The Best Cooling Weighted Blankets in 2023, Tested by HGTV Editors
Want to feel calmer and sleep deeper without getting overheated? Check out our favorite cooling weighted blankets that are best for hot sleepers and hot summers.
Our Top Cooling Weighted Blanket Picks
As weighted blankets have grown in popularity, one of the biggest concerns I hear from late adopters is they're afraid they'll get too hot under the blanket's weight. I get that — nothing is worse than waking up in a sweat. And if you're not used to the added weight and you're waking up hot, there's a chance you'll feel more claustrophobic than calm, and that's the opposite of how a weighted blanket should make you feel. Thankfully, there are plenty of weighted blankets now specifically designed to be cooling and breathable.
What to Look for in a Cooling Weighted Blanket
Materials and Weight: The main factors to consider when choosing a cooling weighted blanket are materials and weight. You'll want to look for blankets and blanket covers made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, bamboo or Tencel, a cooling fiber made from wood pulp. The added pounds for most weighted blankets come from filler beads, and glass is typically a better cooling option to look for than plastic. Selecting a blanket that is not too heavy for you will also prevent overheating. The standard rule of thumb is that the blanket should weigh roughly 10 percent of your body weight, but if you're in between sizes and concerned about the heat, size down in weight. The most common size blankets for adults are 48 inches x 72 inches and 60 inches x 80 inches, and, with the exception of king sizes, weighted blankets are usually designed for individual use.
Care and Maintenance: Many weighted blankets require spot cleaning or dry cleaning, which adds even more to the cost, so all of our top blanket picks are machine washable. If you spend $100+ on a weighted blanket, it'd be a shame to ruin it with one wine spill. While we chose blankets that can be machine washed and dried, reducing the number of times you put a blanket in the washing machine will help it last longer and preserve its quality. Plus, lifting a heavy blanket in and out of a washer and dryer is no easy feat, and they often require multiple dry cycles to get the job done. One way to minimize how often you need to wash a weighted blanket is by using a blanket cover. Most weighted blankets come with loops for attaching blanket covers, and many brands have come out with covers made from cooling fabrics like bamboo viscose, cotton and linen. Covers also allow you to customize the look of your blanket since they're not always the most stylish bedding accessories.
We considered all of this and more when choosing the best cooling weighted blankets. Shop our top picks in the links below.
At a mid-range price point, Baloo's cotton weighted blanket is a solid pick overall for adults: it's made of breathable cotton, comes in 9-pound ($149), 12-pound ($159), 15-pound ($179), 20-pound ($179) and 25-pound ($219) sizes and contains glass beads. Thanks to the stitching pattern that helps keep the glass filler beads evenly distributed, we love that this blanket looks and feels more like a quilt than a duvet. While we like this blanket on its own, Baloo does sell 100-percent stonewashed French flax linen duvet covers, available in six solid colors. You can also get Baloo's blankets in select sizes and duvets on Amazon.
Launched in 2018, Bearaby's weighted blankets have garnered rave reviews, including from HGTV editors, and for good reason: Bearaby makes the most stylish, bead-free, sustainable and cooling weighted blankets you can buy. While they're not the most expensive weighted blankets on the market, the $269 - $299 price tags are still steep. But having tested both their Tree Napper and Cotton Napper, we (and the many glowing customer reviews on their website) can confirm these blankets are worth every penny. The Tree Napper is constructed of 50 percent Tencel, a fully biodegradable fiber derived from wood pulp that's naturally cooling and uses 10x less water than conventional fibers, 45 percent organic cotton and five percent spandex. Since this blanket doesn't use any synthetic fillers or beads and gets its weight from dense fibers instead, air can easily circulate through the loose, hand-knit weave. HGTV managing editor Kayla Kitts has tried both the Cotton and Tree Nappers and noticed a significant difference in the cool factor. "I was able to tuck the Tree Napper under the sheets and comforter on my side of the bed and stay comfortable all night, covered in THREE layers…in the summer!" she says. "I typically wake up around 2 or 3 a.m. in a sweat, kicking the covers off. I didn’t wake up once." The Tree Napper is available in three sizes, 15, 20 and 25 pounds, and in five gorgeous colors. Bearaby also frequently releases new limited-edition colors. Due to the popularity of Bearaby's blankets, certain colors and sizes are often sold out, so although the Tree Napper is their most cooling option, the Cotton Napper is also more breathable than most other weighted blankets and a great alternative choice. The Cotton Napper is available in four sizes and five colors. The brand also has a kids' cotton weighted blanket, called the Nappling, in six-pound ($139) and eight-pound weights ($169) and four colors.
With the popularity of Bearaby's premium weighted blankets, many brands have come out with similar beadless weighted blankets, including this one from California Design Den. It looks almost identical to the Bearaby blanket, which comes in cotton or the even more cooling Tencel, but it starts at over $100 less! Though this blanket from California Design Den is 100 percent cotton, our tester could definitely feel a difference between it and Bearaby's blanket, with Bearaby's blankets feeling softer and cooler to the touch. The California Design Den chunky knit weighted blanket is still a great value though, looks great and, like Bearaby's blankets, is machine washable. It's available in light gray, dark gray and navy and comes with a cute canvas tote bag perfect for a short weekend or overnight trip.
Available in various weights, two materials (cotton or bamboo), two dimensions and 20 colors and patterns, we love this affordable weighted blanket. Most sizes ring in at under $100, and we love that the blanket itself comes in so many fun colors and patterns, including for kids. Choose from patterns like unicorns, dinosaurs, stripes and more. Filled with non-toxic glass beads, Luna's blanket is hypoallergenic and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning it's free of harmful substances and chemicals. It is machine washable but there are also plenty of colors and patterns available for coordinating duvet covers.
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