The Best Places to Buy Weighted Blankets on Sale

The Best Places to Buy Weighted Blankets on Sale
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Weighted blankets are this year's biggest holiday trend, but they're not exactly cheap and the best deals often sell out in hours, if not minutes. Here's your guide to finding the best deal on the weighted blanket that's right for you.

Why should I use a weighted blanket?

Though they were introduced to reduce anxiety and to help manage autism symptoms, weighted blankets have caught on in mainstream culture because of the benefits of improved sleep that users attribute to them. Weighted blanket lovers say that they find them to be calming, claim to fall asleep faster, and to toss and turn less through the night.

How do weighted blankets work?

Weighted blankets work by applying gently pressure across the user's body. Many weighted blanket users described it as being akin to a hug.

The science-y jargon for this effect is "deep touch pressure", or DTP, which allegedly aids your body in releasing the serotonin that helps you to fall and stay asleep.

In short, they feel cozy.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be?

Most guidelines recommend that a weighted blanket should be 10% of the user's body weight, plus a pound or two. Here's a chart for quick reference:

Body Weight Blanket Weight
50 lbs.
6-7 lbs.
80 lbs.
9-10 lbs.
100 lbs.
11-12 lbs.
120 lbs.
13-14 lbs.
140 lbs.
15-16 lbs.
160 lbs.
17-18 lbs.
180 lbs.
19-20 lbs.
200 lbs.
21-22 lbs.

 

Note that it's really hard to find weighted blankets that weigh more than 25 lbs., and that's for purely practical reasons. A blanket of that weight can be pretty tough to handle. Unfortunately, it does mean that people with higher body weights are likely to be be left out unless they make their own.

What's the difference between a weighted blanket and a heavy blanket?

A weighted blanket is typically filled with some kind of weighted material, usually beads made from glass or plastic, though some of the DIY options use rice or millet as filler. Part of the appeal is that a weighted blanket stays cooler than simply piling on more blankets.

A heavy blanket is simply a blanket that weighs a bit more but lacks the weighted filler. You could possibly layer two or more heavy blankets to mimic the cozy hug effect of a weighted blanket, but I'd save that combo for the winter deep freeze – it's likely to get hot under so many layers.

When looking for a weighted blanket online, beware of blankets advertised as "weighted" when really it's just a normal, unfilled blanket that just happens to be slightly heavier than usual. They may work as weighted blankets for kids, but rarely weigh enough to meet the guidelines for adults who typically need a blanket weighing 15-20 lbs.

Where can I buy weighted blankets on sale?

It's still pretty tough to find good weighted blanket deals, but we've seen a few. These are our best tips and stores to watch to find a cheap weighted blanket.

Keep an eye on holiday sales.

Kohl's and Target both featured a $50 weighted blanket as doorbusters in their most recent Black Friday sales, and we were able to negotiate an exclusive deal on one from BuyDig for $68 which ultimately sold out. None of these deals are still available, sadly, but there's still nearly a month left in the holiday shopping season and we expect to see more deals pop up.

Set up a deal alert.

We're scouring the internet every day for weighted blanket deals, and you can be the first to know when we find one to share. Just drop "weighted blanket" into our site search and click the "Create Alert" button. The next time we publish a weighted blanket deal, we'll put it in your inbox right away.

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Stores where we've found weighted blankets on sale:

If you're wondering about the best place to buy a weighted blanket online, we recommend checking out these retailers.