal filling for extra heavy weighted blankets, and can help to ensure even weight distribution.
Heated weighted blankets
Heated weighted blankets combine the unique benefits of both heated and weighted blankets. They’re equipped with heating elements to keep you toasty warm, and have small weights sewn in to provide deep pressure stimulation. They really are the ultimate cosy accessory for winter!
Cooling weighted blankets
Cooling weighted blankets are the perfect aid for those who struggle with sleep. Anyone prone to tossing and turning all night knows that overheating is one of the biggest sleep disruptors – and cooling weighted blankets can keep this at bay.
The human body naturally lowers its internal temperature in the run-up to bedtime, so using a cooling blanket can trick it into falling asleep faster, while the weighted effect promotes a more restful sleep.
Non-quilted weighted blankets
All weighted blankets require internal pockets of some sort, as this is how the weights are secured and distributed across the material. Quilting is the most popular way of doing this, but some blankets use other techniques, such as what’s known as channel construction.
The channel construction method involves dividing the blanket into vertical tubes or channels. Horizontal stitching is then sometimes used to reinforce the channels. This gives the blanket a smoother, more streamlined appearance.
Homemade weighted blankets
Some people decide to forego the consumer route and, instead, make their own weighted blanket at home. Taking either an existing blanket or making one themselves, these people then stitch rice, dried beans, grains or sand into the blanket to weigh it down. We don’t recommend doing this, as weighted blankets can be dangerous if not made to proper safety standards.
Cotton weighted blankets
Weighted blankets come in all sorts of materials, but a lot of people choose cotton ones because of their breathability and comfort. Weighted blankets made of 100% cotton are hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for people with allergies are sensitive skin.
Fleece weighted blankets
Fleece and minky materials are another popular choice for weighted blankets. Their soft, plush fabric provides extra comfort, and when coupled with the calming factor of weighted blankets, things don’t get much cosier.
Organic weighted blankets
With sustainability being one of the topics of the moment, more and more people are turning to organic weighted blankets. Made of materials like bamboo or organic cotton, they reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and are a great choice for those who want to minimise their exposure to chemicals or synthetic materials.
Waterproof weighted blankets
They’re less common than some of the other types on this list but waterproof weighted blankets are available to buy if you know where to look. They might not be the cosiest, but they’re extremely practical and come in super handy for things like camping, or for children who experience night-time bedwetting.
Dual-sided weighted blankets
Dual-sided weighted blankets are designed to have a different pattern or texture on one side. This can be just for fun (two blankets for the price of one!) or can serve a more practical purpose. For example, if one side is made from a soft fleecy fabric and the other from a cooling fabric, the user can pick which side is most comfortable to them at any particular time.
Extra-large weighted blankets
Most weighted blankets are double bed size or slightly smaller and are designed so that one person can wrap themselves up comfortably. If you share a bed with your partner and both want in on the action, you must be best seeking out an extra-large weighted blanket that you can both enjoy.
Weighted blankets with removable covers
Some weighted blankets come with a removable cover, which makes washing a walk in the park. The removable duvet cover slides on and off – so you can even buy multiple ones and switch up the appearance of your weighted blanket!
How to choose a weighted blanket
Now that you know how many different types of weighted blanket are out there, you’re probably more confused than ever! But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re looking into buying a weighted blanket, here’s a handy checklist to help you choose the right one for you:
- What age is the person who will be using the weighted blanket? It needs to be size and weight appropriate.
- What’s the weighted blanket’s primary purpose? An autistic person using their weighted blanket to soothe their overstimulated nervous system might prioritise texture, while someone using it to help with insomnia might prefer a cooling material.
- Are there any special considerations? Would the user benefit from the weighted blanket being hypoallergenic or waterproof, for example?
- What does the weighted blanket look like? If home décor is important to you, choosing a weighted blanket that ties in with the rest of the room is a key consideration.
- Does the seller have good reviews? Most important of all is the quality of the product. Buying your weighted blanket from a brand with good customer reviews means you won’t be left disappointed.
Snuggy’s Cooling Therapeutic Blanket
Our weighted blankets are made using ultra-silent micro glass sand beans that are encased in a polyester pocket. During the manufacturing process, we use advanced technology which, combined with the glass beads, creates a cooling blanket with optimal airflow. You’ll remain at a comfortable temperature overnight and will wake feeling extra refreshed as a result of the soothing deep pressure stimulation.