The Best Weighted Blankets in Australia
Weighted blankets! Maybe you’ve heard of them—the new(ish) Australian trend in sleep wellness, these are exactly what they sound like.
What are they, and how do they work?
Weighted blankets themselves are a simple idea: generally, a layer of high-density microbeads is sandwiched between layers of fabric and held in place by quilt stitches, keeping the beads evenly distributed. There are also types of weighted blankets that use dense and heavy fabrics, forgoing beads. Weighted blankets are generally smaller than regular bedding, designed to cover the body only, and are for individual use.
Our team at WhatASleep believes that everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, and that, of course, includes you. So we’ve done the legwork, combing through countless consumer and professional reviews, and rounded up our favourite Aussie Weighted Blankets to share with you.
Important Note: Weighted blankets come in different weight options from 4.5kg to all the way up to 9kg. It’s generally recommended to choose a blanket weight that’s approximately 10% of the body weight.
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Can a weighted blanket improve my sleep?
For Aussies experiencing sleeplessness, stress, insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, or sensory processing disorders such as autism, weighted blankets are said to help relax and guide users to dreamland. Studies, such as this one from the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, have proven their effectiveness in improving sleep quality and alleviating anxiety in those with ASD, ADHD, anxiety, and other similar disorders.
When in use, weighted blankets apply even pressure, known as deep touch pressure stimulation, across the body. This pressure is hug-like and calming and can increase the production of serotonin and dopamine. In turn, those are converted to melatonin, AKA the sleep hormone. This process can also decrease levels of cortisol, AKA the stress hormone—which can help users sleep better.
If you find that your sleep quality is lacking or you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you may benefit from using a weighted blanket.
What to Look For?
Even distribution of weight is key in providing consistent pressure. Each brand and product utilises different materials and designs to deliver the calming effects. Every person will have different preferences and requirements for a weighted blanket, so we’ve included a comprehensive buyer’s guide below to help you make your decision.
1. Ecosa Weighted Blanket – Editor’s Pick
Australian company Ecosa has been creating quality sleep products since 2015. Their weighted blanket is their newest product and touts an abundance of features and admirable company goals. Ecosa’s focus, aside from improving your sleep quality, is environmental responsibility and reducing or eliminating the use of chemicals in their products.
Their weighted blanket is no different: crafted from their ultra-soft signature 100% pesticide-free and organic bamboo, the outer layer of this blanket is soft to the touch and breathable. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial, odour-resistant, and is one of the most sustainable commercially available textiles. Ecosa uses a chemical-free and water-reducing dye process which means less environmental waste and fewer chemicals in your home.
Their blanket comes in 3 weight options: at 7, 9, and 11kg, most adults will find a blanket to fit their needs. There is only one size, at 140x210cm, which fits their optional bamboo covers.
Eco-conscious glass microbeads, in chic hexagonal quilting, provide the weight in this blanket. These beads are quiet (other fillers can be prone to audible rustling), hypoallergenic, and washable. This blanket is only available in a dark grey, though the brand has a multitude of soothing earth-toned bamboo covers to suit your decor at an additional cost.
Why we love it: Environmentally conscious, utilizing the best materials available including organic bamboo, and glass microbeads, this blanket combines luxury, health, and practicality. Ecosa provides a 1-year limited warranty, is TGA approved, and donates any returns to local charities such as the Salvation Army. Their blankets can be machine washed (always check the weight limit of your machines first!) though it is recommended to air dry thoroughly.
Who should consider it: Eco-conscious individuals who enjoy a touch of luxury may like this blanket. Those who tend to sweat or get too hot while sleeping may find the breathable bamboo fabric more comfortable than other blankets. The variety of bamboo covers available may also appeal to the fashion-forward.
The downside: This blanket is a touch more expensive than some other items on this list, especially if you are considering an additional quilt cover. The 3 weight options may not work for smaller adults, and certainly not for children.
