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I Tried the Calming Blanket’s Hand Woven Weighted Blanket - Here’s what I thought.
This review is not sponsored and contains the author’s personal experience.
The benefits of weighted blankets are well researched and documented. No wonder they are becoming increasingly popular, and there are overwhelming options to choose from. However, the calming blanket’s hand woven weighted blanket is definitely a stand out from the rest.
It ditches the traditional glass or plastic pallets filling with a chunky-knit and open weave design that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also allows for maximum breathability – making it a worthy option for hot sleepers or for those who live in warmer climates.
While the blanket scores high on the looks and design, is it functional and, most importantly, worth a A$300+ price tag?
Having tested a handful of weighted blankets in the past, I was curious to see how it is different from any traditional weighted blanket. So I put it to the test for a week to see how it fares.
In this review, I’ll talk about the design, feel and performance of the blanket and make recommendations for who it might be the best suited for.
Calming Blankets: Hand Woven Weighted Blanket Review Summary
In a hurry? Here’s a quick summary of the review:
Here are a few things I liked about the weighted blanket:
Here are a few shortcomings to consider:
- Price: A$300 to A$320.
- Colour options: Pebble grey, Dream blue, Black, Blush Pink.
- Weight: 9 kg
- Constructed from cotton and polyester blend.
- Completely hand-woven
- 30-day free trial
- No warranty beyond the trial period.
- Free shipping Australia-wide. (+$39 for New Zealand)
- Country of Origin: China
I have tested a fair number of weighted blankets. While some come with beads, some come with a removable cover, but essentially they all have the same design. However, the Calming Blankets hand woven weighted blanket is a refreshing change and offers a unique take on the weighted blanket. I tried the black colour in the 9 kg variant for an entire week, and here’s what I thought.
The blanket comes in only one weight option of 9kg. While this might be limiting for plus-sized sleepers who may want a heavier blanket, it should be more than sufficient for average-sized adults.
Right out of the canvas packaging bag, the blanket felt premium. The material used and the whole construction felt high-quality and screamed luxury. From the looks, it would be hard to tell the blanket weighs a whopping 9 kg. The brand has intelligently filled the loops with multiple layers of filling to make it look puffy and inviting but not too bulky.
I used the blanket while sleeping as well as when relaxing on the couch and I have to say it feels great in both scenarios. I was a bit apprehensive that the breathable design might make it less warm, but that wasn’t the case. The chunky knit is cozy and offers the right amount of warmth without making you feel too hot or too cold.
The weight distribution is where the blanket really shines. The stretchable weighted loops applied even pressure across the body and I didn’t feel any lumpy areas like I’ve felt with some other weighted blankets in the past.
The bamboo weighted blanket from the same brand does offer good weight distribution, but it doesn’t contour to the body as well as this one because of the beads.
The one thing I wasn’t too crazy about is that my fingers and toes sometimes got stuck in the loops while I was sleeping. Also, carrying the blanket around the house was a bit cumbersome because of the chunky-knit loops. But these are relatively minor complaints and didn’t bother me too much.
Construction & Design
The blanket is hand-knit, made out of multiple strands weaved together. The outer shell of the strands is made out of cotton, which is what gives the blanket its softness, while the polypropylene fibres filling offers a decent warmth that you would expect from any weighted blanket.
The open-weave pattern, breathable filling and cotton shell all work together to make the blanket more temperature neutral. So whether you’re a hot sleeper or live in warmer climates, the blanket should be more comfortable to use year-round.
While I haven’t tested the blanket long enough to comment on durability, the materials and construction feel top-notch, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t last with proper care.
The blanket is machine-washable and can be tumble washed on low heat. The brand recommends not to hang dry or use high heat for drying as it can damage the filling. The best way to dry the blanket is to lay it out on a flat surface.
It’s also worth noting that the blanket is not dryer safe, and you should never put it in the dryer regardless.
Read more about how to wash weighted blankets here.
Cons to consider
The hand-woven blanket is available in a 9kg variant which might not be heavy enough for heavier folks. The size is also limited to only single person use, so it’s not a good choice if you want to share the blanket.
While the open weave does add aesthetic value, it can be quite a task to move it around. The open weave allows fingers or toes to get occasionally stuck, which might bother some people. Also, the gaps between the weaves can widen if the blanket is accidentally stretched out. It’s worth noting that a few users reported that the side of the blanket furls up after a few washes, but I didn’t have this issue.
Finally, some cold sleepers may not find it warm enough and may need an additional blanket or quilt on top.
The Calming Blanket’s hand woven weighted blanket is high in style, but it does not compromise functionality. It’s very comfortable to sleep under as well as use as a throw on the couch. The price tag might be a bit off-putting for some, but considering the quality of materials used and construction, I feel it’s justified.
The blanket is an excellent pick for hot sleepers, those looking for a blanket for year-round use or anyone who wants a stylish yet functional weighted blanket. The downside is the size, which is limited to single-person use, and the lack of a heavier variant for folks who need more weight.
All in all, I highly recommend the calming blanket’s hand woven weighted blanket and personally, after using this, I’m not going back to traditional weighted blankets – EVER!