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Calming Blanket's Bamboo Weighted Blanket Review
Weighted blankets offer a range of benefits from improved sleep to stress relief and much more, but they’re also notorious for retaining heat and leaving some in a sweaty mess. However, the bamboo weighted blanket from the company Calming Blankets claims to be made for breathable materials, which prevents it from overheating and makes it suitable for all-year-round use.
Does it work as intended, or is it just a marketing ploy? Let’s find out.
In this review, I’ll go over the construction and performance of the blanket and share my honest analysis. Let’s get into it.
Calming Blankets: Bamboo Weighted Blanket Review Summary
In a hurry? Here’s a quick summary of the review:
Here are a few things I liked about the bamboo weighted blanket:
Here are a few shortcomings to consider:
I’m no stranger to weighted blankets, having tested dozens of them from different brands. It would be safe to say I am a semi-expert when it comes to weighted blankets. I also wanted to get different opinions, so I asked our staff writer Emma, a cold sleeper, to share her experience as well.
To give you some context, I’m not particularly a restless sleeper, and I tend to sleep hot. Since I’m 5’10”, 71 kg, I had the option of either a 6.8kg or 9kg blanket. I chose the 6.8kg one as the 9kg would have been too heavy for me.
I tested the blanket for a full two weeks, and here is what I found.
I had some of the best naps of my life! I slept deep, and I wasn’t changing my position as I usually do. It felt like a gentle embrace giving almost a womb-like feel.
The weight distribution of the blanket was spot on, with no disproportionately heavy spots. The outer bamboo cover of the blanket felt silky smooth and was cool to touch.
The blanket was breathable, slept temperature-neutral and did not seem to trap much heat, which is often the downside of the weighted blanket. The blanket does not actively try to cool you down. The material regulates the temperature well enough to prevent overheating. That’s pretty much the maximum a fabric can do to cool you down.
All in all, my take is that the calming blanket’s bamboo weighted blanket is a good choice for anyone looking for an all-season blanket and especially hot sleepers.
Emma’s take: “It was my first time trying a weighted blanket. Being a cold sleeper, I am used to sleeping with a thicker quilt, and the extra weight of the weighted blanket did not feel odd for me. However, I’m more used to flurry mink-like duvet covers as I prefer the fuzzy material feel against the skin. So, the smooth bamboo fabric of the blanket was something I didn’t enjoy. That said, I had more restful sleep than usual under the blanket. It was warm but not toasty. Given an option, I would have preferred it with a minky cover rather than a bamboo fabric cover.”
Now let’s peek at what’s inside the calming blanket’s bamboo weighted blanket. We’ll look at each layer and discuss how different materials impact performance.
Outer layer – The outer zip cover and the main USP of the product is the 100% all-natural bamboo fabric. The bamboo fabric makes the blanket temperature regulating, breathable, silky smooth and moisture-wicking. The outer cover attaches to the inner blanket using 6 to 16 tabs (depending on the size).
Inner Blanket: The inner blanket is made of high thread-count polyester and is filled with micro glass beads, which gives the blanket its weight. The glass beads are virtually noiseless, tiny, almost sand-like, and barely noticeable when you sleep. Compared to other fillings like poly pellets or steel beads, the glass beads hug the body closely and absorb negligible heat and thus allowing for a cooler sleep.
Additionally, the gridded stitching and the layered poly battings keep the glass beads in place and prevent them from rolling or bunching up. As a result, you experience almost even weight distribution across the blanket.
Both the outer cover and inner blanket are machine washable. However, the manufacturer recommends washing them in cold water without any harsh detergents and tumble dry them at low speed. When air drying the inner blanket, the manufacturer recommends drying it horizontally to prevent the beads from bunching up.
Read more about how to wash weighted blankets here.
Weights & Sizes
When it comes to weighted blankets, weight is EVERYTHING. If the weighted blanket does not weigh right, you may not experience the true benefits. If it’s lighter, it would not give you the “deep touch pressure” and may feel like a normal blanket. On the other hand, if the weighted blanket is too heavy, you may feel suffocated, trapped and it won’t be comfortable.
So, how should you pick the right weight for the weighted blanket?
The general rule of thumb and what most sleep experts agree to is to pick a weighted blanket about 10% of your body weight, erring on the lighter side. So if you weigh 65 kgs, you should choose a 6 to 6.5kg weighted blanket. From my experience, if you’re in-between weights, you should look for a lighter blanket rather than going up.
With Calming blanket’s bamboo weighted blanket, you have a wide range of sizes and weight options.
- Adult or twin size for single sleep use measuring 198cm x 122cm with 4.5kg, 6.8kg and 9.0kg weight options.
- Queen size is perfect for couples that measured 215cm by 198cm with 9kg and 12kg weight options.
- Kids size with a total measurement of 91cm x 121cm and a weight of 2.2kg.
A Peak into Company Policies
Thinking of buying the bamboo weighted blanket? Make sure you completely understand the company policies before hitting the buy button. Here, we’ll walk you through the calming blanket’s fine print.
The weighted blanket comes with a no-questions-asked 30 days trial, giving enough time to decide if it is a good fit for you.
The weighted blanket does not carry any warranty beyond the 30-day trial period.
If you aren’t happy with the blanket, you can return it within the first 30 days for a full refund. You’d need to reach out to the support, and they will help you with the return label.
The item is shipped via Australian post, and the company claims to deliver within eight days for free within Australia and at additional cost to New Zealand. When we ordered the blanket, it took four days to deliver at our Sydney address.
Finally, is the Bamboo Weighted Blanket worth buying?
With a price tag close to $200, the calming blanket’s bamboo weighted blanket isn’t cheap. However, it’s an impressive and well-designed weighted blanket with a range of weights, sizes and colour options. Additionally, if you want your weighted blanket to be warm and toasty, you can swap the bamboo outer cover with a minky cover.
If you’re looking for a quality weighted blanket that allows you to sleep comfortably without getting too hot, it won’t disappoint. There are quite a few cheaper options, but the quality of workmanship is definitely top-notch here, and there are no corners cut. Further, you’ve full 30-days to try out the blanket from the comfort of your home to see if it’s for you or not.
I hope you found this review helpful. If you have comments or queries, please feel free to write them in the comment section below.