Huggaroo are a newer firm, based out of Nashville. The product seems to be manufactured off-site, and am waiting on confirmation for that. The product is a bit of a cut above, but the limited range of options available limits the market for it in my opinion. Seems I’ve been saying that a lot lately. If you happen to fall into the right weight and size class then this is a build well worth considering. but first, who are weighted blankets for?
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets have been on the market for years at this point, though it is only recently that they have been built for adult use. When I first looked into them there was a lot of information out there, all kinds of wild claims about the health benefits of weighted blankets, so much in fact that I found it slightly unbelievable. So I looked into it, found the studies and had pretty much all of the claims confirmed. Weighted blankets allow for a deeper more restful sleep, lower your anxiety levels, decrease moment to moment anger, and are hugely beneficial to those on the autistic spectrum or those with attention disorders.
It’s all down to Deep touch pressure. When pressure is applied to the body you release hormones, like serotonin and melatonin, which aid rest, and reduce anxiety in an of themselves. Prolonged use has been proven beneficial to those with issues, and even helps otherwise unafflicted folk. If you want to read the studies you can find a Science of Weighted Blankets article on site, the citations are at the bottom. So in reality, most people can benefit from using a weighted blanket. It’s just a matter of which one on this currently saturated market.
Huggaroo Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
Off the bat, we have the outer material, and for the first time in weeks, I have a weighted blanket that comes with a nice removable cover. Doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but considering how rare it seems to be in this market I am glad to see it. There are so many benefits to it, and chief among them is the ease with which you can clean the thing. It shows that Huggaroo used to focus on the child market, and that shows in the material they choose for the cover as well. It’s a poly cover, with a mink finish, and while it feels nice it is not my preference. Child weighted blankets are not usually sold for treating anxiety, and the extra sensory material is great for kids on the spectrum. I find them too hot, due to my old school memory foam mattress, so I prefer the more breathable cotton. There are a number of color options for the cover, five in total, which is more than the cheap import blankets, but less than a truly bespoke firm. I like the middle ground.
On the inside, we have the cotton, and it is sans cover that I prefer using this one. Cotton is just the best material for bedding, a combination of durable, breathable and comfortable. The weight of this model is added via poly pellets, and I like that solution. I prefer glass, due to the more even weight distribution, but the plastic is better for cleaning and drying. You can do so in a machine, which is wonderful, but you do have to use a low heat. I have ruined blankets in the past testing the heat limit, so please be careful. There are no size and weight options though, which is a shame. A properly fitted weighted blanket should not hang off the bed, and it should weigh between 8 and 12 percent of your body weight. Here the option is 58 ” x 80 ” weighing in at 15lbs. You can see the problem immediately. You will need a bed big enough to fit and to weigh in an around 150lbs to get the most out of the build. It meant that it was too heavy for me.
Huggaroo Weighted Blanket Overall Review
The outer material is nice and great for those who want something a little softer than the cotton. There is also a more plush version available if you want to get real snug. The utility in the removable cover is almost worth it in and of itself, but it goes down a little in my estimation with the lack of broad-reaching options. I prefer a glass-based build, weighing around 12lbs, so automatically this is not a build for me, but if you fall into the weight class then I can confirm that it does exactly what you need it to.
Huggaroo Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
The price of the Huggaroo is not bad, I have checked out a wide variety of these blankets, and while the Huggaroo is a touch more expensive than some others, you also support locally by going for their option, which I am a big fan of. The Regular plush option is $189.99 and the extra plush option is $209.99. Bear in mind this is a blanket that pushes the larger size scale, there are bigger out there, but this is still a larger build than my standard.
As is the case across the board, the warranty is practically not there. You get limited coverage for a year, but that only covers manufacturer faults, and thus is not provided by Huggaroo themselves. Huggaroo offers a 30-day money back guarantee themselves and there are few restrictions beyond the timescale. You are liable for the return shipping, but considering how rare a returns policy is in the weighted blanket market I can overlook that. Be sure to pick it up via Amazon.com, that way you get the excellent consumer protection policies they offer as standard. They have dug me out of a whole a few times, though not with weighted blanket firms oddly enough.
Huggaroo Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
Possibly. The only factor that separates this build from the dozens I have reviewed over the last two months is the removable cover. The downside is I don’t know how many folks like the mink finish to it. The inner materials are great, the feel of the build is perfectly fine, and the price is not bad. The downsides are the lack of options and the inherent limit that comes with them. If you happen to fall into the right weight class for this weighted blanket to fit you then check it out. If you happen to fall into the correct weight class and you found the Huggaroo complete with a discount, then it becomes a very attractive offer.
I did not expect to be this impressed with the Huggaroo weighted blanket. The cover is removable and plush, though I am not a huge fan of mink polyester material. The inner materials are all cotton, though the use of poly pellets is not my preference. 15 lbs is the most offered weight on the market right now, but it does not fit everyone and I would have liked to see more options. At the end of the day, if you can find this one for a good price, and you fall into the right weight class, then, by all means, check it out, see how it fits.
Nice Soft Removable Cover
Limited Weight Options
Priced Higher than Competitors
On the inside, the Huggaroo weighted blanket is very similar to others in the same price range. The main differentiating factor we found is the removable faux mink cover. If you like the color and available sizes, this may be a good blanket for you.