This marks the last of the Chinese weighted blankets on my docket. The CuteKing might be my favorite of the bunch. It shares many of the weaknesses of the Hypnoser, but there is something about this build that elevates it in other areas. A basic product range that meets a basic consumer. If you have been paying attention to some of the newer products on the market then you might have seen this one before.
Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
Yes. May have been a mistake to have this section be a standard of the format, especially when the answer boils down to a simple yes for the vast, vast majority of folk. The why is more interesting to me. I was told to buy one by my doctor, for anxiety related issues, and was skeptical. I took the time, read the studies, and what I discovered was fascinating. Weighted blankets apply pressure on you while you sleep, and pressure causes a release of serotonin, much like when you are hugged.
This serotonin is very much needed for those who suffer from serotonin starved issues, like anxiety, insomnia, depression, attention disorders, stress-related anger issues, and autistic spectrum disorders. I have a full write up, with citations, here on site, if you want to read the studies in question.
CuteKing is a company that sells a wide variety of items. They are Chinese manufactured, and that means dropshipping. Not necessarily a bad thing and they’ve been in the market for half a decade at this point. Additionally, they have developed a product range that is both cohesive and impressive. The downside tends to be a slight decline in quality and lackluster aftersale support. There is little we can do about the former, other than point out that the savings are commensurate, but with the latter Amazon comes to the rescue. Being an FBA means that regardless of the warranty, if you have issues, Amazon is behind you, and it is for that reason that I feel it is even possible to recommend firms like this.
CuteKing Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
First, the look of the build. They went with a muted color palette, and by that I mean it’s grey. My partner is a fan, but I prefer something with a little more color. The segmented sections used here are more common with weighted blankets that use polyfill, simply to keep the heat and weight uniform, but so far as I can find out it was not used in this model. Makes the choice one of pure aesthetic. Material wise we have the good stuff. Pure 100% cotton. I was surprised to find that here, seen as this is a budget option, but happy that is the case. Cotton has that nice balance between breathability, durability, and comfort that few material combinations can match. It does mean if you are in the market for a weighted blanket for your child you might be better served elsewhere though, especially since the size of the CuteKing I checked out is on the larger side of things. They do not offer smaller options so far as I can tell, with the firm resolute in targeting the growing adult market. Not a bad start to things though.
On the inside, we have more cotton. Most weighted blankets manage to afford internal cotton at the very least, so less of a feather in their cap here, but still, the king of bedding materials. CuteKing uses the standard plastic pellets for ballast, and I am on record saying I prefer glass. The weight distribution is better with glass, but it comes with a few downsides that plastic manages to avoid. Chief among them is the ability to machine dry the whole thing. Washing and drying a Blanket can be a pain, especially air drying, so it was a smart choice to go with the plastic. Be sure not to set the heat too high, as it can damage the blanket. Size wise I was only able to find 48″ x 78″, and only three weight options. I can see what they are going for, a nice multi-use blanket that broadly addresses a variety of peoples’ needs, but a bespoke blanket is a far more targeted option. 15lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs are the be all and end all. If you weigh less than 150lbs, or more than 250lbs, then you would be far better served elsewhere. Far too many negatives here, and when we factor in that it does not come with a duvet cover it makes it harder to recommend to the smart consumer.
CuteKing Weighted Blanket Overall Review
As mentioned, with a lack of customization options, and a limited range of sizes and weights, recommending this build is a bit of a crapshoot. The materials used are far beyond what you might expect from this price point, and it feels fine, but if you don’t fall into that 100lb range, 150 to 250, then you are going to have to look elsewhere. Unless of course, the price manages to sway you.
CuteKing Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
And what a price. This is the main selling point in my mind. You may be hurting for options, but seeing as you can get a full-sized weighted blanket for a mere $139 it is a small price to pay. Moving up a size will cost you $169, with the largest and heaviest being $199. This is far below the average for a bespoke weighted blanket. They also offer free shipping, so what you pay is what you pay.
The warranty is worth a read, and far from the worst on the market. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee, 1 year of limited coverage and a lifetime of aftersale support. Don’t know what to make of the last bit there, the company seems a little fresh to be offering a lifetime of anything, but the 1 year of coverage is pretty good, even if it is limited. Buying from Amazon is the best option, as not only do you get access to the CuteKing Warranty you also get Amazon’s own customer support policies. I have made use of them as an arbiter on a number of occasions, especially when buying from eastern firms, and the help they offer is worth its weight in gold.
CuteKing Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
I have gotten to try out a wide variety of lower end weighted blankets this last few weeks, and by and large, they are near on par with the more expensive options. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. The look of the build might be a little on the dull side, but seeing as they are aiming at an adult market, and all adults prefer a muted color palette, it was probably a good idea on their part. the use of cotton throughout the build is fantastic, combining all the properties I want to see in bedding. The range of options is limited though, severely. I find a 13lbs blanket suits me better, and 15lbs is a little beyond that. It’s a smaller section of the market, I can see that, but I would still have liked to see the option.
The price is excellent, and while the warranty is far from amazing, it is at least serviceable. With Amazon behind you-you can at least rest easy. If you are in the market for a weighted blanket and don’t want to break the bank, then this effort from CuteKing is well worth checking out.
Multiple Weight Options
Duvet Cover Not Included With Base Product
Lack of Color Options
CuteKing's weighted blanket surprised us in terms of material quality but it falls short in a few other areas. Their most basic option is priced competitively but for you're going to have to pay more for additional features like a duvet cover. Overall the CuteKing blanket is a decent option but there's not much about it that sets it apart from other blankets.