2. Calming Blanket’s Adults Bamboo Weighted Blanket – Best cooling
Calming Blanket has several weighted blankets available, and for warmer weather, hot sleepers or sweat free slumber, we recommend considering their Bamboo option.
Crafted from ultra-soft, breathable, and eco-friendly bamboo lyocell fabric, the outer layers of this blanket work to wick moisture away from the skin and regulate temperature in the warmer months.
From their site, one reviewer named Maria writes: “I love the fact that this version is cool and breathable . . . there’s no sweating and I’m sleeping better than ever.”
Bamboo is not only great for Australia’s notoriously hot summer weather, but colder weather as well, as it is a natural insulator. This blanket is available in two colours: a fresh teal and a subdued grey. Its standard size (measuring 198x121cm) is available in four weights, from 2.2 to 9kg. Their ‘queen’ size measures 215x198cm and is available in a 9 or 12kg weight.
Their blankets are filled with unique non-toxic microbeads, and are antibacterial, anti-static, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and biodegradable. Calming Blanket does not recommend machine washing their weighted inserts, though the covers can be laundered.
Calming Blanket is TGA approved and donates returned products to charity. They offer a 30 day trial period.
Why we love it: Their breathable bamboo fabric and variety of sizes make this a great option, and the colour options are an added bonus!
Who should consider it: Those who are looking for a weighted blanket that wicks away moisture and sleeps cool and comfy, should consider this blanket. The range of dimensions and weights also mean that there is a blanket for everyone from youth to larger adults.
The downside: Calming Blankets does not advertise the same level of environmental responsibility as another similar company such as Ecosa in the processing of their bamboo products, which may deter some buyers.
3. Calming Blanket’s Adults Weighted Blanket – Most Popular
Another option from Calming Blanket is their standard Adult blanket. This is the most popular weighted blanket on our radar, with over 2,409 rave reviews and a 4.7 star rating.
Available in 3 colours—a soft rosy neutral, a deep blue, and a grey—with an optional additional cover for purchase, there are choices to fit a multitude of individual styles.
This blanket’s cover is crafted from a soft and luxurious minky fabric, which is perfect for those seeking a warmer option.
Measuring at 198x121cm, this blanket is available in a variety of weights: 2.2, 4.5, 6.8, and 9kg. Their minky cover adds 2kg of weight as well, for additional deep pressure stimulation and comfort. Filled with non-toxic and glass microbeads, this blanket is also cruelty-free. Calming Blankets offers a 30 day trial period, and returns are donated to local charities.
Why we love it: This is the most popular choice, and is available in an array of weights, from the ‘kids’ size of 2.2kg to the 11kg heaviest size for adults (9kg plus the 2kg cover). It is also more affordable than their bamboo option, making it a frugal alternative.
Who should consider it: If you love snuggling up in a warm and cozy blanket, this one may be for you. The luxuriously soft minky fabric will maintain body heat in the colder months, and the variety of weights means that you are likely to find a blanket to fit your needs.
The downside: Those who tend to sweat or overheat may not like this blanket, as the fabric is less breathable than a bamboo or cotton product.
4. Therapy Premium Weighted Blanket – Best Luxury (all-season)
The most luxurious item on our list, this blanket goes above and beyond for comfort, quality, and ease of use.
The reversible cover, available in Space Grey, Calming Blue, and Rose gold/Beige, is crafted with soft and cooling bamboo on one side, and warm plush minky fabric on the other. This means that you can use this blanket to snuggle up in the fall and winter, and enjoy a cool relaxing sleep in scorching Australian summer, especially if you live in and around the Queensland area.
The quilting of the Therapy Premium is smaller than that of other brands, which means that each pocket of high-density glass microbeads is more evenly distributed across its surface. Bunching, lumps, and uneven weight distribution are reduced so you can have both – better sleep and a better-looking blanket. The glass microbeads are also non-porous, hypoallergenic, environmentally safe, and antimicrobial. The blanket cover is machine washable.
Available in four sizes, this company offers their blanket in a ‘child’ size at 102x152cm, a ‘queen’ size at 152x203cm, a ‘king’ at 205x223cm, and ‘super king’ at 205x256cm. The weights available are 5, 7, 9, and 11kg.
