I’ve used this $130 weighted King-sized blanket for the past two years – and I might miss it more than my family when I travel

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With the current state of the world, you can't blame anyone for having anxiety. It's almost become the norm. There are countless ways to deal with your anxieties, but one healthy way - or at least non-destructive way - is to wrap yourself in a weighted blanket.

Though there aren't any conclusive scientific studies one way or the other, limited research suggests weighted blankets can alleviate anxiety symptoms so you can get a good night's sleep. Or, you might even drape it over your body while you work from home on a cold day as I am right now.

The best blanket I've tested so far is the HomeSmart Products King Size Weighted Blanket. It's large enough to cover me and my giant feet as I stretch out my six-foot, 200-pound frame, it breathes well to keep me from overheating at night, and I can just toss it in the washing machine when it's dirty. Here are my experiences using the blanket over the past two years.

Design

The HomeSmart Products Weighted Blanket gets its weight from tiny glass beads that are sewn into the 400-thread count organic cotton fabric. The blanket is made up of several compartments that keep the beads - and thus, weight - evenly distributed. The pockets are approximately 5 inches by 5 inches.

HomeSmart offers several blanket/duvet cover bundles. Or, you can buy your blanket and duvet separately. There are also countless varieties ranging from kids' size (40 inches by 60 inches) to King (88 inches by 104 inches). The weights also range from 10 pounds to 30 pounds.

When choosing a weighted blanket, a good place to start is with one that's about 10% of your body weight. However, since the size of the blanket and whether you are sharing it can affect how much weight is actually on you, it may take some trial and error to find the best weight for your preferences. For instance, I weigh more than my wife, but she prefers much more weight than I do. My best advice is to try before you buy when possible or look for a solid return policy. You want a blanket that "hugs" and not crushes you.

I tested HomeSmart's dark grey King blanket in two weights - 15 pounds and 25 pounds - along with the duvet cover in navy/grey.

Setup process

If you decide to use the weighted blanket without a cover, then there's essentially no setup process. You simply take the blanket out of the packaging and engulf yourself.

On the other hand, putting the duvet on the blanket took me about 10 minutes. In theory, the blanket stays in place with a series of ties. Unfortunately, the ties on the blanket didn't precisely line up with those inside the duvet. Consequently, over time, the blanket starts to bunch up inside the cover. When this happens, you need to unzip the duvet and work the blanket back into place. This is easy enough to do, but it's an annoying extra step when you just want to relax.

What makes it stand out

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My wife suffers from anxiety and generally has trouble sleeping. And, since weighted blankets have grown in popularity, she has become a connoisseur of sorts. I asked her if the HomeSmart blanket helped with her anxiety, and she didn't hesitate: "Yes, definitely."

We have been testing the HomeSmart weighted blankets for almost two years now. We use the blankets in place of our regular comforters. My wife prefers the 25-pounder, and I prefer the 15-pounder. We both appreciate how breathable each blanket is on its own. However, once you add the cover, it's easy to overheat. The blanket feels like a good quilt, but with the minky fleece cover, it's softer and plusher.

Generally, my wife and I use separate weighted blankets when sleeping or lounging, but occasionally, we like to cuddle under one of the blankets. With its impressive dimensions, similar to those of a regular king-size comforter, the HomeSmart weighted blanket is large enough to cover both of us, even if we are not snuggling close.

I weighed both of the blankets, and they are as heavy as advertised. The duvet cover adds an extra six pounds to the weight of each, so if you plan on buying a cover, you might want to choose a lighter blanket.

I also like that the blanket is machine washable. The manufacturer recommends machine washing cold and tumble drying on low, which is what I did. The blanket dries quickly in the dryer; on low, it only takes about an hour.

A good return policy is important with any sleep products since you don't know if it's right for you until you actually try it. This is especially true with weighted blankets since you may not know which weight is best for your body. If possible, I recommend trying a friend's weighted blanket before committing to buying one. When you order from Amazon, you typically have 30 days from the delivery to return items for any reason. The fine print says that the item must be new and unopened, but in my experience, they accept opened items as well.

Cons to consider

After about 18 months of use, the 25-pound blanket started to lose some glass beads here and there. I wasn't able to pinpoint the source of the leak, but it's likely a small one based on how few beads escaped. My guess is one of my pets inadvertently made a small hole while engaged in daily hijinks. The 15-pound blanket still hasn't shed any beads.

As mentioned above, the duvet cover stifles airflow and didn't do a very good job of keeping the blanket in place, and my wife and I both prefer not to use it. However, the small hole in the 25-pound blanket forced our hand. I would not recommend buying the duvet unless you don't have easy access to a washer or you tend to get cold at night since the cover helps trap heat.

HomeSmart Products doesn't have much of an online presence. This makes it hard to hunt down customer service if you have an issue. I reached out to the company's founder, Bill Nagy, about the blanket's warranty and how to contact customer service, but as of this writing, I have not heard back.

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Should you buy it?

If you are a bigger person or want to cuddle up with your partner and experience the anxiety-reducing benefits of a weighted blanket, I recommend the HomeSmart Products blanket. There are more affordable options out there, but few are big enough to fit multiple people.

What are your alternatives?

Before the HomeSmart Products weighted blanket, I'd only tested one other weighted blanket, the Quility weighted blanket. I didn't like that it was too small to cover my body despite being a Queen size. It also didn't breathe as well as the HomeSmart blanket. For more recommendations, check out our recently-updated guide to the best weighted blankets. You're sure to find several excellent alternatives there.

The bottom line

Despite a few leaked beads after many months of use, I still enjoy sleeping and lounging with the HomeSmart Products Weighted Blanket. With its breathability and large size, it's ideal for my body.

Pros: Several size and weight options, the King is an impressive 88 inches by 104 inches, glass beads are sewn into 5-by-5-inch pockets for even weight distribution, machine washable and dryable, features breathable 400-thread count organic cotton

Cons: The duvet cover sleeps hot and doesn't hold the blanket in place well, I wasn't able to track down customer support, the blanket started to leak beads after 18 months of use

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