If you are looking for a low-cost bare-bones weighted blanket then the options from NEX have to be considered. NEX is an Amazon FBA firm, and their product range is extensive if muddled. Everything from kitchenware to computer mice and, yes, weighted blankets. I am not usually a fan of this business model, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating their blanket. The core build is fairly basic, but it makes up for that with the excellent price, and they even offer a travel solution, for those times when you need to pack up your blanket and move. It’s a smart option, and something I had neither considered, nor seen before. So, before we dive into the details of this build, we need to figure out if a weighted blanket will work for you.
NEX Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
Another build that lacks a removable cover, which makes it a touch difficult to clean, but it is not a deal breaker on its own. The outer layer material is made of 100% pure cotton. This is the king of bedding materials, sitting in the midpoint between comfort, porousness, and durability. Polyblends tend to sacrifice one area for another, but the case here. Cotton is a little harder to clean though. If you need a separate cover then you may be out of luck, as weighted blankets do not come in standard sizes, and most firms sell their own covers. I am not a fan of that, I mean if you have the covers then they really should come with the blanket. NEX does not sell any so far as I can find, and I kinda respect them for it. The look if this build reminds me of the Gravity, and other made of adult weighted blankets. They tend to be monochrome, and almost boring, but the grey toned build here looks quite nice, there is a utilitarian beauty to it.
On the inside, we have a continuation of the cotton, but then most firms manage to fill their blankets with cotton. The weight is added via poly pellets, and they are my second favorite weight material. I prefer glass, for the more even weight distribution, but plastic works well and comes with its own benefits. For one thing, you can wash and dry it in a machine, so long as you make sure to do so on a low heat. There are four options available, and they all look identical. The smallest size is the 40″ x 60″ at 15lbs, followed by three 60″ x 80″ models, in 15lbs, 17lbs, and 20lbs. This leaves those of us under 150lbs without an option to call our own though, and even the smallest size was a bit much for me. A properly fitted weighted blanket should weigh 10% of what you do, and fit flush with your bed, no overhang allowed. So while I think that the NEX weighted blanket will be good for most folk, I know that it does not cater to everyone.
NEX Weighted Blanket Overall Review
A great standard option. The cover material is great, if not unique, and the look of the build is very nice. On the inside, we see a continuation of high-grade materials and poly pellets. The size options are fine, seen these a dozen or so times before, but the whole build is a little engulfing for me. If you fall into the right weight category and have a good sized bed, then there is much to recommend.
NEX Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
This marks the third low-cost weighted blanket that falls below what I thought of as the average. I may need to change my perspective on this, but for now, let’s sing the praises. The NEX 15lbs small blanket is $135.99, the large 15lbs is $159.99, large 17lbs is $164.99 and the large 20lbs option is $175 flat. Great prices across the board, and far below what I expected. The core of this build might be a bit bare bones, but it more than makes up for that in terms of price.
The warranty is exactly what I expected, a standard 1 year of limited coverage. these kinds of warranties show up everywhere, and they leave much to be desired. They cover factory faults only, so if the blanket breaks through normal blanket use you are not covered. Bit of a sticking point for me, but I cannot fault NEX for this, they are simply following the trend of the industry. I do recommend that you buy from Amazon though, as if you come across issues you’ll have the clout of Amazon behind you. I ran into no issues myself, but in the past, I have had to make use of Amazon’s escalation process, and so far it has not let me down. That extra level of peace of mind is always worth considering.
NEX Additional Details
Been a while since I have gotten to talk about other products that a firm sells in the same ballpark as their weighted blanket. Most bespoke firms have weighted clothing and other weighted items that are worth bringing up. that is not the case here. NEX sell a vacuum pump on the same page as their weighted blanket. I didn’t buy it, but it seems like an excellent way to transport your blanket to other places, saving on save. Certainly worth considering.
NEX Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
This is a well put together item. The core of the build is great, excellent material choices and a robust finished product. The size options might not suit me, but I am sure that many others will find something useful. The price is amazing, and while the warranty isn’t great, there are steps we can take as consumers to keep ourselves covered. If you are in the market for a broad spectrum weighted blanket, that just about dos for you, then this is one well worth thinking about.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
There are a plethora of reasons to buy a weighted blanket. Helps you sleep better, relieve stress and can aid in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Sounds far-fetched, and I thought so too. I took the time a few months back to look into these claims, and I found that there are a large number of studies that back all these claims up. In the early days, the research was focused on the effects on children, specifically those on the Autistic Spectrum, or those with attention disorders. Weighted blankets and clothing were shown to have major positive effects, and soon studies focused on the effects on adults. It all comes down to something called deep touch pressure, but I prefer to think of it as The Hug Effect. When pressure is applied to the body you release serotonin and melatonin. These chemicals work in tandem, relieving stress and aiding you in falling asleep. I wasted no time in doing a write-up and if you want to read about this in more detail you can find my science of weighted blankets article here on site, complete with links to the studies in question. If you are reading this article then it might be safe for me to assume that you are looking for a better nights sleep, and I can confirm that, for me at the very least, weighted blankets work extraordinarily well. I have never slept better, and so long as you buy the right product for you, you’ll sleep like a baby.
Multiple Sizing Options
Limited Differences Between Other Blankets
Cover Not Included
The NEX weighted blanket is similar to many others in the price range. There's not much that sets this blanket apart from its competitors. But if you're looking for a budget weighted blanket, it may be good for you.