While many other blankets use ties to fasten their inner blankets to the cover, the Therapy Premium uses their trademarked SmartZip technology. What that means is that you won’t need to fumble with ties or worry about sagging or bunching; the inner blanket easily zips into its cover in a few simple steps.
Therapy Blankets offers a 30-day return window.
Why we love it: Offered in a broad range of sizes and weights, there is a Therapy Premium blanket to fit most youth and adults. The reversible cover means that it can suit hot and cold sleepers alike, and be used in every season.
Who should consider it: Those who are looking for a top-quality product with fine details will likely find what they need in this blanket. Individuals who prefer a larger size blanket may also enjoy the wider range of dimensions in this line.
The downside: The most expensive item on our list, this blanket boasts an array of unique features. However, this brand does not advertise using organic or low-impact processing for its bamboo, which at this price point is somewhat disappointing.
5. SimpleSleep Weighted Blanket – Best Value
6. Sleep in Harmony Weighted Blanket Youth – Best for Kids (100% Organic)
For younger sleepers, Sleep in Harmony has created the Youth blanket to provide a safer alternative for smaller bodies. Crafted from a 100% natural and organic cotton knit with a layer of hypoallergenic microbeads, this blanket is non-irritating and soft on the skin.
Smaller than the more common adult blankets, this measures at 104x152cm, and weighs 4.5kg. This size is ideal not only for youth, but for smaller adults or those with weakened muscles. This blanket can also be used to cozy up on the couch or lounge chair. It comes in a soft heathered grey.
The cover is machine washable which makes for easy cleaning, and fastens to the weighted insert with ties for even weight distribution.
Why we love it: Hypoallergenic and organic fibres mean that this blanket is less likely to irritate the skin, which is great for kids and those with sensitive skin, allergies, or skin conditions such as eczema. The size is safer for younger sleepers and those who have trouble lifting heavier adult blankets. Sleep in Harmony offers a 30 day trial period, and returns are donated to charity.
Who should consider it: For older kids, smaller adults, and couch-loungers who like to cozy up, this blanket is a safer and less cumbersome option than larger blankets. Those who prefer a smaller blanket and are eco-conscious may also like this option.
The downside: Only one option available.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that weighted blankets should never be used to sleep infants or toddlers, or anyone who cannot easily lift the blanket. Always follow the advice of medical professionals when necessary. For children younger than 10, consult a physician before purchasing or using a weighted blanket product.
Buyer’s guide: Factors to consider while choosing a weighted blanket
Not sure what you need? We’ve come up with a comprehensive buyer’s guide to help you with your purchase.
There are a few main considerations when shopping for a weighted blanket: weight, fill, size, and the insulating properties of the fabric.
The weight of your blanket is by far the most important variable when searching for the ideal product. Since the therapeutic benefits are based almost solely on the ratio of blanket weight to body weight, it is vital to choose one based on your own body weight, strength, and comfort level.
Most manufacturers and healthcare professionals recommend that you should look for a blanket equivalent to approximately 10% of your body weight. For most, the therapeutic benefits triggered by deep touch stimulation will be safely maximized at this weight ratio.
However, individual experiences will vary. If the user has a higher than average muscle mass and strength, they may find that a slightly heavier blanket can be more beneficial. Conversely, if the user is weaker than average due to injury, young or old age, or an underlying medical issue, then they may benefit from the lighter options.
When trialling a weighted blanket or shopping in-store, an important factor to keep in mind is that the user must be able to comfortably lift the blanket when in use, and be able to safely move beneath it. If the blanket is too heavy and the user cannot easily shift beneath or remove it from themselves, then there is a higher potential for injury or other danger such as suffocation.
