The Blanquil model weighted blanket is a new one for me. A finely crafted build, that feels great, but suffers from a number of broad-spectrum issues, limiting the utility by a fair bit. The build reminds me of a number of lower cost builds that I got my hand on two months back, but with perhaps a bump in terms of quality. Before we break down the build we need to discuss just who weighted blankets are for anyway.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
There is a wide range of reasons to buy a weighted blanket. I started this series of reviews a few months ago with a handful of blankets and no idea as to how they could possibly work. I did the research though and found that the many claims being made were, for the most part, correct. Weighted blankets have been shown in a number of studies to aid you in falling asleep, lowering anxiety and anger, alleviating insomnia and helping children with Attention and Spectrum disorders in concentration.
The reason is something referred to as Deep touch Pressure. A weighted blanket puts weight on the body, which releases serotonin and melatonin, much like a hug. This can be a godsend in serotonin starved illnesses, and the melatonin helps you fall asleep faster, and maintain healthy sleep cycles. There are dozens of studies corroborating this, and I have them all nice and listed in my Science of Weighted Blankets article here on site if you want to go take a look.
BlanQuil Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
It’s nice to get a new blanket to review, but having checked out dozens of these things over the last few months I have developed a taste for the high-end options. That doesn’t mean that the BlanQuil is lackluster, quite the opposite, but some of the cost-saving measures used here might not be to everyone’s taste. The top layer is made for Polyester for example. There are a number of builds that use this, and even more that have a blend, but I am still a bigger fan of pure cotton. Here we lose out in breathability, but gain in durability, and arguable comfort. It feels nice, but I have a memory foam mattress, and heat retention is an issue for me, so it did run a little hotter than I would like. The cover is removable though, unlike the vast majority on the market right now, and it is a real boon here. Fully machine washable and dryable, making it easier to deal with accidents. There are two color options available, Grey and Taupe, and neither are particularly great to look at, to be honest, but it is nice that there are some options. Most prefab builds come in one style, especially those marketed towards adults entering the market. Overall a bit of a mixed start.
On the inside, we do have 100% cotton, but that is standard in the industry. The weight is added by poly pellets here, the most popular options across the board, but unlike most other brands, these pellets are ultra high density, and honestly, it felt very similar to glass beads. I prefer the glass bead solution, due to the usually better weight distribution, but here it fits like a dream and comes with all the benefits that poly pellets provide. Chiefly in being machine dryable. So long as you keep it on a low heat at the very least. The size and weight options leave much to be desired though, in that we don’t really have any. There are two weights available, 15lbs and 20lbs, but they are both only in 48″ x 74″ size bracket. A real shame, as 15lbs is a little too heavy for me. Remember that weighted blankets should be 10% of your body weight, +/- 2% or so, and should fit flush with your mattress, no hang off. It messes with the weight distribution if it hangs off too much.If you find yourself in the right weight range, along with the right size of bed, then there is a lot to like here.
BlanQuil Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
The price range is probably the weirdest I have ever seen. There are models on the market right now at dirt cheap prices, but even they charge more or less depending on the weight and size. Not the case here. Both the 15lbs option and the 20lbs option are $169 flat. It’s around average in terms of price for the 15lbs build, but that 20lbs is well below the market average. It makes it easy to recommend the 20lbs build, but near impossible to recommend the 15lbs build. If you fall into the heavier bracket then you need to check out this deal, there isn’t even a discount applied yet, and I am near sure I can rustle one up for this review.
The warranty is nothing to write home about though, as is the case with the vast, vast majority of weighted blankets on the market. A simple 1 year of limited coverage, factory faults only, in addition to a 30-day money back guarantee. I like the 30-day guarantee, rarer than it should be in the business. I recommend going with Amazon if you do want to check out the BlanQuil. They have some of the best consumer protection policies on the market, and in the past, I have made great use of them. If you want to get that little extra bit of peace of mind then you have to go with Amazon.com. The price is the same as on the core BlanQuil site.
BlanQuil Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
This is a bit of a hard one to call, to be honest. I am not a fan of poly covers, even if they are easier to clean and feel great, nor am I a fan of the lack of overall options. The price is okay for the 15lbs build, but the 20lbs build is great. If you are in the market for a weighted blanket in the 20lbs range, and you don’t mind the lack of customization options, then you have to check out the BlanQuil. For everyone else, there is another build out there to suit you.
Lacks Product Options
Value to Price Ratio
We're guessing you first saw the BlanQuil from some Instagram influencer posting about it as that's been the marketing MO for this brand. When it comes to overall quality and value it's somewhat of a mixed bag. The material choices are okay, but far from the best, and the lack of product options is a con. That said from a comfort standpoint it feels pretty good and the company appears more reputable than a lot of the "dropshippers" and "private label" brands in the space. Overall not a bad choice but you can find better options at the price point in my opinion.