J&M have one product, and that product comes in one size only. The only reason I am giving it the time of day is because it is a 12lbs build, and finding those is a little more difficult than other sizes. I spend a fairly large amount of time in my reviews harping on about niche products, how most prefab builds don’t cater to the entirety of the market, and here that issue is multiplied. There are a number of benefits to this build though, and chief among them is the cover material. Before we start breaking this one down let’s take a few moments here to figure out who weighted blankets are for, and whether or not you should buy one.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets seemed almost magical to me when I first read up on them. There are so many claims made, and the supposed effects are a little hard to swallow. I was skeptical. So the first article I choose to write for this site was the science of weighted blankets, I dove into the studies that have cropped up over the years, trying to see if there was any truth to the claims. Imagine my surprise when I found that, yeah, pretty much all those weird claims were true. Weighted blankets alleviate stress, they can help in treating depression, anxiety, anger issues and even insomnia. In the old days, they were marketed to children, as several studies had already proven that they were effective in treating autistic spectrum and attention disorders.
It’s all because of something called deep touch pressure, essentially the physiological response when one is hugged. It releases serotonin, thus helping with serotonin starved disorders like GAD, and melatonin, thus helping you fall asleep that much faster. These help not only those of us with issues but everyone who wants a better nights sleep. If you are reading this then odds are pretty good that you are looking for a better nights sleep, and I cannot recommend weighted blankets enough for that reason.
J&M Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
This effort from J&M is interesting. Being a one size fits all design kinda means that it only fits a few folk. The outer material cannot be removed, which is always a bad thing, it makes cleaning it a bit more of a chore, and the outer material is a poly blend. I am not a fan of polyblends usually, though here is is the mink feel, and it does feel nice. The issue I take with it is that mink like covers are made more for children, making this a sensory blanket. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, as most blankets that aim for a broad market, but here that is not the case. I can see who this build might be for, but I will wait until we look on the inside before I voice my opinion. The blanket runs a little hotter than I would like too, it’s not unbearable, but it is a side effect of the mink covering. There are a number of options in bedding tech that could have mitigated this, so I am sad to see no attempt here. Not off to a great start with this one.
The inside is made of 100% cotton, which is great, but also standard in the business. The weight is added by poly pellets, which is great. I prefer glass pellets, as they distribute the weight a little better, but plastic comes with a variety of benefits that glass does not. You can wash and dry it in a machine, so long as it is on a low heat, which really speeds up the whole cleaning process. This is a bit of a godsend, as without a removable cover you have no option but to wash the whole thing, and air drying takes a very long time. As I keep saying, there is only one option with the J&M build, a 48″ x 72″ 12lbs model. The claim made by J&M is that the majority of weighted blankets bought are in this size and weight category. I don’t know how true that is. A properly fitted weighted blanket should be 10% of your body weight, give or take 2%, and fit flush with your bed, with no overhang. I do not recommend this blanket for anyone outside the 115-125 weight range, and you’ll need a decent size bed to go along with it.
J&M Weighted Blanket Overall Review
This is a hard sell. I like the materials, though they have clear downsides, and the inside is well put together, though not really any different from other prefab builds. The lack of size options is difficult to justify, and the information on the sales page regarding the science is unfortunately mistaken. Far too niche, perhaps the price can elevate the build a little?
J&M Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
In short, no. I have tried out dozens of weighted blankets, and have a very good idea as to the average price of a build. A 12lbs weighted blanket tends to fall between $130 – $160, but this one is $199.97. Far beyond the average. There is a $20 coupon code available, but even that puts it ahead of the mid-range options. A cursory look at the current market would tell you that this is far from an amazing price.
The warranty is pretty standard, with 1 year of limited coverage, covering factory faults only. There is one aspect of this warranty that beats out the competition though, you do not have to pay for your return shipping. J&M are the only firm I have found who offer to refund your shipping costs, which is very nice of them. I recommend you buy your weighted blanket from Amazon, as they have the best customer protection policies on the market. They grant an extra level of peace of mind when purchasing.
J&M Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
This is interesting. J&M’s weighted blanket actually fits me and my bed very well, and getting a good 12lbs weighted blanket is sometimes hard, with most firms going for a 15lbs build in the mid-range. But the lack of removable cover, the use of a mink-like material and a distinct lack of size and weight options hurt this build quite a bit. And then we come to the price, which while far from terrible, is still higher than average, making a hard sell harder. The warranty practices of J&M are commendable though.
Overall, this is a nice weighted blanket when looked at in a vacuum. Once we add in all the problems, it becomes impossible to recommend. Remember, 10% of your body weight.
No Additional Weight/Color Options
The weighted blanket from J&M is made from a soft minky material making it nice and soft, but the downside is it's not removable. This blanket is also priced higher than most competitors and is only available in one weight. These factors combined make this blanket tough to recommend.