Another thing to keep in mind is that weighted blankets should never be used to sleep infants or toddlers, and it is highly recommended to seek medical advice when choosing a blanket for children, the elderly, or those with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
There are several types of weighted blankets available for purchase. Some garner their weight from a layer of microbeads, sand, or even rice sandwiched between fabrics and quilted to distribute mass evenly. There are also weighted knit blankets, which forego the bead mechanism and rely on the weight of thick and heavy open-knit fabric instead.
There are pros and cons to each option. Microbeads are the most popular weight mechanism, and are featured in all of our recommendations listed above. But even within the category of microbead-weighted blankets, there are several options:
Glass microbeads are the most recommended, highly reviewed, and effective material. Its high density means that the active weighted layer is less bulky and more comfortable while still delivering effective therapeutic pressure.
Glass is also naturally non-absorptive, hypoallergenic, and antimicrobial, and can be safely washed. It is quiet during use and does not create sleep-disrupting noise.
The fine and smooth texture of glass microbeads means that the blanket’s texture won’t become as lumpy or uneven as other materials, which is great for those with sensory issues. If you are considering a cooling blanket with a thinner cover, glass is a good option as it reduces bulk.
The downside: glass can be one of the more expensive filler options, so shoppers on a tight budget may prefer to seek out a more frugal option such as polypropylene.
Poly (polypropylene pellets/microbeads)
Non-toxic, flexible, and cost-effective, polypropylene beads or pellets are a good option for many. Similar to the filling in weighted plush toys, poly materials have been safely in use for many years.
Cost-effectiveness is this material’s primary draw, which is perfect if you are on a budget or are looking to test out the effectiveness of weighted blankets before committing to a luxury product.
The downside: poly fillers can occasionally become lumpy or uneven due to their rougher texture, and may create rustling sounds when shifted.
If you are a cold sleeper and prefer warmer blankets, then poly fillers can be a good option for you as the thicker, more plush fabrics eliminate the discomfort of lumpy fill.
Though less commonly used, weighted blankets can be filled using steel beads. Their smooth surface and high density mean that fewer beads are required to fulfil the weight. They are also hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and machine washable. The downside: they tend to be louder than other materials which may cause discomfort.
Sand, rice, dried beans, and other natural fillers
Using natural and biodegradable substances such as sand, rice, or dried legumes is not industry standard. However, if you are looking to purchase a homemade weighted blanket, or want to make one yourself, these may seem like an accessible and affordable option. Dried products such as rice or beans are naturally prone to mould and decay. This, unfortunately, means that the product’s longevity will be considerably shortened and may expose the user to harmful microorganisms.
The size of the blanket you choose will depend on your height, sleeping positions, and personal preference.
Unlike typical bedding, which is made to fit the bed itself, weighted blankets are generally created for individual use—since they are heavy and bulky, it is more comfortable and safer to use a smaller size blanket than we may be used to. Choose a blanket that will cover your body from your chin to your feet, and is wide enough to cover your body.
For uses outside of the bed such as on the couch, or while travelling in cars or planes, smaller blankets may be of use to induce a calming effect. Some brands even sell lap-size blankets for seated use.
For couples, consider purchasing two weighted blankets; one to suit each person’s needs. Sharing blankets is a nice gesture, but is not recommended for weighted blankets.
The warmth of your blanket is important in the winter. It’s less important in the summer months when it may become too hot to want to use blankets at all!
The fabric used to cover weighted blankets is vital for temperature regulation. Thicker, plush fabrics—such as the popular ‘minky’ fabrics, are better suited for the winter months, those in cooler climates, or for those who prefer warm blankets to snuggle up in.
Fabrics that breathe well, such as bamboo or cotton, are well-suited for summertime, those in warmer climates, or for those who tend to overheat or sweat in their sleep. The natural fibres wick away moisture and allow more airflow compared to more insulating synthetic fibres.
Consider also your personal ecological concerns: bamboo, cotton, and other natural fibres generally have a lower ecological footprint than synthetic fibres, and are biodegradable—which is great for the environment.
And that concludes our Australia’s best weighted blankets guide. We wish you the best on your hunt for the weighted blanket that checks all of your boxes, and hope that you get the sleep that you so rightfully deserve.