Brad Wilson

Ask Brad: How To Shop For A Weighted Blanket?

Broadry, National Lifestyle Desk

In this week’s Q&A, Brad Wilson from Brad’s Deals answers questions about the weighted blanket trends and offers tips for shoppers on how to find the best deals.

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Q: What exactly is a weighted blanket?

Brad: Weighted blankets work by applying gentle 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, you may feel cozy.

Q: Are they heavy?

Brad: Most guidelines recommend that a weighted blanket should be 10% of the user’s body weight, plus a pound or two. 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 left out unless they make their own.

Q: What’s the difference between a weighted blanket and a heavy blanket?

Brad: 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.

Q: Where are the best places to buy cheap weighted blankets?

Brad: It’s still pretty tough to find good weighted blanket sales, but we’ve seen a few good deals this week:

12lb Weighted Blanket, $24, Brad’s Deals 

This 12-Pound Tranquility Weighted Blanket for $23.97 at Walmart.com. Shipping is free when you spend more than $35. Otherwise, it adds $5.99. That’s the best price we found anywhere by about $2 for this style. Sales tax is charged in most states.

20-Pound Smart Queen Weighted Blanket, $33.99, Brad’s Deals 

This 20-Pound Smart Queen Weighted Blanket lists at $39.99, but you can get it for $33.99 from GHZ Home via Amazon. Shipping is free. That’s the best price we found anywhere by about $6. It measures 60″ x 80″. Sales tax is charged in most states.

And, if you’re really on the hunt for a bargain, click on our “Create Alert” feature. This way, if we publish a weighted blanket deal, we’ll put it in your inbox right away.

Do you have a question for Brad? Send it to askbrad@bradsdeals.com.

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Note: If you purchase something through a Brad’s Deals link, the site may earn a commission. Pricing and item availability are accurate as of time of published article. Learn more about how Brad’s Deals works.