When you’re in need of a little stress relief, few things provide instant reprieve quite like a big bear hug from someone you know and love. The next best thing? A weighted blanket. If you’ve not yet experienced the calming sensation of a weighted blanket, or if you’ve been waiting to find a budget-friendly option before getting one of your own, we have some good news: This Black Friday, some of the best ones are on sale. We've made the selection process even easier for you by breaking down the best weighted blanket deals in variety of price ranges.
Weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like—dense blankets, generally the size of a throw but sometimes larger, that are weighed down with metal pellets or glass beads woven inside. They come in a range of weights (anywhere from 5 to 40 pounds) to exert just the right amount of pressure on the person lying underneath them; most brands recommend opting for one that’s about 10% of your body weight.
The effect can seriously improve anxiety and sleep quality, customers say, and although clinical research on weighted blankets is still limited, there are increasing reports that support their potential. One recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that, compared to subjects who used lightweight blankets, those who used weighted blankets were more likely to maintain a good sleep schedule and feel more energetic during the day. Another study, published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing in August 2020, found that weighted blankets helped reduce anxiety in chemotherapy patients.
Experts note that weighted blankets shouldn’t be considered a substitute for proven therapies, but they can be a great thing to have in your self-care toolkit whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed (or simply could use a little extra R&R). “It can feel nice and luxurious—like a big hug—and that may be helpful for some people,” Jeneane Solz, PhD, an instructor of psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, previously told Health.
The best weighted blanket for you will depend on a number of factors. If you want a blanket you can sleep under regularly, you might prefer one that comes with a washable cover that’s easy to clean. If you’re looking for a throw blanket to keep on the couch, one with a knitted design will be ideal for naps and cozy movie nights.
Luckily, there are plenty of weighted blankets on sale this holiday weekend—including options from Vellux, Casper, and Gravity Blankets—so whatever type you’re looking for, you should have no trouble finding the perfect match at a price tag that fits your budget. Keep scrolling to shop the 11 best Black Friday weighted blanket deals and get ready for many relaxing nights ahead.
If you’re a hot sleeper, this 12-pound cooling weighted blanket is just what you need. At 72-by 48-inches, it makes a perfect throw blanket and gives you the therapeutic benefits of a weighted blanket without the extra heat.
To buy: Degrees of Comfort Cooling Weighted Blanket for Adults Kids, $38 (was $45); amazon.com
Made with a cool, soft cotton cover, this 15-pound weighted blanket fits a queen bed. Since it’s filled with glass beads, it’s heavy without being too hot, so you can comfortably use it all night. And since it’s the number one best-selling weighted blanket on Amazon (a whopping 21,000 people gave it a perfect 5-star rating) you can trust that it’s the real deal.
Warm fleece material paired with a soft shearling-like texture make this 12-pound blanket extra cozy and perfect for winding down on the couch at night this winter. It’s also big enough to cover a full bed, so you can opt to use it while sleeping, too.
To buy: Room Essentials Sherpa Weighted Blanket with Removable Cover, $29 (was $49); target.com
The plush polyester cover of this 18-pounder is super soft to the touch and conveniently machine-washable. It’s weighed down by a mix of poly fill and glass beads, which create a relaxing effect with evenly distributed weight throughout.
To buy: Sleep Philosophy Premium Soft 60" x 70" 18lbs Plush Weighted Blanket, $62 (was $250); macys.com
Buffalo check is always a classic, wintery pattern, making this festive 10-pound option a great weighted blanket to use throughout the season. Plus, the reverse side is made with ultra-soft faux-shearling material for optimal warmth.
To buy: Z by Gravity 10lbs Flannel & Sherpa Weighted Blanket, $55 (was $79); target.com
There’s a good reason why the Gravity Blanket is one of the most popular weighted blankets around. Its micro-fleece cover is soft and machine-washable, and its inner glass beads are sewn in place for even weight distribution every time you use it.
The glass beads that weigh down Layla’s blanket are sewn between two layers of poly-fill batting, so you can rest assured that they’ll be quiet as you doze off. And unlike many other options on the market, this entire blanket (not just its cover) is machine-washable.
Available in calming hues like indigo, rose, and gray, Casper’s weighted blanket is attractive enough to be kept on display in your home, whether you use it nightly or just for the occasional nap on the couch. Plus, its cotton cover is designed to prevent overheating.
Available in nine different colors, Vellux’s 12-pound weighted blanket is made with super plush polyester fabric that you’ll want to snuggle up in ever night this winter. And at 54-by-72-inches, it’s a great size to wear while lounging in bed or on the couch.
To buy: Vellux The Heavy Weight 12lb 54" x 72" Weighted Blanket, $135 (was $280); macys.com
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