As mentioned at the beginning of this series of reviews for the month, but the group that I got sent are a bit on the standard side. Far from the best, but far from the worst. It means that the core differentiator for this set of builds is in the price. The Orcaa build is not bad but seeing as it is near identical to around a dozen or so I have been able to test out this year, it would take a hell of a price to impress me. Sadly that was not the case. But before I explain why, we need to figure out if a weighted blanket is right for you, and I am fairly certain that they are.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets are amazing. Almost magical. They help in the treatment of anxiety, depression, anger management, insomnia, autistic spectrum disorders and attention issues. You can see why I said almost magical. Hell, I didn’t believe any of this, but after doing the research, and using one for the last several months, I am convinced that it is the truth. Most of the early studies focused on the effects of weighted blankets and clothing on children, showing improvements for kids with autistic spectrum and attention disorders. Studies that followed showed the positive effects on those with anxiety, depression and all the rest. It’s due to something called deep touch pressure, or the hug effect. When pressure is applied to the body you release hormones, mostly melatonin, and serotonin, and these are integral in relaxing and relieving. If you suffer from any of the above issues, or you just want a better night’s sleep, then you need to check out a weighted blanket for a while at the very least.
Orcaa & Co. Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
I wish that this had a removable cover, but that is not the case. All of the weighted blankets I got this month lack one, and while it is pretty much par for the course, I had gotten fairly used to having on. It lowers the utility of the build, makes it harder to clean, and if one likes the more common mink feel of a weighted blanket, then you are out of luck. The cover material here is made of cotton though, which mitigates the fact that t cannot be removed. I love cotton, it is perfectly porous, durable and comfortable, unlike the poly blend mink fabrics. If you sleep on memory foam, and if not why not, then you want something extra breathable, if not extra cooling. There are no color options, which is far from bad, being a simple adult-marketed grey, but I would have liked a few more options. Not a bad start, but one with a minor black mark.
Inside we have more of the same. Cotton, and plenty of it. Always great to see, even when I see it week after week. The weight material this time is poly pellets, and while I far prefer glass, for its excellent weight distribution, poly comes with a number of unique benefits. Not least of which is the ease with which I can clean the thing. Poly pellets can be machine washed and machine dried, though you need to do so at a low heat. The weight and size options are limited to the Orcaa options, and by that I mean there are none. The Orcaa is a 60 ” x 80 ” option at 15lbs. Of course, the seller page insists that 15lbs is a one size fits all options, but that is not the truth. You want a weighted blanket that is between 8-12%$ of your total body weight, and one that fits flush with your bed. If there is any run off then it messes with the weight distribution. A standard build this one, standard materials, standard size, and that makes it far more niche that they maybe wanted it to be.
Orcaa & Co. Weighted Blanket Overall Review
Not a great option. The lack of a removable cover is a bit of a downside, though the cover that is there is made of the good stuff. The weight material is plastic, and while I mentioned that it comes with positives, there are downsides too. Overall, this is a middle of the road option, in a market dominated by them as a concept.
Orcaa & Co. Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
With just the one pricing option to consider, the Orcaa is off to an interesting finish. The standard 60 ” x 80 ” build is $$163. Far from a bad price for a build of this size and weight, but a little too close to the average. Considering that the average contains a fair few high ends and custom models, that is not a good thing. Setting oneself up as a prefab build then charging near premium prices is not great. But then, I am sure that it will be on offer at some point, making it far more attractive an offer.
The warranty is standard, a simple one year of coverage, sticking with the whole factory fault issue thing that so many first go with. Not a fan, but then everyone else offers a lackluster warranty, so I cannot hold it against Orcaa. If you do go for one of their builds then get it off amazon.com, at least then you get access to Amazon’s excellent consumer protection policies. I have made use of said policies on a number of occasions, and they have helped immesnsly.
Orcaa & Co. Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
I know I keep harping on about the lack of removable cover, but it really is a sign for me. I have reviewed enough of these weighted blankets to be able to spot a basic build, and the Orcaa, for all its positives, is very much a basic build. The use of plastic is standard, the price is standard, and the weight options are standard. If you find it cheap then pick it up, but there are a lot of weighted blankets on the market that is nearly identical to this one.
Overall, if you can find it cheap, then there is a lot to like here. A is the case with the vast majority of weighted blankets, the Orcaa does exactly what you want it to do, but it really depends on your circumstances as to whether or not it is a good fit for you.
Cover is not Removable
Slightly Higher Price than Similar Blankets
Overall, the Orcaa weighted blanket is pretty average all around. It's priced a bit higher than other comparable blankets and the fact that it doesn't have a removable cover is a downside.