Weighted blankets are gaining popularity thanks to studies praising their health benefits and the countless users who confirm these findings. If you would like to test these for yourself, today is a good time to buy one because of the large number of options in the market. You can find them in different designs and prices. The following are some of the most important factors to consider when buying a bamboo weighted blanket:
Although a substantial weight is desired, there is such a thing as being too heavy for a blanket. This is especially true for young children. The rule of thumb is to get something that is about 10% of the user’s weight, give or take a pound. You can go higher or lower than this depending on personal preference. If you are buying in a store, then you may even get to try it. If not, then see if the online store allows exchanges in case you want a different weight later on.
These blankets are heavy. Washing them is a challenge that few will want to tackle on a regular basis. As such, it would be best to buy a blanket with an included cover. You could also buy a separate cover to get the color and design that you really want. It should fit as long as the sizing is the same. If the cover has developed stains or smells, then just remove it and push it in the washer. Use another blanket cover in the meantime.
You also want to check the fillers inside the blanket. The cheapest and most common solution is plastic pellets. Aside from the low price, these are durable and easy to clean. However, they tend to create an uneven texture that doesn’t feel too good because of clumping. Some also emit an unpleasant smell. The plastic is potentially toxic and bad for the environment. In case the blanket develops holes, these are a danger to pets and kids. If you want a more even texture, then opt for glass beads. These are much smaller than the plastic pellets so blankets have an even feel. It is recyclable and non-allergenic, though it is more expensive.
Looks for fabrics that feel good against the skin. This goes for both the blanket and the cover. Bamboo weighted blanket is soft and smooth, but some brands are still better than others.