To help with your research for weighted blankets in Canada, we’ve put together a post that highlights the 2 weighted blankets that we feel are top choices for quality and affordability and can be ordered on Amazon.ca.
But first, what exactly is a weighted blanket?
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What Is a Weighted Blanket?
A Specially Designed Blanket with DTP
A weighted blanket is a specially designed blanket that has weight sewn into the material, usually in small pockets. The weight provides pressure on your body while you sleep, creating something called deep touch pressure (DTP).
What DTP Does
DTP helps to produce hormones like serotonin that create a feeling of calm, reducing anxiety and allowing you to get better sleep and rest.
A Variety of Sizes and Uses
Many people use them for a variety of conditions, such as anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, PTSD, autism, restless leg syndrome, and much more.
Below, we’ve highlighted the 2 top-rated weighted blankets that we recommend. For added information, we have also included a weighted blanket buyer’s guide at the end of the post.
1. Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket
The Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket is suitable for a variety of ages, sizes, weights, and seasons. It comes with two covers; one cover is plush for warmth and the other is cool for hot sleepers.
Our son, who is a hot sleeper, and lives with anxiety and ADHD, uses this weighted blanket. The CoolMax technology in the removable cooling cover helps him feel less overheated and more refreshed in the morning.
- Comes with 2 removable covers (one with warm plush and one with CoolMax technology)
- Uses Nano-Ceramic beads for less noise and quieter rest
- Offers a wide range of weights and sizes (children included)
- Includes Duralast fiber stitching for durability
- Uses quality materials for a longer-lasting product
- There is little color choice
New Patented Zoning Design by Degrees of Comfort
A Different Distribution of Weight
This newer version of the blanket distributes the weight differently to make an improvement for hot sleepers. With this Zoning configuration, 80% of the weight is distributed around the edges of the blanket.
The manufacturer claims that this leaves less pressure in the middle, and therefore creates less heat buildup. But it does create questions about whether the weight distribution is even.
Quality Features are the Same
Outside of the new Zoning technology, the weighted blanket has the same excellent features as the original Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket, which includes the removable covers and Nano-ceramic beads.
The drawback of limited color choice is also still the same for this version of the blanket, but it offers the same good size selection.
Does Zoning Defeat the Purpose?
To confirm our concern above about even weight distribution, we have noted that while it gets a high rating from reviews, it is mentioned that the Zoning design doesn’t work the same in this regard. It’s a point worth keeping in mind.
Our son loves his original Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket, and it remains to be seen if the new design will be a success. We’ll report back later when it’s had more use and there are more reviews.
2. YnM Weighted Blanket
The YnM weighted blanket includes 7 layers of breathable fabric to allow for more glass beads and less material which creates less heat while sleeping.
While the covers for the YnM blanket are sold separately, they do have 3 options available: Minky for warmth, and cotton and bamboo for cooling.
They also have some color choices available in Canada. However, buying a cover separately is not the most economical option.
- Uses a 7-layer technology for more breathability
- Includes hypoallergenic, non-toxic, odorless glass beads for the weight
- Sews smaller pockets for even weight distribution and less shifting
- Has some color and cover design choice
- Offers a range of sizes and weights
- Cover sold separately
- Not all design choices and sizes available in Canada
YnM Weighted Blanket Sets
2 Removable Duvet Covers
Included with the YnM weighted blanket sets, you get one cover that is plush Minky for warmth, while the other is what they refer to as Ice Fiber Cool and is made with premium cotton. It is a good option for hot sleepers.
These sets are an economical way to get removable duvet covers that make cleaning and care easier to protect your investment in a natural sleep aid.
Good Color Choices
These sets also have a wider selection of color choices with the covers than the Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket sets. And, you get the same deal with one for warmth and one for cooling.
Weighted Blanket Buyer’s Guide
Here are some factors to keep in mind when you research a weighted blanket:
Choosing the Best Weight
The generally accepted rule for choosing the weight of a weighted blanket is that it should be 10% of the body weight. Some manufacturers suggest adding another 1-3 pounds if you want to have the optimum effect.
However, you can go lighter or heavier to suit your preference. Not everyone responds the same to a weighted blanket. Just keep in mind that many experts say at least 10% of your body weight is needed for optimum benefits.
Picking the Best Dimension Size
Weighted blankets also come in different dimensions to suit different body sizes. All weighted blankets should have the dimensions listed.
It’s important to note you should make your choice based on covering your entire body, not how it will cover the bed or mattress.
The weight of a weighted blanket is more evenly distributed when it covers your body. It is not intended to cover the bed and should never hang down over the sides.
If there are two of you in the bed, and you have the idea of getting one large blanket to cover both of you, keep in mind that there are pros and cons to sharing one weighted blanket as a couple.
Read our post on a weighted blanket for couples to find out both the advantages and disadvantages of going with this option.
What Is the Price Point?
You should expect to pay more for your weighted blanket than you would a regular blanket for the bed, even though the dimensions are often smaller.
There are two things that largely affect the price: materials and weight. Heavier weighted blankets usually cost more, and more material usually has higher costs attached, especially if it’s premium quality.
Cautions for Using a Weighted Blanket
Some cautions for using a weighted blanket include:
- They are not recommended for babies under one year of age.
- Care should be taken if small children or pets share your bed and you use an adult-sized weighted blanket.
- Weighted blankets should never be used to restrict the person. They should always be able to move the blanket using their own strength.
Either of the two weighted blankets described above provides quality and affordability in a range of sizes and includes features to make sleep better for kids, teens, and adults.